Robust, visible Muslim philanthropy is the antidote to both violence and Islamophobia, Muslim charity leaders told donors at an event less than 24 hours after a man sympathetic to ISIS perpetrated the largest mass shooting in American history.
“We have to be for development and not for destroying,” said Mohamed Magid, imam at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, a mosque with multiple campuses in Northern Virginia.
The comments came as more than 700 supporters of Islamic Relief USA gathered Sunday in a hotel ballroom here just outside Washington to break their Ramadan fast and raise money for the charity’s relief work.
Speakers had prepared remarks about programs benefiting Syrian refugees and people suffering from lead contamination in Flint, Mich. They planned to reference the recent death of Muhammad Ali, the Muslim boxer and activist.
Instead, charity leaders and donors found themselves forced to address a different current event: the massacre of 49 people in a gay club in Orlando, Fla.
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