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Interfaith community gathers after Islamic Center arson

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH - It's been one week since the arson at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.

Members believe their wounds will heal with love and compassion from their neighbors of all faiths.

That's why on Sunday, a multi-faith prayer service was held under a tent next to the damaged Islamic Center.

Hundreds attended.

Whether Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh or Christian, all here agree an attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths.

"It's a hate crime. Hate cannot be ended by more hate. It can only be ended by love," said Buddhist John Thomas.

Federal hate crime charges have been filed against Randy Linn.

He's accused of setting a fire in the prayer room of the mosque.

Court documents show he complained Muslims in this country get a ‘free pass.'

"It's unfortunate that it happened. There is evil out in the world. Evil needs to be overcome by love, peace and harmony," said Larry Thomas, who identifies himself as a Christian.

It was a theme heard throughout the prayer service how support from all faiths will help Muslim wounds heal.

"It's important to bring other faiths because we need to galvanize the community to stand together with us against a hate crime," said Dr. Mahjabeen Islam, President of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.

A sign posted outside the Center sums up how members feel.

It reads, "You can burn our mosque but you can not burn our spirit."

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