When Texas’ Victoria Islamic Center was gutted in a supposed arson onrush last year, several local religions reportedly opened their doors and offered the Muslim community temporary infinites to worship.

Now the Victoria mosque is paying it forward by offering its own property as a venerate opening after a neighbourhood faith was damaged when a vehicle gate-crashed into it.

About 30 members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Victoria parcelled into an auxiliary building on the Victoria Islamic Center’s property on Sunday for a morning sacred service.

Abe Ajrami, the Islamic center’s treasurer, told members of the displaced Unitarian Universalist Association congregation to treat the space like their own, according to the Victoria Advocate.

“You can use this residence as long as you require — as many Sundays as there is a desire, ” he said. “When you’re finished, simply turned off the lights.”

The UUA group’s permanent home was damaged on May 29 after a automobile plowed through an exterior wall, its library and its venerate seat. The car’s driver apparently lost verify of private vehicles after a conflict with another automobile. No one was in the church at the time, and no one was hurt in the accident. However, the building sustained extensive damage.

The Victoria Islamic Center is still rebuilding its own worship space after a shoot ripped through its main building in January 2017. In June prosecutors charged Marq Vincent Perez with a hate crime for supposedly setting the fire.

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The Victoria Islamic Center mosque in Victoria, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2017, the day after it was damaged in an alleged arson.

An online fundraiser for the mosque developed over$ 1 million. While the reconstruction takes neighbourhood, the mosque’s members are worshiping in a temporary portable building on its property.

The UUA congregation was reportedly one of the local religious groups that offered to house the Victoria Islamic Center last year. The Unitarian Universalist movement retraces its springs to liberal Christianity but in recent years has grown to embrace many different religious traditions.

The church will use the Islamic center’s building for several months while it decides its next steps, its president, Manuel Zamora, told the Victoria Advocate.

“It was a sacred space, ” he am talking about his congregation’s building. “We have a lot of history there.”


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