asSalaam ‘alaykum warahamtullah,
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The largest earthquake to hit South Asia in a century devastated the region on the morning of Saturday, October 8, 2005. The 7.6 magnitude earthquake affected Kashmir, Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, destroying entire towns and villages. Over 40,000 people were reported dead, and an additional 3 million were left homeless. Over 5 million people, men, women, children, and elderly have been affected by this disaster whose epicenter was close to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir.
On behalf of Islamic Relief, you and your family are cordially invited to attend our dinner to learn about the current situation of your brother’s and sister’s in the land of Kashmir. The earthquake may have been in late 2005, but the effort to rebuild their lives is far from over.
Our dinner will be held this Friday May 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Houston, University Center, located at 4800 Calhoun Rd. The evening will begin promptly with Maghrib salah, heart felt stories and updates about the situation in Kashmir and Islamic Relief project updates from Br. Azhar Azeez and Imam Johari Abdul Malik, a video presentation, eye-witness accounts, and nasheed and poetry performances to end the night. Tickets are $15 per individual and $40 per family and you may purchase them at your masjid or at the door. Babysitting is also provided by Straight Path Center at $10 a child.
It is our sincere wish to see you all there this Friday, insha’Allah. Please bring your family and all your family friends. If you have invitations this Friday, postpone then, and instead invite your friends to this more than worthy cause. Our Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) once said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity” (At-Tirmidhi). And Allah the Most High says, “And be steadfast in your prayer and pay charity; whatever good you send forth for your future, you shall find it with Allah, for Allah is well aware of what you do (2:110)”.
If you found yourself in a similar situation you would hope the people of Kashmir and your brother’s and sister’s around the world would come running to your aid. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to help those who are in desperate need of our help. We hope that you make this event your priority to answer the cries of our Muslim brother’s and sister’s half-way across the world!
For more information, please feel free to contact me at (832) 656-7618 or you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to attend, please be sure to generously donate online at http://www.irw.org.
Islamic Relief Worldwide is an international relief and development organization, dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the world’s poorest people. Islamic Relief Worldwide has full-time offices in 33 countries and provides assistance in over 35 different countries across the globe.