what often breaks my heart is the thought of all the muslims in third world countries who will have to fast this year. imagining the parents starving themselves bc they have to feed their children. then imagine the families that do not make it to eid. i think about this and am so grateful for everything i have.

please remember these people in your duaas

Thousands of Afghans share Hazara victims photos in Kabul, protesting for increased security 

Demanding more protection from their government regardless of ethnicity, Afghan people are unifying against the Taliban, in what is the largest protest in the last 15 years. Their outrage comes after 7 ethnic Hazara minorities were beheaded amongst conflict between rival Taliban groups east of the capital, Kabul. The victims include a 9-year-old girl, two women, and two boys. Although the Hazaras in Afghanistan have long been victim to ethnically based hate, this incident has raised a new concern within the government that more extremist factions have migrated from Pakistan, where hate crimes against the Hazaras have been considerably worse in recent history.

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Hazaras- The Hazaras are a Persian speaking Afghani people of Central Asian descent. Their exact origin is still debated, although most point to them being the descendants of Mongols who remained after their 13th century invasion of Central Asia. During the 16th century the Hazaras converted to the Twelver sect of Shia Islam, making them a minority in a mostly Sunni nation. Persecution by the government led to multiple Hazaras uprisings in the 19th and early 20th  centuries. Under Taliban controlled Afghanistan, the Hazaras faced more persecution and mass killings. Since the fall of the Taliban, the Hazaras have seen their conditions improve some what with more representation in national and local goverment. 

The above tweet was Hazara activist Irfan Ali’s last tweet before his death. He was referring to letters being thrown into Hazara houses in the Machh and Khuzdar areas of Balochistan, threatening Hazaras to leave the towns.

Ali was killed in a bomb attack by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi i Quetta, Balochistan on January 11, 2013. The attack, which targeted a Shia Hazara-dominated neighborhood, claimed the lives of at least 81 people. Ali died while trying to help another victim at the blast scene. 

Saleem Javed, who published an article about Ali after his death, wrote that Ali was “a true, tireless human rights defender” who “traveled across the country (Pakistan) to raise his voice for the voiceless despite receiving direct and indirect threats.” 

“This is a photograph I took of a Hazara girl during a trip to Kabul in December 2014. When I was around her I felt a certain feeling of universality. She was a Hazara, but she could belong everywhere and at the same time nowhere. Soon I realized her life would change as she grows as an adult living the life of many Hazaras in Afghanistan. The Hazara ethnic has been a victim of persecution and discrimination throughout modern history of Afghanistan. The recent tragic attack on peaceful Hazara demonstrators seeking equality and justice in Kabul layered another wound on their century-old pain. However, I strongly believe that the new generation is the force that can bring a change for the future of this haunted land, by rising up and setting themselves free by all means and enroot peace.”

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