Update (5) Al Maghrib & Islamic Relief Fundraiser
Updated on Friday, 27th August, 2010
Update(4) Send relief packs to Pakistan free of charge!
Friday, 27th Aug, 2010:
One of the countless Pakistani citizens who’re working day and night for the flood relief efforts is Fakhre-Alam, a young celebrity known well in the nation. Previously, he’d spearheaded a prolonged and effective relief campaign for the earthquake victims in 2005. Now, he joins Pakistan’s national airline, PIA, to bring focused and effective relief for the millions who’re awaiting help.
This video has been made especially for people residing abroad, who want to help with the relief campaign on the ground. PIA, the national carrier, has declared it will ship to Pakistan free of cost any donations that people abroad want to send for the flood victims. Watch the video to learn more:
- Get a box (from PIA? Or otherwise?) 12 x 15 x 15
- A white sheet
- Two 1.5 liters mineral water (not more, not less)
- 12 packs of any juices WITH straw
- Box of salty biscuit
- Two boxes of sweet biscuits (1 big, 1 small)
- Box of chocolates
- Milk carton (1-1.5 liters) expiration not soon
- Potato chips bag
- Soap bars (2-4)
- Box of dates
- ORS (dehydration-prevention supplement- pedialyte)
- Disposable cups
Update (3) Donate Sleeping bags via Zakat.org
The Zakat Foundation is collecting sleeping bags, amongst other relief activities, to donate for Pakistan:
As Salamu Alaikum and Ramadan Mubarak!
As you all know, massive floods have hit Pakistan. It is the worst flood in Pakistan’s history.
More than 20 million people and 62,000 square miles of area(1/5 of the country) have been
affected. More than 1,500 people are dead.
Zakat Foundation (zakat.org), a Chicago based relief organization, has been helping victims of the Pakistan flood from day one by distributing necessary items like food, clothing, tents, etc.
Currently, we have launched a sleeping bag drive for Pakistan flood victims. We will be
collecting sleeping bags in different sites and storing it at a warehouse in PA. Once the container is filled, we will ship it to Zakat Foundation’s relief center located in Pakistan. Our
representatives will then distribute the sleeping bags to the victims.
We invite you and your organization to take part in this Sleeping Bag Drive in the following
• Announce to your community to bring sleeping bags in good condition to your center.
• Make an arrangement to either mail or bring it to the warehouse in PA by September 10,
The sooner we get the container filled, the sooner we can ship it, the sooner our brothers and
sisters get the sleeping bags.
If you need further information, please call me at 708-466-3369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
May Allah reward you and your community for your efforts.
East Coast Director
Zakat Foundation of America
Update (2): Another target crossed (Alhumdulillah!)
That’s right and that’s why we’ve updated our thermometer! In fact, to show you how awesome you guys have been with your donations, you can now see two thermometers – one showing what we’ve achieved and the other indicating ongoing donations. Alhumdulillah. JazakumAllah khayran katheera! May Allah accept it from all of you. Ameen. :D If you know people who may be able to contribute, go ahead and share away! :D
Update (1): Goal set for $10,000
Alhumdolillah, it’s testament to the generosity of our readers, their friends and relatives – Muslims brothers and sisters around the world – that we are now touching the initial target of $5000. Current pledges stand at $4806 and that too within just over twelve hours of launching the appeal. May Allah accept it from all of you and recompense you in the best manner, both in this world and the next! Ameen.
Overawed by the show of support and solidarity with the flood victims, we’ve now set the goal at $10,000 final, Insha’Allah. Whatever is achieved, it is the Mercy of Allah(swt). May Allah(swt) accept it from us and from you. Ameen!
Pakistan floods fundraising appeal:
By Muslim Matters author based in Pakistan, Ameera Khan
Ramadan has begun and many of us have only just begun to experience hunger pangs as we fast during the day. However, as I write this, there are millions across my country who are facing real starvation. The ongoing floods that have wrecked havoc on our peoples’ lives, possessions, property and, indeed, their future have plunged them into severe poverty and despair. The scale of the disaster has just begun to become clear but there are already fears of another wave of floods, as the monsoon season continues. The UN has given a harrowing estimate of the damage: it is worse than the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake – all put together! Subhan-Allah, can we even imagine how terrible that must be?
It is clear that, given the widespread nature of the disaster and the lives and livelihood it has turned up side down, the flood survivors will need massive support. From generous, common citizens in Pakistan to foreign aid agencies and the Government’s relief efforts… all are working together to save lives, prevent death and disease, and eventually rehabilitate people. To sustain their work, your donations will no doubt go a long way. Alhumdolillah for the month of Ramadan that Allah(swt) has blessed us with – we have the opportunity to give our Zakat and generous Sadaqah for the sake of tremendous reward from Allah(swt), Insha’Allah.
It was related on the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whosoever relieves from a believer some grief pertaining to this world, Allah will relieve from him some grief pertaining to the Hereafter. (Narrated in Saheeh Muslim)
Action Alert! $5000 initial target | Organizations and Charities you can donate to:
Muslim Matters has set an initial baseline target of generating $5000 (now changed to $10,000… see update below now going beyond $10000!) for the relief efforts. To be able to keep a track on the donation pouring in, we kindly ask you to leave a comment below, mentioning the amount you have donated by virtue of this fundraising appeal.On the last fundraising appeal for a different cause, Muslim Matters’ readers generated more than $20,000 Alhumdolillah. Let’s take the bar higher this time, Insha’Allah. May Allah reward you without measure! Ameen.
Here is a brief list of just some of the organizations working on the ground to distribute food, clothing, medicines and provide shelter to the victims of the flood.
Islamic Relief USA (Pls click on IR banner above; if you don’t see one, click here)
Zakat Foundation (Pakistan appeal)
Pakistan Red Crescent Society
(PRCS has offices in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Muzaffarabad.)
AlKhair Foundation UK
(has put together Flood Aid Shelter Boxes)
(to donate $10 text SWAT to 50555 to send money to the United Nations)
Reflections on the Pakistan floods:
By Muslim Matters author, Hena Zuberi.
I watch in horror, the beautiful Swat Valley, a treasure of unparalleled natural beauty broken by the very same nature. Bahrain, Kalam, Madyan, Mingora, vacation spots from a childhood past, beaten, drowned by the 20-foot waves in the River Swat. The terrible force of Allah(swt)’s water destroying everything in sight, crumbling homes and bridges, made out of cement and bricks. The monsoon season is in swing and, as it continues to rain, every river from the north down to the southern part of Pakistan will swell and inundate its surroundings. So far 13.8 million people are affected by disease and displacement, entire villages (650,000 homes) destroyed. The United Nations is calling this a worse disaster than the tsunami, the 2005 earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake… all put together! These are not just statistics; these are people, our brothers and sisters.
Rain can be a mercy or a test from Allah(swt) – they are surrounded by water yet they do not have a drop to drink. Inna lillahi wa innaa ilayhi raji’oon. Truly to Allah do we belong and to Him we shall return!
We hear so much bad news, courtesy of 24-hour news channels, that our hearts have become hard. We say a quick dua or shed a few tears and sometimes send in some money. As I sit here in my brother-in-law’s luxury condo overlooking the serene Potomac River in Washington D.C., do I even deserve to comment on these people’s suffering? To be there and actually deliver bread and tents or shelter a family, to risk my life to rescue a human in the land of my birth, would I be worthy then? I want to be there, yet I feel so inadequate.
Besides clutching our own brood of kids, showing them pictures of the tragedy helpless children are suffering a few days before the merciful month of Ramadan, so they can learn to look beyond their own wants, what else can we do? As we get ready to fast, we can remember these people have not eaten for days. As we take our babies to the doctors, lets remember the water borne diseases their babies may suffer. As we stock up our freezers from the Halal store and our overstuffed pantries from Costco, lets remember the true spirit of Ramadan and give as much as we can. Maybe this is Allah’s way of reminding us that we are NOT giving enough in Sadaqah.
In a Hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A man has sinned enough if he neglects to feed those in need.” (Related by Muslim and Abu Dawud)
Ya Rabbi, the advent of your blessed month is here, please remove the sufferings of our Pakistani brothers and sisters. O Allah, nothing is beyond your power. O Allah, send upon them helpful, wholesome and healthy rain, beneficial not harmful rain. Ameen!
An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari
دعوة عاجلة بخصوص أزمة الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري
الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله محمد وآله
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
لقد تلقينا بقلق بالغ ما يتوارد من أخبار غير مؤكدة حول الإعدام الوشيك للشيخ سلمان العودة، و الشيخ عوض القرني، و الدكتور علي العمري
لقد علمنا الإسلام أن الحياة نعمة من الله و إن أولئك الذين يعملون على حرمان أى أحد من هذه النعمة دون أساس شرعي واضح قد ارتكبوا إثمًا فظيعًا عدّه الله من الكبائر: وَمَن يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُّتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا (سورة النساء، 93)
إن رسول الله ﷺ وصحابته قد اعتبروا حياة كل من نطق الشهادة، وكذا ماله وعرضه حرامًا لا يُقبل انتهاكها ولقد حرصوا كل الحرص على ألا ينتهكوا تلك الحقوق الأصلية حتى في تطبيق الحدود
قال رسول الله ﷺ: ادفَعوا الحدود ما وجدْتم لها مدفعًا (سنن ابن ماجة)، وقال ابن مسعود: ادرءوا الجلد والقتل عن المسلمين ما استطعتم (السنن الكبرى)
إن حرمة دم المسلم عند رسول الله ﷺ عظيمة جدًا، فلزوال الدنيا أهون عنده من قتل امرئٍ مسلم (سنن الترمذي)
ولقد كان السلف يقولون عند طوافهم بالكعبة: ما أعظمك وأعظم حرمتك، والمؤمن أعظم حرمةً عند الله منك (رواه الترمذي)
في ضوء الهدي النبوي، وعِظم أمر انتهاك الحقوق الأصلية التي منحها الإسلام للمسلم، فإننا نطالب السلطات المعنية بأن يوقفوا أي خطة مبيتة لإعدام الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري، سواءً في المستقبل القريب أو البعيد
نطالب أولئك الذين في السلطة أن يصدروا عفوًا في حقهم في هذا الشهر المبارك
إننا نؤمن بيقين أن هؤلاء العلماء لم يقترفوا أى شيءٍ يبرر التعامل المروع الذي يتعرضون له لمدة عام وأكثر وإننا نطلق هذا النداء كنصيحة صادقة، محققين دورنا كعلماء عليهم واجب بيان الحق، ومستحضرين أن كل واحد فينا سيسأل عن عمله في الآخرة حيث الظلم ظلمات لا تفضي إلا إلى عذاب النار
والله في عون المظلومين واللهم صل وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد
17 رمضان 1440 /22 مايو 2019
كتب بواسطة (الشيخ) سلمان يونس
An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari
All praise belongs to Allah, and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad and His family.
Peace and mercy be upon you:
It is with great concern and perturbation that we have received unconfirmed reports regarding the imminent execution of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari.
Islam teaches us that life is a blessing from Allah. Those who seek to deprive someone of this blessing without a clearly sanctioned religious basis have committed an act that God deems atrocious and a mighty sin: “If anyone kills a believer deliberately, the punishment for him is Hell, and there he will remain: Allah is angry with him, and rejects him, and has prepared a tremendous torment for him.”(Qur’an, 4:93)
The Inviolability of the Believer
The Prophet ﷺ and his Companions viewed the life, wealth, and honor of all who uttered the testimony of faith (shahada) as inviolable. They took immense care not to impede on these basic rights even in the context of enacting punishments.
The Prophet ﷺ said, “Avoid applying punishments as long as you are able to find an excuse to avert them,”(Sunan Ibn Majah) and Ibn Masʿud stated, “Avoid flogging and applying the death penalty upon people as much as you can.”(Sunan al-Kubra)
Indeed, the sanctity of the believer was so great in the eyes of the Prophet ﷺ that he deemed the destruction of the world as a lighter affair than the killing of even a single Muslim. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)
Similarly, the early Muslims (salaf) would remark when gazing upon the Kaʿba, “The inviolability of a believer is greater with Allah than your inviolability.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi) There are few statements one can imagine as emphatic as these in affirmation of the rank of the believer.
A Call for Clemency
In light of the guidance of the Prophet ﷺ and the gravity of depriving a Muslim of the fundamental rights granted to him or her by Islam, we urge the authorities in question to immediately cease any plans to execute Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari in the immediate or distant future.
We urge those in the leadership to grant them clemency in this blessed month of Ramadan.
It is our firm belief that the actions of these scholars do not in any way justify the appalling treatment they have been subjected to over the past year and more. We make this call in the spirit of providing sincere counsel, realizing our role as scholars duty-bound to the expression of truth, and recognizing that each of us will be held accountable for our actions in the next life where oppression will be nothing but darkness leading to perdition.
And Allah is in the aid of His oppressed servants. May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon His Prophet.
Ramadan 17th, 1440
May 22nd, 2019
Drafted by Shaykh Salman Younas
Signatories (v. 2)
|Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
|Dr. Yasir Qadhi
Islamic Seminary of America
|Shaykh Omer Suleiman
|Dr. Ingrid Mattson
Dr. Omar Qureshi
Dr. Abdullah Hamid Ali
Shaykh Mustapha Elturk
Amir, Islamic Organization of North America
|Shaykh Rami Nsour
|Dr. Shadee Elmasry
|Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Director of Darul Iftaa Leicester
Shaykh Azhar Nasser
Professor John Esposito
Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf
|Dr. Jonathan Brown
|Professor Mohammad Fadel
University of Toronto
|Imam Suhaib Webb
Scholar in Residence, ICNYU
|Shaykh Shams ad-Duha
Ustadha Zaynab Ansari
Imam Dawud Walid
Member of Michigan Imams Council
Dr. Asim Yusuf
|Dr. Ovamir Anjum
University of Toledo
|Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick
|Shaykh Hani Saleem
Islamic Center of Detroit
|Dr. Shabbir Ally
|Shaykh Furhan Zubairi
Dean of IOK Seminary
|Dr. Ihsan Bagby
University of Kentucky
|Shaykh Mohammed Faqih
Islamic Institute of Orange County
|Shaykh Bilal Ali Ansari
|Shaykh Abdur Rahman Khan
Co-Chair of National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue
|Shaykh Sulaiman Gani
|Dr. Hamid Slimi
|Mufti Taha Karaan
|Shaykh Sadullah Khan
|Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
Chairman of Fiqh Council of America
|Shaykh Taha Abdul-Basser
|Imam Ibrahim Hindy
Dar al-Tawheed Islamic Center
|Dr. Basma Abdelgafar
Vice President of Maqasid Institute Global
|Prof. Jasser Auda
President of Maqasid Institute Global
Former President of UConn SJP
|Dr. Osman Latiff
Jamia Masjid and Islamic Center
|Imam Abdul-Malik Ryan
|Imam John Ederer
Muslim Community Center of Charlotte
|Shaykh Amer Jamil
|Shaykh Bilal Ismail
Imam Development Project
|Shaykh Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah
|Dr. Bekim Hasani
Imam and Activist
|Imam Imran Salha
|Dr. Tajul Islam University of Leeds
|Dr. Mustapha Sheikh
University of Leeds
|Dr. Ahmed Soboh
Religious Director of Chino Valley Islamic Center
|Dr. Rafaqat Rashid
Al Balagh Academy
|Imam Shafi Chowdhury
|Shaykh Salmaan Parkar Australian Islamic College
|Dr. Mohammad Ilyas,
University of Florida
|Dr. Asif Hirani
Imam and Resident Scholar of Worcester Islamic Center
|Shaykh Ahmad Kutty
Resident Scholar of Islamic Institute of Toronto
|Shaykh Mohammad Aman Haque
|Imam Mazhar Mahmood
Director of Islamic Foundation of Peoria
Organizing Director of MPower Change
Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo
|Mawlana Zakariyah Harneker
|Shaykh Shahinur Rahman
|Shaykh Abdul Wahab Saleem
|Dr. Usaama Al-Azami
|Ustadh Samir Hussain
ISNA High School
|Shaykh Tariq Ata||Dr. Zaid alBarzinji
|Shaykh Abdur Rahim Reasat
|Mufti Liaquat Zaman
Imam Salim Astewani
Shaykh Tabraze Azam
Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui
|Imam Qasim Rashid
|Dr. Yvonne Haddad
Executive Director, MuslimMatters
|Shaykh Muhammad Abuelezz
Muslim Association of Canada
|Mufti Ismail Syed
|Mawlana Safwaan Navlakhi
|Dr. Ildus Rafikov
|Shaykh Hassan Rabbani
|Ustadha Umm Jamaal ud-Din
Islamic College of Australia
|Dr. Munir Elkassem
President, Islamic Institute of Interfaith Dialogue
|Dr. Yusuf Salah
#UnitedForOmar – Imam Omar Suleiman Smeared by Right-Wing News After Opening Prayer at US House of Representatives
Sh. Omar Suleiman delivered the opening prayer in the US House of Representatives yesterday, May, 9th, 2019 at the invitation of Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D) of Dallas.
Immediately since, right wing media platforms have begun spreading negative coverage of the Imam Omar Suleiman – calling him anti-semitic, a common tactic used to discredit both Muslim activists as well as criticism of Israel policies.
News outlets citing the criticism have pointed to a post from The Investigative Project on Terrorism or ITP, as the source. The ITP was founded by and directed by noted Islamophobe Steven Emerson. Emerson’s history of hate speech has been documented for over two decades.
Since then, the story has been carried forward by multiple press outlets.
The immediate consequence of this has been the direction of online hate towards what has been Imam Omar Suleiman’s long history of preaching unity in the US socio-political sphere.
“Since my invocation I’ve been inundated with hate articles, threats, and other tactics of intimidation to silence me over a prayer for unity,” Imam Omar Suleiman says. “These attacks are in bad faith and meant to again send a message to the Muslim community that we are not welcome to assert ourselves in any meaningful space or way.”
MuslimMatters is proud to stand by Imam Omar Suleiman, and we invite our readers to share the evidence that counters the accusations against him of anti-semitism, bigotry, and hate. We would also encourage you to reach out, support, and amplify voices of support like Representative E.B.Johnson, and Representative Colin Allred.
You can help counter the false narrative, simply by sharing evidence of Imam Omar Suleiman’s work. It speaks for itself, and you can share it at the hashtag #UnitedForOmar
At an interfaith panel discussion, three North Texas religious leaders promoted understanding and dialogue among Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Amid a vexed political and social climate, three religious leaders in North Texas—a priest, an imam, and a rabbi—proved it’s possible to come together in times of division. Source: DMagazine.com
The congregation, led by Imam Omar Suleiman, penned more than 150 cards and letters. source: WFAA News
“We must recognize that the white supremacy that threatens the black and Latino communities, is the same white supremacy that spurs Islamophobia and antisemitism,” -Imam Omar Suleiman
Source: Bend The Arc
“When any community is targeted, they need to see a united faith voice — that all communities come together and express complete rejection of anything that would pit our society against one another more than it already is.” -Imam Omar Suleiman
Source: Kera News
Source: The Carter Center
Imam: After devastating New Zealand attack, we will not be deterred
“My wife and I decided to take our kids to a synagogue in Dallas the night after the massacre at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh to grieve and show solidarity with the Jewish community. My 5-year-old played with kids his age while we mourned inside, resisting hate even unknowingly with his innocence…” Source: CNN
Four Marathons in Three Weeks: One Man is Running to Bring Clean Water to Senegal
When Haroon Mota committed to running his first marathon in 2012, he admits he didn’t give it too much thought.
London was hosting the Summer Olympics that year. British distance runner Mo Farah was reaching the peak of his fame as a local and international sports hero. A lot of people in England were taking up recreational running and, well, it was just a popular thing to do to sign up for the London Marathon.
But by the time Mota began the 26.2-mile race, he had found a focus and a purpose.
In the months leading up to the London Marathon, he raised over £7000 ($8,715 US) in donations for the Teenage Cancer Fund.
Mota had done similar projects in the past, taking on mountain-climbing challenges while raising money for charities such as Islamic Relief’s Orphan Campaign. His athletic background included kickboxing, mixed martial arts and soccer.
But running was a new venture. The marathon was intended to be a one-time experience, but Mota soon made running a lifestyle. Since then, he has run over 20 half-marathons and completed the London Marathon three times, using the events as challenges to raise money for a variety of charitable causes.
Sometimes, Mota runs alone. Other times, he puts together teams of runners. The benefit there is two-fold: Not only to raise money for charities, but also to promote and encourage fitness and exercise to his peers in the Muslim community.
This month, Mota is taking things to another level.
The 31-year-old, who works as the fundraising manager for the non-profit humanitarian organization PennyAppeal, is aiming to run four marathons over the next three weeks: the Manchester Marathon on April 2, the Paris Marathon on April 9, the Boston Marathon on April 17, and concluding with the London Marathon on April 23.
The name of this challenge is #Running4Dad. Mota’s motivation is his father, Hafiz Kasim Mota, who died in a car accident in 2013.
Haroon’s goal is to raise £20,000 ($24,900 US) to build a solar water and power center in Senegal, in memory of his father.
CLICK HERE to donate to #Running4Dad and help bring clean water to Senegal.