A mosque in Fort Smith, Arkansas was vandalized in October 2016. Security cameras captured Abraham Davis spray-painting swastikas and the words “go home” on the Masjid Al Salam. He was charged with a felony and ordered to complete community service and pay a large fine.
Davis struggled to pay the entire fine, facing a potential six years in jail if he didn’t cover the remaining $1,700 by Jan. 1.
How did the mosque respond?
When the mosque found out that Davis couldn’t pay the rest of the fine and faced six years in jail, the faith community decided to cover the $1,700, using funds that had been set aside to renovate their place of worship.
Doc and Kal talked about this inspiring example of forgiveness on today’s show.
“We didn't want him to go to jail for six years,” president of Al Salam Louay Nassri said. "We thought if someone does something bad and came and apologized, you just forgive them. That should be the natural thing.”