• People from throughout northwest Ohio showed up to support the Muslim community.

Islamic Center of Greater Toledo holds service following killings at 2 mosques in New Zealand

‘Toledo’s got this covered. Now the world needs to do the same.’

Last week’s mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killed 50 people and unleashed a flood of sympathy for the Muslim community throughout the world, including at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo in Perrysburg Township.

The center welcomed people from throughout the region for a memorial service Sunday.

Nadia Ashraf-Moghal, president of the center, opened the service by thanking the larger community.

“I cannot emphasize enough how much we value your support. We are sad, but we are not afraid. When I look out and see all of you today, I don’t think about the hate. I think about the love. It’s that love that will give us the strength to conquer fear and hatred.

“Unfortunately, we at the Islamic Center have had to recover from tragedy when an arsonist set fire to our center in 2012. He came armed, but he came when the center was empty. We were lucky that day. I remember well the strong support from our interfaith community that helped us recover from that hateful act. That taught me that the way to defeat hatred is through people standing together in solidarity against the ideologies of hate. What the world needs today is this being done on a global scale. Toledo’s got this covered. Now the world needs to do the same.”

 

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