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Video: How to help Pakistan (even better than money!)




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:


A summary of the items described in the video above:

1)      Get a box, preferable size 12 inches x 15 inches x 15 inches

2)      A white sheet

3)      Two 1.5 liters mineral water (not more, not less)

4)      Twelve-pack of any juice with straw

5)      One box of salty biscuits

6)      Two boxes of sweet biscuits (1 big, 1 small)

7)      One box of chocolates

8)      Milk carton (1-1.5 liters) – expiration date should be far off

9)      One bag of potato chips

10)   Two to four soap bars

11)   One box of dates

12)   ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts / dehydration-prevention supplement- pedialyte)

13)   One pack of disposable cups

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA): Contact details

For details of whom to contact, please visit:

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



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    August 24, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    perfect, mashallah.

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    August 24, 2010 at 9:48 AM


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    August 24, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    As salaam alykum,

    Alhamdulillah .. Excellent work..

    Lots n lots of people want to help our brothers and sisters in Pakistan … But do not trust the corrupt government officials one bit .. whose track record as far as honesty, transparency and integrity is concerned leaves a lot to be desired …

    Enough said !

    Is this service by PIA available all over the world ??

    Would love to get things organised from here in Kenya, if possible..

    Ma asalaam

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      August 24, 2010 at 11:20 PM

      Please visit the website linked to in the post above… I am pretty certain that wherever PIA has flight routes, it will gladly carry the goods Inshaa’Allah. :)

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    August 24, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Thanks for posting this Ameera! This can be sent from each and every place that PIA flies from. He was on the ground during the 2005 earthquake so he knows what he talking about.

    As for the bags of rice and lentils send those by ship in containers which will get there in 30 days. That is long term nourishment that they will eventually need. Maty ALlah accept everyones efforts. Ameen

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    Salman Aslam

    August 25, 2010 at 3:59 AM

    Mashallah he has been a true inspiration for us youngsters

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    August 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    I haven’t seen long-life milk (that doesn’t need refrigeration) on a store-shelf here in the US…if I don’t find it, I might just send soy-milk, or rice-milk (which do come in long-life boxes)

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      August 26, 2010 at 8:09 AM

      Don’t know how well that would go as far as taste- Granola bars from here haven’t been a hit (reports from people on the ground there) so I’m guessing neither will soy milk- maybe dry milk ie Nido would be a better option.

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    August 25, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    What are the drop-off locations for PIA? Are there any near Washington, DC?

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      Mansoor Ansari

      August 26, 2010 at 10:06 AM

      Contacting NYC office for more details would be ur best option .

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    August 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    MaashaAllah, what a nice video, and what an inspirational guy.

    One question I have though, which is related to the traceability and accountability of these boxes once they arrive in Pakistan. Fakhre Alam said that on arrival these boxes will be “distributed to the military and NGOs” so that they can reach the people. Does anyone knows how this will occur? I mean, if I was donating to any NGO then I would expect a report from them (as almost all do) in terms what they are doing on the ground, how they have spent the donations and what projects they are involved with. What we seem to have here is a general appeal for a worthy product (the box), with no one taking responsibility for it once it leaves the country of origin and more importantly no one accounting for what happens to it. I guess my concern is that this could end up being no more than a feel good exercise for the diaspora communities that are getting involved in this campaign in their hundreds, with the people who really need these items actually not benefitting from them. Why do I say that? Well my experience from the 2005 earthquake is that lots of cargo items (including in one instance £250,000 worth of orthopaedic equipment from the UK) were “procured” on their arrival in Pakistan and added to the “President’s fund” never to be seen again, and we dont know if any of them reached those they were supposed to. It would be a real shame if the same happened here, and worse if people started profiteering from these generous donations. So. if anyone can answer the question, that would be great.

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      Umm Khadija

      August 25, 2010 at 8:43 PM

      “International shipments will have to be endorsed by Pakistani Embassies/Consulates/ High Commissions and the consignee should be a registered NGO or Government agency such as National Disaster Management Authority.”

      See Here:

      The army comes under the NDMA listed above.

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    August 26, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    As salaam alykum,

    It would really boost our confidence if this effort could go one CRUCIAL step further to show us how the donated items are reaching the afflicted..

    Suggestion : Link up with the likes of Dr Shahid Masood ( CEO – ARY ) who was shown on ARY TV ‘on the ground’ – in the effected areas some time ago commenting on the lack of help to the people at that particular time.. Maybe/Hopefully things have changed for the better in the meantime …

    I do not think this should be very difficult and will go a long way in encouraging more relief items come in ..

    Wa billahi Taufiq.

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    August 26, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    It did sound too good to be totally true… at least in Qatar here, we called PIA to get lame excuses of already being “full’ and having too few small planes… They arranged one cargo of 1 ton, and that’s about it…. so basically saying dont bother.

    Okay, its probably true for Qatar, but they could have figured out another way to support the effort!

    So, pls call the nearest PIA office to check their “compliance”.

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      August 28, 2010 at 3:44 AM

      That’s bad publicity, for sure! :( I wonder if I can somehow contact Fakhre-Alam and apprise him of this…

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    August 28, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Assalamualikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

    This sounded so good to me and thought we should try and organise it here….but just now found that there is no guarantee that the goods will reach the deserving…

    After the earthquake in Pakistan 5 yrs ago, Hidaya foundation had shipped their containers to PIA in NYC…but it ended up backlogging in the warehouse and then was sent as cargo…so the promise that it will reach immediately is not so true as they have limited space..and even if it does reach there, it goes to the corrupt officials and then nothing will be heard of the goods again.,….

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    Umm Anas

    August 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    wa alaikum assalaam wa rahmatUllahi wa barakatuh,

    I would add a few toothbrushes…

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    Um Mohammed

    August 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    How about non food items,like cloth,blankets,… do you know any one(airline or others) will deliver them for free.I think people here in USA want to donate those items but don’t know where.

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      Mohammed Hamza

      September 3, 2010 at 8:15 AM

      Salaams Br.
      Just go to any local Islamic Center near you and you will find an answer Insha Allah, If you live in California please let me know I will send you more details.

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    Mohammed Hamza

    September 3, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    Salaams All,
    Let’s not worry about what happened 2005 Earth Quake and what will happen NOW, there is no time for judgment people are suffering, Insha Allah just do our part and pray to Allah and Insha Allah it will reach out to needies. If we were to talk about negatives year after years, people would get discouraged, SO IT IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS to worry whether it will reach or NOT, just do our part and pray to Allah, Insha Allah May Allah will reward you! And make sure to remember all suffering hearts in your Dua’s, Especially Lailathul Qadr is approaching Insha Allah. May Allah guide us in the right path and give them the speedy recovery and patients during this time! AAmeen

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    September 14, 2010 at 6:33 AM

    koi faida nahi hay sary pisa or cheeza zardari kay pass ja rahy hongy dont waste money in pakistan that country desirve 2 die i hate 2 be a pakistani pakistan ending ho nay ka waqt agaya hay

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    Isra Sarntisart

    September 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    The Well-being Foundation for Muslim Thais have collected donation from Thai people, mostly muslims. The amount will be sent through the Embassy of Pakistan in Bangkok next week.

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My Heart Shook In New Zealand

Mohsin Ansari



One would imagine that a person would be dead-tired and ready to crash in his bed after a grueling, 36-hour journey from Christchurch, New Zealand to Washington, DC. And I will admit, that was the way I felt. Yet somehow, all my somnolence vanished as soon as my head rested on my pillow and I closed my eyes to rest. A wave of recollections fell over me: memories of the survivors, the emotions they expressed, and their feelings of an uncertain future as they planned their lives after the loss of their family members. These feelings instantly took away all the desire to get rest and sleep. I sit upright now and begin writing this reflection of a once in a lifetime experience- a voyage of grief and hope to Aotearoa- land of the white cloud as the indigenous people call New Zealand.

With lost baggage, long flights and too many connections, at times it seemed unlikely that my eldest son Moaz and I would make it to Jumm’ah and Janazah prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. But Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) accepted our prayers so that we could fulfill the guidelines set by our beloved, the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). We were able to fulfill one of the rights of a Muslim over the others; that when he is sick visit him, and when she dies, offer her funeral and be part of her burial.

Hagley Cricket Ground was supposed to have a cricket test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand that Friday. Commentators reckon that it would have been the final day of that test match. But the 22nd of March 2019, brought a much bigger crowd to this world-famous cricket ground than what anyone would have seen on the final day of that test match.

Officials and security directed us towards the VIP area as they wanted to pay respect to the guests who traveled all the way from the USA, Canada, and Australia. The environment of love, solidarity, and respect, coupled with the hijab-clad women standing in solidarity with Muslims in that enormous crowd, created an impact which cannot be articulated by mere words. Every single uniformed female officer was carrying their firearm while donning a hijab; creating a welcoming gesture in a rather somber and gloomy atmosphere.

I do not have the words to thank the leadership of Charity Australia and the Islamic Forum of Australian Muslims (IFAM) for providing us with logistics, facilitating meeting the families of the “shuhudaa” (martyrs) and arranging to visit those injured in the tragedy. ICNA, Helping Hand, and Charity Australia banners highlighting the slogans of “American Muslims stand in solidarity with Victims of Christchurch New Zealand” were the center of attention for thousands of local New Zealanders gathered in solidarity that day. Their hugs, sincere prayers and tearful eyes were the greatest gift that I want to share with everyone reading these reflections.

Right after Jumm’ah, the majority of the crowd attended the collective Janazah prayer of 27 of the martyrs. In those emotional moments, I met with the most courageous woman on earth, the wife of 51-year-old Shaheed Naeem and the mother of 21-year-old Talha Naeem, the two spirited souls who gave their lives to save others in the mosque that day. She is one of the strongest women I have ever met. She mentioned that her husband, Naeem, was a person who lived the life of a man of service, always ready to help others. She described Talha as an angel who was too pious and too noble to be away from Jannah too long. We heard similar feelings from Naeem’s mother (grandmother of Talha) the next day when we visited their home.

The visit to the home of New Zealand’s national soccer team player, Atta Elayyan (33), was not only emotional but also deeply inspiring. Atta lost his life and his father (the founder of Al-Noor Masjid) was severely injured during this brutal and hateful attack. There were several scholars from the United States, including Sheikh Omer Suleiman, in the visit to Atta’s home. We could offer nothing to console the brave mother of this shaheed, who greeted us with words of courage and wisdom. We had no words to accompany the tears in our eyes, except prayers for the most noble young man who helped so many in coming close to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Our visits to Al-Noor Masjid and the Linwood Islamic Center were also filled with memories of love, harmony, and reverence. There was a continuous influx of hundreds of visitors, not only from New Zealand, but also from different countries including, but not limited to, Australia, Fiji, and Canada.  Thousands and thousands of flower bouquets and other items of love were left by these visitors. I was really thrilled to see that local Muslims left many Qur’ans and flyers with basic concepts of Islam and addressing the common misconceptions about Islam for those visiting. I witnessed many people visiting these mosques were taking those Qur’ans and other books with them in order to learn more about Islam.

We also met Mr. Aziz, the unsung hero who repeatedly attacked the killer with different objects including an empty gun —which the killer had discarded. The terrorist fired on Aziz multiple times, but Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) not only saved him, but he also forced the killer to flee from the Linwood Islamic Center. Mr. Aziz was one of the reasons why the number of casualties in this mosque was only seven, compared to the 43 martyrs in Masjid Al-Noor. We also met certain individuals whom Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) saved miraculously. A young man showed his trousers fenestrated with holes of bullets but had no signs of injury. The husband and wife who entered the premises of the mosque and only to be showered with a burst of 26 bullets while in their car, leaving it completely destroyed. Yet Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) saved both of them while they took shelter in their vehicle.

The visit to the hospital’s ICU was simply heartbreaking but at the same time increased our resolve and commitment to help these families as much as possible. We encountered a Turkish brother who was in a coma for nine days and met his elderly parents, who spoke to us in the very little English they knew. The only thing which we could understand from their hushed voices was the request for du’a and tears of helplessness in their eyes. The 71-year-old father of a local Pakistani from Hafizabad, who had arrived two weeks ago to visit his son, was now on a ventilator fighting for his life. As a physician who has worked in ICU settings for a long time, I simply did not have enough medical reasoning which could have provided him any words of hope!! Similarly, I was not able to provide any glimmer of hope to a brother from Bangladesh whose wife will never be able to walk again and will be paralyzed for the rest of her life.

While I saw hope and felt resilience from every victim in that hospital, this hospital visit was brutally heartbreaking.

Lastly, I cannot imagine the pain, agony, and helplessness that the father of Mucad Ibrahim must feel after losing his 3-year-old son in his own arms. I gave him the longest hug possible, as he taught the whole world the meaning of Beautiful Sabr (Patience).

After seeing the devastation caused by the terrorist attack, and the work that must still be done to heal the community, Helping Hand USA, ICNA Relief Canada, and Charity Australia have formed an organization called the “Christchurch Family Support Network”. The operations have already begun, and our team is on the ground. The first group of mental health professionals with a background in Islamic Integrated counseling are set to leave to provide victims and their families immediate psychological assistance.

We ask Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to accept our work, bring healing to the community, protect our brothers and sisters, and accept the shuhadaa’ in the highest level of Paradise.

Dr. Mohsin Ansari is the Vice President Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Chairman of Helping Hand USA (HHRD)


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Hena Zuberi



As the days go by, it is easy to forget the names and faces of the people who passed away. The horror of the act eclipses their memories. We do not want that to happen to our brothers and sisters in New Zealand.

اللهُـمِّ اغْفِـرْ لِحَيِّـنا وَمَيِّتِـنا وَشـاهِدِنا ، وَغائِبِـنا ، وَصَغيـرِنا وَكَبيـرِنا ، وَذَكَـرِنا وَأُنْثـانا. اللهُـمِّ مَنْ أَحْيَيْـتَهُ مِنّا فَأَحْيِـهِ عَلى الإِسْلام ،وَمَنْ تَوَفَّـيْتَهُ مِنّا فَتَوَفَّـهُ عَلى الإِيـمان ، اللهُـمِّ لا تَحْـرِمْنـا أَجْـرَه ، وَلا تُضِـلَّنا بَعْـدَه

Allaahum-maghfir lihayyinaa, wa mayyitinaa, wa shaahidinaa, wa ghaa’ibinaa, wa sagheerinaa wa kabeerinaa, wa thakarinaa wa ‘unthaanaa..

O Allah forgive our living and our dead, those who are with us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our menfolk and our womenfolk… [7]

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Shaykh Yahya Adel Ibrahim’s Message in the Wake of the #ChristChurchMosqueShooting

Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim



We offer our condolences to our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand and to all Kiwis. We feel your pain. We see your tears. We hear your cries and we mourn with you. The Ummah is with you- Editor’s note

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