Muslim Group Raises Over $60,000 For Victims Of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Now this is some great news!

On Saturday, in what is being reported as the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history, 11 American Jews were slaughtered in a Pittsburgh synagogue by a lone gunman. The Tree of Life synagogue saw the absolute worst in humanity on Saturday. But within hours they started seeing the best of humanity as people all over the country reached out to help.

A crowdfunding effort started by two Muslim groups began raising money for the victims of the horrific shooting within hours of the deadly attack. LaunchGood is a Muslim-focused crowdfunding site. And they reached their original goal of $25,000 within six hours. In less than 24 hours they have already raised over $60,000. The campaign has set a new goal of $75,000. And it looks like they will easily reach that.

“The Muslim-American community extends its hands to help the shooting victims, whether it is the injured victims or the Jewish families who have lost loved ones,” the fundraising page reads. “We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action.”

This amazing fundraising effort was started by two Muslim-American nonprofit organizations, Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change. The groups say that they will distribute the funds by partnering with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

Their LaunchGood page says that the money will be used to help the families of the victims pay for funeral expenses and medical bills.

“Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate and violence in America,” the page reads. “We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”

 

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