Following the devastating earthquake in Turkey, a similar earthquake has also occurred in Morocco. In times of such disasters, it is our duty as Muslims to come together, provide relief, alleviate suffering, and transform the destructive effects of calamities into opportunities for improvement and learning. In this report, we will witness an example of solidarity through the efforts of Islamic organizations.
The Great Morocco Earthquake
On the night of September 8th, a destructive earthquake struck Morocco at 23:11 local time, resulting in the loss of over two thousand lives. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the shallow earthquake occurred just 18 miles below the surface and had a magnitude of 6.8. Islamic relief organizations have launched a mobilization effort to assist with the earthquake in Morocco and are working to support them in every way possible. Organizations such as Muslim Hands, Muslim Relief, Penny Appeal, and Muslim Aid have issued donation appeals.
Muslim Hands, in an interview, expressed their dedicated efforts to assist the earthquake victims in Morocco, stating: “£100 provides an emergency food package and the required amount of water for earthquake victims. Each food package can sustain a family for up to a month.”
Islamic Relief, a leading humanitarian organization, also released a solidarity statement. The statement read: “Islamic Relief does not have a branch in Morocco, but we are closely monitoring the developing situation and conducting rapid needs assessments.”
The British Muslim charity organization, Penny Appeal, has also issued a call for donations. Penny Appeal stated, “We are working with our partners on the ground to provide necessary assistance to the communities affected by this tragic earthquake. Our teams are working diligently to reach the most vulnerable and save as many lives as possible, considering the extensive damage caused by this devastating event.”
Another Muslim charity organization, Muslim Aid, has made a donation appeal to provide assistance to survivors.
Our beloved Prophet teaches us about believers in the following way: “The believers are like one body in their love, compassion, and support for each other. If one part of the body is in pain, the rest of the body joins it in staying awake and suffering.”
The spirit of solidarity that has emerged within the consciousness of being a part of the ummah (community) is the key to healing. Despite the sad event, witnessing Muslims come together as one body, united in the awareness of brotherhood, is a hopeful development.
May Allah grant patience, perseverance, strength, and power to our Moroccan brothers and sisters. May the spirit of solidarity endure!