Remembering Nabra Hassanen

Graphic By: Mohammad Alsalti


The ADAMS Center and AIA 2020 (Alliance for an Indivisible America 2020) lost a member of our community this week.  The tragic and brutal death of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen  are saddening and devastating.  But Nabra’s life tells a much different story. A Muslim whose love knew no bounds, Nabra was not defined by ethnicity, age, religion or politics.  She was perceptive, loving, caring, and a friend  to all, and embodied the best values of ADAMS and AIA 2020.  We can honor Nabra’s memory by advocating for and reinforcing her personal ideals in communities across America.    Please join us by signing and posting a comment in this ADAMS/AIA Condolence Book for Nabra below. You can also comment on our facebook post as well by clicking here.   

Condolence Book

“What an incredibly tragic, horrifying loss.  I and the Hill Havurah send our love for the ADAMS Center and the broader Muslim community.  We will be praying for comfort for you, and for courage and discernment for us as we support our Muslim cousins.” 


Rabbi Hannah

Spiro Hill

Havurah Reconstructionist Rabbinical College ’17

“Dear Robert and Rizwan,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the death of Nabra Hassanen.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and with all of those who worship at the ADAMS Center.”


Donna Murphy and Jeannette Smith

Better Angels


“We join each of you in prayerful compassion and grieve with the ADAMS community in this unimaginable loss.  We will continue to hold the family in our hearts and ongoing prayers as we trust that peace with justice will hold sway.”

Cathy and Dave Norman

“My prayers, condolences, and love pouring out for the entire ADAMS community and the family of Nabra Hassanen who was murdered early Sunday after leaving the mosque. I am deeply disturbed and saddened by this violent act. Know that the community of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church is praying with you.”

Rev. Daniel Vélez-Rivera

“On behalf of Leesburg Presbyterian Church, I join the others in our inter-faith community to express our deepest sympathy to the heart-broken family of the ADAMS community upon the death of one of their precious youth.  Such needless violence and death is so profoundly disheartening.  Our prayers for peace and healing.”

Debbie Parsons

The Rev. Deborah Dodson Parsons, Pastor

Leesburg Presbyterian Church

“Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.”

Grace and peace,


David Douthett

Pastor, Catoctin Presbyterian Church

Waterford, VA

7 thoughts on “Remembering Nabra Hassanen”

  1. When I heard this news, I prayed all day long. Nabra sounds like a special person; I would have liked to have met her. What a devastating loss–there are no words.

  2. I was not able to go to the memorial, but really appreciated the Adams Center making it available online. My thoughts are with the Nabra’s family.

  3. Peace and blessings from Lublin, Poland. I am from Arlington, but in Poland for the summer. You are all in my heart.

  4. The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston is horrified and heartbroken. Please know that we stand with our Muslim neighbors and we will continue to work to assure all of our community is safe and affirmed.

    We send our blessings and love.

    Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner

  5. Although it’s a time for sadness, let us also rejoice in our ability to come together, as a community, and celebrate determination to stand against bigotry and the evil of destructive hate.

  6. I send my condolences and prayers to Nabra’s family and friends at their time of great loss. I attended the prayer vigil in Nabra’s memory and was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and peace expressed by so many of Nabra’s friends. It was heartening to listen to the teens speak about her and her love and acceptance of everyone. She was truly a role model to many of her peers and to all of us and I left the vigil, although with a bit of sadness in my heart, feeling hopeful because of what was expressed by her friends — Nabra truly knew how to “welcome the stranger” in her midst — we can all learn from her example.

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