Class is back in session at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on Sunday, the first time since an arsonist torched the mosque in September.
52-year-old Randy Linn sits in jail after receiving a 20-year sentence for starting the blaze. About $1.5 million of smoke and water damage covered the walls and burned the floor of the prayer room. School classes resumed at Perrysburg High School and prayer sessions were held throughout the community during the six months it took to rebuild the Islamic Center.
Students and teachers celebrated the return to the Islamic Center with classroom parties, recess on the playground and prayers in the renovated prayer room.
"Coming back to the center, even the children are very excited to be back home," said Cherrefe Kadri, President of the Islamic Center. "A couple of weeks ago when I told them (the children) this week we'd be back they said 'great, back to our old playground.'"
The Islamic Center still has areas of the facility to rebuild, including parts of the prayer room which is currently covered with a temporary carpet. Weekday school classes will resume on Monday.