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$1 Million Raised for Mosque Burned Down in Texas

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The Islamic Center of Victoria, Texas burned down Saturday. (AP Photo/Barclay Fernandez)

By    |   Monday, 30 Jan 2017 04:32 PM

Nearly $1 million dollars has been raised to assist in the rebuilding of a Texas mosque that was burned down over the weekend.

Officials have yet to determine the cause of the fire, which happened late Friday. The incident took place a week after the center had been burglarized and hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry to the U.S. for citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries.

It also happened a day before six people were killed in a Quebec City mosque in an incident Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called an act of terrorism.

It is the second mosque destroyed by a fire in Texas this year. A partially constructed mosque in Lake Travis was ruined in an early morning fire Jan. 7, and the cause is still being investigated, according to The Dallas Morning News.

"They said it . . . is a restricted area for now for the investigation," Shahid Hashmi, president of the Victoria Islamic Center, told the Victoria Advocate on Saturday. "So, we just prayed right here on this" sidewalk.

A GoFundme page was started for the mosque Saturday and, as of mid-Monday had raised $895,588, almost $50,000 above its goal.

"Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the tremendous support we've received," read the statement on the GoFundme page. "The outpouring of love, kind words, hugs, helping hands and the financial contributions are examples of the true American Spirit."

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