In a country that's as divided as we are now, it's nice to see two groups from two very different walks of life come together to support each other in a time of tragedy.
On October 28, 11 people were left dead after a shooter opened fire on a service at the Tree Of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Politicians were quick to condemn the attack, but Trump took it a step further in suggesting the Synagogue needed an armed guard, and that the perpetrator, Robert Bowers, should be given the death penalty for "indescribable" acts.
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A group of Muslim activists have come together in hopes of showing solidarity and unity with the Jewish community who have been so affected by the tragedy.
From the campaign:
"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'(41:34)."
Leader of Islamic Center of Pittsburgh announces Muslim community has raised more than $70,000 for synagogue attack… https://t.co/CPIeSdBSM9— NBC News (@NBC News)1540822295.0
The project began with a goal at $25,000, which they hit within six hours. Since then, they have updated their goal four times, and within 50 hours of the beginning of the campaign, had reached $177,000.
The funds will be disbursed for "help with the immediate, short-term needs of the injured victims and grieving families - including funeral expenses and medical bills. No amount of money will bring back their loved ones, but we do hope to lessen their burden in some way."
Wasi Mohamed: “We want to know what you need...the Muslim community will be there.”— Lucy Perkins (@Lucy Perkins)1540763617.0
@NBCNews This is America ... a nation of all colors, creeds & ethnicities bridging gaps and helping each other grow… https://t.co/fStEdEcWgJ— Ahmed (@Ahmed)1540843424.0
@NBCNews "We just want to know what you need ... If it's people outside your next service protecting you, let us kn… https://t.co/g5huu23nbU— IamwhoIam 🇬🇧🇪🇺#FBPE #WATON (@IamwhoIam 🇬🇧🇪🇺#FBPE #WATON)1540840658.0
@NBCNews @matthewjbell My America.— hillary (@hillary)1540841953.0
@NBCNews This is my America.— Amanda Guinzburg (@Amanda Guinzburg)1540840553.0
"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. We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event."
@NBCNews @4lisaguerrero This is what our country REALLY is about. The Muslims and Jewish communities are helping ea… https://t.co/UzmvMIG0IZ— Leigh Ann (@Leigh Ann)1540838687.0
@NBCNews Thank you Islamic Center of Pittsburgh for your KIND & generous spirits.— Allison Moss-Fritch (@Allison Moss-Fritch)1540840648.0
@NBCNews The Muslim community also helped fix the jewish cemeteries that were destroyed by vandals. American neighb… https://t.co/LULsUSP8xD— Buff164 (@Buff164)1540864509.0
@NBCNews This is the America that I love. Solidarity despite our differences. Love in spite of hate and violence.— Michael Atchison🌈 (@Michael Atchison🌈)1540841217.0
@NBCNews I Cried when I watched this, so Beautiful and Loving!!! BOTH of THESE COMMUNITIES CAN TEACH THE GOVERNMEN… https://t.co/K2srZF7qjq— REMEMBER KAVANAUGH (@REMEMBER KAVANAUGH)1540859411.0
@NBCNews God bless. We are all Gods children regardless of faith. This warms my heart to see Americans once again… https://t.co/G0DHDS7kAf— BellaBGH (@BellaBGH)1540841287.0
CelebrateMercy, the organization spearheading the fundraiser, also sprang into action in 2017 to repair vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. That campaign raised $150,000.
"This could have just as easily happened at a Mosque, or a Hindu Temple, or against people of color," said Tarek El-Messidi, the founding director of CelebrateMercy. "This is a time when one group, who is feeling other-ized and discriminated against, could reach out in peace and solidarity and love to another group that feels the same."
@NBCNews @griffin_ghia So much love and tears https://t.co/OObJHMD3DO— Dana Rise' (@Dana Rise')1540858235.0
"We just want to know what you need. If it's more money, let us know. If it's people standing outside your next ser… https://t.co/YuccQ7ZcVT— 🎃 Ghoulia Macfarlane 👻 (@🎃 Ghoulia Macfarlane 👻)1540828443.0
Standing ovation at #Pittsburgh vigil as leader of Islamic Center of Pittsburgh announces Muslim community has rais… https://t.co/bWkWNgrfVh— Christopher Mathias (@Christopher Mathias)1540766409.0
This is solidarity. https://t.co/mLiHF4JhZn— Dr Martin Edobor (@Dr Martin Edobor)1540827360.0
The campaign is taking donations for another week.