Press Release: Houston Muslims Commemorate Islamic Holiday By Helping Flood Victims

<b><u>For Immediate Release:</u></b> September 1st, 2017 <b><u>Contact:</u></b> [email protected] @MuslimYouthUSA <b><i>Houston Muslims Commemorate Islamic Holiday By Helping Flood Victims</i></b> Young men in Houston will spend the holiest Islamic holiday out in the streets helping in Houston recovery efforts Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), the young men’s organization of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, has been at the forefront of helping victims in Houston since Hurricane Harvey began terrorizing Texas. Hundreds of members of AMYA are in Houston to actively help with relief and recovery efforts and have committed not to take the day off on Friday for the Islamic holiday of Eid-ul-Adha. Islam’s most important holiday, Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) marks Prophet Abraham’s spirit of sacrifice and the close of the Hajj at the Holy Ka’aba in Mecca. This joyous day is celebrated to remind Muslims of the importance of sacrifice, service to humanity, and gratefulness to God. Thus in the spirit of sacrifice, hundreds of AMYA youth are partnering with <a href="" target="_blank" style="color:blue">Humanity First</a>, a disaster relief organization, to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey through boat rescues, safety evacuations, supplies, and clean-up services in damaged homes. “To be God’s children means to selflessly provide for others, especially in their time of need,” said Dr. Bilal Rana, National President of AMYA. “This is why I have instructed our young men to continue this work during the holy day of Eid-ul-Adha as a way to inculcate the spirit of sacrifice in a very real way. Even as our own members are in need themselves, we will volunteer to help those in greater need.” AMYA leaders and volunteers are available for interview. <b>About Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association:</b> The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) is a nationwide youth group that works with young Muslim men and boys around the country. The association serves as the young men and boys auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Officially established in the United States in 1939, AMYA is one of the earliest Muslim Youth organizations in the United States. AMYA is a dynamic and vibrant association serving not only the needs of its members but of its local communities and nation. The association is comprised of nearly 5,000 men and boys aged 7 to 39, spread across 70 local chapters. Previous members of AMYA include Grammy Award winning artists and Pulitzer Prize winning journalists. AMYA is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD.