Muslim students claim someone urinated on prayer rug at U of M

Incident allegedly happened in reflection room
Posted at 10:15 PM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 10:23:16-05

A third year engineering student at the University of Michigan has filed a report with university police after she said a group of men urinated on a prayer rug in a room set aside for prayer.

Genan Harissa said she was studying with another Muslim student Sunday night who saw a disgusting act in the reflection room of the undergraduate library.

"He saw somebody urinating on one of the prayer rugs that we pray on everyday," Harissa said.

The alleged incident involved three men.

"They kind of got flustered cause they saw someone approach the prayer room and they kind of ran off and he didn't want to go inside because he was kind of shocked at what just happened. He didn't even want to go in there," she said.

Harissa said her friend was visiting from the University of Michigan Dearborn campus.

The allegations follow the discovery of racist and anti-Semitic e-mails that were falsely attributed to an engineering professor and one of his students. 

One said, "Hi you (expletive) filthy Jews. I just wanted to say the SS will rise again and kill all of your filthy souls. Die in a pit of eternal fire. Sincerely Dr. Alex Halderman."

A second one reads: "Hi n-----. I just wanted to say that I plan to kill all of you. White Power! The KKK has returned. Heil Trump.

The FBI is investigating the spoof e-mails. University officials are outraged.

"That kind of ugliness just has no place on our campus," said university spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald.