Muslim pop stars unite for Darfur charity concert

November 14th, 2007 - 2:38 am ICT by admin  
The event, which will take place at the Wembley Arena in London, has Muslim world’s biggest stars, like Sami Yusuf, who is dubbed the Islamic Bono and Texan country and western singer Kareem Salama.

Jehangir Malik, director of Islamic Relief said that the British Muslims must unite and ‘raise their voices’ over the issue of Darfur.

Malik said that the concert was inspired by the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts, which drew global attention to famine and poverty in Africa.

“We felt this was an important event to put on for the British Muslim community to be able to raise their voices and stand in solidarity and stand together with Britain to say, ‘Look, we need to do something about Darfur’,” the BBC quoted him, as saying.

Malik said that 2 million pounds had already been raised by the British Muslims for Darfur, but with the concert coming up they hope to generate another million.

The concert is timed in such a way that it would coincide with the end of Ramadan and the celebrations associated with Eid.

Sami Yusuf urged fellow Muslims to confront the genocide in the region.

“We want to raise awareness among British Muslims and the British public - everyone. Everyone needs to know about what’s really happening in Darfur,” he said.

“[And we want] to empower British Muslims into actually doing something and channelling their energy and efforts into something,” he added.

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the concert, which highlight the crisis in the Sudanese region. (ANI)

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