After a synagogue shooting left 11 dead in Pittsburgh, the Muslim American community has responded raising $186,000 for those affected.
The Pittsburgh Islamic center executive director Wasi Mohamed said at a news conference, “Money should not be an issue, that should not be a concern.”
“Paying for a funeral or paying for a medical cost — that is not what it should be focused on. It’s about mourning right now.”
Muslim groups MPower Change and CelebrateMercy started the crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $25,000. However more than 4,000 individual contributions poured in, pushing the amount far above expectations.
“No amount of money will bring back their loved ones,” the crowdfunding page reads, “but we do hope to lessen their burden in some way.”
Mohamed said of the outpouring the the local Jewish community had offered their support in times of Muslim need, and this was a chance to pay it forward.
“We just want to know what you need,” he said. “If it’s people outside your next service protecting you, let us know. We’ll be there.”
“I’d just like to note that that was the same offer made to me by this community when this election happened that was so negative, the spike in hate crimes against Muslims, and again after 9/11 the same offer was made to our community, so we’re just repaying the favor, so thank you for that.”