On June 26, 2015 The Islamic Monthly (TIM) posted an in-depth interview with Rahima Rahim, mother of Usaama Rahim. Sister Rahima recounts the events of her son’s demise, and delivers a riveting and thought provoking account of her family’s experience dealing with the recent tragedy. She recalls her family’s historical legacy of contributions to American culture as she lays bare the duality of being Muslim while navigating the African American experience. As this mother of six laid her youngest child to rest, she and her family are still left with many unanswered questions.
Usaama Rahim, a 26-year-old African-American Muslim male and Boston native, was shot and killed by officers of the Boston Police Department (BPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These two organizations work together on a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). According to BPD; Usaama had been under surveillance by the JTTF for the past 2 years. On June 2, 2015 Usaama was approached by members of the JTTF. During this encounter; Usaama allegedly pull out a knife and lunged at the officers. Both the BPD and the FBI have separate ongoing investigations into the shooting.
Sister Rahima Rahim’s interview with TIM humanizes her son and provides viewers with a perspective of the family and incident not told by many media outlets. Please take the time to view this video and leave your comments.