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eNews: May 2012  

The Murders of Khalil Wimes and Abdifatah Mohamud

Assalamu Alaykum!

Our hearts are heavy by the recent murders of Khalil Wimes, 6, in Philadelphia, PA, and Abdifatah Mohamud, 10, in Buffalo, NY. Both boys were victims of family violence and died from severe parental abuse. Their abused lives and tragic deaths call us all to increase our efforts to prevent family violence. Click below to read a blogpost by Zerqa Abid about both boys and the issue of child abuse.

Two Little Victims of One Big Crime

On the Road to Sakinah

Sakinah Writers Team
We are pleased to report we have launched a new writer’s team. This team includes writers of different ethnic backgrounds and age groups. This team will focus on producing work concerning the broad topic area of preventing family violence and supporting family stability, for both online and print publications. If you are interested in joining this team or know someone who might, please contact us now.

Sakinah National Team Meeting
On May 5, 2012, Project Sakinah’s National Team held a meeting for all volunteers across the country. Team leads from different cities presented their reports about their progress and challenges in their cities. Ideas were exchanged. New plans were discussed. Feedback was given to each team. National team plans to meet on quarterly basis.

Domestic Violence and the Gifts of the Community

“Domestic Violence is a reality in our Muslim community but it presents us with an opportunity, individually and collectively … It presents us each with an opportunity to acknowledge the reality and to respond to it in a way that is pleasing to our Lord”
 - Anas Coburn, Managing Director Project Sakinah.

You and Project Sakinah
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Spotlight on Shaima Alwadi’s Case

Spotlight on Shaima Alwadi’s CaseAs many of you already know, an Iraqi immigrant to US, Shaima Alawadi, 32, was discovered on March 21 in the kitchen of her home by her teenage daughter, Fatima Alhimidi, who called 911. She had been brutally beaten and died at the hospital three days later. The case was attributed to be a hate crime, due to a note found next to her dead body.

As the facts about the Shaima Alawadi murder case continue to trickle in, it appears more and more that she was the victim of family violence, rather than a hate crime. Project Sakinah has launched an initiative using Causes on Facebook calling for full investigation and follow up on this case. Regardless of the motive and identity of the murderer, we want justice for Shaima. We hope that you join hands with us in engaging your friends, community members and leaders in seeking justice for Shaima.