A. Barton Hinkle on the Good Muslims Around You
After last week's horrific earthquake in Nepal. Many Christian and Jewish organizations have rushed to provide relief: Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, Samaritan's Purse, Christian Aid, American Jewish World Service, Magen David Adom, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, soldiers from the Israeli Defense Force and others. But Muslim aid organizations also have sprung into action. Groups such as Muslim Hands, Muslim Aid and Islamic Relief have issued calls for help. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched a massive relief effort. Islamic nations also have mobilized: Pakistan deployed C-130 aircraft with relief supplies, doctors, paramedics and a mobile hospital. Indonesia has pledged $2 million in assistance. The United Arab Emirates has sent scores of aid workers. The nameless Muslims who donate to charity are not the image many Americans have when they think of Muslims, notes A. Barton Hinkle. Maybe it should be.