Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Boston bombing suspect in hospital

Also in this week's news roundup, Muslims save Jewish lives and sectarian tensions continue in Indonesia.

Boston bombing suspects: Dzhokar Tsarnaev (left) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Bostonian Muslims Mourn with the City
The two men suspected by the FBI of being responsible for last week's Boston bombings, which killed three people, have been identified as Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Elder brother Tamerlan, 26, is said to have been a Muslim and has been killed in a police shoot out. Younger brother Dzhokar is seriously injured but remains in police custody. Some civil rights groups are complaining that Dzhokar has not been read his Miranda rights, which give him the right to remain silent and to be represented by a lawyer. Others have welcomed the decision due to the seriousness of Dzhokar's alleged crime. 

Meanwhile, workers from the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Centre have been busy organising an interfaith prayer event to honour the victims of the bombings. The imam of the Mosque, Suhaib Webb, stated: "We stand in support with the city, with the victims. We're hurt, equally shocked and equally pissed off."

Righteous Muslim Exhibition opens in Bloomsbury
A new exhibition aims to celebrate the role Muslims played in saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust. It will display photographs of 70 Muslims who sheltered Jews during the Second World War alongside stories detailing their acts of heroism. It is hoped the exhibition will inspire further research into Muslim-Jewish collaboration over the centuries.

Ahmadiyya sect under siege in Indonesia
Around 20 Ahmadi men are believed to be still in a Mosque that was shut off on April 4th with corrugated Iron fencing in Bekasi Indonesia. They are refusing to leave until officials guarantee they will be allowed to worship there again and also because they fear the property will be taken over once vacant. Religious minorities including Christians and Shias have all suffered severe discrimination recently in the current climate of religious intolerance in Indonesia.

Men deported from Saudi Arabia for being ‘too handsome’
Two men, visiting Riyadh for a Cultural Festival, have allegedly been deported for their good looks. Religious police were said to have forcibly removed them from the pavilion at the festival for fear of the effect they would have on women. Wonders never cease! @TayyabaNoor02

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