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Drowning Yet Still Alive

Here in England, we’re complaining about the inconsistent weather. Why is it raining today when it was hotter than anything yesterday? Why is it cloudy now when the sky was clear in the morning? Or perhaps it is something a little more superficial, why can’t I buy those Christian Louboutin heels? Why can’t I buy that Gucci belt? How many of us can truly say that we thank God for what we have more than we complain for the unnecessary worldly goods that we don’t have?

In Pakistan, if they complain, they complain that yesterday their mother passed away and today their baby passed away. They complain that they have no roof, that they can’t even see a roof for miles off. They complain that they can’t see the ground their feet are standing on because of the murky water stealing their home. They complain that everything they owned has been taken away from them just like that, not that they can’t buy another addition to what we already have. They complain that half of their country is underwater yet somehow we still have the shame to say that the sun hasn’t shined enough.

Almost a month ago, Pakistan was captured and is currently being held hostage by the disastrous floods after heavy monsoon rains caused rivers to burst their banks. 20 million people have been affected so far and these floods will go on to affect and harm many more. The United Nations have said that this is the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history. I bet you’re remembering the tsunami. How disastrous was the tsunami? The whole world was shaken, there wasn’t one family that wasn’t affected in some way. A few months ago, Haiti was hit with an earthquake, a huge deal was made for that. Some of the world’s most recognised artists remade a famous Michael Jackson song to raise money to help them. Loads of schools held charity events because again, everyone sympathised.

The floods happening in Pakistan, destroying the home to millions, has been deemed worse than the tsunami and recent Haiti earthquake, together. How many years will it take for them to rebuild their country? It’s our duty to assist organisations like Islamic Relief and Muslim Aid in helping that poor country.

6 million people are in dire need of food aid. During the month of Ramadhan, we as Muslims feel what it’s like to go without food and water for 17 hours. Can you imagine doing that but not being able to break your fast, and on top of that not having a home? According to the UN, $460 million is needed however so far only $275 million has been donated. I know, just like you know, that we can meet the target.

For those ignorant enough to want a reason; those people are humans, just like you. Would you not yearn for help if you lost half your country to something like this? If you had to watch your loved ones die in your arms because of the tragedy? Stand tall, as the Muslims in the developed world, stand tall as the Muslim ummah, stand tall with the world and help.

Miles away, a baby is crying. Alone, without her mother and father. She’s being carried by the harsh floods, even further away from what she knows. Her mother, screaming. Screaming, trying to find her baby girl. Can you bear that pain? Can you stand by and let that go on?

If you want to help, organise an Iftar, do a sponsorship! Absolutely anything can help them so much more than you know. If you simply want to donate then just visit this site;

http://www.dec.org.uk/donate_now/ 

Donate to Pakistan. It’s time to be human. 

By Fatema Gheewalla

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i like so agree, however it isn't just pakistan. Many other
countries around the world are also suffering, the media is
just not gibing them enough attention. It's not that they give
any attention to them anyways it always seems to be the
same people on there. Ofcourse, it has something to do with
islam seen as most countries suffering from different
disasters are mostly muslim.

[1] Angelindisguise at 19:58 on 19 Jul 11 report this
 

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i like so agree, however it isn't just pakistan. Many other
countries around the world are also suffering, the media is
just not gibing them enough attention. It's not that they give
any attention to them anyways it always seems to be the
same people on there. Ofcourse, it has something to do with
islam seen as most countries suffering from different
disasters are mostly muslim.

[2] Angelindisguise at 19:58 on 19 Jul 11 report this
 

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its sad..but its more sad if you see those in front of you.. i remember going to pakistan as my grandparents live there but a better condition than those who are suffering.. i helped as far as i could...but that is not enough. when i went there there was no flooding but still life is way harder than i think..

[3] mohsina rahman at 15:00 on 16 Jun 11 report this
 

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its sad..but its more sad if you see those in front of you.. i remember going to pakistan as my grandparents live there but a better condition than those who are suffering.. i helped as far as i could...but that is not enough. when i went there there was no flooding but still life is way harder than i think..

[4] mohsina rahman at 14:59 on 16 Jun 11 report this
 

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The amount of time on the news this is getting is lessening, but that doesn't mean they don't still your help. Keep the donations going, it's re building the country that is the hardest!

[5] Learning at 14:55 on 8 Sep 10 report this
 

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