Rabat – In one of the latest reports of Islamophobic, xenophobic and racist attacks against Muslims and Muslim community centers in Austria, a mosque in Vienna was defaced on Christmas Day when vandals with attached a pig’s head and entrails to it.  The act of vandalism reflects a growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the European country.On Thursday, December 25, the head of a pig, along with pork tripe, were hung on the door of Kocatepe Mosque belonging to the Turkish-Islamic Union in Austria. The act of vandalism was described as “unacceptable” by a local imam, according to The Local Austria. The attack was reported to the police by the mosque’s community, the same source added.Muslims are forbidden from eating pork or touching pig carcasses, as they are considered unclean in Islam.Condemning the barbaric affront to Muslim sensibilities, the head of the Turkish-Islamist Union in Vienna (ATIB), Fatih Karada? stated “this attack was not only against Muslims, but an attack against the whole humanity.  We will keep our calm stance as Muslims.”This year, there have been several other similar hate crimes targeting the Muslim community in Austria which includes about half a million Muslims or nearly 6 percent of the European country’s 8 million population.Earlier in the year during Eid, five pigs heads were dropped into the construction site of Eyüp Sultan Religious Vocational High School (Imam Hatip Lisesi) in Vienna.Edited by Elisabeth Myers.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.

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