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Muslim Mother Forgives Son’s Murderer

CINCINNATI, Ohio – A Muslim mother has forgiven the teen involved in her son’s murder in an emotional courtroom speech, and offered help to him and his family.

“I don’t hate you, I can’t hate you, it’s not our way, showing rahmah (mercy) is our way,” Rukeya, the mother, told the teen in the courtroom.

Suliman Abdul-Mutakallim was shot in the head as he was going home and was robbed of just $60.

Rukeya, a native of North Carolina and a devout Muslim who converted in her late-teens, addressed Javon Coulter, who pleaded guilty to being involved in Suliman’s murder on the night of June 28, 2015, in South Cumminsville, Cincinnati.

Suliman, then 39-year-old Navy veteran, was walking home from a White Castle, carrying a bag of food when he was shot. His wallet contained less than $60.

The grieving mother embraced Javon in the courtroom and said she was willing to help him turn his life around, and also offered to help his mother.

Muslim Father Forgives Son’s Killer


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