March 15, 2015

AssalamuAlaykum,

On behalf of our families, please allow me to convey our warmest gratitude to all of you for supporting us, thinking offs, praying for us and for commemorating our three children who hd fallen while living the best way a human being could live.

Arab-Americans, Muslim-Americans, and all Americans have shown a heart-warming outpour of support and empathy to our families and our community.

The whole world has been shaken to see such beautiful souls and such meaningful lives reaped so early, but to the will of Allah, we all submit. From hardship, emerge blessings and ease and from their death emerged a positive image for all beautiful youth and a light was shed on how we raised wonderful citizens for this country and the world.

Our three winners have embodied how a Muslim child could grow up in the West and belong to their country and community and how they could live the American dream while giving back and caring about humanity. The three have always enjoyed feeding the hungry, caring for the homeless, providing health care and dental care to refugees and to indigent Americans while also building homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Living as Muslims in the West and being proud of their Arab heritage while loyal to this great country, our children have added more beautiful shades and colors to the American rainbow.

Dean, Yusor and Razan have done all of the above while also maintaining the highest academic achievements and belonging to elite colleges and schools that commemorated then in perpetuity. They also enjoyed sports and the arts and were young socialites. Their early demise and their beautiful lives have brought this whole nation and the world grieving together and have made all people of all faiths and all walks of life to re-connect for love, peace, humanity and charity. They have also shed a wonderful light on how Muslim-Americans should live and contribute to society.

While we await the justice to be served, we urge everyone to honor the legacy of our three winners by promoting peace, love, tolerance, charity, and humanitarian work all over the country and across the world. We will fight hate with love, ignorance with tolerance, and prejudice with acceptance, fairness and genuine desire to know one another.

God bless you all, bless the USA and bless the whole world.

Mohammad Abu-Salha, MD