(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/29/04) – CAIR is calling on mosques and Islamic centers
around North America to hold special prayers this Friday for those who died as
a result of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Asia. The prayers, called
salat al-ghaib, are performed for those who have died in a distant place.
(NOTE: Normally, Islamic funeral prayers would be performed by the local Muslim
community. Given the devastating nature of the tsunami, local prayers may not
be possible and victims may not be recovered or identified.)
A sample news release is provided below for local Muslim communities.
CAIR also repeats its call for humanitarian relief for the survivors.
HOW TO HELP:
The following organizations have announced that they will take part in relief
efforts to assist the victims of the earthquake:
ISLAMIC RELIEF WORLDWIDE RESPONSE launched an effort to get medical supplies,
tents and sanitations facilities for the victims of the earthquake. To donate,
send checks to Islamic Relief, 1919 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506, call
(888) 479-4968, or visit: www.irw.org
ASIA RELIEF, a Maryland based nonprofit organization, is accepting donations of
nonperishable food items, clothing and toys for victims of the tsunami in Sri
Lanka. Cash donations are also being accepted. To contribute, drop off
donations anytime at 19409 Olive Tree Way, Gaithersburg, MD, 20879. Contact
Seyed Rizwan Mowlana at 301-672-9355 for more information.
ISLAMIC CIRCLE OF NORTH AMERICA (ICNA) Relief has established an Indonesia,
India & Seri Lanka Relief Fund to provide food, medicine, clothes, tents &
other urgently needed supplies. To donate, visit www.ReliefOnLine.org or send
checks to 166-26 89th Ave Jamaica, NY 11432, Tel.718-68-7028.
The INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT societies in south Asia have begun
to mobilize staff and volunteers to affected areas to assist with the immediate
needs. Emergency assessment and first-aid teams have already reached some of
the affected areas.
Call 1-800-435-7669. Contributions to the International Response Fund may be
sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross
International Response Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet
users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.
CARE Australia teams from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Thailand are traveling
to affected areas to gauge the impact of the disaster. Donations can be made
through the CARE Australia website (www.careaustralia.org.au) or call
LIFE FOR RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT is sending drinking water, food, hygiene kits,
tents and blankets. LIFE will work on sending more emergency items in the days
To make a donation, visit LIFE’s website at www.lifeusa.org or call 1-800-827-3543
SAMPLE NEWS RELEASE
(NOTE: Modify the press release below by using local information. Then, call
your local newspapers, TV and radio stations to find out the appropriate person
to send the press release to. Also send a copy to the Daybook editor at the
nearest Associated Press office. Visit www.ap.org for more details.)
LOCAL MUSLIMS TO PRAY FOR THOSE KILLED IN TSUNAMI
WHAT: On Friday, December 31, Muslims in [your city or state] 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 [location].
WHEN: Friday, December 31. Jum’ah prayers begin at [time].
WHERE: [location, address and directions]
CONTACT: [names and phone numbers of contact people]
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.