Yahya Abu Romman, a 22-year-old languages major, had just graduated from university. To celebrate, he planned a six-week trip to the U.S., where his brother, uncles and aunts and more than a dozen cousins have lived for years.

With good grades, an engaging personality and fluency in three languages — English, Arabic and Spanish — he had worked as a nature conservation ranger while studying, and had his pick of jobs with tour companies in Jordan, a strong U.S. ally.

In 2015, Abu Romman was issued a tourist visa at the U.S. embassy in Amman, good for five years. With money from a graduation present, he bought a round-trip ticket and landed at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport a few days after the start of President Trump’s travel ban on the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

That’s where the positive impression of the U.S. he’d inherited from his father came to a screeching halt.

“My dad is a graduate from the University of Illinois,” says Abu Romman. “He always told me America is the land of justice, land of opportunities, of generosity. That there are very kind people. And there are. But I think things have changed.”

Deported With A Valid U.S. Visa, Jordanian Says Message Is ‘You’re Not Welcome’

Photo: Jane Arraf/NPR

In a sea of loss, Bashar Abdul Jabar is just one among many.

The small man in a shirt several sizes too big is standing in the parking lot of the Iraqi civil defense forces base in Mosul, hoping to retrieve the body of his son. To his right is a young man whose entire family — 11 people — was killed. To his left, a man who lost 18 relatives.

Nearby, a 4-year-old boy who lost his mother and three brothers clings silently to his father’s leg.

Abdul Jabar, a father of five, lost his son Ahmed. He was 15. When their house collapsed around them during fighting in June between Iraqi troops and ISIS, Ahmed was trapped. The rest of the family members were able to extricate themselves. Abdul Jabar couldn’t save Ahmed and had to leave him behind, while he was still alive under the rubble.

He and the other men gathered a few weeks ago at Mosul’s civil defense forces base to try to recover the bodies of relatives killed during the battle for Mosul, which ended with the city’s recapture from ISIS in July.

‘He Died Alone’: A Grieving Father Searches For His Teenage Son In Mosul

Photo: Jane Arraf/NPR

Nine months after Iraqi forces drove ISIS from eastern Mosul, the east side’s main street has come back to life. Wedding convoys decorated with ribbons and flowers honk their horns. Female drivers pull up in front of pastry shops and stalls piled high with fresh fruit.

ISIS put up much less of a fight here than it did across the Tigris River in west Mosul and damage in the east was relatively quickly repaired. Liberated just three months ago from ISIS, the devastated west side of the city is a much different story.

For now, the difference between east and west Mosul is like day and night.

Unlike the east side, there is still no electricity in west Mosul and no running water. Hundreds of alleys are still blocked with chunks of concrete from collapsed houses.

As East Mosul Comes Back To Life, West Mosul Remains In Ruins

Photo: Jane Arraf/NPR

anonymous asked:

I asked a astrologer about my future before and now i regret it, will allah ever forgive me?

You should make sincere repentance to Allah and ask him for forgiveness.

When you approach an astrologer, your Salah isn’t accepted for 40 days. You still MUST perform salah, it just means you may not receive a reward for it, however, not performing it because you think you will not receive reward, will also make you guilty of neglecting Salah.

Safiyya reported from some of the wives of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) having said:

He who visits a diviner (‘Arraf) and asks him about anything, his prayers extending to forty nights will not be accepted.

[Sahih Muslim:  Book 39, Hadith 173]

If you believed what the astrologer said, then you must retake your Shahadah, as believing an astrologer is an act of shirk.

Allah Alam.

May Allah accept our repentance and keep us firm upon the deen. Ameen


One day after President Trump signed an executive order halting the admittance of all refugees to the United States, and temporarily freezing immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries, the effects of that freeze are already beginning to be seen at airports both in the U.S. and abroad.

Confusion and chaos are roiling international airports, where refugees from those countries are being barred from boarding U.S.-bound flights.

Several Iraqi refugees in Cairo, who had been cleared for resettlement in the U.S., have been blocked from boarding their flight to New York City. And in Iraq, NPR’s Jane Arraf reports that “members of Yazidi minority, one of the biggest victims of ISIS, were prevented from boarding despite having visas.”

Green card holders — legal permanent residents of the U.S. — are also included in the ban, according to a senior Trump administration official. The official says they will need a case-by-case waiver in order to return to the U.S. if they are currently outside the country.

At major U.S. airports, NPR’s Kirk Siegler reports international refugee assistance groups are sending attorneys and translators to support new arrivals who are being detained.

Colleges and universities around the U.S. have been advising students from the seven listed countries — including lawful permanent residents — not to leave the U.S. until there is further clarity on the new rules. Students at Princeton, Stanford and Chapman University, among others, reported letters from their respective schools recommending caution.

Protesters have been rallying outside Kennedy International Airport to protest Trump’s executive order on Saturday. New York City officials and immigrant advocates are holding are also holding a vigil at the airport Saturday evening.

Arrivals To U.S. Blocked And Detained As Trump’s Immigration Freeze Sets In

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anonymous asked:

Is astrology haram? I would like to get a horoscope reading from this astrology reader who is actually legit, stuff that she predicted for my friend actually came true and I am really interesting but I I dunno if it's forbidden in our religion, some people say it is some don't what's your take on it if you don't mind me asking? Thanks for your time


Believing in astrology is not just haram, it is shirk. There is no forgiveness from shirk, should you die without repenting from it.

Avoid it at all costs. 

The severity of believing in astrology is so sever that should you approach an astrologist, even if you have no intention of believing them, then your salah would not be accepted for 40 days, now think about that for a second.

Safiyya رضي الله عنها reported from some of the wives of Allah’s Apostle ﷺ Allah’s Apostle ﷺ having said: He who visits a fortuneteller (‘Arraf) and asks him about anything, his prayers extending to forty nights will not be accepted. 

[Sahih Muslim: Book 39, Hadith 173]

If you believe what the astrologer has said, then that would take you out of the fold of Islam.

“… whoever goes to a fortuneteller and believes what he says, he has disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad.‘”

 [Sunan Ibn Majah: Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 639]

Please don’t risk your imaan for something like this, even if you perceive what the astrologer said about your friend is ‘legit’.

I pray Allah saves us from this type of kufr.