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Eye-Witness Account of the Bronx Funeral

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28373343.jpegFurther to the previous post on this subject, Sister ‘Medina’ forwarded us an emotional eye-witness account and pictures, jazakumAllahkhair…

It is amazing how tragic events can become a source of coming together for Muslims… not only with Muslims, but also with non-Muslims. Someone mentioned that there has not been one negative angle to this tragic Muslim story in any of the papers. Perhaps it will reaffirm to the common American that Muslims are only human, as human as anyone else.

UPDATE: Seems we spoke too soon. The arrogant bigot, Bill O’Reilly, and his equally slimy side-kick Malkin, did have to add their inhumane 2-cents about illegal immigration and overcrowding (here and here). Leave it to Bill to make hay out of the death of babies! Here’s a tribute to King Bill, nicely done by Abu Ameerah.

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Other ‘objective’ news accounts: Public Radio, Newsday, NY1, and NY Times.
Website: http://www.magassa-soumarefoundation.org

The account and a forward are being posted unedited.

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AsSalaamu Alaikum,

28373460.jpegOne of my very mature teenage friends wrote this. She and I went today. After reading whats below…….

For the first time today, I cried behind this………….I got lost in those photos, the beat of my heart increased and tears began to run from my misty eyes…………….Subhann’Allah ta’ala.

I am sitting here in AWE. I haven’t been able to escape the view of a scene that will forever be…………………..MY UNFORGETTABLE.

28374300.jpegI make du’aa and if only we can come together in unity like today, EVERYDAY and not in times of pain and tragedy, Insha’Allah, we would be a reflection of the Messenger of Allah Tabaraka wa ta’ala and his companions (May Allah be pleased with all of them). To see the warmth of Muslim faces and Islam superseding the pride of every nation, this is truly a beautiful thing, Allah Musta’an, Allah Musta’an, Ameen.

May Allah Azza wa Jal bring us together before the day of Youmal Qiyamah, Ameen, Ameen, Ameen ! !

WaSalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu

Meckka

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28375652.jpegMay the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Rasul(saw) and his family.

Assalamualaikum warakmentualhi wabarakatuhu

Alhamdulilah, today I was able to attend the Janaza of the 10 that died in the bronx fire. Sr. Meccka and I were attempting to get there at 12:30 because we heard the women’s section of the masjid was small. I dunno what we were thinking but we anticipated about 50 people would be there, maybe. We got off the train and starting walking to 166th st. We dodged through small mobs of brothers and sisters, we were walking fast. We turned the corner, that was 166th. 28373466.jpeg“SubhanAllah!” is what I heard Sr. Meccka say, as she froze, she was in front of me. I turned the corner and said “Allahu Akbar”, and shoke my head saying it over and over repeatedly…the whole street was flooded with Muslims, 2 blocks long! Honestly, I’ve never seen anyting like that in my life. There were so many people that no more brothers could fit in the front, and so about 200+ brothers has to pray behind the sisters…. This was THE JANAZA!

9 funeral cars drove by, people just stopped and counted them, asking saying, “Woah how many people died?!”… 28372774.jpegunanimous reply 10! Response motionless expression of shock, sympathy and grief coupled with pale facial expressions… This was THE JANAZA!

Imam Siraj, Sheikh Moussa Drammeh, Imam Hafiz Ahmed, Imam Konate Souleimane, Mayor Blomberg, Sen. Hilary Clinton, etc. Colorful tribal gear. Takbeers echoing troughout the street. Little babies strapped to their mothers backs like in the mother land(Africa). Different languages and dialects of native tongues ringing around me. Women’s cries scared in my head…. This was THE JANAZA!

28373349.jpegThe Magassa’s five children Bilaly, 1, Diaba, 3, Aboubacar, 6, Mahamadou, 9, and Bandiougu, 11. Sadibe Soumare, 42, and four children — Hassimy, 7, Djibril, 4, and twin daughters Sisi and Harouma, 7 months all laid in woden caskets. Caskets so small that at least 4 of them could fit in the same funeral car. Baby twin girls in the same casket… This was THE JANAZA!

One of the scariest parts about it: THE JANAZA was NOT open to the public! We, the hundreds and hundres of strangers invited ourselves. Stood behind the police blockades, layed down sheets, tarps and our jackets, faced the qibla and prayed the janaza salah… This was THE JANAZA

28301935.jpegInshaAllah I plan to write a poem about this moving event, and experience.

~Naimah

PLEASE MAKE DUA FOR THE FAMILIES!

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. UmmZaid

    March 15, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Salaam ‘Alaikum

    Jazakhum Allah Khairan to Naimah, Meckka, Medina, and all at Muslim Matters for posting this.

  2. AnonyMouse

    March 15, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    As-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu,

    Subhan’Allah indeed!!!

    May Allah reward all our brothers and sisters in Islam for attending the janaazah; and may Allah grant the Magassa family Jannah, ameen!

  3. Mujahideen Ryder

    March 16, 2007 at 1:11 AM

    mashaAllah so many ppl were at the janazah!

  4. Umm Layth

    March 16, 2007 at 4:04 AM

    Masha’Allaah @ the amounts of muslims at their janazah

    May Allaah have mercy on their souls, aameen

  5. Bint Amina

    March 16, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    SubhaanAllah.

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

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