Even during this crisis, there is hope. The church burnings have prompted a group of young Muslims from across the country to raise money to help rebuild the churches.

Faatimah Knight, a 23-year-old theology student, started a campaign on LaunchGood to raise $50,000 to rebuild the churches. The initial goal for the campaign was only $10,000, but the group surpassed that mark in just 12 hours.

“The response has been overwhelmingly supportive,” she wrote. “There have been a few people who were confused about why Muslims would rebuild a church, but for the most part people are totally on board.”

According to media reports, there were at least 94 cases since the 1950s when Black churches across the country were intentionally burned by white supremacists. Between 1995 and 1996, more than 40 Black churches were burned in an 18-month period, which prompted Congress to pass the Church Arson Prevention Act.

“All houses of worship are sanctuaries… let’s unite to help our sisters and brothers in faith,” Knight wrote on the campaign’s website. “Supporting these churches hit me most as a Black person. It has been a challenging time to be black in America.”

Knight is spot on.

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