Georgia Mosque Sending Hurricane Harvey Donations to Syrian Refugees Is Fake News

By Erica Abbott

Reports that a Georgia mosque kept donations meant for Hurricane Harvey victims and sent them to Syrian refugees are false. Rumors that an imam refused to help those affected by Harvey after asking for donations from the community stemmed from a well-known “satire” website.

According to Hoax Alert, the fake claim originated on As American As Apple Pie, a website known for publishing fake news and political satire. The article claimed that Imam Sharaj Alkalb of the Ramazala Mosque solicited donations from the local community under the guise of Harvey relief, but actually sent the money to Syria. It purported:

“Because Donald Trump will not let victims of war and crime seek solitude in the United States, we can not in good conscience help his people when so many Muslims can not find shelter,” said Imam Sharaj Alkalb of the Ramazala Mosque in Peachton. “Allah has told us that we must consider where the need is greater and respond to it.”

The mosque recently made headlines for its “Good work” in the community. According to news reports at the time, the mosque had raised more than $340,000 in cash and supplies “for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.” All of that will now be sent overseas to Syria to “help” people in refugee camps, which have been repeatedly identified as breeding grounds for ISIS recruitment.

The report, however, is entirely fabricated. Neither the imam nor the Ramazala Mosque exists and the claim that donations were sent elsewhere is completely false. As American As Apple Pie’s disclaimer clearly states that their articles are not meant to be taken seriously:

When no one can trust the lying fake news liberal media anymore because they hate us and guns and Harley Davidson and meat and OUR president, As American as Apple Pie is here to be your beacon of something you can kinda rely on sometimes but not really.

Other fake stories published by the website include a U.S. senator being charged with six felonies and Trump launching a new political party for the 2020 presidential election. There is, of course, no truth to these reports.

Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:

Social Media Shares Fake Story about Georgia Mosque Sending Harvey Donations to Syrian Refugees

Georgia Mosque KEEPS Hurricane Harvey Donations, Will Send To Syrian Refugees Instead .@secretservice https://t.co/RLt2iP9esW

— Patriot 24/7 (@TrumpTrain45Pac) September 7, 2017

#HURRICANEHARVEY DONATIONS STOLEN AND SENT TO SYRIA https://t.co/VdUyOz13cD

— Cel Beta (@celisabeta11) September 7, 2017

DISPICABLE TEAR DOWN THE MOSQUE OR ARREST THEM FOR FRAUD https://t.co/CUrAMPAKRv

— Karolee (@Karolee4) September 7, 2017

Georgia Mosque KEEPS Hurricane Harvey Donations, Will Send To Syrian Refugees Instead https://t.co/HR3weTTVKW

— Victoria Garzillo (@mahjonggirl) September 7, 2017

https://t.co/UuwRtgYNaD

I’ll bet that money will never leave their pockets

— stormysocks (@trailinghawk) September 7, 2017

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