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This Little Boy’s Small Gesture Teaches Us A Big Lesson About Love And Acceptance

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Many people have lashed out at the Muslim community since the attacks in Paris and Beirut, blaming thousands for the actions of few. The Islamic Center in Pflugerville, Texas, was vandalized in the wake of these attacks, and the people who worship at the mosque were heartbroken by what they saw one day. The building was covered in feces, and torn pages of the Quran were strewn everywhere.

A seven-year-old boy named Jack Swanson was equally upset and disturbed by this hateful act, so he decided to do something amazing.

Jack had $20 saved in his piggybank for an iPad, and he told his mom that he wanted to donate all of that money to the Islamic Center. You can watch the inspiring story unfold in the video below:

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But it doesn’t stop there. Jack’s act of kindness quickly went viral, and it eventually made its way to Arsalan Iftikhar of TheMuslimGuy.com. He decided to repay the little boy in the coolest way possible to let him know that his generosity did not go unnoticed by the Muslim community.

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That’s right! Little Jack got his iPad.

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To ensure that Jack knew exactly how he felt, Iftikhar even included a special note.

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(via ABC News)

All it takes is one act of kindness to extend the olive branch to people in need. Those who commit acts of terror win if we respond with hatred, which is what makes Jack’s gesture so incredibly important. If a seven-year-old boy can adopt a lifestyle of love and acceptance, the rest of us can, too.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/boy-donates-to-mosque/

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