A Letter For Nabra Hassanen

A vile display of Islamophobia during the month of Ramadan sent shockwaves across the American Muslim community when it emerged that 17 year old Nabra Hassanen had been abducted and brutally killed after leaving the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS Centre) Mosque during the early hours of the 18th June.

The discovery of her body led to widespread condemnation and revulsion from communities across the USA with leading Muslim faith leaders, activists and civil society organisations claiming the murder was another indication of the rise of violent Islamophobia in America.

The tragic murder of Nabra draws parallels to the death of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha (Our Three Winners) and indicates the current risks and vulnerabilities that exist around Muslim faith institutions and in particular, Muslim women in visible Islamic attire.

In a moving and heartfelt letter written by Nabra’s parents, sent via the head of the ADAMS Centre Imam Magid, they comment on the overwhelming support they received from the community and celebrate Nabra’s life for her kindness and strength.


Nabra Hassanen’s murder is another stark reminder of how the exponential rise in anti-Muslim hatred is manifesting into something more sinister and how the victims of this hatred are constantly innocent bystanders who have been targeted because they show outward indications of being Muslim through their dress.

The impact of these attacks is felt in all communities and inevitably increases fear and anxiety within these communities. However, what these tragic events also do is give communities the chance to come together in the face of adversity and become further resolved in standing together against hate and bigotry. This has been evident in the events following such tragic murders as Nabra’s and of ‘Our Three Winners’ which saw a plethora of community driven fundraising and events take place to honour the lives of those taken and also to reiterate the strength that exists in unity.

We continue to pray for the family of all those who have been the victim of hate crime and especially for the family of Nabra at this difficult time.

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