[Sarwat Husain is the chairwoman of the Council on American Islamic Relations in San Antonio. She can be reached at sanantonio@cair-net.org.]

After fasting the whole month, Muslims celebrate a joyous three days celebration called Eid-ul-Fitr.

Like other festivals, Muslims also buy new clothes, gifts for children and plan for the celebration for days.

This Eid, however, there is a feeling of sorrow and sadness for the hundreds of thousands of lives that were lost and the continuous suffering of the survivors due to the natural disasters around the world in the past two months.

During that time, we have seen hurricanes, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, drought, floods, landslides and typhoons in Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, U.S., El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Paris.

These disasters not only took hundred of thousands of lives and brought continuous sufferings to the survivors but caused billions of dollars of economic losses to the world.

Since the start of times, such calamities and disasters have been taking place as a result of the law of nature.

These natural disasters are inevitable and as always can hit anyone, anywhere and anytime with immeasurable and lasting affects.

With all the advances in technology and its impact on globalization, the world communities have literally become one. What happens in one area of the world, good or bad, affects the rest of the world.

This is God’s way of telling us that life is too short. Nothing is forever. You will be tested and tried in different ways individually and collectively.


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