Wisconsin School Stabbing: Brave Muslim Girl Shelters 100 Students in Her Mosque

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  • She was all by herself….Before the stabbing and before students’ collective sense of security got shattered
  • Duaa, 17, was sitting in her class and everything was normal —
  • Seconds later, she and her classmates found themselves running as fast as they could to the mosque.
  • She entered the code to unlock the doors and ushered more than 100 students inside.

A Muslim student, Duaa Ahmad, opened the doors of her mosque as a shelter, enabling more than 100 students to flee a high school stabbing in Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. 

Duaa remained outside the building, ushering her classmates into the religious building before finally getting herself to safety. 

“Everybody
was terrified. People were crying and trying to comfort everybody. It was just
so hectic,” Duaa said. “We were so confused why we had to run, why we had to
evacuate, what was going on.”

Duaa, 17, was sitting in her second-period class, AP English Literature, and Composition, at Oshkosh West High School when she found herself running as fast as they could from the building after hearing gunshots.

Heading to the mosque across the
street, she entered the code to unlock the doors and ushered more than 100
students inside.

In a surveillance video from the
mosque, Duaa appeared holding the door open and waving students in before her.
Then she called her father, Saad Ahmad, to let him know she’d opened the
mosque.

Saad rushed from work, and soon they
were providing coffee and water to the crowd of students who sought shelter
inside the place of worship.

“That
first hour was very stressful because we had no idea how bad the situation
really was, or was not,” he said.

“I was quite impressed with her composure throughout all this,” he said of his daughter.

Wisconsin School Stabbing: Brave Muslim Girl Shelters 100 Students in Her Mosque - About Islam
Footage shows as Duaa is able to open the mosque door by entering a pin number. She then calls others to safety. Ahmad continues to gesture to those nearby to come into the mosque

Courageous Girl

Video of Duaa opening the door went viral on social media, garnering hundreds of comments and shares. The video on Twitter, for instance, had more than 100,000 views on Wednesday evening.

“Glad
the mosque could be a safe place for these kids, which is what every place of
worship should always be — a place of safety for all, regardless of who you
are,” one person wrote.

“Good
humans doing good things,” someone else wrote.

Sofia Qureshi, a member of Oshkosh’s small Muslim community, said in an email she was “proud that Duaa bravely opened the doors of the mosque to all during a time of fear and uncertainty and that our mosque was able to serve as a beacon of peace, security, and unity.”

Wisconsin School Stabbing: Brave Muslim Girl Shelters 100 Students in Her Mosque - About Islam

While she
didn’t consider her actions heroic, her father and uncle were stunned when they
saw the video.

“When I look at the video now, I feel pride,” Saad
Ahmad, her father, told ABC News.

“Her composure is remarkable in that situation,” he
said. “I don’t know how I would react in that situation.”

Stories of
brave Muslim women are recurrent in the media.

Last week, a Muslim woman was hailed as “incredibly brave” for stepping in to confront a man over his anti-Semitic rant at a Jewish father and son on the London underground.

Check other stories on “brave Muslims”:

UK Communities Secretary Commends Brave Muslim Women

Muslim Guard Stabbed in Bourke Attack Vows to ‘Serve Public More’

Muslim Bravery Foils Armed Robbery

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