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17-year-old Muslim girl abducted, killed and then dumped in a pond on way home from Virginia mosque

Read original article by Jonathen Allen on Reuters or read a quick summary below;

  1. A man named Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, got into a dispute with a 17-year-old girl (according to the police) called Nabra Hassanen and a group of her friends in Sterling, Virginia.
  2. Martinez got out of the car and assaulted the girl.
  3. The girls were attending overnight prayers in observance of Ramadhan and were walking back from McDonalds when they encountered Martinez.
  4. “Something happened and he became upset,” Tawny Wright, a fairfax police spokeswomen said in a telephone interview, declining to elaborate on the dispute. “The group started separating a little bit. The victim happened to be closest to him and then he assaulted her.”
  5. Police arrested Martinez an hour or two later after he was seen driving suspiciously, and found what they believe to be the girl’s body later on Sunday in a nearby pond.
  6. The girl and her friends were dressed in abayas, the robe-like dress worn by some Muslim women, according to the Post, prompting fears the victim was targeted because she was Muslim.
  7. Fairfax police said on Monday morning they were not investigating the murder as a hate crime “Nothing suggests that this girl or the group was targeted because of who they are or what they believe,” said Tawny Wright.

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UPS Sued for Not Allowing Muslim Workers to Pray at Work

Read original article by Christine Bauman on Alpha News or read a quick summary below;

  1. The United Parcel Service (UPS) and an Edina staffing agency are being sued for allegedly banning Muslims from praying during work hours.
  2. The newly hired operations manager barred Muslim employees from praying during work hours, and would not allow the employees to set their own breaks to coincide with the prayer times.
  3. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) filed the lawsuit against UPS and Doherty Staffing Solutions citing a violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Abdullahi Dahir and Abdifatah Hassan, the two Muslim men represented in the lawsuit, were fired in June 2014 from the Mendota Heights UPS warehouse facility.
  4. The lawsuit calls the observance of the five daily Islamic prayers as “a mandatory and essential part of the life of Muslims.” Prior to June 2014, Muslim employees at the Mendota Heights facility were able to observe the five daily prayers outside of breaks and during work hours.
  5. The lawsuit claims the new operations manager, hired by Doherty, barred Muslim employees from praying during work hours, and would not allow the employees to set their own breaks to coincide with the prayer times. The new manager also allegedly said any employee found praying during a bathroom break would be sent home.

Hundreds Of Muslims Gather At Trump Tower To Break Ramadan Fast

Read original article by Antonia Blumberg on the Huffpost or read a quick summary below;

  1. “Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered outside Trump Tower Thursday night to celebrate an interfaith iftar meal. Organized by the New York State Immigrant Action Fund and Muslim advocacy group MPower Change, the event brought together Muslims and people of diverse faiths in peaceful protest against the Trump administration.”
  2. “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently declined a request to host an iftar at the White House to mark Ramadan, breaking with a bipartisan tradition that’s been in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years.”
  3. “Anu Joshi, deputy director of the New York State Immigrant Action Fund, said Thursday’s iftar aimed to demonstrate that “New Yorkers of all stripes and faiths… reject President Trump’s many attempts to sow fear and division among our communities.”
  4. “We stand resolute in our opposition to the policies, rhetoric, and actions by this Administration that seek to vilify and otherize the Muslim community, whether in the United States or abroad,” he said in a statement.

The Muslim community in New York make a demonstration near Trump Tower in Manhattan, United States on June 1, 2017, during a Iftar dinner. (Photo by Carlos Martinez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Muslim community in New York make a demonstration near Trump Tower in Manhattan, United States on June 1, 2017, during a Iftar dinner. (Photo by Carlos Martinez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Muslims pray on the Fifth Avenue after Iftar, breaking fast during their holy month of Ramadan -when devotees around the world fast from dawn to dusk – during a demonstration to protest US President Donald Trump’s stand on Muslims and immigrants, near the Trump Tower in New York on June 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Demonstrators listen to speeches during an Iftar outside of Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The Justice Department vowed to challenge an appeals court ruling that slammed a travel ban against six Muslim majority nations as being “steeped in animus,” putting President Donald Trump on track for his first Supreme Court showdown. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Demonstrators pray during an Iftar outside of Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The Justice Department vowed to challenge an appeals court ruling that slammed a travel ban against six Muslim majority nations as being “steeped in animus,” putting President Donald Trump on track for his first Supreme Court showdown. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01 : Detail at M Power Change social organization and the New York State Immigrant Action Fund to bring New York Muslim communities together for an Iftar at Trump Tower during Ramadan on June 01,2017 in New York. (Photo by Joana Toro/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01 : Participants are praying in the Iftar at Trump Tower event of the M Power Change social organization and the New York State Immigrant Action Fund to bring New York Muslim communities together for an Iftar at Trump Tower during Ramadan on June 01,2017 in New York. (Photo by Joana Toro/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01 : Participants are praying in the Iftar at Trump Tower event of the M Power Change social organization and the New York State Immigrant Action Fund to bring New York Muslim communities together for an Iftar at Trump Tower during Ramadan on June 01,2017 in New York. (Photo by Joana Toro/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)

Demonstrators pray during an Iftar outside of Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The Justice Department vowed to challenge an appeals court ruling that slammed a travel ban against six Muslim majority nations as being “steeped in animus,” putting President Donald Trump on track for his first Supreme Court showdown. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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