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In the Name of God بسم الله

Necessary Action for Muslims in Need

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Salaam Alaykum All:

I recently received an email from Doctors Without Borders describing the situation of the Rohingya in Bangladesh and Burma.  http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/node/71826

Though I had heard about the situation, I had failed to imagine the severity of the living conditions.  Nor did I consider that they may have been dying of lack of good food and clean water.  I figured that a prayer for them was the best I could do, having my own situation and issues to deal with.

This is taken from Sistani.org, Islamic Laws of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Sistani:
2644. It is obligatory upon every Muslim to save the life of a Muslim, who may be dying of hunger or thirst, by providing him enough to eat or drink.

This obligation is pretty simple to understand (i could be wrong here, maybe it applies when one knows of someone specific dying?), but it seems like such a huge feat in todays trends of wars and oppression: Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh/Myanmar, (we can also imagine the stories that will never make it to Western news outlets).

So I've been looking through mostly Muslim charities, trying to vet them for the most effective way of fulfilling the above mentioned obligation.  Some that stood out to me were

One Nation: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/helprohingya

Human Appeal: https://donate.humanappeal.org.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuq6exL-Y1gIVEZ4bCh2kFApAEAAYASAAEgLbKfD_BwE

I'm wondering if any of you out there have made any contributions to any of these cause, how you may have settled on a trustworthy charity, Muslim or otherwise.

Thanks in advance for any input.

Wa Salaam

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I did a brief search and came up with these:


also this site, listing "Charities that have made Pakistan proud"


The issue I couldn't sort out was priorities, as it is obligatory on us to provide food and water.  I don't know if this may be excessive investigation when it comes to giving to charities.  I just imagine that there is a potential to be generous to one cause and still not fulfill our obligations.  If anyone has any personal views or information on this, please share.


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