Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
This post has been long in coming. It has dwelled in my heart, even as my heart went out to the Amish community of Pennsylvania over the terrible deaths of the five young girls, killed by a very sad and deeply troubled man. And when I heard of the Amish reaction to the killings, I wept.
A grandfather told a group of young people that we should forgive the troubled man. “We should not think evil of him,” he said. Then a younger man on a news program was asked if he forgave the man, he said: “Yes, we have to show him forgiveness, the way we want Jesus to forgive us.”
I wanted to embrace them all and cry with them. Then, when a fund was set up for the families of the murdered girls, the Amish community also set up a fund for family of the killer. The families of all the victims.
Many Amish also came to the man’s funeral and prayed for him. Never have I witnessed such love and compassion amid anguish and pain. As an unworthy darvish, I ask myself if I would have acted with such forgiveness, and tears well in my eyes because I know the answer.
May God bless and take into his keeping the souls of the five girls. And may He show compassion and mercy on the very troubled man who killed them.
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as a sounding brass and tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and have all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:1