Muslims pray for earthquake victims
12 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Federation of Muslim Organisations in the Netherlands has called on all mosques to pray on Friday for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Pakistan.
12 October 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Federation of Muslim Organisations in the Netherlands has called on all mosques to pray on Friday for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Pakistan.
"In this month (Ramadan) during which we fast, solidarity with fellow humans is, more than ever, the ultimate requirement," the federation said on Wednesday.
The Union of Moroccan mosques in Amsterdam has also asked its members to hold special prayers on Friday for the victims of the earthquake.
The organisations have also asked Muslims to donate money to giro 800 800, the fund set up by Dutch aid agencies. "The victims of the earthquake need help and support, also from their brothers and sisters in the Netherlands," the Muslim groups said.
The earthquake struck in parts of Pakistan, India, Kashmir and Afghanistan on Saturday. Pakistan was the worst hit and estimates of the death toll there range from 20,000 to 40,000.
Dutch aid organisations have launched a joint appeal to raise money for the relief operation in Pakistan. Donations can be made at any Dutch bank via giro 800 800.
Click here to go to the giro 800 800 website and donate online. (Form is in Dutch)
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news