This is very sad and shows that there is still work to do in Rhode Island to ensure that everyone is treated with respect. To get involved with Welcoming RI contact Michelle DePlante at mdeplante@iiri.org The Providence Journal / Sandor Bodo Imam Mufti Ikram ul Haq presides over the prayers at Masjid Al-Islam in North Smithfield during the holy month of Ramadan last year. NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Muslims at the Masjid Al-Islam on Sayles Hill Road have asked police for extra protection and help from the FBI after their sign was vandalized and half of it stolen early Sunday. Mufti Ikram ul Haq, the masjid’s imam, said that in light of other recent incidents — the shooting deaths at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and the burning of a mosque in Missouri — members are concerned that the vandalim may be part of a larger pattern against Muslims or people perceived as Muslim. He said a surveillance video, which has since been turned over to police, shows a man smashing the sign with a hammer at 3:30 Sunday morning and driving away with a part of it in his car.

This is very sad and shows that there is still work to do in Rhode Island to ensure that everyone is treated with respect. To get involved with Welcoming RI contact Michelle DePlante at mdeplante@iiri.org The Providence Journal / Sandor Bodo Imam Mufti Ikram ul Haq presides over the prayers at Masjid Al-Islam in North Smithfield during the holy month of Ramadan last year. NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Muslims at the Masjid Al-Islam on Sayles Hill Road have asked police for extra protection and help from the FBI after their sign was vandalized and half of it stolen early Sunday. Mufti Ikram ul Haq, the masjid’s imam, said that in light of other recent incidents — the shooting deaths at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and the burning of a mosque in Missouri — members are concerned that the vandalim may be part of a larger pattern against Muslims or people perceived as Muslim. He said a surveillance video, which has since been turned over to police, shows a man smashing the sign with a hammer at 3:30 Sunday morning and driving away with a part of it in his car.

Muslims in North Smithfield ask for protection after sign vandalized