July 10th, 2009
10:30 PM ET

Her only crime was the veil

Octavia Nasr
AC360° Contributor
CNN Senior Mideast Affairs Editor

Marwa is already dubbed the “Hijab Martyr.” Many believe she was murdered because she’s Muslim and wears her religion on her head in a Hijab, the Muslim head cover. Her heinous cold-blooded murder in a Germany courtroom has sent shockwaves across the Middle East and now it is spreading across the world.

Marwa was 31 and three months pregnant, when she appeared at a Dresden courtroom to testify against a man who had already been convicted of verbally attacking her by calling her a “terrorist” at a playground with her 3-year-old son. Instead of justice, Marwa and her family were met by a tragic fate.

On July 1st, in the Dresden courtroom, the same man identified only as Alex M. stabbed her 18 times in front of her son and husband. As her husband tried to defend her, he got his share of the stabbing and he was shot by a police officer who mistook him for the assailant. Marwa later died in the hospital. Her husband is still in critical condition.

Two Egyptian researchers at Dresden University, Mohammed Ahmed Khalif and Magdi Khalil, told CNN that on that fateful day, their trust in Germany was shattered.

"We have fear about our family here, about our children” said Khalif. He said he is disappointed by what he believes is a muted response by the German public and its politicians.

Khalil agrees with Khalif. He adds that some people in Germany could possibly harbor an anti-Muslim sentiment. He suggested twisting this around to see how people would react to the same story. “What do you think if we have an Egyptian guy who kills a German woman in a court? What do you think would happen,” he asked.

Germany’s government spokesperson Thomas Steg stressed that, “In Germany we cannot tolerate, right wing extremism, hatred of foreigners nor Islamophobia."

For many in Egypt and across the Middle East, this response came late and wasn’t enough.

Egyptians mourned the death of Marwa with shock and outrage. As it is customary in the Middle East when someone dies young, the 31-year-old pregnant mother was buried in a procession fit for a bride, while across the nation people continue to take to the streets in sympathy.

Underneath the sadness of mourning, anger is brewing at what people in the Middle East call a hate crime. They are moved by news reports of how Marwa died.

Many have taken to the streets, waving banners that call her stabbing death a hate crime and that it’s racially motivated. They say Marwa was killed because she's Muslim and wore the Muslim headscarf.

When they felt their calls for justice were going unnoticed, Egyptians along with other Arabs and supporters from around the world, took to the Internet, which has become the voice for the voiceless in the Middle East region.

On Twitter, they asked for sympathizers to spread the message that a life was lost and they want the world to pay attention.

They accused the media of failing to highlight the murder.

They criticized Europe in general and Germany in particular for becoming increasingly extreme towards minorities, especially Muslims.

And on Facebook, they asked for justice; calling for the harshest possible sentence for the assailant and an apology from Germany. They created pages where people can pay homage to a woman who has now become known simply as the "Martyr of the Hijab."

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  1. The Warrior

    Anyone person who believe they have the right to take a life. Forfeits their own.

    My Simple Philosophy.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  2. Wondering ?

    The defendant brought weapon and killed witness in court ? Where were everyone else, police ? And the police shot the wrong person ?What kind of court is that ??? Dresden is not a little small town. That is the question came up to my mind.
    Regarding of the racists posts in this forum, sadly to say this is the world we are living in. It would never end, from ancient history to the 21st century.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  3. mel

    What a sad thing to read about in the news. I will pray for her husband and 3 year old child as they will have to live with this for the rest of their lives. Funny how only 2 other people asked, how did this guy get a knive? In a court of law? Where is the resposnse to that?

    July 10, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  4. Raymond

    I don't care what anyone else says. I'd find this outrage for the loss of life a little more believable if the same outrage was expressed when 3000+ innocents were killed on 9/11. Instead, I saw news coverage of Palestinians cheering in the street and passing out candy in celebration. I would also point out the lack of mass outrage over the dozens killed in car bombings week in and week out all over the middle east.

    If you make murder a part of your religion, you shouldn't be too surprised when it comes back to bite you on the hiney. Like it or don't, Islam IS PART MURDER.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  5. Mt. Pleasan mom

    A human being died. Her unborn child died. Another child had to witness his mother being murdered before his eyes while his father may also die because he was defending her. Regardless of what religion and who is angry about it this is still an outrage. An eye for an eye will only beget more murder and bloodshed. And pretty soon there won't be any adults left and the children will be killing each other because we all just hate. Maybe humans, such as they are, don't deserve to inhabit the planet. Extinction, folks, is in our own hands. We will just kill ourselves off till absolutely no one is left.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  6. Chico

    (1) All crime is hate crime, there is no sub-class of crimes.. call it what it is.. murder.. for whatever reason... deranged, mad, a lunatic.. crime is crime... dont give it a seperate label.

    (2) Uncontrolled immigration is also morally wrong. Where are the rights of Germans and others in Europe who see their countries ran over but unlimited immigration from Middle East, India, Asia.

    Germany is for the Germans, just as France is for the French.. I do not know where it became acceptable to allow massive immigration and then pass laws to protect the immigrants but not the natives. Limit immigration to less than 0.5 % per year and crimes like this will not happen because people like Alex will not feel helpless in their own country.

    And before you comment, I am from the Mid East and I see the damage to culture and society that mass immagration causes.. I came to the west to be amongst westreners, not other immigrants.. put limits on immuigration just as the US had on the books back in 50s.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  7. john

    Its a sad thing but,didnt see any of them cryin for the TWC people

    July 10, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  8. Ann

    When the Pope made a clear but misunderstood statement about Islam, a muslim nut stabbed a nun to death. Nobody but NOBODY in the Middle East took to the streets over that. I am very sorry this young woman died in such a stupid cowardly way for no reason but so did that nun. The Middle East is very stuck on this nobody loves us kick and they can damn well get over it. The problem is not in our Heavens, it is in ourselves.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  9. Merc NY

    I have two points to make on this story.
    First, this was a horrible and disgusting event. The fact that a woman was stabbed while pregnant in front of her family and her husband in critical condition. What about the child's life? Truly sad.

    My second point is that it is truly unfair for Muslims to blame the western world and act as victims. I am from India and even in there Muslims act a victims there. They want a democratic republic's law and constitution to conform to their religion. They had a choice in 1947 to move to Pakistan (a nation created for them, much like Israel for Jews). However, they chose to remain, which is their free will. However, there are so many events where Muslims in India want to create a quasi state where their values supersede the Indian Republic while consuming and utilizing India's resources.
    Furthermore, if anyone understands history, they can compare contemporary Islam to Catholicism during the middle ages. The difference being that Christianity evolved through the age of renaissance, democratic institutions and Christians who were introspective in regards to their faith. Today the Islamic world and religion (almost as old as Christianity) is controlled by Mullah's who still believe that the crusades are perpetual. They control the masses through religion and the people do not question them at all .
    In all fairness there are many moderate Muslims in the world, however, the problem is that even for them their religion dominates every aspect of life. Unless the Islamic world finds a way to allow a democratic society it will be in a constant struggle with itself and the rest of the world.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm |
  10. Laura P

    Ray, you are sick. A pregnant woman was stabbed to death in a courtroom. She did not "get what was coming to her." Abusive commentary should be deleted from the 360 blog in my opinion.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  11. Jeanne

    Muslim woman are constantly killed by Muslim men in Muslim countries for daring to do things like leave the house without a male relative. I don't hear the Muslim world screaming about those horrific crimes that go on daily. Give me a break. Try reading "Souad"...the biographical accound of a Muslim woman whose parents had someone set her on fire (intending to kill her) because she became pregnant before marriage. I feel very badly for this woman and her family, but I don't need to hear outcry from Muslims about it. I'm still waiting for an acceptable apology from the Turks for the Armenian slaughter back in the early 1900's.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm |
  12. Tim

    While it is sad that an innocent life was lost, I am sickened that everytime one little thing happens to a Muslim they weep and cry and carry on for weeks or longer, yet they celebrated when 9-11 happened. It lessens my empathy for the nation of Egypt, but n ot for the woman who died.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
  13. Mani

    I FIND IT APPALLING that a lady got murdered for emulating the MOTHER of Jesus by wearing a veil on her head!!!! How someone could call her a terrorist when she was just following in the footsteps of the mother of Christ is absolutely disgusting!

    July 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
  14. Wes

    All this talk and no one asks the question: why was this man so disturbed that he flew into a rage and stabbed the woman 18 times? Why?

    Everyone has a solution to a problem, but not one person wishes to understand it. You can only fix that which you can understand.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:21 pm |
  15. VA Teacher

    To Mark:
    So there is no such thing as personal responsibility? The kid who ends up in prison is innocent? Those in Guantanamo are innocent? and those (I'll say the word) TERRORISTS who cut the heads off of innocent people (Danny Pearl) are innocent? and we're the ones to blame? Sorry, but your logic is bass ackwards.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  16. russell

    This innocent woman was murdered, and the murderer should be punished.

    That said, there is no question that the Muslims diplay group outrage when one of their own is killed by an infidel, but no outrage when one or their own kills an infidel.

    Let's face it–they behead us for not being Musims on a regular basis, and nobody in the Muslim world demonstrates over that. Furthermore, they kill each other regularly with car bombs, etc., and there are no demonstrations over that either.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  17. Robert

    I feel less of a human being just knowing i live in the same country as ray and you other racists idiots. I only wish I will run into someone like ray or wills or any one of you bigots on the street.

    racism = extremism

    July 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  18. Nicole- Seattle, WA

    The world should mourn this woman's death and pray for the well-being of her husband and three year old son, regardless of her ethnic heritage or religious practices. Human suffering knows no creed or color.

    To Ray- I think sometimes we forget that many of the Americans who perished in the towers on 9/11 were, in fact, Muslim-Americans. They were as innocent as their non-muslim counterparts, and didn't deserve to die any more or less because of how they connect with God.

    And there were MANY outcries from the Muslim world when New York was attacked, as well as when bombers attacked London. I remember quite vividly on 9/11 hearing a friend of mine, who happens to be Muslim and wear the Hajib, say the words, "I'm scared. It feels like they are coming to get us." THEY being the extremists who have hijacked her religion and made many in the west believe that the face of terror is the face of Islam. It's not. Unfortunately, we don't pay as much attention to the throngs of people who quietly and peacefully go about their day to day lives, not wishing harm upon anyone. It's much easier to hear the few hate filled voices above that more peaceful crowd. But you can't judge the many by the actions of the few. If you could, then every white person would be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. We don't let domestic terrorists like Timothy McVeigh or Ted Kaczinsky become the standard for how all white people are viewed; nor should we allow the actions of a handful of muslim extremists to overpower the image of millions of good people.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  19. Tom

    Reading a lot of these posts makes me shudder, its really hard to believe what goes through some peoples minds, I am ashamed for them. Why make more of than what it is, a young pregnant woman killed and her husband seriously injured while in a courtroom asking for justice for the hate crimes they have experience. I don't care what you think, this is a human being that has not done you any harm.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  20. JCQueipo

    We are all citizen of this planet, (human or intelligent I don't know anymore ). We should be able to respect each other.


    July 10, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  21. april

    This was a horrible murder. But I don't think he stabbed her because of her headscarf. He stabbed her because he's nuts. And because of what the head scarf represented to him and to many westerners. If you're going to wear a symbol on your head, you should be sure that symbol says what you intend to say to those around you. To me, the headscarf represents tyranny, oppression and shame. The sight of it fills me with pity and disgust. Apparently, it filled this guy with rage.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  22. Rose Bag

    To Ray From Mississippi:
    Not all Muslims are extremists. How can you be a human being and say something like this? How has this poor woman deserved this, and what about her son and husband? Its people like you that fuel terror by speaking before thinking. I am sorry for the state of Mississippi to have a resident such as yourself.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  23. L

    Geeeeeee! Thank god today is Friday....have a nice weekend everybody!

    July 10, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  24. Joseph Piatt

    It is, indeed, a horrible shame that religion has resulted in the death of another. Someone should do away with this vile, dangerous institution once and for all.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  25. mohamed ibrahim

    i honestly feel sorry for that poor women who have been stubbed to death in front of her three year old son and husband.may allah rest her soul in peace. for those here(ray jackson and angela) who justify the murder of this innocent human being i hope they realize how wrong they are after all this female didn't do any thing to deserve this.and for muslims remember when you become week , disunited and your fellow muslims conquered in their home countries what do you expect to happen far away in the middle of Germany.i am not surprised by this at all.the rules of the game has changed forget about the human rights rhetoric that doesn't work any more

    July 10, 2009 at 8:42 pm |
  26. Sue

    I am originally from the New York and New Jersey area. As a child I saw many nuns with their heads covered. There were orthodox Jews wearing yarmulkes, Catholics with ashes on their foreheads for Ash Tuesday, palm branches formed into crosses for Palm Sunday, etc. I'm not saying that we all got along, that would be a pipe dream, but there
    were not the allegation of terrorist or anything similar against these Americans. We've forgotten too much in our society. That goes for other countries as well. This murder is a tragedy and an evil act. Stop accepting this type of violence and using excuses such as bringing up
    other unrelated ones. This only encourages more hatred and similar acts everywhere.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  27. Carsonk

    Oh Ray, Rich and Angela......I am so sad for you and those around you!

    Violence is abhorant....period, no matter who it's perpetrated against! Yes, some who are Muslim (and are extremists) commit horrible crimes against those who are from other faiths. As well, some who are Christian have and continue to do the same. The claim that this violence within the Muslim world is systematic.....yes, maybe with extremists, but it's not the sentiment of the VAST majority of those from that faith..........just as one cannot claim this about Christianity, though Christians have a long history (remember the Crusades, and what about white supremecists today (who do their deeds in the name of Christ and our God)?) of violence and assimilation persecuted against others. We need to stop pointing fingers and blaming others. This is one world.....one human race, and violence is horrible. Everyone has the right to live their lives in peace, practicing whichever religion they want, loving whom they want, etc.

    Carol....right on sister. I don't know why people don't get up in arms over every/any human life that is lost or any/every act of violence. However, just because some do over certain acts does not mean that each act of violence is diminished. I've got to say that in my 42 years of existance, I have yet to hear any outrage or outcries in the non-Muslim world when someone of the Muslim faith is slain or has an act of violence committed against them. That is why there can be such fury within the Muslim world, as the western world is viewed as indifferent to them.

    Please, please.......let's all show a little compassion for one another, understand all of our collective histories, and work towards a common goal of peace! If we stop trying we are all damned!

    July 10, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  28. Angie

    Vanessa: By 'assimilate' are you suggesting any muslim coming to Europe must disown their religion?
    I'm sorry, but I was unaware that articles 3 and 4 of the German constitution were thrown out.
    I suppose by your logic all Christians should not wear any crosses and no Jews should display the Star of David anywhere on their person.

    Or perhaps you feel a particular disdain for Muslims and feel that their religion should be the only one disallowed.

    By all accounts, Marwa and her husband were contributing members of society. Marwa was a pharmacist and her husband is a genetic engineer.

    Please, do enlighten me on how they were un-assimilated people who were taking advantage of Germany's social services.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  29. Mike in NYC

    Forcing Europeans to give up control of their native lands, and then slandering/fining/jailing them as "racists" if they object, is "hate." What we had here was a native German who was sick of having to watch his people slowly lose their country.

    If rational control of borders becomes impossible, then these kinds of violent outbursts will become inevitable.

    Also, how can you be convicted of "verbally assaulting" someone? If they feel offended, then it constitutes assault? That's insane.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  30. Rudy

    An awful death. But governments must temper immigration or migration to their cultures so as to give time to the new incomers to assimilate. Such conduct as the killing of a mother cannot be tolerated Politicians should learn that while discrimination should be avoided at all costs, one cannot impose on people whom to like or to associate with. It is matter of choice. It is best that you select immigrants who are more likely to assimilate to the new lands over others who are less likely to do so and do not flood the cities with excessive yearly immigration.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  31. Asif Zaidi

    Tell me how does a person stab someone 18x. Logically, if someone is stabbing me, I will resist. What the hell were the German polics doing. I don't think my Muslim sister was just taking it. And then when the husband is defending her – he is the one that gets shot !!

    The media/enlightened Western democracies made a hue and cry about Neda. Yet a veiled Muslimah is probably regarded as sub-human and therefore no need to raise an outcry.

    While the person is guilty, it is the Western culture that needs to examine itself as to why it has a latent hatred of Islam. Danish cartoons, Sarkozy/Jack Straw comments and now this example of Christofascism are nothing new – Dantes novels are about the prophet of Islam being dragged to hell, the popes of past (as well as current pope) have said degrading/blatantly wrong things about Islam and they are infallible (from Christian perspective)

    As some earlier posts have said, Muslims need to change (I would agree but disposing of veil/beard is not one of them), the Western culture needs to look at itself. It is a 2-way street.

    And as for being peaceful, the world knows who is fighting in other peoples lands, who is killing whom and in what numbers, who is prostelyzing after invading their land, and allowing occupation of Muslim lands. Lets not call the kettle black – look at yourself in mirror.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  32. Joanna

    It also should be noted that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, many of the news channels were showing scene after scene of Palistinians litterally dancing in the streets, celebrating the fact that America had been attacked by Islam. And it wasn't only in Palistine that the celebrations raged. The death of this woman is horrible and solves nothing, but it must be pointed out that Islam is a 7th century "religion" trying to dominate the globe and drag the 21st century back into the past. All "religions" are the problem. Humanity has been committing atrocities upon itself in the name of "God" since we figured out how to stand on two legs.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  33. Willow

    Terrible it happened, but why is there never any outcry from Muslims condemning the terrible things that Muslims due to Westerners on a regular basis. Can anyone forget all the Muslims celebrating in the streets after the World Trade Center attacks? Westerners are not doing that, but if Muslims hate us, why should we care?

    July 10, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  34. Marsha

    This is a horrible tragedy. As it is a Horrible tragedy in Egypt when a women is stoned to death for not wearing a veil .

    July 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  35. j

    This story is tragic. Many Christians in the Middle East are persecuted. However, those of us who are Christian must not use this as an excuse to ignore this crime. We must work to bring peace to all.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  36. CoCoMarie

    This is a shocking and sad incident. To kill anyone, but especially a young, pregnant mother, in such a public and brutal way, is quite obviously the savage work of an unhinged mind and must be condemned. But step back for a moment from the actions of a sick individual and see how this very sad occurrence will be used by the Islamic extremists as a way to foment hatred. How many Muslims live in Germany, and how many live there peacefully? Quite a few, I believe.
    How many are murdered in a courtroom? So far, apparently one.
    Germany extends freedom of religion to Muslims; the actions of a single, twisted individual do not reflect Germany's laws and statutes.
    Now compare Germany to say, Saudia Arabia, where Christianity is banned and leaving the Muslim faith is a criminal offense.

    Where was the Muslim outrage when the filmmaker Van Gogh was stabbed to death on the streets of Amsterdam and the knife left stabbed into his chest with the note – Death to Infidels? Perhaps Islam is a religion of peace, and I have no doubt that many Muslims are peaceful people. How then to explain that of all the various little wars going on right now, Muslims and the concept of jihad are involved? Think Bali, think the Phillipines, think the Sudan, think Mumbai. Think 9/11.

    The issue is, as horrific as this murder is, the systematic policies of the West versus the systematic policies of countries ruled by Islam. And ruled is the right word.

    So, take your pick. Would you rather live in a world ruled by the dictates of shari'a law, or in a world of Western civilization? Because you cannot have them both.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  37. JB

    Bob, Islam isn't the largest religion in the world; Christianity is.

    Hate crimes happen everywhere in the world; it is just so sad that it happened where people could've stopped it. And while I feel for the victim, I've been the recipient of horribly nasty insults and physical groping while living in the Middle East and Africa. I would've been laughed out of the country had I brought a suit or complaint. It seems to me Germany should be applauded to have such advanced laws that seek to respect the individual and protect his/her dignity.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  38. OttoBeez

    "Why wasn't there an outcry of the Germans about this atrocity?"
    "What about Christians who are murdered by Muslims?"
    "What about the innocent casualties of the war in Iraq?"
    "What about the Jews? Buddhists?, Slavery?, etc."

    Whaaaaaa, like a bunch of babies.

    Cry out for the mother and her unborn child being slain in front of her husband and 3-yr-old by an extremist piece of garbage.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:02 pm |
  39. Doesit Really matter

    Is it just me, or is everyone not seeing the big picture. Religion is the greater evil here and not the muslim religion alone. How many people have died since the beginning of time in the name of religion? I believe that the undertones of religion making you a better person by treating others with respect is beyond reproach, but believing in this philosophy does not require you to believe in god. Lets face it, there are those muslims that are not extremists, but they are lumped into one group because of it. Catholic priests have been made a mockery by the payouts from the church to children that were abused in their care. The hindu and sihks have had their issues too. The Balkans, Georgia, Ottoman empire, the Crusades, and now China is getting into the act.... when does it all end? When one religion reigns supreme and the rest have been exterminated?

    July 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  40. Leanne Poole

    There is very little in print, video or in understanding that doesn't state that your clothes "say who you are". They "make the man", you can "dress for success"...they "say so much about you". If I were a lawyer in this type of situation, I would put forward that this falls under Freedom of Speech/Freedom of Expression. Without saying, you can let people know everything from what kind of music you listen to all the way to whether or not you care about your appearance or adhere to company standards of dress. Barring lewdness, there is no moderation of statements of clothing in most places in the world. To deny that a person wants to say they are Muslim/adhere to the standards of their place of worship is to deny freedom of expression, therefore violating the Freedom of Speech Acts, and should be adjudicated as such. As well, barring coverings will start to inspire people with oppositional defiant and conduct disorders, and there will be confusion as to this particular expression of dress.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:56 pm |
  41. Dave

    How the hell did a convict get a hold of a knife in a court room? Why wasn't he in shackles? This was a complete and utter screwup by the courtroom security personnel.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  42. LaVonda Bell

    Racism in any form should not be tolerated no matter where in the world you are. Anyone who tolerates it, needs to take a look at the world and realize that not just one race or religion is dominate and many make the world what it is today. Judgemental people will reap what they sow in the end and I hope that comes quickly because it's closed minded people like them that causes all the hate in the world instead of trying to promote peace they supposedly so desire. My prayers are with all that were effected by this and I hope justice is swift and harsh for the man who could take her life so unjustly.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  43. Rene Saindon

    God forbid, isn't our world grown up enough to know better? Haven't we seen enough and learned from our mistakes? And those that have been oppressed in the past, those who have lived through genocide; where are their voices of intolerance to religious and racial crimes? Money, time and effort is put into building memorials around the U.S. to remind everyone of past religious and racial crimes that didn't even occur in the U.S. What are we advocating, that it's wrong to commit crimes against one religious group or race but ok to do it to others??? Disgraceful!

    July 10, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  44. Bill

    No one should condone the death of an innocent pregnant woman, regardless of her religious persuasion. However, what is sadder still is the hundreds of Muslim women every year who are brutally stoned, knifed and shot to death by Muslim men in so-called "honor killings" or for infractions of Islamic law. In the U.S., a Muslim father allegedly shot his two teenager daughters to death, apparently for dating non-Muslims.

    Who will stand up for the rights of these women? Will the Muslim community? Evidently not.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  45. Sarah

    Ray – Jackson FL,

    Do you live in a BOX ? There was PLENTY of outcry from Muslims ALL AROUND THE WORLD for the victims of terrorist acts. You are a racist. Educate yourself.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:49 pm |
  46. Roberta

    How in the world did that man get a weapon in the courtroom? How did he manage to stab someone mutiple times? Were people just standing around like sheep? I think the people in the court room who didn't help are just about as disgusting as the man who stabbed the woman.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  47. Chad

    Nora, 3000 Muslims were killed in the WTC?? So your saying only 17 of those casualties weren't Muslim? No more of your facts please.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  48. Kay

    This isn't about muslims, christians, jews, or any religion. This is about someone who practiced her freedom of belief while causing absolutely no harm to anyone... only to be killed for it.

    I was saddened to read about this innocent woman who was pregnant being murdered.... but I was absolutely horrified by the fact that these negligent security officers mistook her own husband as the assailant and put him in critical condition. To die is one thing.. but to live your life with the pain of having your pregnant wife murdered in front of you while the ones who had the duty to protect her ended up shooting to kill you... I can't even fathom what this man will go through once he gets out of the hospital.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  49. Ad


    To God we belong, and to God we return. May God give the lady and her unborn child a place in heaven- Ameen.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm |
  50. not ray either

    I can not understand such narrow minded people. Do you have empathy Ray for humans. PERIOD...If we all believed like you , what a boring ,non loving world it would be. I know many muslims who were sooooo saddened by 911. Arent your views a lot judgemental ,and you live where? Jackson Miss. They must love you there.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
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