Support the Islamic Society of Joplin – Rebuild the Joplin Mosque

Thanks to Chris Stedman for letting me know about this:

The Joplin mosque is the centerpiece of a thriving and well-rooted community in Joplin, Missouri. It is the only mosque within a 50-mile radius, and serves both the local Muslim community as well as the community at large. During last year’s tornados, the Joplin mosque served as a headquarters for Muslim relief workers who flew in from around the country to see what they could do to help Joplin residents get back on their feet.

Unfortunately, in the middle of Ramadan a suspicious fire burned our mosque to the ground, and our community is left without a home during the most precious time of the year. While heartbroken, we are buoyed by the support of people around this country, of all faiths, who have come to our side in our time of need. The rebuilding begins now.

We are hoping to tap into the blessings of the last 10 days of Ramadan to raise funds so that we can replace our house of worship as soon as possible, and build the foundation for a revitalized community that is determined to build a better life for ourselves and our neighbors. You can help us realize our dream of replacing our mosque and moving forward with our lives by doing the following for us: Donate what you can – every little bit helps. We welcome your charitable contributions for this year and pledge to put them to good use in rebuilding.

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  • Paul Durrant

    They didn’t have buildings insurance? This is exactly the kind of incident for which insurance was created.

    I am sorry that their building burned – it’s a dreadful thing to have happened, especially if, as hinted, it might have been arson.

    But I don’t see that anyone should donate money to rebuild a religious building except those wanting the building.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      I don’t know the situation regarding insurance (perhaps there’s an FAQ?), but in terms of a gesture that demonstrates that atheists are not the kinds of horrible people that stereotypes would have us to be, it’s not a bad one. Also, the building was used during a disaster to help the community – having it rebuilt by the general community will help continue that kind of goodwill, I think.

      By the way, for the information of another commentator (not yourself!) – I used to work for an Islamic school and it’s documented in the Australian Book of Atheism. Interesting times.

  • elainegilman

    Nicely done. People can and will worship without a building. People standing together making it clear hate and violence will not be tolerated within their community, speaks volumes.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Today, Chris Stedman writes:

      If too many are only willing to stand up against hate directed at ourselves and other members of our community, then we are not truly against hate or for social justice—we are merely for ourselves and for our community. Social justice cannot mean in-group tribalism, or it’s not justice at all.