Over the course of the last few weeks several black churches have gone up in flames with some suspecting arson as the cause for at least a few of the incidents.
While some were caused by lightning strikes during turbulent weather, others are still under investigation. The incidents raise concerns given the racist mass murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church by the white supremacist Dylann Roof.
Despite how the church fires were caused, a few good citizens sprung to action to help the churches rebuild.
In one inspiring move, a group of young Muslim Americans led by Faatimah Knight, a 23-year-old theology student, started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money during Ramadan.
The group set out to raise $10,000 but that goal was broken in only 12 hours, prompting them to up the goal to $50,000. As of this writing the group has also surpassed that goal and is now working to get $75,000. By Friday morning they had nearly $60,000 with one week left in the campaign.
Part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is giving alms to those in need.
“It’s Ramadan and we are experiencing firsthand the beauty and sanctity of our mosques during this holy month,” the group wrote on their LaunchGood site.
“ALL houses of worship are sanctuaries, a place where all should feel safe, a place we can seek refuge when the world is too much to bear.”
The move has inspired several other Muslim American non-profit groups to come on board with support.
It is still unclear why the churches were burned but one thing is for sure: this is a great initiative to lend a helping hand to those who need it.
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