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In the wake of today’s world of various propaganda against the indomitable religion of Islam comes this brief article as an eye opener and clearer of the misconception that has prevailed the minds of many non-Muslim brethren; the misconception that: “ Islam is not humane towards non-Muslims”. No doubt, this misconception is stemming from the West stereotype of Islam and their inability to give the right and just account of the Islamic faith and the philanthropic aids of the Muslim World to their non-Muslim neighborhood.

 

To provide an intellectual appeal to the minds housing this misconception, we would like to embark on a scriptural journey in search of Islamic teachings on a humane alleviation of distress, pains, and sufferings of all human beings and even including animals. We would rededicate our minds back into the near past ages of the world-both ancient and contemporary- to fetch facts of various Muslim countries’ support to distress non-Muslims in times of need.

 

Scripturally, the Glorious Qur’an instructs towards mutual contribution for the realization of lofty objectives in the society. It declares:

 

وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ

 

“…Help ye one another in righteousness and piety، but help ye not one another in sin and rancour:…”(Q: 5:2)

 

Among the acts of righteousness is alleviating the pains of the distressed ones and supporting those in need.

 

Historically, Muslim countries have been an immense support towards non-Muslim countries especially in times of natural disasters such earthquakes, floods and many more.

 

  A research conducted by ICM has the following to say:

 

 “Muslims give more money to charity than people of other religions، according to a new British poll.

 

More than three in 10 Muslims, Catholics and Jews donated money during 2012, ICM Research found.

 

Followers of Islam gave an average of $567 compared to Jewish givers who donated around $412, according to the survey of just over 4,000 people in the U.K.

 

Christians gave considerably less. Protestants donated an average of $308, while Roman Catholics gave around $272, the poll found. Atheists averaged just $177.

 

In total 4,036 people answered the question: "How much, if at all, would you say you generally donated to charities last year?"

 

Respondents were asked to exclude buying items from charity stores or sponsoring someone for a charity activity.

 

The finding follows a recent Pew Research Center survey of more than 38,000 Muslims in 39 countries, which found that 77 percent said they donated to charity.

 

Since the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has provided foreign assistance to many countries and organizations.

 

Just between 1976 and 1987, Saudi developmental aid amounted to USD49 billion, second only to the United States of America. The ODA/GNP ratio averaged 4.2% over this period, well above the highest amount provided by Development Assistance Committee countries (the DAC average is 0.35%). On a per-capita basis, the country is the biggest worldwide donor…(see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_foreign_assistance)

 

According to Washington Post, Saudi Arabia provided $300 million in weapons to government forces in Bosnia with the knowledge and tacit cooperation of the United States, a claim denied by officials.

 

The Saudi Joint Committee for the Relief of Kosovo used $5 million to finance projects in rehabilitation, foodstuffs, relief materials, educational and religious programs, sponsorship of orphans, health care programs and development. Freights from Jeddah took 400,000 liters of milk as well as 900 cartons of clothing, 1,000 blankets, 25 water cisterns, medical supplies and surgical appliances such as wheelchairs to Pristina. Saudi citizens donated $20 million to Kosovo in cash as well as food and medical supplies, and the Saudi Red Crescent sent medical volunteers.

 

In 2006, the Saudi government gave $10 million in aid to the horn of Africa, through the World Food Programme, of which Kenya received $2 million. Saudi prince Al-Walid bin Talal donated $1 million to help feed 3.5 million Kenyans during the drought (see:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_foreign_assistance)

 

There is quite a good record of foreign aids by other Muslim countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Most of these are donated to non-Muslims through the Red Crescent Society.

 

 

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