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CAIR-SV: Muslim Community to Launch Two Week Long Tsunami Relief Fundraising Drive

WHAT: Special Prayers: On Friday, December 31, Muslims in Sacramento Valley will
offer prayers for those who died as a result of the recent earthquake and
tsunami in Asia. The prayers, called salat al-ghaib (sa-laat-all-guy-ib), or
“prayers for those who have died in a distant place,” will be held following
the regular Friday Jum’ah prayers at various Sacramento Valley area Mosques
(See below).

Tsunami Relief Fundraising Drive: The Imams will speak on the Tsunami tragedy in
Juma Khutba (Friday Congregational Prayer Sermon) and encourage worshippers to
contribute to the relief efforts. This will begin a two week long Tsunami
Relief Fundraising Drive by the Muslim Community.

WHEN: Friday, December 31. Jum’ah prayers begin at 1:00 PM.

WHERE: Area Mosques. For location, address and directions, please contact

CONTACT: Basim Elkarra, 916-289-3748, E-Mail:

NOTE: Because this is a religious service, reporters and photographers of both
sexes should dress modestly. Photographers should arrive early to get into
position for the best shots. Photographers are also advised not to step
directly in front of worshipers and to seek permission for close-up shots.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 offices nationwide and in Canada.

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ICNA-Houston Host Tsunami Fundraiser

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Houston Chapter invites the whole
Houstonian Community to the “Tsunami Fundraiser” on Saturday, January 15, 2005
between 7PM.-10PM. at Islamic Dawah Center Downtown located at Travis and

A team of ICNA Relief volunteers soon after will take the funds raised at this
occasion on a “Tsunami Disaster Recuperation Effort” visit to Indonesia, India
& Sri Lanka.

ICNA Relief has done similar assistance work in the past in several countries
hit by natural disasters and/or war.

More information on ICNA Relief can be received from the website:

More details will soon be announced about this fund-raising effort.

In the mean time, if you have suggestions and/or questions, please call for more
information Hanif Harris at 713-298-6811 or Ayub Badat at 832-276-9850.

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Indian Muslim Relief & Charities Tsunami Relief Efforts

WHAT: Emergency relief work is underway in 3 areas in India: Andhra Pradesh,
Tamil Nadu & the Andaman/ Nicobar Islands.

The immediate work is to identify dead bodies, especially those of the Muslims,
in the mortuaries and other locations to arrange appropriate burials. At this
time, distributing basic foodstuffs such as rice, bread and other necessities
such as drinking water, clothing, medicine and utensils is the immediate
priority. 100% of your donation goes to the victims.

IMRC’s goal is to raise $250,000 within the next 10 days.


1. Please help us reach our goal by donating generously to IMRC in order to
enable us to help the unfortunate people who have been affected by this
calamity. Contributions to IMRC (Tax-Id #: 27-0058132) can be made through
secure online credit-card deductions via IMRC’s website (

Please indicate that your contribution is for “Tsunami Relief”. Checks made out
to “IMRC” can also be mailed to: IMRC, 800 San Antonio Road Ste #1 Palo Alto CA

2. Please spread the word among your friends, family and the community.
a. Help make announcements at your local masjid, distribute copies of this
appeal and collect help for the victims. A khutba on this topic would be

3. See if your employer has donation matching program and make use of it. Please
contact your human resources department for such information.

For additional information, please call (650) 856-0440 or email


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