Replace Damaged Holy Books
It was a heck of a weekend. First, on Friday, the Jewish Community Center received a bomb threat and went on lockdown.
Then, early Monday morning, around 3:30 a.m. a man broke in to the Islamic Center Tucson, and destroyed and damaged copies of the Qur'an. See the news story here.
Tucson is better than this!
I'm a Tucson Jew, and I've been welcomed at the Islamic Center Tucson, as well as the Muslim Community Center. A Jewish friend (Stephanie) said we needed to help. So here goes...
There are Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Bahá'í , Atheists, Agnostics and others in Tucson who love our Muslim brothers and sisters, Though we may have different beliefs, we want them to be safe, and never to have to pray in fear.
Let's come together and replace the damaged copies of the Holy Qur'an, and show our Muslim neighbors that they are indeed our brothers and sisters.
I don't have exact amounts on the replacement or repair costs, or security upgrade costs, but our goal includes an estimate for both.
UPDATE: We definitely have the funds to replace the damaged Qur'ans. Additional funds will go toward security upgrades.
Thanks in advance.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to you.
Both this effort and the other gofundme effort are nearing our goals. We're $343 away from our goal and the Islamic Center of Tucson Security effort is $987 from their goal.
The Islamic Center of Tucson Security page is at
Additional funds above the goals are still appreciated and may be used to hire security personnel and off-duty officers during important events and times.
Again, we want to express our thanks. We're a bit behind on individual thank you e-mails, but you'll receive one soon.
Shabbat Shalom, May everyone have peaceful, and meaningful days of rest,
Marty Johnston for Tucson's Jews and Other Nice People
Stephanie and I met with leaders of the Islamic Center of Tucson this afternoon.
I was asked to pass on their thanks, and the amount of love that the Muslim community feels, after such an intrusive and frightening week.
I am overjoyed by the chance to help each of us show kindness to our Muslim friends, family and neighbors. Tucson IS better than this one vandal. The good deed of helping other people do good deeds is new to me. It feels good.
In addition to buying new copies of the Qur'an, your generous donations will be used to upgrade security in order to ensure that everyone feels safe in their worship.
I am behind on individual thank you e-mails, but they will go out soon.
We will update you with more information.
Please feel free to e-mail with any questions.
Let's see if we can help!
We've raised the goal in hopes of contributing to the security needs of the ICT, and to continue efforts toward interfaith understanding.
We are working to find out the actual cost of the Qur'ans, and we will be raising the goal, in hopes of additional help to the Islamic Center Tucson.
We will look into ways to encourage interfaith understanding, and to help with security concerns.
Thanks to everyone for giving generously.
Come on folks you are about to cross the $10K mark. You can do it.
Cindy & Steve - great suggestions. We're meeting with the ICT on Friday to find out whether security upgrades or replacing the damaged Qur'ans is the priority, and offer our assistance and support. Cindy - we don't believe it is possible to merge the pages, and we want to be able to personally thank all of the donors, but we're looking into it more. We are figuring out how to work with gofundme to connect the account to the ICT bank accounts, so that they can transfer the donations.
totally agree about upgrading security. Wondering if the author of this project could merge with the other so its all going to the same place?
I agree with Karen Louise Manciu. Any extra funds should go directly to the Islamic Center's current effort to upgrade their security. It should not be retained for any other purpose. If I were you I would update this page to read that way.