A friend of mine in Toronto often sends me articles that are published in the Toronto Star and in the Globe and Mail, that he thinks I will find of interest. To his credit, he’s usually bang-on.
He just sent me a letter to the editor that was posted in the Toronto Star, Friday, January 7, 2005. The letter was dated January 5, 2005.
The letter was in response to a question previously asked about the lack of generosity to the Moslem victims of the Tsunamis from the Moslem Arab world. The following is the cut and paste letter from the Toronto Star. It’s word for word as it appeared in its original context.
Letter, Jan. 5.
Letter writter John E. Hodge asked whether he was missing something when inquiring about the donations, or lack thereof, by Arab/Muslim countries. In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad stated: “Allah will shade a person who practises charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given …” In essence, it is better to give discreetly and solely for the pleasure of Allah. So to do it for “name and fame” would nullify your sincerity.
Mohamed Haniff Nana, Toronto
When you give “quietly” you encourage no one else to give either.
I believe in making noise and standing tall. I’ve known quite a few people who said they were “Big Givers” but preferred that no one knew. They were Big Bull-Shitters is what they were.
According to Mohamed Haniff Nana of Toronto, giving anonymously is the Arab Moslem way. What a load of CRAP. As hard as I try, I can not think of a more self delusional people than the Arabs with a Middle East mind-set.
Do you remember the obscene fund-raising telethon the Saudis hosted to raise money for the Palestinians at the beginning of the Intifada? I do.
This was a real show of showing your “generosity” as these Arabs fell over each other for camera-time for everyone to see them giving.
They actually physically threw cash and jewelry into the pot in a frenzy of giving to show how generous they were. This was an orgy of sickening self-aggrandizement, the likes of which I’ve never seen.
This entire display was broadcast live on just about all the Arab television stations.
In the end, the Arabs raised millions upon millions of dollars for the Palestinians.
How much of it really went to help the Palestinian people is another story.
How much of it went to help support the lavish life-styles of the Palestinian elite; the likes of Hannan Ashwari, Saeb Erekat and Mahmoud Abbas is getting closer to the real story.
And how much went into Arafat’s private stash is the real story.
But in answer to the Arab letter writer in Friday’s January 7, 2005 Toronto Star article:
You can’t suck and blow at the same time. Either you give in total anonymity, or you take out billboards to showoff how generous you are.
When it suits the Arab Moslems, giving should be anonymous. When it suits them otherwise, giving is something that must be displayed for the whole world to see.
Like everything else in the Arab Moslem world; which is it?
Frankly; I’d be more than shocked if the Middle Eastern Arabs gave anything more than bubkahs.