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Muslims Mourn Death of Malcolm X’s Daughter

Malikah Shabazz, daughter of the late African-American Muslim iconic leader and human rights activist Malcolm X passed away on Monday, November 22

Shabazz, 56, was found unconscious by her daughter at her home in Brooklyn. Police said the death appeared to be due to natural causes.

The sudden death of the Muslim civil rights activist was widely mourned by the American Muslim community.

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“We join people across our nation and around the world in extending our condolences to the family and loved ones of Malikah Shabazz,” Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Deputy Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement online.

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“We ask God to comfort her family and enter her into paradise alongside her father. To God we belong, and to God we return.”

“Our prayers are with Malikah’s family and loved ones as they mourn this tragic loss. Like her parents and sisters, Malikah stood for human rights regardless of what it cost. Let us honor her memory by continuing the pursuit of justice for Malcolm X and his family,” said CAIR-New York Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “To God we belong, and to Him we return.” 

CAIR-NY Board Vice President Zead Ramadan added: “My heart goes out to the Shabazz family during this difficult time. We pray they are given the space to grieve for our sister, who passed too early. Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the family.”

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Social Media is also awash with messages of condolences from different people mourning the death of Malikah.

“Malikah was in the womb of her mother Betty when Malcolm was gunned down in front of his family. She never got to hug him here. I pray he will be waiting to embrace her there. May Allah have mercy on them and make it easy for her remaining family in earth,” Dr. Omar Suleiman wrote.

Malcolm X was one of the most powerful voices in the fight against racism before he was gunned down in 1965.

He remains a symbol of inspiration for Black men and others moved by his transformation from a street hustler to a historic figure the late African-American actor Ossie Davis eulogized as “our own black shining prince.”