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    • Jazana W’yakum! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on the inspirational Three Winners. They are truly an example for all of us, as you mentioned. Please pray for them, carry on their legacy and support their cause if you can… even if it was only through spreading peace and mercy to those around and trying to assist those in need.

  1. Verily, the affairs of the Muslim in its entirety brings goodness. This is because he is patient at the time of grief and thankful at the time of ease.

    This is the shining quality displayed by the family members of the deceased and the Muslim community at large.

    It also shows that Allah stills choses from among the sincere ones, matyrs; who are considered to be alive and not dead, enjoying the bounties of their Lord.

    • Subhan Allah! That’s true. I couldn’t help but think of the first hadith you mentioned as well while following the news on the ‘Our Three Winners’ Facebook page. They are truly an inspiration. The patience and steadfastness of the families are also truly humbling and reflect their faith and sincerity. May Allah [swt] continue to grant them beautiful patience.

  2. Very well artculated and insprational tribute to our 3 beautiful winners and their corageous families. May Allah SWT bless them with Mercy and Peace. May we all learn from this tragedy and turn it into an opportunity of hope for peace and freedom from oppression. Ameen

  3. I’m touched with your words, as I’m so touched and heart broken from what happened to the three winners. But truly they are winners of Janna inshallah.
    Those three students have each and everyone of us a lesson and a wake up call that we should do something useful to our community, country and religion. We must be a good example and we have to work hard.
    May Allah grant them with Al Ferdaws al aala

    • @Aya, thank you so much for your amazing words and reflections. May Allah [swt] enable you and everyone to actualize the lessons they’ve learned and accept your duas.

  4. Alhamdulillah. I couldn’t help but felt pain when I first read about their death. It was indeed senseless and inhumane. When I heard of their selfless service to humanity I was so happy for them, they have achieved so much in their lives. I have learnt to be patient, selfless and a good Muslimah may Allah grant them highest place in Jannah and grant their family the fortitude to bear the loss.

    • @Bilkisu, the lessons that you have learned are really precious. AlhamdulAllah! May Allah [swt] reward you and give ajr (reward) to the blessed three for what they have taught you and many others.

  5. MashaAllah. In these few days, our three winners have reminded me of how I have to try to make the best of this life. I feel so inspired with their life of service and may Allah SWT grant them Aljannatul Firdaus. Ameen.
    Thanks for the beautiful article Dina.

  6. Subhanallah! I’m shedding tears as I read this. Such beautiful lives. Alhamdulillah, I’ve learnt a lot from this. I pray that Allah (Azawajalla) bestow on them the highest Jannah which is Al Fridaus. Ameen. It has really made me reflect on my life now & prompt me and other Muslims, I hope- to wake up to our responsibilities. Allah is going to ask us how we spent it on this earth. Jazakallahu khairan, sister, for sharing.

    • @Rahee, Jazaki Allahu Kahiran, Sister, and thank your for your insightful reflections. It’s really wonderfully amazing that you’ve learned those lessons. May Allah [swt] reward you and give the three and their families the best ajr (reward).

    • @Umm Hadi, Jazaki Allahu Khairan for your comment. The families, masha’Allah, seem to have been bestowed with beautiful patience.

      This is what they wrote after the burial of the blessed three bodies:
      “Laid to rest. They are in the best place now. Even beyond our imagination.
      Deah, his beautiful bride Yusor, and their bride’s maid Razan had a beautiful wedding today. Allah even sent snow flakes to decorate and bless their occasion. A miracle.”

      And this is what Yusor brother wrote: “I want you all to know that we, the two families, are strong as mountains today. Deah’s mother, Layla Barakat, comforted us fantastically today. She noticed the symbolism behind their names: Deah=light, Yusor=easiness, Razan=straight (مستقيم). It is no coincidence that Allah SWT (God) chose the three that literally describe the path to Jennah (paradise). These three Angels exalted our names and I am honored and thankful to Allah SWT for blessing me with the time I spent with them. And who better to represent the true meaning of Islam all over the world especially in these times? They shook Planet Earth! Our eyes and hearts ache, but we accept fate. We will be patient like Mohammad, Jesus, Moses, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Jonah, Abraham, and Noah in hopes of joining them in the hereafter. Thank you for all of the support.”

      May Allah [swt] continue to reward them. You could follow the Facebook page they created for further updates or to support them directly with kind words and dua’s.

  7. Ever since this senseless act that snatched away three incredibly beautiful souls , my tears have been steady …
    The media has been irresponsible with its abject disregard of digging deep into the facts… Makes me angry .
    But having gone through this article I am, once again, reminded of my most compassionate and beautiful faith where time & again we are told and taught about the acts of mercy and forgiveness and how we should all strive to be in Jannah and act accordingly in this world. These three individuals exemplify that and it resonate in their lives as well as after their deaths.
    May they be placed in Jannah and may their legacies continue .
    Thank you for the timely and beautiful article.

    • @Ishrat Ahmad, thank you so much for your precious reflections. As you’ve indicated, there is no room for hopelessness or despair in this beautiful religion.

      As the Prophet [saw] said, “How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him” [Muslim]

      Just following the “Our Three Winners” page and reading all about the glad tidings Allah [swt] has given their families makes the heart warm and serene. May Allah [swt] continue to grant them patience, honorable pursuit of justice and ability to teach many lives.

  8. Salaam Dina

    Jazaki ALLAH kulli khayran for writing this testimony. We did not know them but we now feel so close to them, subhan ALLAH! Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.
    May ALLAH SWT grant them the highest place in Jennah and shower them with HIS abundant Mercy, May HE also give sabr to their families. They are in our du’as.

  9. And it is true you can see a beautiful nur on all their faces subhanALLAH. I would like to believe they had already a blessed life.

    • @Zahra, jazana wa’yakum. Than you for your comment. I did not know them either. But as the Prophet [saw] said: “The example of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.”

      And Allah [subhanahu wa ta’ala] said about the believers that He “brought together their hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have brought their hearts together; but Allah brought them together. Indeed, He is Exalted in Might and Wise.” [Qur’an: Chapter 8, Verse 63]

      If you wish, you could follow the Facebook page the families have created for further updates or to support them directly with kind words and dua’s.

      Here it is: https://www.facebook.com/ourthreewinners

    • Thank you so much, @Sara, for your feedback. The beauty of those three really shines everywhere. Masha’Allah.

  10. from among the smallest islands across East Africa i live at Zanzibar islands, i have been following up the story of our three winners, at i was a bit angry because of what the media kept deaf ear on this incident, i even waited for my local news network to see if they will show it because i’v been everybody about it that our fellow muslims who dedicated their lives to do humanitarian works to this world, their lives inspire me, remind me of my duty to the needy and how beautiful and peaceful Islam is. may the Almighty Allah grant our three winners Jannat firdous and their families. what a blessed brave family they have. Ahamdulillah

    • Masha’Allah, the fact that the story has reached that far and influenced that many people is a great sign from Allah [swt]. May you be able to actualize those lessons that you’ve learned.

  11. What I wrote, thought, and wanted to share with others are those few simple words to all Muslim youth around the world: http://goo.gl/tdBLDU

    ضياء، يُسر، رزان… سلامٌ عليكم
    ورود ثلاثة قتلوا بدم بارد، لا لسبب إلا لأنهمّ مسلمون، مسالمون، فمن هم؟ هم نحن، هم أنتم… هم نبض الحياة وعطاؤها، وهم أزهار الربيع وشذاه.

    بعملهم التطوعي الإنساني كانوا ضياءً للخير ويُسراَ للمحتاجين ورزاناً في العمل والعلم.

    ضياء، يسر، رزان، سلامٌ عليكم … في أمان الله أنتم.

    معظم المسلمين من مشارق الأرض إلى مغاربها أصيبوا بصدمة وحزن بُعَيد خبر حادثة شابل هيل في كارولاينا، هل تعلمون لماذا؟ لأنّ كلّ واحد منهم رأى نفسه في هؤلاء الشباب الثلاثة، رأى عائلته، رأى أولاده، رأى أصدقاءه وجيرانه وأحبابه…رأى الإسلام!

    نعم هذا هو إسلامنا، دينٌ مفعمٌ بالعطاء والطموح، بالأمل والحياة، بالضياء واليسر والرزان!

    صحيح أنني لم أعرفهم قط، إلا أنني أشعر أنني أعرفهم منذ زمن بعيد، لأن كلّ من يحيطون بي في مجتمعي المسلم هم مثلهم، بالتزامهم وحيويتهم، بأخلاقهم وعطائهم، بملامحهم، بحركاتهم، بصوتهم، بنظراتهم…. لذلك حزنت عليهم الحزن العميق، وحزنت على أهلهم الذين لا شكّ أنّهم أهدوا الإنسانية نخبة النخبة من الشباب الطيّب المثقّف الملتزم، لكن يد الكراهية والحقد العارية عن الإنسانية خطفت هذه النخبة من أحضان الإنسانية…

    فماذا بعد الحزن والإحباط؟ العمل الآن…

    آن الأوان أن نطالب الإعلام العالمي أن كفى تقديم الإسلام على طبقٍ من إرهاب وبهالةٍ من عنف.

    إلى متى سيبقى الإسلام مُحارباً، وإلى متى سنظلّ موسومين بالإرهاب والعنف؟ آن لنا أن نُظهر للعالم أجمع بأنّ من يمثّل الإسلام فعلاً هم هؤلاء الذين يحبّون ويعملون، والذين يعطون من جهدهم ومالهم وأوقاتهم، والذين إذا تعلّموا علّموا وإذا فرحوا أفرحوا وإذا استفادوا أفادوا، هم هؤلاء الشباب الذين يحبّهم كل من تعرّف إليهم، ودعا لهم كلّ من مدّوا له يد العون، وحزن على موتهم من يعرفهم ومن لا يعرفهم.

    رسالتي إلى كل الشباب المسلم المنخرط في الأعمال الاجتماعية والتطوعية والخدماتية في مجتمعه، أن قفوا وقفة رجل واحد وقولوا كلمة واحدة بأنّكم أنتم فخر الإسلام وذخره. أقيموا الاعتصامات السلمية أمام مراكز القرار والسفارات، وارفعوا الشعارات التي تشرح عنكم وتعبّرعنكم وتصف من أنتم. نظّموا الندوات والمحاضرات والمقابلات التلفزيونية، واصنعوا الأفلام وأطلقوا الحملات التي تقلب الرأي العام العالمي في نظرته للشباب المسلم.

    فلتبدأ كل مجموعة من محيطها، بلدتها أو مدينتها، ولتجتهد على تسخير الإعلام لصالحكم ، وبإذن الله ستحققون ما تصبون إليه، وبإذن الله سيأتي التغيير.

    السلام على كل أرواح الشهداء، من أرض الشام إلى أرض الكنانة إلى بلاد ما وراء البحار، السلام علينا وعليهم وعلى عباد الله الصالحين، والسلام هو تحيّة الإسلام، سلامٌ عليكم ضياء ويُسر ورزان…

    جنان منيمنة

  12. MashaAllah! A muslim is always his brother keeper , i can’t express myself but INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHIM RAJI’UN. ……….. Endure with fortitude what ever befall you that is the duty incumbent on all. (suratul luq31:17). Admin thanks. Alhamdulillah.

  13. Assalamualaikum to my brothers and sisters of Islam from wherever you may be.
    Really touching article and comments.
    Awakening everyone of us to our duty of being a vicegerent of Our Creator,using our gifted skill for the needy in the Muslim global society.
    Awakening each of us to the duty of spreading the true message of Islam of peace and justice just by choosing the most appropriate behaviour to challenges as taught by Our Beloved Prophet (SAW)
    May Allah Taa’lab give solace and comfort to the bereaved family
    JazaakUMULLAHU Khairan to the three winners for enlightening reminders by their martyrdom

  14. it was really a shocking news.But the patience I saw in his family was really inspirational ,to confront every one needs a lots of courage.And these article was really good highlighting them with the glorious hadees nd sure their faces reflect their sweetness and kindness.Allah definitely rewards for the good deeds.

  15. So beautifully written, you really did make us see the beauty of this situation Masha Allah. Truly the affairs of the Muslim is good at all times. May Allah grant them Aljannah Fidaus and Grant them his mercy. May Allah make their death a path opening for people to see the beauty of Islam Ameen.

    • Jazaki Allahu Khairan for your very kind feedback. AlhamdulAllah that you felt this way. Ameen Ameen Ameen to your duas.

  16. Masha Allah! walahi they are truely winners and this should be a big lesson for all muslims especially the youths to see how these 3 younger starts made use of the gift of time that Allah(s.w) gave them.
    Both families have dispalyed qualities that i have never seeing in time of calamity especially the elder sister of the late brother.May Allah(S.W) forgive them and grant them JANNAH! AMIN. for sure i will share this article insha Allah.

    • @Rahma, thank you so much for the feedback and reflections. I totally agree with you regarding the families and Sr. Suzanne’s steadfastness. AlhamdulAllah. Ameen to your dua.

  17. Slms.I cannot get over the beautiful legacy these three young people have left behind.what a shining example to youth. Their humility and noor shows clearly in their pictures….may Allah make us all learn from these wonderful souls how to be simple n generous n inshalla..I pray allah swt raise their status in junnah as we speak ameen.

  18. Because of this tragic event, I know how great they are. I get inspired. May all people in the world, especially young generation, get inspired by them. They deserve the best place in paradise. I pray for them.

    • @Sunardi, absolutely true. Because of this event, so many people have been inspired and learned many precious lessons. The outpouring solidarity and compassion from around the world is truly beautiful and there are so many blessings that are coming out of this. The three are a source of pride, may Allah [swt] continue to pour patience upon their families and bring more light, beauty, wisdom, peace and mercy out of this.

  19. Assalamualikum…..

    I am really touched by these beautiful words about our 3 Winners….really made me cry , at the same time proud of our dear brother and sisters. May Allah raise them to highest station in Paradise…..Aameen.

    • Ameen to your dua, Sameera! The three winners and their families are truly beautiful and inspirational and deserve the highest ranks in Jannah insha’Allah. A lot of people out there are learning much from the gracious way the families are handling this entire situation.

  20. Assalamualaikum

    Gina, you too are a blessing for putting these words together. Thank you for the perspective that many will so badly need to make sense of what happened. Your clarity and optimism will be therapy to the families of these three winners and what was a senseless tragedy will not be senseless anymore for the three had the blessings of leaving us with so many lessons with their parting.

  21. It is terrible how you can turn anything into an ideology and a reason for hate – even lack of belief can somehow make people hate those that have beliefs. As someone who has no religion, this disturbs me greatly.

    I also think it’s a shame that the media in the US has non-stop 24 hour coverage of the murders in Copenhagen, yet barely touched this story. In fact, they have not even bothered to use the amazing example of this family at all in their coverage.

    • @Matt, thank you so much! I’m grateful that you stopped by and left your precious comment and feedback.

      I definitely agree with you regarding the amazing example that the families of the three have been demonstrating. There is so much for us to learn and it’s beautiful that we learn from one another, expand our knowledge and our human experience. We should be able to learn and explore life until the last breath. Unfortunately, as you explained to us, the lack of knowledge and/or ignorance create a sense of fear and anger. But as Yusor and Razan’s father said in an interview, had people opened their hearts and minds a little bit to the possibility of learning and finding beauty in others, things would have been better for everyone. But that’s okay. We are grateful that there are people like you and many others who demonstrate compassion, mercy, understanding and a desire for truth and justice. Sometimes, we have to witness some ugliness, darkness and pain to realize and appreciate the preciousness of beauty, light and healing. It’s part of our growth and learning experience in this life.

      No one bears the burden or carries the sin of others. No one should be hated or punished because of the faults of others. That’s just not fair or reasonable, and it most certainly isn’t what God has repeatedly taught us in the Qur’an.

      Anyway, don’t be too sad over the loss of our precious three or over the media coverage. We are in absolutely no doubt that they will remain in eternal peace and happiness near their Creator after what they have endured and the goodness that they have done and spread. Regarding the media, their purpose is to inform and educate. The fact that many people out there have found means to be informed and educated about what happened, regardless of the media’s shortcoming, is really a good sign of our awareness and ability to think independently rather than being swayed left and right by the opinions of others.

      I want to thank you so much again, and I wish for you and everyone to be enveloped in peace of mind and heart.

  22. Dina I’m speechless….
    My tears flowed down and yet I was still smiling reading your beautiful words….
    You let us see things differently and for that I’m truly grateful…
    May the three winner be in the highest levels of Jannah… And may you meet them there one day and tell them all about what you just taught us here….

    • Our beloved and precious writer @Lilly! As always your words and comments penetrate the heart and uplift the spirit! Jazaki Allahu Khairan for the heartfelt feedback. Ameen to your dua, it is so beautiful that it put a smile over my face. AlhamdulAllah.

  23. Salaam sister! Thanks so much for the beautiful article. Like you wonderfully said, there is something to learn in every situation, and i was struggling to understand what the lessons were here. Thank you for making that clearer for us all.

    A quick question – i came across this article from Hamza Yusuf on the killings

    http://zaytuna.org/misc/letter_from_the_president

    What are your thoughts on it? Is the conclusion that we should be sad, because they have passed, but to also to take lessons from their passing, such as being helpful to the community at any point in one’s life (versus only doing that when one is much older).

    Thank you for taking your time to comment on so many posts by readers! Please do let us know if you write more articles on here or else where as well. Jazak’Allah Khayr

  24. @Tolu, Jazaki Allahu Khairan abundantly for your immensely kind words and beautiful encouragement.

    Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is a tremendous scholar. I learn from him all the time. He has educated and helped me realize so much beauty and wisdom in our religion. AlhamdulAllah for the blessing of having him.

    I learned a lot from his letter that you’ve linked. Allah [subhanahu wa ta’ala] teaches us so much through every situation, and Allah [subhanahu wa ta’ala] places so much goodness and wisdom in every situation. We just need to enable our hearts and minds to turn to Allah, trust His decree, seek clarity and see how we can grow and learn through every situation. That’s why we’re here… to learn from Allah [subhanahu wa ta’ala] and to grow spiritually and intellectually towards Him [The All-Knowing, the All Wise] until we meet Him, look at His Beautiful Face, and forget any pain that ever took place.

    As our beloved Shaykh mentioned, we do grief and realize our major loss over those 3 beautiful beings, and we seek justice and we seek to educate others on this tragedy. Simultaneously, we never lose hope in Allah [subhanahu wa ta’ala], and we have utmost trust in His limitless Mercy.

    Tolu, I am one tiny limited creature and I have felt so much mercy towards those innocent three, can you imagine how Allah, Their own Creator, The Infinite Source of Mercy, would treat them? In the Sahih hadith of Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet [saw] said “Allah is more kind to his slave than this woman is to her child”.

    Yes, I still tear up and grief whenever I get reminded of the three or see the image of one of the fathers, for example, while burying his two young daughters. But, I also can’t help but increase in faith and adoration of The Creator who is The Most Merciful and who gives continuous hope and reassurance that “indeed with the hardship, there is abundant ease. Indeed with the hardship, there is abundant ease” [Qur’an 94:5-6]. It’s not about my/our personal gain, it’s about His Infinite Mercy and Kindness—which, as the families mentioned, is the reason why they’re holding up and enduring this situation with much grace and patience. That’s also why, upon their own wish, we need to see how we can act to honor and carry on the legacy of their honorable three winners.

    Thank you so much again for your feedback. I love, respect and learn from all our scholars. May Allah bless them all and enable us to take in as much wisdom and knowledge from all of them.

    Insha’Allah, there will be more writing published here in March. I’ll try to write more often whenever there is a need and/or a beneficial word to share.

    If you’re inquiring about previous writings, here are a few: May Allah bless you with knowledge, wisdom and righteous actions always!
    http://productivemuslim.com/dealing-with-tribulations-productively/
    http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/character/i-am-better-than-him/
    http://productivemuslim.com/reading-the-quran-productively/

  25. Beautifully written! This gave me so much comfort as I myself have been grieving as though I had met their beautiful souls. Their faces project so much nour subhanallah, may Allah grant them Jannatul Firdous in sha Allah!

    • Thank you so much @Amira for your kind comment. I really fully agree with you. SubhanAllah. Whenever I look at their pictures, I feel like they are truly my own brother and sisters. I’m amazed at how Allah [subhanahu wa ta’ala] placed so much love and compassion for them in people’s hearts. Just looking at their faces moves my heart so much. Ameen to your Dua’. May Allah grant them Al Firdous Al A’la.

  26. It’s such a blessing to have educated young Muslims who defend our faith with pens and pencils. As you all know, the first ayah of Quraan revealed was “read in the name of your creator”.

    If you raise a child in Islam and on Islam, the child unknowingly raises you and raises your morale day by day and raises your ranks with Allah “SWT” . Raising a child in Islam is a worship that neve ends and a Sadaqah that never dies. Raising a child with no Islam is akin to moral and spiritual murder. Each child who dies for Islam, revives a whole nation.

    Children learn very little from parents’ words and learn all things from parents’ deeds.

    In the West, they say: “children do not come with a manual”. I say, yes they do and the manual is Quraan and Sunnah.

    Oh Allah, we have not thanked you enough, we have not worshipped you enough and we have not given for you enough.

    Razan, Yusor’s father. Deah’s father in law.

    • SubhanAllah, subhanAllah, subhanAllah! Your comment has left me speechless. All i can do is to make lots of dua for you and your family. May Allah bless you all and reward you all beyond imagination. Ameen.

    • Our role model, Mr. Mohammad Abu-Salha! We are truly honored to receive a comment from you, Sir. Jazak Allah khairan katheeran for this.

      You have taught us immensely. We cannot thank you enough for enabling us to see a beautiful embodiment of the honorable teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah. We are blessed to have your example in our ummah.

      Learning from your example and your words have been a tremendously therapeutic experience for many of us. We are forever grateful to you and we are truly grateful to Allah [SWT] for teaching us through you.

      You do not know how many people out there are praying sincerely to Allah [SWT] to grant you and your family Al Firdaus Al ‘Ala. What an honor and a blessing. AlhamdulAllah! We have utmost hope in Allah [SWT] that He will raise your mention and reward you abundantly.

      May Allah [SWT] continue to teach us through the wisdom, beautiful patience and beautiful faith that He bestowed upon you, and May Allah [SWT] envelope your hearts with peace and gather you all with the beautiful Prophet and let you see the immense reward of your beautiful actions!

  27. subhanAllah, your words made me sob! You have actually enlightened us of the rich legacy that these three winners have left behind for us to get inspired and stronger. This article is really an awakener, alhamdulillah. May Allah grant the Three winners the best place in Jannatul firdous, aameen!

    • @Fathima Zahan, jazaki Allahu khairan for your very kind comment! Ameen to your beautiful dua’!

  28. (إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون) Mashallah, it’s first time for to see The Three Winners so inspiring and motivating in keeping with spreading the good deeds and make a difference this world in this world for the sake of Allah (s.w.t). Insha’ Allah they’re Shuhada’ and may Allah grants them the highest Paradise in the hereafter.