CAIR-Philly: Area Groups Kick in With Range of Aid

Donations, prayers and visits to the affected area to volunteer are part of the local effort.

Mike Benner, Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/11/05

Groups in the Philadelphia area, like many around the world, are rushing to organize relief efforts to Pakistan, urging people to donate money, time and prayers for those whose lives have been devastated by Saturday’s 7.6-magnitude earthquake.

CAIR-Philly, the local branch of the Council on Islamic-American Relations, is urging American Muslims and other individuals of conscience, via e-mail and other publicity efforts, to contribute through local organizations. Groups such as the Foundation for Islamic Education in Villanova and the Muslim Society of Delaware Valley in the city’s Kensington section will take donations during community iftaars, nightly meals that celebrate the breaking of fasts during Ramadan.

Adeeba Al-Zaman, director of communications for CAIR-Philly, said the Villanova mosque collected several thousand dollars Sunday night.

Mohammad Aziz, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge Mosque, called donors’ generosity “heartbreaking.”


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