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Waleed Shaalan- A Tribute to a Muslim Hero at Virginia Tech [11 UPDATES]

n6235390_33704076_7954.jpgLast Update #11 posted on 5/11/07 with pictures of Janazah courtesy Facebook group (updates appended at the top)

Action Alerts: (a) Make Dua’ for the brother, his family, and for all the victims of the tragedy, (b) Donate to Br. Waleed’s memorial fund here: MSA National Memorial Fund for Waleed’s Family ($20,000 collected, goal is $25,000) (c) n2519784_34811921_7200.jpgYou can also pay tribute to the brother on Facebook and on NY Times.

Br. Waleed Shaalan, a student at VA Tech, died in the shooting rampage that occurred there. He is survived by his wife of 3 years, Amira, and

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Khaled, his 1-year old son. Can it get more tragic? This entry is dedicated to him and his family. Please add yourwaleed3.jpg thoughts and your dua’s. We would especially like to hear from friends and acquaintances to shed more light on this brother, so that he is not forgotten among the victims of the massacre. We will be trying to get in touch with Br. Ahmed Sidky to give more of his thoughts inshallah. This post will be updated as more information becomes available. When you read this, make dua’ for the brother and his family.


Update 9: This tribute along with comments will be packaged and shipped off or hand-delivered if possible to Br. Waleed’s family inshallah. See this post.David Neiwert, a freelance journalist and book author, has written an interesting piece on his Orcinus blog. This is only an example of the posts and the articles that will become the legacy of Br. Waleed’s heroic act. Thank you David, who begins his entry with: “Hey everyone. You heroic right-wing bloggers especially. I want you to meet a real hero.” [MORE]


Update 8: New pictures posted in memory of Br. Waleed at MSA Website @”MSA pictures in Memory of our brother Waleed Shaalan“. Other news story links:


Update 7: People magazine has added a photo special with Br. Waleed after contacting MuslimMatters. At our request$25,000 Target they were kind enough to add the MSA National collection link alhamdulillah. Goal is $25,000 inshallah. People Magazine Link here.We want to remind all our readers that it is of utmost importance to get the word out of Br. Waleed’s heroism. SubhanAllah, Br. Waleed gave Muslims an opportunity for dawah in his own death… he left behind a legacy for us to latch on. We cannot let it die. Americans of all faiths are listening; let’s make sure they heart this story too.So, what can you do? Cross-promote the story, whether this link on MuslimMatters.org or other websites stating it. E-mail your friends and family (Muslims and non-Muslims). Post links on other forums. In other words, TALK about it, online and off-line. Use the “Digg” link at the bottom to cast a vote for the story, the higher the “diggs”, the more it will be read by the average person. Help us spread Br. Waleed’s legacy.


Update 6:

Janazah (Funeral) Prayer
1:30 PM – Thursday April 19th at
Masjid Al-Ihsan (North Main Mosque)
Elhamdel Allah Br. Waleed’s body has arrived in Blacksburg. Two brothers have seen him and said his face is shining and, as always, he is smiling.
Inshaa Allah Janazah (Funeral) Prayers will be held on Thursday, April 19th, at Masjid Al-Ihsan (North Main Mosque) at 1:30 PM sharp.
We know this is a very late notice, however, we urge everyone to attend and to convey this information to as many Muslims as you can. The more people attending the prayer, the better it is for Br. Waleed.
Due to limited parking spaces, please try to carpool or use the Food Lion parking lot nearby.
Please, no media is invited.


Update 5:

NY Times is reporting that Brother Shaalan was also a hero that day. According to Randy Dymond, a civil engineering professor at Virginia Tech, Mr. Shaalan saved the life of a fellow graduate student just before he died. Mr. Dymond said the student recounted to him how he and Mr. Shaalan were both in the first classroom the gunman entered. Mr. Shaalan was badly wounded and lay beside the student, who was not shot but played dead, as the gunman returned two times searching for signs of life. Just as the gunman noticed the student, Mr. Shaalan made a move to distract him, at which point he was shot a second time and died.The student believed that Mr. Shaalan purposefully distracted the shooter to save him, Mr. Dymond said.”Waleed was bright, energetic and caring,” Mr. Dymond said. “The reason we are in higher education is because there are students who are the bright light to the future. Waleed was one of them.”



Update 4:

MSA-VT released the following statements (appended below):How Waleed Shaalan saves a classmate’s lifeStory is narrated by Dr. Hesham Rakha, a professor in the Civil Engineering Department. At this time, we do not have a last name for Waleed’s classmate that survived, but his first name is Nathaniel.I would like to share with you some additional information that I received from a colleague in the CEE Dept. This colleague of mine is the supervisor of a graduate student who was with Waleed in the class and survived the massacre. I should mention that the description is graphical so I apologize in advance. The student mentions that Waleed saved his life and wants to convey this to Waleed’s family. Apparently, the murderer came into Norris 206 and shot Dr. Loganathan and a number of students injuring Waleed. Waleed was sitting in the front row where he always sat. Everyone jumped to the floor after hearing the gun shots including the person narrating the story. The murderer then left Norris 206 to go to another classroom.The student that narrates the story was not shot but pretended to be dead and lay on the ground beside Waleed who at that time was only injured. The murderer then re-entered the classroom and was checking for alive victims. He had approached the person narrating the story who mentions that his heart was pounding out of fear. Waleed at that instant made a movement to distract the murderer’s attention and was shot for the second time. At that time Waleed died and the murderer left the narrator to search for other victims.To Allah we belong and to Allah we will return.We ask Allah to forgive Waleed and all of his sins and grant him paradise.
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Brother Waleed Shaalan, a victim of the Virginia tech shootings.
Waleed Shaalan, 32 years old, first stepped onto the Virginia Tech campus in August 2006. An international student originally from Zagazig, Egypt, with no family members in the United States, Waleed quickly became an essential member of the Blacksburg Muslim community. Among those mourning his death are his two roommates (Fahad Pasha and Irfan Waseem) to whom Waleed was their loving older brother, cook, academic and spiritual mentor.Waleed initially began his PhD program in Egypt, but when Virginia Tech offered him an assistantship position, he chose to leave his original degree path and continue it in Blacksburg. Following in the footsteps of his father, Waleed was a dedicated and passionate student of Civil Engineering. Though he had a hectic schedule, juggling classes, PhD research and TA responsibilities, he always made time for the people around him. Waleed was known for his broad smile and wave that he gave everyone.”He was the simplest and nicest guy I ever knew.We would be studying for our exams and he would go buy a cake and make tea for us,” said Fahad, Waleed’s roommate. Fahad was the last person to have spoken to Waleed, he remarked “He was studying late for an exam the morning of the incident; it was about 4 am when I last saw and spoke to him. We were talking about how amazing it would be once he brought his wife and son to Tech after the summer. I could never have imagined that in 5 hours he’d be gone forever.”Waleed left behind Amira, his wife for 3 years, and Khaled his one-year old son.As we express our grief and sympathy for the families of all those directly affected by this senseless tragedy, we honor them through memory and reflection; and Waleed will always be smiling in our hearts.We have set up a fund to support Br. Waleed Shaalan’s family. Click here to donate.
——————–MSA Official Statement about the VT Massacre
Monday, April 16, 2007. Peace to all. The Muslim Students Association, along with the wider campus of Virginia Tech, extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of those victims affected by today’s events. We are shocked at this senseless loss of life and we feel the pain and outrage of the student body. We open our hearts and ears to anyone wishing counsel or comfort and pray that our collective pain will be eased through patience and sharing. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) tells us, “Patience comes only at the first moment of grief.” The Hokie family is in our prayers..


Update 3:
More photos added at the bottom courtesy Br. Waleed’s friends.


Update 2:
Br. MR pointed us to pictures and biography of the brother. Br. Waleed was 32 years old, over 6′, doing his Doctorate in Civil Engineering. He had been married for 3 years.Waleed Shaalan first stepped onto the Virginia Tech campus in August 2006. An international student originally from Zagazig Egypt, with no family members in the United States, Waleed was quickly adopted as an essential member of the Blacksburg Muslim community. Among those mourning his death are his two roommates (Fahad Pasha and Irfan Waseem) to whom Waleed was their loving older brother, cook, academic and spiritual mentor.Waleed initially began his PhD program in Egypt, but when Virginia Tech offered him an assistance-ship position, he chose to leave his original degree path and continue it in Blacksburg. Following in the footsteps of his father, Waleed was a dedicated and passionate student of Civil Engineering. Though he had a hectic schedule, juggling classes, PhD research and TA responsibilities, he always made time for the people around him. Waleed was known for his broad smile and wave that he gave everyone.


Update 1:

Sh. Yasir spoke to Br. Ahmed, and inshallah we should be receiving something from him in terms of a statement and possibly photos.
Br. Ahmed was still very much emotional, as one can expect him to be. Br. Ahmed also mentioned that rather amazingly, a reporter came to their Masjid trying to find out if the killer attended it! Desperate for the elusive Muslim link!


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  1. Faiez

    Faiez

    April 18, 2007 at 9:34 AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilahi raji’oon.

    The brother Waleed was a roommate of one my friends. Make dua’ for his maghfirah.

    Asalaamu alaikum

  2. Amad

    Amad

    April 18, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    wasalam. May Allah forgive Br. Waleed and grant him jannah…

    Br. Faiez, if Br. Waleed’s room-mate wants to say a few things about him, he is welcome to do so here and we can append it to the main post text. Was he a student? His family in USA? SubhanAllah, I cannot imagine the heartache of the families, esp. in the case of folks on student visas, where it takes days sometimes to just see a son or a daughter’s body…

    jazakAllahkhair for posting your comments.

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    Niqaabis

    April 18, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Inna lilaahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon

    May Allaah accept his death as a shaheed aameen

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    iMuslim

    April 18, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Truly this whole event has touched the lives of so many. I pray that Brother Waleed died as shaheed.
    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun.

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    AnonyMouse

    April 18, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Innaa lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon.
    Ameen to all the du’aas… may Allah make matters easier to bear for his family and friends, and grant them all immense sabr, ameen.

    May this also be one of those bad things from which some good/benefit emerges…

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    Affad Shaikh

    April 18, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    For those who know Br. Waleed, it might be a good way to express to others in the community a little bit about who he was, those memories/thoughts can be left at the following place for the New York Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/17/us/victims-index.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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    Ayman

    April 18, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Assalamu ‘Alaiykom,

    May Allah grant our brother the highest level of paradise, ameen. I hope that his family reads this and realized that they can help him by increasing in their obedience and worship to Allah and make du’aa for him. The messenger of Allah sallahu ‘aleeyhi wa sallam told us that the deeds of a person are cut off except for three: knowledge people benefited from, righteous children to make du’aa for him/her, and sadaqa jariyah. Please do not forget to make du’aa for him in all your prayers and continue to stand strong upon the sunnah of the prophet Sallahu ‘aleeyhi wa sallam. As for the rest of us, make du’aa for your brother and take heed to this remembrance and with it come closer to Allah and follow his messenger for Allah subhanahu wa ta’alah informs us that in following the path of his messenger he will love us (3:31). Barakallahu feekom, may Allah give our brother and his family the highest level of paradise, AMEEN! May Allah bestow his mercy upon him and his family, AMEEN. May Allah give them patience and for it reward them in this dunyah and in the hereafter, AMEEN.

    Assalamu ‘Alaiykom

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    Maverick

    April 18, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Inna lillahe wa inna ilayhe raji3oun – may Allaah accept him from amongst the Shuhadaa.

  13. Amad

    Amad

    April 18, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Br. Ayman, that was a beautiful reminder.

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    nuqtah

    April 18, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

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    moeed

    April 18, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    salaam

    innaa lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

    This is somewhat trivial, but does anyone know why the brothers name is not listed on the various ‘victim’ pages on the news websites? Pages like msn.com and cnn.com have pages with names of victims on it but the brothers name is not listed on any of them. Is it because the authorities are still in the process of contacting his family in Egypt?

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  18. Amad

    Amad

    April 18, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    WS, Br. Moeed, his name is on NY Times’s list:

    Link here

  19. muslimmatters

    muslimmatters

    April 18, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    From MR’s blog: Omar H sat with his roomate, Fahad, and talked about Waleed:

    “Sidi Omar H sat with his roomate, Fahad, and talked about Waleed:

    I was just with brother Waleed and brother Fahad, Waleed’s room mate on Sunday. We talked for almost an hour. Waleed was a very funny brother and extremely nice.”

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    Shadi Sadi

    April 18, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    May Allah help & guide you through these difficult times. May Allah grant him forgiveness and bless his soul. Ameen
    My condolences to his families and friends and to all the victims of this tradegy.

    Shadi Sadi
    NC State Alumni

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    Sister in Deen

    April 18, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    May Allah raise his rank in the akhirra and give his wife and family sabr InshaAllah.
    May Allah forgive him, and shower those he left behind with His endless mercy. Ameen.

    Much dua’as…

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    Ayman

    April 18, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Remember these du’aas for the funeral prayer if you attend:

    http://www.makedua.com/display_dua.php?sectionid=51

    And this du’aa for his family if you are to meet them:
    http://www.makedua.com/display_dua.php?sectionid=53

    Source: Fortress of the Muslim

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    Muslim Bro

    April 18, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Inna Lillahi Wainna Ilahi Rajioun.

    May Allah forgive his mistakes and grant him a place in Jannah. May Allah provide patience to his family in this time of need and strengthen their emaan.

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    veiled_muslimah

    April 18, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Innil lilahi wa inna ilahi rajioun

    Subhanallah this is so sad.

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    Hassan

    April 18, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilahi rajion. May Allah grant him jannah, and may Allah protect his family.

    Was his wife and child in US with him, or back home in egypt? Its really really tragic.

  26. Amad

    Amad

    April 18, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Hassan, believe Br. Waleed’s family is back ‘home’ in Egypt.

    This is the difficulty that many foreign students or people who have family ‘back home’ have to face: the potential of dying without relatives around and the potential of close relatives dying without getting back in time even for the janazah…. may Allah protect all of us in a similar situation from a similar calamity.

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    muslim from toronto

    April 18, 2007 at 5:19 PM

    innalialhi wainailayhi rajiun. May allah(swt) give strength to his family members and friends.

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    Hassan (USA)

    April 18, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Inna lilahee wa inna ilayhee rajiyoon. May Allah (swt) have mercy on our dear brother Waleed’s soul. May He forgive his sins and enter him into Paradise. May Allah (swt) ease the burden and grief of his family and friends.

    We must remember that our main duty in this life is to worship Allah (swt) and He alone, for only Allah knows when it is our time. Everything we own and everyone we know stays behind but our deeds and actions go with us.

    Assalamu alaikum.

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    Bint Somaliyyah

    April 18, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Inna lilahee wa inna ilahi rajiyyoon.

    Ameen to all the duaa’s

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    muslima from rockford,il.

    April 18, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Inalillahi wa inna ilayhee rajioon
    May Allah Grant him Pradise and Give his Family Sabr. I did not know him, but as a Muslim my heart breaks for his family. Allah has a reason for everything as he is the all knowing. My prayers also go out to all the other victims family and friends. May God grant them patience and peace. Jakakallah

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    Omar

    April 18, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Please everyone tell everyone you know just to read fatiha and ask Allah to forgive him his sins, save him from ‘azab al-qabr, and enter him into jannah without account. Can you imagine when we die — how would you feel if others did not make du’a for you?

    Please pass this on to all the masajid you know so that they can make du’a for him on Friday. May Allah have mercy on his soul and help him in the grave.

    All praises be to Allah for everything. As a friend told me “Our emotions are saddened, and our limbs hasten to act–but our heart is absolutely content.”

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    Salafiya

    April 18, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

    subhanAllaah….

    may Allaah grant him the highest of abodes in Jannah and reunite him with his family and other loved ones there. Ameen.

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    inexplicabletimelessness

    April 18, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    As salaamu alaikum:

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. Horrible news. :(

    Please also remember our sister in Islam Reema Samaha in your du’as as she was also killed in the Virginia Tech massacre:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18143312/page/3/


    FYI, Reema was a Lebanese Christian. May Allah give her family patience during these hard times -Amad

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    Zainab Afroz

    April 18, 2007 at 8:14 PM

    Inalillahi wa inna ilayhee rajioon

    May Allah azza wa jal forgive him of his sins, the major ones along with the minor ones. May He (swt) enter him into jannah-tul-firdows without any hisaab. May he (swt) shed light in his grave and make it a resting abode for him. May He (swt), grant his family tremendous amount of Sabr and allow them to accept the Qadr of Allah. May He (swt) put this brother under His shade on the day of Haq and the day of Justice.

    Ameen.

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    Mohamed Hamrawy

    April 18, 2007 at 9:18 PM

    “إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون”
    أسأل الله تعالى أن يسكنك فسيح جناته و أن ينزل الصبر والسكينة على قلوب أهلك و أحبتك و لهم خالص العزاء “إن لله ما أخذ ، و له ما أعطى ، و كل شيئ عنده بأجل مسمى فاصبروا واحتسبوا”

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    Bint Amina

    April 18, 2007 at 10:02 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

    May Allah ta’ala have mercy upon the Muslims and forgive their sins. May Allah ta’ala save us from such trials. Allahumma Aameen.

    And Allah ta’ala has said what means:

    أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ

    Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. (Al-‘Ankabut 29:2)

    Such fitnah is a wake up call for us all to turn back to Allah ‘azza wa jal, because alhamdulillah we were not of the deceased and have been given time, the question is – how will we use it?

    O Allah make us of those who make your deen and remembrance the foremost priority in our lives. Aameen.

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    A sister

    April 18, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Assalamu alaikum

    inna lillahi wa inna illahi raji’un

    May Allah forgive you, have mercy upon you and rank you with the mukrameen. ameen

    We are all praying for you, oh brother. May Allah help your family in these hard times and allow them to come closer to Allah.

    your sister in faith

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    Bint Adam

    April 18, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    Inna lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raji’oon.

    May Allah enter br. Waleed into jannat ul firdaws, and may he be reunited with his family one day, Ameen thumma Ameen.

    This is truly a reminder from the most High. May we live our lives in a way most pleasing to Allah ta’ala.

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    inexplicabletimelessness

    April 18, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    “FYI, Reema was a Lebanese Christian. May Allah give her family patience during these hard times -Amad”

    JazakAllah khair for letting us know.

    May Allah grant br. Waleed and his family jannah, ameen.

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    Sister Basmah

    April 18, 2007 at 11:26 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji3oon.

    May Allah grant our brother Waleed a palace in the center of Jannat ul Firdows and make this time easy on his family and grow his son into a righteous man like Rasullulah sal Allahu ‘alayhi wasallam.

    Ameen to all of the du’aas.

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    Siusaidh Campbell

    April 18, 2007 at 11:30 PM

    I am so sorry for the loss of this fine young man, husband, and father.

    Condolences to all who knew him.

    May love and healthly minds overcome the sickness of hate.

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    tahsinthree

    April 19, 2007 at 1:01 AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’oon

    May Allah forgive his sins and admit him with the righteous and may Allah give his family and friends sabr to bear this loss

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    Salma

    April 19, 2007 at 1:05 AM

    Inna Lilahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajoun,

    May Allah elivate Waleed Shaalan and forgive his sins. Inshaallah we pray that his family is given the patience and support they need right now and that his son grows to be a healthy light for Islam. May he and his loved ones be reunited in Jannah, inshaallah.

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    Ziyad From Seattle

    April 19, 2007 at 1:35 AM

    My family and I are extending our condolences to all the victims families. As Muslims, please pray for all victim. Just a reminder, 10% of the victims are Arabs.
    Reema, Ross and Waleed. May Allah forgive them and give their families and love ones the sobr.
    Inna Lilahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajoun

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    behindacurtain

    April 19, 2007 at 3:46 AM

    inna lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon

    O Allah, Forgive him and have Mercy on him, Grant him Jannah and Protect him from the punishment of the grave. Ameen.

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    Mujahideen Ryder

    April 19, 2007 at 8:47 AM

    Hey Amad, Waleed was 32 years old not 30.

  49. Amad

    Amad

    April 19, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    Ok MR, done… I think I wrote in his 30s and then somehow it became 30…
    SubhanAllah, almost as old as I am!

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    Medinah

    April 19, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Assalamu alaikum,
    Inna ialaihi wa inna illaihi Rajioon.
    May Allah grant him the highest place in Jannah, Ameen!!

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    Ahmed Adel

    April 19, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون
    الى الله يا اخى
    الحقنا الله بك فى الشهداء
    صبرنا الله واصبر اهلك
    إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون اللهم اجرنا فى مصيبتنا واخلفنا خيرامنها

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    Amir

    April 19, 2007 at 11:50 PM

    On the subject of guns, this post makes some excellent points. There have been cases in the recent past where armed citizens have stopped mass murder of the sort that took place in VT.

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    khawla hurayrah

    April 20, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Innalillahi wainna ilaihiraajiun
    May Allah have mercy on him and raise him in rank, Ameen.

    I just want to mention that May Allah reward all for making du’aa and sending Takziah but also not to forget to reflect and remember death. Life is fleeting away every second. What have we done for the hour? Have we checked our own self and our own family? Have we remembered to keep the ties of kinship while they are still alive? Have we helped our friends and family today? and if we hurt them, have we tried to make amend and ask for forgiveness, for we don’t know when we part in the early morning, we may not see them again during the night.

    May Allah forgive us, our brothers and sisters in Islam. Ameen

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    Organic Muslimah

    April 20, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    A poem for Waleed

    http://organicmuslimah.blogspot.com/2007/04/vt-lost-baba-waleed.html

    (1)
    Baba left me,
    he promised to come back
    with toys,
    with hope;
    baba,
    I don’t know why you left me;
    why Baba?
    You promised we were coming this May,
    you loved Mama, right?

    Baba,
    Baba
    Where are you?
    Ina lilah we ina ilyhe Rajoon
    Today I am one years old.

    i pray for your jannah

    (2)

    i see him,
    wearing black;
    don’t shoot;
    i
    want
    to
    live.

    (3)

    tragedy,
    dismay,
    fear.

    I hope the American public doesn’t blame every Korean;
    it’s an
    isolated
    incident.

    please pray for every victim, families, and our future.

    I wrote this for Waleed…

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    Amir

    April 20, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Anyway, I suggest we stop this discussion about guns in this thread, as it is meant to be tribute to our hero martyr brother Waleed, not gun rights. I hope the muslimmatters bloggers would create separate blog for us to discuss this.

    True. I or another MM blogger can create a seperate post for that insha’Allah as I do think it is an important discussion in light of these recent events. The anti-gun people argue that tighter gun laws would have prevented the tragedy, and the pro-gun people argue that the tragedy was caused by the university’s no weapons policy.

    See this post started by Br. Amir towards that end. -muslimmatters

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    muslima from rockford,il.

    April 20, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    This was suppose to be a site for a Muslim Brother who died and for us to give our condolences, not to have “DEBATES” on gun laws!! What is wrong with you people!! Have some respect for the dead. I am sure this can be discussed at another time and at another place! UNBELIEVABLE!! May Allah Protect Us All! Ameen

    Comments moved off… thanks for the reminder. -muslimmatters

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    Marwa Elkelani

    April 20, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    As a fellow Egyptian and Muslim, I would like to express me and my family’s deepest condolences to the family and friends of Brother Waleed. Inalilahi wena Elayhi Rajeoon! May Allah have mercy on him, forgive his sins, and enter him into His hightest heavens insha’Allah. The best gift we can all give him now is to read for him Surat Al-Fatha for him and send him our dua’as…and may Allah accept it from us insha’Allah….

  61. Amad

    Amad

    April 20, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    We will start another entry to talk about gun rights inshallah. Once that is ready, we’ll move the gun discussion comments over there.

    Let’s all take a deep breath and focus on Br. Waleed now.

    See this post started by Br. Amir towards that end. -muslimmatters

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    Nazia

    April 20, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

    May Allah grant our brother Waleed the highest level of Jannah, and protect and preserve his family. May this event be a means of expiation and forgiveness for them as well.

    This morning I was watching the personal stories of all the victims, their parents’ and friends’ reflections…it’s just so sad really and I started to cry. Allah has put mercy and compassion in our hearts towards all people, and so I make du’aa that the victims who survived this tragedy use this event as a means to return to their Lord, rabbil ‘alameen.

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    Shaneze

    April 24, 2007 at 3:24 AM

    Assalamualaikum Wr Wb,

    As a foreign student in Cairo, I share the pain with you all, the pain is harsh to bear and the saddness to hard to imagine. I can’t imagine losing one of my flatmates in such a dreadful tragedy.Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. As sad as it is it we should say Alhamdulillah. (Qadr Allah) Allah has the best plan and knows Best . Insha Allah we can use this ghastly event as a reminder to renew our relationship with Allah and soften our hearts for tolerance and patient. All we will take when we die is our good deeds. My flatmates and I were thinking of going to pay a visit to the family, although we have no idea where his hometown is, Insha Allah we will inquire and find a way to get there. Does anyone have any contact, mobile, landline or even a close intersection where he lived, we would greatly appreciate it if you can provide it to us. Insha Allah we will try our best to visit the family as it is also a sunnah. May Allah (swt) shower His blessing on all of you, give you strengths and courage and May he guide us all to the right path. ( Ameen)

    Jazak Allahu khair
    Assalamualaikum Wr Wb

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    Olu

    April 24, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    My heart and prayers go to Waleeds family and friends .I am not a muslim and i never met waleed but i am also a foreign student in the Us.I feel for all that lost a loved one in the VTech tragedy but for some reason waleeds story has been in my heart all of last week .Maybe also because i can relate to been far away from home and have such an unfortunate thing happen .Please how do i give towards this cause? .Again my condolesnces to his friends and family .

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    AnonyMouse

    April 24, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Olu: At the very top of the post, there is a link to where you can donate to the memorial fund for brother Waleed’s family…

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    AmatulWadood

    April 24, 2007 at 7:10 PM

    bismillah

    may our love for him be a sign of Allah’s Love for him! ameen
    O Allah, have mercy on him and on his family, pour upon them patience and unite them in goodness in jannatul firdaws. ameen

    (La huwla wa la quwwata ila billah, how will we be remembered after we die, fellow muslims?)

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    Rana Hasan

    April 24, 2007 at 11:41 PM

    inna lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon

    Its a tragedy felt by every person who listens to it. May Allah give him peace and patience to his family.
    Allah knows the best. Ameen.

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    sister

    April 25, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Assalaam-u-Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Rabakatuhu
    inna lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon
    may Allah (swt) bless him anf grat him peace and and grant his soul to paradise
    may Allah (swt) give sabr to his family
    peace and blessings be upon him ameen
    wasalaam

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    Haqq

    April 25, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    No worries, Be Happy – For your Beloved Brother Waleed is a Shaheed. Straight to Janaah!

    inna lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon

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    Khadigah

    April 25, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    A salamu alaikum (Peace and Blessing upon you all). I am truly inspired by Brother Waleed’s act of Jihad. May Allah (swt) bless Waleed’s family and grant him Paradise. Insha Allah the rest of us Muslims will strive to have even an ounce of the character and courage that Brother Waleed has (May God have mercy on his soul).

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    Dawud

    April 26, 2007 at 5:06 AM

    Salaam aleykum, ya ukhti.

    Our condolences go out to you and your family at this time, while the muslim community in Virginia knew of your husbands’ kindness and generosity, many of us sadly heard of him only after his passing. We sadly can only pray Allah has mercy on his soul, and eases the burden in your hearts.

    As a shaheed, we can trust his faith and service to his fellow students and humanity in his last moments showed the courage and trust in Allah that mark true humanity.

    The muslim community in Egypt may have lost a brother and husband, but Allah’s shaheeds are “with Allah, receiving their sustenance directly from him.”

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    m badr EL-deen

    April 26, 2007 at 4:10 PM

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    (و لا تحسبن الذين قتلوافي سبيل الله اموانا بل احياء عند ربهم يرزقون)
    اخى الذى لم تلده امى صورتك لا تفارق خيالي لكنه قدر الله و لا اقول الا كما قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم :
    (( القلب يحزن و العين تدمع وانا لفراقك يا ابراهيم لمحزونون))
    و انا لفراقك يا وليد لمحزونون
    و انا لفراقك يا وليد لمحزونون
    و انا لفراقك يا وليد لمحزونون
    و انا لفراقك يا وليد لمحزونون
    و انا لفراقك يا وليد لمحزونون

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    Sohail Rizki

    April 26, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    May Allah forgive his sins and give him place in Jannah. Ameen.

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    Ayisha Arshad

    April 26, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    May Allah help Brother Waleed’s family through this difficult time and grant him a place in Jannah. Ameen

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    Saif Altalib

    April 27, 2007 at 6:06 AM

    Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar.

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    Doa Rahman

    April 27, 2007 at 6:34 AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun.

    Narrated Abu Huraira:
    Allah’s Apostle said, “If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials” (Sahih Bukhari)

    Narrated ‘Ata bin Abi Rabah:
    Ibn ‘Abbas said to me, “Shall I show you a woman of the people of Paradise?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “This black lady came to the Prophet and said, ‘I get attacks of epilepsy and my body becomes uncovered; please invoke Allah for me.’ The Prophet said (to her), ‘If you wish, be patient and you will have (enter) Paradise; and if you wish, I will invoke Allah to cure you.’ She said, ‘I will remain patient,’ and added, ‘but I become uncovered, so please invoke Allah for me that I may not become uncovered.’ So he invoked Allah for her.”
    (Sahih Bukhari)

    Volume 8, Book 76, Number 432:
    Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah says, ‘I have nothing to give but Paradise as a reward to my believer slave, who, if I cause his dear friend (or relative) to die, remains patient (and hopes for Allah’s Reward).” (Sahih Bukhari)

    May Allah swt give your son the highest level of jannah, Ameen. And may He grant you, your family and your friends all immense sabr..and may you all enter jannah because of this sabr insha Allah. Know that Allah swt only tests those whom He loves the most (i.e. the prophets, etc.), so take it as a blessing, and be strong insha Allah.
    Alhamdulillah ‘ala kulli haal.
    You’re in all of our prayers. Assalaamualaikum warehmatullah

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    Organic Muslimah

    April 27, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    A disabled brother I work with spent an hour writing this little note for the family

    **

    Asslmu Alakkum
    may Allah grant you the patience during this test and bless him with his mercy
    may Allah grant him jannah
    we are muslims so we should accept everything Allah brings
    finally may Allah reward you

    YOU BROTHER,
    MOSTAFA

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    Aneesah

    April 27, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    salams
    Our condolences go out to your family.. May Allah grant Br.Waleed paradise insha’Allah, and may He, the Almighty, shower your family with the patience and blessings to stay strong through difficult times. Always remember that Allah tests those whom he loves and also that good and bad both come from Allah (SWT) so keep faith in Allah and He will reward you for your sacrifices, ameen.

    May Allah grant you all the highest levels of jannatul firdaus, may He reward you with His immense blessings in both worlds. ameen.

    youre in our duaas always, wasalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

    your sister,
    Aneesah

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    Saadia

    April 29, 2007 at 10:20 PM

    Assalam mualaikum. May Allah grant your family the patience and strength to heal from this enormous tragedy. You are in most sincerest prayers, and my heart really goes out to you.

    Br. Waleed made the outmost sacrifice to help another human being. You should be very proud of the son you raised. May Allah accept Br. Waleed into heaven without any hisab.

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    Assad

    June 4, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    Every time I read about this highest act of bravery and valour I honestly shed tears. To see his photos from MSA makes me cry. How many of us could have done what Waleed Shaalan did? Please do not let his memory be forgotten and let people see how a true Muslim can act. Some sort of tribute must be made for him. My thoughts go to his wife and young child, may Allah give them strength and reserve Waleed a place in Janat inshallah.

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SaveUighur Urges Muslim Community To Support Black Friday Boycott Of “Made in China” Clothing

Cotton made in China

SaveUighur.org is urging Masjids and Islamic organizations to call for a Black Friday/Cyber Monday boycott of any clothing made in China this week.

Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, is the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States, with retailers offering deals and discounts in stores and online.

China is currently engaged in a campaign of cultural genocide and forced assimilation of its Uighur Muslim community in East Turkestan (Xinjiang) in northwest China.

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SaveUighur.org is a campaign to raise awareness about this human rights tragedy.

Clothing is specifically being targeted for boycott because experts say 80% of cotton used in Chinese clothing comes from East Turkestan, where forced labor is routinely used. As well, 30% of all U.S. clothing comes from China.

“Americans must send a message to the Chinese government that its horrific abuse of Uighurs will not be tolerated,” said Aydin Anwar, an Uighur-American activist with SaveUighur.org. “We must avoid buying clothing made in China because it would mean tacit approval of the Chinese government’s genocide of Uighurs. Boycotting products made in the country will send a strong message.”

Since April 2017, the Chinese government has thrown about 800,000 to two million Uighurs and other Muslims into the largest concentration camps since those of Nazi Germany during World War II. Prisoners have been subjected to torture, gang rape, and medical experimentation. It has also forcibly separated families, sending children to state-run child welfare institutions and boarding schools without access to their parents, and without parental consent.

Outside of the camps, Uighurs are subjected to strict surveillance of all communication within and outside of China, and spies are sent to live in Uighur homes.

SaveUighur.org is calling for the Muslim community to support this campaign and to encourage family, friends, and followers on social media to do the same using hashtags like #SaveUighur #BoycottMadeInChina #boycottchina #china #uighurs #uighur #FastFromChina

(1) Take a picture of the Made In China item.

(2) Write a message saying you are NOT buying it since it comes from China.

(3) Mention you are supporting the people of East Turkestan. Tag the manufacturer and shop, if possible.

(4) Use the hashtags #SaveUighur #BoycottMadeInChina #boycottchina #china #uighurs #uighur #FreeEastTurkestan

For more information about the campaign, please visit SaveUighur.org

CONTACT: Aydin Anwar, C: 571-344-3885

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“The South China Morning Post reports that U.S.-based scholars and experts spoke before legislators about how Uighurs who have been forcibly held in detention centers have been put to work in factory jobs. Companies that used these factories staffed by Uighurs and other Turkic minorities would receive government subsidies for each individual trained and employed, along with shipping subsidies. This cheap labor along with the government subsidies would result in very low manufacturing costs, “undercutting global prices,” according to testimony presented at the hearing by the Center of Strategic and International Studies. This could turn Xinjiang into a hub for low-cost manufacturing.

According to reliable sources such as the agricultural research company Gro Intelligence, a vast cotton-producing industry has been developed in Xinjiang which supplies 80 percent of the country’s total cotton output. This would mean that any cotton clothing sourced from China would be suspect of containing cotton grown using slave labor.

Furthermore, the Chinese Communist Party is transferring Uighur and other Turkic people to other parts of China forcibly, so the task of tracking forced labor of Uighur is no longer limited to Xinjiang (East Turkestan) but to the rest of the country, making it virtually impossible to track the forced labor of prisoners. How can third-party auditors ensure that the workers in these factories are not Uighurs removed from Xinjiang (East Turkestan)?”

Open Letter to Costco On Chinese Products Made by Forced Labor

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A Closer Look At The Congressional Hearing on Human Rights in South Asia

Kashmir hearing in Congress

Expectations on Capitol Hill were pretty low going into the House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation’s historic hearing on “Human Rights in South Asia”. Previously, hearings on India have not been critical and the Kashmiri Muslim point of view has not been discussed.

Chairman of the sub-committee Brad Sherman (D-CA) wasted no time setting the stage for where he wanted to go with this hearing, stating, ”the entire world is focused today on what is happening in Kashmir.” He also pointed to the state of the 2 million-minority population in Assam. Missing from his opening statements were remarks on the state of the rest of the minorities in India, esp. Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, and Muslims. Ranking member Ted Yoho (R-FL) was soft on the gross realities of the occupation, highlighting one case of a Kashmiri constituent, and referred to the abrogation of Article 370 as an internal matter of India. He also brought up the Indian talking point of economic progress in the region but this concept was thoroughly dismissed by later testimony and Q&A.

The State department veteran Alice Wells, Acting Secretary on South and Central Asian Affairs seemed woefully ill-prepared for the critical nature of the hearing. Both Wells and Assistant Secretary for Human Rights Destro could not or did not present solid facts and figures about detention and tried to explain away the oppression as “inconveniences”. They were unable to comment or provide clarity on the situation on the ground in Kashmir, with Destro saying, “we are in the same information blackout as you are.” Some of Sec. Wells’s comments were of direct Indian government persuasion.

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Several of Justice For All’s talking points were raised during the hearing.

There was commentary on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar asked about the anti-Muslim program. She questioned the panel on the public statements by Indian officials that only Muslims have to prove their birth records. Rejecting the notion that a democratic ally cannot be policed, she said that the United States does that in many situations and “this should not be an exception.”The human rights abuse doesn’t cease to exist even if it is the law. Is it consistent with international human rights?” asked Chairman Sherman, along the same lines.

Destro observed that the appeals process “may disadvantage poor and illiterate populations who lack documentation”. “We are closely following this situation and urge the Government of India to take these issues into consideration,” he added.

”The human rights abuse doesn’t cease to exist even if it is the law. Is it consistent with international human rights?” asked Chairman ShermanClick To Tweet

Wells testified that “violence and discrimination against minorities in India, including cow vigilante attacks against members of the Dalit and Muslim communities, and the existence of anti-conversion laws in nine states” are not in keeping with India’s legal protections for minorities.

Congresswoman Alice Spanberger, (D-VA) a former CIA intelligence officer, asked whether India has shared examples of terror attacks and incidents that have been thwarted due to the communications blockade. When Wells stated that she could not comment, Spanberger asked for a classified hearing so that US officials could give their assessment on the validity of the national security argument of the Indian government. Chair Sherman associated himself with her questioning and vowed to take her suggestion seriously.

Chairman Brad Sherman, as well as several other Congresspeople both on and off the House Foreign Relations Committee, asked several pertinent and critical questions.

Questioning the Indian Government narrative Chairman Sherman asked if the United is “supposed to trust these government of India officials when the government of India doesn’t allow our diplomats to visit?” Representative Sheila Jackson asked if reputable Indian diplomats or journalists had ever been denied entry into any state in the United States?

Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) referred to a report about the detention of dozens of children in Kashmir and said detention without charges is unacceptable. She expressed her concerns about religious freedom in India and said that she proposes to bring a bipartisan resolution in Congress.

Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and David Cicilline of Rhode Island both had a heavy human rights approach to the questioning. Congresswoman Lee asked Assistant Secretary Destro if he would describe the situation as a “humanitarian crisis,” Mr Destro said, “Yes, it is.” She then went on to call the United States government to stop a potential genocide.

Washington has not changed its stance on the designation of the Line of Control. Chairman Sherman brought up the issue of disputed territory to the State Department.“We consider the Line of Control (LoC) a de facto line separating two parts of Kashmir,” answered Wells. “We recognize de facto administrations on both sides of LoC.”

The subcommittee focused on personal testimonies as well as human rights organization Amnesty’s testimony during the second half of the hearing.

Though no Kashmiri Muslims testified, the panel presented electrifying testimonies from Dr. Nitasha Kaul, a Kashmiri and Dr. Angana Chatterji, an anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Bearing witness to the rising fascism and Hindu nationalism’s grip on India, both witnesses brought up beef lynchings, with Chatterji raising the concern of the genocidal inclinations of the Modi government. 

“Hindu majoritarianism – the cultural nationalism and political assertion of the Hindu majority – sanctifies India as intrinsically Hindu and marks the non-Hindu as its adversary. Race and nation are made synonymous, and Hindus –the formerly colonized, now governing, elite – are depicted as the national race,” said Dr. Chatterji.

Kashmiri witness Dr. Nitisha Kaul stated in her testimony that “human rights defenders, who were already under severe pressure, since August 5 are unable to function in Kashmir. For instance, every year on 30 August, the UN Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons led by Ms Parveena Ahangar, organises a vigil protest involving hundreds of elderly women and men whose sons had become victims of for instance, in the most recent parliamentary elections, the voters’ turnout was very low and in many booths, not a single vote was cast.”

Kaul emphasized the extension of the oppression, by highlighting that this year the peaceful gathering of elderly parents mourning and waiting for their disappeared sons was not allowed. She shared Ahanga’s quote: “This year we have been strangled, and there was no coming there was no coming together because, through its siege, India has denied us even the right to mourn.”

Ilhan Omar challenged Indian journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh’s take that the siege was in place to save Muslim women from “terrorists.” This is a trope that is often used to wage war and is especially used in the so-called “war on terror.” “It is a very colonial move on the part of the nation-states around it as if they are “liberating Kashmiri women,” said Dr. Kaul.

Chatterji bore witness to the woes of Kashmiri women who bear the brunt of the Indian occupational forces’ sexual brutality. “The woman’s body becomes the battlefield,” she said replying to a question by Congresswoman Houlahan from Pennsylvania. Dr. Kaul stated that the 1944 new Kashmir manifesto contained an entire section on gender rights. She spoke on the equity and equality in Kashmir: “They go to protests. Women become heads of households because of dead husbands.”

She also reminded the committee that BJP’s Amit Shah, also part of the government in 2002 and responsible for the program on Muslim community stated that Western human rights cannot be blindly applied here in India.

Representative Wild from Pennsylvania asked why the Indian government would not allow transparency. When human rights organizations and journalists can work in active war zones, she rejected the anti-terrorism narrative pushed by Ravi Batra, a last-minute BJP addition to the panel. “When there isn’t transparency something is being hidden and this is what really concerns me terribly,” said Wild.

A Sindhi-American witness spoke on minority rights in Pakistan, especially the forced conversion of Hindus. This is a concern that needs to be tackled by Muslims as there is no compulsion in Islam and is antithetical to the religion.

During the hearing, Amnesty International reported thousands in detention under the Public Safety Act while the State Department numbered it at hundreds. Dr. Asif Mahmoud, a key organizer, presented the health situation in Kashmir.

The overall situation of the Rohingya was covered and links were made to the start of the genocide in Burma and the parallels in India. The members of the House referred to it as genocide with the State Department still calling it ethnic cleansing.

Although the hearing focused on the current state of Jammu and Kashmir and not much was brought up about self-determination or the plebiscite, Kashmiri-Americans and their supporters left the hearing room satisfied that their voices were heard for the first time in the halls of the US Congress.

What was most concerning point of the entire hearing was that Kashmir was not brought up categorically as disputed territory and the issue was referred to as an integral matter of India. This needs deep, consistent and long-term work by advocates of Kashmir. With the continuous rise of RSS, Indian minority issues need a much sharper focus, and a regular pounding of the pavements of Congress to educate the Foreign Relations committees.

Some action items for American Muslims post-hearing.

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An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

Saudi scholars, injustice

دعوة عاجلة بخصوص أزمة الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري

الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله محمد وآله

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السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

لقد تلقينا بقلق بالغ ما يتوارد من أخبار غير مؤكدة حول الإعدام الوشيك للشيخ سلمان العودة، و الشيخ عوض القرني، و الدكتور علي العمري

لقد علمنا الإسلام أن الحياة نعمة من الله و إن أولئك الذين يعملون على حرمان أى أحد من هذه النعمة دون أساس شرعي واضح قد ارتكبوا إثمًا فظيعًا عدّه الله من الكبائر: وَمَن يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُّتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا (سورة النساء، 93)

حرمة المؤمن

إن رسول الله ﷺ وصحابته قد اعتبروا حياة كل من نطق الشهادة، وكذا ماله وعرضه حرامًا لا يُقبل انتهاكها ولقد حرصوا كل الحرص على ألا ينتهكوا تلك الحقوق الأصلية حتى في تطبيق الحدود

قال رسول الله ﷺ: ادفَعوا الحدود ما وجدْتم لها مدفعًا (سنن ابن ماجة)، وقال ابن مسعود: ادرءوا الجلد والقتل عن المسلمين ما استطعتم (السنن الكبرى)

إن حرمة دم المسلم عند رسول الله ﷺ عظيمة جدًا، فلزوال الدنيا أهون عنده من قتل امرئٍ مسلم (سنن الترمذي)

ولقد كان السلف يقولون عند طوافهم بالكعبة: ما أعظمك وأعظم حرمتك، والمؤمن أعظم حرمةً عند الله منك (رواه الترمذي)

التماس رأفة

في ضوء الهدي النبوي، وعِظم أمر انتهاك الحقوق الأصلية التي منحها الإسلام للمسلم، فإننا نطالب السلطات المعنية بأن يوقفوا أي خطة مبيتة لإعدام الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري، سواءً في المستقبل القريب أو البعيد

نطالب أولئك الذين في السلطة أن يصدروا عفوًا في حقهم في هذا الشهر المبارك

إننا نؤمن بيقين أن هؤلاء العلماء لم يقترفوا أى شيءٍ يبرر التعامل المروع الذي يتعرضون له لمدة عام وأكثر وإننا نطلق هذا النداء كنصيحة صادقة، محققين دورنا كعلماء عليهم واجب بيان الحق، ومستحضرين أن كل واحد فينا سيسأل عن عمله في الآخرة حيث الظلم ظلمات لا تفضي إلا إلى عذاب النار

والله في عون المظلومين واللهم صل وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد

17 رمضان 1440 /22 مايو 2019

كتب بواسطة (الشيخ) سلمان يونس

 

An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

All praise belongs to Allah, and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad and His family.

Peace and mercy be upon you:

It is with great concern and perturbation that we have received unconfirmed reports regarding the imminent execution of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari.

Islam teaches us that life is a blessing from Allah. Those who seek to deprive someone of this blessing without a clearly sanctioned religious basis have committed an act that God deems atrocious and a mighty sin: “If anyone kills a believer deliberately, the punishment for him is Hell, and there he will remain: Allah is angry with him, and rejects him, and has prepared a tremendous torment for him.”(Qur’an, 4:93)

The Inviolability of the Believer

The Prophet ﷺ and his Companions viewed the life, wealth, and honor of all who uttered the testimony of faith (shahada) as inviolable. They took immense care not to impede on these basic rights even in the context of enacting punishments.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Avoid applying punishments as long as you are able to find an excuse to avert them,”(Sunan Ibn Majah) and Ibn Masʿud stated, “Avoid flogging and applying the death penalty upon people as much as you can.”(Sunan al-Kubra)

Indeed, the sanctity of the believer was so great in the eyes of the Prophet ﷺ that he deemed the destruction of the world as a lighter affair than the killing of even a single Muslim. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

Similarly, the early Muslims (salaf) would remark when gazing upon the Kaʿba, “The inviolability of a believer is greater with Allah than your inviolability.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi) There are few statements one can imagine as emphatic as these in affirmation of the rank of the believer.

A Call for Clemency

In light of the guidance of the Prophet ﷺ and the gravity of depriving a Muslim of the fundamental rights granted to him or her by Islam, we urge the authorities in question to immediately cease any plans to execute Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari in the immediate or distant future.

We urge those in the leadership to grant them clemency in this blessed month of Ramadan.

It is our firm belief that the actions of these scholars do not in any way justify the appalling treatment they have been subjected to over the past year and more. We make this call in the spirit of providing sincere counsel, realizing our role as scholars duty-bound to the expression of truth, and recognizing that each of us will be held accountable for our actions in the next life where oppression will be nothing but darkness leading to perdition.

And Allah is in the aid of His oppressed servants. May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon His Prophet.

Ramadan 17th, 1440

May 22nd, 2019

Drafted by Shaykh Salman Younas

Signatories (v. 2)

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

SeekersGuidance

Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Islamic Seminary of America

Shaykh Omer Suleiman

USA

Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Canada

 

Dr. Omar Qureshi

USA

 

 

Dr. Abdullah Hamid Ali

USA

 

Shaykh Mustapha Elturk

Amir, Islamic Organization of North America

 

Shaykh Rami Nsour

Tayba Foundation

Dr. Shadee Elmasry

Safina Society

Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

Director of Darul Iftaa Leicester

 

Shaykh Azhar Nasser

Tasneem Institute

 

 

Professor John Esposito

Georgetown University

 

 

Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf

London

 

Dr. Jonathan Brown

Georgetown University

Professor Mohammad Fadel

University of Toronto

Imam Suhaib Webb

Scholar in Residence, ICNYU

Shaykh Shams ad-Duha

Ebrahim College

 

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Tayseer Seminary

 

Dalia Mogahed

ISPU

 

Imam Dawud Walid

Member of Michigan Imams Council

 

 

Dr. Asim Yusuf

UK

 

 

Dr. Ovamir Anjum

University of Toledo

 

Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick

USA

 

Shaykh Hani Saleem

Islamic Center of Detroit

Dr. Shabbir Ally

Toronto

Shaykh Furhan Zubairi

Dean of IOK Seminary

 

Dr. Ihsan Bagby

University of Kentucky

 

Shaykh Mohammed Faqih

Islamic Institute of Orange County

 

Shaykh Bilal Ali Ansari

Khalil Center

Mohammad Elshinawy

Yaqeen Institute

 

Shaykh Abdur Rahman Khan

Co-Chair of National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue

 

Shaykh Sulaiman Gani

London

 

Dr. Hamid Slimi

USA

 

Mufti Taha Karaan

South Africa

Shaykh Sadullah Khan

South Africa

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi

Chairman of Fiqh Council of America

 

 

Shaykh Taha Abdul-Basser

USA

Imam Ibrahim Hindy

Dar al-Tawheed Islamic Center

 

 

Dr. Basma Abdelgafar

Vice President of Maqasid Institute Global

 

Prof. Jasser Auda

President of Maqasid Institute Global

 

Laila Mehar

Former President of UConn SJP

Hartford

Dr. Osman Latiff

Jamia Masjid and Islamic Center

 

Imam Abdul-Malik Ryan

DePaul University

 

Imam John Ederer

Muslim Community Center of Charlotte

 

Shaykh Amer Jamil

Scotland

 

Shaykh Bilal Ismail

Imam Development Project

 

Shaykh Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah

Walsall

 

Dr. Bekim Hasani

Imam and Activist

Australia

 

Imam Imran Salha

ICA

 

Dr. Tajul Islam University of Leeds

 

Dr. Mustapha Sheikh

University of Leeds

 

Dr. Ahmed Soboh

Religious Director of Chino Valley Islamic Center

 

Dr. Rafaqat Rashid

Al Balagh Academy

 

Imam Shafi Chowdhury

Leicester

 

Buthaina Hawas-Neveln

Iraqi Journalist

 

Shaykh Salmaan Parkar Australian Islamic College

 

Muslema Purmul

The Majlis

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas,

University of Florida

 

Dr. Asif Hirani

Imam and Resident Scholar of Worcester Islamic Center

 

Shaykh Ahmad Kutty

Resident Scholar of Islamic Institute of Toronto

 

Shaykh Mohammad Aman Haque

Norway

 

Imam Mazhar Mahmood

Director of Islamic Foundation of Peoria

 

Ishraq Ali

Organizing Director of MPower Change

 

Usman Qamar

Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo

 

Mawlana Zakariyah Harneker

 

Shaykh Shahinur Rahman

al-Rahma, UK

 

Shaykh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Salik Academy

Dr. Usaama Al-Azami

Markfield Institute

Ustadh Samir Hussain

ISNA High School

 

Shaykh Tariq AtaDr. Zaid alBarzinji

Maqasid Institute

Shaykh Abdur Rahim Reasat

SeekersGuidance

Mufti Liaquat Zaman

Birmingham, UK

 

Imam Salim Astewani

Cheshire, UK

 

 

Shaykh Tabraze Azam

SeekersGuidance

 

Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui

Brandeis University

 

 

Ismail Royer

USA

Imam Qasim Rashid

Al-Khayr Foundation

 

Dr. Yvonne Haddad

Georgetown University

Omar Usman

Executive Director, MuslimMatters

 

Shaykh Muhammad Abuelezz

Muslim Association of Canada

 

Mufti Ismail Syed

London

Mawlana Safwaan Navlakhi

Al-Ma’aly Institute

South Africa

 

Dr. Ildus Rafikov

ISTAC

Aamir Ansari

ICNA

Shaykh Hassan Rabbani

Zia-Ul-Quran Mosque

Scotland

Ustadha Umm Jamaal ud-Din

Islamic College of Australia

Dr. Munir Elkassem

President, Islamic Institute of Interfaith Dialogue

Dr. Yusuf Salah

Khalil Foundation

 

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