Houston Mosque Targeted By Arsonists (from KPRC Click2Houston)
Members of the mosque reported two men smashed in a window at Madrasae Islamia in the 6600 block of Bintliff Drive and then doused a room with gasoline before setting the fire.
Surveillance video shows men sneaking onto the property around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The video shows them covering their faces, as if they know there are cameras.
Two to three minutes later, they are seen getting into into a white or silver four-door car driven by another person.
Carpets were burned and there was still evidence of the smoke and flames on Sunday.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. This is indeed very saddening to hear. Alḥamdulillāh, the news reports that the damage from the fire was limited and that someone was there to alert the fire department before it went out of control.
I believe any of our brothers and sisters who live or have lived in the Houston area can attest to just how special Madrasae Islamia is to the Houston Muslim community. Having lived in Houston myself for a few years, this masjid holds a special place in my heart. Besides being renowned as Houston's very own Hafiz factory (the graduates of which are recruited to lead tarawih prayers across the nation), it also holds historic significance being one of the older, more established masājid in the area. I still remember all the times we would purposely make the 20 minute drive to this masjid to hear Hafiz Iqbal's recitation. We ask that our readers remember them and the entire Muslim community in their duas.