Tennessee Shooting Sparks Fear Of Backlash For Muslims, National Group Issues Warning For Eid

The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued its warning as a direct result of the attacks, Ibrahim Hooper, the director of communications for the council, said. “We haven’t had specific threats,” he elaborated during a telephone interview on Friday. Hooper said mosques and community leaders should remain vigilant, but emphasized that the council’s condemnation of the attacks superseded its security warnings. “Any concern about backlash is secondary,” he said.

In parts of the U.S., Muslim communities face outright hostility from non-Muslims.