Chicagoland Muslims Establish Relief Fund for Asia Tsunami Victims


The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), an umbrella organization serving over 400,000 Muslims throughout Chicagoland, exp resses deep sadness upon the tens of thousands killed and immense devastation left in the wake of the Tsunami disaster in Asia. We offer our condolences to the victims of this terrible event and encourage American Muslims and people of other faiths and conscience to contribute toward relief efforts.

Kareem Irfan, CIOGC Chairman, stated, “Words are inadequate in conveying our deep concern and grief as the extent of devastation and death toll from this disaster continue their grim climb. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have died and those suffering, as well as their loved ones. We appeal to our fellow Chicagoans to join us in this time of spiritual reflection and renewal that accompanies the holiday season and upcoming New Year by giving generously for the victims of the Asian Tsunami.”

The Council has established a Tsunami Relief Fund and is accepting financial donations in support of the worldwide relief efforts responsive to this international tragedy. This fund is aimed at pooling tax-deductible, charitable donations to support humanitarian agencies putting together the largest aid effort in history. Mosques and Islamic centers across Chicago will focus on the situation in Asia and its victims during Friday sermons and other congregational events, and raise charitable funds for this cause.


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