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Mosque Leaders Inviting Those Involved In Hate Incidents To Come Back

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Authorities are investigating two hate incidents that occurred over the past few days at mosques in Sacramento and Davis.

Hamza El-Nakhal is a member and former president of the Islamic Center of Davis.

He says during Ramadan prayers on Friday night, some children came in saying someone was throwing the Quran out in the street.

"A lot of people went out," El-Nakhal says. "And we found a lot of torn out pages from the Quran, many of them around the mosque, in every direction."

He says the people who did this can come visit the mosque.

"We're happy to invite them in," he says. "They can come share a meal with us. We just want them to know who we are."

Earlier this month, a woman who broke windows and laid strips of bacon on the door handles of the Davis mosque was sentenced to five years probation.

Muslims are prohibited from eating pork products.

On Saturday, a burned Quran filled with bacon was found attached to a fence by a handcuff at the Masjid Annur Islamic Center in Sacramento.

Sally Schilling

Reporter/Podcast Producer

Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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