Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center

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Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center
Religion
AffiliationIslam
Location
MunicipalityBloomington
StateMinnesota
CountryUnited States
Geographic coordinates44°51′17″N 93°15′52″W / 44.8547°N 93.2644°W / 44.8547; -93.2644Coordinates: 44°51′17″N 93°15′52″W / 44.8547°N 93.2644°W / 44.8547; -93.2644

Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center is a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, United States. It first opened in 2011, when the Dar Al Farooq Center purchased a building that had previously been the site of Northgate Elementary School and Concordia High School.[1] The building that now houses the mosque was also sometimes used by a Lutheran church.[2] On August 5, 2017, Michael Hari, Michael McWhorter, and Joe Morris of Clarence, Illinois detonated an improvised explosive near the mosque, which damaged the structure but no one was hurt, in an effort to scare Muslims into leaving the United States. McWhorter and Morris pled guilty to crimes relating to the attack and Hari was convicted of several crimes in a 2020 federal trial.[3]

2017 bombing[edit]

On August 5, 2017, at about 5 a.m. local time, an improvised explosive device detonated near the mosque, damaging an imam's office and sending smoke throughout the building. No one was hurt in the explosion.[1][4]

Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota, denounced the attack as "an act of terrorism" during a visit to the mosque.[5] President Trump and the White House were silent on the attack,[6] but presidential advisor Sebastian Gorka suggested it may have been a hoax orchestrated "by the left."[7][8] Hundreds of community members gathered at a soccer field near the Islamic center on August 8 in a show of solidarity with Muslim Americans. Jewish and Christian faith leaders, locals, state officials, and U.S. Senator Al Franken were all in attendance.[9]

On March 13, 2018, the FBI announced the arrest of three suspects in connection to the bombing. The suspects were identified as Michael Hari, 47, Michael McWhorter, 29, and Joe Morris, 22, all of Clarence, Illinois. McWhorter allegedly stated that the motivation behind the bombing was "'scare [Muslims] out of the United States'...because they push their beliefs on everyone else."[10] The three were arrested on charges of possession of a machine gun.[11] One of men involved, former sheriff's deputy Michael B. Hari, had connections to the Three Percenters.[12]

After a five-week federal trial, a jury in Minnesota on December 9, 2020, convicted Michael Hari of five separate charges relating to property destruction and threats of force against the free expression of religious belief.[13] Hari was identified by authorities as the mastermind of the bombing. He had recruited McWhorter and Morris, who were less educated and in financial distress, to help carry out the attack. McWhorter and Morris pled guilty to crimes relating to the incident, accepting the possibility of 35 years in prison, but hoped for sentencing leniency after testifying against Hari at his trial. Hari faces a minimum federal prison sentence of 35 years.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Montemayor, Stephen (2017-08-06). "FBI: 'Improvised explosive device' caused blast at Bloomington Islamic center". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  2. ^ Du, Susan (2016-08-01). "Bloomington mosque-haters petition city to stomp down on Dar al Farooq". City Pages. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  3. ^ a b Mannix, Andy (2020-12-10). "Illinois man found guilty of bombing Minnesota mosque". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  4. ^ Chuck, Elizabeth (2017-08-05). "Bomb blast shakes Minnesota mosque as worshipers prepare for prayers". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  5. ^ Bromwich, Jonah Engel (2017-08-07). "Minnesota Governor Calls Mosque Attack a 'Criminal Act of Terrorism'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  6. ^ Lahu, Jake, "Trump's silence on Minnesota mosque attack prompts criticism", Politico, August 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Fang, Marina (10 August 2017). "Trump Adviser Suggests Minnesota Mosque Attack Could Have Been Faked 'By The Left'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ AP, "Ellison Calls on Trump to Condemn Minnesota Mosque Bombing". The New York Times, August 9, 2017.
  9. ^ Ansari, Talal (8 August 2017). "Hundreds Gather In Solidarity With Muslim Americans After Minnesota Mosque Bombing". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 23 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "3 Illinois men charged in Bloomington mosque bombing".
  11. ^ "3 arrested on gun charges suspected in Minnesota mosque bombing". Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  12. ^ Sankin, Aaron; Carless, Will (March 16, 2018). "Who are the Three Percenters?". Reveal News. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  13. ^ Levenson, Michael (2020-12-10). "Militia Leader Is Convicted in Bombing of a Minnesota Mosque". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-10.