With all the hate and racism being spewed in Muslims’ direction, some of the positive contributions Muslims have made since the mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA have been overlooked.
For example, you probably didn’t know that Muslim groups and leaders from across the nation joined together to raise more than $100,000 and counting for the shooting victims’ families.
Faisal Qazi, a neurologist and the co-founder of the family centered development organization MiNDS, and Tarek El-Messidi, co-founder of the Islamic nonprofit CelebrateMercy teamed up to start a donation fund on LaunchGood last Thursday (Dec. 3) in an effort to fight hate with love.
Other groups such as MECASoCal and the Islamic Networks Group and some prominent Muslim leaders signed onto the fund and by Tuesday they had raised more than $80,000, according to The Huffington Post.
"We're planning within a week to give the first batch of donations to the families so it can help with more short-term immediate expenses," El-Messidi reportedly said.
"The idea is to help alleviate the burden on the families, potentially funeral expenses and what not. We know no amount of money will bring back their loved ones, but hopefully this will make things a little easier for them."
In addition to helping alleviate financial burden for victims’ families, the leaders also hope their efforts will send an overall positive message about the Muslim community.
"I think it sends a clear message that American Muslims are here to build and not destroy," El-Messidi reportedly said.
"We do not want to be associated at all with extremists who are putting people in harm's way," he continued. "And we want to show this as just one example of how American Muslims are contributors to society, trying to make our society a better place ... We are hoping in this time of crises, those who are Muslim and those who are not will get to know each other. Dialogue is the only way to clear up this state of confusion and tension."
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