My heart is breaking for all the victims of Finsbury Park, and for Nabra Hussein here in the US who was found brutally murdered in Virginia yesterday.
My heart goes out to the Muslim communities in the UK and the US who are struggling to make sense of senseless violence and who are facing backlash for world events they had nothing to do with.
My heart remains heavy as I know there will be much misinformation circulated so I ask all of my non-Muslim followers to read carefully, and to truly take a look at how the news about these attacks is presented. There is a huge discrepancy over when a white person commits atrocities than when someone of color does it.
Let’s all work to have sympathy, love, and understanding during these tough times. Sending much love to everyone - I’m thinking of you.
The Manchester suicide bomber was repeatedly flagged to the authorities over his extremist views, but was not stopped by officers, it emerged Wednesday night….
Sources suggest that authorities were informed of the danger posed by Abedi on at least five separate occasions in the five years prior to the attack on Monday night….
The missed opportunities to catch Abedi were beginning to mount up last night. The Telegraph has spoken to a community leader who said that Abedi was reported two years ago “because he thought he was involved in extremism and terrorism”….
Two friends of Abedi also became so worried they separately telephoned the police counter-terrorism hotline five years ago and again last year….
Akram Ramadan, 49, part of the close-knit Libyan community in south Manchester, said Abedi had been banned from Didsbury Mosque after he had confronted the Imam who was delivering an anti-extremist sermon.
Mr Ramadan said he understood that Abedi had been placed on a “watch list” because the mosque reported him to the authorities for his extremist views.
A well-placed source at Didsbury Mosque confirmed it had contacted the Home Office’s Prevent anti-radicalisation programme as a result.
A US official also briefed that members of Abedi’s own family had contacted British police saying that he was “dangerous”, but again the information does not appear to have been acted upon….
Yet Abedi was able to travel frequently between the UK and Libya, where it is feared he trained in bombmaking and possibly travelled to Syria.
US authorities said Abedi was known to them prior to the atrocity while France’s interior minister said the 22-year-old had “proven” links with Islamic State and that both British and French intelligence services had information that the attacker had been in Syria.
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, disclosed that the intelligence services had been aware of Abedi, who had only in the past few weeks returned to the UK after visiting Libya.
This is the future we chose. Honor killings have become regular. Women are murdered for falling in love -confined for life within the rigid religious lines carved out on the backs of millions of women who have suffered through it for over 1,400 years.
Meanwhile those native to the relative safety of the West who claim to care about diversity, women’s rights and minorities will once again ignore this because it undermines their narrative, and because they have the luxury of being able to look at life under Islam with one selective eye only.
To those people: If you can’t even do the minimum of acknowledging the dangers minorities face at the hands of other minorities (and because of your refusal to blame anyone but white people) then can you honestly say you genuinely care about them?
There are literal meanings of words and then there are doctrinal meanings. The doctrinal meanings are what things are understood to mean within the system and are often different to the literal meanings. So, for example, ‘terrorism’ literally means something done to terrorise the general population. Yet Britain and the US terrorise civillians every day with drone strikes and so forth, but we don’t call this 'terrorism’. The doctrinal meaning of 'terrorism’ is that it only includes acts against us, not by us - a pretty important shift of meaning.