Actions, loud and clear
Two thousand Muslim volunteers mark Sept. 11 by assisting hurricane victims.
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/3350931
Among the Houstonians who reacted to Katrina by making a beeline to evacuee centers, plenty of first responders were Muslims. Texas Muslims have also written checks, sorted clothes and donated diapers with the same energy that has made this city a bright light for the nation during a very dark few weeks. But the image of 2,000 Muslim Americans volunteering at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Sept. 11 was gratifying in a different way. It was a statement that, in addition to the individual efforts that Muslims have made toward their fellow citizens, the Muslim community is organized, energetic and eager to show its values.
The volunteers gathered Sunday at the Convention Center, working in shifts to feed the hurricane survivors there. The group was mobilized by the Houston Muslim Relief Group, an alliance of 20 mosques and Islamic organizations that joined together to help Katrina's victims. The organization joined Operation Compassion, an interfaith project coordinating volunteer efforts. According to organizers, the different religious groups drew lots to decide which day they would help, and the Muslim group was assigned Sunday, Sept. 11.
Several volunteers said that the day was coincidental to their project and that their work on behalf of the evacuees was simply an expression of Islam, which calls for helping others in distress. But Parvez Ahmed, chairman of the board of the nonprofit Council on American Islamic Relations, told the Associated Press that Muslim leaders viewed the volunteer effort Sunday as a chance to show their rejection of the extremism behind 9/11.
This explicit rejoinder to that tragedy four years ago is as welcome as their response to Katrina is today. In too many countries, moderate Muslims lack the security and freedom to protest religious extremism. Sometimes they also fail to support other groups in crisis. By working as a community, assisting fellow Americans of all backgrounds, the Muslim volunteers here show the world what they really believe in — with the irrefutable language of action.
Its nice to see Muslim communities respond to this crisis and help out the people in need!! This is the true spirit of Islam- one of love and brotherhood, helping your neighbours!
Im proud of all the people who took this initiative..... to everyone out there, these people NEED your help.... do whatever you can!!!
Thankyou to all those who are helping out! May God Almighty help and bless everyone who's going through all this pain and suffering!!
Wake up America....Bush sucks! He doesn't care about people.....especially poor people and those of colour...... hes probably happy his familys oil stocks have gone up.... I think he's responsible for the deaths of all those people- and should be tried as a terrorist or for (negligent) homicide...... who could sleep peacefully every night with the blood of so many innocent people on his hands....
He can only make bullshit statements about freedom and other crap which has no relevance to any situation, and is spending billions on bombing the hell out of losers hiding in caves when there's people dying at home.
When 4000 people are killed by Bin Laden, he attacks two countries, forms an alliance of the willing, kills 1000+ troops in combat, takes on the biggest budget deficit in recent history.... but when thousands even more die AT HOME, he fires a FEMA chief, comes on tv and says some bullcrap and its all good? WOW....