After a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis was desecrated, two American Muslim activists put their heads together and started a fundraiser to repair the damages.
The fundraiser posted on LaunchGood titled “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery” was started by Tarek El-Messidi of Celebrate Mercy and Linda Sarsour of MPower Change to “help rebuild this sacred space where Jewish-American families have laid their loved ones to rest since the late 1800’s.”
El-Messidi told Red Alert Politics it was simply his Islamic faith that inspired him to start this effort.
“There are countless examples from the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, where he taught us to respect and honor our Jewish cousins,” El-Messidi said.
On the fundraising page, there’s one particular example of the Prophet Muhammad in which he “stood up to pay respects for a passing Jewish funeral procession. When questioned on why he stood for a Jewish funeral, he responded, ‘Is it not a human soul?'”
El-Messidi explained that Jews as well as Christians are known as “People of the Book,” which along with Muslims comprises of the three Abrahamic faiths that share the same God.
“Today, when we have countless bomb threats, arson attacks, and vandalism directed at mosques and synagogues across America, it’s even more critical for us to work together to rebuild what haters try to destroy,” he said.
The fundraiser’s initial target was $20,000, but after getting a lot of attention on social media and public figures, they have tripled their initial goal to over $66,000.