PITTSBURGH – Muslim-American non-profits Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change have raised more than $60,000 for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, which killed 11 people, the Independent reported.
“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 on LaunchGood reads.
“We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action.”
A gunman identified as Robert Bowers was involved in a shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday.
Starting the campaign, both Muslim non-profit groups said they are partnering with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh to distribute the funds.
The campaign reached its $25,000 goal in less than six hours and surpassed its updated $50,000 goal in less than 24 hours. The campaign is now hoping to raise $75,000.
At least 11 people were killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
The funds will go to help families of victims pay for funeral expenses and medical bills, according to the LaunchGood page.
“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.”
Messages of solidarity were shared throughout Sunday.
I am an Arab Muslim and we all sorry for what happened in the Synagogue
— Exit 79 (@abdul15th) October 28, 2018
An attack on Jewish Americans is an attack on all of us.
Muslim Americans unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue:https://t.co/TPKY3LVn44
— Shereef Elnahal, MD (@ShereefElnahal) October 27, 2018
Thank you for your kindness and humanity. May it come back to you.
— Elayne Boosler (@ElayneBoosler) October 28, 2018
— Dr Karen E. H. Skinazi (@KEHSkinazi) October 28, 2018