Friday, July 10, 2015

Muslim groups fundraise to restore black churches, 'support victims of arson'

The fires ‒ seven of which occurred in southern states and one in Ohio ‒ have drawn suspicion of foul play, beginning just days after 21-year-old Dylann Roof killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina in mid-June.
Muslim organizations have raised ($59, 147) to help rebuild eight historically black churches that have burned down since the deadly attack on a prayer group in South Carolina. Three fires are believed to be arson, while the rest are under investigation. The groups ‒ including Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Arab American Association of New York and Ummah Wide ‒ encouraged Muslims to reach out during their holy month of Ramadan. The groups had set a goal of $20,000, but are close to ($59, 147) ‒ as of 11:00 a.m. ET ‒ after launching on July 2. [link]