Around this time a year ago, Houston was hit by Hurricane Harvey. As many of you know, my family primarily resides in Houston. Thankfully during that difficult time, my parents and family members were visiting me here in Dallas.
Hurricane Harvey caused nearly $125 billion in damages in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas. It was a bit hard to keep positive when half of Houston was under water. People struggled to find shelter, keep dry and safe while it continued to flood and rain in Houston and its surrounding cities.
But being resilient as possible, Houstonians rushed out to support each other. Those who were safe from the flood waters opened their doors to those who lost everything. Those with plenty to eat shared with those who didn’t have a single grain left to their name. Business owners and sportsmen alike donated personal wealth and time to help Houston get back on her feet.
One year later, the city is still recovering but you would never be able to tell that catastrophe had struck. Slowly but surely, the sun has come back out and dried up all the rain.
Shifting gears a bit, this year Eid Al Adha falls around the same time period.
Eid ul Adha is a celebration of the completion of Hajj and symbolizes the sacrifice that God (all praises to Him) asked Abraham (peace be upon him) to perform. Eid al Adha is an embodiment of the attitude displayed by Houstonians last year. It teaches unity, charity and the necessity of helping others around you with less than you.
This is usually done by participating in the ritual that requires an animal sacrifice.
Eid day for us is filled with prayer, and then a trek to the farm where we will feed and sacrifice a goat. Following that, we make three parts of the goat- one for family & friends, one for ourselves and most importantly, a part for those less fortunate. My family traditionally will donate the meat in addition to distributing food for the homeless.