Muslims raise nearly $100,000 for burned black churches

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Muslim Groups Raising Money To Repair Destroyed Black Churches

In the aftermath of the tragic 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. The "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 the 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.



If you'd like to donate to help rebuild Charleston's black churches, visit their crowdfunding campaign: "Respond with Love: Rebuild Black Churches, Support Victims of Arson across the South."

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Muslims raise nearly $100,000 for burned black churches
A charred Bible page is seen outside Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, inGreeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, but authorities said arson is not the cause. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: Only the brick walls remain standing at the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: People meet near the burned ruins of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: People pray near the burned ruins of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: An investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms walks through the burned ruins of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division sift through ashes and charred debris inside the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, but authorities said arson is not the cause. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: A sign stands in front of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: An investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms walks through the burned ruins of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
A South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigator examines the charred remains of a door outside Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, but authorities said arson is not the cause. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Ashes lie by a cornerstone outside Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, but authorities said arson is not the cause. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: A sign stands in front of the burned Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Smoke rises from Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church late Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C., which caught fire Tuesday. The African-American church that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
An investigator examines the remains of a fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division examine the remains of the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Debris cling to a cross affixed to the side of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire late Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Smoke rises from Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church in Greeleyville, S.C., which caught fire Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The African-American church that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Charred remains inside the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church are illuminated early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Fire investigators speak outside of the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, late Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Smoke rises from the charred remains pf Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church are illuminated early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire late Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
A firefighter examines the remains of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, late Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)

Fire investigators speak outside of the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, late Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)

Members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division talk as they examine the remains of a fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire late Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
A firefighter's jacket and helmet sit on a marker outside Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
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