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The devastating earthquake of 22 February 2011, Canterbury region

As Salam Alaikum Warahmatullah

By now, most of you will have seen reports and images from the devastating earthquake that struck the city of Christchurch today.  I'm sure you join us in expressing our sincere sympathies to the people of that city, and in particular to those who have tragically lost friends, family and loved ones.  At times like this, we are reminded just how small and human we really are, and that there are things of such force and magnitude far beyond our control and comprehension.

Allah (swt) sends us reminders, tests and eye-openers in many forms every day, and this particular disaster should bring to our minds the reality that we never know when our own time will come.

We encourage everyone to offer whatever practical help and support that they can to the relief effort.  Al-Ikhlas will be forwarding a donation once fund details are announced, and we are happy to field and forward any contributions for this purpose from the community (donations can be deposited into our 04 suffix account, with the reference 'Chch' or 'earthquake'.)  

Once again, we offer our sympathies to the entire Christchurch community, and we pray that Allah (swt) blesses them with mercy and guidance in the weeks and months ahead.

Al-Ikhlas Trust