U.S. Muslims Urged to Help, Pray for S. Asia Quake Victims

ACTION REQUESTED: (WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/9/05) - CAIR today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to help the victims of yesterday’s massive earthquake in South Asia.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group asked those wishing to offer earthquake relief to visit the web site of a Muslim task force set up to help alleviate the suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Relief organizations associated with the Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force (www.mhrtf.net) are offering aid to areas of Pakistan, Afghanistan and India devastated by the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that left at least 30,000 people dead.

The Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA) has also established the “APPNA Earthquake Relief Fund 2005.” Checks may be sent to: APPNA Earthquake Relief Fund 2005, 6414 S. Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL, 60559 TEL: 630-968-8585, E-Mail: appna@appna.org (APPNA is seeking physician volunteers to help in the earthquake areas.)

CAIR urged Americans of all faiths to pray for those killed, injured or left homeless by the earthquake.

“Just as Americans came together to help the victims of recent Gulf Coast hurricanes, we must do whatever we can to help those suffering from natural disasters in other parts of the world,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Go to www.mhrtf.net or www.appna.org to find Muslim relief groups offering aid to quake victims.

2. Contribute in any way you can. Monetary contributions are best, but you can also donate supplies or volunteer your time.

3. Pray for the victims.

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