Muslim Student Association wants to know who bugged prayer room

Pictured above: Members of the Muslim Student Association found this device — wireless and smaller than a dime — in the carpet of a Graham Center room they use for prayer.

Madison Fantozzi/News Director

Over a year after a possible listening device was found in the Graham Center’s Serenity Room in 343, the Muslim Student Association is still waiting for someone to claim the bug students say was discovered burrowed in the carpet under a prayer mat on February 9, 2013.

Student Media contacted MSA President Farouk Shihab who directed all news inquiries to representative Rayid Sakib.

“We have waited for over a year to get an answer from the investigation, and we haven’t received any solid explanation of this incident,” said Sakib, a junior engineering major. “We decided to bring it out and also we felt the students who use the room deserve to know about this.”

“We have waited for over a year to get an answer from the investigation, and we haven’t received any solid explanation of this incident,” said Rayid Sakib.

The MSA released a statement on its Facebook page on March 11 in response to an article published by Miami New Times, which coupled the investigation with an incident in New York where NYPD is said to have spied on MSA chapters in the area.

“For reasons unknown, the placement of such a device evidently accounts for a form of espionage intended to take place in the room,” the statement reads. “However, we find it necessary to establish that these assumptions behind this finding will only lead to closed ends.”

Sakib said the association retained counsel from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and is waiting for an organization to claim it.

Neither the University Police Department nor Miami Police Department have claimed the device as one they were using for an investigation.

President Mark B. Rosenberg and the University Police Department were unavailable for comment, but a University spokeswoman released a statement.

“The device was not related to any investigation that FIU Police is conducting or assisting in,” the statement reads. “As of this time, FIU Police have been unable to determine the origin of the device or confirm if any outside law enforcement agency was conducting an investigation.”

“The device was not related to any investigation that FIU Police is conducting or assisting in,” a University statement reads.

According to the spokeswoman, UPD contacted local and federal law enforcement agencies in an effort to obtain information, but no more information is available at this time.

Students continue to use the Serenity Room.

“It’s not about feeling safe, it’s about feeling violated,” Sakib said. “There are cameras everywhere. At what point can we have some privacy? What were they trying to achieve with the bug?”

According to the MSA, the bug had a wire when it was found but FIU officials said it did not. “It just doesn’t add up,” Sakib said.

The association’s statement further read:

“Although our organization does not intend to make conclusions upon this shocking discovery and regardless of the ones behind it, we feel it is significant for our rights to be protected on this campus.”

Sakib said this is an issue of First Amendment rights for not only Muslim students, but anyone who uses the prayer space.


7 Comments on "Muslim Student Association wants to know who bugged prayer room"

  1. What does Islam and Radical Islam have in common?
    1. they share the same mosque.
    2. they share the same Iman.
    3. they share the same Quran.
    4. everything is based on their religious beliefs.
    5. they seek to control.
    6.The people of Islam dont condemn what the people of Radical Islam do or vice versa.
    7. Islam and Radical Islam are racist.
    8. Islam and Radical Islam dislike Jews.
    9. The Iman get richer from both Islam and Radical Islam.
    10. Their mosque are used as sleeping quarters for both Islam and Radical Islam and they don’t pay any Lodging Taxes that Motel/Hotels are required to pay.
    11. They share the same God, Allah.
    12. Islam and Radical Islam commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide.
    13. The more Islam and Radical Islam grows, so does the display of the Swastika and in Hate Material.
    14. Islam and Radical Islam love Allah and there is no room for the love of their spouse, children, family members or friends.
    15. 1,570,000,000 (Muslims population) x .10 (10% are terrorist) = 157,000,000 Muslims terrorist
    16. Islam and Radical Islam accept honor killing, acid attack’s, killing wife or children.

  2. The Muslim in the United States have been Censoring our Federal Counterterrorism Training to railed against the “fear-mongering” that Islamic Law was “somehow a threat to Americans.” In Summary, the people of Islam are upset that the Federal Government is censoring the Muslims and the Muslims know this because they have been censoring the Federal Government.

  3. I wonder when the Democrats are going to start measuring all of the heat coming from all those bombs, IED’s, Suicide Bombs being set-off by the loving people of Islam and start fining these terrorist groups, I mean loving people for global warming

  4. I find it difficult to believe that more than CAIR members approve of the constant attacks in the name of Islam that kill Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and, yes, Muslims. The attack in a popular Nairobi shopping mall is just one example, but we have grown so accustomed to reports of bombings in Iraq, Pakistan, and other nations that we barely take notice of them.

  5. “Muslim countries, the most protective of women’s ‘honor’, have one of the highest rape scales in the world” The Muslim Issue, July 11, 2013

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