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Meet the muslim student who raised $30,000 to help fix black churches destroyed by fire

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Today, they have managed to raise just under $30,000 – money that will be used to help up to seven churches that were destroyed in the American south in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting and the campaign against the Confederate flag.

“We have been overwhelmed by how generous people have been,” Ms Knight, 23, told The Independent. “We will stop it today…We will figure out how to distribute the money.”


 

Ms Knight’s campaign – carried out as Muslims around the world marked the festival of Ramadan – followed a smaller, more modest enterprise she had set in motion in the days after the shooting dead of nine people at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17. She and some friends wanted to gather $500 to send flowers; they ended up raising $900.

And when she and the same friends read about the series ofchurches that were burned down and the probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, they similarly wanted to act. At least three of the fires were said to have been arson – with fears they may have been destroyed by people disgruntled by moves against the Confederate flag.


 

A number of Muslim organisations have responded to her call, including the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Arab American Association of New York and Ummah Wide, but she said people of other faiths had also donated.

“It’s Ramadan and we are experiencing firsthand the beauty and sanctity of our mosques during this holy month,” says a message posted on the launchgood.com website.

A church in South Carolina burns after a fire breaks out on June 30, 2015

“ALL houses of worship are sanctuaries, a place where all should feel safe, a place we can seek refuge when the world is too much to bear.”


 

Ms Knight, a Masters student at the Chicago Theological Seminary, said of her acquaintances some people had questioned the campaign and asked why she was raising money for Christian houses of worship, as opposed to a Muslim cause. But most were supportive.

She Islam taught of the need to protect the weak and vulnerable. She said while the black Christian communities of the South might not be weak, they were vulnerable.

“I’m a black person and I do identify with the wider black community at that level,” she said. “Historically, the black community has been vulnerable.”

She added: “Traditionally, when we have been on our best behaviour, we have created space for other faiths, and let people worship as they see fit.”


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  1. This is demonstration of true love! What join Christian and Muslim together are much more than the area of differences. Islam has its root in Christianity and that is the reason we have common fore fathers like: Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), Yusuf (Joseph) Isa (Jesus) and so many other. Therefore, there is no reason for any animosity in between the two religion. It is will then be good to put resources together for common front to fight the devil.
    Thank you sister you have done so well. I hail you!

  2. Beautiful. This is just beautiful. GOD bless u dear. Thanks 4 standing up to a right cause and not allowing religion influence judgement. We proud of you dear.

  3. This is the spirit of humanity not So called religion people that are misled and forgot about humanity… tnx girl God will bless you abundantly. Keep it up.

  4. I have learnt that LOVE is an action word, thank for your actions and heart of care and concern. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you and may all that you put your hands to do prosper and succeed.

  5. We live in times when that which makes us human is being assaulted. Things like mercy, compassion, goodness. We have used religion as an escuse to do inhuman or savage things. It’s nice to see someone rise above bias, prejudice and reach down into God’s image within her. You are not far from the Kingdom sister.

  6. God bless you for taking a bold step in setting a rare example in a world torn apart by hatred cos of religious intolerance and so much ignorance…

  7. My dear u hv done de best, u are carrying a womanhood, favour will locate u 4rm all angles, my God shall accuse ur accusers. Ur generation shall know no poverty, tnx dear

  8. What a Christ born muslim! Her kind is fit for the kingdom. Any muslim of lesser standard is not fit for the identity.

    1. Wow its surprising u can read a page about a person and know all about her standards and what she was born it, who fits/doesnt fit the ‘kingdom’ hmm how psychic. Anyway whateva she did she learned through islam cos right now shes a Muslim.

  9. May the Almighty Allah bless you and your household , grant us understanding and tolerance. This give room for people of different faith to know the truth meaning of ISLAM

  10. You have really shown the world what the holy prophet taught and am really proud that you followed his footsteps..

  11. This act of compassion directly counters the intent of the destroyers to divide. Praise be to God. You go sister.

  12. ASA Dear Sister, you represent the truest spirit of Qu’ran. The truest tolerance of Spirituality. I honor you Sister. And you do me a Black, Muslim, American Woman very proud. Teach the world what Love is, what compassion is! May The Most High continue to bless you and yours in all of your endeavors that please Him.

  13. Thats very good sister.In islam it does not matter who is afflicted as long as you are humanbeings. its all about matual respect, understanding and tolerance. keep it up.NAIROBI, KENYA

  14. Thank you so much, Fatimaah! You have chosen to heal where others have chosen to destroy; you have chosen to unite where others have chosen to divide. May you be forever blessed by Allah for your kindness and empathy!

  15. Thank you so much, Faatimah! You have chosen to heal where others have chosen to destroy; you have chosen to unite where others have chosen to divide. May you be forever blessed by Allah for your kindness and empathy!

  16. Thankyou for being a truly caring human being. The only shame of it is. . Those that need to see this genuine act of kindness never will. Their ignorance has made them blind to such selfless acts of good

  17. Personally, my experience has been the less churches there are the better. How Christians and their clergy treat one another and other people – the less churches in the world the better!

  18. Indeed you have putting your religion aside and practice your career. That is a true example of people who understand what moral is.i salute you for your generosity. Be bless as u are a blessing to others.

  19. You have sown graciously you will reap greatly. May the Good Lord remember you in Heaven at last. May others Go and do likewise

  20. Oh Lord give all of us with a clean heart like this girl. It is extraordinary job we love you. Let’s think out of box like this and do our best for humanity and help people to live with their belief and what is meaningful to them. GBU Fatimo.

  21. This is what it means to be religious tolerant. The girl in question is a real Muslim that truly understands what ecumenism truly mean. May God bless the girl

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