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American Muslim from Texas talks about current events
Dateline: Jan 30, 2002 WASHINGTON (Today Islam USA)
at the Islamic Center of Irving were found shot out when workers arrived
at the mosque about 6 a.m. Nobody was at the mosque when the shooting
occurred and no injuries were reported.
About 800 people attend services at the center.
Irving police were investigating the incident.
It was not immediately clear if the shooting was related to Tuesday's terrorist attacks along the East Coast.
"It's very sad. We're just trying as any Americans, any Muslim-American, to comprehend what happened and why it happened ... we called on our community for a blood drive, we set a fund for donations and we made a special prayer last night ... and to come in the morning and find out a place of worship like this trashed," Alkawldeh said, his voice trembling.
"We have children, we have family ... we have to shut down our school operation for two days now so I hope the law enforcement agency come also to our help as Muslims, as citizens of this country," he said.
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