Yesterday morning, we received a troubling report from the Islamic Society of Central Virginia (ISCV) saying that they had a near hit and run incident right outside their mosque after prayers Thursday night.
“As brothers and sisters were leaving the masjid, a car sped down Pine St. and grazed a brother on his arm and appeared to swerve in an attempt to hit another brother. Then the car took a left turn on 9th St. and disappeared. ISCV filed a report with Charlottesville Police Department and reviewed video on the cameras.”
While they are not sure that it was just a reckless act of drunk driving or an act of terrorism, this incident has heightened concerns for safety at the Mosque, especially during the month of Ramadan, when they have anywhere from 100-200 people attending on a nightly basis. It has also highlighted the need for general security upgrades at the Mosque for other regular and special events throughout the entire year.
These increase security measures come with increased costs. The ISCV has started a gofundme donation page in hopes of alleviating some of the financial burden.
I want to raise awareness of this incident, and also encourage you to consider financially supporting their security efforts by donating via their gofundme page.
The link to their gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/9wtqn-a-cause-i-care-about-needs-help?teamInvite=BUbOV2MY4vkFcYn1m4ievEb9N1xZAJbCyfGjeWR0gfVZyMmUdcSxlQ5HW3g4S1qB
This is one way that we can show our support for the Muslim community here.
Thank you for your consideration and support!
Secretary, Charlottesville Clergy Collective