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U.S. Muslims pray for Iranian earthquake victims

U.S. Muslims pray for Iranian earthquake victims

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked members of the American Muslim community to pray for those killed in Friday’s earthquake in Iran.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group also expressed condolences to the families of the victims and urged all people of conscience worldwide to offer humanitarian assistance.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of the tragic earthquake in Iran,” said CAIR Chairman Omar Ahmad. “We extend our sincerest condolences to the families of those killed and pray for the speedy recovery of those injured in the earthquake. CAIR is working on identifying relief organizations that will provide aid to the affected areas.”

The earthquake took place in the historic city of Bam in southeast Iran on Friday, and a preliminary estimate said the death toll could reach as high as 20,000.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

HOW TO HELP

The IRANIAN MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA is accepting donations at its headquarters: 3376 Motor Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 90034. Contributions may also be made with credit cards at (310) 202-8181 or online at http://www.iman.org.

ISLAMIC RELIEF has launched a worldwide emergency appeal in response to the devastating earthquake that hit. In the initial stage, Islamic Relief is planning to provide temporary shelter, medical supplies, food and non-food items such as hygiene kits, cooking sets, tents, water purification tablets, generators, etc. At a later stage, Islamic Relief will focus on housing and community and public building reconstruction (schools, clinics, etc).

To donate, send checks to Islamic Relief, 1919 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506, call (888) 479-4968, or visit: www.irw.org

LIFE FOR RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT is mobilizing to send emergency relief to the earthquake victims in Iran. LIFE plans to send 7 tons of food and 1.5 tons of clothing to Iran in a matter of days. A team of representatives from LIFE has been dispatched to Iran to assist in relief efforts on the ground, and will coordinate efforts with the United Nations Disaster Management Team and the International Red Crescent Society.

To donate, call: 1-800-827-3543 or visit: http://www.lifeusa.org

THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES has launched a preliminary appeal for 15.4 million Swiss francs (US$ 12.3 million) to bring desperately needed relief assistance to the victims.

To donate, visit http://www.redcross.org.uk/iranearthquakeappeal, phone 08705 125 125 or send checks, made payable to British Red Cross – Iran Earthquake Appeal, to: Iran Earthquake Appeal, The British Red Cross, FREEPOST, London SW1X 7BR.

OXFAM is sending water and sanitation equipment, including bladder tanks and water purification chemicals, on a British Red Cross plane in the early hours of December 30th.

OXFAM is also sending a water engineer to the scene of the earthquake to help set up the necessary facilities. He will work with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. So far, OXFAM have commited £70,000 to this response.

To donate to OXFAM, visit http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_you_can_do/give_to_oxfam/donate/iran_earthquake.htm

Other relief organizations that have established similar funds should notify CAIR by sending an e-mail to: cair@cair-net.org

 

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