Second Florida Mosque Hit by Arson Attack in 5 Months

Source: NBC News

A fire at a Florida mosque was ruled arson Friday, the second time an Islam house of worship was set on fire in the state since September, authorities said.

The Hillsborough County fire department responded to a call of a fire at the Islamic Society of New Tampa, Daarus Salaam Mosque in Thonotosass at around 2:10 a.m. and later determined that the small fire set near a door had been intentionally set, fire department spokesman Cory Dierdorff said.

No one was inside the mosque at the time. The damage appeared minimal, but the fire had worshipper Arshaad Malik upset.

“It’s a place of worship to God,” Malik told NBC affiliate WESH. “You are trying to burn down a place of worship. Is this the tolerance that we have?”

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