Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
By now, many of you may have heard of the senseless killing of our sister Alia Ansari as she walked with her toddler to pick up her other children from school. This happened in America, in Fremont, California. Here is the story from Imam Zaid Shakir on Zaytuna.
The statement of Alia’s husband reminded me of the love and compassion shown by the Amish community after a troubled man killed five children:
“Her husband, contrary to the caricature of the vindictive, hateful, enraged Muslim, mentioned how the family did not wish her martyrdom be treated as a hate crime, because he did not want her death to be a source of agitation in the area’s large Muslim community…His gentle voice was most emphatic when he mentioned that he did not want his wife’s death to be politicized. Rather, he wanted her spirit of love and reconciliation to prevail after her passing as it had during her life”
And here also is the heartening response of one group in the area:
WEAR A HIJAB DAY: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2006
Foundation for Self-Reliance (Fremont, California)
Concerned women of Fremont, CA have formed a response to the murder of Alia Ansari, and other crimes of violence against Muslims and Muslim women. What we know is this was an act of violence. What we do not know is who did this and why (though a “person of interest” was arrested). But if it was an act of hate, then we want to stand behind all women who wear hijabs, or dress differently, and show them that Fremont is a place that is tolerant toward all people and proud of its diversity.
Visit their website by clicking here. And spread the word, if Allah moves you to do so.
Men may also wear a turban to join in the day. I have no turban, but I will wear a Taj, the triangular, pointed hat worn as a sign of service on the Sufi path.
May Allah bless the soul of our dear sister Alia Ansari, and grant her a place in the front ranks of those Friends of Allah who lived a quiet and exemplary life of love and devotion. Amin.