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 Each hour here in the holy land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white.

The following is Malcolm X’s (al-Hajj, Malik al-Shabazz) letter to his assistants in Harlem during his pilgrimage to Makkah in April of 1964:

"Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this ancient holy land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all the other Prophets of the holy scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless

and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors.

I have been blessed to visit the holy city of Makkah; I have made my seven circuits around the Ka'aba, led by a young Mutawwaf (guide) named Muhammad; I drank water from the well of the Zamzam. I ran seven times back and forth between the hills of mount al-Safa and al-Marwa. I have prayed in the ancient city of Mina, and I have prayed on mount Arafat.

 There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white - but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.

You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept on the same rug - while praying to the same God - with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the words and in the deeds of the white Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana.

We were truly all the same (brothers) - because their belief in one God had removed the white from their minds, the white from their behavior, and the white from their attitude.

I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the Oneness of Man - and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their “differences” in color.

Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro?

With racism plaguing America like an incurable cancer, the so-called “Christian” white American heart should be more receptive to a proven solution to such a destructive problem. Perhaps it could be in time to save America from imminent disaster - the same destruction brought upon Germany by racism that eventually destroyed the Germans themselves.

Each hour here in the holy land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white. The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities - he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the walls and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth - the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.

Never have I been so highly honored. Never have I been made to feel more humble and unworthy. Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro? A few nights ago, a man who would be called in America a white man, a United Nations diplomat, an ambassador, a companion of kings, gave me his hotel suite, his bed. Never would I have even thought of dreaming that I would ever be a recipient of such honors - honors that in America would be bestowed upon a King - not a Negro.

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.

Sincerely, al-Hajj, Malik al-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Taken from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, co-authored by Alex Haley.

Editor’s Note: The compassion, selflessness, brotherhood, and generosity that Malcolm encountered in Makkah during his Hajj opened his heart to the true spirit of Sunni Islam. He writes in his autobiography, “Because of the spiritual enlightenment which I was blessed to receive as the result of my recent pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah, I no longer subscribe to sweeping indictments of any one race. I am now striving to live the life of a true Sunni Muslim. I must repeat that I am not a racist nor do I subscribe to the tenets of racism. I can state in all sincerity that I wish nothing but freedom, justice and equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people.”

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Addressing the subject of women in Islam

by Tariq Ramadan When it comes to religion, it may well be over the women’s issue that tensions, contradictions, and concerns are most frequent and complex. This involves human relationships, deep-seated representation, and relationship logic that, beyond scriptural sources themselves, have to do with age-old cultural and social heritages that remain deeply ingrained and highly sensitive.


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Afghan Elections - Another Fake Regime

By Eric Margolis Afghanistan’s national election held this week is a sham. A group of candidates, handpicked by the US, will pretend to compete in an election whose outcome has already been determined – by Washington. The candidates include US groomed politicians, and drug-dealing warlords from the Tajik and Uzbek north. Chief among them, Rashid Dostam, a


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Afghan Elections for Another Fake Regime

By Eric Margolis Afghanistan’s national election held this week is a sham. A group of candidates, handpicked by the US, will pretend to compete in an election whose outcome has already been determined – by Washington. The candidates include US groomed politicians, and drug-dealing warlords from the Tajik and Uzbek north. Chief among them, Rashid Dostam, a


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Afghan elections: Great start with risks ahead

by Omar Samad           Afghanistan experienced yet another defining moment as millions of Afghans braved suicide attacks, roadside bombs, intimidations and even unexpected stormy weather conditions on Saturday, to take part in the presidential (and provincial council) elections - expected to produce the country's first democratic and peaceful transfer of power. That is if, in spite


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Afghan elections: The morning after

by Helena Malikyar The nation hasn't felt such euphoria since 1964 when the Afghan king declared the country a constitutional monarchy. Afghan women and youth constitute the biggest stakeholders and stand to lose more should the country return to a conservative and traditional system, "I am voting today to secure my grandchildren's future," said an


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Afghan Youth for Democracy? Not all of them

by Borhan Osman    Many observers are looking with hope at the progress in terms of education of Afghan youth and often describe it as a safeguard of democracy during the political transitions ahead. This, however, means painting Afghan youth with an all–too-broad brush and closing eyes to undercurrents that try to undermine further democratisation, says AAN’s Borhan


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Afghanistan Elections and Pakistan

By Yasmeen Aftab Ali The question deals less with which candidate wins the presidential race and more with the legitimacy and acceptance of the election results by theAfghan Elections multiethnic population of Afghanistan. The Afghan election system follows that of the French. There are a total of 11 candidates in the run and it is not possible for any one of these aspirants to


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Afghans, a lost minority in Sri Lanka

By Tuan Mohammed Zameer Careem The island nation of Sri Lanka is indeed a popular tourist destination in the World and is one of the finest in the Asian subcontinent. Throughout history, this land of eternal charm has been of great interest to tradesmen, conquerors, colonists, honeymooners, globetrotters, historians, writers and even culinary


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Africa, Myanmar And ‘The Chinese Footprint In Sri Lanka’

By Charitha Ratwatte An analyst has commented after reviewing the People’s Republic of China’s recent economic and political incursions into the continent of Africa that “Africa is China’s honey pot. Where else would China find political leaders so easy to buy!?” China has over the last 10 years carried out a sustained political and investment push into Africa. Visits have been


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African truth of Israeli apartheid

by Finian Cunningham For more than six decades since its creation in 1948, the Israeli regime has hidden its crimes against native Arab people with the façade of “national security”. The Israeli usurpers have systematically stolen land from the native Palestinians, killed them, brutalized them, and pushed millions into exile or into squalid ghettos.


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After killing Pune executive, mob attacked bakeries and shops

by Aseem Shaikh Anti-Modi FB post may give cybercrime cell its first arrestPune techie murder: BJP MP says some repercussions to derogatory FB p...Maharashtra govt warns of action against those misusing social mediaNew Facebook post sparks violence in MaharashtraCommunal fever spreading after BJP took over at


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After Techie's killing, Fear Drives many in Pune

by Asseem Shaikh The 1.30pm namaz at the mosque in Unnati Nagar, Hadapsar, on Saturday had the usual gathering but something was different. Many had changed their attire and a handful their appearance — Pathani suits had made way for trousers and shirts and a few young men had shaved off their beards. The brutal


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After weak turnout, mass media beg Egyptians to participate in presidential vote

from MIDDLE EAST MONITOR Sisi web camPro-coup Egyptian mass media applauded Al-Sisi's coup, as well as his roadmap announced in the wake of the ouster of President Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation by Al-Sisi's regime. Egyptian mass media rebuked the Egyptian people on Tuesday for not


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Age of genocide: Rwanda 1994 vs. Gaza 2014

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich Ambassador Samantha Power is the US permanent representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet. “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”   Horace Mann. In her acclaimed book “A Problem From Hell; America and the Age of Genocide” (2003), Samantha


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Age of Mass Violence, has Humanity lost its Value?

by Maryam Hedayat Every single day, we come across numerous instances of how a man stabs his brother to death on a dispute of land, how a husband kills his wife just on some baseless suspicion or personal quarrel, how a son murders his father because he is not allowing him to marry the girl he wishes to. When we rise in the morning and watch the news on TV or read the


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Aid group says 3 mln Syrian children at risk of malnutrition

by TodaysZaman As Syria's civil war rages into its third year, millions of children in the country are at risk of malnutrition and face severe food shortages, an international aid organization has warned. Save the Children said four million Syrians -- more than half of them children -- are unable to produce or buy enough food. Thousands are trapped in battle zones in and around Syria's major cities, such as Aleppo in the north and in the central city of Homs, cut off from access to all but the bare minimum foodstuffs needed to survive, the US-based group said in a dramatic report released on Monday.


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Aishah's Age when Prophet Married her

by Adil Salahi With the latest news about infant marriage in Yemen and the sad event of the death of the bride on her wedding night. The issue is related to Islam and what was Aishah's age when she married the Prophet? The report commonly known among Muslims is that Lady Aishah was nine years of age when she married the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).


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Al-Aqsa Mosque Provides special Tste of Ramadan

from Worldbulletin Despite the Israeli measures, some Muslim institutions, such as the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, send buses to ferry visitors to the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. With prayers and religious lessons for Muslim worshippers, East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque is providing Palestinians with a special taste of Ramadan this year.


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Al-Quran revealed by God

by A F Dawood If not how did Prophet speak of scientific facts? All-Quran which was revealed to Prophet Mohamed 1440 years ago in Mecca and Medina over a period of 23 years is a miracle, although the non-Muslims, specially the Christians and the Jews, attribute that Al-Quran was written by Mohamed was copied from the Bible.


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Al-Sisi follows Mubarak in dancing to Israel's tune

by Ahmed Elkaoud One of the main reasons for the eruption of the 2011 revolution in Egypt was the people's rejection of Israel's control over the Hosni Mubarak government, particularly the police, army, judiciary and media. These are the four most influential aspects of the government. Mubarak's regime took a very pragmatic stance in regards to both Israel and resistance organisations such as Hamas.


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Al-Sisi has lost his relevance and will not be president of Egypt

by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi  Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, who is considered the spiritual reference for the Muslim Brotherhood, has said that General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi has lost his relevance and will not be president of Egypt. He also suggested that the upcoming constitutional referendum is "absurd", and said that the Muslim Brotherhood will emerge stronger from this confrontation, after having already defied two previous presidents, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Hosni Mubarak.


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Al-Sisi supporters turn against government following fuel price increase

from Middle East Monitor Ibrahim MahlabEgypt's Prime Minister states in a press conference at the Cabinet building in central Cairo that Egypt's poverty rate has risen to 26.3 percent, on July 5,2014. Mahlab's government applied a new fuel price raise earlier on the dayThe government's decision to raise fuel prices in Egypt has provoked an


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Al-Sisi's Bicycle Ride for Presidential Campaign

Dr. Amira Abo el-Fetouh Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi chose to begin his presidential campaign in Egypt by riding a bicycle valued at 40,000 Egyptian Pounds in an empty street with no vehicles other than a parked bus and exactly eight individuals. They were, of course, his guards. I am intrigued by those who doubted that Al-Sisi would run for the presidency. He is the man who carried out


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Al-Sisi’s visit to Russia: A Desperate Quest to Legitimize his Illegitimacy

by Mohammad Pervez Bilgrami Egypt's de facto ruler, field marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sisi along with his foreign minister Nabil Fahmy  paid a two-day long visit to Russia from 11 to 12 February; this reciprocate trip came into effect after last November’s visit of Russian foreign and defense minister to Egypt. Sisi's visit has multitude of meanings as he is looking for international recognition before assuming the presidential position in the country; if he wishes


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Algerian politics in crisis and a national tragedy

by Zerwaq Naseer        Whatever the readings, descriptions, analyses or interpretations of the events in Algeria may be, and whatever motives, tests of will, conflicts, interest or privileges are, in the end the reality of the situation is a political system in crisis and a tragedy for the nation. The Algerian political system (by which I mean the decision-making process) does not possess


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Alija Izetbegović: The soul of Bosnia’s resistance

World Bulletin / News Desk Nicknamed ‘the Wise King’, Alija Izetbegović was born on 8 August 1925 to a Muslim family. When he was in college he became curious about his religion and joined a Muslim youth club, before becoming a member of an organization for the development of ideas when he was just 15 years of age. This organization, which was originally founded for the debate and exchange of ideas, later became a leading organization for education and charitable


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Allah's Signs in the Universe

By: Dr. Spahic Omer The entire universe worships its Creator with paramount joy and pride, with neither fatigue nor boredom ever befalling it. This is a truth which humans, owing to their restricted aptitude, will never be able to comprehend. As a result of their arrogance and ignorance though, human beings have developed their own perceptions in relation to many a secret of


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Altuhgama Under Siege: Muslim Owned Shops Are Torched

by Colombo Tele Curfew has currently been declared in Aluthgama after protestors of the Bodu Bala Sena had attempted to stone the Darga Town muslim mosque erupting in a clash between the Muslims in the mosque and protesters, initial reports said. Several Muslim owned shops have been torched by the violent mobs. Risky


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Alutgama mayhem: DEW questions failure to take pre-emptive action

by Shamindra Ferdinando * IGP received letter from Azath Salley warning of violence.* Two drunken monks among 47 arrested. The government's failure to adopt pre-emptive security measures at Alutgama and Beruwala should be thoroughly investigated, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and Senior Minister Dew


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Aluthgama has exposed our multiple complications

By Rajan Philips The crisis of Sri Lanka has gone beyond being the crisis of its government. Aluthgama has exposed multiple complications in our politics, society, culture and governance, and there is no easy remedy to any of them. The Rajapaksa government excels in misgovernment and makes misgoverning look not only


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Aluthgama violence: Attackers were outsiders, says Opposition Leader

by Zacki Jabbar ‘Government threatened media not to reveal the truth’. It was not the Sinhalese of Alutgama and Beruwela who had attacked Muslims in their areas on June 16 but outsiders including members of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) sent there with the connivance of leading figures in the government, the UNP said


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Aluthgama, Beruwala Incidences: Conflicting Developmental and Religious Objectives

by Riza Jaufer Post war Sri Lanka has been vigorously concentrating efforts of marketing the country as a safer destination for the tourism and the investments, targeting at attracting a large number of tourists and foreign Direct Investments (FDI). Obviously, these were two prerequisite for the boost of post war economy. Understandably, these targets were unlikely to materialize unless the long term economic stability is ensured and the post war reconciliation efforts were completed.


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Aluthgama: A game without winners

by Darisha Bastians As sporadic attacks against the Muslim community continue two weeks after the Aluthgama riots and instigators of the vicious religious violence roam free, fingers are still pointed against the Government for inaction and complicity. Politically there can be no victors in this ugly ethno-religious game. 


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Ambassadors of their Country

By Tariq A. Al Maeena As ambassadors of their country, some Saudis do not understand the implications of their nefarious activities when they travel abroad. Whether it is bar room brawls or chasing and harassing reputable women, these travellers bring upon the country an unwarranted stigma. And in the age of instant


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America: conversion isn’t easy but it’s happening

by Michele Moses Though Will Caldwell was born, raised and college educated in Georgia, he is uncomfortable praying there.He has felt that way since a clear summer evening in 2007 at a nondescript gas station off a nondescript interstate somewhere between Savannah and Macon. He was on his way home to Saint Simons Island from Emory University, where he had just finished


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American aid is political not developmental

by Nicola Nasser 'In the context of Latin America, USAID does not have any respect for the sovereignty of the countries in which it has projects and does not avoid interfering in the internal affairs of these countries'.The US Vice Secretary of State for Eastern European Affairs, Victoria Nuland, did not leave any room for doubt when she confirmed that America and Europe


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American Muslims unite in one coalition organization

by Amanda Murphy WASHINGTON — Seeking to make a bigger impact in American politics and to better protect their civil rights, 10 Muslim groups have banded together under a new umbrella group: the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations.Many of the leaders of the new organization called the campaign for increased unity among Muslims an unprecedented step for the


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American Unlimited Imperialism: Now Ukraine

by Francis Boyle It is the Unlimited Imperialists along the lines of Alexander, Rome, Napoleon and Hitler who are now in charge of conducting American foreign policy.Historically, this latest eruption of American militarism at the start of the 21st Century is akin to that of America opening the 20th Century by means of the U.S.-instigated Spanish-American War in 1898. Then


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Americans Still Blind to Israel’s Domination of Palestine

by Ira Chernus When Stephen Colbert looks at people he doesn't see skin color. He treats everyone equally because everyone is equally white to him. In the same way, Joseph Kahn, foreign editor of the New York Times, sees no difference between Israelis and Palestinians. When it comes to covering the U.S. - supervised talks between the two neighbors, the Times treats


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Amnesty International is US State Department Propaganda

By Tony Cartalucci August 22, 2012 - Mistakenly considered by many as the final word on human rights worldwide, it might surprise people to know that Amnesty International is in fact one of the greatest obstacles to real human rights advocacy on Earth. In its most recent 2012 annual report (page 4, .pdf), Amnesty reiterates one of the biggest lies it routinely tells:"Amnesty


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An Abbasid education

By Mohanned Rahman The Abbasids ruled a vast empire from Baghdad when it was the thriving capital of the Islamic world. For about five hundred years the city boasted the cream of intellectuals and culture, a reputation gained during the reigns of the Caliphs al-Rashid (809 CE), al-Ma’mun (833 CE), al-Mu’tadhid (902 CE) and al-Muktafi (908 CE).At the end of 2013, the latest


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An account of the martyrdom of Sayyid Qutb

"Indeed our words will remain lifeless, barren, devoid of any passion, until we die as a result of these words, whereupon our words will suddenly spring to life and live on amongst the hearts that are dead, bringing them back to life as well." Sayyid Qutb There was a man called Fawad Dajawi – the coward, who claimed to be a judge (even though he was an ignorant commoner), he would make judgments upon the Ikhwanis’ in court. To show how much of a coward he was; when he went to fight the Jews in 1956, and the Jews surrounded the Muslims, he joined the side of the Jews against the Muslims. So the Jews let him go due to his betrayal of the Muslims.


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An American-Led Plan To Liquidate Jihadist Groups In Syria

By Abdel Bari Atwan The most striking development in Syria over the past few days has been the role of al-Nusra – which officially declared allegiance to al-Qaeda and its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri – as mediator between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the other rebel factions which are battling to root it out. ISIS is itself an offshoot of the al-Qaeda network but al-Nusra has sometimes joined the other factions to fight it.


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An Appeal to UNHCHR - Muzaffer Nagar war against Muslims

This is an appeal sent to the Human Rights Council Branch, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland by Sohail Siddiqui on behlaf of the victiims of the Anti-Muslim Violence Muzaffarnagar. by Sohail Siddiqui  Submission of Complaint regarding Human Rights Violations in India of Muslims of Uttarpradesh Western UP from last three months in Anti-Muslim Violence and subsequent migration of Muslims from 192 villages to Refugee Camps of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts.


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