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Treasury Department to release impounded religious tiles

Mosque-Artwork Impounded
Posted at 10:37 AM, Aug 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 10:37:30-04

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Treasury Department is releasing a shipment of tiles that were intended for a northern Virginia mosque but were confiscated at Dulles International Airport after they were determined to have violated sanctions on Iran.

Word of the release came through the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which released a letter from the Treasury Department to attorneys representing the Manassas Mosque.

The tiles were a gift from a mosque in the Iranian city of Qom to the Virginia mosque and include verses from the Quran.

Imam Abolfazl Nahidian said the custom-made tiles were to be used in construction of a new mosque.