"My name is Abdulrauf Khan, a long time Florida resident and Assistant Executive Director of ICNA Relief USA. Last night I went to visit Melbourne and offered Isha there. Around 1 am when I was about to leave, I met Mr. Travis whose car got stuck in the mud in the soccer field (it had rained heavily earlier) which was being used for overflow parking. ICNA Relief's Disaster Relief truck was there to the rescue to pull the brother's car out and take him to a nearby car wash.
At 2 am on my drive back home to Boca Raton, I realize I was going to miss tahajjud and it was the 27th night of Ramadan, so I decided to stop and pray at Fort Pierce Masjid. At 3 am when I arrived, a local brother was standing outside the masjid -- he had locked his keys in his truck. As a relief worker, I offered my help. While we trying to get his truck open, a random guy -- totally drunk -- drove up, jumped out of his truck and started swinging punches at us.
It was totally unexpected it all happened in about 15 to 20 second. He was cursing and saying, "You Muslims, go back home!" My Disaster Relief training came in handy allowing me fend off the attacker and call 911. When he realized I was calling the police he took off in his truck. Alhamdulillah he didn't have a gun or who knows what would have happened last night.
The police arrived very quickly. We gave them a description of the attacker and his truck tag number and they eventually arrested the drunk attacker. Paramedics also made it to the scene and made sure we were okay. The brother I was trying to help got hit really bad.
Allah knows why He put me there. Imagine this brother being alone during this attack? The job of a relief worker never ends, even at 3 am in the morning."