BURBANK, California (September 4, 2005) – Islamic Relief, along with several
major American Islamic groups meeting at the Islamic Society of North
America (ISNA) convention in Chicago today, announced the formation of a
Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force (MHRTF) to coordinate aid efforts for the
victims of Hurricane Katrina. The coalition announced a pledge to raise $10
million in humanitarian relief for the victims of the hurricane.
Islamic Relief has already allocated $2 million of the $10 million pledged by
MHRTF. Islamic Relief staff is focusing its efforts on helping victims who have
fled to Mobile, AL, Baton Rouge, LA, and Houston, TX.
MHRTF members include (in alphabetical order) Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA), Islamic Relief, ISNA,
Kind Hearts, Life for Relief and Development, Muslim Alliance in North America
(MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Public Affairs Council
(MPAC), and Muslim Ummah of North American (MUNA).
“It is a national and Islamic obligation to assist one’s neighbors when they are
in need,” said ISNA Secretary General Sayyid Syeed. “The American Muslim
community pledges to do its part in helping those Americans, of all faiths,
who suffered such great losses in lives and property.”
“Islamic Relief has always strived to help alleviate the suffering of the victims
of natural disasters around the world,” said Islamic Relief CEO Ahmad El-
Bendary. “In the case of Hurricane Katrina, we feel a special responsibility to
help fulfill the needs of the victims, stemming from our obligation to help our
Islamic Relief is accepting donations for the Katrina disaster by phone, postal
mail, or on the internet.
Katrina Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 6098
Burbank, CA 91510