Jews hand Muslims keys to synagogue after Texas mosque burns

Several contrasting pieces of news on similar topics, eh.–kas

Jews hand Muslims keys to synagogue after Texas mosque burns

The Victoria Islamic Center was destroyed in a fire over the weekend.

Story highlights

  • “It’s a beautiful community,” the president of Victoria Islamic Center told CNN
  • More than $1 million in donations also have poured in from around the globe

(CNN)The congregation of the Victoria Islamic Center in Texas was devastated. Its mosque was destroyed over the weekend in a fire, the cause of which is unknown.

Then an act of kindness revived their spirits — the leaders of the local Jewish congregation gave them the keys to their synagogue so they could continue to worship.
The leader of the mosque said he wasn’t surprised by the gesture.
“I never doubted the support that we were going to get” after the fire, Dr. Shahid Hashmi, a surgeon and president of Victoria Islamic Center, told CNN. “We’ve always had a good relationship with the community here.”
Hashmi said Dr. Gary Branfman — a member of Temple B’nai Israel in Victoria, as well as a fellow surgeon and friend — just came by his house and gave him the keys.

Support from around the world

And that wasn’t the only offer of a temporary worship space that was extended. Hashmi said three local churches said his congregation could use their buildings. Also offered up was an empty office building, which the congregation used for three days before moving into a mobile home on the mosque property, Hashmi said.
“It’s a beautiful community,” he said.
Though Hashmi always knew his own east Texas community would support the mosque, he was stunned by the outpouring of support from people outside Victoria.
So far, a GoFundMe page set up to help raise money for the mosque’s reconstruction has taken in more than $1 million.
That’s on top of other donations the congregation has received from people in 90 different countries.
“We were surprised at the donations from around the world,” Hashmi told CNN.

‘Humanity at its best’

The Muslim community in Victoria dates back decades, Hashmi said, but the mosque was just 16 years old. Thanks to all of the financial contributions, he expects they’ll be able to rebuild it in less than a year.
Hashmi said the congregants at the mosque are still in shock over the fire. Officials with the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office say no cause has been determined yet, and it may be weeks or months before can they figure out what happened, including whether the fire was deliberately set.
But the love that has grown from tragedy is making all the difference.
“It’s given us a sense of hope,” Omar Rachid, a member of the Muslim congregation, told CNN. “It’s humanity at its best.”

Jewish people give Muslims key to their synagogue after town’s … › News › World › Americas

Feb 1, 2017 – Jewish people in a small Texas city handed Muslim worshippers the keys to theirsynagogue after the town’s only mosque was destroyed in a fire. The Victoria Islamic Centre burneddown on Saturday and had previously been burgled—the cause is being investigated by federal officials.

Jews Hand Muslims Synagogue Keys When a Texas Mosque Burns ……/jewshandmuslimssynagoguekeys-when-a-texasmosqueburns-do…

Jan 31, 2017 – Jews show solidarity with Muslims in a small Texas city by offering the synagogue keys after a mosque mysteriously burns down.

Jews gave Muslims keys to synagogue after town mosque burnt town ……

Feb 1, 2017 – Jews in a small Texan city gave Muslims the keys to the synagogue after their … a dayafter a fire destroyed the mosque in Victoria, Texas January 29, 2017. … The outpouring of love, kind words, hugs, helping hands and the …

Jews open temple to Muslims after mosque burns down – USA Today…/jewsmuslimsaftermosqueburnt…/97348838/

Feb 1, 2017 – Jews open temple to Muslims after mosque burns down … VICTORIA, Texas — Early Saturday morning, members of the Victoria Islamic Center were … They handed their synagogue’s keysto one of the mosque’s founders. … Days after last weekend’s fire, the community continues to lend a helping hand.


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