A despairing incident left a Texas mosque vandalized. But after a 7-year-old boy donated all the savings he had in his piggy bank, the feeling of sorrow was replaced with hope.
According to police officers, the Islamic Center of Pflugerville was defaced by a hoodlum, leaving pages of the Koran torn and the outside entrance spattered with feces. The incident wasn’t discovered until the next day by a congregant.
One of the house of worship’s board members, Faisal Naeem, said that upon hearing the news, Jack Swanson, the little donor, visited the mosque immediately to hand over his $20 savings, which was still in the form of pennies.
“Jack’s $20 are worth $20 million to us because it’s the thought that counts,” Naeem said. “Jack is just a little older than my son, Ibrahim. If we have more kindhearted kids like them in the world, I have hope for our future.”
There were no physical damages to the mosque, but the costs for clean-up services would reach around $150.
Laura Swanson, the boy’s mother, said that she wanted to help the mosque and prove to others that what actually happened in Pflugerville is far from what happened in Paris.
Naeem didn’t really want to believe the incident was motivated by news of the Paris terror attacks. But apparently, when something goes wrong in one place, many people will end up blaming all Muslims.
When police finally concluded their investigation, Naeem became frustrated that extremist attacks are often generalized and then applied to the entire Muslim community.
Despite everything, Naeem said the mosque stays strong, thanks to the encouragement and the pouring help from the local community.