Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui

Flood relief efforts by Muslim NGOs – Western View

In pakistan, Uncategorized on August 24, 2010 at 12:51 am

Pakistani liberal lobby  looks not much worry about flood victims as much they are showing anxiety about activities of Islamic relief missions, here we are providing you a brief visit about how the Muslim world is coming forward to help flood victims and how the Western press seeing and reporting all these efforts

Al-Nidaa’ Launches Aid Fund For Pakistan’s Flood Victims:

he Al-Nidaa’ Welfare Organisation (Al-Nidaa’) Malaysia on Monday launched the “Pakistan Flood Relief Fund” to collect donations for the flood victims in Pakistan.

According to a statement issued by Al-Nidaa’, here Monday, the fund was necessary to ease the sufferings of the flood victims.

The fund would be channelled through Al-Khidmat Foundation Pakistan, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which had been operating since the formation of Pakistan in 1947.

“More than 16,000 of its volunteers are involved in the humanitarian aid mission in the affected areas including Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshara, Swat and Swabi,” said the statement.

Source : http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=523391

Pakistani Islamic charities have also begun reporting flood relief activities which are not listed as donations by the UN.

The website of the al-Khidmat (Service) Foundation – reportedly the welfare wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan’s largest and most influential right-wing religious party – states that it has mobilised 16,500 volunteers and provided food and medical care to tens of thousands of people.

Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11014634

Muslim NGOs take part in Pakistan flood relief

Among the Muslim aid groups busy in flood relief operations prominent are Jamaat-ud-Dawah, Al Rasheed Trust, Al-Khidmat Foundation, Al-Akhtar Trust and over a dozen smaller ones. Though Jamaat-ud-Dawah is not legally banned by Islamabad but the group was outlawed by the UN under India’s pressure in connection with the allegations of its involvement in Mumbai attacks and patronizing Kashmiri freedom fighter groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Al-Rasheed Trust was also banned by Washington for helping out Taliban government in rehabilitation and reconstruction works.
Though Al-Khidmat Foundation is not banned by Washington, yet it is considered as potential supporter of Islamic militants because of being affiliated with country’s top Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami.

Source : http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2010/08/20/117141.html

Flood victims crams North West Pakistan highway seeking life saving charity

Most of the organized relief efforts seen during more than 140 kilometers of travel along Kabul River valley roads in the past week came at camps and feeding centers run by the military or by religious charities such as Al-Khidmat, founded by the conservative Jamaat-i-Islami party, and Jamaat ud-Dawa, a banned outfit linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba guerrilla movement.

Those two religious groups have deployed the most extensive civilian relief efforts so far across the northwest, said Ashraf Ali, director of the FATA Research Center in Islamabad, which monitors politics among Pakistan’s more than 25 million ethnic Pashtuns.

Source : http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-20/pakistan-flood-victims-cram-highways-as-army-islamists-battle-for-minds.html

UK-based Islamic charity raises funds for Pakistan floods

he UK-based charity organisation-Islamic Mission- has so far raised 350,000 pounds in response to its appeal for the Pakistani flood victims and said its volunteers are engaged in providing succour to affected persons across the country.Speaking at a news conference at its north London office on Friday, the Mission head Syed Shaukat Ali said the UKIM responded to the disaster promptly and has successfully set up an infrastructure through its partner Al-Khidmat organisation in Pakistan to carry out relief and rescue operations in flood affected areas.He said a large number of volunteers, vehicles and ambulances took part in the relief  operations in different areas and rescued numerous lives and helped in evacuation of stranded population from flooded places.

Source : http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=114014&Itemid=2

Pakistan floods : Islamic fundamentalists fill state aid void

Another Islamic group, Al-Khidmat Foundation, this one perfectly legal, was housing around 380 families left destitute by the floods, in two private school buildings. Al-Khidmat is part of a mainstream but fundamentalist political party, Jamaat-e-Islami.

“The government is paralysed,” said Javed Khan, head of the local branch of Al-Khidmat. “The whole province is in trouble and the authorities are absent.”

Inside the school, Naila Fazli Rabi, an 18-year-old woman who had been given shelter there, said the water had been about 12ft high and had swept her family home away in the nearby village of Arbab Korna.

“Al-Khidmat is helping us, the government has given us nothing,” said Rabi. “We had spent 3m rupees (£23,000) on the house. Now we cannot even dream of rebuilding it. I don’t even have 30 rupees.”

Source : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/03/islamist-groups-pakistan-aid-void

Pakistani Islamic Groups battle US for hero status

Volunteers from the Al-Khidmat foundation handed out food packets stuffed with flour, sugar and tea leaves, while promising to swiftly bring in doctors and medicines for victims of Pakistan’s worst-ever disaster.

At this distribution point (at left) outside the northern city of Nowshera, in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, members of the group forcefully reject concerns from outside the country that hardline Islamic groups are taking up relief work in an effort to spread their particular ideology along with aid.

“That is rubbish. We are here to save lives and nothing else,” Saeed Jamal Khan, a senior Al-Khidmat volunteer told CBS News as he turned to some of his colleagues and handed over a list of supplies to be trucked to another distribution point.

Al-Khidmat, which means “dedicated to serving humanity,” is, however, among the groups suspected by Western governments of being an offshoot of Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, known to have carried out the 2008 terrorist attacks in India’s commercial capital of Mumbai which killed 166 people.

The U.S. and its partners in both the flood relief effort and the war against Islamic militants are unlikely to be convinced by Al-Khidmat’s claim of innocent intentions.

Lali Jan, a taxi driver in Nowshera who found his cab washed away in the flood, agreed without hesitation.

“The Americans and the Pakistani government are to blame. They spend more on their wars but give very little to our people. The Americans may not have caused the floods, but their agenda will always be against us, while our own brothers from Islamic groups are helping us very generously.”

Source : http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20013272-503543.html

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  1. Jazakallah for summarizing it. This is part of the propaganda of Taliban take over of Pakistan.

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