Muslim Community Raises Over $100,000 For Victims Of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

"We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us," the fundraising page reads.

Muslim Community Raises Over $100,000 For Victims Of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Following the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Muslim American community launched a crowdfunding campaign that has raised more than $100,000 for the victims.

According to The Washington Post, Muslin American activist Tarek El-Messidi began the fundraiser, titled Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue, shortly after hearing about the attack. The effort reached its initial goal of $25,000 in the first six hours alone and has since topped over $115,000.

"When I saw the news, I thought, 'This could have very well been at a mosque or a Hindu temple,'" El-Messidi told The Washington Post of the shooting, which ended in 11 fatalities."We live in a time where so much bigoted rhetoric is being amplified."

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The fundraiser, launched on the Muslin crowdfunding site LaunchGood, will be used to help offset the immediate short-term needs of the injured victims and grieving families, including funeral expenses and medical bills. According to El-Messidi, the campaign has been an "interfaith effort," with about 70 percent of contributors coming from people of Muslim background and the rest from those simply wanting to help out the victims.

"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," El-Messidi wrote on the crowdfunding page. "We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action." El-Messidi will reportedly partner with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh to disburse the money.

El-Messidi's fundraiser isn't the only show of support from various religious communities following the attack on Tree of Life. Thousands gathered for an interfaith prayer vigil at Pittsburgh's Sixth Presbyterian Church in the hours following the shooting. On Sunday, interfaith services were also held from coast-to-coast across the United States. Several Canadian cities, including Ottawa, also held vigils and rallies in honor of the victims.

Cover images via Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

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