Comments about ‘Muslim benefactor will match contributions to Mormon church's typhoon relief’

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Published: Monday, Nov. 25 2013 5:10 p.m. MST

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JSB
Sugar City, ID

What a colossal mess. Those sister missionaries were blessed to get out alive. I'm so glad the LDS church and the Salvation Army are in a position to give assistance.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

This sounds very positive. Peace on Earth; Good will to all men.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

This is a very fine gesture, by a very generous individual who we should honor and respect.

One might ask, given the large Muslim population in the Philippines, what the various Islamic charities around the world are doing to help ALL in need in the Philippines, or even their fellow Muslims.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Win-Win.

cricket23
Blue Rapids , KS

So how much of the money goes to the Philippines?

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Does anyone know if the funds were matched?

sukiyhtaky
us, CA

Lets not forget the work of Catholic Charities and the Red Cross as well. Would be interesting to see the final dollar figure donated by each.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

Not sure if the headline matches the story. The headline infers that the muslim donor will match the Church's contribution, but the story says he will match the member's contribution given in this window of opportunity and not consider donations via regular tithing slip to humanitarian fund.

So I guess it is a chance to dig a little deeper for a good cause.

abrielsdad
Orem, UT

What a wonderful thing this anonymous donor is doing. Congratulations to the Islamic community in general, and specifically this donor for reaching out to others in this devastating time of need. I only hope we all can be as empathetic and generous and give whatever amount we can––only if even $1––so that others can recover from this tragedy. I sincerely believe that when we give anything, on a spiritual or energetic level, not only are others blessed, but we and our families, our communities, are blessed as well. Thank you for this inspiration.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Islam has a great tradition of charitable giving as do Christians. I think it is a wonderful gesture to come together to help relieve suffering.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@DN subscriber
the Islamic society of Utah has raised over 10,000 dollars so far it just doesn't get plastered all over the DN every time they do something charitable.

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

We pray every day for the Philippine people that they will find shelter, food and hopefully someday soon peace in lieu of the fear they are experiencing. Thank goodness for all the thousands of people who are helping in every way. What a tragedy.. I cry everytime I think of the many that died and those who were wounded physically and mentally. We all need to pray for them and help where we can.

mominthetrenches
South Jordan, Utah

Awesome! Pretty sure the article said the deadline is Friday and to take donations to Zion's Bank. I love reading stories about ALL religions (and yes, I am LDS). This isn't a contest, people, relax, it's just a really incredible story about the generosity of humankind in the wake of tragedy. Thank you, all, who are seeing the need and doing something to help!

Joan Watson
TWIN FALLS, ID

Strider 303
One can readily agree - headline confusion after reading the content of the story.

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

spring street, you think the Mormon church publicizes ever 10 thousand dollar charitable donation? Nope.

And I'm not even Mormon

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

Great gesture but as one poster pointed out many people and organizations of many faiths have donated.

God Bless them all.

Opinionated
Sandy, UT

It is far beyond me how any comment here can in any way disparage a donation to help. For heaven's sake. Every one of us should be donating money, wherever we feel most comfortable doing so, but doing so for sure.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

I went to donate at the Zion's Bank in Rexburg today and they didn't know anything about it!

Social Mod Fiscal Con
West Jordan, UT

JSB,

We had a similar problem a few years back. It turns out that many times these accounts are only readily available when donors come into branches in a specific geo region. Try again, this time let them know that the fund is being collected primarily in Utah and see if they can't find the account that way.

Thoughtful Voter
Spanish Fork, UT

I'm sure those involved with getting this story in the paper meant well -- and it certainly deserves press, but the headline and construction of the story are very odd. I think they were shooting for a "Hey clueless anti-Muslim people, check out the fact that a local Muslim is willing to match local contributions even if they come from people who might be LDS ... oh, and by the way, LDS emergency relief services is also doing some totally separate relief" and I guess that could be a feel-good story but I feel a bit insulted as a reader at the idea that the particular religions involved should be quite so fascinating as featured facts. Furthermore, trying to make that the headline is massively confusing. A more clear headline would be "Local Non-Profit Group promises Matching Funds to community donations for Filipino typhoon relief at Zion's Bank" with clear instructions in the article as to how to contribute. The potential LDS membership of many of those that might contribute from the community seemed oddly shoehorned into this story -- even awkwardly for the DesNews where I expect (and often enjoy reading) a lot of "LDS-themed" news.

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