The president of MSA, Mohamad Burjak, a junior international affairs and economics double major, believes the donor may be an employee at UGA.
The donor also included a letter that detailed the story behind the rugs, and explained the decision to donate them.
According to the letter, all but one of the rugs were originally purchased by the donor’s father while on a business trip in Kuwait. However, upon realizing their intended use, he and his wife chose to put them away in storage.
"They did not wish to be disrespectful to Muslims, even though they knew very little about Islam at the time,” the letter read.
After the US election, the donor’s mother reportedly thought donating the rugs would be a kind gesture to the Muslim community.
"It makes so many of us sad and angry at the Islamophobia the worst of the worst have expressed," the letter read. "Please know that most of us, even those like my elderly Southern Baptist mother, feel differently."
Burjak said the Muslim Students Association is extremely grateful for the donation, and appreciates the kindness of the donor.
"We appreciate the kind gesture, and we are thankful for the kind words and generosity shown toward us. It was really heartwarming," he said. "I must say that we at MSA already feel welcome at UGA; this just cements that."
Source: The Red & Black