Muslims, LDS Remain Partners in Sending Aid to Tsunami Victims

April 3, 2005

Source: Deseret Morning News,1249,600123352,00.html

On April 3, 2005 the Deseret Morning News reported, "Salt Lake City's Islamic population is teaming up with leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to keep aid flowing to Indonesian countries still recovering from December's tsunami and recent earthquakes. The Islamic Society of Great Salt Lake donated about $4,000 to the LDS relief effort for tsunami victims this month, an amount collected in individual donations from the group's members. 'It has nothing to do with religion; it's a humanitarian thing,' society member Nadeem Ahmed said. 'We were not doing it just for Muslims. It's for human beings.' Ahmed added that the Islamic group chose to give its collection to the LDS Church because it is a locally headquartered group with no administrative fees. Ahmed was also impressed by the church's quick response to the tsunami disaster in January, as well as a team of trauma counselors the church plans to send to Indonesia next week. The group's donation is the second time LDS officials have joined with Islamic leaders to provide food and shelter to displaced victims. In January, the church partnered with Islamic Relief Worldwide to ship clothing and medical supplies to Sumatra, Indonesia."