Febrary 8, 2023
The Islamic Society of North America
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is devastated by the tragic earthquake that struck
Turkey and Syria on Monday this week. The searing images of pain and devastation are
indescribable, and our community is in great distress. Until today, over 11,000 have died, and
thousands of buildings have collapsed, leaving nothing but death and destruction in their wake.
As we write, the death toll continues to rise and rescue teams continue their heroic efforts on the
ground in search for survivors.
Our deepest and heartfelt prayers are with all our brothers and sisters in the region. May Allah
have mercy on all who have been affected by this tragedy and may those who are in need be
granted immediate relief. As countries and organizations support the relief work underway, we
hope the U.S. will continue to play its part in backing the international effort. We also urge
everyone in our community to pledge some support to a trusted organization aiding in the relief
Today, ISNA President, Safaa Zarzour, attended a call with the Ambassador of Turkey, along
with representatives of more than 40 organizations, to discuss ways Muslim Americans can help
with the relief effort. ISNA calls on our community and Masajid to observe Friday as a day of
prayer and support for the victims in Turkey and Syria.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever relieves a believer from one of the hardships of this
worldly life, Allah will relieve him of one of the hardships of the Day of Resurrection”
(Sahih Muslim). Please donate generously and keep the global Muslim ummah in your prayers.
Below is a list of some organizations helping in the relief effort.
1) Muslim Aid USA
2) Zakat Foundation of America
3) United Mission for Relief & Development
4) Turkish Red Crescent
5) Syrian Forum USA
6) Embrace Relief
7) Helping Hand for Relief and Development
8) United Hands Relief & Development