Tribute to Alia Ansari
It is with the deepest sorrow that I write this post. I read through the newspaper clippings and Zaytuna’s memorial to Alia, my chest tightens, my eyes water and at the pit of my stomach is a knot.
I have never met her but I now know her. I had to come to know her through her senseless death. A death that took a mother away from her 6 children, a wife from her husband, a sister from her siblings, a daughter from her mother, a pious woman from her community.
Within her I can see my sister’s devotion to her children. I can see my mother’s love for Allah. I can see my best friend’s selflessness. She could have been any one of us.
I don’t wear a hijab, except for covering my hair when entering the mosque, but on November 13, 2006 I will wear hijab in memory of Alia Ansari:
Help us spread the word…
Fremont, CA is one of the most diverse cities in America. Concerned women of the city have formed a response to the murder of Alia Ansari, and other crimes of violence against the Muslim community.
What we know is this was an act of violence, and possibly an act of hate. It is in the spirit of solidarity that we have planned this day to honor Alia Ansari, and to express our deepest respect for her, and her faith.
We would also like to support all other women who wear hijabs or dress differently, and show them that they are not alone. We are continuously working toward making Fremont a safe home for all.
WHAT TO WEAR ON NOVEMBER 13:
– a loose, long sleeve shirt that covers the wrists
– loose, long pants or skirt that cover the ankles
– a loose, large scarf, or shawl that covers the head, the neck, and the shoulders
Also, there is a trust fund that has been set up to support support Alia’s husband and thier six children. Deposits can be made into account No. 55041477 at any Fremont Bank location.
or you may mail your checks to:
39150 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 505-5226
Fax: (510) 795-5758
Please write the trust account number on the check.
Thank you Irving for calling my attention to this last week.
To get to know this woman like I did, please visit here.