After A Texas Mosque Burned Down, These Donors Showed The Best Of The American Spirit

Nearly $1 million raised in 3 days.

When the Victoria, Texas Islamic Center burned down in an early morning fire last weekend, Muslim residents in the area were left without any place to worship. According to the New York Times, the mosque, which opened in 2000, served some 40 families who lived in the Victoria area.

The blaze completely destroyed the mosque which had just been burglarized and vandalized a week before. 

But people from all parts of the United States rallied around the mosque, sending donations and messages of support on the center's GoFundMe page. "Jewish community members walked into my home and gave me a key to the synagogue," said Dr. Shahid Hashmi, one of the mosque's co-founders, to the Times. "Churches came and prayed with us, and people brought cash and checks." In just three days, the mosque raised over $960,00 of an $850,000 goal to help rebuild.

More moving than the monetary goal, however, were the messages left by people on the site. While those who could afford to give, gave generously, others offered their time, their prayers, and their support. Whether as Christians, Muslims, atheists, or otherwise, these comments spoke to something that transcended differences: the heart of what it means to be an American.

Here are 7 of those comments.








Cover photo: Philip Arno Photography.

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