With Ramadan underway, a mosque in New Haven, US state of Connecticut, was a daily gathering place for Muslims to be among friends and family as they broke their fast.
But on Sunday, worshipers received devastating news: A fire had broken out just before 4 p.m., rendering the mosque uninhabitable.
And on Monday, New Haven officials delivered another blow: They announced that they believed that the fire had been set intentionally.
Luckily, nobody was hurt in the blaze that caused significant damage.
The specific motive for the arson was unclear. There have been no arrests and the investigation is continuing, the authorities said.
Assistant Fire Chief Orlando Marcano said there's a $2,500 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont condemned the incident on Twitter saying, "A hate-fueled attack on a religious institution -- any religion -- is disgusting and appalling.”
The arson came at a time when places of worship have been frequent targets.