A few years back, right before I was supposed to have spinal surgery, I was reaching under the television for the cat when the LED pumpkin that was perched precariously atop fell and cracked my noggin. Ended up with a black eye. The bone underneath still feels weird to this day.
Jack Swanson (7 yrs old) - Lassana Bathily - Adel Termos, these are names we should remember. Their extraordinary acts of generosity, courage and sacrifice speak to the goodness in all of us. Murder is easy and can be done by any coward. A little boy giving all that he has to remedy the defilement of a church, a grocery clerk sheltering others at great peril to himself, a car mechanic and father giving his own life to save the strangers around him - these are the acts ofheroes.
This is Humayun Khan. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army. When a vehicle packed with explosives approached his compound in Iraq in 2004, he instructed his men to seek cover as he ran toward it. The car exploded, killing Khan instantly. He was awarded the Bronze Star posthumously. Humayun was a Muslim from an immigrant family. Humayun is a hero.
This is Lassana Bathily. On January 9, 2015, during a terrorist attack at a Jewish market in Paris he hid several shoppers in a walk-in freezer - saving their lives at the risk of his own. Lassana was an immigrant in France who has since been granted citizenship. Lassana is a Muslim. Lassana is a hero.
This is Adel Termos. On November 12, 2015 he tackled a suicide bomber in Beirut, sacrificing his own life to save hundreds of others. Adel was a Muslim. Adel is a hero.
This is Alia Baqer. During the invasion of Iraq, she and her staff managed to save 30,000 books from The Basra Central Library before it was burned to the ground. You can read about it in the children's book, "The Librarian of Basra" by Jeanette Winter. Alia is a Muslim. Alia is a hero.
Queen Rania of Jordan, Benazir Bhutto, King Hussein, Anwar Sadat and Saladin. These are/were people of honor, courage and sacrifice. Their people are better for having had them as leaders. Comprised of three men and two women, two of them paid for peace with their lives. Sadat and Hussein signed peace agreements with Israel that still hold today.