US: Mosques ask for aid for Asian quake victims

Worshippers who gathered for daily Ramadan services at mosques around the United States were urged to lend prayer and donate money to victims of the d

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October 10, 2005 01:05
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Worshippers who gathered for daily Ramadan services at mosques around the United States were urged to lend prayer and donate money to victims of the devastating earthquake that struck South Asia. One aid group, Burbank, California-based Islamic Relief USA, managed to raise about $130,000 (€107,000) from mosques around the country since the magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck early Saturday, said Mohamed Abulmagd, general manager of the group's US office. The group has issued a worldwide appeal to the Islamic community to raise $10 million (€8.23 million) for victims of the temblor, which rocked parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. So far, authorities say more than 20,000 people were killed.

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