After coming back from a short vacation, a man found his house in Oregon vandalized and broken into. The racist and anti-Islam graffiti called him a “Muslim” and a “terrorist.”
However, the man is not Muslim. Hasel Afshar, 33, was born in Iran and was raised as a member of the Baha’i religion.
“I'm not Muslim. I just grow a beard," he added.
Apart from the hate-filled graffiti, he also found a note that was left under seven bullets arranged in a cross.
"If I see you here next month, I will shoot you and burn your house," read the note.
Afshar has lived in the country since 2010. Following the hate-filled incident, he now plans to sell his house and move out of the country.
“I'm not going to be a hero and stay here and fight about it. I'm not going to sit here and wait for someone to shoot me," he added.
Heartbroken by the incident the victim added, “I think this is a great country but I don’t know, it’s just a lot of racist people.”
Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement, “The FBI should join in the investigation of this apparent hate crime in order to demonstrate that the rights and safety of American Muslims, and those perceived to be Muslim, will be protected.”
Police said they have notified the FBI and confirmed that any arrests made could be prosecuted as a hate crime.
The vandalism refers to the victim (who is Baha'i )- as "Muslim." pic.twitter.com/jAutQfnlHT— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) March 29, 2017
@BobHeye if a fund gets established for Hasel Afshar please post it online. Wish I could help them re-paint or do something to help out.— Crystal Elston (@CrystalElston) March 30, 2017
However, this is not a first such incident. Recently, a Muslim family living Virginia was the target of vandalism. Whoever broke into the home of the Pakistani family stole more than $25,000 worth of gold and their green cards, tore up their ornate Quran and scrawled “F*** Muslims” on their wall.
Thumbnail Credit: Zane Sparling, Portland Tribune