Last Updated: October 05, 2011
The floods that hit Pakistan in 2010 were the worst in the history of the country, submerging nearly a fifth of the country under water, affecting 20 million people, rendering over 400,000 homeless, killing around 2000 people, and ruining over 1.6 million acres of crops!
Relief agencies and private individuals in Pakistan and all over the world scrambled to provide aid to the affected. Newspapers were filled with photographs of the flood and its hapless victims, prompting people to do more.
Snap back one year later to the present, as the citizens had yet to return to some sense of normalcy, putting behind the haunting memories of the past year, the skies opened up again and the province of Sindh, specifically the central part of it (in the areas of Thatta, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar and Benazirabad) started being deluged once again. As rains continue the area being affected has widened.
Map of the flood affected area courtesy United Nations
Table of contents
The Eid that got washed away
As Muslims world over celebrated the end of Ramadan with a festive Eid celebration and buffets of food, the citizens of these areas left their homes and watched their belongings drown as the skies continued to pour torrents on them. Unfortunately, for them though, the world took time to wake up to their plight.
The ineffective and red-tape ridden government, as usual, was slow to respond and like the year before the responsibility for welfare and support of the affected was left to relief efforts by private agencies and individuals as had been the case the year before.
Springing into action
In the second half of Ramadan, I was contacted by fellow Bloggers Dr Awab Alvi and Faisal Kapadia asking for me to join in the fund raising efforts to support the people of Badin and surrounding areas where the rains had already started to cause damage. Members of PkRelief (a joint effort of Offroad Pakistan and SA Relief) had once again sprung into action and were gearing up for relief efforts. The initial plan was to adopt 3 camps in Badin with the support of Nishat Welfare Organization, an NGO already working in the area, to feed and house 1000 IDPs (internally displaced persons) and to eventually rehabilitate them once they move back after the rains. While the initial response to fund requests was great, as the scope of this disaster grows, the requirement for funds has grown huge. As the scale of this calamity grows, the response from the world and the news organization is slowly increasing.
The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise USD 357 million to provide food, water, sanitation services, healthcare and emergency shelter to the worst-hit families for six months.
- 8,920,631 people have been affected due to the rains and floods (that’s the population of New York City or the population of Chicago, Los Angeles, & Houston combined!)
- 1,524,841 homes have been devastated
- 37,498 villages affected
- 6,791,067 acres (10,611 sq miles) of land has been damaged (that’s an area bigger than the states of Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island combined)
- 2,166,623 acres (3,385 sq miles) of crops has been wiped out
- 550,186 people have been provided space make-shift camps – the remaining remain in the open without a roof
- 450 people have lost their lives, 756 people have been injured
(Source: National Disaster Management Authority, 10 October 2011)
A food hamper (distributed by PkRelief) costs USD 15
and feeds a family of 04 for 08 days. It consists of:
- 10 kg wheat flour
- 10 kg rice
- 2 kg dal (lentils)
- 1 litre cooking oil
- 1 kg dates
A Relief pack distributed by Indus Foundation Trust costs USD 23:
- 10kg Flour
- 5kg Rice
- 2.5kg Ghee
- 1kg Sugar
- 1kg Channa Dal
- 1Kg Moong Dal
- 0.5Kg Milk Powder
- 1 Packet Matchbox
- 1 Packet Candles
- 1 Packet Tea
- 1 Packet Salt
- Mix Masala
- 2 soaps
On Ground Videos
The following documentary made by the team of PkRelief during their post-Eid trip to the affected area shows the devastation, the situation on the ground, and the efforts of the PkRelief team.
While the documentary is in English, the testimonials are in Sindhi and Urdu. The first man in the line is being asked how many times a day they are fed. He responds twice a day but no medicines. He says there is no government presence. The second man in the village of Khoski says his Eid salat was performed in the rain. He works in the sugar mill on a salary of Rs 6000 (less than USD 70) per month. In addition, his family had crops on 5 acres of land which was completely wiped out. People who come from other areas are sitting on the sides of the road, their houses destroyed. There is no presence of any government, or the local landlords nor is there much presence of big name NGOs. Says most of them distribute in Badin and leave and never reach Khoski. He praises the Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (the welfare arm of the militant Lashkar-e-Tayyiba) which is the only organization actively working in Khoski at the moment ( incidentally FIF or Jamat-ud-Dawa as it was known earlier was prominent in the rescue efforts during the Earthquake in 2005, the Swat IDP crisis and last year’s floods).
I spoke to Dr Faraz Chaudhary, who is General Secretary of the Young Doctors Association of Rahim Yar Khan, and currently working as part of the Relief team from Young Doctors Association of Rahim Yar Khan. Their base is Kot Ghulam Muhammad about 40km from Mirpurkhas with 03 teams of 06 doctors each in different localities trying to provide medical relief. Faraz told me
“I worked in the Bhong region last year and my team managed 07 camps and treated about 41000 patients but conditions here are 100 times worse.”
Based on last year’s experience Faraz gave a list of necssary medicines that would be required to carry out the relief efforts.
- Eye drops for conjunctivitis which will soon become epidemic
- Loads of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS)
- Pain killers
- Anti malarial medicines
- Polyfax skin ointment
- Pyodene and bandages
- Surgical blades and gloves
- Septran (not the first choice but is cheap and very effective)
- Anti histamines
- Oral hypoglycemics
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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.