Letter from Haiti: A Haitian Muslim’s Request for Help

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Dr Mehzabeen b. Ibrahim joined MuslimMatters as a blogger in late 2007 under the handle 'iMuslim', whilst still a struggling grad student. Since then, she has attained a PhD in Molecular Biology and a subsequent Masters in Bioinformatics, and now works as a specialist in this field for a well-known British, medical charity, masha'Allah. Somewhere in between she found the time to get married, alhamdulillah. She likes to dabble in photo and videography, a sample of which can be found on her personal blog: iMuslim.tv.

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The following is a message from brother Ahmed ibn Ambroise; a Muslim based in Haiti. JazakAllah khair to brother Tariq, President of SOAS Islamic Society, for sharing it with us.

Ya Ikhwani! We are in need of your assistance. Our country has been hit by an act of nature that has left our people with countless deaths, homeless, without water, food, blood and medication.

All of our hospitals have crumbled, we have piles of people in the streets dead. Some people have had to have their limbs removed without aesthetics. Makeshift hospitals are being made with tents but there are not enough doctors or medication for the amount of injured.

The smell of dead bodies has risen in the entire city, the people have become desperate of the situation.

Workers remove one of the hundreds of bodies left in front of Port-au-Prince's General Hospital, to be placed in a common grave. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

There are still people who are under the rumble and cannot be reached.

My brother Didier Ambroise is missing and we have not been able to find him. My Uncle Roblain Legagneur and my cousin Namu Corvington and his wife died buried under their house.

Brother Ibrahim Abdoul Salam's house was destroyed and his cousin died.

Also brother Abou Bakr's house was crumbled and his sister died.

Many brothers and sisters are unaccounted for. We do not know if they are alive or dead. May Allah give ease to them in whatever state they may be. Ameen.

Houses have been destroyed, stores, buildings, it is a complete nightmare. A children hospital was destroyed and thousands of children have died.

All the masjids are still standing and the brothers and sisters are using them as shelters for those in need. The little available is being shared.

Unfortunately all the churches have been destroyed and over 100 priest have died.

There are wails in every corner of the city. It's just a real living nightmare. They've had to do massive burials and have started to do massive cremations and more bodies are being discovered.

We ask you please for your du'as to Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, to alleviate us from this tragedy. And if you can help us in any way, with food, water, medication or whatever it may be. Please, please, please do so.

May Allah keep you all under His shade and move your hearts to extend your hands to your brothers and sisters and our people who are in need.

Barak'Allah fikum!


Donate now to Islamic Relief's Earthquake Appeal
via the US site, UK site, Canadian site, or the International portal.

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Alhumdulillah, the Islamic Medical Association of North America has sent doctors and more teams of doctors. Muslim, volunteers from the USA.
Please support financially http://www.imana.org
Tel: 630 932 0000

Dr. Ismail Mehr
Chair of IMANA Relief

“Help Haiti, Heal Haiti” (SeekersGuidance & Islamic Relief Online Fundraiser).
Muslims in Sterling, Virginia, rally support for Haiti. Alhamdulillah! Remember tomorrow's Islamic Relief & SeekersGuidance Fundraiser (2 pm. Sunday, January 17)

27 Responses

  1. iMuslim

    May Allah help the family of Ahmed ibn Ambroise, the believers of Haiti, and the people of Haiti. May Allah guide them – and us – through these immense trials. Ameen.

    • Khadija

      We pray Allah for our brothers and sisters, for all those victims and survivors of this appalling event. We all know that life is full of hardships and Allah is the only one who enables us to go through them. O Allah you are the only shelter, destitutes we pray for your help and mercy. Please help the Haïtians endure, make them dependent on you alone.

  2. Bilal

    inshAllah may Allah grant each and everyone of you Jannat Al Firdous and give you patience in this immense trial. Ameen!

    besides donations, i feel so helpless.

  3. servant of Allah

    Assalamu alaikum

    Here’s something my friend sent me.. if anyone would like to actually volunteer at Haiti physically..
    Free flight there and back, and there’s dates to chose from
    I’ve made intention to go during March Break inshaAllah.
    We shoudl all try.
    May Allah grant us the best of success.


  4. Amatullah

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. SubhanAllah, that was so hard to read.

    May Allah help the family of Ahmed ibn Ambroise, the believers of Haiti, and the people of Haiti. May Allah guide them – and us – through these immense trials. Ameen.

    Allahumma Ameen.

  5. ismail mehr

    Alhumdulillah, the Islamic Medical Association of North America has sent docotrs and more teams of doctors. Muslim, volunteers from the USA.

    please support us financially http://www.imana.org 630 932 0000

    Dr. Ismail Mehr
    Chair of IMANA Releif

    • Amad

      What a wonderful effort Dr. Ismail.

      Inshallah, I will participate, and I hope others follow.

      jazakAllahkhair for letting us know.

  6. Holly Garza

    SubhanaAllah such a tragedy I hope we will and can continue to support this cause and not forget to keep them in our Duas as well as the donations

  7. Umm Juwayriyah

    SubhanAllaah its amazing how the brother mentioned “All the masjids are still standing and the brothers and sisters are using them as shelters for those in need. ” – How far from imperfection is Allaah!!!!!!!

  8. Ismail Mehr

    Please contribute and requeast your islamic organizations/masjids to forward any collections to the imana fund http://www.imana.org for haiti. Alhumdulillah, there is no overhead here no percentage for salaries, office expense etc etc. All the money will go to our efforts in Haiti. Our releif efforts are 100% volunteer

    Our first team is on the ground andsetting up field hospital. Second team goes 1/24/10.

    Alhumdulillah last eyar many of us went to Gaza for medical releif and now haiti.

    Our work ingaza http://www.ammgaza.com

    donate volunteer if you are health professional http://www.imana.org 630 932 0000

  9. femmemusulmane_martinique

    Salam Aleikoum.

    Even if we find it difficult to express our love compassion and solidarity through lack of adequate words. We deeply in our hearts pray God to help you endure this hardship. He who created us is surely the one who can also alleviate our pains. May God in his infinite mercy help you through and accept our prayers.

    La Illaha illa Allah! Ameen, Ameen, Ameen.

  10. Magda

    Assalamu alaikum,

    Innalahu wa Innalahi rajioon. I wish there was more I could do for my beautiful people. May Allah have mercy on all my Muslim brothers and sisters in Haiti. May all of your sins be removed in exchange for your hardship. ameen. Allah says: “After the hardship comes the ease…the ease.” Ya Allah, bring some ease to my Haitian people. ameen.

    • Umm Bilqis

      Sister that is a beautiful dua and we can make a prayer for all the inhabitants of Haiti may Allah relieve their distress and guide to the worship of Islamic Monotheism.

      Ameen Ya Rabb!



    May Allah bless all our all the people and give them strength to alleviate all their sufferings.

  12. razan

    i want to go all over peoples houses and tell them giv us at least one dollar for haiti earthquakes.i feel sorry tese people but i think we can go to school and tell the princapal can we go to every class and tell if you want to help haite give us at least one dollar or more.

    thanks for your help

  13. Caramoan

    I pray for those people who have been injured in Haiti. the earthquake in Haiti is one of the word disasters this year. I just hope that they would be able to recover soon.

  14. New Hope Volunteers

    This is the best site for descries the distance peoples equality. I wish for those peoples who injured by earthquake. I pray they will recovered soon.


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