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Update (5) Al Maghrib & Islamic Relief Fundraiser

Updated on Friday, 27th August, 2010
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQBmywF7LX4[/youtube]

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:

The List:

  1. Get a box (from PIA? Or otherwise?) 12 x 15 x 15
  2. A white sheet
  3. Two 1.5 liters mineral water (not more, not less)
  4. 12 packs of any juices WITH straw
  5. Box of salty biscuit
  6. Two boxes of sweet biscuits (1 big, 1 small)
  7. Box of chocolates
  8. Milk carton (1-1.5 liters) expiration not soon
  9. Potato chips bag
  10. Soap bars (2-4)
  11. Box of dates
  12. ORS (dehydration-prevention supplement- pedialyte)
  13. Disposable cups

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Update (3) Donate Sleeping bags via Zakat.org

The Zakat Foundation is collecting sleeping bags, amongst other relief activities, to donate for Pakistan:

Dear Brother/Sister:

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
way:

• 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,
2010.

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 murat@zakat.org or muratusa@gmail.com.

May Allah reward you and your community for your efforts.

Murat Kose,
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?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwvdByJQW7w[/youtube]

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)

Islamic Relief  UK

Edhi Foundation

Helping Hands (ICNA)

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)

United Nations
(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.

Give to fill his empty pots

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!

Ameera is a final-year medical student and blogger based in Karachi, Pakistan. Having been born and raised in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, her approach towards her Deen has always been rooted in a basic understanding from authentic sources, which was further polished during a three-year weekend course at Al Huda Institute. Her interests, though, seem to know no bounds and range from a passion for the culinary arts and travelling, as well as following current affairs and global happenings. She feels being able to be part of MuslimMatters is one of the major blessings of Allah(swt) upon her, for it has given her a chance to learn and grow. She also maintains her personal blog at http://duskanddawn.wordpress.com.

125 Comments

125 Comments

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    Abu Noor Al-Irlandee

    August 13, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    $250 to Islamic Relief USA

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      Ameera

      August 13, 2010 at 2:15 AM

      JazaakAllah khayr! :)

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    Sayf

    August 13, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    SubhanAllah! May Allah protect and forgive those in need and soften the hearts of those who have.

    I would like to help but I don’t have a credit card. Is there any way I could use paypal or some sort of bank transfer? I was surprised Islamic Relief didn’t have a system like that in place.

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      Hena

      August 13, 2010 at 1:58 AM

      Salaams,
      You can use your online bill pay and set up Islamic Relief as a payee- just put in Pakistan Flood Relief in the memo.

      Islamic Relief
      6131 Orangethorpe Ave
      Ste 450
      Buena Park, CA 90620

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        Sayf

        August 13, 2010 at 11:44 AM

        Walaikum Salaam,

        Jazakallah khair for the help, but the payee doesn’t show up after searching “Islamic Relief” or “Islam” or “Relief” – I’m with a RBC Canada (no US payees?). Is there any way around this?

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          Hena

          August 13, 2010 at 12:04 PM

          FOR CANADA Please call Brother Omair at Islamic Relief Canada, 905-540-4722- They can accept your check on the phone or do a direct deposit with the information on the check. They can set up online bill pay for you too.

          They are in the process of setting up a pay pal account.
          88 Forsyth Ave
          Hamilton, ON L8S 4E4
          1-877-370-IRCA (4722)
          info@islamicreliefcanada.org

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            Sayf

            August 16, 2010 at 3:13 PM

            Jazak’Allah khair for the help,

            $50 to Islamic Relief Canada.

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        maysa

        August 13, 2010 at 11:53 AM

        Asslamu 3leikum Sr. Hena,

        Jazaki Allah for your efforts and your superior writing skills. Where did you get this address??

        The one on the site is:

        P.O. Box 22250
        Alexandria, VA 22304

        I went on the site to get the phone number because my bank requires me to put in a phone number when I add a new biller. That is where I found the above address.

        Can you please confirm before I send in the money.

        Jazaki Allah 5eiran once again.

        maysa hammoud

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          Amad

          August 13, 2010 at 11:56 AM

          http://www.islamicreliefusa.org/contact-us

          Mailing Address

          P.O. Box 22250
          Alexandria, VA 22304

          Sr. Hena gave a regional office address.

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          Hena

          August 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM

          Walaikummasalam,

          Thank you for your comment-Alhamdulillah- all good is from Allah SWT. May Allah give us tawfeeq to use our abilities to serve Him.

          You guys are right- that is the main address. I gave the one my family uses, some banks do not send to P. O. boxes- That address is for the West Coast office.

          May Allah reward you many fold- pls let us know how much so it can be added to the meter.

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      Amad

      August 13, 2010 at 4:44 AM

      i think you know my email address?
      you can paypal it to me and i can send the dough in…
      just let the amount be known so it can be added to our meter.

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    Sadaf Farooqi

    August 13, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    The major chunk of my zakah is going for the flood affectees this year, insha’Allah.

    $350 through local organizations.

    Those of you sending in your zakah for the flood victims, please do it here publicly, as Allah says in the Quran:

    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَتْلُونَ كِتَابَ اللَّهِ وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَأَنفَقُوا مِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ سِرًّا وَعَلَانِيَةً يَرْجُونَ تِجَارَةً لَّن تَبُورَ

    Those who recite the Book of Allah, establish regular Prayer, and spend (in Charity) out of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, hope for a transaction that will never fail.” Surah Fatir [35:29]

    Insha’Allah, your announcement will encourage others to spend too.

    May Allah accept our charity and relieve our brothers and sisters from the destructive aftereffects of this disaster.

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    anon

    August 13, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    jazzakallah khair
    i will match $1000 of donations after this comment.

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      Ameera Khan

      August 13, 2010 at 5:25 AM

      JazaakAllah! May Allah reward you without measure. Ameen. :)

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    Ameera

    August 13, 2010 at 2:36 AM

    JazaakAllah khayr for the lightning response… it has been about 2.5 hours since the post went up and the donations have started pouring in! :) Alhumdolillah! I encourage more people to post their contributions online.

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    Ali

    August 13, 2010 at 3:47 AM

    Salaam Hena,

    You are a phenomenal writer!! I really enjoyed this article!! Keep it up Hena!!

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    Hena

    August 13, 2010 at 3:48 AM

    To Islamic Relief

    $ 273 from MYSCV- Muslim Youth of Santa Clarita Valley

    $ 225 from the students of Road to Jannah Summer School. They chose to donate the money instead of a having an end of year party at Chuck E Cheese

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      Ameera

      August 13, 2010 at 4:02 AM

      Mashaa’Allah… this is just awesome and inspiring. JazaakAllah khayran katheera to them both! We’ll now be updating our donations thermometer to reflect all these beautiful donations. :)

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    Ameera Khan

    August 13, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    Impact map of the floods… http://bit.ly/9NhvhM
    The Huffington Post described the floods in its headline as putting “one-fifth of Pakistan under water”. SubhaanAllah. Help is needed.

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    Youssef Chouhoud

    August 13, 2010 at 4:43 AM

    $100 to Islamic Relief

    Saw pictures, but that comment by UN on the scope of this disaster is absolutely astonishing. May Allah ease the pain and hunger of all those affected and grant them sabr during this calamity. Ameen.

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    Bilal

    August 13, 2010 at 5:36 AM

    $250 Islamic Relief

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      amad

      August 13, 2010 at 5:48 AM

      mashallah,
      that’s $2296 now (with matching)

      still 150 left in matching… i.e. you can double your barakah!

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    Donation

    August 13, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    $150 to Islamic Relief.

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      Ameera Khan

      August 13, 2010 at 8:56 AM

      JazaakAllah khayr!! :D That makes $150 + $150 matched by anon above = $300

      The total now stands at $2596 and just within 9 hours. Alhumdolillah. May Allah reward each one of the contributors without measure! Ameen.

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    Brother

    August 13, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    $100 – and giving the juma’ah Khutbah today about the topic.

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    S

    August 13, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    $100 to Islamic Relief USA

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    Mohammad Sabah

    August 13, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    $500 to Islamic Relief USA

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    SZ

    August 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    $250 through Islamic Relief USA.

    On a side note, Hillside Islamic Center in New York has decided to cancel Iftar/ dinner sponsorship and use the sponsorship for relief in Pakistan.

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      Ameera Khan

      August 13, 2010 at 1:28 PM

      SubhanAllah! May Allah reward them all without measure! Ameen.

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    Amad

    August 13, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    jazakumAllahkhair… $3546 now, awesome!

    Sr. Ameera, the thermometer needs major updating, may Allah reward you.

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      Ameera Khan

      August 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM

      Will gladly do so! :D And as we approach $5000, which will Insha’Allah be very, very soon, I hope to raise the target amount too! :D

      My heart goes out to the generosity of our Ummah, represented by MM readers who’re contributing here… may Allah reward you all without measure and admit you to Jannah! Ameen.

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    Shariq

    August 13, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Insha’Allah I’ll be at the Islamic Center in ABQ, New Mexico to make an appeal for Orphans and for our brother’s and sister’s affected by the floods in Pakistan for Islamic Relief.

    If anyone of you will be in ABQ for taraweeah tonight, I’ll see you then insha’Allah!

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      Ameera Khan

      August 13, 2010 at 1:27 PM

      JazaakAllah, brother, spreading the word is excellent!

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    Justin

    August 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    May Allah rescue them and forgive those of us who able to do nothing.

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    anonymous

    August 13, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    $50 to Islamic Relief USA

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    anonymous

    August 13, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    $10. I’m sorry I am a student. I wish I could give more, but inshAllah slowly I will.

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      Ameera Khan

      August 13, 2010 at 1:25 PM

      JazaakAllah khayran katheera! Why should you feel sorry? SubhanAllah, when you give while you yourself have little to spare, it has a high rank with Allah, Insha’Allah. :) You can also help by telling others about this and thus get a share in the reward. :)

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    Imran

    August 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    $300 to Islamic Relief

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    Ameera Khan

    August 13, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    We’re now at $4306!! Alhumdolillah! :D

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    UmmAnon

    August 13, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    $500 donated to IRW

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      Ameera Khan

      August 13, 2010 at 1:55 PM

      Jazaakillah khayr, UmmAnon! :) We’re now at $4806… each contributor has a share in making it possible… may Allah accept it from all of you! Ameen.

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    Anonymous

    August 13, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    $350 from my end! But that was before the drive, so I don’t know if that counts.

    • Amad

      Amad

      August 13, 2010 at 5:23 PM

      Lets count it and that gets over $5k mashallah!
      $5156 to be exact!
      Let’s keep going. Remember, today is not only Ramadan but also the day of Jumuah. Multiply your ajr many fold while assisting in a cause that is unbelievably important!

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    Abu Maryam

    August 14, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Those who are donating and/or not in a situation to donate, please make du’a for ‘one of the parts of our body’, for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan. These are the brothers and sisters, who have been suffered by the flood, by the air crash, by the corrupt leaders and by the dirty international politics. I make du’a for our beloved brothers/sisters during breakfast, during qiyam-al-layl, and whenever i’m in sujood. May Allah give them tawfique to be patient, to strengthen their ‘Iman so that they can instil taqwa from all of these.

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    mnm87

    August 14, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    Donated to Islamic Relief USA – $200

    Here is a hadith about the reward of charitable acts during Ramadan:

    “The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, “Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]

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      Ameera Khan

      August 14, 2010 at 2:41 AM

      JazaakAllah for the donation and for sharing the Hadith! :)

      Alhumdolillah, we’re now at $5356!

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    Muhammad

    August 14, 2010 at 4:39 AM

    Funds are a little tight due to unemployment, but it’s worse for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan. So $50 donated to Islamic Relief USA.

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      Ameera Khan

      August 14, 2010 at 5:33 AM

      That is exactly how it is for many of us, brother. JazaakAllah! May Allah accept it from you. Better update the thermometer again… gladly! :)

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    Mohamad

    August 14, 2010 at 6:51 AM

    200 CAD to Islamic Relief UK , may Allah swt help our brethren in Pakistan.

    Does it really matter if I used the UK website to donate from Canada???

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    Ameera Khan

    August 14, 2010 at 7:01 AM

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      Maha

      August 14, 2010 at 6:23 PM

      nice! even Islamic Relief’s up there. Represent!

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    The Muslim Orange

    August 14, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    $50 US dollars to islamic relief

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    wisconsin

    August 14, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    $50 to IR

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    Maria

    August 14, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    $330 through Islamic Relief (USA)

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      Ameera

      August 14, 2010 at 12:23 PM

      Jazaakillah Maria! :D

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    Ameera Khan

    August 14, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    The donations thermometer has been updated – $5836 Alhumdolillah. JazaakAllah khayr, everyone! :) These funds will go a long way Insha’Allah. I personally know people who’re sweating it out and taking relief goods into the affected areas so this means a lot!

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    Faisal

    August 14, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    $50 to Islamic Relief (Canada)

    Ya Ar-Rahman, Ya Ar-Razzak, ease the sufferings of my brothers and sisters affected by this tragedy and give them food and shelter.

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    Maha

    August 14, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    $170 to Islamic Relief, alhumdulillah.

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    Sum

    August 14, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    $10 to Islamic Relief USA

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    Ameera Khan

    August 14, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    JazaakAllah guys! We’ve just cross 6K Alhumdolillah! :D

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    mystrugglewithin

    August 14, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    $1000 to a local organization back home; I highly appreciate the efforts of MuslimMatters.. feeling more united than ever before :) Jazakallah Khayrun

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    Umme Abdullah

    August 15, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    assalamoaleikum sister ameera!
    its amazing how well motivated the readers are,mashAllah- may Allah keep the ummah united and
    have mercy on our country -Pakistan.

    $100 donated to Islamic Relief USA , via google.

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      Ameera Khan

      August 15, 2010 at 3:06 AM

      Walaikumussalam!

      Jazaakillah sister! It really is so heart-warming to see such support and selflessness within the Ummah. Wherever help is needed, whether it be Pakistan or any other country, it’s amazing to see people come together for a common cause, Alhumdolillah. :)

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    SH

    August 15, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    inshallah $425 —(my zakat for this year) to islamic relief for the flood victims. May Allah SWT ease their suffering.

    JAK MM for doing this.

  41. Amad

    Amad

    August 15, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    jazakumAllahkhair, we are at $7591, over 75% to our target.
    Comeon brothers & sisters, is there a better opportunity than this to give your zakah or sadaqa? Consider the situation of some here who don’t have a job or are students or in other hardships, but are opening up their heart for the one of the worst disasters of the decade!

    May Allah bless all those who have donated, and who will donate and those who cannot but are making du’a.

    P.S. Pls be sure to mention your donation, even as anonymous, to make sure we account for it in our fundraiser and to encourage others.

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    Ameera Khan

    August 15, 2010 at 2:56 AM

    JazaakAllah!! :D Time for a *major* update of the thermometer, Alhumdolillah! May Allah reward all of you immensely! Ameen.

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    Sister in Islam

    August 15, 2010 at 3:05 AM

    $100.00 to Islamic Relief Emergency Funds for Pakistan – via your web banner.

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      Ameera Khan

      August 15, 2010 at 3:08 AM

      Super! I just updated the thermometer and now I’ll have to do it again – GLADLY. :D Jazaakillah!

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    anonymous

    August 15, 2010 at 4:56 AM

    update ur thermo please to 15k :-)
    $2500 to islamic relief within a week inshaAllah

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      Ameera Khan

      August 15, 2010 at 5:13 AM

      That is just awesome! JazaakAllah khayr! We’d decided to keep the target 10K but you and all those who’ve contributed, have just taken the bar higher! :D

      May Allah reward you all tremendously! Ameen.

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    abez

    August 15, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    250 USD to The Shelter, Dubai UAE!

    The Shelter is collecting food, clothing, tents, and medicines to sent to the Pakistani Flood Victims. So far two containers have been filled but our aim is to fill 4 containers before we send this next week to Pakistan.

    The Shelter is open until midnight everyday to collect goods. Pick up or drop-off of items is available, call or sms on (+971) 0559531454 before doing so.

    http://www.shelter.ae/newdesign/dubai.html#Home

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      Hena

      August 16, 2010 at 2:53 AM

      Jazakillah Khair for this link- i will forward it to my Dubai people

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    nk

    August 15, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    You can add Helping Hand for Relief and Development of ICNA to the list of charities available in the US for donations https://www.helpinghandonline.org/donate.aspx?proid=75

    $500 to Helping Hand alhumdulillah

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      Ameera Khan

      August 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM

      JazaakAllah. I’ll add this Insha’Allah.

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    Ameera Khan

    August 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    JazaakAllah khayr! :D We’re not at $10,941 Alhumdulillah!! :D

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    Ameera Khan

    August 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    $150 from my family. Comes here late but I was waiting for the donation to take effect before writing. :)

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    Ameera Khan

    August 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    $11091 Alhumdolillah! :)

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    Sisters Wafa and Shifa

    August 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    $250 via web banner

    Jazakallah MM for this good work!

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      Ameera Khan

      August 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM

      Jazaakillah, sisters, for supporting our work by responding so generously! :)

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    Ameera Khan

    August 15, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    $11,341 Alhumdolillah! :D

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    Muhammad

    August 15, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    $150 more to Zakat foundation

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    Hamzaa

    August 16, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    I want to know Should I pay using these organizations Zakat Foundation, Islamic Relief UK, Edhi Foundation,
    Helping Hands (ICNA), Pakistan Red Crescent Society or directly to Muslimmatters.org?

    And How is this Donation meter working? :S

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      Ameera Khan

      August 16, 2010 at 1:26 PM

      Good question! :) This post is more about *encouraging* people to donate money. So, you can donate it wherever you like, whether the organizations we have listed (these are well known and reliable) or any others you see fit that are not listed here. When you’ve intended to donate an amount, let us know so here, so we can know what MM readers are contributing Insha’Allah.

      The donation meter is updated *manually* by me, based on readers’ comments. :)

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        Hamzaa

        August 17, 2010 at 12:28 AM

        Ok Sister good Idea :) Can I put this article on my blog?

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          Ameera Khan

          August 17, 2010 at 1:46 AM

          Yes, please do! :D And JazaakAllah for it!

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    Sofia

    August 16, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Assalamu’aleykum

    $200 to Islamic Relief Canada.

    JazakaAllahu khayr MM for this excellent effort!

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    mystrugglewithin

    August 16, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    In the masjid, they told us today about a sister who donated all her jewelry for the cause.. Allahuakbar!

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      Ameera Khan

      August 17, 2010 at 1:48 AM

      That is awesome, indeed. :O Masha’Allah, may Allah accept it from her! Ameen.

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    Aabid

    August 17, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    Islamic Relief USA $115

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    Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    $30 islamic relief

    May Allah soften our hearts

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      Ameera Khan

      August 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM

      Ameen and Jazaakillah! Time to update the thermometer… :)

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    Mirissa

    August 17, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Donated $50, wish we could do more!

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    Muslim

    August 17, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    $100 to Islamic Relief USA

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    Anon

    August 18, 2010 at 3:33 AM

    $ 600 to Hands together

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    Ameera Khan

    August 18, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    Mirissa, Anon, Muslim… JazaakAllah khayr! These donations will go a long way and may Allah recompense you in the best way! Ameen.

    Updating the thermometer now…

    • Amad

      Amad

      August 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM

      what’s the total now :) ?

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    murat

    August 18, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    As Salamu Alaikum,

    Zakat Foundation has another option for donation from your cell phone.

    You can donate $10 or more by sending text message ZAKATUS to 50555

    murat

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    Samee+Tasmia

    August 18, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    $150 to helpinghandonline.org
    $150 to zakat.org

    $250 to IslamicReliefUSA
    Dollar for Dollar program

    “In an effort to increase the amount of funds raised, an anonymous organization has agreed to match dollar for dollar ever fund raised over the next week! They will give up to 50k if we can come up with the rest to give a total of 100k. Together this goal is very attainable!!!

    InshAllah your reward will be doubled for every dollar you donate as Sadaqah or Zakaat. In addition to the multiple rewards of Ramadan, …this is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss.

    All proceeds will be given to Islamic Relief. Please email Br Waleed Gabr at waleed@islamicreliefusa.org with your pledge amount and mention it’s for the Dollar for Dollar match program.”

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      Ameera

      August 19, 2010 at 1:48 AM

      JazaakAllah! :) From what I understand, the dollar-for-dollar matching is for Islamic Relief to avail, through the anonymous organization?

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    Howdy

    August 20, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    $100 Islamic Relief USA

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    Sameera

    August 22, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    $200 to Helping Hands

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    kids from California

    August 23, 2010 at 2:42 AM

    $100 Nawal Khan
    $100 Samran Khan
    $100 Ateeb Khan
    $50 Zobia From their savings

    $ 200 to Hands together from Sister Ruby

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    Muslim Stranger

    August 25, 2010 at 3:38 AM

    UPDATED – ALHUDA INTERNATIONAL FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS AUG, 2010 (With New Videos)

    http://www.download.farhathashmi.com/dn/Portals/0/Latest-Events/Flood-Relief-2010/index.html

    Must See

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    Ameera

    August 26, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    JazaakAllah all for pledging your donations! May Allah(swt) reward you for it without measure! Ameen. I’ll soon be updating the thermometer to reflect your generous donations! :)

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    Mainoooo

    August 26, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    I am so sorry. The best I could do is donate items that are new condition and such, but I know there is not such thing yet. I am a student, not even working due to the lack of jobs now in America and do not even have enough to pay for school :\

    And I have yet to follow-up on my zakat and things like that. I should be more responsible.

    And also, may Allah reward all those who donate to this cause <3

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    dfghjk

    August 29, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    $100 IR USA

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    Some Oon

    August 30, 2010 at 1:31 AM

    Assalamualaikum, may Allah reward MM for its efforts.

    Donated $100 to helping hands.

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    anon

    August 30, 2010 at 2:17 AM

    Donated $750 to Zakat Foundation & $1000 to direct channels

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    Ameera Khan

    August 31, 2010 at 6:17 AM

    JazaakAllah khayr!!! :D That’s a whopping $1950 to add to the thermometer, Alhumdulillah!

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    Zafar

    August 31, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    $250 donated to Islamic Relief

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    qwewe

    September 11, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    I’m in america and i know that we are helping pakestan because the presdent is giving $ to pakestan

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    Anonymous

    September 14, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    $2600 to Islamic Relief (via AlMaghrib online Fundraiser)

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    Online Fundraising

    November 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    I’ve personally donated to help with the flooding and I’m thankful for sites like this that continue to raise awareness.

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#Current Affairs

#UnitedForOmar – Imam Omar Suleiman Smeared by Right-Wing News After Opening Prayer at US House of Representatives

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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

JazakAllahuKheiran


A Priest, a Rabbi, and an Imam Walk Into a Church in Dallas

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


Muslim congregation writes letters of support to Dallas Jewish Community

The congregation, led by Imam Omar Suleiman, penned more than 150 cards and letters. source: WFAA News


Historic action: Muslims and Jews for Dreamers

“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


Through Dialogue, Interfaith Leaders Hope North Texans Will Better Understand Each Other

“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

 


Conversations at The Carter Center: Harmonizing Religion and Human Rights 

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

 

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Four Marathons in Three Weeks: One Man is Running to Bring Clean Water to Senegal

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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.

In 2015, Mota was featured on Ummah Sports and Muslim Matters leading up to that year’s London Marathon, for which he’d raised £10,000 ($14,786 US) for Teenage Cancer Trust.

This month, Mota is taking things to another level.

Haroon Mota (via Facebook)

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.

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Myanmar Matters: Protect The Rohingya, Protect Us All

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By Jamila Hanan

The plight of the Rohingya, you must have heard about it by now: one million people living in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in the state of Arakan (renamed Rakhine) on the coastline bordering Bangladesh. Denied their right to citizenship by a law passed in 1982, the Rohingya are the world’s most persecuted minority. There are at least another one million living in exile, many of whom have shocking stories to tell of how they escaped the persecution, now dreaming of one day returning to their homeland, but they know it’s a far off dream.

I was first introduced to their catastrophe in July 2012. It was just one call from a concerned activist friend travelling in that area that obliged me to look. What I found to be happening was so horrific, and so hidden, that I felt compelled to do something.

In my naivety, I started to frantically call on media and human rights organisations to urgently report and act. I was shocked that such atrocities could be happening, in this day and age, and no one seemed to know about it. I thought that once the media got hold of the story it would be big news, and people would come rushing to help. I thought that the United Nations would be compelled to protect the Rohingya when they had received information about the unfolding genocide. How wrong I was.

Much has happened since then. After the initial attacks where thousands were systematically rounded up by the military and herded into internment camps, there was a second well co-ordinated attack in October 2012 that cleared much Rohingya land overnight. Villages were levelled to the ground, making way for new developments, in the region of Kyauk Phyu, Myanmar’s new economic development zone.

“There’s no oil in Burma, that’s why no-one will act,” I hear repeatedly complained on social media. This is wrong. The entire region in question was up for tender for oil and gas exploration. Hardly a country in the world wasn’t interested in winning contracts for their private sectors. In addition, a new oil gas pipeline was about to start pumping oil and gas from the coast where the Rohingya lived, to take it up to China, thus cutting out the need to carry it all around the Indochina Peninsula. A deep sea port was being built in Rakhine, to take in oil tankers from the Middle East.

This whole area of Rakhine is key to the future development plans of Myanmar, which is key to the development of the entire South East of Asia. What is happening now to the Rohingya must be seen in the context of what is happening in the light of economic developments. It cannot be dismissed as just coincidence that some of the final sanctions were lifted by the US and blacklist scrubbed, less than 2 days before the recent ‘clearance operation’ in the township of Maungdaw began.

Our recently launched campaign, #WeAreAllRohingyaNow, intends to cut through the religious narrative. For certain there are religious and ethnic tensions in Myanmar, but these have been allowed to foster, for military gain. The Rohingya are used as a scapegoat for the country’s problems: an irrational fear of Muslims is being used to rally the rest of the population in support of the military who offer security in the face of a changing world (hmmm.. remind you of anything happening anywhere else in the world maybe?). But ethnic tension is not the cause of the problems. What is driving the military-led persecution at this time, is the desire to redevelop this part of the land, and it is not just the Rohingya who are suffering, but also the local Rakhine people too, as land is grabbed and resources exploited, with little if anything returned to the people who live there. So long as public attention is kept firmly on driving the Rohingya out, exploitation by the military and their investors will go largely unnoticed.

Our campaign is going to be approaching those corporations who are investing in Myanmar, to ask them to face up to the responsibilities that come with the power that they hold. The United Nations will not act without permission from our politicians, yet our politicians are always constrained by economic interests. Multinational corporations hold more power than many of us realise, and they should use their powers for good. If they do not, then we, as consumers, should hold these organisations to account.

One multinational corporation that has intentions to set up its central office for South East Asia is Unilever, the third largest consumer goods company in the world. They have already invested over half a billion dollars in Myanmar. They profess to be forward-thinking in their stance as an ethical company, under the leadership of their CEO Paul Polman, who actually encourages consumers to call on big businesses to do more, and to withhold our spending from them if they do not.

For this reason, #WeAreAllRohingyaNow reached out to Paul Polman, with an open letter, calling on Unilever to take a stand for the rights of the Rohingya. Due to pressure from the campaign, Unilever did take a big step forward, in tweeting their support for the Rohingya and adding their company’s name to a letter regarding the Rohingya that was addressed to the United Nations and signed by Paul Polman in December. However, we are still awaiting their reply to our own letter asking them about their responsibilities in regards to the Rohingya and their investments in Myanmar.

We believe that large corporations should be doing much more to protect the Rohingya. It is simply not an option for these organisations to be investing in Myanmar, in the face of an unfolding genocide, whilst remaining silent. In addition, they should not be passing the buck to the United Nations, who we all know are powerless due to governmental business constraints. It is they themselves who hold the leverage with the Myanmar military to bring about a satisfactory solution for the Rohingya: the restoration of their citizenship.

Our campaign is not asking companies to pull out of Myanmar, but we are asking them to act in the interest of human rights, and to stop this genocide. We have the capability to organise large scale actions, such as boycotts, but we would much rather keep a positive relationship with businesses as much as possible. This is a genuine outreach, to encourage corporations to start living up to their ethical responsibilities, and to do far more than issue statements of concern, but to act.

I encourage everyone reading to please support us in our campaign. By standing for the rights of the Rohingya, we are in fact standing for the rights of Muslims and all persecuted minorities across the world. If we ignore what is happening today and do nothing, tomorrow it is no exaggeration to say that this could actually be you suffering similar persecutions.

Our campaign has a ground breaking strategy that is already reaping results; it is well organised and evolving. We are sending out action alerts to everyone that registers, via email and Twitter direct message, which are simple steps anyone can take in their own time, from anywhere with an internet connection, that will bring added power to this campaign. Please take a moment to register to join us, and be a part of this exciting new movement for change: bit.do/rohingyaregister

@jamilahanan jamilahanan1@gmail.com Human rights activist, Jamila Hanan, based in the UK, is spearheading the #WeAreAllRohingyaNow campaign.

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