Muslim Countries and Muslims Team Up with Other Countries and Faith-Based Communities to Help Haiti

Posted on January 17, 2010


Turkey sends in rescuers and 10 tons of aid material to Haiti

Turkey sent Sunday 10 tons of additional aid material to Haiti hit by a devastating earthquake.

A statement by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said total aid material dispatched by Turkey to Haiti has reached 50 tons.

After three cargo planes carrying search-rescue team, medical personnel and aid materials which departed from Ankara for Haiti on Saturday, two more planes also left for the country on Sunday.

Turkey also provided a financial aid of 1 million U.S. dollars to Haiti.

The 7.0-magnitude quake, Haiti’s worst in two centuries, struck on Tuesday, January 12. World Health Organization estimates that 50,000 people died in the quake.

Turkey Extends Helpful Hand to Haiti Quake Victims

Today’s Zaman

The Prime Ministry General Directorate for Emergency Management has announced that it will send a mobile hospital and humanitarian aid to Haiti. In a statement released yesterday, the directorate said a mobile hospital from the Health Ministry, two health screening vehicles, a team of 20 medical workers, 10 tons of medication and medical equipment would be sent. Tents, blankets and food from the Turkish Red Crescent will also be sent to the quake-stricken region as well as a plane from the Turkish General Staff.

The Turkey-based Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH) has already sent aid to Haiti in two cargo planes, which contained blankets, clothes, drugs and baby food. A statement by the İHH asked Turkish people who would like to contribute to the İHH’s efforts to contact the foundation. The Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) association has also launched an aid campaign titled “Haiti Waits for Emergency Help” for Haiti’s quake victims. A group of Kimse Yok Mu volunteers residing in the US have contacted UN officials asking to go to Haiti as soon as possible to help quake victims. Another group of volunteers from Turkey is also set to travel to Haiti. The foundation plans to provide food, medical supplies and water for the region, where aid workers fear more could die due to hunger.

Volunteers can donate to Kimse Yok Mu efforts by visiting the association’s Web site ( or by sending an SMS to 5777 and writing HAITI on Avea or Vodafone cell phones and TL 5 will be donated to Kimse Yok Mu on your behalf.

United Arab Republic (UAE) Aid for Haiti

17 January 2010 ABU DHABI – The first plane of an air bridge ordered by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for delivering urgent humanitarian assistance to Haiti’s earthquake victims will fly to the Dominican Republic shortly.

A UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) team will leave to the Dominican Republic to coordinate and oversee field relief operations to ensure their prompt delivery to the affected population.

In another development, the RCA is coordinating efforts with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to carry out humanitarian programmes that cater for the need of the Haitian front where the international aid agencies are facing logistic challenges in delivery of assistance.

The RCA has announced that it had transferred funds to the IFRC in support of its relief operations 

He said the RCA had set up an emergency room to receive humanitarian appeals and reports on the latest 
situation in Haiti

Qatar Joins Global Relief Effort in Haiti

Qatar has become part of the international campaign to rush relief aid to Haiti, which is reeling from a devastating earthquake that struck the Caribbean island nation on Tuesday.

Qatar yesterday sent a strategic transport aircraft (C-17) to Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, loaded with 50tonnes of urgent relief materials to those affected in the quake-hit country.

In a statement to Qatar News Agency, the chairman of the Qatari rescue team Captain Mubarak Sherida al-Kaabi said: “The emergency assistance to the friendly Haitian people came under the directives of the High Command in Qatar as part of its continuous efforts to provide shelter, clothing, food and medicine to the needy and those affected by natural disasters in friendly countries.”

Captain al-Kaabi said the rescue team included 26 members from the Qatari armed forces, the internal security force (Lekhwiya), police force and the Hamad Medical Corporation. The team will set up a field hospital and provide assistance in Port-au-Prince and other affected areas in Haiti. [more]

Iran dispatches Humanitarian Aid to Haiti

Iran’s Red Crescent society says it has dispatched about 30 tonnes of humanitarian aid including food, tents and medicine to quake-ridden Haiti.

“Iran’s relief supplies were sent to Haiti via a cargo plane Saturday morning,” Head of Iran’s Red Crescent Ahmad Esfandiyari said.

Tents, sugar, tuna fish and detergents are among Iran’s aid supplies to the disaster-hit nation.

Jordan: Plane carrying medics, aid head to quake hit Haiti

Jordan Times

AMMAN/PORT-AU-PRINCE –– A military airplane carrying Jordanian medics and relief assistance headed to Haiti on Thursday to help victims of the earthquake that hit the island on Tuesday, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Also yesterday, His Majesty King Abdullah, who ordered the relief, sent a cable to Haitian President René Préval expressing his deepest sympathies over the loss of life in the tragic disaster and Jordan’s support for efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Haitian people, the agency said.

Desperate Haitians awaited a global effort to find and treat survivors from the earthquake, which left streets strewn with corpses and a death toll that may top 100,000, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Hundreds of thousands of homeless, injured and traumatised quake victims spent a second night on the streets and sidewalks, transforming the capital Port-au-Prince into a gigantic and under-equipped refugee camp, as Haitian officials and others grieved for their ruined city.

Prime Minister Samir Rifai also sent a cable to Haiti’s Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive offering his condolences over the massive loss of life as a result of the earthquake, which also killed three Jordanian peacekeepers and injured at least 23 others.

The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) identified the three peacekeepers as Major Ata Issa Hussein Manasir, Major Ashraf Ali Mohammad Jayousi and Corporal Raed Faraj Mefleh Khawaldeh, according to a JAF statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times.

Eighteen of the injured are JAF members, while the others are affiliated with the Public Security Department and the Gendarmerie Department, the JAF said, adding that they sustained “mild injuries”.


Kuwait Donates $1 million to help Haiti

Kuwait Times
PORT-AU-PRINCE: Desperately needed aid from around the world began arriving in quake-stunned Haiti yesterday even as people struggled frantically to save the trapped and injured, turning pickup trucks into ambulances and doors into stretchers.

Kuwait donated one million US dollars to help relief aid efforts in Haiti, Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) Chairman Barjas Al-Barjas announced yesterday. Al-Barjas said Kuwait’s donation came upon orders from the Kuwaiti leadership to help Haiti. [more]

Morocco sends two planes of aid to Haiti

Earlier this week Morocco decided to send relief aid worth $1 million to Haiti, in addition to a $32,000-donation granted by the Moroccan Red Crescent.

Mr. Loulichki renewed the condolences of the Moroccan government and people to Haitians, the UN, and the States which have rushed troops to the country for their human losses.

The Moroccan diplomat hailed the international community’s generosity and solidarity with the quake-stricken Haitian population, and he also recalled the difficulties hampering relief operations which put the UN under strain and affects the efficiency of dispatching international aid.
In this regard, the Moroccan Ambassador recommended that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) provides states with technical information related to dispatching and delivering humanitarian aid.

Governments and aid groups from around the world rushed relief workers and supplies to Haiti, where the massive magnitude 7.0 quake is feared to have killed thousands.

A statement of the Moroccan Foreign ministry said that the $1 million- relief aid will be airlifted as soon as possible.
In these painful times, the Moroccan people offer their heartfelt condolences and feelings of sincere compassion to the Haitian people and hope that they will overcome this hard ordeal and promptly resume a normal life, the statement said.

Sources confirmed that Two Moroccan planes carrying around 24 tonnes of medical and pharmaceutical supplies for the quake-stricken Haitian people left Saturday Kénitra (40 km north of Rabat). [more]

Lebanon Pledges Aid to Haiti
Prime Minister Saad Hariri expressed solidarity with quake-stricken Haiti on Thursday and said Lebanon would contribute to international aid that is already flooding the Caribbean nation.
“This human tragedy pushes up to comfort” Haiti’s people “and participate in international efforts to remove the traces of the disaster,” Hariri said in a statement.

The PM urged the Lebanese people and Lebanese expatriates to give a helping hand to Haiti and participate in the international relief in the form of humanitarian, medical and social aid.

The issue of Lebanese aid to Haiti will be discussed during the next cabinet session, Hariri announced.

Some 100,000 are feared to have perished in Tuesday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit Haiti in more than a century.

Hariri sent condolences to the country’s president and cabinet over the victims of the quake.

Indonesia Sends Relief Team to Haiti

JAKARTA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Thursday that Indonesia will send a contingent of humanitarian workers to Haiti to help the people affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

“I have instructed an Indonesian contingent to depart to Haiti to help Haitians who have been affected by the massive natural disaster,” Yudhoyono was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta.

The president said that the relief workers should act quickly after a disaster struck to save more lives.

The team(departed) on Friday, according to the head of the National Disaster Handling Agency (BNPB) Syamsu Maarif. [more]

Muslims in Canada fundraise to help Haiti

TORONTO — The atmosphere during the Friday prayer at the International Muslim Organization of Toronto was different.
A large screen right at the center of the city’s Islamic center was showing heart-breaking images from Haiti, where a powerful earthquake has left behind massive destruction and fatalities.

In his sermon, Imam Ayman Taher reminded the congregation about the Muslim’s duty to help the suffering regardless of religion and color.

Sympathy filled the air as the images motivated people to contribute to a fundraising campaign to help ruined lives thousands of miles away.

“This fundraising drive will continue until next Friday,” Omar Farouk, the IMO President, told

The Islamic center is one of many Muslim organizations and groups nationwide that mobilized to help the people of Haiti immediately after the country was rocked last week by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the worst in around 200 years.

An estimated 3 million people were affected and an untold number of people are still trapped under rubble.

“Almost all masajids and centers participated in this project,” said Dr. Zijad Delic, National Executive Director of the Canadian Islamic Congress, one of the participating groups.

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U.S. Muslims work with other faith-based communities to hellp Haiti

US Faiths Aid Quake-hit Haitians & Newspapers

US Muslims, Christians and Jews are joining hands to send aid to millions of quake-hit Haitians. (Reuters)

CAIRO – As despairing Haitians clawed by hand to seek survivors entombed in rubble, US Muslims, Christians and Jews are joining hands to relieve millions of helpless residents after this week’s deadly quake.
“One of the most necessary things is machines to dig people out of the rubble,” Shaina Aber, associate advocacy director for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), told the Washington Times on Friday, January 15

“They also need portable toilets. People are relieving themselves in the street, which will cause further environmental devastation.”

Many religious groups have teamed up to offer relief aid to millions of Haitians after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted the country on Tuesday, killing thousands of people.

Islamic Relief USA joined hands with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to send $1-million-aid to the quake-hit country.

Muslim Aid has already launched an emergency appeal to raise $250,000 in aid for Haiti.

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Red Cross and Red Crescent Teaming up to Help Haiti

Please click here to visit the website of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societiers and donate for Hati.

U.S. Muslim Rally Support for Haiti

Fedwa Wazwaz

As soon as news got out on the massive earthquake in Haiti – my inbox started filling up with emails from various Muslim organizations across North America to remind me of what this tragedy is all about and what my obligations as a Muslim to others are.  Here are a few examples.

President of Islamic Society of North American (ISNA), Dr. Ingrid Mattson said:

As Muslims, we believe that human suffering is not always explainable or understandable. We do know that innocent people suffer all the time, from sickness and natural disaster, and that in such cases, we are required to do two things: First, pray and remember, as the Qur’an says that “to God we belong and to Him we return.” Second, we must help those who are suffering. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, reported in a Sacred Hadith[Prophetic Saying] that if we want to be close to God, we should visit the sick and feed the needy. On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will say, “O son of Adam, I fell ill and you did not visit me.” The person will say, “O Lord, how could I visit you when You are the Lord of the worlds?” He will say, “Did you not know that So-and-so fell ill and you did not visit him? If you had visited him, you would have found Me with him [the hadith continues].”

Islamic Center of Minnesota sent an email reminding Muslims:

According to Quran and Hadith, all Muslims are required to help humanity who is suffering irrespective of their faith.  First and foremost, this is an obligation for us and second it is a great opportunity to show others our religious obligations.

IslamicRelief has announced that it is teaming up with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to give $1 million in aid to the survivors of the earthquake.  Naeem Muhammad of Islamic Relief (and Native Deen singer) left the US on Saturday for Haiti to assist with the relief efforts.

Today, January 17th, Islamic Relief, SeekersGuidance, Relief Works, MSA National, and Fawakih Institute will be hosting an emergency online fundraiser for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake. The online fundraiser is scheduled at 2pm EST.  Many influential leaders will use this fundraiser to encourage Muslims to fulfil their obligations to God by helping out their fellow brethren in humanity.

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said: “Allah is in the aide of His servant as long as His servant is in the aide of others…”