Khaled Adjerid is a resident of the Blacksburg area and has been part of the Islamic Society of the New River Valley for more than 20 years.
He explained to us how this man caught on surveillance camera broke into the mosque and stole about a thousand dollars.
“We reviewed the footage. We realized that it wasn’t kind of, it wasn’t any vandalism or malicious intent. We continued prayers the same day. We got together, but people were still kinda concerned,” said Khaled Adjerid, part of the community for over 20 years.
A Virginia Tech student who also goes to the mosque for prayer and services wanted to help so he set up a GoFundMe page.
“He went to class a few hours later he checked his Facebook and the GoFundMe page and realized it went viral,” said Khaled Adjerid, part of the community for over 20 years.
Khaled says the outpouring of support from the page has been tremendous.
“We were really excited to see that you know a lot of times you just see Muslim names or anonymous, but a lot of people were Americans, just people in the community, some names that I recognized who just wanted to help and who wanted to support the mosque in the time of need,” said Khaled Adjerid, part of the community for over 20 years.
Leader’s on the mosque’s board decided to shut the page down until the case is resolved but, the money raised will go to help those less fortunate in the New River Valley.
“So one of the major collections we are doing is for local families in need. With the economy how it is now, there’s always people in the New River Valley whom we serve that need money, need financial help ad so some of the money taken was actually taken from the collection box that serves families in need as well as a couple of new families that came over as refugees,” said Khaled Adjerid, part of the community for over 20 years.