Oklahoma imam left ‘feelings’ for Jewish youth action

Imam Imad Enchassi, an American from Palestine, said the girl approached him at his church and gave him child support to help the Gaza family.

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An Oklahoma City imam has promoted religious unity in her community after a young girl, called a Jew, asked her church to donate her donations to help Palestinians.

The Imam, Imad Enchassi, said he was working outside his mosque last week when a car crashed into a young man looking for an imam.

He arrived Wednesday amid prayers before sunset, and the person in attendance was Enchassi, who was wearing gym clothes and a cap while doing yard work.

"Looks like I wasn't dressed like an imam," Enchassi, 56, said with a laugh. "Then I said: 'Yes, I am an imam. Can I help you?'"

He said the young man was carrying an $ 80 envelope and told him he wanted it to help the Gaza family.

"I want you to tell them that this is from a young Jewish girl who worked all week caring for children. And we love them and feel their pain," Enchassi told her.

The act, which gripped Enchassi, prompted him to write about it on Facebook which has been shared 4,400 times and has received hundreds of views.

He wrote: "Personality is absolutely wonderful."

"Your post made me cry," the Facebook user wrote in response. "I'm crying with you," replied Enchassi.

"Kindness, humility, and love have no limit to religion, race, nationality, or nationality," wrote one.

Imam Imad Enchassi and his family at a worship service and meeting on May 18 in Oklahoma City.

Enchassi, an American Palestinian citizen, said one of his participants lost several of his relatives in Gaza during the Israeli-Hamas violence before the ceasefire.

So when Enchassi was given the gift, it left him "shocked," he said, telling the young man of his "terrible act."

The imam said the woman did not say her name when asked, which she interpreted to mean she wanted to be anonymous.

"The coming of this lady - I think of my child, my child and their power of social justice and their power," Enchassi said. "So I can see that ... his heart is being poured out for the people of Gaza."

Enchassi said he did not get a chance to ask but believed his donation was made at a recent meeting when his church center spoke of the loss of 14 members of his family in Gaza.

"You know, losing 14 members of your family is very difficult," Enchassi said. "So he was trembling, and his voice was breaking, and it touched the heart of everybody. I mean, it was a speech that spoke to the heart of the people and to the human race."

The teenager's kindness came after a series of air strikes between the Israeli government and Hamas last month. Violence erupted after Palestinians protested the eviction of Palestinian families from land occupied by Jewish residents in the eastern part of Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah.

Reports of antisemitic attacks increased more than ever before after the cessation of hostilities. The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish human rights group, said its initial research found an increase in online and offline racist incidents at the time.

It is not uncommon for local and Muslim residents to come together to raise money for groups, but it came to the fore when a young person took action on his own, said Enchassi, noting that Oklahoma City community is home to religious unity.

Enchassi wanted to share this anonymous contribution after the racist stereotype of religion and political rituals.

"My heart goes out to you for any atrocities against any religion in the United States that are perpetrated by hatred," he said. "So, as Muslims, we know the feeling, and we know how bad it is to unite a particular religion ... and of course, we can get along and fight racism that way."