As salaamu alaykum. It is with great sadness that we learned of the three young Muslims who were murdered near Chapel Hill in North Carolina yesterday. Our hearts and prayers are with the families and friends of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19. May Allah grant these souls the highest station in Heaven.
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. (Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return.)
We ask that everyone keep the victims’ loved ones in their prayers. This is a difficult time for the community, especially those close to the victims.
We also ask that Muslim community members be extra cautious today and in the coming weeks as a result of increased anti-Muslim sentiment. We are receiving information about threats being made against Muslims by individuals who appear emboldened by the Chapel Hill shooting. If you feel your life is in danger or see someone else being threatened, please call 911 for help immediately.
We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and concerned for the safety of our community.
Please be safe.
In faith and for freedom,
Khalil Meek, Executive Director
“O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to Piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.” [Quran: Al-Maidah 5:8]
Muslim Legal Fund of America is a national charity that funds legal work and programs to defend Muslims against injustice in American courtrooms, prisons and communities. Established in 2001, MLFA has defending freedom of speech, association, religion, the right to a fair trial and other constitutional rights.