by Sami Said
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that recently hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti has left thousands dead and completely devastated the country. However, what adds to the sadness is the lack of response from Muslim organizations in North America. Muslim organizations have gone on long enough as special interest groups only caring for their brothers back home and neglecting the other five billion people on the planet. When similar events happened in Indonesia and Southeast Asia many Muslim communities and mosques went through great lengths to come together for fundraisers, make requests for prayers, and run other campaigns to help bring relief.
Consider the prophetic mindset shown to us in Surah Kahf when the Prophet ﷺ was told “It is almost as if you are going to kill yourself in grief over their footsteps (for their turning away from you) because they believe not in this narration” (Qur’an, 18:6). Look at the great concern the Prophet ﷺ had over a people even though they disbelieved in Allah’s message. How much greater would his concern have been for people who have been afflicted by a great calamity such as this earthquake? How can we speak of the sunnah and claim the Qur’an is our foundation without understanding its universal message to be a mercy for all of mankind and the best examples in kindness and compassion to all of humanity?
I urge you to help the people of Haiti in these dire times and to not look at their creed but to look at their condition. I ask that you care for them as the Prophet ﷺ would have.
Donation links to some organizations collecting directly for Haiti:
- Islamic Relief: UK & USA
- Red Cross (text HAITI to 90999 and a donation of $10 will be made, charged to your mobile phone bill)
- Yele (text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti, an organization started by Wyclef Jean to provide humanitarian aid to Haiti)
- Other Organizations
O Allah, make the Muslims a source of mercy and help for everyone across the globe. Ameen.