Rochester Hills mosque vandalized

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 13, 2021

 The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a single pane of glass was smashed out of a main entry door of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Mosque in Rochester Hills.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a single pane of glass was smashed out of a main entry door of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Mosque in Rochester Hills.

Photo provided by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Deputies from the Oakland County Sherriff’s Office are investigating after the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Mosque in Rochester Hills was vandalized the night of Oct. 8.

Deputies from the Rochester Hills substation were called to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center, 1730 Auburn Road, on the report of a damaged door at around 6:39 a.m. Oct. 9.

Upon arrival, deputies were told that mosque members had discovered a single pane of glass smashed out of a main entry door that morning.

“The main entry way of the Mosque was smashed in with broken glass splattered across a wide area in and outside,” Muhammad Ahmad, the director of outreach for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Michigan, said in a statement.

Upon reviewing surveillance video, deputies said a male subject was recorded walking the perimeter of the mosque at around 9:30 p.m. the night before.

The subject, deputies said, was recorded walking in the general direction of the door that was damaged.

“Usually, around this time, children, women, and men are present for the last prayer of the day,” Ahmad said in an email. “Luckily no one was hurt, as members of the community left after offering their nightly prayer a few minutes prior to the incident.”

A window was also reportedly broken at a nearby business, Walgreens, at around the same time, according to reports. At press time, deputies said it was unknown if the two incidents are related.

Ahmad said members of the mosque released information about the crime with the community in the hopes of encouraging interfaith communities to exercise extra caution and to be vigilant while attending their places of worship.

“We are praying for the safety of all Interfaith Community members and places of worship,” he said in an email.

Detectives are continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information should contact the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office at (248) 858-5000.

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