Candlelight vigil at Corvallis mosque

Candlelight vigil at Corvallis mosque

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by Mike Benner

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Posted on November 30, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 1 at 10:17 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Hundreds turned out in the rain and cold Tuesday evening to support the Islamic community in Corvallis.  

"It sends a message that we're a family in humanity," said Yosof Wanly.

Wanly is the Imam at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center in Corvallis.  It was fire-bombed early Sunday morning.  Federal agents said somebody broke a window and tossed a flammable liquid inside, burning 80% of an office.

"It's really frustrating and shocking," said temple worshiper Mothana Alzabidi.

On Tuesday evening people from all faiths showed up at a candlelight vigil to denounce the attack on the temple.

"This isn't the kind of thing we want in Corvallis, " said Linda Johansen.  "We want people to know it's not acceptable to respond that way to feelings."

Johansen and hundreds of others were also standing up against the foiled bombing at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, not to mention the man behind the alleged plot, 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud.  Temple leaders said he occasionally attended the Corvallis mosque.

"He does not represent the Islamic faith," said Wanly.

And perhaps that was not any more evident than when everybody circled the mosque in a show of solidarity.  Their message - violence will not be tolerated. 

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