Oldest mosque in Texas vandalised in xenophobic attack

Nozair Hanif Mirza 02:22 PM | 3 Sep, 2018
Oldest mosque in Texas vandalised in xenophobic attack
AUSTIN – Police in the southern US state of Texas are trying to track a white male, who vandalised one of the oldest mosques in Austin yesterday.

The North Austin Muslim Community Center - Masjid Aisha was damaged at around 11:30 am when a male suspect tried to break into their building, stirring concerns among Muslim community residing in the North American country.

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According to NAMCC vice president Adam Suleman, "the burglary alarm system went off and police were notified by the security company and the NAMCC administrator to check on the property."

"Police arrived and spent 30 minutes surveying the property and its surroundings while recording the incident. We have a security camera system, however, the quality of recording would not allow for face recognition or identification of individuals. The recording shows a white (appearing)-skinned young man (18-24) years with a black hoodie and jeans with a slim build," Suleman added.

The perpetrator entered the property after compromising a few panels of the wooden fence near the trash dumpster and proceeded to the front door of the mosque and then broke the front door windows of the main hall running to the side door to break both the door and windows' glass.

The suspect was then seen moving across the parking lot to stop and puncture an overnight parked vehicle's tires before he fled from where entered the property, Suleman said while revealing the series of events.

After Sunday's incident, the Muslim community center is going to hire a security team to watch the center overnight and is hopeful this doesn't happen again.

Further investigation was underway.

Nozair Hanif Mirza
Nozair Hanif Mirza

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 7, 2022 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279 282
Euro EUR 296.67 297.26
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.71 332.41
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.21 73.51
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.72
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.19
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The gold price in Pakistan dropped by Rs4,300 per tola to reach Rs200,000 on Tuesday as it lost ground on second consecutive day after witnessing mostly bullish trend last week.

As per the All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of 10 grams of 24 carats gold decreased by Rs3,686 to settle at Rs171,468.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity dropped by $1 to reach $1,869 per ounce.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market slumped by Rs20 per tola and Rs17.14 per 10 grams to reach at Rs2,230 and Rs1,911, respectively.


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