Quincy Walters / WUSF News

It was early Friday morning when someone set fire to a mosque in New Tampa. An investigation is underway. People from the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group, want the incident to be investigated as a hate crime. 

But, the faith community is looking beyond what has happened. 

Islamic Society of New Tampa

Fire officials say a fire that damaged a Tampa area mosque was arson.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said in a news release the blaze occurred early Friday at the Islamic Society of New Tampa.

Imans Say Titusville Mosque Vandalism Shows Islamophobia

Jan 5, 2016
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Vandalism at a mosque in Titusville over the weekend has central Florida’s Muslims calling for an end to Islamophobia. Masjid Al Mumin, one of Brevard County’s four mosques and one of central Florida’s twenty worship centers now needs new cameras, lights, and electrical wiring after a man destroyed the outside with a machete. Part of the incident was captured on video. The suspect left bacon on the door outside according to a Titusville police report.