Recently, a Pittsburgh synagogue— Tree of Life Synagogue— suffered a shooting massacre. Many people were killed. Precisely 11 people and six injured in this anti-Semitic attack. Assistance began flooding in to help this synagogue during this horrific time. A Muslim man named Tarek El-Messidi heard of this attack and proceeded to help the synagogue. He immediately made an online campaign to raise money for the synagogue. The goal money to raise was set at 25,000 dollars.

Two Muslims gather outside the Tree of Life Synagogue to pay their respects to the victims. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

This was surpassed within hours reaching 25,000 to 50,000 and eventually passing 100,000 dollars raised for the synagogue. Tarek El-Messidi recognized this act if kindness as a teaching of Islam, “‘We wish to respond to evil with good, as our Islamic faith teaches us, and send a powerful message of compassion to the Jewish community— our Abrahamic cousins'” (The Guardian). 

Then with this campaign came the aid of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh which extended a hand with “funeral expenses and medical bills” according to El-Messidi. The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh went on to share, “The Pittsburgh community is our family; what happens to one of us, is felt by us all. May peace and blessings be upon all of us during this tragic time” (Islamic Center of Pittsburgh). By then the love of Muslims had reached social media with the hashtag #Muslims4Pittsburgh.

This is another example of simple acts of kindness that Muslims live their life around. Religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc., don’t matter for Islam is a religion of peace and love.