‘We Just Want to Know What You Need’: Muslim Community Raises Money, Offers Support After Synagogue Shooting

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The Muslim American community has raised over $186,000 for those affected by this week’s synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh that left 11 people dead and more injured.

“Money should not be an issue, that should not be a concern,” said Wasi Mohamed, executive director of the Pittsburgh Islamic center, at a news conference Sunday.

“Paying for a funeral or paying for a medical cost — that is not what it should be focused on. It’s about mourning right now.”

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A crowdfunding campaign created by Muslim groups CelebrateMercy and MPower Change originally had a goal of raising $25,000 for those injured in the shooting and for covering funeral costs for the families of victims.

Now with over 4,000 individual contributions, the campaign had surpassed its original goal by more than seven times over.

“No amount of money will bring back their loved ones,” the crowdfunding page reads, “but we do hope to lessen their burden in some way.”

Mohamed also offered to provide additional support to the grieving Tree of Life Synagogue.

“We just want to know what you need,” he said. “If it’s people outside your next service protecting you, let us know. We’ll be there.”

Mohamed explained that the local Jewish community offered their support to the Muslim community in their times of need, and this is a way to pay it forward.

“I’d just like to note that that was the same offer made to me by this community when this election happened that was so negative, the spike in hate crimes against Muslims, and again after 9/11 the same offer was made to our community, so we’re just repaying the favor, so thank you for that.”

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