Assalamu Alaikum (Peace and Salutations to everyone)
The tragic loss of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu Salha and her sister Razan has many youth in the Muslim community at a loss for words. Many are going through a roller coaster of emotions from anger, sadness, patience, sorrow, praise and so on...and these individuals were not even related to us. But the work they did, what they stood for resonates amongst all Muslims living in America which makes us feel like we knew them all our lives, that they were part of us. This is brought unity to the Muslims in America in a way which was out of our reach for many years.
The brutal acts done by ISIS/ISIL in the Name of Islam to the Japanese Journalists, the Jordanian Pilot, the American Humanitarian Workers and Journalists do NOT represent Islam. Islam is about Mercy, Compassion, Trust, Forgiveness, and Togetherness. We are supposed to work together to better humankind and grow as one. Our sincerest condolences to the families of all those murdered at the hands of this barbaric group.