Muslim Advocates Calls for a Thorough and Fair Investigation in the Murder of Nazma Khanam

Muslim Advocates extends its deepest condolences to the family of Nazma Khanam, a 60 year old Queens resident who was stabbed to death as she was walking home carrying groceries.  Khanam is reported to have been wearing ethnic attire at the time of the murder. It is critical for the New York Police Department (NYPD) to conduct a thorough and objective investigation in this case.  Khanam’s murder comes less than a month after a Queens imam and his assistant were gunned down as they walked home from their mosque.

“As hate crimes against American Muslims have skyrocketed across the nation, the Muslim community in the Queens and New York area have increasingly become targets of hate violence in the last few months,” said Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates Staff Attorney and Lead of the Program to Counter Anti-Muslim Hate.  "Unfortunately, this type of crime is happening too often, and we need law enforcement to investigate all possible motives for this crime to ensure justice for Khanam and her grieving family.“


Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization working on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.  Through high impact lawsuits, policy advocacy, and community education, Muslim Advocates serves as a resource to empower communities and ensures that the American Muslim community is heard by the courts and leaders at the highest level of government.  Visit Muslim Advocates at and follow @muslimadvocates.

Thanks to Navdeep Singh, NAPABA’s Policy Director, for sharing this press release with us.