Friday, February 13, 2015

Sons of One Religion

"Growing up in America has been such a blessing."

That's how Yusor Abu-Salha began her interview on WUNC last summer.  My heart has ached with every new detail that is released, whether it's examples of the kindness and light that emmenated from Yusor, Deah, and Razan, or information on the horrifying ways Hicks threatened his neighbors.  I've been thinking about how to write about the shooting here, but I decided that I'd rather do what I can to spread the words of those closest to the victims instead.

1.  Listen to an interview with Yusor Abu-Salha, on WUNC.

2.  Watch the Deah and Razan's family's statement, made by Suzanne Barakat, to the press:

3.  Suzanne, again, with Anderson Cooper:

4. Their brother, Farris, talks about the outpouring of support from the community.

5. Amira Ata, one of Yusor's best friends, talks about her experience with Hicks' threatening behavior:

6. Shafi Kahn, a colleague of Deah, Yusor, and Razan, speaks about the work they did for their community.

I myself don't have anything to say.  I can only look for some solace in my community, and try to hold close words that remind me of what is beautiful in the world.
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church.  For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.    
                           -Kahlil Gibran

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