The news of this attack had a very strange effect on me. I thought to myself, “That’s a major Arab area. Where was the security.”
Coming from the Arab community, I grew in with masjids that always had an almost military presence. Sometimes they were armed. And this has been the case with every masjid I have been to with majority Arab population or Arab administration.
Figure 1A: Regents Park Masjid, London, a very strong security presence
Figure 2A: Northgate Masjid, Seattle, near military presence
Figure 3A: North London Central Mosque, London, Never without security
Figure 4A: King Fahd Centre, Culver City, US, military strongmen
Figure 5A: Islamic Institute of Orange County, Anaheim, US, someone was on hand.
So it was so strange that this large Arab community was missing security. Even the Arab afterschools, weekend schools and other events had private hire security. The tyranny of the Arab world teaches you to always be prepared in a new world.
Perhaps they were feeling too comfortable. Maybe it was too large of an expense. Maybe there was a breakdown in the security that was in place and they never saw it coming. The security at these masjids was not just on hand for people, but they had security cameras and also had their ears to the street for local community.
During this terrible time there needs to be mourning, recitation of the Qur’an for the deceased; but then moving on we should think of security. If it was not there, it should be. If it was there and there was a breakdown, there should be a restrengthening of the force. Until next time.