A southern California group has created a victims-assistance fund to distribute donations to the families of victims of Syed Farook’s and Tashfeen Malik’s December 2 shooting spree at the Inland Regional Center.
The effort is spearheaded by Medical Network Devoted to Service (MiNDS), a California-based, Muslim-led organization located in Orange County which provides specialty healthcare, specifically in the treatment of the uninsured.
Christened “United Muslims for San Bernardino Families,” the fund has collected over $195,000 nationwide as of Saturday.
“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: ‘Have mercy to those on earth, and the One in the Heavens (God) will have mercy upon you.’ And the Quran teaches to ‘Repel evil by that which is better’ (41:34),” read a MiNDS press release.
Since its inception on December 3, the response has been overwhelming: The original goal to raise $50 ,000 was surpassed in a mere 48 hours. After a brief re-assessment, a second goal was set at collecting $100, 000. This goal, too, was exceeded by Friday. No new target has been set after the response.
The action to raise money has been organized by Dr. Faisal Qazi, a southern California neurologist and president of MiNDS and Tarek El-Messidi, founder of Celebrate Mercy, a Muslim non-profit organization located in Tennessee.
“This is an actual, tangible action we can do to show non-Muslims that we have your back. In every situation where the terrorist happens to be a Muslim, every person, whether they admit it or not, is afraid they’ll be lumped in with these guys. Those families almost feel like neighbors, and they cannot go unassisted,” Marya Ayloush, a 20-year-old student at Santa Monica Community College who gave $50, told the LA Times.
This is proof of the assimilation of Muslims in the United States.
Symbolizing the best in civilization, this fundraising crusade suggests a benevolence of faith, individuals and institutions whose inspirational allegiance to country and fellow citizen has galvanized in the face of national tragedy.
While the current climate is not always conducive to the vital civil dialogue or open inquiry required to unravel our acute issues with radicalized Islam, this undertaking is deserving of heaps of praise.
Thanks are offered to those who organized “United Muslims for San Bernardino Families” and those who responded.
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