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September 09, 2005

Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force to outline Islamic aid efforts

(HOUSTON, TX, 9/8/05) - On Sunday, September 11, some 1200 Muslim volunteers will feed Hurricane Katrina evacuees in four shifts at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. National and local representatives of the Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force (MHRTF) will also hold a noon news conference at the convention center to outline the American Muslim community's ongoing relief efforts.

WHAT: News Conference Outlining Muslim Hurricane Relief Efforts

WHEN: Sunday, September 11, Noon (Central)

WHERE: The George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas

CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Executive Director Iesa Galloway, 713-838-2247, 832-656-0449, E-Mail:; Islamic Relief, Arif Sheikh, 310-351-3931, E-Mail:

In a statement, MHRTF said: "The Texas Muslim community?s response to the suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina has been overwhelming. Because of that response, Texas Muslims have committed to feed the evacuees for a second day."

The Houston Muslim community has trained more than 2500 volunteers to be available for hurricane relief.

The newly-formed Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force recently announced a pledge to raise $10 million in humanitarian relief. MHRTF members include (in alphabetical order) Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA), Islamic Relief, Islamic Society of North America (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 America (MUNA). For more information on the task force, go to:

This weekend?s feeding of the evacuees is taking place in coordination with the Second Baptist Church of Houston and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston (IMGH). For more information on relief efforts by the local Muslim community, go to:

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:, Edina Lekovic, 213-383-3443,, Mohamed Elsanousi, 317-839-1803,