JuD aid offer: US says thanks, but no thanks

Published: October 31, 2012

"America may have any opinion about us, it may fix bounties on our heads but as followers of the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, we feel it is our Islamic duty to help the needy and those in suffering, including Americans trapped in a catastrophe."

MULTAN / ISLAMABAD: The United States Embassy in Islamabad on Wednesday declined Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed’s offer for financial and humanitarian assistance to America in wake of the destruction caused by hurricane Sandy.

In a tweet on micro-blogging website Twitter on Wednesday, the Embassy said:

“We respect the Islamic tradition of help to the needy, but we can’t take Hafiz Saeed’s offer seriously.”

Earlier in 2012, the US put up a reward of $10 million for anyone who would provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of Hafiz Saeed. A subsequent tweet read:

“Saaed is wanted for suspected involvement in the Mumbai attacks, which killed 166. JuD is a UN&US-designated terrorist org.”

On October 30, Saeed had offered financial and humanitarian assistance to the US as the hurricane wrought devastation on north America’s east coast.

“I am following the teachings of Islam and have offered assistance to the people and government of United States because our religion teaches this ideology. Unlike the US government, we do not believe that only help those people, countries and governments where the US have vested interests.

“Jamaat-ud-Dawa is ready to send its volunteers, doctors, food, medicines and other relief items on humanitarian grounds if the US government allows us,” Saeed said.

Talking about why the organisation was offering assistance to the US despite the $10 million bounty placed on him by them, he added, “America may have any opinion about us, it may fix bounties on our heads but as followers of the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), we feel it is our Islamic duty to help the needy and those in suffering, including Americans trapped in a catastrophe, without discriminating.”

This offer is not only for the people of the United States but for nations of the world who have been suffering and inflicted from any natural disaster.

Saeed also mentioned his organisation’s offer for humanitarian assistance in the past. “We have even offered India in the past for any help we can offer because religion or any ideology are not the enemy but our enemy are all those who support barbarism and activities against humanity. Islam is for all nations. We have helped followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism in the past without any discrimination and our aid activities in the past are proof of my offer to the US.”

Saeed added that the organisation did not classify people as terrorists because terrorists are never for helping and welfare of the people.

JuD workers have already started a campaign to gather volunteers for helping hurricane victims in the United States.

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Reader Comments (54)

  • Omair Shakil
    Oct 31, 2012 - 8:57PM

    ouch.

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  • ADEEL
    Oct 31, 2012 - 8:59PM

    I see many lunatics on social media being happy about this sandy storm and saying that the americans deserve it….they should be ashamed of themselves…..
    I may not agree with hafiz saeed at all but he has talked sensibly on this issue

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  • Jat
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:01PM

    Why doesn’t Hafiz Saeed provide relief to Rohingya and Bihari Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh ? America can take care of itself.

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  • Javed Afridi
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:02PM

    Nice gesture … !Recommend

  • anwar
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:05PM

    Undeserving of a comment

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  • Cautious
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:07PM

    Cheap publicity stunt.

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  • Khurram
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:11PM

    Millions of Pakistanis live below the poverty line and if Mullahs want to help then help those poor Pakistanis if you have so much money to brag about. I have been to America and what i have learnt that they have more dignity than us and they can give the aid but they know how to pull through disasters on their own rather than begging for aid like Pakistanis did in Kashmir and KPK earthquakes and in Flood disasters.. Infact it is not an offer of Aid but a mockery of human misery of our perceived Enemy and infact we dont know that we are enemies of our own self.

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  • Fakhar
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:13PM

    @anwar:
    yet u did

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  • nadi
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:13PM

    US is “US” its not Pakistan…Recommend

  • Tariq Sohail
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:22PM

    Publicity Stunt that back fired.

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  • External Hand
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:32PM

    Really poor of this cowardly terrorist to use a natural disaster to mock the US.

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  • DarKnight
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:38PM

    “Jamaat-ud-Dawa is ready to send its volunteers, doctors, food, medicines and other relief items on humanitarian grounds if the US government allows us,” Saeed said.

    I believe this was the basic reason that US rejected this aid…..they really don’t want to take any more chance.by letting the likes of Ajmal Kasab enter in the US……..

    Please use all those humanitarian aid for your people suffering from flood…….

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  • S
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:46PM

    @Khurram, do you even know how much work JUD is doing in Pak? do some research bro.

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  • Genesis
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:52PM

    This could be a Trojan with a few camouflaged terrorists rolled in!!!

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  • Midas
    Oct 31, 2012 - 10:00PM

    @Khurram: well said, it is also in line with Islamic teachings and philosophy that no one should go hungry or thirsty or be without shelter. Maulana could personify that if he so desires.

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  • Imran
    Oct 31, 2012 - 10:04PM

    @Khurram:
    Agree!

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  • Rida
    Oct 31, 2012 - 10:14PM

    I am impressed by his love for humanity. Now I would ugre him to ‘help’ some charity get $10 Million bounty by voluntarily presenting him to US authorities.

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  • PK guy
    Oct 31, 2012 - 10:25PM

    Why is this even a news on the front page ? Nonsense.

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  • Jat
    Oct 31, 2012 - 10:26PM

    The minuteness of his intellect, the tininess of his thought, the nastiness of his intent; all are out there for everyone to recollect.

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  • 3rdRockFromTheSun
    Oct 31, 2012 - 10:33PM

    Dumb Yanks – they missed a chance to catch him! They should have accepted his offer and taken his aid, provided he delivered it in person!!! They would have saved the $10 million on the bounty too!

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  • G.A.
    Oct 31, 2012 - 10:43PM

    Despite any political implications, Maulana’s offer is logical Islamically…

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  • Khurram
    Oct 31, 2012 - 10:57PM

    @S: Brother i know that but this money is used for Ideological reason as well and that is a dangerous trend. You cannot compare works of Edhi and JUD as Edhi and other like them have no religious ideology to promote with their work but JUD is doing otherwise. Also I was ashamed to see so many of my friends on facebook and on other social forums using this event to mock America and to laugh at their miseries. It is more like a Sarcasm that we could throw you some bones if you want to as we are Proud Self Righteous Muslims.
    When Americans send their Chinooks within Hours after Earthquake in Pakistan then they did not boast about that they are Christians so they are helping and they did not quoted Bible for their help and i remembered their efforts in Earthquake regions as I live near that region but Look at Hafz Sahib statement who brought religion into the discussion that we are Muslims so we will help you.

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  • Baba Ji
    Oct 31, 2012 - 11:13PM

    good boy !!!

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  • G. Din
    Oct 31, 2012 - 11:15PM

    @3rdRockFromTheSun:
    “They should have accepted his offer and taken his aid, provided he delivered it in person!!! They would have saved the $10 million on the bounty too!”
    @Rida:
    “Now I would ugre him to ‘help’ some charity get $10 Million bounty by voluntarily presenting him to US authorities.”
    The bounty is not tfor the purposes of getting hold of him (he could be arrested/droned at any time US chooses), it is ” for anyone who would provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of Hafiz Saeed”. In other words, he is to be convicted first, for which US seeks information of his direct involvement. His stringing would come only later.

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  • Peeves
    Oct 31, 2012 - 11:15PM

    I recall once he invited students on a lecture on something relating Muslims and Education but it end up being a speech on importance and boosting invitation for Jihad. Sad, how we confuse war preaching clerics as society intellectuals.

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  • jagjit sidhoo.
    Oct 31, 2012 - 11:18PM

    Good joke

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 31, 2012 - 11:20PM

    ‘I am following the teachings of Islam—— without discriminating ———–but our enemies are all those who support barbarism and activities against humanity’.
    Great words quoting Islamic teachings ie condemning barbarities and activities against humanity ie any type of killings or violence against people belonging to any religion and those indulging in the same are enemies of JuD. If Hafeez Sayeed claims to follow the Islamic teachings condemning killings of people of other religions or nationalities naming India and USA then why did he plan and executed the killings of 166 innocent people in India which included Jews and Americans since his complicity in this henious crime against humanity has been proved in the evidence given by Kasab a Pakistani, two IM members deported from SA, Headley a naturalised Pak citizen, audio tapes etc ? If he rubbishes all evidence produced by India and US and then why did he not condemn the Mumbai carnage as barbaric act against humanity ? Why has he not condemned acts of barbarism and killing of thousand of innocent people by TTP against innocent civilians and soldiers in Pakistan ? As per his statement on barbarism against humanity, TTP should be the number one enemy of JuD who are acting against the teachings of Islam but no statement has been made against TTP so far by him. If there is any change of heart, he should publically renounce violence and ask for forgiveness for killing innocent people in India and elsewhere.

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  • Ali
    Oct 31, 2012 - 11:59PM

    Welldone! I really appreciate it..

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  • sohaib zeshan
    Nov 1, 2012 - 12:16AM

    well said.i wasn’t expecting such statement by himRecommend

  • Faraz
    Nov 1, 2012 - 12:29AM

    Maulana, US is not a 3rd world country like Pakistan. US can deal with natural disasters on its own. They don’t have a shortage of workforce, expertise, supplies, medicine, food and money et cetera that they would need your help, its not like the end of the world there. Maybe spend the money on helping Pakistanis if you so wish to follow Islamic teachings which also say NOT to mock on somebody else’s miseries.

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  • G. Din
    Nov 1, 2012 - 1:36AM

    @Foreign Leg:
    “This has been the analysis of certain defense journals. “
    If that is so, I stand corrected!

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  • Anjaan
    Nov 1, 2012 - 4:43AM

    Imagine Hafiz Saeed offering similar aid to India ……… how ridiculous a joke it would be …… !!!Recommend

  • Raj Kafir
    Nov 1, 2012 - 7:17AM

    Only 70 people have died so far. Those people were stubborn and did not evacuate. Look at the opportunity, $50 Billions in damage. America have $50 Billions worth of boom. America’s money will work for America.

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  • Ashraf P
    Nov 1, 2012 - 8:09AM

    If this is his way of taunting the US, it is in poor taste. This man has little class and his actions speak for themselves.

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  • Rama
    Nov 1, 2012 - 8:31AM

    @Cautious:
    well said

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  • An Indian Atheist
    Nov 1, 2012 - 8:37AM

    Why religion has to be dragged in everything from drones to sending relief materials to any suffering country……….why Islam has to be the center stage for each and everything……..US do not send any aid or help at the time of natural disaster in Pakistan in the name of Christianity, neither do any other western countries………It is time to rise above from religion and provide relief work and aid as one person giving to another person rather than Islam giving to .Christianity or Muslims giving to Christians……….

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  • Omar
    Nov 1, 2012 - 9:32AM

    @Jat:
    You are misinformed. They have already done that as far back as Ramadhan. There have been delegations that have been sent out and I have personally met people who arranged this.

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  • Human
    Nov 1, 2012 - 9:37AM

    Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed Uncle g
    If you have so much MONEY kindly donate it to Edhi or to the flood victims here in Your country Pakistan .
    The Americans at least have a system in place when these disasters strike , what system does
    our Country have n place , even we cannot follow road signal rules leave the others .

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  • anwar
    Nov 1, 2012 - 9:40AM

    @Fakhar:
    Yes “no comment” is a “comment of sorts” and like they say He speaks loudest who whispers!

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  • OMG
    Nov 1, 2012 - 9:53AM

    Charity begins at home Maulana sb.

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  • Cool Dude
    Nov 1, 2012 - 9:55AM

    @DarKnight:
    they really don’t want to take any more chance.by letting the likes of Ajmal Kasab enter in the US
    But unfortunately they DO take chance by letting likes of Raymond Davis, Black Water and Drones enter in other countries.
    I bet they have right for it, Don’t they?

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  • Nov 1, 2012 - 10:10AM

    If an American would come in front of Hafiz Saeed, would he hesitate in killing him?

    His group killed a few American citizens in Mumbai in 2008. And, today he is offering aid.

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  • Dave
    Nov 1, 2012 - 12:53PM

    Joke

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Nov 1, 2012 - 1:20PM

    ***”@OMG:Charity begins at home Maulana sb.”***
    I am sure you are forgetting or intentionally trying to camouflage the services of Hafiz Saeed and his group Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation and its volunteers freely,sincerely and honestly for the purposes of betterment,rehabilitation and welfare during the massive and destructive floods in Pakistan 2010.Recall your memories….Recommend

  • jagjit sidhoo.
    Nov 1, 2012 - 1:58PM

    @Cool Dude: Every country has a right to decide who will and who wont enter the country.I am quite sure this guy or his money will not be welcome in any country.Recommend

  • Asad
    Nov 1, 2012 - 3:05PM

    Here’s the deal, bounty of 10M dollars on your head, present yourself to some charitable organization so that they would get the 10M dollars. Mission accomplished!!

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  • Proud Pakistani
    Nov 1, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Maulana Sb. THINK ABOUT THE MUSLIMS IN BURMA. Send Aid or any source of rescue for them they are Muslims as well. Non of the Maullas have not even talked about them

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  • Maher
    Nov 1, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Ouch, missed the chance to get US visa ;)

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  • Pakistan Citizen
    Nov 2, 2012 - 11:23AM

    Always at the service of US!!!!!

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  • Nov 2, 2012 - 11:40AM

    It is our national obligation,we should believe our honorable court judgement and court in this connection has delivered its judgement according to which it has been declared Hafiz Saeed is not terrorist,no documentary evident or other proof leading to prosecute him.

    AS for as Indian allegation is concerned,they are depending on the statement of those who are under their custody.confessional statement is not acceptable under such circumstances.
    Such statements are taken by force through high handedness.

    Government of Pakistan ,time and time again requested Indian authority for handing over the culprit to Pakistan but they refused to do so,it mean there are some contradiction in the material ralating to the matter.

    No doubt,United States is single super power,it has vast resources it need no foreign aid and can deal hurrican sandy alone but some time foreign helping hand has become essential .

    The person,who offered assistant at the time is right Offer was made on the humanterian ground not for any particular objective

    As regards,aid acceptance,India is a great hurdle in the way.United States don’t want to lost such stooge/tool who come into action against opposers on its indication.

    And India put Hafiz Saeed in the list of most wanted and demaned for Pakistan his submission to India, US state depart supporting the Indian stance so United States would
    never accept Hafiz Saeed’s offer.

    Pls,read USA standpoing in this regard;
    While we have great respect for Islamic tradition of social assistance to those who are in need no matter where they might be, this particular offer strikes us as very hollow,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Wednesday.

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  • Ansari
    Nov 2, 2012 - 4:14PM

    haha .. nice shot sir !!

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  • Nov 2, 2012 - 11:52PM

    Respected Hafiz Saeed has presented real face of Islam and Jihad that we are fightinh only for oppressed Muslims and want peace everywhere but Jews Zionists dont want to do this.

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  • Nov 3, 2012 - 12:00AM

    Respected Hafiz Saeed has said correctly according Islam to help and fight for needy and oppressed humans.

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  • Marilyn
    Nov 3, 2012 - 4:40PM

    @Genesis:
    You hit the nail on the head!

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