A British Muslim who witnessed the London Westminister attack from his office window began a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the victims, almost reaching the target of USD $37,000, which he will donate to families of the victims.
At the time of posting, over 1,000 people donated more than $33,500 to the fund.
Throughout the hours of Wednesday’s attack, Muddassar Ahmed had been barricaded inside an office building nearby in Westminster. The attack saw 4 people killed and dozens wounded.
“I was there and I was shocked,” Ahmed said to Al Jazeera. “Because I saw what happened, I felt that had to do something for the victims … I wanted to raise money quickly so I launched the campaign late that night.”
“It was primarily to help families of the victims … it was something that could be done to offer support and empathise with the families.”
Ahmed later called on his friends to assist him with the fundraising.
Two Muslim British MPs, Yasmin Qureshi and Naz Shah, also voiced their acknowledgement and support the initiative Muslims United for Muslims.
On the campaign’s page, Ahmed said that he had been shocked to see “the injuries and loss of life outside my window”.
“I reflected on what it means to be a born-and-bred Londoner and found myself proud of how security and medical services responded,” he stated.
The suspect who perpetrated the attack, also killed after fatally stabbing a police officer, has been named as one Khalid Masood. 52. He was a Britsh-born citizen who converted to Islam.
“Rather than just condemning the attacks, being proactive and actually doing something is part of the solution,” said Ahmed.
Although he has acknowledged that this campaign will be able to portray Muslims within a more positive light, this was not Ahmed’s “primary goal”.