Mother of slain soldier slams Trump's Islam 'ignorance'
The grief-stricken mother of a slain American Muslim soldier has penned a powerful rebuke after being insulted by Donald Trump.
Ghazala Khan stood beside her husband Khizr Khan when he electrified the Democratic convention last week with a tribute to their fallen son that ended with a steely rebuke that Trump had "sacrificed nothing" for his country.
The billionaire later insisted he had made "a lot of sacrifices", while suggesting that Mrs Khan was not allowed to speak by her husband.
"I'd like to hear his wife say something," the Republican presidential nominee told a New York Times reporter, sparking outrage and mockery.
Now, in a powerful open letter published by the Washington Post, Mrs Khan revealed she was too heartbroken to speak about her beloved son, Humayun Khan, an Army captain who was killed in a roadside explosion at a military compound in Iraq in 2004.
"Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart," Mrs Khan wrote.
Mrs Khan also hit back at Trump's claim that she wasn't allowed to speak on stage.
"My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God's eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family," she wrote.
Captain Khan, killed 12 years ago, was a hero, but this is about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR and the weakness of our "leaders" to eradicate it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2016
"When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion. Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn't know what the word sacrifice means."