Bismillahi Ar Rahman Ar raheem

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatallah Wa Barakatu

News of the Virginia Technical College shootings reached people from all over the world. A man by the name of Seung Cho took the lives of 31 innocent people before finally shooting himself. Others were left critically injured, and most if not all, have been left scarred with a dark memory of April 16th.

Amongst those 31 innocent lives is a brother by the name of Waleed Shaalan who left behind a wife and a year old son.

NY Times reports:

He was gunned down on Monday while he was studying in Norris Hall, but witnesses say he died a hero.

According to Randy Dymond, a civil engineering professor at Virginia Tech, Mr. Shaalan was in a classroom with another student when the gunman entered and opened fire.

Mr. Shaalan was badly wounded and lay beside the other 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.

You can read more updates on him and his past life here. May Allah reward the writers of that blog for informing us of this tragedy.

Inshallah ta’ala we ask that any brothers or sisters who are able to donate to the MSA National Program to do so to help his family. This brother died saving someone else, may Allah accept him as a martyr ameen. Donate just a little bit, even if it’s a few dollars. Anything will help immensely and you will greatly be rewarded for it bi’idnillahi wa ta’ala.

Allah subhana wa ta’ala says:

Who is he that will lend to Allâh a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times? And it is Allâh that decreases or increases (your provisions), and unto Him you shall return. The Noble Qur’an Al-Baqarah 2:245

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

A man giving a dirham as sadaqah (charity) during his life is better than giving one hundred dirhams as sadaqah (charity) at the moment of his death. Hadith – Abu Dawood, Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Khudri

The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said:

“Every Muslim has to give sadaqah.” The people asked: “O Prophet of Allah, what about the one who has nothing?” He said: “He should work with his hands to give sadaqah.” They asked: “If he cannot find [work]?” He replied: “He should help the needy who asks for help.” They asked: “If he cannot do that?” He replied: “He should then do good deeds and shun evil, for this will be taken as sadaqah.” This is related by al-Bukhari

If you yourself cannot donate, then please, for the sake of Allah, link someone else who you know would be able to do so and instead pray for this brother and his family and make du’a for all those who have lost loved one in this tragedy. May Allah guide us all on the straight path and protect our Ummah from harm Ameen raabil ‘alameen.

To donate, visit this link here May Allah reward you immensely for your donations. Like I said before, anything would make a HUGE difference. Think if it were your family (Allah forbid). He is our brother in Islam, not by blood, but through Allah subhana wa ta’ala, and that should be more than enough to drive us to donate.


From Muslim Matters:

Waleed Shaalan’s Tribute on MM to be Delivered to Family
Inshallah, we plan to print out all the tributes/comments posted for Br. Waleed and package them nicely to send to his family, as a small memorial.

Please continue post your comments/duas/thoughts on the tribute entry: Linked here or see below. The cut-off date will be April 30 (Monday) by 5PM, at which point we will print all comments out that have been posted (you can continue to comment past that, but it may not go into the print-out what is to be delivered to the family).

Inna lillahi wa inna illahi raji’un, To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.

Barak Allahu feekum wa Jazakum Allahu Khair

Fi aman Allah
Walaikum asalaam wa Rahmatallahi wa barakatu.