Man confesses to arson at Houston Islamic center

27th Feb 2015
Man confesses to arson at Houston Islamic center

Elham Asaad Buaras

A Houston man has apparently confessed to arson in a fire that destroyed a building at an Islamic center on Friday February 13, officials said.

Officials at the Quba Islamic Institute mosque and school say there became aware through media reports that 55 year-old Darryl Ferguson had been arrested and charged with first-degree felony arson in connection with the blaze that erupted before morning prayers in the storage area of the mosque and Muslim school.

However mosque officials say they have not been notified by authorities of the arrest.

Imam Ahsan Usman Zahid told The Muslim News the Institute in southeast Houston, Texas, was also forced to cancel classes the following Monday and Tuesday “due to violent threats received on Facebook page and in interest of the safety of our children.”

“We think the fire is connected to the rise of Islamophobic crimes that are unfortunately dominating society these days.” said Zahid.

Investigators with the Houston Fire Department ruled an accelerant was used in the fire.

Worshipers described the incident as particularly troubling following the Chapel Hill murders of three young Muslim American students.

Officials said the blaze burned the extension at the back of the main building. Mosque officials say $200,000 worth of damage was caused. The building was closed at the time of the fire, and no one was inside. No injuries were reported.

Leave a Comment

What is 11 + 3 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

Latest Tweets