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A Group Of American Muslims Has Raised Over $150,000 For San Bernardino Shooting Victims

"We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action."

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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).

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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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