Two Muslim non-profit organizations worked together to raise more than $500,000 in just 4 days for the families of the Portland, OR heroes who were brutally attacked while defending two young Muslim women from an armed white supremacist.
Jeremy Joseph Christian pulled a knife and stabbed all three men that stood up to defend the 2 women he was verbally assaulting. Two of the men died, recent college graduate Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Army veteran Ricky John Best, 53, and leaving a third – 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher – hospitalized.
Now, the Muslim community is reaching out to respond to the hate that took the lives of the two men with love, reported The Root.
Through a LaunchGood campaign, the two groups, The Muslim Education Trust and Celebrate Mercy, have raised over $511,000 of the $550,000 goal in only four days with the help of 9,900 supporters.
The campaign’s original $60,000 goal was passed in only five hours. The campaign goal, in response, has slowly increased, standing now at about $550,000. The funds will be used to help with “the immediate, short-term needs” of the families such as funeral expenses, and the medical bills of Fletcher, if needed. Once those immediate expenses are covered, the extra funds will go toward long-term expenses of the families. The campaign notes that Best, one of the victims, left behind his wife and four children, and the kids all still need to go through college, according to The Root.
“We wish to respond to hate with love, 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 Heaven (God) will have mercy upon you.” The Prophet’s life exemplified that central commandment in the Quran: “Repel evil with that which is better” (41:34),” the campaign reads.
Hundreds of people attended events at Muslim community centers in Portland to find out what they could do to help.
TheRoot also points out this is not the first time that the Muslim community has reached out to raise money for victims of tragedy. In 2015, when black churches across the country were hit by arson attacks, Muslim groups pulled together about $90,000 to help their neighbors repair and rebuild. When Jewish cemeteries were vandalized earlier this year, again Islamic organizations helped raise more than $65,000 to help with clean up efforts.
It is great to see people coming together to help the heroes that stand up for innocent people being attacked by racists. Well done.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)