Local churches offer support to Muslim community after hate crime

Updated: Dec. 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM CST
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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -Local church leaders across the city met on Saturday to show support for the Muslim community in Lawton. This is after the pig-dumping hate crime incident outside the Islamic Center in Lawton earlier this week

As we told you Thursday, surveillance footage shows a pig falling off the back of a pickup truck that had pulled up to the center sometime Tuesday night. The incident is considered offensive to Muslims, because members of the Islamic faith are forbidden to eat pork according the Qur'an.

Dr. Hassan Ahmed, Director of the Islamic Center of Lawton says it's overwhelming how much support they've received since this incident.

"Let's continue this kind of discussion into faith and let's be together in all times," said Ahmed. "Whoever did what they did, we are here to forgive them, to educate and welcome them."

The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations--or CAIR--  is now calling on the F-B-I to investigate this hate crime.

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