Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 has caused widespread damage and left many families in need of assistance in Turkey and Syria. The death toll has reportedly reached over 500, with thousands more injured.

As Muslims, it is our responsibility to come together and support those affected by this tragedy.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.”

(Sahih Muslim)

In this time of hardship, we call upon you to generously donate to support those impacted by the earthquake. Islamic Welfare Trust has already made contact with local teams on the ground in affected areas. They have already started working on delivering the aid but we need your support to reach more people. Donate generously to the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal and help save lives.

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Donate Now & Help Save Lives

Donate to Islamic Welfare Trust’s Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal now and help save lives. In the aftermath of this devastating earthquake, we must respond quickly. Your generous donation will enable us to provide essential aid, such as food, water, shelter, and financial assistance, to those who have lost everything in a blink.

To make the greatest impact in the earthquake region, we need your urgent support. Your donations to the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal will help us provide critical services such as lifesaving support, construction of shelters to restore livelihoods, access to clean water to prevent the spread of disease, and provision of necessities such as food, soap, and cooking utensils. These resources are essential for survival and will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected.

Turkey-Syria Earthquake: Eyewitness Account

The sheer scale of the devastation of the earthquake and its aftershocks can be seen in social media photos and videos posted by people in Turkey and Syria.

“I have never felt anything like it in the 40 years I’ve lived,” said Erdem, living in the city of Gaziantep. “We were shaken at least three times very strongly, like a baby in a crib.”

Erdem from Gaziantep told BBC

Another local resident Veysel Şervan told the BBC that many of his relatives were under the rubble.

“I barely got myself and my family out of the building. We were just coming out of the wreckage when we saw a person reach out through a small gap. The building collapsed on our friend who tried to save them. They have no chance of escape, it collapsed on them completely. We are in a very difficult situation.”

Veysel Şervan from Gaziantep told BBC

“Every street you go, you hear people mourning the deaths of their loved ones.”

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The reward of Spending in the way of Allah

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allah said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari

Right now, there is no one more deserving of our help than the people of Turkey and Syria. Donate to the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal and help deliver life-saving food and shelter aid to the people of Turkey and Syria. Donate now before this Humanitarian Crisis becomes a human catastrophe.

Disaster can Strike Anywhere, Anytime

Unfortunately, recent human history has emphatically confirmed this reality. Since the turn of the century, we have seen disaster after disaster unfold, some natural but predominantly manmade. As a Muslim Humanitarian Charity, it’s crucial for us to have emergency funds readily available to respond swiftly to these disasters.

Whether it’s the Gaza Emergency Appeal, Yemen Emergency Appeal, Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal, Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal, Afghanistan Emergency Appeal, Pakistan Floods Appeal, Rohingya Refugee Crisis Appeal, or Africa Drought Appeal, our ability to continue helping those affected by these conflicts, wars, and crises relies on your ongoing support. We urge you to donate your Sadaqah and Zakat to these appeals, aiding in the protection of lives throughout the year and in times of crisis.

However, if you are looking to build a Masjid as Sadaqah Jariyah for your loved ones, or if you wish to build a water pump, donate a food pack, sponsor a sewing machine, sponsor an orphan, sponsor a hafiz, or need to give Kaffarah for Breaking an Oath, consider our appeals. Donate to the Ramadan Food Appeal, the Ramadan Zakat Appeal, or simply donate your Zakat to assist the poor and needy around the world. Insha’Allah, donate with confidence for the sake of Allah.

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Alhamdulillah, our name clearly gives the message. We are an Islamic Charity aiming to help the Ummah in need. This is how our donation policy works:
  1. Your donation is your Amanah 
  2. We will spend your donation on the project you donated for.
  3. For every Emergency Appeal e.g. Pakistan Floods Appeal, Syria Emergency Appeal, Yemen Emergency Appeal, Gaza Emergency Appeal or Rohingya Crisis Appeal, we operate a 100% Donation Policy – no admin, no salary
  4. Zakat: 100% Zakat Policy
  5. For remaining appeals and projects we operate on a 90% donation policy. 10% is used for administration and marketing.

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