Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Asian Tsunami Relief

We would also like to invite our readers to contribute generously to various online donation campaigns to raise fund for victims of the Asian tsunami which struck across more than ten countries on 26 December. As we write this, the death toll is already exceeding 150,000, and millions are homeless.

There are many online donation campaigns run by various organizations where internet users can transfer fund using their secure online payment by credit cards. One such campaign is found at


Please donate now. Millions of people - most of whom are poor - await YOUR help.

(According to islamicity.com)

இனி தேவை மறுவாழ்விற்கான உதவிகள் (சுனாமி)

இனி பாதிக்கப்பட்ட மக்களுக்கு தேவை மறுவாழ்விற்கான உதவிகளாகும். அவர்களுக்கு குடியிருப்புகள், தொழில் கருவிகள் முதலியவைத் தான் அத்தியவசியமாக தேவைப்படுகின்றன.

TMMK-வின் பணிகள் தொடர்ந்து நடைபெற்று வருகின்றன. நிவாரண பணிக்காக தமிழ்நாடு முஸ்லிம் முன்னேற்ற கழகத்தின் அனைத்து மாவட்ட தலைவர்களும் அதன் கிளையின் தன்னார்வ தொண்டர்களும் முடுக்கிவிடப்பட்டுள்ளனர். மத்திய அமைச்சர் எ.ராஜா ஆளுநர் பர்னாலாவிற்கு எழுதியுள்ள கடிதத்தில் தமுமுக தொண்டை குறிப்பாக எழுதியுள்ளார்.

பி.டி.ஐ. செய்தி நிறுவனத்தின் செய்தியாளர் பொறையாரிலிருந்து எழுதியுள்ள செய்தியில் நாகை மாவட்டத்தில் எவ்வித வேறுபாடுமின்றி தமுமுக செய்துள்ள சேவையை பாராட்டியுள்ளார்.

நியூ இந்தியன் எக்ஸ்பிரஸ் நாளிதழ் காஞ்சி மாவட்டத்தில் பாதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ள அனைத்து தரப்பு மக்களுக்கும் தமுமுக ஆற்றி வரும் சேவையை வெகுவாக பாராட்டி எழுதியுள்ளது.

உணவு, உடை, மருந்து போன்ற உதவிகளை தமிழக மக்கள் மிக தாராளமாக செய்து வருகின்றனர். தேவைக்கு அதிகமாகவே பழைய ஆடைகள் வந்து சேர்ந்துள்ளன. ஆனால் இனி பாதிக்கப்பட்ட மக்களுக்கு தேவை மறுவாழ்விற்கான உதவிகளாகும். அவர்களுக்கு குடியிருப்புகள், தொழில் கருவிகள் முதலியவைத் தான் அத்தியவசியமாக தேவைப்படுகின்றன.

ஆகவே முடிந்தவரை நம்மாள் ஆன உதவிகளை செய்வோமாக.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

TMMK Trust - Unity in adversity

Mosque now a home for Hindu families

CHENNAI: Disasters often unite people and here is a classic case of communal harmony in the face of adversity.

A "masoodhi" (mosque) at Tambaram has become home to around 200 families, mainly Hindus, after the tsunami waves wreaked havoc on the shores of Tamil Nadu. They eat and sleep with their Muslim counterparts.

Religious differences do not matter to these poor souls who saw everything they had perish in a matter of minutes. For instance, Burkat Nisha, from Panayur, watched helplessly as her father was dragged by the waves. "For me, to be a Hindu or Muslim is too small an issue after what I went through in the last few days," she says, eyes swelling with tears.

These people, mainly fisherfolk from places such as Kovalam, Kalpakkam, Panayur, Padur and other places lost all their belongings to the sea on that ill-fated Sunday morning.Boarded in buses, trucks and other vehicles, they were brought to their temporary homes by the volunteers of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK).

The volunteers then distributed basic amenities to theses people. Said S Rajendran, a fisherman from Kovalam, "We came here a desolate lot, with just the clothes we were wearing. But the people here welcomed us with open arms, igniting hope in us."

Adds V Uma, a victim from Kalpakkam: "The mosque provided us with all that we asked for, even the injured were taken to hospitals without any discrimination of being a Hindu or Muslim.

"The TMMK said that it had set up such camps in the mosque all over the state. With help from private sponsors and other organisations, food and clothing are being provided to the victims, said A Mohammed Ismail, president of Pallavaram unit of TMMK. "At the moment, we have planned to help anyone who needs it, be it a Hindu or a Muslim. Such feelings do not stand before the crises we face today,” he added.

On Wednesday, the local people were queuing up at the mosque to help the victims. Traders from around the area were seen supervising the distribution of rice and other groceries at the mosque. Large packets of clothes, collected from homes in Tambaram were brought in trucks and later distributed among the people.

According to the TMMK volunteers, traders from the Jain community had helped a lot in providing the necessary provisions to the mosque. Vegetarian food has been arranged for Hindus who want it.

Apart from this, The Indian Welfare and Education Trust (IWET), a social welfare organisation had been assisting the TMMK in its efforts to provide relief to the Tsunami victims, said the volunteers. "We have been providing money and material assistance to the volunteers," said A Faizur Rahman, assistant managing trustee, IWET.

Although the initial problems of the victims have been overcome by the mosque and its volunteers, not many are sure about what the future holds for them.

For instance, G Rani, who lost her belongings while trying to save a neighbour's young son, said: "Where and when do we go from here remains a major question." She also complained that no government official, apart from the Tahsildar, had turned up to listen to our grievances.

Thanks: New Indian Express

Please send your help to:

A/C NO. 10000309