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Florida Muslims Mobilize to Aid Hurricane Victims

The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), in cooperation with the Islamic Center of Southwest Florida (ICSWF) of Ft. Meyers, today announced plans to mobilize that state’s Muslim community to provide disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Charley.

CAIR-FL is calling on Islamic centers and mosques across the state to designate this Friday as “Hurricane Disaster Relief Day.” (Friday is the
day for Islamic congregational prayers, or “Jummah.”)

Hurricane Charley devastated more than two dozen Florida counties, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds of thousands without power or water. The estimated cost of disaster recovery could reach into the billions.

The Quran, Islam’s revealed text, enjoins Muslims to “cooperate with one another toward righteousness.” When asked to describe some of the best actions a Muslim can perform, the Prophet Muhammad said: “To feed (the needy) and to greet those you know and those you don’t know.” The Prophet also said: “Speak the truth”¦and be a good neighbor.”

CAIR-FL is encouraging Muslims across Florida and the United States to aid their fellow Americans by sending donations to one or both of the following two organizations:

United Way Hurricane Charley Relief Donation Fund
A General Relief Fund (Designate County)
Mail Checks to: United Way of Tampa Bay
Pay to: Hurricane Charley Relief Donation Fund
1000 N. Ashley Drive, Suite 800
Tampa, FL 33602 or call 813-274-0900
Donate online (Safe & Secure):
http://www.unitedwayhc.org

Islamic Center of Southwest Florida Hurricane Relief Fund
Mail Checks to: ICSWF Hurricane Relief Fund
3337 Broadway Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901
TEL: 239-939-0292

Donations to both groups are tax-deductible.

ADDITIONAL ACTIONS REQUESTED:

1. Announce, post and distribute this Action Alert. Imams can use the Friday sermon to remind worshipers about the Islamic obligation to help
neighbors. Organize a “Disaster Relief Drive” at your Islamic center or mosque after prayers this Friday. Relief agencies suggest that money is the
best donation as it allows them to get necessary items to those in need.

2. Mobilize volunteers to collect items and cash after Friday prayers. Urge worshipers at the prayer to donate to this cause. Establish a plan to
forward relief supplies to victims by using a local donation drop-offs sites. Mail fund collections to United Way or ICSWF. Report your community’s plan and results to CAIR-FL.

3. Make dua.

Call CAIR-FL offices in Tampa (813-514-1414) or Broward (954-916-5661) for more information.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT:
Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, altaf@cair-florida.org;
Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, abedier@cair-florida.org;
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org

 

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