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Typhoon Victims' Help Bonds Utah Faiths

Published: 22/01/2014 04:48:24 PM GMT
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CAIRO – Reflecting a growing relationship based on trust and mutual respect, Utah Muslim leaders have offered a generous donation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund to assist victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. “I’m just overwhelmed by your generosity,” Bishop Dean M. Davies, second cou...(more)

CAIRO – Reflecting a growing relationship based on trust and mutual respect, Utah Muslim leaders have offered a generous donation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund to assist victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines.

“I’m just overwhelmed by your generosity,” Bishop Dean M. Davies, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, told Desert News.

“We are honored to work together with you.”

The donation of almost $120,000 was made by the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake during a ceremony at the Khadeeja Islamic Center in West Valley City.

Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines on Nov. 8th and 9th.

It reduced most of what was in its path to rubble. It killed at least 5,796 people with 1,779 others still missing, displaced nearly 4 million and the UN estimates that 12 million lives are at risk.

The donations campaign was launched after an anonymous donor gave the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake $100,000 for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.

The donor challenged other members of the Islamic Society to augment his gift, resulting in an additional $19,000 being raised.

Muslim leaders decided to turn the funds over to the LDS Humanitarian Services.

Davies assured Society leaders that the generous gift would be used entirely to assist those in need following Typhoon Haiyan.

“We knew that the money would go to help those people in need,” said Islamic Society President Aden Batar.

“With the [LDS Church’s] support, we can help many people,” added trustee Abdul Afridi.

Old Friendship

The donation is the latest occasion in which Muslims and Christians extended hands of friendships in Salt Lake city in Utah.

Bishop Davies called the Islamic Center “a sacred place” where worshippers gather to pray together.

He added that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches “to have a prayer in our hearts continually.”

Batar spoke of his own relationships with several Latter-day Saints, including many he considers “brothers and friends.”

In the past, local Muslim leaders have participated in Latter-day Saint-sponsored interfaith gatherings and the LDS Church assisted with the construction of a mosque in West Valley City.

Latter-day Saints also extended hands of fellowship to Utah Muslims in the volatile days following Sept. 11, 2001.

Congregants from both faiths have also worked together in times of need and disaster.

Concluding the event, Bishop Davies and several other representatives from LDS Humanitarian Services exchanged embraces with their friends from the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake.

“It feels so good to see people come together and work together to help those in need,” he said.

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