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American Muslim Leader Aminah Assilmi dies in accident

aminahassilmi(March 5, 2010) – Aminah Assilmi, an American Muslim community activist, scholar and leader died early this morning while returning from a speaking engagement in New York.

Aminah Assilmi and her son were in single car accident just outside of Newport, Tennessee where she had been living for just over a year.

The car accident happened just after 3am and it appears that Assilmi was killed instantly.

“To God we belong and to Him we return,” said CAIR National Board Chairman State Senator Larry Shaw (NC). “We ask God to shower His mercy on Sister Aminah and to grant her loved ones strength and patience in this time of sorrow.”

Assilmi who was 65, served as the Director of the International Union of Muslim Women.

She was an internationally-respected author, an advocate for women’s rights and a renowned speaker on Islam.

Despite health issues, Aminah Assilmi maintained a rigorous schedule of speaking engagements around the nation and the world.

She was instrumental in the U.S. Postal Service’s 2001 issuing of the “Eid” stamp, which marks the two main Muslim holidays.

Her current project included a Center for Muslim Women’s Studies that would serve as a resource center for new Muslims and as a summer camp for Muslim children.

Aminah Assilmi is survived by her daughter Amber, and sons, Whitney and Mohammad as well as several grandchildren.

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  • Najwa Tlili

    Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ileihi Rajiouun

    Rahimaha Allah
    I knew her, she was a great person, First I discovered her and her wonderful story
    Then I asked her to be in a documentary on muslim women activists, Her voice seemed to me coming from Paradise.
    Rahimaha Allah, we have to continue her work.

  • Kaukab

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Illayhi Rajioon. To Allah (swt) we belong and to Him is our return. May Allah (swt) grant our dear friend Sister Aminah with Jannat-al-Firdous.
    She was a wonderful guide for Muslim women everywhere. We must continue her work by educating others about what she taught us (for ex., Islam’s liberation of women on youtube): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSHZepZhy_0&feature=related
    We must also continue her work by donating whatever we can to her organization of the International Union of Muslim Women through the website at IUMW.org to complete the projects she began and could not finish. As our mentor, I am sure she would have wanted this.

  • mkaass

    May Allah put his mercy on her!
    she was an effective speaker mashalla on both male and females. By no doubt, she was the greatest example of a successful converted muslim may Allah enter her & her son paradise!
    Ameen

  • Erum khan

    AsslamoAlikum warhmtullahi wabarakatuhu
    Innalillahi wa innailahi rajiuoon
    May Allah swt grant her jantul firdus Aameen ..May Allah swt expend her grave with his mercy …May Allah swt accept all her efforts for his deen Aameen …we should be a good example after leaving this world like her ….

  • Mohd. Munir Ahamad

    Sister Aminah Assilmi was a great women and an example for all relagion. Only I saw her VDO cassstte about women rights in islam. Her knowledge, way of talking,smiling is best example for the scholars.We lost a best islamic women leader but may be Allah took her for her better.We remember her good works for islam and she will get continue reward from Allah, Inshallah.
    I pray to Allah to provide her best place in the Jannah, AAMEEN

  • Sadia Abbasi

    A.A.
    Innallillahiwainnaaliehi rajayoon, May Allah subhanautala bless her with Jannat in the Akhira IA….a sincere person who loved Islam and followed by it no matter what the consequences were. May she rest in peace and May our Rabb make her children a sadqahay Jariaya for her IA
    Ameen

  • Ali Maachar

    Inna Lillah wa inna Ilaih Rajioon,

    Rahima Alla al fakida wa adkhlah jannati annaim.

    My sympathie to the family, frends and muslims.

    Rahimaha wa rahimana Allah

  • S.M. SALIM KALIMI

    *Bismillaah Hir-Rahman Nir-Rahim*

    “إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون”

    Ina Lillaahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raaji’oon!!!

    I enjoin everyone for a prayer so that She will join in peace with the Almighty Allah Subhana wa Taa’la, and may her relatives draw strength to bear this irreparable loss.

    “May Allaah Subhanahoo Wa Taãla the Almighty bestow His Mercy on Her”

  • aaisha

    INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHI RAJIOON
    MAY ALMIGHTY ALLAH FORGIVE HER SINS AND LIGHT HER GRAVE WITH NUR,MAKE RECKONING EASY FOR HER ON THE DAY OF QIYAMAH AND GRANT HER JANNATUL FIRDOUS-AMEEN,all those she inspired should continue to spread her good works.

  • Exel

    I pray for our beloved sister Aminah may Allah Subhana Wataala may forgive her and I’ll send my Al’Fatihah to her far from here in Indonesia.

    Amin

  • “إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون”

    May Allaah Subhanahoo Wa Taãla the Almighty bestow His Mercy on Her

  • Sister

    I’m really sorry to hear she passed away too soon. But if she was so important to the Muslim community why was she homeless and in horrible financial constraints? Don’t you guys take care of your own? Why wan’t her son or other children taking care of her financially? This is very confusing.

  • sameera

    Inalillah waina illahi rajiun, May Allah bestow his mercy on her. To his children Your Mother was an angle who Allah sent to share the Qoran with the world. May Allah keep u guys and your family strong. A muslim world lost One of Alla’s greatest messenger.

  • Tanko Rilwan

    innalillahi wa inna illahi rajoon.MAY ALLAHU SWT IN HIS INFINATE MERCY GRANT HER ALJANNATUL FILDAUSI ALLAHUMMA AMIN.

  • Fatimah

    Assalama allikom wa rahmato allah wa barakto

    When I newly converted I followed Aminah and her wonderful words of advice. She was a pure soul insha’allah I pray that Allah SWT grant her into paradise.

  • Irshad

    A great source of INSPIRATION has passed away. Inna liLLAHe wa inn ileHe rajeoon. This must be part of the great plan of the MASTER PLANNER.
    May Allah Bless this Ummah with some more Aminahs (ameen). May Allah Reward her with best of His rewards in Jannah

  • Sumayah

    Inna lillahi wa inaa ileehi raji’uun. may allah grant her Jannatul ulyaa. ammeen.

  • C.D.

    I knew Aminah well, and consider her son a brother in a sense. I am not of the same religion, but have known her all my life, and have a massive amount of respect to her as she was a kind, strong woman who spoke uncountable beautiful words with pure meanings and great magnificence, and influenced many more with her great wisdom and knowledge. You have touched my soul, and and will be forever loved.

  • I’m deeply grieved and saddened at the death of Aminah Assilmi, an illustrous daughter of Islam and pray to Allah to accommodate her in one of the finest gardens of Paradise. Amen! M.S.Ansari

  • Umm Yasin

    Inalillah waina illahi rajiun

  • Asiwaju

    May Allah the mighty forgive her sins and make her and the child benefit His special favour. Bismillahi, Qul huwa Lahu…