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Month: June 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court revives parts of Trumps Muslim Travel Ban

Read original report by Lawrence Hurley on Reuters or read a quick summary below;

  1. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by narrowing the scope of lower court rulings that blocked his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries and agreeing to hear his appeals in the cases.
  2. The court said it would hear arguments on the legality of one of Trump’s signature policies in his first months as president in the court’s next term, which starts in October.
  3. The justices granted parts of his administration’s emergency request to put the March 6 executive order into effect immediately while the legal battle continues.
  4. The court said that the travel ban is in effect “with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
  5. The court also said it would allow a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States to go into effect on the same grounds.
  6. Three of the court’s conservatives said they would have granted Trump’s request in full, including Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch.

Eid in India

Dedicated to Muslims in India who are facing a tough time by Hindu Extremists. We honour your bravery and courage to remain firm in your beliefs.

Also, many thanks to those who submitted their Eid pictures for this video.

A burnt Quran cut up and filled with bacon found outside Mosque in California

Read original report by Nicole Chavez and Joe Sutton on CNN or read a quick summary below;

  1. A burned Quran filled with bacon was found outside a Sacramento mosque Saturday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said. It was hanging by a handcuff from a temporary fence outside the Masjid Annur Islamic Center.
  2. The center, which is the largest mosque in the greater Sacramento area, is next to a police station but it has been targeted in the past. Another center was targeted about 20 miles west in Davis, California.
  3. As Ramadan Taraweeh prayers were underway Friday, an individual dropped a “large quantity” of cut up pages of the Quran outside the Islamic Center of Davis, Sgt. Dan Powell with the Davis Police Department said.

    “There is no video of any suspects or video of the incident occurring; but we are calling this a hate incident,” he said.

  4. It’s not the first time the center was attacked or vandalized. In January, police said 30-year-old Lauren Kirk-Coehlo broke windows, damaged property and placed bacon on door handles at the Davis center. She was sentenced to five years’ probation on June 15 after pleading guilty to a felony hate crime, CNN affiliate KVOR reported.

Pakistan Oil Tanker Inferno in Pictures

People gather behind burnt motorcycles and vehicles at the scene of an Oil tanker accident on the outskirts of Bahawalpur, Pakistan EPA/FAISAL KAREEM

Burnt cars and motorcycles at the scene of an oil tanker explosion in Bahawalpur in Pakistan. (REUTERS)

(Note — Graphic content) Local residents look at burnt bodies after an oil tanker caught fire following an accident on a highway near Ahmedpur East, some 670 km from Islamabad. (AFP)

The scene of the oil tanker explosion in Bahawalpur in Pakistan. (REUTERS)

A soldier stands guard at the scene of the oil tanker explosion in Bahawalpur in Pakistan. (REUTERS)

A soldier stands guard amid burnt out cars and motorcycles at the scene of the oil tanker explosion in Bahawalpur in Pakistan. (REUTERS)

(Note – Graphic content) Hospital workers carry victims of the oil tanker explosion in Bahawalpur in Pakistan. (REUTERS)

(Note – Graphic content) Hospital workers carry victims of the oil tanker explosion in Bahawalpur in Pakistan. (REUTERS)

(Note – Graphic content) Rescue workers and paramedics bring a burns victim injured after the oil tanker fire. (AFP)

Charred wreckage of motorcycles and cars lay scattered on the national highway [Shazia Bhatti/Al Jazeera]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3bJ4eBDSX4

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif celebrates Eid in London Whilst Pakistan Bleeds

  1. Once again, this year too, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is celebrating Eidul Fitr with his family in London, UK.
  2. The PM, who reached London on Saturday from Saudi Arabia, offered Eid prayers with his sons – Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz – in Britain’s capital city.
  3. Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana was also accompanying the prime minister.
  4. The Pakistani Prime Minister and his family had been staying in Saudi Arabia for last ten days of Ramadhan where they performed Umrah. Following the reports that PM Nawaz, his family members and relatives performed Umrah on tax payers’ money, a Government spokesman had to clarify that Nawaz Sharif paid all the expenses from his own pocket.
  5. Following criticism by the opposition, there are now reports by Dunya News that he is making an early return back to Pakistan tomorrow in light of the shocking incident of an oil tanker that has killed over 120 people. He was originally expected to return back on 30th June 2017.

Oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 120

 

 

  1. An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing more than 120 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said.
  2. Rizwan Naseer, the head of the Punjab province’s rescue services, said 122 people were killed and another 76 were wounded, with many suffering serious burns.
  3. The tanker flipped over on the national highway about 100km (60 miles) southwest of Multan. The tanker was driving from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital, when the driver lost control and crashed.
  4. Eyewitnesses said about 30 motorcycles that had carried villagers to the accident site lay in charred ruins nearby. Eight other vehicles were destroyed, they said. Many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, said Naseer.“People of the area and passersby had started gathering fuel when the tanker exploded, burning everybody on and around the spot,” provincial government spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan told Reuters.
  5. Serious burn victims, several in critical condition, were airlifted by helicopter to hospitals in Bahawalpur and nearby cities for treatment.“According to the initial reports, somebody tried to light a cigarette, and when the spilt fuel caught fire, leading to the tanker’s explosion,” said Jam Sajjad Hussain, spokesman for the rescue services.

Poem – Farewell Ramadhan

Ramadhan Came,
Ramadhan Went,

Did we change?
Time will tell,

Isn’t it strange,
How quick it went,

We fasted and prayed,
And our sleep was re-arranged,

But did we change?
Time will tell.

What did we exchange,
For the long term range,

Just food and sleep?
How deranged!

Didn’t we hear,
About the infinite years,

Or were we unclear,
And immersed in our careers…

Don’t we fear,
How death is near?

Wasn’t Grenfell clear,
How one can immediately disappear!

This Ramadhan we shed so many tears,
Death and destruction is all we hear,

So many maimed and Muslims always blamed,
“Terrorism” is all they claim.

We are being framed,
And played in the condemnation game,

But we live and we learn and we must now aim,
For our narrative to be reclaimed.

It wasn’t us who sparked the flames,
For imperial gains,

Don’t be ashamed,
For the truth to be proclaimed,

Capitalism remains unblamed,
For the “War on Terror” it nicknamed,

Millions have died in vane,
Many remain maimed and chained,

It doesn’t take a genius brain,
To see that Muslims are being framed.

But we are now constrained,
And must be quickly trained.

The narrative must be reframed,
Be part of the change.

Victory is near,
And Insh’Allah soon we will have an Amir

Finsbury Park terror suspect ‘developed hatred of Muslims after watching hit BBC grooming drama Three Girls’

  1. According to a prosecution’s opening note, Darren Osbourne, the supected terrorist who ran over Muslims with his van developed ‘radical anti-Islamic views’ that apparently stemmed from the TV drama ‘Three Girls’, which was broadcast on BBC1 last month.
  2. The harrowing programme was based on the shocking true story of the young victims of the Rochdale child sexual exploitation ring and how they were let down by authorities.
  3. “He [Osborne] started to express hatred towards all Muslims and to research gangs working in Rotherham and Luton,” the prosecution opening note states.
  4. It adds: “He was heard on one occasion to say ‘Fucking Muslims’.”
  5. Grandfather Makram Ali, 51, died at the scene and nine other men were injured after the white vehicle was allegedly driven into the group close to Finsbury Park Mosque on Monday.
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