Posted by Isra on
11/13/2014 7:11 PM
I have been searching for you my whole life.
You were never lost, never were, and you never will be.
But still I long for the imaginary man that should’ve been, could’ve been, but wasn’t.
Posted by Isra on
5/27/2014 12:27 PM
An innocent child, she tried to understand the pain that surrounded her.
Resilient, as most children are, she played and laughed, but cried herself to sleep.
From the age she started praying she kept a secret. One that only God knew about. During every prayer, in her quiet conversation with her Lord, she begged Him of a favor: To remove the man called her father from her life or to remove her from his.
Posted by Zerqa Abid on
2/7/2014 5:11 PM
This February marks five years since the beheading of Sr. Aasiya Zubair, the co-founder of Bridges TV, in Buffalo, NY. She was a victim of domestic violence. In public, her husband was a highly educated, courteous, very professional, successful business man. In private, he was a wild, heartless beast with no mercy or respect for women or the mothers of his children. Aasiya was his third wife. Both ex-wives divorced him because of severe domestic abuse. He was known as abusive husband within his community, but he still managed to marry a third time, to abuse his third wife for seven years and to brutally murder her in the Bridges TV channel’s office that they ironically co-founded to dispel negative stereotypes about Muslims.
In the past five years, more North American Muslim sisters have shared Aasiya’s fate: murdered by their own husbands. Their number includes Nazish Noorani in New Jersey, Shaima Alawadi in California; Sakina Williams in New York; Nasira Fazli in Ontario; Mona Elswedy in Pennsylvania; and Sarwat Lodhi in New York.
Posted by Zerqa Abid on
2/13/2013 4:55 PM
As this week marks fourth year of that tragedy, we still reflect upon her loss and grieve for her children who are being raised without both parents since then. We know that we cannot change what has already happened, but we also know that we might be able to stop similar incidents from happening by taking solid preventive measures by changing community’s attitudes toward family violence and taking a wholesome approach to grow healthy families.
With this in mind, here are 4 quick things we can do to commemorate her memory and to take a step forward in growing healthy families and building tranquil homes.
Posted by GuestBloggers on
2/12/2013 3:00 PM
By Sr. Hadayai Majeed,
I was so shocked when I heard the news of Aasiya Zubair's murder four years ago. I was watching TV when the announcement came on CNN. For about five minutes I felt my den literally spin like in the movies. When an event is so traumatic it is unbelievable.
I had worked with Muzzamil on several promotional projects for Bridges TV. He always spoke so fondly of his wife. He spoke about her at presentations giving her most of the credit for getting the TV station started (idea and money). No clue he had a sinister dark side. I felt so bad the first few days immediately after the news broke I became physically ill. We were discussing (a group of us) how to have a time and way to reflect on domestic abuse (before Sr. Aasiya's murder) that would be truly Islamic. So many Muslims...
Posted by Hesham A Hassaballa on
3/4/2011 2:03 AM
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
It is with great pleasure that I come on board as a blogger for Project Sakinah. As my first post, I want to share the Friday Sermon I gave about Domestic Violence, in the wake of the horrific beheading of Aasiya Zubair by her husband.
We praise God, the Almighty, the Precious Beloved. All praise is due to Him. We seek refuge in the Lord from the evil tendencies of our selves and from the evil of our actions. We bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except God alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (pbuh) is God's Messenger and Servant.
Whomever God guides can never be misguided. Yet, whosoever God leaves to stray can never be guided aright except by His leave. We ask the Precious Beloved to send down His Mercy, His Prayers, and His blessings upon Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), upon his family, his companions, and the Muslims everywhere. Amen.
By now, everyone has heard of the truly outrageous and barbaric murder of Sister Aasiya...