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."

See the destructive damage to the churches here:
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Muslims raise nearly $100,000 for burned black churches
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)
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)
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)
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