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San Bernardino shooting: US Muslims raise more than $120,000 for victims’ families

Published 09/12/2015

A woman cries during a candlelight vigil for shooting victims at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. A husband and wife opened fire on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people on Wednesday. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A woman cries during a candlelight vigil for shooting victims at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. A husband and wife opened fire on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people on Wednesday. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Yellow tape is strung around the Inland Regional Centre, the site of last week's shooting rampage that killed 14 people. (AP)
An investigator works the site of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California (AP)
Tashfeen Malik and her husband Syed Farook died in a fierce gun battle with authorities hours after their deadly attack in San Bernardino (FBI/California Department of Motor Vehicles/AP)
Armoured vehicles surround an SUV following the mass shooting in San Bernardino (KNBC/AP)
Shocked bystanders comfort each other
Shocked bystanders leave the scene
Emergency services tend to some of the wounded following the shooting
This still video image from a helicopter, courtesy of KABC TV in Los Angeles shows a victim during rescue from a shooting scene in San Bernardino, California on December 2, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
People are evacuated by law enforcement agencies from the Inland Regional Center the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Doug Saunders/Los Angeles News Group via AP)
A swat team arrives at the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Doug Saunders/Los Angeles News Group via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
People are evacuated by law enforcement agencies from the Inland Regional Center the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. on Wed. Dec. 2, 2015. (Doug Saunders/Los Angeles News Group via AP)
Law enforcement authorities investigate the charred remains of a cabin in the southern California mountains (AP)
Law enforcement officials respond after fugitive Christopher Dorner engaged in a shootout that wounded two officers (AP/The Sun, Rachel Luna)

In the same week that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump responded to the San Bernadino shooting by calling for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States, a fundraising campaign created by US Muslims has raised more than $120,000 for the families of the victims - in just four days.

Fourteen people were killed and 21 wounded when married couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen walked into a social services centre in San Bernadino, California, and began shooting. The couple are believed to have been radicalised and Isis has claimed couple were its supporters.

The project, “Muslims United for San Bernadino”, has raised $120,374 for the victims’ families in a bid to “respond to evil with good”.

It has been set up by Faisal Qazi, 41, a Muslim neurologist, on the LaunchGood platform, a global Muslim crowdfunding platform. It has been backed by local, regional and national Muslim organisations.

“We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action,” he wrote on the crowdfunding page. “No amount of money will bring back their loved ones, but we do hope to lessen their burden in some way.”

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The campaign started with an initial goal of $50,000 to help with the short-term needs of the victims’ families through the MiNDS network, a family-centred development organisation. The organisers had to raise their goal to $140,000 after the campaign took off, and hope the additional money can be used to help families with long-term expenses or to donate to the centre where the shooting took place.

National Muslim leaders have endorsed the campaign, including Dr Muzammil Siddiqi, chair of the Southern California Islamic Shura Council. He said: "We are sad at the suffering of our neighbors in San Bernardino. We are with them not only with the words of sympathy and condolences; we should show the acts of kindness and compassion. Victims' Fund is a noble idea. I urge all American Muslims to contribute to this fund."

Speaking to the LA Times, Qazi said: “What you’re seeing is the coming of a new generation of American Muslims being emotionally and physically invested in whatever transpires in society.”

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