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Man allegedly threatens to set a Muslim women on fire at U of M

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ANN ARBOR, MI (WNEM) -

A Michigan woman was subject to a potential hate crime as a man threatened to set her on fire if she didn't take off her hijab.

Now, religious leaders are speaking out saying despite high tensions these types of events shouldn't be tolerated.

“It's a free country, everyone has the right to talk as he like and to dress as he like,” Mohamad Mwafak of Grand Blanc said.

Religious leaders at the Grand Blanc Islamic Center said what allegedly happened over the weekend to a Muslim woman wearing a hi jab is disturbing.

“We have to show respect for each other, regardless of their religion or color or race. We are in America, welcoming everyone,” Mwafak said.

U of M police said a woman wearing a religious head scarf reported a white man who appeared drunk demanded she remove her hi jab or he would set her on fire.

Cathy Yeotis runs a Christian Church in Grand Blanc and said hate crimes like this should not be tolerated.

“The main reason people come to the United States of America is so they can be free to follow their own religion,” Yeotis with the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church said.

Religious leaders said they hope more people become educated about what their religion is. They said if you would like to learn more, their doors are always open.

“We are not hiding ourselves. We are open. We practice our religion; our Mosque is open to everyone. So if someone wants to understand - you can understand,” Mwafak said.

With tensions high after a tumultuous election season, Steve Gibson said people are quick to point fingers but said they should really just look in the mirror. 

“It's an issues of the heart. It’s an issue of hate in the heart, and that is something we need to eradicate,” Gibson said.

Ann Arbor police have not released any more information on the suspect and are still currently investigating.

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