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US Muslims' Ramadan Campaign to Rebuild Black Churches

With eight churches having been burned down across the South, three Muslim organisations have come together to restore them.

Eight predominately black churches in the US were burned down by arsonists since the deadly attack on a prayer group in South Carolina which rocked America last month. However, three Muslim organisations have promised to build them again after starting a crowdfunding campaign.  

The campaign started in July 2nd and will end with the end of Ramadan. So far, Ummah Wide, Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, and Arab American Association of New York were able to raise almost $29,000 for the project. "These kinds of attacks on Black churches are a very old form of intimidation in the South, historically used to strike fear into the hearts of Black people," the Muslim groups wrote.

The campaign Respond with Love aims to reach $30,000 by the end of Ramadan. The fires seem to be linked to the incident in which an armed 21-year old, Dylan Roof, killed nine people at prayer group held at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina.