Three Muslim organizations have raised a whopping $100,470 to help rebuild African-American churches in the South that have tragically burned down after the June 17 deadly shooting in a South Carolina church.
In early July, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Arab-American Association of New York and Ummah Wide united forces to launch the fundraising campaign and initially, they had a simple monetary goal of ten thousand dollars but that was quickly met in a matter of hours.
Imam Zaid Shakir, an Islamic scholar at California’s Zaytuna College, explained the importance of the cause, “The American Muslim community cannot claim to have experienced anything close to the systematic and institutionalized racism and racist violence that has been visited upon African Americans. We do, however, understand the climate of racially inspired hate and bigotry that is being reignited in this country. We want to let our African American brothers and sisters know that we stand in solidarity with them during this dark hour.”