The goodwill of hundreds of neighbours has helped to heal the pain caused by an ugly act of hatred.

Less than a month after a firebomb went through the window of their school, worshippers at the Hamilton Mountain Mosque threw open the doors to the public Saturday.

The busy open house proved to be affirming for Hamilton’s Muslims and educational for their non-Muslim neighbours.

At least 300 visitors packed the mosque and its attached school on Stonechurch Road, east of Upper Ottawa Street.

There, amid hand-shaking and laughter, they enjoyed halal snacks, asked questions about Islamic practices and beliefs and took stocking-foot tours of the mosque and Islamic School of Hamilton, located together on the site of a former racquet club.