Muslim American Groups Band Together To Raise $100K For Victims Of San Bernardino Shooting

In response to the tragic San Bernardino shootings, Muslim American groups across the country have joined forces and raised nearly $100,000 for the victims and their families.

Obviously taking the high-road considering the renewed influx of Islamophobia and hatred spewed by Donald Trump and his ilk, Faisal Qazi, neurologist and co-founder of the family focused non-profit MINDS, and Tarek El-Messidi, co-founder of Islamic non-profit Celebrate Mercy, combined efforts to start a fund for victims on LaunchGood last Thursday. Their goal was not only to provide financial support, but to express love and solidarity amidst times of growing racial tension and hatred.

Of their mission they said:

“We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action. Our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: ‘Have mercy to those on earth, and the One in the Heavens (God) will have mercy upon you.’ And the Quran teaches to ‘Repel evil by that which is better’ (41:34). “

Contributions have poured in from diverse sources, including prominent Muslim leaders and organizations such as the Islamic Networks Group and MECASOCA, and by Tuesday night, over $88,000 was raised, comprising the first batch of dough to be distributed amongst the survivors.

The funds will continue to be dispersed to the affected families as the money rolls in, hopefully alleviating some of their expenses while also expressing love and solidarity. [Huffington Post]