A Muslim women’s hub in West London has been ransacked and set on fire in what may have been a hate crime.
The Al-Falah Institute in Hayes was attacked last week and is appealing to the Muslim community for help to replace burned Qurans and rebuild the centre.
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The Al-Falah Institute said their alarm was disarmed around 10pm on September 26 and then the perpetrators broke the glass of the front door.
Staff checked to see how much damage had been done and found that the donation box had been opened, some of the drawers were on the floor, there was mess in the kitchen, and they had also damaged the doors.
A phone call was made to the police but they said they were busy and would come around the following day.
Later, at around 2am the alarm system company called and said the cameras were all black and it appeared as though a fire had been set inside the building. They said they had already called the fire services.
Al-Falah Institute says classescwill carry on as normal.
“Alhamdulillah, by the Grace of Allah, we have not let this horrible heart-breaking incident stop us and we have been continuing with the Seerah of the Prophet (Prophet Muhammad SAW’s Life) lectures with Professor Maimoona Murtaza as guest speaker.
“We seek Allah SWT’s help and aid in this difficult time and it is at such times your Al-Falah needs you more than ever – we request all the sisters to make special duas for Al-Falah and for donations.”
A spokesperson for Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called to a premises on Yeading Lane, Hayes by the London Fire Bridge (LFB) at around 02:20hrs on Tuesday, 27 September after a fire was reported at the address. LFB dealt with the fire; there were no reported injuries.”