Americans raise $780,000 to rebuild burned Texas mosque

Following the news that the mosque in south-east Texas was completely destroyed early on Saturday, the Islamic Centre of Victoria set up an online donation drive via GoFundMe to rebuild.

Americans raise $780,000 to rebuild burned Texas mosque

An online donation drive to rebuild a mosque, which was burned to the ground shortly after President Trump signed into effect a "Muslim ban" on refugees and others from seven Muslim-majority countries, has raised more than $780,000.

Following the news that the mosque in south-east Texas was completely destroyed early on Saturday, the Islamic Centre of Victoria set up an online donation drive via GoFundMe to rebuild.


A gofundme.com page set up to raise funds to rebuild the mosque demonstrated the overwhelming goodwill from supporters in Victoria, the state of Texas, the US and beyond. As of 10:45 PM Sunday, the page had raised more than USD 780,000 since its creation the previous day," Victoria Advocate newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people prayed and communed yesterday at the burned ruins of the mosque in a show of community solidarity. Religious leaders of varying faiths and backgrounds led an emotional crowd, the paper said.

At least four churches and a synagogue have offered the use of their own houses of worship for the displaced members of the now-destroyed mosque.

The Islamic centers president, Shahid Hashmi, refused to speculate about whether it was arson, but said the building was burglarised a week ago.

The mosque, built in 2000, was the victim of a burglary on January 21 and in July 2013, a man admitted painting H8 - shorthand for hate - on one of the mosques outside walls.