Through the activities of various NGOs, philanthropists and the Turkish state, Turkey is continuing to send aid to the aggrieved in Myanmar’s Arakan province, where a massacre of Rohingya Muslims is being carried out by extremists.
As part of an aid campaign launched by Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, a total of TL 241,000 has been donated to Rohingya Muslims from philanthropists in Adana province.
Adana Mufti Arif Gökçe said the campaign will go on during the fasting month of Ramadan. “We would like to receive support from everyone. Muslims in Adana can send the sadaqa [charitable givings] or Zakat al-Fitr [a particular type of sadaqa unique to the holy month of Ramadan] they want to give to their brothers in Myanmar, because the people there are currently deprived of their most basic human rights,” he said.
Another call for help has come from Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who has donated $10,000, the money he has recently earned from the sales of his latest book, to the Rohingya Muslims and called on other people to extend a helping hand to Muslims in Myanmar.
Also in Malatya province, a total of TL 65,500 has been collected for the Rohingya Muslims. Malatya Mufti Hacı Yusuf Gül said that this money is what has been collected at some of the mosques in the province and more will surely come in the following days. Those who want to make a donation to Kimse Yok Mu for the Rohingya Muslims can make a donation of TL 5 by sending a text message to 5777.
Published on Today's Zaman, 31 July 2012, Tuesday