Atlanta police search for man who ripped hijab off Muslim girl

Atlanta police search for man who ripped hijab off Muslim girl

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The mall where the incident took place. — Photo courtesy: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Police are searching for a man accused of ripping the headscarf off a Muslim teenager at a mall north of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the 14-year-old girl was walking with a group of people Monday night at Perimeter Mall when a stranger approached and snatched her hijab, while yelling “terrorist” before fleeing.

Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan said in a news release that police have labeled the case an assault.

“Dunwoody is a very diverse community, welcoming people of all faiths. Therefore, an incident such as this one is unusual,” Grogan said in the news release.

“The Dunwoody Police Department is committed to protecting our citizens and will conduct a thorough investigation,” he said.

The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said the attack has shaken the family of the victim, whose identity has not been released. He said the family will not press charges if the man comes forward and apologizes.

“We thank local law enforcement for pledging to investigate this despicable attack, which is the latest in a wave of anti-Muslim hate crimes across the nation,” said Mitchell.

Last month, CAIR-Georgia urged Atlanta-area mosques to increase security after death threats at Lawrenceville’s Greenview Madani Center, Norcross’ Masjid Omar Bin Abdul Aziz and Al-Farooq Masjid in Atlanta. — Agencies

2 COMMENTS

  1. In my opinion, it is not the fault of the person who snatched the head scarf but the leaders who are leading the country must be held responsibile for such crimes.These are the so called leaders who create hatred among the people.
    Trump has said several times that Muslims are terrorists and banned some countries’ citizens from entering USA.
    So the citzens will agree with the leades without applying minds..

    • As Ibn Qayyim (rahimahullah) mentioned, “People will get leaders which they deserve.”
      Ponder upon the Hikmah (Wisdom) of Allah (Azza wa Jall) where He has made people’s kings, leaders, and those of authority over them, of the same kind as their own deeds. It is as if the people’s deeds appeared in the forms of their kings and leaders.

      If the people are upright, then their kings and rulers will be upright, and if they turn away (from uprightness), then their leaders will turn against them. And if they oppress and tyrannize, then their kings and rulers will tyrannize and oppress. And if deception and treachery becomes manifest amongst them, then the same will appear in their rulers. ”

      Miftaah Daarus-Sa’aadah

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