In the video below, you can see the moment that Asma al-Beltaji, 17, is murdered by an army sniper at a protest in Rabaa Al-Adawiya square in Cairo on 14 August 2013. This was the targeted murder of a peaceful protestor, who was aiding other victims - targeted because she was the daughter of the Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad al-Beltaji. This wasn't the first time the army used this tactic and neither would be it the last. Whilst we are pained to share this video, it is done to show the world the true reality of what is going on in Egypt. We ask Allah to accept Asma from the martyrs and to give her shade on the Day when there shall be none.
Below the video is also a letter from Asma's father to his murdered daughter, may Allah relieve the pain from his heart.
Please note this video may be considered too graphic for some.
Letter from Muhammad al-Beltaji to his murdered daughter, Asma al-Beltaji
My beloved daughter and dignified teacher Asma al-Beltaji; I do not say goodbye to you; I say tomorrow we shall meet again.
You have lived with your head held high, rebellious against tyranny and shackles and loving freedom. You have lived as a silent seeker of new horizons to rebuild this nation to assume its place among civilizations.
You never occupied yourself with what preoccupies those of your age. Even though traditional studies failed to fulfil your aspirations and interest; you have always been the first in your class.
I have not had enough of your precious company in this short life, especially that my time did not allow me to enjoy your companionship. The last time we sat together at Rabaa Al-Adawiya square you asked me "even when you are with us you are busy" and I told you "it seems that this life will not be enough to enjoy each other's company so I pray to God that we enjoy our companionship in Paradise."
Two nights before you were murdered I saw you in my dream in a white wedding dress and you were an icon of beauty. When you lay next to me I asked you "Is it your wedding night?" You answered, "It is in the noon not the evening". When they told me you were murdered on Wednesday afternoon I understood what you meant and I knew God had accepted your soul as a martyr. You strengthened my belief that we are on the truth and our enemy is on falsehood.
It caused me severe pain not to be at your last farewell and see you for the last time; not to kiss your forehead; and not be honoured to lead your funeral prayer. I swear to God, my darling I was not afraid for my life or from an unjust prison, but I wanted to carry the message you scarified your soul for; to complete the revolution, to win and achieve its objectives.
Your soul has been elevated with your head held high resisting the tyrants. The treacherous bullets have hit you in the chest. What spectacularly determined and pure soul. I am confident that you were honest to God and He has chosen you among us to honour you with sacrifice.
Finally, my beloved daughter and dignified teacher: I do not say goodbye, but I say farewell. We shall meet soon with our beloved Prophet and his companions in Heaven where our wish to enjoy each other's company and our loved ones' company will come true.