Jun 16, 2020
Rep. Ilhan Omar announced late Monday that her father had died of complications from the coronavirus.
"It is with tremendous sadness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, passed away due to complications from COVID-19," the Minnesota Democrat said. "No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him."
\u201c\u0625\u0650\u0646\u064e\u0651\u0627 \u0644\u0650\u0644\u0651\u0647\u0650 \u0648\u064e\u0625\u0650\u0646\u064e\u0651\u0640\u0627 \u0625\u0650\u0644\u064e\u064a\u0652\u0647\u0650 \u0631\u064e\u0627\u062c\u0650\u0639\u064f\u0648\u0646\u064e\n\nSurely we belong to God and to him shall we return.\n\nIt is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father, Nur Omar Mohamed. No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him.\u201d— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1592277441
Many congressional colleagues, including Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), shared their condolences online:
\u201cMy dear sister @IlhanMN I pray the love of Allah enfolds you during this painful & difficult time. May the remembrance of your father's embrace & love, comfort you today & always. As a nation, we remain grateful to & for this special man from whom your light & strength derives.\u201d— Ayanna Pressley (@Ayanna Pressley) 1592312915
Omar came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia in 1995 with her father, who raised her with her grandfather after Omar's mother died.
In 2019, Omar shared a photo on social media of her father arriving in Washington, D.C. to attend her swearing-in ceremony when she became the first Somali-American to be elected to the U.S. Congress.
\u201c23 years ago, from a refugee camp in Kenya, my father and I arrived at an airport in Washington DC. \n\nToday, we return to that same airport on the eve of my swearing in as the first Somali-American in Congress. \n\n#Hope #Ilhan \ud83d\ude4f\ud83c\udffe\u201d— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1546469425
Omar's daughter, 17-year-old climate action leader Isra Hirsi, also shared a photo of her grandfather on Twitter on Tuesday.
More than 116,000 Americans have now died of the coronavirus, including more than 1,300 in Omar's home state of Minnesota.
Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.
We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.