A woman hurled anti-Islam slurs and then hot coffee at a group of Muslims after she saw them praying in a California park.
Rasheed Albeshari said he and some friends had just finished their prayers Sunday afternoon at Lake Chabot in Alameda County when the woman confronted them, reported Arab American News.
Albeshari recorded cell phone video of the woman's rant, beginning when she accused the men of being terrorists who tortured Christians.
"The people you tortured, they're going to spend eternity in heaven," says the woman, who was carrying a cup of coffee, a folded umbrella and a fanny pack. "You are very deceived by Satan. Your mind has been taken over -- brainwashed -- and you have nothing but hate, nothing but hate."
A park ranger approaches at that point and asks the woman if her harangue of other park visitors is appropriate.
"It is inappropriate, you're right, for somebody to tape record me," the woman says.
Albeshari says the woman had insulted his god, and at that point she approaches him, hits the man with her umbrella and then tosses coffee in his face.
His friends called police, and they are investigating the case as a possible hate crime.
“She was saying ‘Allah is Satan and you are all murderers,'" Albeshari said later.
He said a friend tried to explain that they also believed in and revered Jesus -- but he said that only made the woman more irate.
Albeshari said he moved to California from North Carolina four years ago, in part, because he thought he would face less discrimination.
But Muslims across the U.S. have been targeted by violence and discrimination since terrorist attacks last month in Paris and a mass shooting last week in San Bernardino.
“I never thought this would ever happen to me here," Albeshari said. "It’s a very uncomfortable feeling.”
#Islamophobia After praying, this lady approached us and started yelling at us that we're brainwashed for believing in Allah, "Allah is evil" she said. I started video taping her, I ,also, was hit by an umbrella before taking a shower of coffee right on my face. And what happened next was this..
Posted by Rasheed Albeshari on Monday, December 7, 2015