Orlando Sentinel: "Religious principles drive Muslims to respond to disasters" - Islamic Relief USA

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the Orlando Sentinel in April 2017: 

“In the past month, the South and Southeastern regions of the United States were besieged by climate-related disasters. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left at least 116 people dead and an estimated $290 billion in damages in their wake.

Motivated by the core Islamic teaching to aid those in need through compassion and service, American-Muslim individuals and organizations nationwide mobilized to provide emergency disaster-relief services preceding and following the onslaught of the storms.

In Houston, at least 25 mosques opened their doors to function as shelters, donation sites, supply-distribution hubs, or fundraising spaces for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. American-Muslim-owned restaurants passed out hundreds of free meals to the 9,000 people sheltered in the city’s downtown convention center. The Islamic Society of Greater Houston, an umbrella organization of local Islamic centers and mosques, compiled a list of on-call American-Muslim physicians to aid anyone in need of medical services.

Demonstrating the spirit of concern encouraged by his faith, ISGH president M.J. Khan publicly announced in media interviews, “If you have no place to go, go to your neighborhood mosque.”

More than 57 American-Muslim organizations across the nation joined efforts to raise funds, with ICNA Relief USA dedicating more than $250,000 to relief efforts. In Dallas, 300 volunteers packed a room to attend an emergency-shelter training held by Islamic Relief to assist with the influx of evacuees coming to Dallas. ICNA Relief-Dallas solicited in-kind donations, partnering with local mosques to serve as donation drop-off centers, and coordinated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with recovery and cleanup.  ”


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