We are the Muslim youth in our community.
We grew up here. We went to school here. We made friends here: people of different backgrounds, different cultures, and different religions. We learned what tolerance meant as we grew up. We now have our dreams, our goals and our aspirations that are still yet to come. We dream often of a world where our kids would be happy, safe, and sound. Where resources will be at their hands. This help. Love. And care. And if you ask, who are our kids? Our kids are those who are on the streets, those who need help at school, those who are going through tough times. Be it financial, physical, mental, or emotional. Catering for their needs. This is what we want for our communities. To be there for them. To be strong. To be active. To be the hand that gives.
Yet, in the midst we as Muslims go through a struggle because of the fear people have of our faith due to what exists out there. Deah, Yusor, and Razan were aged 23, 21, and 19. They were young and in their prime to help out their community. Their future and ours as well. Unfortunately, that was taken away from them by a man who took away their lives. This is my story and this is your story. Many of us are either activists in our communities or know people who are. This does hit home. I could see myself as Deah, newlywed and ready at the service of the community. I am not alone, but with the woman I love very much. The spirit is there and so is the zeal. And we are both ready for the challenges that are to come. For His sake, we are in this together in helping and building our community up! And Razan, our younger sister, was to follow our footsteps.
It’s sad that there exists people who can take away your life and the lives of those whom you love. That’s why serious measures needs to be taken on what already exists as a problem in our societies unfortunately. Intolerance. No one should go through this. God speed justice and make things come to rest.
– Deah was a dentist student and was intending to travel to Turkey this year to help out the Syrian refugees by providing them with dental care. Here is his fundraiser: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/syrian-dental-relief/206249, chip in and contribute what you can. They are gone, and hopefully this project and many other projects they worked on or commenced, continue to grow as a legacy for them. Sadaqah jariya in sha Allah.