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Aminah Assilmi, a prominent Muslim lecturer, writer and women's rights advocate in the U.S., died Friday morning in a car accident in Tennessee. She was returning with her son from a speaking engagement in New York. Sister Aminah was reportedly killed instantly; her son was injured and taken to hospital.
Sister Aminah, who was 65, served as the Director of the International Union of Muslim Women. Despite previous health setbacks, including battles with cancer, sister Aminah continued to be active and maintained a rigorous schedule of speaking engagements around the United States.
Sister Aminah is survived by her children Amber, Whitney, and Mohammad, and by several grandchildren. May Allah show mercy to sister Aminah, and strengthen her family in their time of sorrow. She will be sorely missed by Muslims in the U.S. and around the world.