In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting that left 14 people dead and 21 others injured, condolences and offers of support have been coming in from all over.
Among those offering help is a group of American Muslims who have come together to raise money for the families affected by the shooting.
The group called Muslims United for San Bernardino is part of an initiative of other like-minded groups that have joined forces to help grieving families.
According to a statement, the campaign is led by the directors of Islamic nonprofit Celebrate Mercy and the family-centered organization MiNDS.
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).
The group had initially hoped to raise $50,000, but quickly exceeded that goal, surpassing $150,000 as of Wednesday.
The group, which is using the crowdfunding page LaunchGood, has now upped its goal to $175,000.
Celebrate Mercy co-founder Tarek El-Messidi told BuzzFeed News that they intend to give some of the money to families immediately to help cover short-term costs such as funeral expenses, with the rest to be donated over time.
This united American Muslim campaign aims to reclaim our faith from extremists by responding to evil with good, by rebuilding what they destroy.
We know that no amount of money will bring back the loved ones of the victims' families, but we hope that it at least alleviates some financial burdens in the wake of this tragedy.
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