Press Release: Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force Launches Website

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/8/05) - The newly-formed Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force (MHRTF) today announced the launch of a website, www.mhrtf.net, designed to offer information about the American Islamic community¿s efforts to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. MHRTF recently announced a pledge to raise $10 million in humanitarian relief. The news website lists Muslim charities in the task force engaged in Hurricane relief. Those charities include: (in alphabetical order)

ICNA Relief - http://www.icnarelief.org/ Islamic Relief - http://www.irw.org/ Kind Hearts - http://www.kind-hearts.org/ Life for Relief and Development - http://www.lifeusa.org/

Other task force members include: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA).

Additional groups who agree to the task force¿s guidelines will be added as the relief efforts develop. MHRTF guidelines for collection and distribution of funds will focus on financial transparency and accountability as set forth in relevant government regulations and standards. Because of Islamic guidelines, no proselytizing of hurricane victims will be allowed by any member of the task force.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org Edina Lekovic, 213,383-3443, communications@mpac.org Mohamed Elsanousi, 317-839-1803, melsanousi@isna.net