Muslim Organized Fundraiser To Help Jewish Victims Of Saturday's Mass Shooting

'We wish to respond to evil with good, as our Islamic faith teaches us'

Andrew Limberg
October 29, 2018 - 4:32 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A campaign organized by two Muslim-American organizations has raised over $141,000 dollars to help the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

CelebrateMercy and MPower Change hope “Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue” will reach their goal of $150,000 after raising $100,000 in 30 hours. The money raised will help with short-term needs such as funeral costs and medical expenses.

In a statement on the site LaunchGood.com 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: "Show mercy to those on earth, and the One in the Heavens will show mercy to you." The Quran also teaches us to ‘Repel evil by that which is better’”.

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While the campaign is Muslim-led, they welcome people of all faiths to donate. They add the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh will work directly with the Tree of Life synagogue to distribute funds to the families affected by Saturday’s mass shooting.

“We wish to respond to evil with good, as our Islamic faith teaches us, and send a powerful message of compassion to the Jewish community - our Abrahamic cousins,” said CelebrateMercy Founding Director Tarek El-Messidi.

Wasi Mohamed, Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News “mourning and grieving should be the only focus for the Jewish community, our brothers and sisters over there, not bills.”

Mohamed says the Jewish and Muslim communities have been working closely together in Pittsburgh and all across the United States for years.

“Not only are Abrahamic cousins and our faiths are very similar, but we also feel the sting of misinformation being put out there and our communities being hurt because of it,” said Mohamed. “Part of that misinformation is that we hate each other. In Pittsburgh we have a great relationship. We work together all the time.”

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