In a statement issued Saturday, King Abdullah urged Saudis to donate generously for the benefit of their Somali brethren. He quoted a number of Qur'anic verses that encourage Muslims to spend their money in the way of God.
"Inspired by these Qur'anic verses and moved by the sense of responsibility toward our brethren in Somalia ... King Abdullah has instructed that Monday, Aug. 22, will be the beginning of the fundraiser," a Royal Court announcement said.
King Abdullah reminded his people of a Qur’anic verse that says: “Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it.” Another Qur’anic verse said those who do a good work will receive a better reward.
King Abdullah also said the land of the two holy mosques is the best place to start this charitable campaign.
A number of Saudi-based organizations including the Islamic Development Bank, the International Islamic Relief Organization of Saudi Arabia and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth have already sent relief supplies to Somalia.