In October 2016, Abraham Davis was caught on CCTV cameras vandalizing the Masjid Al Salam mosque in Arkansas. He was charged with community service and got a hefty fine for spray painting the building, and when he couldn’t afford to pay the fine, people at the mosque stepped up to help him.
President of Al Salam Louay Nassri says they heard Davis was having financial problems and knowing that if you don’t pay your fine it’s an automatic six years in jail, they wrote a check to cover the fine.
“We knew this person did a bad thing and there has to be consequences for their actions,” Nassri explains. “But we didn’t have any ill feelings towards anybody. We didn’t want him to go to jail for six years.”