Bullet ridden Holy Quran found hanging outside a Muslim store in USA

WASHINGTON: A copy of the Holy Quran punctured with multiple bullet holes was found hanging outside an Islamic clothing store in the US state of California on Tuesday. Owners of Al-Farah Islamic Clothing store in Anaheim, California found a bullet-riddled English translation of the Holy Quran hanging on the shop’s door when they came to work on Tuesday. Soon after, the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that the store owners reported the incident to the local police and the council. CAIR, the country’s largest Muslim civil rights organization has asked the FBI to investigate the incident as a hate crime. “Anyone has the right to be a bigot, but when that bigotry is expressed through the targeting of individuals or businesses through acts of intimidation similar to a cross burning it crosses the line into criminal behaviour,” CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said. “If you shoot up a Quran on your own property, that is bigoted freedom of expression. If you deliver that bullet-riddled Quran to a Muslim home or business, that is an act of intimidation and a hate crime,” he added. The incident comes in the wake of rising Islamophobic incidents around the US in the aftermath of deadly Paris attacks claimed by the Islamic State ISIS.(News United)