Nashville Muslims are calling for forgiveness in response to an offensive anti-Muslim YouTube video that sparked deadly violence in the Middle East.
Worshippers attending Friday prayers at the Nashville Islamic Center on 12th Avenue South listened to a message from the Imam, calling for peace.
"We stand for our prophet, but people have to know there is a way we can make the case, we can sue them, we can take it to the Supreme Court," said Imam Mohamed Ahmed.
"We strongly condemn this provocative video and we think this wreck less person who came up with this wanted to provoke Muslims," said mosque spokesman Amir Arain.
Arain continued, "We also strongly condemn the violence that has been committed in the past two days. I think it's more blasphemous on the parts of Muslims to do that. Because if Mohammed, peace be upon him, was here he would not have done this."
Between 500 to 600 people worship at the mosque, which is one of several in the Nashville-Murfreesboro area.
Many of the worshippers told Nashville's News 2 that they had not seen the offensive video which Google has removed from YouTube.
"I understand the high, the feelings of my Muslim brothers and sisters in the Middle East and in here. I'm angry myself, but I choose to educate rather than to destroy," said Yasser "I think the reason its so offensive is that Muslims hold a very important status for prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him," said Saleh Arafat as he left the mosque following prayers.
The Islamic Center employs security in the parking lot and around the building during Friday prayers.
Arain said there have been no threats from outsiders, and he doesn't expect there to be any violent reaction from Muslims from the congregation.