Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Assalaamu ʿalaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh
Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raajiʿoon. Our sister, Marwa Sherbini, was murdered in Germany as a consequence of wearing her hijaab, a style of dress fulfilling the commandment of Allaah for women to cover themselves appropriately when outside of their homes. Muslim Matters has a story covering this great issue: Marwa Sherbini: The Hijab Martyr.
Without a doubt, her death is shocking and tragic, and the circumstances surrounding her being slain can only be described as bizarre, and nothing should take away from this. And yet, the true tragedy is the impotence of the Muslim world in its response. I am not casting-aside the unity this has brought, for example, amongst the Egyptian bloggers. But is all that we can do nowadays is protest verbally? Long gone, it seems, are the days when the Ummah had real men leading them, ones that would send an army to the borders of the disbelieving lands because a Muslim woman was slapped, let alone murdered.
I know that Allaah will Remember our sister, “Shaheedah Hijaab”. And yet, are we really getting the lesson at all ourselves? May Allaah Guide us all and Help us all.