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Flashback: Gujarat Massacre of 2002




The video below (you MUST see it) refreshed my memories of the Gujarat massacre that occurred in Spring 2002. On the pretext of a “Muslim attack on Hindus” that later turned out to be an accident, extremist Hindus went on the rampage… killing, burning and raping any Muslim in sight in Gujarat, India. The crimes were so reprehensible, so extreme that it reminds me of that school reading, “Lord of the Flies”… how human beings can turn into savages and animals. Actually worse than animals, because animals usually kill for subsistence. The “official” dead-count was around 800, but most believe that the number was closer to 2000 (including independent human rights organizations, US Congressional Research, etc.- see footnotes 4-9). The number is less important than the savagery employed by the seemingly-possessed Hindus.

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I must add that we Muslims cannot fall into the same stereotyping that we ourselves are victims of and despise. I have known many Hindus, in the workplace, in school and elsewhere, who are good, decent human beings, just like anyone else. As you can see in the video, there continues to be a section of the Hindu populace who are being brainwashed with messages of hate and intolerance: not just towards Muslims, but towards Christians and other non-Hindus. The Gujarat animals cannot represent the majority of Hindus, just like Muslim extremists cannot represent the majority of Muslims.

Furthermore, the video itself was produced by Hindus, and I am including articles by Hindus. I am assuming that the average Hindu would rue this black mark on India’s history like anyone else.

kar_sevak.jpgNevertheless, herein lies the problem: justice still has not taken place for the victims of this genocide. India has not lived up to its purported “democratic” standards in providing an adequate redress for the savagery and killing spree. So, we have to continue the education and we cannot forget the Muslim’s equivalent of 9/11 (or worse)… that happened in Gujarat in 2002.

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Amad Shaikh is one of the founders of MuslimMatters, Inc. His identity is shaped by his religion (Islam), place of birth (Pakistan), and nationality (American). By education, he is a ChemE, topped off with an MBA from Wharton. He has been involved with Texas Dawah, Clear Lake Islamic Center and MSA. His interests include politics, cricket, and media interactions. Career-wise, Amad is in management in the oil & gas industry (but one who still appreciates the "green revolution").



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    August 12, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    May Allah (swt) make things easy for the survivors of this monstrous attack. May Allah (swt) provide justice for them. Ameen!

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    August 12, 2007 at 8:04 PM


    Do you think handing out those fliers at Hindu temples is a good idea?

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    August 13, 2007 at 1:31 AM

    Good post, masha-Allah. This is really a terribly underreported, misunderstood conflict that should rank up there among the worst crimes of this century.

    May Allah grant the victims jannah, and grant justice to those whose lives will be forever changed by this tragedy.

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    abu ameerah

    August 13, 2007 at 5:22 AM

    a really important post…

    i think many Muslims have forgotten that this slaughter even took place.

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    August 13, 2007 at 2:26 PM

    salaam aleikum,

    old article written at time that seemed kind of poignant given the anniversary of the event:


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    Manas Shaikh

    August 15, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Thank you for this short but meaningful post, Amad.

    Gujarat is not a memory. It is a reality. Now.

    Muslims in Gujarat are second class citizen, along with the lower castes. (funnily enough, the lower casts took foremost role in killing Muslims during the pogrom.)

    There is no justice in sight.

    For more on this issue, here’s a good archive.

    In this regard, let me bring another related incident- in 1993 after the demolition of a old Mosque by Hindu mobs there started a riot. Mostly Muslim killing- outnumbered, outgunned, out-armored, out-sworded and unorganised, Muslims stood no chance.

    Situation got very bad in Mumbai. A leading political figure there- Bal Thakerey- took front role in Muslim-killing. The police was largely standing by.

    The Muslims in the underworld responded by planting several bombs that killed a number of civilans. The shocked city saw riot stopped.

    I have no arguments against bringing the bomb-planters to the court. But what happened to those who were killing Muslims in broad daylight? Bal Thakerey is unharmed.

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    August 17, 2007 at 1:17 AM

    An extremely important post.

    Thank you.

    Also to Manas Shaikh for those links.

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    ExEx Blogger

    August 17, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    yes very impotant. the little boy is so cute

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    October 9, 2008 at 3:32 AM

    We are followers of Muhammed(peace be upon him) and not followers of Gandhi. If only we were united and brave we would have fought them.

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    April 28, 2009 at 6:52 AM

    insha allah,

    revenge is near.

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    mohd nadeem

    August 20, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    allha na muslim ko muslim ke help ka leya pada keya so please help all muslim >koi bhe vastu ya samaan buy tho muslim sa kha redoo not hindu any thing my address> india>u.p. >meerut>mawana>9997711191 kull allha hu ahad

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    January 24, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    I agree with Abu ameerah that muslims have forgotten this massacre…..

    the funny thing is that muslims think by ignoring other muslims massacre we will be saved…. and secure

    save and secure from whom, not from Allah

    look at what happened in Iraq…. sanctions from 1991 on children food items and water purification,..and food items…. for more than 12 years….. more than 10 million Iraqi children died cuz of lack of medicine and malnutrition.

    even the Phiraons of Bani Israel were not this barbaric in their Genocide of people of Moses…..

    other muslim nations thought by simply ignoring, hiding this genocide will keep this trouble away from them…

    now every muslim nation is un stabble and these forces are threatening every other muslim nation without a mercy…

    which ever nation they wanna destroy they say that, this nation has a WMD or ghost of Osama bin Laden is hiding there… and thats it …

    they are planning to repeat their iraq story in pakistan. because of India’s insistance…. because india told these forces that indian films and herions have got pakistan army sleeping and masturbating …

    they are weak now…. cuz pakistani people and Army alike watching non stop indian movies 24/7

    they are completely brain washed by india…..

    in next 2 years Pakistan’s national anthem will be Bunde Matrum…..

    so pakistan is also in trouble… american jewish media throughs one blame in the morning and another in the evening …. india guides them how and where to through the blame…..

    pakistani media is controlled by 2 brothers of Maj. General Ather Abbas…(another Irani in pak army just like yahya khan)

    one brother controls Geo TV

    another brother controls Dawn News…..

    if this is true… then all this indian influence on pakistani society is done with the pak Army’s support…

    and there is nothing any one can do about it …

    saudi Arab is in trouble, Malaysia is in trouble, muslim christian roits in Nigeria,

    some accounts on systematic Muslim Genocide that i remember

    1991 -2003 Iraq Barbaric Sanctions on children food, medicine, water purification, food items….

    more than 10 Million Iraqi children died due to sanctions of lack of medicine, lack of food

    2003 till today… systematic genocide is underway in iraq- Billionaires next door are doing nothing who are given this wealth by Allah. Instead they are spending money on camel race, gambling, horse race…. and pretending to be the leaders of Muslim Ummah….

    1993 – 1995 Bosnian Muslim Genocide(In Europe) by Serb and Netherland troops under UN disguise… who knows these Nether land troops might be going as Serbs after changing cloths and helmet….

    more than 10,000 known killed, raped, concentration camps

    2002 Gujrat – India

    more than 5000 dead, Raped, than hands and legs cut off, then burned. pregnant woman’s abdomen was cut open and child in the fetus of killed and then the woman was killed…

    their souls and Allah will ask fellow muslims….. and other muslim nations what did you do about it…

    and Allah is certainly not happy with us….

    thats why the devil is throwing one false blame after another and killing and bombing innocent children women and men….

    its been happening for the last 20 years…..

    i am not aware if pakistan ever protested about Gujrat Massacre…. because the culprits are still at large no trial, no punishment…

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      Zahid khan

      March 27, 2010 at 6:43 AM

      this is a must read letter

      Don’t worry, when things like mentioned above happens frequently, then unbelievable will happen, you forget what happen in this Gujarat how Allah in a fraction of a second 100’s and 1000’s vanished in a sec. and most of them buried alive without a trace, this is the power of AL-MIGHTY, and you cannot match a fraction of his power, what happened in USA, you forgot Katrina and other like those, what happened in Haiti, you have forgotten the tsunami, still don’t believe in the power of ALLAH, then go to you tube and see by your blind eyes, during this tsunami, everything was destroyed even the most powerful buildings collapsed like a piece of straw, BUT A SMALL BUILDING WE CALL IT MASJID, YOU CALL IT MOSQUE, STAND IN BEETWEEN ALL DESTROYED BUILDING THIS MOSQUE AND THIS IS STILL THERE FOR UNBELIVERS YOU CAN GO AND SEE IT BY BLIND EYES,ALSO THIS EARTHQUAKE DESTROYED SOME OF PAKISTAN’S AREA. These things happen when we Muslims forget our religion and very rightly said by Mr. Alexander.
      that the slow poison is spreading very fast in the form of Indian movies and dramas, which Pakistani Muslims are now addicted, you don’t see the most dirty man is now the ruler of Pakistan govt. it happens when ever we don’t follow the rules and regulation give to us by AL-MIGHTY ALLAH, but very soon we will start realizing what we are doing and what we have forgotten.
      And Bunde Matrum, believe in me SIR, will disappear soon from the face of this earth, no one will remain inshallah to sing this song, maybe rather surely we will not be there to watch this transformation, but our children’s will defiantly witness it, this is not my dream or in other words I am not exaggerating, it is written so it will happen, go read the book by hazrat shah waliullah,some part you can acquire from, though I am not a supporter in any way of this site. its only for you.

      But brother having said all this i request you that please for god sake don’t create hatred by giving ugly comments like in 2 years of time Bunde Matrum, will be sung in Pakistan, forget all this i extend my hand for a clean friendship, let us give this world a place for our children’s and your children’s to live peacefully even if we goes away from this world, you people don’t understand that what is the agenda of big powers, whatever they are now it is all because of us, we purchase WMD from them ,we are getting poorer to poorest and they are become from rich to richest, we as a combine force can bring them on their knees, we two country if get united no one can stand in front of us, we are approximately nearly 2 billion in physical strength, we can face them, believe me if we particularly my country if stop buying hardware from them then you will see if not in months than in years they will become worst then soomalia,we was living happily before 1947, with respect and strength, what happens then, incomplete peoples ran away from this part leaving behind too many problems between us, and since that day the race to buy military hardware started, forgetting our poor’s who don’t have clean water to drink.
      Please let us become friends again like, before 1947, I wish this can happen only one time that we with clean hearts meet each other and not one or two we walk from this side and you start walking from other side in 110’s and 1000’s. let the world know that if we fought in the past, from now onward now ISI, no RAW no MUSSAD, only we two angry brothers and sisters will change the history, let the historian rewrite the true history, i wish and i pray for a very happy healthy and prosperous life for you and for all angry Indian brothers and sister, may Allah give all Indians prosperity healthy and happy life.
      I take permission from you Brother Alexander, because I cannot sit for a long times I am living on a 30% heart, rest 65% had been destroyed by our so called great Doctors, plus spinal stenosis, which have restricted my walking to 30-35 steps. Plus insulin dependent diabetes, my list is very long but i am living on a life which i had taken a loan till my kids doing mech. eng. and daughter dong bio medical engg. i Hey brother wait one last thing,
      one day we will sing together Bunde Matrum we will sing, and pak sir zameen you will sing, and then seperately we ,you and all of us sing both one after the other
      I have requested ALLAH to allow me till they complete their education, and stand on their feet’s.

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    April 13, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    very good !!!!

    u deserve this.

    First Babri masjid

    Second Bombay Riots

    Third Gujrat Riots

    Lets see whats in store for u.

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      April 13, 2010 at 4:31 AM

      Thank you Yogi, for showing us the face of hindu extremism. We don’t see it enough.

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    January 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    believe in God and do the right. it is extremly shameful what’s happening around the world even in this age. Gujarat, Burma killings,Assam ,Israel, Afhanistan, Pakistan everywhere Muslims are targeted and killed.But inshallah God is seeing and will justice

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#Current Affairs

My Heart Shook In New Zealand

Mohsin Ansari



One would imagine that a person would be dead-tired and ready to crash in his bed after a grueling, 36-hour journey from Christchurch, New Zealand to Washington, DC. And I will admit, that was the way I felt. Yet somehow, all my somnolence vanished as soon as my head rested on my pillow and I closed my eyes to rest. A wave of recollections fell over me: memories of the survivors, the emotions they expressed, and their feelings of an uncertain future as they planned their lives after the loss of their family members. These feelings instantly took away all the desire to get rest and sleep. I sit upright now and begin writing this reflection of a once in a lifetime experience- a voyage of grief and hope to Aotearoa- land of the white cloud as the indigenous people call New Zealand.

With lost baggage, long flights and too many connections, at times it seemed unlikely that my eldest son Moaz and I would make it to Jumm’ah and Janazah prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. But Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) accepted our prayers so that we could fulfill the guidelines set by our beloved, the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). We were able to fulfill one of the rights of a Muslim over the others; that when he is sick visit him, and when she dies, offer her funeral and be part of her burial.

Hagley Cricket Ground was supposed to have a cricket test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand that Friday. Commentators reckon that it would have been the final day of that test match. But the 22nd of March 2019, brought a much bigger crowd to this world-famous cricket ground than what anyone would have seen on the final day of that test match.

Officials and security directed us towards the VIP area as they wanted to pay respect to the guests who traveled all the way from the USA, Canada, and Australia. The environment of love, solidarity, and respect, coupled with the hijab-clad women standing in solidarity with Muslims in that enormous crowd, created an impact which cannot be articulated by mere words. Every single uniformed female officer was carrying their firearm while donning a hijab; creating a welcoming gesture in a rather somber and gloomy atmosphere.

I do not have the words to thank the leadership of Charity Australia and the Islamic Forum of Australian Muslims (IFAM) for providing us with logistics, facilitating meeting the families of the “shuhudaa” (martyrs) and arranging to visit those injured in the tragedy. ICNA, Helping Hand, and Charity Australia banners highlighting the slogans of “American Muslims stand in solidarity with Victims of Christchurch New Zealand” were the center of attention for thousands of local New Zealanders gathered in solidarity that day. Their hugs, sincere prayers and tearful eyes were the greatest gift that I want to share with everyone reading these reflections.

Right after Jumm’ah, the majority of the crowd attended the collective Janazah prayer of 27 of the martyrs. In those emotional moments, I met with the most courageous woman on earth, the wife of 51-year-old Shaheed Naeem and the mother of 21-year-old Talha Naeem, the two spirited souls who gave their lives to save others in the mosque that day. She is one of the strongest women I have ever met. She mentioned that her husband, Naeem, was a person who lived the life of a man of service, always ready to help others. She described Talha as an angel who was too pious and too noble to be away from Jannah too long. We heard similar feelings from Naeem’s mother (grandmother of Talha) the next day when we visited their home.

The visit to the home of New Zealand’s national soccer team player, Atta Elayyan (33), was not only emotional but also deeply inspiring. Atta lost his life and his father (the founder of Al-Noor Masjid) was severely injured during this brutal and hateful attack. There were several scholars from the United States, including Sheikh Omer Suleiman, in the visit to Atta’s home. We could offer nothing to console the brave mother of this shaheed, who greeted us with words of courage and wisdom. We had no words to accompany the tears in our eyes, except prayers for the most noble young man who helped so many in coming close to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Our visits to Al-Noor Masjid and the Linwood Islamic Center were also filled with memories of love, harmony, and reverence. There was a continuous influx of hundreds of visitors, not only from New Zealand, but also from different countries including, but not limited to, Australia, Fiji, and Canada.  Thousands and thousands of flower bouquets and other items of love were left by these visitors. I was really thrilled to see that local Muslims left many Qur’ans and flyers with basic concepts of Islam and addressing the common misconceptions about Islam for those visiting. I witnessed many people visiting these mosques were taking those Qur’ans and other books with them in order to learn more about Islam.

We also met Mr. Aziz, the unsung hero who repeatedly attacked the killer with different objects including an empty gun —which the killer had discarded. The terrorist fired on Aziz multiple times, but Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) not only saved him, but he also forced the killer to flee from the Linwood Islamic Center. Mr. Aziz was one of the reasons why the number of casualties in this mosque was only seven, compared to the 43 martyrs in Masjid Al-Noor. We also met certain individuals whom Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) saved miraculously. A young man showed his trousers fenestrated with holes of bullets but had no signs of injury. The husband and wife who entered the premises of the mosque and only to be showered with a burst of 26 bullets while in their car, leaving it completely destroyed. Yet Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) saved both of them while they took shelter in their vehicle.

The visit to the hospital’s ICU was simply heartbreaking but at the same time increased our resolve and commitment to help these families as much as possible. We encountered a Turkish brother who was in a coma for nine days and met his elderly parents, who spoke to us in the very little English they knew. The only thing which we could understand from their hushed voices was the request for du’a and tears of helplessness in their eyes. The 71-year-old father of a local Pakistani from Hafizabad, who had arrived two weeks ago to visit his son, was now on a ventilator fighting for his life. As a physician who has worked in ICU settings for a long time, I simply did not have enough medical reasoning which could have provided him any words of hope!! Similarly, I was not able to provide any glimmer of hope to a brother from Bangladesh whose wife will never be able to walk again and will be paralyzed for the rest of her life.

While I saw hope and felt resilience from every victim in that hospital, this hospital visit was brutally heartbreaking.

Lastly, I cannot imagine the pain, agony, and helplessness that the father of Mucad Ibrahim must feel after losing his 3-year-old son in his own arms. I gave him the longest hug possible, as he taught the whole world the meaning of Beautiful Sabr (Patience).

After seeing the devastation caused by the terrorist attack, and the work that must still be done to heal the community, Helping Hand USA, ICNA Relief Canada, and Charity Australia have formed an organization called the “Christchurch Family Support Network”. The operations have already begun, and our team is on the ground. The first group of mental health professionals with a background in Islamic Integrated counseling are set to leave to provide victims and their families immediate psychological assistance.

We ask Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to accept our work, bring healing to the community, protect our brothers and sisters, and accept the shuhadaa’ in the highest level of Paradise.

Dr. Mohsin Ansari is the Vice President Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Chairman of Helping Hand USA (HHRD)


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Because Muslims Matter | Honoring The Martyrs Of #Christchurch

Hena Zuberi



As the days go by, it is easy to forget the names and faces of the people who passed away. The horror of the act eclipses their memories. We do not want that to happen to our brothers and sisters in New Zealand.

اللهُـمِّ اغْفِـرْ لِحَيِّـنا وَمَيِّتِـنا وَشـاهِدِنا ، وَغائِبِـنا ، وَصَغيـرِنا وَكَبيـرِنا ، وَذَكَـرِنا وَأُنْثـانا. اللهُـمِّ مَنْ أَحْيَيْـتَهُ مِنّا فَأَحْيِـهِ عَلى الإِسْلام ،وَمَنْ تَوَفَّـيْتَهُ مِنّا فَتَوَفَّـهُ عَلى الإِيـمان ، اللهُـمِّ لا تَحْـرِمْنـا أَجْـرَه ، وَلا تُضِـلَّنا بَعْـدَه

Allaahum-maghfir lihayyinaa, wa mayyitinaa, wa shaahidinaa, wa ghaa’ibinaa, wa sagheerinaa wa kabeerinaa, wa thakarinaa wa ‘unthaanaa..

O Allah forgive our living and our dead, those who are with us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our menfolk and our womenfolk… [7]

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Grief and Giving Survivors Meaning After Attacks

Mashal Anjum



“Ummati, Ummati..” – Prophet Muhammad, ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). 

Most Muslims collectively gasped in horror for the victims of the attacks in New Zealand the instant they heard of the news. As for the families, their lives have been ripped apart, and we felt their pain with them. Women have become widows. Children have become orphaned. As most victims were men, many of them fathers, now women will have to raise their children alone, and the children will have to grow up without the protection that only a parent can provide.

When my father passed away, I remember the initial stage of shock, which is usually when the family is surrounded by people. For some, the company will be unbearable, because it is a result of the loss of the one special person who was taken away. But when the company starts to dwindle, the emptiness closes in around the family, and the loss feels more pronounced than ever before. This is what I grieve for. For some of us, it takes years for the feeling of grief to feel more manageable.

Unfortunately, when someone has experienced something as violently traumatic event such as a mass shooting, they cannot cope with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I felt a sense of foreboding when I read of one of the surviving victims of the New Zealand shooting felt “survivors guilt,” because his father and brother were killed in front of him.

Just yesterday, I was horrified to read of the news of the suicides of two survivors from the Parkland, Florida school shooting. and imagining the state of their parents took the wind out of me. 

Most people who experience trauma do not die by suicide, but it does increase their risk, said April Foreman, a psychologist on the board of directors for the American Association of Suicidology. Knowing someone who has died by suicide also heightens one’s risk, she said.

“We know this is a rare, but complex reaction to trauma,” she said.- News Times

Then we hear about the suicide of the Sandy Hook father. 

Richman’s daughter Avielle and 19 of her classmates were killed Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Soon after, Richman and Avielle’s mother, Jennifer Hensel, both scientists, founded the Avielle Foundation: Preventing Violence & Building Compassion, a nonprofit that aims to prevent violence through brain research.

The foundation said in a statement Monday that Richman’s death “speaks to how insidious and formidable a challenge brain health can be and how critical it is for all of us to seek help for ourselves, our loved ones and anyone who we suspect may be in need.”- Washington Post

I pray that this is not the case for the families of the deceased, and they are able to see the beauty in God’s Plan since their loved ones are resting in an Eternal Abode with the best of people now.  

Imam Gamal Fouda, who gave the sermon in New Zealand a week after the shooting, mentioned a verse of the Quran, “Do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, ‘They are dead.’ Rather, they are alive, but you perceive it not. They are alive rejoicing with their Lord.”

I started sobbing when I heard that verse. It is such an appropriate way to give a grieving person some peace and meaning when they are grappling with loss. We must remember that death is only a passage into the next life, and if we are lucky, that death will be an honorable one. For some, it will definitely be strange to hear that this kind of death is almost enviable to most Muslims. A clean slate- all sins wiped clean, because they died while praying, on Friday, the holiest of days, and during Jummah, the prayer that is said to wipe our sins clean from the previous week’s sins. They died beside their brothers and sisters in Islam. They died protecting each other.

My husband said in Urdu, “Allah Ta’la nay unsay bohot baraa kaam liya,” which translates roughly into, “God Used them for great work”, that the taking of their lives was a favor to the Ummah of Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). But in return, not only did they achieve Paradise for something they did not even see coming or bring about, but their martyrdom received some of the largest outpourings of love and respect from the non-Muslim community! Their deaths were the concrete proof about how targeted Muslims are by hate groups, and hated by racist and intolerant people.

On the Day of Judgment, everyone- mothers, children, fathers, brothers, and sisters, including all of the Prophets, from Adam 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) to Jesus 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) will all be worried about themselves, and all of the sins that they have to be taken account for in front of God. Mankind will go from prophet to prophet, and they will all say, “Nafsi, nafsi,” or “Myself, myself.”

But then, all mankind will go to Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, who will say, “Ummati, Ummati.” My Ummah, My Ummah.

To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text a crisis counselor by messaging 741741. 

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