On Saturday morning around 5 a.m., a bomb flew through a window of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota and exploded as worshippers gathered for a prayer session.
"We have a lot of support from our community here and we are very fortunate to be here and be welcomed here and feel safe here", says Islamic Center of Sioux Falls Director, Mohamed Sharif. Omar told multiple news outlets that the mosque has been the target of threatening messages recently. Nobody was injured in the explosion, which broke windows and damaged a room at the Minneapolis mosque as worshippers prepared for morning prayers.
"What a awful, dastardly, cowardly act was committed", Dayton said, calling it a "criminal act of terrorism".
Sharif says there's been an increase in hate crimes and attacks towards Muslim Americans and he hopes President Donald Trump will speak up.
Though several have expressed commentary on the subject, a statement from President Trump and his administration was noticeably missing. "He seems to want to tweet about security and terror issues", he said.
Trump is now on a 17-day vacation at his golf club in Bedminster Township, N.J., but has sent over 20 tweets so far about a variety of subjects ranging from what he deems unfair media coverage to Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Dayton and Smith joined public officials and mosque leaders for a meeting inside the building.
Mr Omar said the bombing had been "horrific and tragic", but added: "On the other hand, good people came out, and they outnumber that one bad guy, and we are so pleased and so happy to see this community coming together in our support".
The local chapter's civil rights director, Amir Malik, said that "if a bias motive is proven, this attack would represent another in a long list of hate incidents targeting Islamic institutions nationwide in recent months".
"While it is fortunate that no lives were lost, and the physical damage is repairable, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recognizes the pain and anger of our communities any time a place of worship is attacked and we will work hard to hold those responsible accountable", Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton said in a statement on Monday.
The investigation is ongoing but it has determined no suspects thus far.
"This is an act of terrorism".
Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota, described the blast as part of a terrorist attack and noted the double standards that were applied when Muslims were the victims.