Officials have ruled that a fire at a Minneapolis mosque on Monday was accidental. But Jaylani Hussein with the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) is still concerned about false social media reports that mosques have remained open during COVID-19:

“Mosques have been following the guidelines just like any other faith-based organization, mosques have actually closed earlier than the initial order came down, so this is definitely a tragic anti-Muslim agenda trying to drive a wedge between the Muslim community and others.”

Hussein says there’s been an uptick in hate crimes targeting the Muslim community. Late last month a suspect was arrested in Missouri after a suspected arson attack on a mosque.