German Muslims empty pockets for Pakistan flood victims

18 August 2010
As flooding in Pakistan continues to displace millions of people, Muslim groups in Germany are mobilizing to raise money and support aid programs to help those in need. A week into the Islamic fasting period of Ramadan, Muslim groups in Germany have asked their community to dig deep for victims in flood-ravaged Pakistan, where an estimated 20 million people are suffering due to high waters.
Ayyub Axel Koehler, who chairs the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), says the country’s Muslim community is shocked and dismayed at the recent devastating floods that have killed around 2,000 people in Pakistan. He says this is why a special slogan has been devised for this year’s Ramadan: “Fast, pray, donate.”
The Germany branch of aid and development organization Islamic Relief is one such group that has rallied in support of flood victims. Islamic Relief Germany spokesperson Nuri Koeseli says that 100,000 euros ($129,000) was donated in the first week of flooding in northern Pakistan. German Muslim aid group Muslime Helfen is also involved in the aid drive for Pakistan, throwing its support behind emergency accommodation for 2,000 flood victims.