MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar announced Monday night that her father, Nur Omar Mohamed, has passed away from complications of COVID-19. He was 67 years old.
Here is her full statement, which begins with a Quranic quote, first written in Arabic:
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ”
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’cuun
Surely we belong to God and to Him shall we return.
It is with tremendous sadness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, passed away today due to complications from COVID-19. No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him. My family and I ask for your respect and privacy during this time.
She shared a photo of herself with her father last January, as she arrived in Washington to serve in Congress.
The two had arrived in Washington 23 years earlier from a refugee camp in Kenya.