Stafford, Virginia — When you’re Muslim and running for U.S. Congress, as Qasim Rashid is in Virginia’s first, you expect vitriol.
“Just some of the most grotesque things that you could ever say to anybody,” Qasim said.
Here’s one example: “We do not need you(r) ilk in our nation. Let alone in any seat of office above street sweeper.”
“I didn’t believe there was a place for them in our government,” said Oz Dillon, who was hoping to rile a response with his comment — and boy, did he get one.
“I stared at the screen just reading it over and over and over,” Oz said. “He reached across that gap and took my hand.”
When Qasim looked at Oz’s old Facebook posts, he found lots of offensive comments — but he also learned he had crushing medical debt, to the point where he even set up a GoFundMe account. And that’s when Qasim knew how he had to respond.
He posted this note to his 400,000 followers: “My faith teaches me to serve all humanity. So I’ve donated $55 to his GoFundMe. Please donate if you can.”