The Shawnee Mission Post recently posted a story about a new mosque – the Shawnee Mission Islamic Education Center (SMIEC) in Merriam – that was vandalized within one month of opening.
The mosque opened in September in a renovated building previously used as a Korean church. Currently the center is able to hold small prayer gatherings on Friday nights, but much of its programming and educational classes are on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.
SMIEC Board Member Farrukh Jamal told the Shawnee Mission Post that the center plans to begin holding programs, events, and classes once it is safe to do so. Education is the main focus of the center, which will offer General Education Development training and English language instruction classes.
Within one month of opening, the building’s new sign was vandalized. More from the Shawnee Mission Post:
“The mosque became aware of an act of vandalism on its sign in late October after Merriam Councilmember Jason Silvers called them about it.
Someone spray painted a partly illegible message that included the word ‘Trump’ on the sign, which sits along 49th Street.
Jamal said the mosque informed the Merriam Police Department. Officers reviewed surveillance footage around the time of the alleged incident and were able to see a person defacing the sign, but the suspect’s face could not be identified.
Jamal said the mosque chose not to pursue the case.
‘We decided that these things happen when people don’t know [about Islam], there’s a little fear in their heart or their mind or something,’ Jamal said. ‘We didn’t want to make a big deal of it. The police had been notified and the proper steps had been taken, and we just dropped it.'”
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