Mosques became refuges for everyone after Harvey hurricane
As devastating flooding from Harvey continued around the Houston area, the city’s Muslim community stepped up: turning mosques into 24-hour shelters and bringing in diapers, water and food from their own homes.
M.J. Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston — an organization that represents 21 Islamic centres in the area — said in a phone call that four of ISGH’s member mosques are now open as round-the-clock shelters.
Khan explained that the ISGH had the idea to offer mosques as shelters to anyone who needed refuge. The problem, he explained, was that many of the roads weren’t passable.
Luckily, Khan said, “we have a pretty good networking and communication system.” With just a few phone calls, volunteers showing up to local mosques with bottled water, sleeping bags and supplies.