“Sadaqa, the Waqf, gifts and the like introduce happiness to the hearts of the needy regardless of their race, religion or geographic location,” Dr Hany El Banna, President of Islamic Relief
Dr Hany El Banna, founder and President of Islamic Relief, was guest speaker at an event held in the House of Commons on February 4th 2003. He presented a talk about ‘The Global Role of Muslims in Humanitarian Aid’ at a Forum organised by the Friends of Islam parliamentary group.
Speaking about the charitable duty of Muslims, Dr Hany said, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) has taught us that we have a sacred duty towards mankind as a whole, and towards all living creatures in general. He said, ‘In every living creature there is charity’.”
Dr Hany El Banna talks with guests at the forum organised by the Friends of Islam parliamentary group
Dr Hany went on to explain how all people of all faiths have the right to unconditional support in times of need. “Sadaqa, the Waqf, gifts and the like introduce happiness to the hearts of the needy regardless of their race, religion or geographic location,” he said.
“The need to co-exist is incumbent on all Muslims. Allah says ‘Co-operate in good and piety, and do not co-operate in wrongdoing and aggression.’ In addition, we need to educate ourselves, and others, about the beauty behind our beliefs.”
Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development
After the presentation Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development, spoke about her respect for Islamic Relief. “I’m very proud of Dr Hany and Islamic Relief, and the quality of the work they do across the world,” she said.
“Islamic Relief was founded in the face of the famines in Ethiopia. Muslim people wanted to reach out to anyone in need – not just Muslim people for Muslim people, but Muslim people for anyone across the world who is suffering or is in need.”
Ms Short concluded by saying, “At a time like this it’s very fine that Dr Hany is here, demonstrating the quality of the work his organisation is doing, and the importance for us all to reach out to each other, and care for each other.”
The audience of invited guests included prominent members of the Muslim community, parliamentarians, members of the Church, ambassadors from around the world, and representatives of various humanitarian agencies.
Read highlights from Dr Hany’s presentation -
“The Global Role of Muslims in Humanitarian Aid”