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Why aren't there more Muslim organizations involved in refugee assistance and support services in Cairo, Egypt?

Asked by jjd2006 (743 points ) May 17th, 2010

Most of the refugee assistance and services in Cairo seem to be primarily from Christian NGOs and churches.

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Theby's avatar

There is a lot of financial support being given by Muslims. It says in the Holy Qur’an that when money is donated to people in need that the donor must remain anonymous.

mammal's avatar

@jjd2006 i don’t like this question, it is calculated to infer that Muslims are too busy, causing trouble, beating on their women or smoking Hookahs to actually behave in a socially responsible way. Christians, if they really were Christian, should be denouncing themselves and their neoconservative foreign policies if they really wanted to help.

ragingloli's avatar

OR it could also be that the media in its pro-white, pro-christian bias choses to downplay the muslim part of the help.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I wasn’t aware that AMERA was associated with any religious denomination…

mattbrowne's avatar

Egypt’s GDP per capita is about $6,000 per year. In comparison that of Norway (a majority Christian country) is $52,000. So based on the money available, Egyptians donate a higher percentage of their income. The United Arab Emirates’s GDP per capita for example is $36,000 and their NGOs (called associations or societies for public welfare) are active on an international level, see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrepreneurship_Policies_in_United_Arab_Emirates#Non-profits.2C_NGOs.2C_hybrids

Zakat, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, means the giving of a small percentage of one’s possessions (surplus wealth) to charity, generally to the poor and needy. It serves principally as the welfare contribution to poor and deprived Muslims, although others may have a rightful share. It is the duty of an Islamic community not just to collect zakat but to distribute it fairly as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zakat

Rhetorical questions trying to promote the superiority of Christianity are counterproductive, in fact, I would even call them unchristian because they fuel tensions between religions.

We have the right to criticize radical forms of religions, but we should not place entire religions such as Islam under general suspicion.

jjd2006's avatar

Whoa, whoa, whoa! I was not at all trying to downplay or critique Islam and I’m actually quite amazed at the response I got here. Some of my closest friends are Muslim and I’ve spent an extended time in the Middle East. I love Muslims and Arabs, and I am quite aware of the good work that stems from the Islamic faith, as well as zakat.

My question was pointed specifically at refugee assistance services in the city of Cairo. In my experience, most of the support services for Sudanese refugees specifically (I should have specified that in my question) seem to be coming from Christian organizations and because I know that Muslims are so outwardly focused on their communities, I’m trying to figure out why that might be.

@mammal – I did not mean to infer any of the things you said and, quite honestly, I think it’s unfair that you would assume that’s what I even meant. As I said, some of my closest friends are Muslim and I would never infer any of those things. I don’t deny that Christians have a long way to go, but I was just pointing out that most of the refugee services I’ve encountered have been from a specifically Christian effort and I don’t know why that would be.

@PandoraBoxx – Thanks for that!! If you happen to know of any specifically Muslim organizations working in refugee assistance in Cairo, let me know! :)

@mattbrowne – I was not at all voicing a general suspicion about Islam. Just a question about this strange disconnect I see in Cairo. From my knowledge and respect for Islam, I would think there would be more Muslims working in this area, and I’m just trying to figure out where that disconnect is in this specific instance. Let me be known: I love Muslims and Islam and I’m thankful that both exist.

mattbrowne's avatar

@jjd2006 – Thanks for the clarification.

Of course Cairo is worried about an influx of refugees. They are also afraid of radical Hamas leaders in the Gaza strip.

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