Muslim doctor shot near Houston mosque on way to prayer

  • Muslim doctor shot near Houston mosque on way to prayer

    HOUSTON: A Muslim doctor headed for morning prayers on Sunday at a Houston mosque was shot in an attacked by three men, police said. The motive for the attack was unclear, but comes a day after another Muslim man was beaten outside a Florida mosque.

    The victim of the Texas incident, Dr. Arslan Tajammul, an eye specialist in his 30s, was undergoing surgery and was expected to survive, according to Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Houston branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

    The wounded physician escaped internal organ damage and was expected to fully recover, though he remained hospitalised in intensive care late on Sunday, according to Houston police officer Muzaffar Siddiqi, a liaison with the city's Muslim community.

    The doctor had parked his car and was walking to the Madrasah Islamiah mosque for the day's first prayers when he was ambushed about a block away from the mosque and shot twice at about 5:30am EST (0930 GMT), Siddiqi said. The three attackers fled on foot.

    "It's a real strange occurrence because the mosque is in a poor neighborhood, and they (the attackers) were wearing masks, which could mean all kinds of things," Carroll said.

    Siddiqi said investigators had not confirmed the assailants were masked. He urged the public not to jump to conclusions, despite concerns in the Muslim community that the attack was a hate crime.

    "We don't know yet," Siddiqi told Reuters in a telephone interview, adding that robbery might have been the motive. But he said police were escalating their presence around the mosque in the meantime. The Muslim holy month of Ramazan ends on Tuesday.

    The shooting took place a day after a Muslim man was beaten outside a Florida mosque that had been attended by the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub.

    The victim in that case was punched in the head and face outside the Fort Pierce Islamic Centre early on Saturday, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said.

    Taylor Anthony Mazzanti, 25, was arrested in the attack and was charged with felony battery, the sheriff's office said, adding that the case was still under investigation.

    The Florida branch of CAIR said the attacker uttered racially offensive comments, including "You Muslims need to get back to your country," before the assault.

    The Islamic Centre's imam had requested extra security following last month's mass shooting by Omar Mateen at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse. Mateen had worshipped at the centre.

  • The global champions of human rights behaving the way they know best.

    American society has become racist and bigoted to the core. The other day these scumbags arrested and handcuffed a UAE man simply because he was wearing his national dress and speaking in his native language on the phone.

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    American society has become racist and bigoted to the core.

    Whilst I do join in condemning the crime, I think it is unfair to label the entire society for the wrong-doing of few. It is the same way as we often say that "All Muslims are not Terrorists" and a handful Muslims doing something which is wrong, the entire global Muslim populations is labelled.

    Let us not do what they do.

  • مقدمہ اسلام آباد میں چلے گا ، پلان لندن میں بنا ، جے آئی ٹی ٹی ٹی آگئ

  • گلو تم اپنا شام کا اخبار چلاؤ وہاں یہ جگت بازی سوٹ کرتی ہے۔

    ہر جگہ اپنی جگت کی پچکاریاں نا مارو

  • @anjaan said in Muslim doctor shot near Houston mosque on way to prayer:

    Let us not do what they do.

    Indeed there are good and bad people everywhere. I am not labeling the entire country as racist and bigot but since lately it has been an over whelming number of them becoming pure racist and bigots. Perhaps due to ignorance and the Islamophobia their media feeds them 24/7.

  • We are witnessing increasing number of attack on Muslims in developed countries of the world. Difficulties of Muslims, there, are increasing with the passage of time. Irrespective of reasons of such attacks, did we ever try to understand the reasons of such attacks? I think no.

  • Friend Ayatullah Adnak

    Every action has a re-action.

  • @friend ayatullah anjaan jee

    So, you see the increasing number of attacks on Muslims in developed countries as a "REACTION".

  • Friend Ayatullah Adnak

    The answer to your question is long and complex but essentially yes.
    One has to go back to the origin. If a section of the society because of its powerful position treats the rest of the society unjustly, sooner or later there will be a reaction by the oppressed class. An example will be Apartheid in South Africa. Treatment of Palestinians by Israel created Hamas. Reaction by the oppressed against the oppressor is another "Action" which then creates a reaction by the on and so forth.

    Another recent example is the recent reaction by the Black Americans against the Police's action. It is a vicious circle.

    Having said that, I am in agreement with the point raised by you that if we stop to think the reason for an action, perhaps a reaction can be avoided by addressing the reasons.

  • @sulaiman-dar European scared of Moslems!