my family and i are from iran. ever since my parents moved to america, they called themselves ‘non practicing muslims’ and stopped praying, fasting, etc. so they could fit in more, even though we live in a very liberal town. for the past year, i’ve been thinking of going full muslim. i felt as if i’d be safe if i started actively practicing islam. i even started buying scarves to prepare and talking to my grandmother about the rules and daily tasks of a shia muslim.
and then the local police found nabra’s body in a lake half an hour away from my home. nabra herself lived 25 minutes away from my home. her murderer is being held in a facility 10 minutes away from my home.
it’s a reminder for all muslims in liberal cities and accepting towns that, no matter what, we are never truly safe. every muslim in norther virginia no longer feels secure in their own home. to make matters worse, the police refuse to rule it a hate crime and cnn called it ‘road rage.’ the media is trying to mask blatant islamphobia and make it seem like a ‘wrong place, wrong time’ situation when we all KNOW that if nabra wasn’t a black child, she would be safe at home tonight.
may allah bless nabra hassanen and may she find peace.