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Muslims Race to Help Storm-hit Americans

Published: 03/11/2012 01:18:13 PM GMT
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As Americans are trying to recover from a deadly storm that, an umbrella Muslim group has appealed for Muslims to join hands to help affectees of the hurricane that caused massive swathes of destruction in the Northeast.“I (more)

As Americans are trying to recover from a deadly storm that, an umbrella Muslim group has appealed for Muslims to join hands to help affectees of the hurricane that caused massive swathes of destruction in the Northeast.

“ISNA encourages the Muslim community to pray for the families of the deceased, those who were injured or sustained damage and to extend a helping hand in the effort to rebuild,” the Islamic Society of North America said in a press release obtained by OnIslam.net.“We urge those who are able to donate to help relieve the suffering of those affected.

Muslims Aid Storm-ravaged Americans

“We encourage you to stay informed and visit these sites to donate and learn how you can help.”

Millions of Americans in the Northeast were ravaged by deadly hurricane Sandy last week.

The storm, the biggest to hit the country in generations, left a wide swath of destruction and killed at least 80 people.

The hurricane also killed at least 69 people in the Caribbean, including at least 54 in Haiti and 11 in Cuba.

Disaster modeling company Eqecat estimated Sandy caused up to $20 billion in insured losses and $50 billion in economic losses, double its previous forecast.

At the high end of the range, Sandy would rank as the fourth costliest US catastrophe, according to the Insurance Information Institute, behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy,” ISNA said.

“While the worst of the weather is behind us, the toll of its devastation is staggering.”

Muslim Relief

ISNA praised the quick response of relief organizations, including Muslims, to help the victims of the massive storm.

“ISNA applauds the rapid response efforts of FEMA, local/regional disaster teams and our fellow Americans in mobilizing task forces and setting up emergency shelters,” the umbrella Muslim group said.

“We pay special tribute to the work of Muslim Relief Organizations who are increasingly involved in coordinating resources to assist in recovering from domestic disasters.”

Several Muslim groups were quick to dispatch volunteers and lure donations to help those affected by the storm.

Islamic Relief USA has deployed its Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to help residents of New Jersey ravaged by the storm.

The Zakat Foundation of America, a leading Islamic charity, has also appealed for donations to help residents affected by the massive storm.

The United States has an estimated Muslim minority between six to seven million.

This is not the first time Islamic Relief provides emergency assistance in the country.

In 2010, dozens of Islamic Relief USA volunteers and staff members joined hands to help respond to devastating tornadoes which leveled whole neighborhoods in Alabama and left hundreds dead.

In 2005, the Muslim agency dispatched emergency response teams to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest natural disasters in US history.The agency volunteers distributed food, cleaning kits, tents, sleeping bags, clothes and hygiene kits to affected residents of Mississippi and Louisiana states.

Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net




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