Alia Ansari a Muslim woman and mother of six children ages 2-13 was shot in the head and killed as she walked with her 3-year-old daughter to pick up two of her other children from their elementary school in Fremont, California on October 19, 2006.
The police and local community are treating this murder as a hate crime. Alia was wearing hijab at the time of her murder. Inna lillahi wa inna alayhi raji’oon.
I was finally able to write about it today was because I heard some amazing news that November 13, 2006 has been designated by some women’s groups as Wear a Headscarf to Work Day in honor of Alia Ansari. And Imam Zaid Shakir has eulogized Alia in a speech.
May Allah subhanahu wa ta ala haver mercy on Alia and protect and comfort her family especially the six children that have lost their mother to this crime against humanity. Ameen.
…that if someone kills another person – unless it is in retaliation for someone else or causing corruption in the earth – it is as if he had murdered all of mankind. And if anyone saves another person’s life, it is as if he had given life to all of mankind… [Al Maida 5/32]
To donate to a fund for the Ansari children, checks can be made to the “Ansari Family” at Washington Mutual, account No. 3091558830, and Fremont Bank, account No. 55041477.
Imam Zaid Shakir: Defender of the Flag: In Memory of Alia Ansari
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf said something at a recent fundraiser expanding upon the ayah quoted above. He said that a lot goes into making a human being. It took all of our ancestors to make us. In a sense, they had to survive war, natural disasters, disease, famine, human aggression, etc. in order to produce us here today. So to kill one single human being is like killing all of humanity because it took all of humanity to create us.
And they say we are taught to hate. Listen up Jack Straw.
Umm Yasmin an Australian sister reminds us that the first martyr in Islam was a woman. How little things have change.