Virginia Tech Muslims
|The Virginia Tech Muslim Student Association released this statement:
The Virginia Tech Muslim Student Association expresses great sorrow for the tragic events that occurred today on the Virginia Tech campus. We would like to convey our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and offer our help in anyway to the university campus community. We would like everyone to please keep us in their prayers. Jazakumu Allahu Khairan for the concern we received today and we definitely feel the brotherhood and sisterhood that binds all us together.
- The Executive Board of the Muslim Students Association at Virginia Tech
Lots of families - including Muslim ones - here in Northern Virginia have children going to school at Virginia Tech and were worried sick as the news came out. I know someone currently working on his master's there.
I just spoke to my friend, Ahmed Sidky who is a grad student at Virginia Tech. He is very emotional right now and says that the entire community is in a state of shock, but that the entire community - including the Muslims - has come together in this time of tragedy. Everyone was checking up on one another and trying to comfort and help one another heal. He said that the shock was intensified because they had an on campus festival on Sunday (the day before) and had a lot of pictures of the victims smiling and having a good time that added to the emotion of this. An indescribable emotional shift.
He told me that a close friend of his is "missing" and they are expecting the worse. He told me his name, but did not want me to release it until his family is notified back in Egypt. (Update: Ahmed's friend Waleed Shaalan is confirmed dead. He leaves behind a wife and son.)
The campus set up a meeting point for family and friends where they were until almost 2:30 AM trying to comfort one another. There was a large gathering of Muslims there and he told me that the Virginia Tech administration was very accommodating to them - making a special place for the prayers. He said that it was one of the most emotional prayers for him and that everyone was crying during the prayers.
He also told me that everyone met Reema Samaha's (A victim of this tragic shooting) parents and described for me the highly emotional scene in which everyone was trying to comfort her devastated parents. She was just a freshman and a highly energetic young woman who was very active and popular on campus.
In a time of tragedy, one can really see that we are all human beings and people come together to comfort one another. It did not matter the religion of the victims. Everyone was a hurting human being.
What I write here is not 1/10th as emotional as what Ahmed told me and I wish that I could do it justice, but this is what I have for now.
Let us keep all of them in our du'aa
This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 at 11:19 am.
Tariq Nelson was born in Sardis, Mississippi and currently lives in the Washington DC area. He maintains a blog at http://tariqnelson.com
i`ve had of this nasty tragedy that has befallen fellow students in this virginia tech universty,however there was some lack of prffessionalism shown by the security personel at the university campus.plz why allow personal; possetion of guns in public premises.
To Allah belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and earth. From Him we came and unto Him we return. Allah wil test us with loss of lives,loss property and hardship. We must keep the faith. I mourn with all those who have lost family members to this senseless killing. I pray Allah (SAW) make it easy for all and the departed ones Jannah. Ameen
This i did'nt know .
But im glad you guys let us know about the muslim victims that suffered from this brutal attack.
My dad being a Iman would love to help the family of these loved ones if there is any way get back to me about any information about the victim family members.
Today is indeed a very sad day. May Allah grant strength to those who have been left behind. May Allah grant mercy to those have been lost.
It is times like these when we realize that how fickle life is. Allah gives life and He can easily take it away.
As students of the University of Texas at Austin, our thoughts and prayers are with the familes of those who have been lost.
Allah created everything, to Him will be our return. For the time we are in this world, all we can do is engage in the "small kindness" as mentioned in Al Quran - sura Maun.
heart felt condolence at the sad demise of some valuable,
precious life. We do pray for the lost and their families may Allah
grant them the courage the this Hugh loss. While sending this
message it was shocking to know that more than 170 people
died in Iraq from bomb explosion. I am sure all of them are
innocent. May I request the American people and US government
in particular to stop this killing through proper initiative and
timely action. Let their be peace and harmony all over the world.
To the non-muslims,I pray that God Almighty guide you to have patience and tolerance in this difficult time.