Eastern Europe-Bulgaria Appeal
Unfortunate Muslims in Bulgaria
Bulgaria has a large Muslim community which is predominantly moderate and traditional. Moderate central Islamic institutions are nearly bankrupt and cannot afford to pay salaries to imams or fund moderate religious education. 30% of the muslim community, is in need of help and education, they have been living in very poor conditons for many years.
Therefore, Save the Needy Worldwide aims to support and cooperate with the local mosques and local Bulgarian Islamic Committees, to help the most needy children. S.N.W aims to give them Islamic education by striving to pay for mosque and madrasah expenses. S.N.W. is active to support orphans with the help of our local partners.
The sufferings of one million Muslims in Bulgaria
For the past century, Muslims in the Balkans are the victims of many episodes of ethnic cleansing by the crusaders. As Communism collapsed, the Muslims in Eastern Europe are still facing suppression, discrimination, harassment and intolerance.
In this context, we will highlight the sufferings of one million Muslim Bulgarians who are uprooted and forced to flee from their country before giving up their property. Despite all this, Islam's presence in Europe is likely to grow and to bring about social, economic and political changes.
Who are the Bulgarian Muslims ?
Hopeless mother and her child in Bulgaria
Muslims in Bulgaria belong to various ethnic groups, such as the Turks, Pomaks and Tatars. The Pomaks are the main Muslim ethnic group in Bulgaria. There are many contradicting views, regarding the origin of Pomaks. According to some historians, they are the descendants of the ancient Slavic or Slavized inhabitants of the Balkans. Some of them converted to Islam at the time of the conquest and during the years that followed. Other groups converted to Islam during the period of the Ottoman Caliphate. During and after the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, the biggest waves of Pomak migrated to Turkey.
Our aim is to support the most needy muslims, who have been effected by the conditions within Bulgaria.Donate now