Texas Muslims turning mosques into 24/7 shelters to help Harvey victims


Texas Muslims turning mosques into 24/7 shelters to help Harvey victims

As devastating flooding from Harvey continues around the Houston area on Tuesday, the city’s Muslim community is stepping 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 centers in the area — said in a phone call that four of ISGH’s member mosques are now open as round-the-clock shelters.

“This is an obligation, a religious obligation to help others,” Khan said. “When you give, you don’t give only to your own family. … You give to anybody who needs help.”

Khan explained that with Harvey bearing down on Friday, 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 began showing up to local mosques with bottled water, sleeping bags and supplies.

As of Tuesday, Khan said, four mosques were operating as fully equipped shelters, staffed and stocked by local volunteers. In fact, there were so many volunteers from Houston’s Muslim community that Khan began sending them to help in city shelters and at Houston’s convention center.

Houstonians of all stripes have come to stay in the mosques, Khan said: “mostly families,” some with young children or elderly relatives. In one of the mosques, classrooms that are normally part of a school were turned into private rooms for families.

In addition to the immediate relief that the shelters are providing, Khan said aid in the form of money and supplies has been coming in from Islamic organizations all over the US.


  1. He meant that some sociopath can funnel donations money for their insignificant leftist organization even in such crisis. He don’t mean these muslims he meant those sociopath leftist. One has to wonder how their minds work if even in such crisis they still strives to triumph over their adversaries.

  2. This is a wonderful display of human compassion, empathy and love. There is no better way to destroy unjustifiable stereotypes than by example, with actions just like this. Although I am fortunate enough not to need this help, I am still truly grateful that the Texas Muslim community has opened their hearts and their doors to everyone in need. Actions like these help restore my faith in humanity. Thank you.

  3. There is one aid group that is actually channeling aid money to a leftist organization. Typical leftists.

    • I’m not sure I understand your comment. Normally, I enjoy reading them. This one, I don’t get at all. In time of calamity, I didn’t think Mother Nature is a respecter of “sides” I hear Joel Osteen closed his church doors . . . your point? 🙁

    • @ MOA. Osteen was shamed into opening when people posted pictures of his dry front parking area. Don’t soil the carpet and bring cash.

  4. What do you expect from terrorists?

    “And say: Truth hath come and falsehood hath vanished away. Lo! falsehood is ever bound to vanish.”

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