The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns with the families of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. Each was murdered late on February 10 by their neighbor. Early reports indicate the murders may be a targeted anti-Muslim hate crime. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrible atrocity, their families, and their friends. From God we are and to God must we return.
“As parents, as Muslims, and as Americans we are devastated at this senseless act of violence,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “These students were dedicated to the service of humanity, were proud Muslims, and proud Americans. We pray for their departed souls and trust that the authorities will bring the culprit to justice.”
At a time of rising Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA implores all Americans regardless of faith to remain united against intolerance and bigotry.