The center also served as a mosque. For now, activities and prayer are taking place at the homes of some of the members.
Ghufran Alsheemary is a teacher at the center. She says the incident traumatized many in the Center's community, but all appreciate the outpouring of public support.
"There's so much feedback that has come from, like, a lot of Christian members in the community, Jewish members, and a lot of donations, you know, that have been donated to the mosque just for rebuilding."
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is offering a $1,000 reward for any information given to law enforcement authorities that leads to an arrest and conviction of the perpetrator, if the fire is ruled to be arson. There is also an ongoing fundraising campaign aimed at providing help towards the cost of rebuilding the Islamic Center. The campaign has already exceeded its initial goal of $20,000 dollars.
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