Waleed Shaalan

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By Hal Straus |  April 18, 2007; 5:46 PM ET

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Dear Shaalan Family, Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved husband, father and son. Linda Swartz

Posted by: Linda Swartz | April 18, 2007 08:26 PM

To all family and Friends. No words from me can come close to expressing the sorrow that I feel. I just pray to God that you will be blessed and comforted in the days and years ahead and know Waleed will never be forgotten and may she be etranlly blessed. In faith and hope with a sorrowful heart I lift you up May God Bless you all.

Posted by: jon Pavlovsky | April 18, 2007 09:04 PM

Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. May Allah ease your transition into the hereafter, and bless your soul.

Posted by: Sabrina | April 18, 2007 09:12 PM

Inna lilaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji'oon. May Allah grant you Jannah...Ameen

Posted by: Your sister in Islam...Al Veilediamond | April 18, 2007 11:01 PM

Allah ir-hamu...

Posted by: | April 19, 2007 10:54 AM

Eng. Waleed,

With throbbing heart, though we haven't met, send you my tribute from Sweden. Let your soul rest in peace. To your mourning grieving family, wife and child I send them my condolences. "Inna Lellah Wa Inna Illaihi Ragi'oun".

Posted by: Inas | April 19, 2007 10:55 AM

With my throbbing heart I send you my tribute from Sweden, though we have never ‎met. Let your soul rest in peace. To your mourning, grieving family, wife and baby, I ‎send them my deepest condolences for their tragic loss, praying to God to give them strength. "Inna Lellah Wa Inna Illaihi ‎Rage'oun".‎

From your fellow Egyptian, Inas.‎

Posted by: Inas | April 19, 2007 11:28 AM

A DIRGE IN THE MORNING

Amidst the rumbling thunder,
sapling youth, seasoned oak,
all fall in final obsequies;
A Virginia lush, hemlock bred,
a Socrates bids a final adieu
Life, hold your secret
i trust not my instinct to know;
A mother: sighs
A son: still
The grave: giggling
Life, a bang, a shudder, a thud
The tomb holds its prey, fists clenched
smug her face adorned
How, how, idyllic Blacksburg?
Green all around, beauty's own salon
How, how, how,
hell consorts with paradise
And the heavens say not a word?
Perhaps, an Einstein, an Euclid
just a seed, not yet a fruit, sure not a forest; Gone!!
Life; thy mystery, thy secret, thy jinx!!!

Posted by: Robert Akrong | April 19, 2007 11:57 AM

Waleed was a great man. He was my mentor and my teacher and a great friend. He was a dedicated student, a sensitive teacher and a great father. I will never forget him. He deserved so much better.

Posted by: Erin Haymes | April 19, 2007 12:37 PM

"To Allah we belong, and to Allah we shall return"

Sinceres condolances to Waleed's Family and the sorrow and loss they are experiencing. In Shaa Allah in heaven he shall be.

Posted by: MSE and Family, Virginia, USA | April 19, 2007 12:46 PM

Sleep with the dead
Or hold wake in the dark
And watch the sunrise
Caress the Blue Ridge

This Spring has begun cold
And it has become colder
April snow storms
Creeping in your very soul
Innocence oozing from you
Like blood from a shot wound

Can the sun ever warm this place
Up to study and smile and party again?

The ways we keep each other afloat
Or let someone sink
Have come back to haunt us and others, elsewhere

As another somber student is walking the halls
Frowning
And not holding hands but
His fingers playing
With the bullets in his pocket

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

On campuses across the world - we are morning with you.

Posted by: George - Gyorgy Toth (Hungary) | April 19, 2007 02:45 PM

Sleep with the dead
Or hold wake in the dark
And watch the sunrise
Caress the Blue Ridge

This Spring has begun cold
And it has become colder
April snow storms
Creeping in your very soul
Innocence oozing from you
Like blood from a shot wound

Can the sun ever warm this place
Up to study and smile and party again?

The ways we keep each other afloat
Or let someone sink
Have come back to haunt us and others, elsewhere

As another somber student is walking the halls
Frowning
And not holding hands but
His fingers playing
With the bullets in his pocket

Posted by: George - Gyorgy Toth (Hungary) | April 19, 2007 02:47 PM

This is so sad a fine loving husband and father had to die tragically. I do not know this man, but reading his story it's easy to see he was a beautiful person. I am so sorry!

Posted by: Melanie | April 19, 2007 03:47 PM

Waleed, I do not know you or your family, but my thoughts were with you all today. I am so very sad for your young son, your wife, your parents. You are all blessed.

Posted by: Elaine | April 19, 2007 04:51 PM

Waleed, I do not know you or your family, but my thoughts were with you all today. I am so very sad for your young son, your wife, your parents. You are all blessed.

Posted by: Elaine | April 19, 2007 04:53 PM

Rest in peace. May god be with your family. I didn't know you but I wanted to go to the prayer in Blacksburg.

Posted by: aisha sherbiny | April 19, 2007 05:15 PM

Every being in this World has to depart on his journey of Eternal Life, this we believe, but the memories never fades away from the minds of the people left behind and deep grieve is engraved especially for those who departs sudenly. One monemt they are part of your life and the other moment they are part of you memory. May Allah rest the souls in Rest and Peace and Heavens.

Posted by: Muhammad Tahir | April 19, 2007 05:27 PM

May Allah(SWT) grant you Heaven and give strength and patience to your family and the families of other victims.


Posted by: Aamir Ali | April 19, 2007 11:54 PM

To all the families who have lost their love ones in this tragedy, God bless them all, I have a daughter who is 21 years will graduate this June from UCSB in California, I just can't imagine how their parents are going through! and how they feel, my heart is broken but what comfort us is to belive that they are all angels and they are all in heaven. My heart with Waleed's family, just be strong and pray.

Posted by: Madiha | April 20, 2007 02:39 AM

To all the families who have lost their love ones in this tragedy, God bless them all, I have a daughter who is 21 years will graduate this June from UCSB in California, I just can't imagine how their parents are going through! and how they feel, my heart is broken but what comfort us is to belive that they are all angels and they are all in heaven. My heart with Waleed's family, just be strong and pray.

Posted by: Madiha | April 20, 2007 02:43 AM

I don't know what to say,this man was studying and he had a dream, to make his life and his family a better one but ....... why has this world became such an angry place where is love what happened between those years when we used to be innocent happy and kind.....what happened?

Posted by: Mark Asfahani | April 20, 2007 03:21 AM

I feel really sorry for your family specially for your wife and son. May Allah give them the courage and strength in this difficult time.

Posted by: Riaz | April 20, 2007 10:27 AM

Ina Lillahi wa ina Ilayhi rajeoon

Posted by: Justin | April 20, 2007 10:34 AM

The loss of Mr. Shalaan is monumentally tragic. His focused pursuit of his goals is inspiring. I hope his son will one day also find his fathers intellect a source of strength for him. May God grant him peace.

Posted by: John S. | April 20, 2007 11:32 AM

I would like to send my deepest sympathies for the family and friends. May you be strong at this time of sorrow and may you keep the memory close to your heart always, accompanied with a smile through the tears...

***

Time, a second
Time, a minute
Time, an hour
Time, a day
Time, a week
Time, a month
Time, a year
One step at a time, into this darkness
One step at a time, into this unknown madness

By Kylli

***

Posted by: Kylli | April 20, 2007 11:39 AM

It is a very sad story. God be with your Family.
May God Bless your soul.

Posted by: sam | April 20, 2007 11:53 AM

May ALLAH SWT (Subhanu Wa Tallah) forgive his sins and give reward for his good deeds.May ALLAH SWT give his family strength that they need to come out of this great loss and give him rank among 'Al Shuhada'.Ameen

Posted by: Sister in Islam | April 20, 2007 02:50 PM

RABENA YERHAMAK. May god be with your family. What a loss.

Posted by: aisha | April 20, 2007 03:06 PM

Inna lilaah wa inna ilayhi raji'oon. To Allah we belong and to Allah we return. May God accept your good deeds, forgive you for your short comings and bless you with eternal paradise. May your family and all of those who have lost loved ones on that dark day be blessed with patience. May hope, light and peace be restored in your hearts. May God's mercy be upon us all.

Posted by: Ayan | April 20, 2007 04:39 PM

Mr. Shalaan
every body dies exept the Almighty GOD that you and i AS MUSLIMS BELIEVE IN.my deepest sympathies is for your family and friends.

Posted by: haman | April 21, 2007 08:29 AM

I'm an Egyptian who came to the US to study, leaving my family behind. I can only imagine how much tougher that decision was for Waleed, leaving behind a wife and young son. Or how tough it's been for his family. May they find solace in this life, and he find peace in the next one.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajeoun.
("We belong to God, and to Him we shall return.")

Posted by: A.H. | April 21, 2007 12:25 PM

My sympathies with this Hero's family!!!
Muslim Student Association of USA and Canada is collecting funds to support his family, please generously donate, may God give more to all those who help others. Link below.
http://www.msanational.org/finance/vt07donate.html

Posted by: Omar Kalia | April 21, 2007 05:45 PM

My sympathies with this Hero's family
Muslim Student Association of USA and Canada, is collecting funds to support his family, please generously donate. May God give more to those who help others. Link below.
http://www.msanational.org/finance/vt07donate.html

Posted by: Omar Kalia | April 21, 2007 05:49 PM

May God be with your family and may you all reunite in heaven.

Posted by: Sophia | April 22, 2007 04:58 PM

Dr. Shaalan's family,

May Allah be with you in this difficult time. May you all reunite in heaven.

Posted by: S.G. | April 22, 2007 04:59 PM

God bless you

Posted by: NA | April 22, 2007 09:43 PM

I heard that Waleed saved one of his classmates after he had been shot. That takes great courage and bravery. I pray that Allah grants him the highest place in Paradise, Ameen

Posted by: Usmaan | April 23, 2007 12:41 PM

Allah Yer7amo inshAllah

Posted by: C.K. | April 23, 2007 02:17 PM

i'm from zagazig city and i'm very sad ,he will rest in heaven all the time in peace.

Momen farouk.

Posted by: momen farouk | April 25, 2007 01:53 AM

May Allah bless his soul. You are in my prayers

Posted by: | April 25, 2007 10:33 PM

I don't know Waleed but I can identify with how hard he was working and how much he was looking forward to being re-united with his wife and son. My condolences to his family and to God we all return. God rest his soul.

Posted by: Ahmed Eltawil | April 26, 2007 08:44 PM

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