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Someone "vandalized" a Chantilly, Virginia, mosque over the weekend with a message of love. (Credit: @Mubarak_Mosque)

A mosque in Virginia was 'vandalized' with supportive messages of love and unity


A mosque in Chantilly, Virginia, was "vandalized" over the weekend with a message of love. 

Qasim Rashid posted photos of the supportive messages, which were left on the sidewalk leading up to Mubarak Mosque, on his Twitter page. 

Rashid wrote on Twitter, "Some sneaky hooligans 'vandalized' my mosque in VA over the weekend. We came back to find this. <3 #MuslimAlly."

Some of the messages included "You are loved," "We are with you" and "We are your brothers and sisters." 

The mosque's Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association also tweeted about the pleasant surprise. 

"Members of our mosque were delightfully surprised when coming for prayer today, seeing messages of love & compassion by the local community," the association said on social media. 

In 2012, vandals threw rocks and broke windows of the same mosque, causing more than $200,000 in damages. 

Between Nov. 6 and Nov. 16, the Southern Poverty Law Center has counted more than 700 cases of hateful harassment in the United States. 

Many critics have accused President-elect Donald Trump of fostering xenophobia and Islamaphobia during his presidential campaign.

Since the election, there have been several incidents of racist graffiti and threats against Muslims, according to CNN.

We have no idea who did this but we are grateful that our neighbors are standing strong as Muslim allies.
Qasim Rashid

Rashid told Circa he is happy to see that his community has reacted differently. 

"It is heartwarming to know that good people continue to speak out against intolerance and Islamophobia," Rashid told Circa. "This is the essence of what makes America the pluralistic and progressive nation it is."

Now in response to the act of kindness, Rashid said his mosque is asking Americans of all faiths to tweet showing their support of the American Muslim community using the hashtag #MuslimAlly. 

So far, he told Circa the response has been "overwhelming." 

As for the kind vandals, Rashid said his mosque has a message for them: "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Chantilly chapter is grateful for your compassion and solidarity. And we hope you come join us when we're at the mosque so we can thank you face-to-face."

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