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Sunday Open Thread 08/01/10 | How to help the victims of the flood in Pakistan?


As you may have heard, Pakistan’s North-West Province has been hit with the worst flood in its history, affecting over 1 million people and killing at least 800 people. The situation is not over since the rain will probably continue and might hit other provinces as well in the coming days. Tens of thousands of victims are in need of food, water, clothing, and shelter during these difficult times. May Allah swt help those who are suffering from this disaster.

If you want to help, please contact (amongst others) the following organizations:

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  1. BintKhalil

    August 1, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Assalamu alaikum

    May I ask MM to review Oliver’s Stone’s new documentary “South of the Border”, about the American media’s treatment of South America? I suggest this for inspriration – AJE’s The Listening Post interviews Stone. When AJE’s Richard Gisbert asks about why the NYT ever so grudgingly apologized about cheerleading the Iraq invasion, but have done nothing of the sort for their coverage of South America, Stone replies that there is an element of racial superiority, of preservation of the Monroe doctrine, of protection of the ever-reaching influence of the “empire” (the US). Stone compares the American media to Raegan’s Star Wars, how Star Wars was meant to stop any missiles that cross American airspace, and that the American media similarly serves to thwart any criticisms of American foreign policy.

    • BintKhalil

      August 1, 2010 at 9:48 PM

      So, Oliver Stone is making a new 10-hour made for TV documentary, called “The Secret History of America”. The man is known for questioning all kinds of things but it looks like he just might have stepped into the wrong termite mound by saying that

      Jewish deaths during World War II had to be viewed “in proportion,” since “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people.”

      When asked why so much attention is paid to the Holocaust, Mr. Stone blamed “Jewish domination of the media.” The Jewish lobby in the United States, he said, was “the most powerful lobby in Washington” and had “[expletive deleted] up United States foreign policy for years.”

      The ADL makes its appearance yet again.

      Mr. Stone’s comments produced a storm of criticism. The Anti-Defamation League responded that his words conjured up “some of the most stereotypical and conspiratorial notions of undue Jewish power and influence.” David Harris of the American Jewish Committee remarked that Stone had “outed himself as an anti-Semite.”

      Read the rest of the Wall Street Journal piece here – actually titled “Oliver Stone’s ‘Empathy’ for Hitler”. The headline pretty much sums the American media’s hysteria. Can’t wait to watch the new documentary . Hopefully it won’t be his last, for questioning That Which Cannot Be Questioned.

      • PakistaniMD

        August 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM

        What is that “That Which Cannot Be Questioned”?

        If your referring to the Holocaust, then your greatly mistaken; His comments were of poor taste, esp. for Jews who had relatives who experienced the Holocaust.

        If your referring to the Israeli lobby’s influence on American foreign policy, then I do agree with you: right-wing, Pro-Israeli organizations try to shut out true voices on American Middle Eastern policy. [Note: see MM’s post on ADL sad indifference to their charter regarding the issue of Cordoba/NYC mosque].

  2. Madeeha

    August 2, 2010 at 3:03 AM

    May i ask MM to write something about the air crash in Margalla Hills, Islamabad.

  3. Ify Okoye

    August 2, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    BintKhalil and Madeeha,

    MuslimMatters is you and us, can either of you write a post on your suggestions so that we can publish them, insha’Allah?

  4. Maryam

    August 2, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    jazakAllah khayr for this.

  5. Hena

    August 2, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Islamabad Residents – To donate supplies for the flood victims(medicines, drinking water, blankets, sheets, clothes etc.) drop off at House 597 St. 48 G-10/4: c/o Shahab Khan.

  6. PakistaniMD

    August 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    May Allah help the victims of the monsoon rains in Pakistan. The International Red Cross & Crescent Movement is also doing a lot to help out the victims. See also The Pakistani Red Crescent Society website on ways to help + donate.

  7. Hena

    August 3, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Following is a list of donation links, relief resources, organizations and individuals working to support flood victims of Pakistan.

    If you are willing to contribute, or know somebody who can help, please contact the following:

    Besides sending cash through below mentioned charity organizations, you can support by providing following commodities. Please do not donate old/expired stuff. Make sure edible items are hygienic and properly packed.

    * Clothing: Clothes of various sizes, Beddings, Shoes
    * Utensils: Jerricans (large plastic cans that hold 20 liters of water or other liquids), Crockery, Buckets
    * Toiletries: Tissues, Soaps, Dettol (antibacterial cleaners), Towels
    * Food: Rice, Sugar, Flour (Atta), Onions, Potatoes, Cooking oil, Tea, Milk (tetra packs or powder), Safe drinking water, Cooked Food


    1. Water purification tablets.
    2. Life saving drugs.
    3. Vaccines for malaria, cholera, typhoid, influenza.
    4. Pain killers including strong ones like morphine derivatives, tremadol, pethadine, kinz .
    5. Antibiotics e.g. tetnus, amoxil, gentamycin.
    6. IV cannulas
    7. IV Drip sets
    8. IV drips: normal saline, ringerlactate
    9. Local anesthetics (injections)
    10. Cotton bandages, cotton.
    11. Surgical instruments: e.g needle holders, forceps, tweezers.
    12. Suturing materials, Skin staples.

    Charity Organizations in Pakistan:

    Al-Khidmat Foundation:
    Donate here:;

    Edhi Foundation: Donate here:;

    Donate here:;

    Pakistan Red Crescent Society:
    PRCS has offices in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Muzaffarabad. Please see:;

    Pakistani Youth: Please see:

    An independent group of students:

    The Volunteers/ Voice of the Civil Society:

    VOTCS with the help of our Pak Army jawans will be sending Provisions to the affectees. VOTCS is now a registered (No. DSW 3369-K) welfare organization in Pakistan, and is operating as a Non-Profit, Public Charity in the North America, Inc. – 501(C)(3) Organization(Tax Exempted)


    For more info call:

    Hadia khan@03018245999
    Sadia Haroon@03218251122
    Irum Farooque@03002332142
    Samina Punjwani@ 786-367-6559 Miami Florida

    International Charity Organizations:

    Islamic Relief USA: Donate here:;

    UNHCR: Donate here:;

    You can also mail your donations to UNHCR:

    Private Sector Fundraising
    Case Postale 2500
    CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt

    UNHCR Canada:;

    UNICEF USA- Donate Here:;

    United Nation’s World Food Programme: Donations are tax deductible for number of countries. Donate here:;

    Plan International ( Pakistan specific):;

    International Medical Corps:;

    IRC (The International Rescue Committee): donate here:;

    Church World Service:;

    Islamic Help (England): You can make a cheque/postal order made payable to ‘Islamic Help’ and send it to:

    Islamic Help 19 Ombersley Road Balsall Heath Birmingham B12 8UR

    Please do not send cash in the post and please do not forget to write your name and address on a piece of paper.

    Bank: You can put money directly in their bank account

    Name: Islamic Help
    Bank: HSBC

    Account No: 41687425
    Sort Code: 40-42-12

    If you are in a country other than the UK, you can go into any bank in the world and quote the following International Bank Account:

    Number (IBAN) and Branch Identifier Code (BIC)
    IBAN: GB 72 MIDL 404212 41687425
    BIC: MIDL GB 2155 G

    Muslim Aid (England): Send a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘Muslim Aid’, together with a note of your name and address to:

    Muslim Aid, P O Box 3, London, E1 1WP

    Donate directly to their bank account:

    Name of the Muslim Aid Bank: LLOYDS TSB
    Address of the Muslim Aid Bank:

    To donate in pound sterling £
    Name of the account: MUSLIM AID-DONATION AC
    Sort code: 30-94-21
    Account number: 01436818
    Iban (outside UK): GB25 LOYD 3094 2101 436818

    To donate in euros
    Name of the account: MUSLIM AID- EURO AC
    Sort code: 30-94-21
    Account number: 86151365
    Iban (outside UK): GB42 LOYD 3094 2186 151365

    To donate in dollars $
    Name of the account: MUSLIM AID-DOLLAR AC
    Sort code: 30-94-21
    Account number: 12044226
    Iban (outside UK): GB75 LOYD 3094 2112 044226

    Muslims Hands: NGO in England. Donate Here:;

    Save the Children:;

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