‘Donald Trump impact’ could be behind graffiti at Tayside mosque site

A prominent Muslim believes Donald Trump could have an "impact" on the attitude towards Islam.

Offensive graffiti has been spray-painted on the site of a new mosque in Tayside.

The words ‘No Muslims’ have been daubed on signage at the former Beveridge Builders office in Jeanfield Road.

The Perth Islamic Society has secured planning permission for a new purpose-built place of worship at the site.

Mohammed Issa, a prominent local Muslim and businessman, said he was ‘shocked’ to hear of the incident.

The graffiti at Jeanfield Road

He said: “It isn’t fair for anyone to go about behaving in that manner.

“I think that what is going on politically – with people like Donald Trump – is having an impact. If people came to the mosque they’d see it is just people praying – like any Christian church.

“It just needs more understanding – if some of the people who are willing to do stuff like this actually came and saw what goes on at a mosque then they would think differently.

“Especially when a mosque is being built, every effort is taken to try to use it to support the local community.”

Perth and North Perthshire MP Pete Wishart spoke of his disappointment at the appearance of the graffiti.

Outspoken US President Donald Trump.

Pete said: “This is really disappointing but I suspect it is a one-off situation.

“Hopefully there will be a speedy resolution to any conflict.”

Archie MacLellan, former chairman of Perth and Kinross Fairness Commission, also spoke of his dismay at the act of vandalism.

Archie said: “They are peaceful people who have lived in the Perth area in harmony with everyone else for many years and they set a good example.”

The Perth Islamic Society says it needs new accommodation for its fast-growing congregation.

Earlier this year a spokesman said that the society — which is currently based at the Fair City’s Glasgow Road — had about 600 members across Perthshire.

Objectors to the planning application said the proposals for the building have only a handful of parking spaces for a congregation of about 600.

On September 10, members of the far-right group the Scottish Defence League rallied against the plans at a march in the city centre.

Hundreds of anti-fascist protesters staged a counter-protest in response to the march.