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UPDATE(1) | Action Alert! Fundraising Appeal for East Africa Crisis

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“Islamic Relief hasn\’t used the words starvation and famine in any of their appeals over the past decade. What is happening in East Africa now due to the drought is unprecedented and is leaving millions hungry. We must act now.”

– Jehangir Malik, Director of Islamic Relief UK

Photo Credit: Colin Crowley/Save the Children

Millions of East Africans are currently at risk of starvation due to prolonged drought and famine. Several charities have launched appeals to address the crisis, and MuslimMatters encourages you, the readers, to donate as much as you can TODAY.

UPDATE 1 — We’ve reached $1000 USD alhamdulillah! New target = $5000 USD – we can do it, insha’Allah!

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Alhamdulillah, we're at over 850 supporters. Help us get to 900 supporters this month. All it takes is a small gift from a reader like you to keep us going, for just $2 / month.

The Prophet (SAW) has taught us the best of deeds are those that done consistently, even if they are small. Click here to support MuslimMatters with a monthly donation of $2 per month. Set it and collect blessings from Allah (swt) for the khayr you're supporting without thinking about it.

What can $5000 buy?*

  • $5000 can provide 200 children with high energy food supplements for a week.
  • $5000 can provide clean water to 50,000 people
  • $5000 can provide emergency food to 3000 families per day
  • $5000 can treat 200 malnourished children for a month

Let’s make it happen, insha’Allah! Click on one of the charity links below (or any charity of your choice), and leave a comment with the amount you have donated in USD$ so we can keep track of the total.

* Approximate values based on statistics released by Islamic Relief UK

Charities Collecting for East Africa

USA + Canada

United Kingdom

Worldwide

Keep supporting MuslimMatters for the sake of Allah

Alhamdulillah, we're at over 850 supporters. Help us get to 900 supporters this month. All it takes is a small gift from a reader like you to keep us going, for just $2 / month.

The Prophet (SAW) has taught us the best of deeds are those that done consistently, even if they are small. Click here to support MuslimMatters with a monthly donation of $2 per month. Set it and collect blessings from Allah (swt) for the khayr you're supporting without thinking about it.

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

42 Comments

42 Comments

  1. iMuslim

    July 11, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    £50 to Islamic Relief UK (= approx USD $80)

    • iMuslim

      July 11, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      Please don’t wait to give! The earlier you donate, the more reward you will get – your reward, and the matching reward of those coming after you. :)

      Charity is not just for Ramadan. The starving need your money today. May Allah, al-Wahhab, bless you with the same reward as that of giving in Ramadan! Ameen.

    • abu Abdullah

      July 11, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      Ameen.jazak Allah khayr for letting everyone know about the opportunity. Alhamdulillah, I was able to make a donation. wassalam

      • iMuslim

        July 11, 2011 at 8:52 AM

        Masha’Allah – please can you let us know the amount in USD$ so we can update our total. Feel free to post anonymously. JazakAllah khair.

  2. Sameera

    July 11, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    $100 to Islamic Relief USA.

  3. Amad

    July 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    $100 Islamic relief usa

  4. Muslim

    July 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    $100 Islamic Relief – USA

    JazakAllah for your efforts

  5. Anony

    July 11, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Asalamu Alaykum, is there a way to donate via paypal?

    • iMuslim

      July 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      Wa ‘alaykum salam – MM is not collecting directly. You’ll need to find a charity who does accept PP. Where are you based?

      • Anony

        July 12, 2011 at 6:19 AM

        Canada

        jazakAllahu khairan

        • iMuslim

          July 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM

          Salam – sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I recommend you ask a friend or family member to donate on your behalf to Islamic Relief Canada, and pass them the money in person, as I still haven’t seen any charities accepting PayPal myself.

    • Ummu 'Abdillaah

      July 21, 2011 at 9:10 PM

      Islamic Relief Canada accepts Paypal!

    • Ummu 'Abdillaah

      July 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

      Islamic Relief Canada accepts Paypal. There is a paypal button on their website and you can specify towards what purpose you are donating.

  6. Abdullah

    July 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    $100 Islamic Relief US

  7. NAS

    July 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    $25 to Islamic Relief USA

  8. A

    July 11, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Asalamualaykum, 1,000 USD to Islamic Relief USA

  9. Siddiquis

    July 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    $100 to Islamic Relief. May Allah accept it from everyone. Great Ramadan prep-open our hearts and fists to give more in Ramadan.

  10. Invisible!

    July 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    $200 to Islamic Relief Canada

  11. SH

    July 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    $100 to islamic relief usa

  12. Olivia

    July 11, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    $50 to Islamic relief

  13. iMuslim

    July 11, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    SubhanAllah – may Allah reward you all for your generosity. Please keep giving everyone. :)

  14. Abu Khadeejah

    July 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM

  15. Abu Khadeejah

    July 11, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    An update on Mahmood from the last video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb2IQizl-Vk&feature=relmfu

  16. kfa

    July 12, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    $100 islamic releif usa

  17. MMI

    July 12, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    $ 100 Islamic Relief Canada

  18. B

    July 13, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    $100

  19. Umm Aisha

    July 13, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    $25 to Islamic Relief USA

  20. iMuslim

    July 13, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    ^ JazakumAllah khair for the new donations – you’ve helped us reach the half way point, alhamdulillah. May Allah help us to reach our target, and more! ameen.

  21. Bint Adam (alayhi salam)

    July 13, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    To above and to those reading: May Allah reward all those who give generously for the sake of Allah, who look forward to His Meeting and who are hoping for His Pleasure and Reward, ameen! What can be better in this world and the next?

    $28.16 from US.

    BarakAllahu Feekum.

  22. EZEM

    July 13, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Assalamualaikum!
    $150 through Oxfam USA (IR’s site was giving trouble :( ) from India.
    May Allah ta’ala reward you for your efforts.

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  24. sisterS

    July 15, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    $30 to Islamic Relief US for East Africa Crisis…

  25. concerned

    July 16, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    asalamu alaikum

    is there any way we can feature this appeal more prominently on the website? there has been a real crisis in raising donations for this impending disaster. numerous NGOs have stated that their relief efforts have been hampered by lack of adequate funding. furthermore, there are still many who don’t know about this humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. subhanallah children are dying upon arrival to the refugee camps. and an estimated 1/2 children coming from Ethiopia are malnourished. and the situation is much worse in southern Somalia, where most aid agencies have not even entered yet. just a humble suggestion…..may Allah bless you tremendously for your efforts (amiin).

    jazakallahu khayr
    a concerned Muslimah

    • Aisha

      July 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      There are some racial undertones to explain the lack of funding/awareness being given to this cause. DONATEEEE.
      Muslims only tend to donate to causes where there is a clear enemy, ie. Palestinian issue. But when that is not the case there is less of a response. Our enemy right now is our own lack of care for our brothers and sisters. The life of Black Muslims is just as sacred as anyone else.

  26. Anonymous

    July 17, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    $200 to Islamic Relief USA

  27. Muslimah

    July 18, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    $100 to Islamic Relief USA

  28. Michael Scott

    July 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    $25 to Islamic Relief

  29. X

    July 19, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    $100 to Oxfam America

  30. Trent

    July 21, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    50 USD to Islamic Relief East Africa Crisis

  31. anonymous

    July 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    250$ to Islamic Relief

  32. Sofia

    July 22, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    $100 Canada

  33. iMuslim

    July 24, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Salam – thanks everyone for donating. Please keep going!

    Imperial College London ISoc had a BBQ today, and we managed to raise £250 for the appeal, alhamdulillah. That works out to approx. $400. :)

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