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Of poor men and shooting stars

A millennia and a half ago, there was this poor man.
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Ta7t el-3arsh

Br. Waleed Shaalan.

He was amongst the 30+ victims at Virginia Tech who were shot and injured / killed this morning in a senseless rampage.

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NY Times is reporting that Brother Shaalan was also a hero that day. According to Randy Dymond, a civil engineering professor at Virginia Tech, Mr. Shaalan saved the life of a fellow graduate student just before he died. Mr. Dymond said the student recounted to him how he and Mr. Shaalan were both in the first classroom the gunman entered. Mr. Shaalan was badly wounded and lay beside the student, who was not shot but played dead, as the gunman returned two times searching for signs of life. Just as the gunman noticed the student, Mr. Shaalan made a move to distract him, at which point he was shot a second time and died. The student believed that Mr. Shaalan purposefully distracted the shooter to save him, Mr. Dymond said.

“Waleed was bright, energetic and caring,” Mr. Dymond said. “The reason we are in higher education is because there are students who are the bright light to the future. Waleed was one of them.”

“… and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.” [5:32]

Inna lillahe wa inna ilayhe raji3oun. May Allaah grant him a castle under the Throne where the rest of the Shuhadaa are, and may Allaah grant his parents and family a beautiful patience, ameen. He is survived by his wife and a son.

Here is the link to his story on MuslimMatters.

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