Thursday, August 26, 2010

Muslim cabbie stabbed in NY

Thu, 26/08/2010

A cab driver has been stabbed by a passenger in New York after he replied to the question "Are you Muslim?" in the positive.

43-year-old Ahmed Sharif, who has driven a cab in the city for 15 years, was stabbed in the throat, face and forearm after he responded "Yes, I am Muslim."

The attacker, identified as Michael Enright, then got out of the car and was arrested by a police officer nearby.

Enright is now held on charges including second-degree attempted murder and could face up to 25 years behind bars if convicted.

Contrarily, Enright is working voluntarily in an organization for opening dialog between people of different religions.

Enright allegedly screamed "Assalamu Alaikum," a common Islamic greeting meaning "peace be upon you," before slashing.

Tensions are running high in the New York over the construction of an Islamic center a few blocks away from Ground Zero.

The project has sparked anti-Muslim sentiment in the city in recent weeks.

New York Police Department has dismissed any link between the two incidents.

Source: Al-Alam News Channel

* This news makes me ponder and reflect back the companions of Rasulullah s.a.w, who were very proud of being Muslims themselves. They did not hide themselves in a corner, afraid to declare their faith. They were proud of their religion. An excellent example of this display of Muslim pride was Saidina Umar Al-Khattab. Where once when he accepted Islam, he called out in a loud voice at the Ka’bah, “O people of Quraish, I testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”. And remember how Bilal bin Rabah when he was subjected to severe torture, he would resist and stand firm on saying repeatedly an effective phrase “Allah is One, Allah is One”.

The companions had so much pride in their religion that their announced it in front of their enemies, even at the risk of their life. We should also be proud of our religion. Being proud of our religion means that we should be part of it. We should understand that the syari’ah and what was stated in Quran and As-Sunnah is the best law of all laws in this world. So, may Allah constantly helps us in being a humble and obedient servant throughout our life and makes us have a huge influence over others.

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