Imam Azhar talks about his return to Florida after preforming hajj. He flew to Dubai where he waited on his layover, and then flew home…right? I wouldn’t be a very good podcast if that were the end of the story.
As the Imam was trying to fly home to his wife and his family, he was watching the news about the incoming Hurricane Irma. He was calling his wife to make sure that she was ready and that she had food and water…and they talked about if she should leave the state, but what was heartbreaking about this was what Imam Azhar found when he returned Stateside.
He got home and found no water, no gas, no perishable food on the shelves in the store. He called his neighbor and was told that it took upwards of 18 hours to drive away from the storm. For a little perspective here…from Tampa to St George, GA is a 4 to 5 hour drive.
The worst part about the news and stories that are coming out of Florida are that people are returning home with items that the horded – water, food, non-perishable items and so on – and upon returning they are taking the items back to the stores to get a refund. The catch here is that in Florida once an item has been bought, it can’t go back on the shelf. The store must give you a refund, but they can’t resell the item. Meaning that everything they horded is being thrown away. Why? And for What?
The one good piece of news is that while everyone was hording items, one man did the right thing for a woman that needed a generator to help keep her father alive. According to ABC affiliate WFTV-TV, Brekke, a Sanford, Florida, resident, had spent days waiting for empty shelves to be restocked and searching for a generator. A heartbroken Brekke then began to cry. Ramon Santiago, who had gotten one of the generators but had not purchased it yet, noticed and insisted that she take his.
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