Public raises over £1,300 to fix vandalised windows at Sparkhill mosque

A GoFundMe page raised over £1,300 after a vandal broke three windows at a Sparkhill mosque in Birmingham last Friday morning.

West Midlands Police continue questioning a 40-year-old man, but they added that the motive remains unclear as the investigation continues.

It left worshippers at the Paigham-E-Islam Trust mosque fearful, as Imam Muhammad Sajjad told the Birmingham Mail that this was the first such attack in forty years.

The vandalism occurred at around 6:45 am on November 4 during morning prayers.

Shocking footage of a man attacking the mosque with stones, including being fired from a catapult, appeared online.

In response, police increased reassurance patrols in the area, further engaging with local community leaders.

Faiq Rehman, who launched the GoFundMe, wrote: It is our duty as a community now to show our support back to the mosque and help pay towards the windows which were smashed by a vandal,” adding that funds donated “will be handed to the mosque in person by myself, Faiq Rehman, and it will be filmed so everyone can see their donations being handed out”.

In a statement, a force spokesperson said: “We’ve arrested a man on suspicion of criminal damage after windows were smashed at several buildings in Sparkhill this morning (November 4).

“The motive behind the attacks is yet to be established, but we’re currently questioning the man in his 40s, who remains in custody and is undergoing a mental health assessment.”

The public can also make donations for repairs through the mosque’s website by selecting the window appeal on a drop-down option for the donation section.

Tell MAMA has tailored security and safety advice for mosques, and during No2h8 November, we, as per protocol, urge mosques to keep such tips in mind.

We continue to liaise with West Midlands Police further and will provide further updates where possible.

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