Only five hours were needed for the Muslim Education Trust and CelebrateMercy to hit the initial target of $60,000.
Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche lost their lives defending two teenage girls from being racially abused on a train in Portland last week.
Another man was seriously injured during the attack. The organizations mentioned above started a crowdfunding campaign for the victims and their families with the idea to “respond to hate with love”.
The crowdfunding campaign will cover the victim’s funeral costs. But because the organizations managed to raise nearly half-a-million dollars, the extra funds will used to support Mr Best’s four children through college.
Establishing a scholarship fund to increase access to education is a secondary project, in case sufficient funds remain from the campaign.
The organisers quoted a passage from the Qu’ran, as they found inspiration from teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.
“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). – Source.
The mother of Mr Namkai-Meche, Asha Deliverance addressed Islamophobia by writing an open letter to President Donald Trump.
“You have said that you will be President for all Americans. So, I ask you Mr. President to take action at this time. Your words and actions are meaningful, here in America and throughout the world,” she said.
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