GOOD NEWS TX Churches, Synagogue Welcome Muslims After Fire Destroys Mosque
A Texas community is coming together after a fire gutted a local mosque, helping to raise $1 million and welcoming the distraught congregation with open arms.
An early-morning blaze destroyed the Victoria, Texas, Islamic center on Jan. 28. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The center was reportedly burglarized the week before and had been vandalized a few years ago.
In a response that has since generated international headlines, members of a local Jewish congregation handed the keys to their synagogue to one of the center's founders, Dr. Shahid Hashmi.
Hashmi joined Jenna Lee today on "Happening Now," explaining that he moved to Victoria 32 years ago for the warm weather. The mosque, the only one in the town, opened in 2000.
"This community is wonderful. They all came together. Every creed, every faith, every race," said Hashmi, adding that churches and an office also offered their space for the Muslim congregation to worship.
More than $1 million has been raised through GoFundMe to help with the reconstruction of the Islamic center, which Hashmi said is already underway. He said they've now returned to the property and are using a mobile structure for their services.
Watch the interview above.