As shocking and painful as learning about the death of a loved one or even a fellow Muslim can be, it can serve as a wake up call for us that are still living. Three bright, energetic and smart youth werebrutally murdered on Tuesday night. Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Barakat’s wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 were young, healthy and had so much going for them. Despite all of that though, their time was up and just like that they are gone, forever. Some of think because we are young, healthy or have money we will not die. Any of us can die at any given moment which is scary and not something many of us think about often or even imagine.
Coming back to our sisters and brother who were murdered, may Allah shower their souls with His beautiful mercy; their death was a wake up call to me and others for so many different reasons. Their story was all over the media around not just the U.S., but all over the world. Although how they died angered many, we also learned about how they lived and how they spent their time—dedicated to volunteering and serving their communities and fellow Muslims in other countries. They have taught us that it’s not about how young or old you are but what you do in this world while you are here because once are you are gone that’s it, there’s no coming back.
In their young lives, they managed to use their time spending in good causes. Clearly, they were loved not only by their families but their friends, teachers and those they extended their help and services to. We can only imagine the pain and sorrow the families of these youth are experiencing right now, but I hope they can find comfort in knowing that their children died for what they believed in and helped so many while they lived in this world.
As a mother, this tragedy has made me reflect deeply about the life of my children and mine as well. I cannot imagine the pain it would cause me to lose any of them, but it’s something that is possible. It has motivated me to cherish and truly enjoy every moment with them for I don’t know when their time or my time will be. As mothers and parents in general, it’s even more important to teach our children in their young ages that it’s important for them to serve, help others and try to be good human beings and especially good Muslims. It’s important that we teach our children that tomorrow is never guaranteed. It’s important that we teach them the value of time and spending it in good deeds and causes.
May Allah have mercy on the youth who were killed mercilessly and protect them all from all evil.They truly were inspiring youth full of life and energy. We are all hoping and wishing nothing but the best for them.
Please don’t forget to check out the article section, an amazing article was posted on the Productive Muslim website which is about this tragedy and the lessons we can all take from it. You’ll find the link here.