A Moral Obligation
|Asian workers at a refinery in Middle East|
|Tsunami survivors rushing for relief|
The death toll from an earthquake off Indonesia and the tsunamis that it unleashed is reaching over 100,000 in seven countries in southern and southeastern Asia. The Arab and Islamic countries of the Middle East and North Africa should not just follow this terrible drama on television. They should move quickly and generously to establish an emergency relief fund to provide basic assistance and reconstruction aid to Asian communities that have been the mostly badly hurt.
This proposal does not stem only from a sense of moral obligation to fellow Muslims, Christians and human beings of other faiths. It would also be an appropriate act of historical moral and material compensation for these now devastated societies that have sent millions of their citizens to live and work throughout the Middle East and North Africa in the past three decades.
It would be a mere fiscal footnote for Arab and Islamic oil-producing nations to set up a fund of, say, $3 billion to provide immediate aid to families and communities that have been badly hurt by Sunday's phenomenon. The money would represent a small fraction of the windfall income that oil producers are reaping this year from the high price of crude oil. The fund's efficient management could be handled jointly by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the International Red Cross emergency services unit, or some combination of UN agencies working with counterparts from Arab and Islamic countries.
Most important of all, though would be the compelling motive for such a gesture. Many countries in South and Southeast Asia provided the manpower that built, and continues to build, the leading economies in the Middle East. The workers from Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh and other lands earn their rightful salaries, to be sure; but perhaps we owe them an added gesture that acknowledges our appreciation for their role in contributing to our national development. When our region needed technical expertise along with the skilled and manual workers to apply it, these Asian societies responded generously. Now that some of them have suffered a national and human calamity due to purely natural causes, it is our turn to respond to their needs with equal generosity and speed, rather than merely watch the process on television as detached spectators. We are not detached spectators when it comes to South and Southeast Asia, and we should act accordingly.
Source: The Daily Star
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Topics: Muslim World
I am always surprised for not seeing the Arab/ muslim world doing such relief or aid works in such instances. It is only the Europian, American's and Janpannes who are cooprative and very genorus. Really these people are left only with "Shahada" The muslim goverments of today are not living per the Holly Quaran. They are very greedy!!
As a Muslim I expect very little from Islamic countries especially the governments when it comes to helping victims of all tragedies natural and man made like WARs there are always last or never show up at all. The ordinary man in the Middle East is still undicided of his direction because the leadership is just not there.
But I can asure You wars just don't happen in Palestine,Somalia,Iraq and Bosnia they can happen anywhere. Natural disasters are not just for Indonesia and Srilanka but again anywhere might be next. To Saudi Arabia,U.A.E, and the rest when it is You're turn we will still help You because it is our OBLIGATION to help one another as HUMAN BEINGS all children of ADAM and HAWA. Stop dreaming and start living in the real WORLD.
To all people that giving a helping hand with a sincere heart to the victims, the god will give you more good rewards in future times. God willing.
India has currently declined all help from overseas. Even though, India has a huge job to take care of its own people affected by tidal waves, it is providing all the necessary help to its neighbours, Maladives and Sri Lanka.
A partial list of the countries and organizations pledging aid for tsunami victims, based on U.N. data and official announcements by the nations. As of Monday Jan.3rd
The United Nations said that about US$2 billion has been promised so far.
Japan: $500 million
United States: $350 million
World Bank: $250 million
Britain: $95 million
Sweden: $75.5 million
Spain: $68 million
China: $60 million
France: $57 million
Australia: $46.7 million
Canada: $33 million
Germany: $27 million
European Commission: $45 million
Switzerland: $21.9 million
Denmark: $18, 1 million
Norway: $16.6 million
Portugal: $11 million
Qatar: $10 million
Saudi Arabia: $10 million
Singapore: $3.6 million
New Zealand: $3.5 million
Finland: $3.3 million
Kuwait: $2 million
United Arab Emirates: $2 million
Ireland: $1.4 million
Italy: $1.3 million
Turkey: $1.25 million
Czech Republic: $750,000
South Korea: $600,000
It should be noted that private donations from the USA totaling $200 million surpassing the total from Japan, even if some would suggest that official USA donation is shrouded in politics, then how about the American private donation at large?
Saudi Arabia - $10 million
Kuwait - $10 million
We blame western nations of being stingy....what about our own Muslim nations??
We all agree that this was indeed a tragedy, but let's not forget that this is a sign from Allah.
It shouldn't matter where these people had worked or contributed to whatever society (nor if they were Muslim or non-Mulsim). They are victims of a tragedy. This is the time for Muslims to strenghen our imams(faith), make dua for those who both perished and survived,pay the sadaqa (charity),say alhamdilah that it wasn't you or your loved ones,and aboveall,remember and fear Allah. This provides an opportunity for Muslims and governments of predominant Muslim populations to practice their deen. This also provide the chance for Judeo-Christian societies to put their money where their mouths are in lieu of the lip service of "loving their neighbors".This was definitely a wake-up call for everyone! Here's your chance, what are you going to do?
Death toll in Aceh alone may be more than 100,000. We in Indonesia have heard that rich Arab nations have donated but in amount far less than countries such as Japan, USA and Australia. We also have seen relief efforts (personnel, ships, helicopters, airplanes) from such countries present in Aceh, but we have NOT seen such efforts from Arab nations. I hope that this is not true. I hope that relief efforts and donations from our brothers and sisters in Muslim and Arab nations are much higher but only lack media coverage.
But if not, I appeal to our muslims brothers and sisters anywhere in the world, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN RICH ARAB NATIONS, to help our muslim brothers and sisters in Aceh. It would be very shameful for us muslims that frequently talk of Ukhuwah Islamiyah if in practice helps for Aceh come mostly from non-muslims.
more than 100,000 might have died in Aceh. Those who survived badly need help- any kind: food, clothing, shelter, money- to stay alive. The tragedy has also left many orphans who need support. The children will be targets for conversion to other religions if their muslim brothers and sisters do not come to help them and if it happens it would be our collective mistakes.
Muslims of the world please unite!! Please put Ukhuwah Islamiyah in practice. Help our muslim brothers and sisters in Aceh. Send them food, clothes, shelters, money, anything. Also be ready to adopt the orphans when the Indonesian government has allowed it.
for all brothers and sisters in USA who have been donated from every masjid or muslim org in USA for Aceh.
Hopefully our muslim solidarity will be grow up in between muslim Aceh and muslim USA.
The writer has every right to plea to those who can help. I think it is important for muslim governments and muslim aid organisations to work with international relief organisations and the muslim communities must put pressure on the 'Organization of the Islamic Conference' and so on to pledge more money for the victims of the tsunami victims.
This event will strengthen our bond as humans and will teach us that God created us equal and we are in need of His mercy.
I would like to take this opportunity to give you a site which you could pass in order to help Maldives- a 100% muslim country badly affected by the tsunami:
Also please pass the following site to your french speaking friends:
Thank you very much, and may Allah(swt) bless all the victims of the recent disaster and those who are offering help.
We are all working on it and fast as we are able to. Allah have merci on the victims.
you are atlking about morals, while you are making other people to hate arabs. Who needs the morals, here, who are you to talk about arabs and morals.
Surely, these people deserve all our sympathies and supports over this calamity than has befallen the all world. You may be the next victim. Be prepared!
May Allah(SWT) forgive us and have mercy on us.
I completely agree with the author, however, the call should not merely be for Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa, but for the entire Ummah everywhere. I work in international aid and development and it seems the most visible and active are the Western/Christian aid agencies. As we all know, we (the Muslims) should be doing everything we can within reason to assist our brothers and sisters in south Asia and even the non-Muslims for the sake of Allah alone. I will do what I can and I hope others will be moved as well. Let us all keep the victims of the tsunami and all people who are suffering in our duas.
And one more thing is that American Islam is as fast food thing, or takes out pizza. Do you make home delivery and do you allow every thing but halal products in it. Shame on you>>>>>>>>>>>
We are from Allah and to him we do return.
Canadian and American officials need to stop crying and complaining that they do not have access to go into Indonesia or Thailand or Somalia! How did they go into Iraq, surely they can go invade these disaster areas for a while and help the suffering!!!
Mr. Bush didn't even comment on it until 4 days after the Tsunami hit! And Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin is off in Morocco having a vacation and says he won't come back until Saturday??? You mean, Mr. Martin, over 100,000 people have died and left this world, but you want to spend a few more days in Morocco to smoke your hashish? Oh wait I have more though, making sure that America is happy with our cooperation with them for Missile Defense is more important than providing floods of money to people in Southern India, Indonesia and surrounding areas? I tell you how pathetic Canada's government is right now, that they only pledged $1 million, and yesterday it went up to $40 million, but our sick in the head Prime Minister think he needs until Saturday to enjoy his vacation and refused to come back to Canada and fulfill his duties! This is the problem with the world, leaders need to be held responsible for failing to uphold their civil duties, and must be prepared to make sacrifices when they take up such a position, or else they should not be allowed to have access to such power. That was a very idiotic move, because he just lost a heck of a lot more votes for the next election.
Perhaps I am more hopeful of those generous individuals who are prepared to part with their hard earned cash towards this tragedy and those who aim to please their Creator. We must all dig deep into our pockets and each to his/her ability. Added up, it will be of definate help.
So what are you waiting for. Head to your local bank or to your favourite charity and HELP for Allah will give it back to you tenfold when you need it most. God bless all.
A world economic super power started with 15 million - is there some thing more lowly than peanuts ?
Middle East nations can really write a small 'foot note' as suggested by the author. And remember Allah will not let your sacrifice go in vain.
With best wishes & Jazakum Allahu Khair.
I disagree on the way this article wrote. I know the feeling of anyboy who lost some dear people in this tragedy. I know you deserve more than what you may ask for from any muslim who can help. I just find the way the article wrote is not the right way to ask for help.
another important thing, I was reading a website of those that good believers that the west do his best to call them terrorsits (not pro-binladen websites but pro- true Islam websites) and most of the muslims who came to post in that website had so much feeling for their brothers and sister in south asia, wish to help with whatever they can! unfortunatly the most popular and trusted Islamic organizations that they rely in to do this job, was banned or in the way to be banned by an order of Bush administration. and I believe it's the time to write against what happen to this trusted organizations instead of writing an article based on feeling who is not true about your brothers and sisters in the Islamic arab world. and thank you
We muslims should shed our prejudices and start helping others.
We are an insular and indiffernt community and its time we learn to care, respect and help our fellow humans.
I still cant see headlines in any major arab dailies about Arab help to the victims but Inshallah it'll come.