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I am very saddened by the events that have happened today. I am sure most of you have seen or heard about it. Even those in other countries (thanks to the American media). I just want to say that I feel for the families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.

It also makes me very worried, becuase this could have happened anywhere. Even on my campus! We should all thank Allah (God) that we are still alive and breathing. We should thank Allah for everything we have. Alhamdulillah!

I pray that Allah gives the families of the deceased patience in such difficult times. Ameen.

UPDATES

Bro. Waleed has been confirmed as one of the vicitms. He is Muslim.
inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon
Source: Students at VA Tech.


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  • 35 Responses for "Thoughts on the Virginia Tech Tragedy – 1 Muslim confirmed killed out of the 32 dead"

    1. tr April 16th, 2007 at 10:40 pm

      inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

    2. Zaki April 16th, 2007 at 10:51 pm

      Salams,
      Her name was Reema Samaha. Inna lilahi wa inna elayhi raji’oon.

      Also, at this point, we still have another brother who is unaccounted for; please make du’a that we locate him.

      For those following the events and were skeptical about the communication between the university and the Tech students, look at this transcript of e-mails I received

      Please keep us all in your prayers, especially the families of those directly affected.

      Jazak’Allah khairan

    3. Virginia Tech Massacre at HAhmed.com April 16th, 2007 at 11:20 pm

      […] Update: One of those killed today was sister Reema Samaha. (Source: MR) […]

    4. Omar H April 16th, 2007 at 11:21 pm

      Everyone please read fatiha and Surat Yassin on the dead Muslim sister. I didn’t know her but it is very sad.

    5. Kareemah Rizq from Indonesia April 17th, 2007 at 12:24 am

      Assalamu’alaykum warahmatullah…
      For ukhtiy Reema (her name just like mine) innalillah wainnailayhi raaji’uun..

    6. Zaki April 17th, 2007 at 12:50 am

      Okay there was confusion. Reema was not Muslim but lebanese Christian. At this point however, the other brother is most nearly confirmed as having passed on; please keep your du’as coming

    7. Ness April 17th, 2007 at 1:31 am

      Very sad….

      what was the brothers name?

      – from australia.

    8. Omar H April 17th, 2007 at 2:26 am

      Walid I think.

    9. cricketgal April 17th, 2007 at 3:53 am

      inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

      May Allah grant the families strength to deal with the loss of their youth and grant the community ease during this hard time.

      I watched it on the news, and my heart sank. How can such shootings continue to happen and the government stay quiet? Its so disheartening to see someone consciously go out and commit such atrocities.

      May Allah have mercy on us all.

    10. The Virginia Tech tragedy « Tariq Nelson April 17th, 2007 at 7:27 am

      […] It is really sad that some people are throwing around veiled (and sometimes direct) accusations in light of this tragedy - to whip up more suspicion and hate. Indeed, I understand that one of the victims was Reema Samaha, who was Muslim. But our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the the victims of all the families in this senseless tragedy. […]

    11. mehnaz miraj gibson April 17th, 2007 at 10:41 am

      Salam,

      There is a beautiful Muslim community at Blacksburg. I will update you with the plans they are going to have.

    12. Omer April 17th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

      http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/17/ap/national/main2693063.shtml

      There’s a Muslim sounding name at the top of the list…

      Ross Abdallah Alameddine, 20, of Saugus, Mass., according to his mother, Lynnette Alameddine.

    13. Mujahideen Ryder April 17th, 2007 at 1:54 pm

      Omer on April 17, 2007 at 1:01 pm said:

      http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/17/ap/national/main2693063.shtml

      There’s a Muslim sounding name at the top of the list…

      Ross Abdallah Alameddine, 20, of Saugus, Mass., according to his mother, Lynnette Alameddine.

      Shukran Akh.

    14. Talibah Al Ilm April 17th, 2007 at 2:20 pm

      Inna lillaahi wa inna ilaihi raaji’oon. Wa lahu maa a’ta wa kullu shai inn ‘indahu bi ajalim musamma…

      May Allah forgive the deceased brothers and sisters. Ameen.

    15. Faiza April 17th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

      Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiyûn…

      The prophet Muhammad SAW said: “There will be a time when a man who kills another man will not know why he did it and the killed one will not know why he was killed.”

      Source: Ibn Kathir – Signs of Judgement Day (I don’t have the precise source, but you’ve got my point).

    16. Mujahideen Ryder April 17th, 2007 at 4:08 pm

      Faiza on April 17, 2007 at 3:32 pm said:

      Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiyûn…

      The prophet Muhammad SAW said: “There will be a time when a man who kills another man will not know why he did it and the killed one will not know why he was killed.”

      Source: Ibn Kathir – Signs of Judgement Day (I don’t have the precise source, but you’ve got my point).

      JazakAllah khair for that hadith.

    17. sunnilink April 17th, 2007 at 4:20 pm

      inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

      .. and of course FOX puts the spin on it:

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,266523,00.html :

      Sources told the Tribune that the words “ISMAIL AX” were also found written in red ink on the inside of one of Cho’s arms.

      The reference may be to the Biblical sacrifice of Abraham, in which God commands the patriarch to sacrifice his own son. Abraham begins to comply, but God intervenes at the last moment to save the boy.

      In the Jewish and Christian traditions, the son is Isaac, father of the Jewish people; in Islam, it is his older half-brother, Ismail (Ishmael in Hebrew).

      Abraham uses a knife in most versions of the story, but some accounts have him wielding an ax.

      A more obscure reference may be to a passage in the Koran referring to Abraham’s destruction of pagan idols; in some accounts, he uses an ax to do so.

      Cho’s family lived in a two-story townhouse in Centreville, where neighbor Abdul Shash said the gunman played basketball and wouldn’t respond if someone greeted him.

      He was “very quiet, always by himself,” said Shash.

    18. YoussefAlMasry April 17th, 2007 at 4:49 pm

      This last post made me think even more about something that–I’m sure–has been on all our minds…

      I feel that, given the circumstances, it is a selfish thing to think/say…

      But it is a thought that I cannot shake…

      Alhamdulilah that the shooter was not Muslim.

    19. Mujahideen Ryder April 17th, 2007 at 4:51 pm

      YoussefAlMasry on April 17, 2007 at 4:49 pm said:

      This last post made me think even more about something that–I’m sure–has been on all our minds…

      I feel that, given the circumstances, it is a selfish thing to think/say…

      But it is a thought that I cannot shake…

      Alhamdulilah that the shooter was not Muslim.

      You are definetly not the only one saying that. I think everyone I spoke to said the same thing. Man, I swear, if this guy was Muslim, it’d be over. I’d move to Canada or something.

    20. Usma April 17th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

      inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

      Im very saddened and disturbed at whats happened. And yea, my dad was also saying “thank God it wasnt a muslim” because we know what would happen next.And I cnt believe Fox news-argh

      May Allah guide us all

    21. mirajmom( mehnaz miraj gibson) April 17th, 2007 at 6:20 pm

      Salam,

      Yesterday morning when I woke up it was snowing heavily. I listened to the queit voice inside and decided not to make the drive to work. The weather was bad, it was windy and there were some areas flooded. I took the day off…I would have driven past VT. I could not help but think : a middle aged woman in a hijab driving in an area known for its racism…I spent a quiet day..reflecting on the insanity..no-one wins; no-one. I pray that Allah ease the pain of the parents..when you lose a parent you feel like a child…when you a spouse you feel half-dead…I can not imagine what courage it would take to try and wake up after losing a child. I beeseach you, the students and young Muslims, to excel in your endevors. Inshalla, your generation will open doors to peace.

    22. isra April 17th, 2007 at 7:08 pm

      hey salam mr-

      …i was driving home and heard the news on the radio yesterday and i almost threw up- my cousin goes to tech and is studying engineering-

      alhamdullilah hes ok

      subhanAllah..no one knows when it’ll be their time..

      may Allah swt forgive the sins of the muslims who passed and guide us all

    23. Omar H April 18th, 2007 at 1:37 am

      I was just with brother Waleed and brother Fahad, Waleed’s room mate on Sunday. We talked for almost an hour. Waleed was a very funny brother and extremely nice.

      Please read many fatihas, and Surat Yassins for him and ask Allah to forgive him his shortcomings. And please tell everyone you know and every imam to include him in the du’a on this jumu’ah PLEASE in your local masjids.

      It is at times like this we must remember the qadr of Allah. Imam Nasafi said about our creed and belief in this, “al-qatil maqtul `ala ajlilhi wal ajl wahid” – the killed is killed at his appointed fate and time and his fate is one. Everyone dies at his time. In Islam nobody dies before their time.

      We do not express anger or ask “Why” but Allah already told us in the Qur’an that he would test us with the loss of money and loved ones etc. Instead we expect this and we are happy with Allah’s will. As the Prophet (SAWS) said “Do not say what if, for ‘what if’ is the door of Satan.” “What if” is the door to apostasy, disbelief, and depression. Instead we say, as our dearly Beloved Prophet (SAWS) taught us, “Allah willed and his will was done.”

      We remember that the greatest calamity that our ummah ever faced was the loss of our dearly Beloved Prophet (SAWS), go back and read that story and reflect on it.

      Brother Waleed will be missed but his loss although it is hard on us was Allah’s will and Allah’s will is beautiful in so many ways. As Shaykh Faraz put it to me once, we are drowning in an ocean of Allah’s mercy.

      Through this tragedy we reflect on the shortness of life, and as Ibn `Umar said “I do not wake up expecting to live until nightfall.” We reflect that we must repent and hasten to good deeds. We reflect on how needy we are to Allah and how Allah does not need us at all. We are patient and Allah reward us by forgiving our sins and giving us something much greater than what we lost in the afterlife. We are united together as an ummah and we have brotherhood — something that brother Walid found very important. Who knows maybe those last moments of Brother Waleed’s life of pain and anxiety would give him expiation from the pains of the hellfire.

      As our dearly Beloved Prophet (SAWS) said, “Strange is the affair of the believer, and it does not happen to anyone except a believer — if good happens to him he thanks Allah and that is good for him, and if bad happens to him he is patient and it is good for him.” Shaykh Nuh when he was explaining this hadith said, “This is why someone who is depressed does not know what is going on in the world.” Allah just through this event has brought so much good about it spiritually. We realize our need and make du’a to him which is the core of worship, we thank Allah it was not worse, we remember our brothers and sisters in Iraq who have it much worse, we are patient, we ask Allah for forgiveness for our sins, etc. What more of a spiritual benefit can we ask for?

      It was for this reason that the Imam ibn `Ata Allah, may Allah have mercy upon him, said two great statements which I have reflected on greatly in this situation:

      The days of need are the ‘eids of those who seek Allah; and it may be that you benefit more from a calamity than by much praying and fasting.

      The amazing thing about this is it shows the difference between the Muslim and the kafir worldview. Fahad and I were discussing this earlier, and so were Ustadh Abdullah and I. While others are asking Allah why, and in confusion, while others are cursing Allah and disbelieving, the Muslim understand that hard times do exist and sees the positive aspects of everything. If this alone was what we knew about Islam it would be enough to provide certainty. For this is the only view of the world which makes sense.

      Allah promised us that with hardship comes relief. Al-Hamdulilah. Yet let us remember that this life is also filled with tests. Allah (SWT) told us in Surat al-Balad:

      “Verily, We have created man in toil. He thinks he that none can overcome him? He says (boastfully): “I have wasted wealth in abundance!” Thinks he that none sees him?” Read the whole surat and reflect upon it. Subhan’Allah.

      “Patience is at the moment of grief” as our Beloved Prophet (SAWS) told us. Let us remain patient now for the hardest times will be gone very soon. Imam Shaf’i said, “Let the days do as they will, and prepare to cure yourself with destiny strikes, and do not stay up at night in worry, for none of the worries of this world are permanent, no sadness remains, nor relief.”

      We do not blame anyone and we are not angry at anyone. Allah willed and his will was done. We expect the best from Allah and we understand that every event is what you make of it and everything has good and positive aspects to it.

      For this reason and many more, let us be overjoyed and happy for we possess the greatest of Allah’s blessings which is the blessing of guidance and faith. It is this blessing that will insha’Allah be our keys to the garden, and which comforts us in this world. We realize that we love Allah and his Messenger more than anything else because Allah is the one who provided us with this comfort of iman, and his Prophet (SAWS) is the one who taught us this deen. And lastly we realize that we love one another only for the sake of Allah and we unite in love as Muslim brothers. If the only realization this event gave to us was that this blessing is amazing and that we thank Allah for it then it would be enough. Indeed, insha’Allah this will cause us to taste the sweetness of iman. As the Prophet (SAWS) said narrated Bukhari and Muslim:

      “Whoever has three things discovers the sweetness of iman: that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than all else, that he love another only for the sake of Allah Most High, and that he hate to return to kufr (disbelief) as he would hate to be thrown into fire.”

      May Allah make this event a means for us to taste the sweetness of iman.

      wa `alaykum as salam wa rahmatallahi wa barakatahu.

    24. Farah Maizura Binti Abdul Rahim April 18th, 2007 at 2:10 am

      Assalammualaikum wrt wbt

      YoussefAlMasry on April 17, 2007 at 4:49 pm said:

      This last post made me think even more about something that–I’m sure–has been on all our minds…

      I feel that, given the circumstances, it is a selfish thing to think/say…

      But it is a thought that I cannot shake…

      Alhamdulilah that the shooter was not Muslim.

      I was deeply worried when they first said the shooter was Asian. I could not imagine what it must be like for the Muslim Americans if it was; with things as it is.

      The officemate that sits next to me is Korean. I think she feels the pinch of tagging terrorism with religion or even with a nationality.

      If there were muslim brother and sisters killed, my deepest symphaty to the families. True I and the rest of the muslim community in Malaysia are sadden by this.

      inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

    25. Amad April 18th, 2007 at 9:22 am

      *Sorry, right link this time*

      assalamaliikum,
      we have put a tribute post for Br. Waleed… Br. Omar, we would love to hear more of your thoughts and what you know about Br. Waleed. We do not want anyone to forget about our Muslim brother…

      Waleed Shaalan: A Tribute to a Muslim Brother at VA Tech

      http://muslimmatters.org/2007/04/18/waleed-shaalan-a-tribute-to-a-muslim-brother-at-va-tech/

    26. Amad April 18th, 2007 at 9:23 am

      Mr, please remove the first comment, and remove the first line from the second one… wasalam

    27. Samar April 18th, 2007 at 9:59 am

      Who cares who was Muslim or Christian? What difference does it make? You people are pathetic. Is Reema’s life worth any less because she was Christian? Get a life you fanatic freaks.

    28. Amad April 18th, 2007 at 10:08 am

      Samar, the point is not that anyone’s life is less worth than the other. But humans in general respond this way, they feel and sympathize more to the people they are closer to… so, for instance, if your family member had died or my family member had died, Allah forbid both, then we would have different feelings to this family member than the other strangers. Similarly, people have different sentiments to their countrymen, to their class-mates, to their co-religionists, etc. It is completely natural and it is how we as humans thrive. So, you have Indians at sepiamutiny talking about Indians, Arabs at another website talking about the Lebanese, etc.

      When it becomes wrong though is when we state or infer that one life is not worth as much as the other.

      Hope that clarifies.

    29. Intellijunkt Commentary April 18th, 2007 at 11:10 am

      Samar on April 18, 2007 at 9:59 am said:

      Who cares who was Muslim or Christian? What difference does it make? You people are pathetic. Is Reema’s life worth any less because she was Christian? Get a life you fanatic freaks.

      This isnt really about whose life is more ‘worth it’. Its just that, when an incident like this occurs, ppl have a tendency to ask if those who are closer to them, have been affected by that incident. For example, after the VT Shootings, the first thing that came up on the local news in Australia was: Were there any Australian casualities. Now obviously, the newsreporters are not saying that Australian life is worth more than an American’s, or New Zealander’s or Paki’s. Its just that, as Australians, our foremost interest is in finding out if a tragedy affected another Australian citizen.

      No fanaticism here. Honest!

    30. Amad April 18th, 2007 at 12:40 pm

      Seems my previous comment is still in moderation… Anyhow, we have a post up as a tribute to Br. Waleed on MuslimMatters.org. I hope Br. Omar H, you can drop by and share your feelings with our readers.

      wasalam

    31. Sohnii April 18th, 2007 at 1:03 pm

      Salaam,

      the shooting on Virginia Tech really made me sad and mad at the same time, it’s a very das situation.

      I noticed as I looked trought all the comments that you guys are ONLY mentioning the muslims and very much energy is putted down on making us aware of tht Reema sis was a libanese christian… why?

      sure a muslim feels more pain when he/she hears tht there was muslim aswell there who lost their life’s

      but it just made me feel weird that none of the commenters have spended a single second on expressing their sadness for all the other who died, afterall they also have parents who are suffering, family and friends …

      Allahu- Alam

      All I can do is to pray to Allah that he gives the families of the one’s who lost their life sabr and help them to deal with this.
      muslim as non-muslim,

      Allah Hafiz
      Wa’Salaam

    32. isaac April 18th, 2007 at 3:34 pm

      1. “Inna li’llah wa inna ilayhi raji’un” is not just for when a Muslim dies; it is for when any trial or tragedy befalls one; and that is loss of life, Muslim and non-Muslim.

      2. The people here surely meant well, and didn’t mean their hearts didn’t ache for the non-Muslims who passed away. However, those same people posting should have noticed that their language seemed tribal. I was waiting for someone to post what the girl did above.

      3. All that aside: the young lady who was killed had a brother named Omar, who spoke to some media. Are you sure she wasn’t a Muslim?

      May this be a reminder to us all of the transient nature of this world, and a chance to pray to God that he grant all those afflicted patience, and rewards His slaves with his mercy in this world and the next.

    33. Ayoub April 18th, 2007 at 5:54 pm

      Can you beleive that there are people out there that are attributing this tragedy to Islam? The name written on Cho’s arm is “Ismail Ax.” and some bloggers have given “theories” that it is attributed to ismail of the Qur’an.

    34. aysha April 18th, 2007 at 7:06 pm

      Inna Lilahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon :(

    35. Juman April 21st, 2007 at 7:14 am

      Innalillah it was soo terrible! :O!! I know I’m late with this comment, I heard the news b4 anyway…May allah forgive them all of their sins and give them jannah,ameen.

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