This Year, Ramadan Preparations Include Enhanced Security

Bernie Tafoya
May 01, 2019 - 5:58 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mosques in the Chicago area are planning for the holy month of Ramadan, which starts over the weekend, and part of that preparation includes increased security.

With well-publicized attacks against houses of worship happening around the world, precautions are being taken at dozens of mosques and other Islamic facilities.

"These acts of violence being committed against people while they’re engaged in worship is horrific, appalling and it makes you sad and angry at the same time,” said Abdullah Mitchell, executive director of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

Besides hiring guards and using security cameras, Mitchell says mosques also are planning security drills.

"Oftentimes, at any house of worship that’s a place of refuge, one does not think of barricading oneself or having to repel violent forces, but that’s the situation I think that too many of us find ourselves in today," he said.

Mitchell said 67 mosques, Islamic schools and social service agencies are part of his organization.