Germany: Muslims empty pockets for Pakistan flood victims

Germany: Muslims empty pockets for Pakistan flood victims

Via Deutsche Welle:

A week into the Islamic fasting period of Ramadan, Muslim groups in Germany have asked their community to dig deep for victims in flood-ravaged Pakistan, where an estimated 20 million people are suffering due to high waters.

Ayyub Axel Koehler, who chairs the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), says the country's Muslim community is shocked and dismayed at the recent devastating floods that have killed around 2,000 people in Pakistan.

He says this is why a special slogan has been devised for this year's Ramadan: "Fast, pray, donate."

Koehler says German Muslims "feel a sense of responsibility" for those in flood-affected regions of the South Asian country, adding that Ramadan is viewed as a time of special social commitment, during which Muslims are asked to give to those in need.

Koehler says he welcomes this generosity as a "positive characteristic of the Muslim minority in Germany."