Muslims raise funds for families of California victims

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DOHA (Al Jazeera): A collective of Muslim groups in the US have raised almost $30,000 over the last two days for the families of victims of the Wednesday shooting spree at a social service center that left 14 dead and 17 wounded in San Bernardino, California. The Muslims United for San Bernardino initiative is seeking to raise at least $50,000 for immediate needs of the bereaved relatives. Faisal Qazi, the president of MiNDS, an award-winning charitable organisation based in southern California, and Tarek El-Messidi, a prominent Islamic “social entrepreneur,” launched the project on Friday. Qazi told Al Jazeera that the fund was developed before the alleged shooters — who were Muslims — were identified, and thus it was not initiated as an effort to prevent anti-Muslim sentiment in the event of a backlash.

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