SHAFAQNA -Â In the aftermath of the tragicÂ South Carolina shooting, eight black churches were burned in hateful acts of racism.
A coalition of U.S. Muslim groups wanted to help, so they decided to start a fundraiser. TheÂ “Launch Good” fundraiser began on July 2 and ends Saturday, July 18 at 3:45 a.m. The date and time is symbolic of EID, the holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, a Muslim holy month of fasting.
As of Friday at 10 a.m., the fundraiser has raised $92,821, which exponentially surpasses their original goal of $10,000. But, after the fundraiser went viral, the group increased their goal to $100,000.
Namira Islam, executive director of theÂ Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, said the fundraising idea came largely because of the overtly racist nature of the attacks. The Muslim community identified with the community, because both two groups face debilitating racism.
“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 time is now, let’s unite to help our sisters and brothers in faith. ” – Muslim coalition.
If you’d like to donate to help rebuild Charleston’s black churches, visit their crowdfunding campaign:Â “Respond with Love: Rebuild Black Churches, Support Victims of Arson across the South.”