Parents Of Slain US Army Captain, Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala Appear At US Muslim Brotherhood Convention. HT: GlobalMBWatch.
Local media is reporting that Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala, the parents of slain US Army Captain Humayun Khan, have appeared on stage at the 2016 national conference of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). According to a Chicago Tribune report:
September 3, 2015 The couple who lost a son in the Iraq War and were attacked by Donald Trump after their appearance at the Democratic National Convention this summer on Saturday thanked those at a national Islamic convention for their support but warned the ‘assault’ on the Muslim community won’t end with the November election.
Khizr Khan and his wife, Ghazala, whose son, Capt. Humayan Khan, was killed in 2004 in Iraq, spoke to the annual Islamic Society of North America convention in Rosemont on Saturday afternoon.
Khan praised Muslim leaders for being a voice for the community and also thanked the scholars and mentors in his life.‘The burden of the scholar has gotten heavier because of the assault,’ Khizr Khan said. ‘Some people believe that this assault may be over, assault on my community and assault on my religion, will be over in November. Do not be mistaken. This assault is far beyond elections.’
Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, introduced the couple.
Calling the Khans ‘remarkable human beings,’ Sarsour said that Khizr Khan was ‘Unapologetically Muslim’ and that ‘we as American Muslims know exactly what the U.S. Constitution says, and we expect those who are going to be the leaders of the United States of America to abide by that Constitution.’
Khizr Khan, the father of a soldier killed in Iraq, speaks at the Democratic National Convention. Sarsour also praised Ghazala Khan’s silence during the Democratic convention, something Trump raised questions about, saying that the Republican presidential candidate was blind to ‘the power, the grace of Ghazala Khan.’
‘We do not have to scream, we do not have to speak for people to know that we as Muslim women are powerful women, that we are the foundations of our communities and our institutions, and it is because of us that our communities thrive,’ Sarsour said.
Ghazala Khan spoke first, thanking everyone for the love and respect they have received.‘I’m so grateful for all of you and all of America and all of the world,’ Ghazala Khan said. ‘I feel so close to you guys. … I have given one son and got this many back.’
Local media reported that the Khans were introduced by US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson who also spoke at the conference. A Washington Post report described Johnson as the first sitting Cabinet secretary and the highest-ranking U.S. official to address an ISNA conference. Read the full story here.In his remarks, Khizr Khan said, ‘The ink of the pen of the scholars is more sacred than the blood of the martyrs,’ and said scholars must play a large role in shaping the reaction of the Muslim community to the ‘chaos’ in American society.”Read the rest here.