Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC)

Statement issued by The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati on Receiving a Bomb Threat

March 7, 2017


Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

Statement issued by The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati on Receiving a Bomb Threat

March 7, 2017 – West Chester – It is with great dismay and deep concern that the wave of hate against fellow Americans and religious institutions has reached the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati(ICGC) which received a bomb threat over the weekend. A message threatening in nature was received claiming a bomb had been placed on the premises.  West Chester Police and the FBI were immediately alerted, came on-site, investigated, and cleared the facility of danger. The Center’s leadership is continuing to work with law enforcement to assure investigation and on-going safety precautions, including stepped up security.

ICGC is concerned, but we will not be intimidated. We ask Greater Cincinnati to stand alongside us in pursuing a community that welcomes love, kindness and compassion as our Quran teaches. When you hear racist comments, firmly declare that’s not acceptable in Greater Cincinnati. When you learn of hateful threats, urge others to report the perpetrators to police. Bomb threats are a real danger. Even greater danger is to tolerate them silently. When institutions like ours, committed to the welfare of everyone with whom we share this community, are targeted for acts of hate, the victims are not Muslims alone, but all Cincinnatians who desire a welcoming, inclusive and safe community for all persons who reside, work and worship here. It comes at a time when the Islamic Center was finalizing a statement to condemn the acts of hatred and threats against the Jewish community as well as immigrants, showing us that when we tolerate a climate of hate, no one is immune.

We call on our regional and national public officials to not only condemn these acts of hatred but strengthen action to counter these very real threats against fellow Americans and institutions. Muslim Americans are committed to the diversity of faith and cultures that has made America a proud example for the rest of the world. This bomb threat only serves to strengthen our resolve to stand in solidarity with our community partners in defense and support of our vulnerable populations and our mutual rights as Americans.

Shakila T Ahmad

Board Chair and President

Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

8 thoughts on “Statement issued by The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati on Receiving a Bomb Threat”

  1. Christian Oliva says:

    This deeply saddens me to hear this. I am so sorry that your beautiful center and your beautiful people are being threatened in any way. I recently went to the Open House event and I will always cherish the experience and would gladly go again. I felt such a sense of peace there. It hurts my heart to hear about the ignorance and hatred that is being acted out towards anyone that is viewed as being different. I just wanted to say that myself and my family stand in solidarity with your family. Thank you for opening up your house of worship to the community.

    1. admin says:

      Christian, thank you for your kind support. We welcome you anytime! Our next Meet Your Neighbor open house will be April 8th at 1:00pm. You are welcome to join us or spread word of the event to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc!

  2. Linda Beckman says:

    This kind of persecution is unacceptable! Please know that even though I don’t live near your location, I stand beside you and the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, in condemning this type of behavior.

    1. admin says:

      Many thanks be our Creator and for interfaith supporters such as your community!

  3. Minda Matthews-Smith says:

    This news makes me sick! The intolerance being shown across the country cannot continue.

    I am proud to have the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati as part of my community. Our prayers are with each of you today and tomorrow.

    1. admin says:

      Thank you for having such a welcoming spirit and your prayers for ours as well as the broader Muslim community is much appreciated.

  4. The Rev. Ruth B Paulus says:

    This news saddens me terribly. Please know that this Episcopal priest stands beside you. Prayers are offered for safety and peace. Know that you are loved and cared for as brothers and sisters on the journey.

    1. admin says:

      It truly is wonderful to feel so loved and embraced. Thank you for your support and spiritual leadership!

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