After mysterious fire, Texas mosque raises $1M for rebuilding effort

Feb 1, 2017

Twitter image of suspected arson fire at Victoria Islamic Center in US state of Texas on January 28, 2017.
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A Texas Mosque that was burned down last week raised almost a million dollars for its rebuilding in an astounding show of support from well-wishers.

The New York Times reports that the Victoria Islamic Center raised over $900,000 on Saturday and Sunday, through an online fund-raising campaign and cash and checks from the local community.

The mosque in Victoria, Texas, is home to almost 70,000 worshipers. The charitable contributions will help to rebuild the 4,000-square-foot prayer and community center. In addition to the donations, Victoria carpenters have offered their services, and locals have offered to knit prayers rugs.

The mosque was totally gutted by a mysterious fire early Saturday morning. An investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is underway. The fire occurred just a day after President Trump issued a ban on all travelers entering the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries.