”....and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people”. Qur’an 5:32

A major human tragedy is unfolding in Sudan, one that has reportedly claimed at least 30,000 lives, and could claim up to one million unless the world community works together, starting immediately, to end it. 

The reports coming out of Darfur are awful.  It appears that this is a major humanitarian crisis that needs immediate action.  I have checked all the major national Muslim websites and found nothing to use in finding a way to help.  Here are resources to help us to respond quickly.

Moveon.org has information on what you can do - to contact government officials, and where to send donations, etc.  http://www.moveon.org/news/sudan.html

Many more suggestions on how to help collected by BBC News at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3793577.stm

Faithful America has an easy to use form to send letters to your local congressmen and state senators http://www.faithfulamerica.org/Action.htm

Muslim Wakeup has an easy to use form to send letters to Sudanese Government Officials at http://muslimwakeup.com/formmail/darfur.php

The Chicago Council of Islamic Organizations {[Tel: 630-629-7490; ]www.ciogc.org] seems to be the only organization making some effort to rise awareness of the issue.  Dr. Jihad Shoshara (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), has launched a local grass roots initiative to generate awareness of the tragedy in Darfur and is hoping to raise funds for immediate relief.  He informed that there are some Muslim charities which are now beginning to raise funds for relief in Darfur and for the refugees from Darfur. He is also trying to get local Imams to talk about Darfur during Friday Qutbahs, please contact him for more information. Please support his efforts in whatever way you can.

Ahmed Nassef at Muslim Wakeup also has an article with multiple resources and ways you can get involved and help http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000959.php#more 

Here are a few articles about the situation:

As Genocide Unfolds http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54947-2004Jun19.html

Can American Muslims Do Something?, Muqtedar Khan http://www.ijtihad.org/globalog.htm

Center for American Progress has collected a series of articles about the crisis at http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=97645

Crisis Profile http://www.williamshawcross.com/darfur.html

Dare We Call it Genocide http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70A13FB35540C758DDDAF0894DC404482

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

Darfur’s Agony is the World’s Shame http://www.williamshawcross.com/darfur.html

Fur and Nuba Conflicts in Western Sudan http://www.ifaanet.org/The%20Inversion%20of%20Ethnicity.htm

History of Darfur http://www.muhajabah.com/islamicblog/archives/veiled4allah/008909.php

History of Darfur http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/darfur.htm

Human Rights Watch: Crisis in Darfur http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/darfur/

The Living and the Dead http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5305166/site/newsweek/

Powell to See Sudan Catastrophe http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3838083.stm

Screams of Sudan’s Starving Refugees http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3840427.stm

Sudanese Tell of Mass Rape http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3791713.stm

Toll Rises in Sudan’s Quiet War http://www.aashf.org/pages/sudanToll.htm

W.H.O. Crisis Report http://www.who.int/disasters/repo/13313.pdf

World Fails to Stop Darfur Atrocities http://www.escapinghades.com/darfur_sudan/sudan_051404.html

World Must Act on Darfur Crisis Says Kerry http://www.politinfo.com/articles/article_2004_06_8_5548.html

World Turns Attention on Darfur http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0614/p06s01-woaf.html