WASHINGTON - A prominent Islamic civil rights and advocacy organisation has expressed concern about a recent spike in reports of anti-Muslim incidents nationwide during or just prior to the holy month of Ramazan. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Thursday listed a number of incidents across the country, pointing to the most recent incident involving a hate-motivated attack on a Muslim familys home in Oregon. We are concerned that the rising level of anti-Islam rhetoric in our society is contributing to this apparent spike in hate crimes targeting Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim, said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. Our nations leaders must speak out against the increasing use of anti-Islam hate speech on the Internet, on talk radio and in editorial pages. On Wednesday, CAIRs Michigan chapter called for state and federal hate crime charges against assailants who allegedly attacked members of a Muslim family in Ann Arbor. The FBI and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights are now looking into the case. CAIR called for similar charges in the recent case of two men who allegedly called a California assault victim Taliban and terrorist during the attack. In late August, CAIR reported a bias-motivated attack on Muslims in New York. The FBI now says it is monitoring that case.