Americans have raised a million dollars in the space of a day to help rebuild a Mosque that was destroyed in a fire on Saturday.
The blaze was discovered at the Islamic Centre of Victoria at around 2:00am on Saturday, just hours after President Donald Trump announced a travel ban on Muslims from seven countries, by a clerk at a convenience store, who called the fire department. It took around four hours to extinguish the fire and no injuries were reported.
A fund raising campaign was set up the following day to help rebuild the Mosque and hit its $850,000 goal with over 21,000 people donating towards the cause.
The man who started the GoFundMe campaign, Omar Rachid, said: “Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the tremendous support we’ve received. The outpouring of love, kind words, hugs, helping hands and the financial contributions are examples of the true American spirit.”
Police have not yet determined the cause of the blaze but Victoria fire marshal’s office has opened an investigation into the incident.
Shahid Hashmi, president of the Islamic Centre, said the outpouring of donations was ‘incredible’ and he was ‘very grateful’ to those who have showed their support.
He went on to say he hoped the blaze was not a hate crime.