SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTVU) - An investigation is under way after a Quran placed in a container of lard was mailed to an Islamic group in Sacramento.
A copy of the Muslim holy book arrived at the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, last month via Federal Express, according to police.
The book was in a sealed plastic food container and some of the pages included anti-Muslim hate messages.
Investigators say the package was sent by an anonymous person from Missouri City, Texas.
Police say they are looking into the incident as hate-related activity but that there was no actual crime committed.
“These incidents are part of a nationwide trend of anti- Muslim hate, but we will not be intimidated,” a CAIR official said in a statement sent to KTVU.
“The Sacramento Police Department has been very responsive to these types of incidents. We appreciate their vigilance and support,” the official added.
This incident came just days after two mosques in the area were vandalized.
In Sacramento, someone left a burned Quran wrapped in bacon handcuffed to a chain-link fence.
Then at the Davis Islamic Center, pages of a Quran were torn out and strewn outside that mosque.
Those cases have been classified as hate crimes.