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Update on Muslim Travel Ban

June 29, 2017

In yesterday’s Justice360 bulletin, we discussed the Supreme Court’s ruling in bringing back President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban in a limited way. As of last night (Wednesday), the State Department issued a new rule.

 

Even though the Supreme Court has determined that a family relationship is enough to be permitted to enter, the State Department issued a rule last night that the following relationships do NOT qualify for obtaining visas: grandparents, grandchildren, uncles/aunts, nephews/nieces, cousins, and fiancés. Therefore, someone applying for a visa based on a family relationship listed above will NOT be given a visa or allowed to enter the United States. However, people with valid already-issued visas will be permitted to enter, if they have an established relationship with someone in the United States.

 

The Muslim Travel Ban will take effect at 8 p.m. EST tonight.

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Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

Sister Najmeh is the Founder and Lead Immigration Attorney at ImmigraTrust Law (www.ImmigraTrust.com), an immigration law practice in Sacramento, California, representing individual and corporate clients in all 50 U.S. States and internationally. Sister Najmeh can be reached at Najmeh@ImmigraTrust.com.

 

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U.S. Supreme Court Brings Back Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban – 5 Things You Need to Know

June 28, 2017

 

President Trump issued a Muslim Travel Ban earlier in the year prohibiting travel of foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries: Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. However, the Muslim Travel Ban was blocked by courts in various states. On Monday, June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case on the Muslim Travel Ban to resolve the issue once and for all. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in October 2017.

 

Until a final decision is made, the Supreme Court has allowed a limited version of the Muslim Travel Ban to go back into effect. Here are five things you need to know about the reinstated Muslim Travel Ban:

  1. United States Citizens and Green Card holders (legal permanent residents) will NOT be affected.
  2. People traveling to the United States who have a family member, employer, or school in the United States will NOT be affected.
  3. People who have no relationship to the United States, whether via family, school, or employment, will NOT be permitted to enter, even if they have a valid visa.
  4. This limited application of the Muslim Travel Ban will be in effect until the Supreme Court makes a decision in fall 2017. At that time, the Supreme Court could decide to eliminate the ban completely or to implement it in FULL effect. In which case, people with valid relationships to the United States and valid visas will be affected again.
  5. If you are from one of the six banned countries, please consult with an attorney before traveling to ensure that proper documentation is prepared and ready for any questioning related to the Muslim Travel Ban.

 

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Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

Sister Najmeh is the Founder and Lead Immigration Attorney at ImmigraTrust Law (www.ImmigraTrust.com), an immigration law practice in Sacramento, California, representing individual and corporate clients in all 50 U.S. States and internationally. Sister Najmeh can be reached at Najmeh@ImmigraTrust.com.

 

DISCLAIMER:

Justice360 Legal Bulletins are meant to assist in the general understanding of the current law relating to the stated topics. JUSTICE360 LEGAL BULLETINS SHOULD NOT BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. Organizations or individuals with specific questions should seek the advice of legal counsel.

 

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Eid al-Fitr Mubarak: First of Shawwal 1438 AH

As per the view of Ayatullah il-Uzma al-Khui (rahmatullahi alyhi) and the view of al-Imam ar-Raahil (rahmatullahi alyhi), and al-Wali al-Faqeeh (hafizahullah), Sunday is the first of Shawwal 1438 A.H. and Eed ul-Fitr for the entire USA and Canada.

 

As per the view of Ayatullah as-Sistani (hafizahullah) the Eed ul-Fitr is on Monday for USA and Canada (except for the lower belt of California, New Mexico and Arizona if sighting is confirmed and proven for that region)

 

Taqabbalallaahu siyaamakum wa qiyaamakum

Eedukum saeed

Syed Sartaj Zaidi
Chairman, Muslim Congress

 

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Imam Ali (a): Reflections on His Life and His Mission

Condolences to the Imam of our time Imam al-Mahdi (atfs), our righteous scholars, the Leader of the Muslim world, and all human beings on the martyrdom anniversary of Ameer-ul-Momineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (a).

Imam Ali (a) dedicated his life to pleasing Allah, through all the trials and tribulations that befell him.

He was the living Quran and the embodiment of Islam.

He was an Imam, whether he sat on a position of authority or not.

 

He was known for his justice and character to all Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Describing people, Imam Ali (a) divides humanity into two major categories , “Either they are your fellow believers in faith or they are human beings like you.”

 

He taught us that Allah (swt) has created man to be free, so one must not be a slave to any but his Creator.

Imam Ali was the one who worshiped Allah, not as a worshiper for the sake of the Paradise like a merchant looking to exchange goods, nor as a worshiper due to the scare of the Hell like a slave afraid of punishment, but as a free man who recognized that only Allah was worthy of his worship.

 

He was the man that considered governance to be less important than the sneeze of a goat. He explained that nations may be governed by unbelievers (kafireen) but not by oppressors (zalimeen).

Ali (a) only used the government as a means to please Allah. He dressed and lived as the poorest of his subjects. He did not gain respect from his position, rather the position became worthy of respect through him.

 

He was a man known for his dedication to Islam and truth (haqq). His enemies did not hate him because he was oppressive, but because of his uncompromising justice. It was because of his stance that he was killed, and justice was massacred by killing him.

 

Imam Ali (a) only ruled for four years approximately. There are those who criticize his methods as too lenient or claim he was not smart enough (naoozu billah) to maintain power. They forget there was a key difference between him and his opponents. Ali (a) never cared about obtaining or maintaining power. His sole focus was fulfilling God’s will and establishing social justice, whereas his opponents sought worldly gain through all means possible, no matter how immoral and inhumane.

His only goal was to achieve Allah’s pleasure.

His followers should pay attention to his saying:

وَاللهِ مَا مُعَاوِيَةُ بِأَدْهَى مِنِّي
وَلكِنَّهُ يَغْدِرُ وَيَفْجُرُ

“By Allah, Mu`awiyah is not more cunning than I am, but he deceives and commits evil deeds”

 

وَلَوْلاَ كَرَاهِيَةُ الْغَدْرِ لَكُنْتُ مِنْ أَدْهَى النَّاسِ

“Had it not been for the reprehensibility of deceit, I would have been the most cunning of all men”.

 

Looking at his life, we see that when it comes to serving Allah, there is no weighing loss and gain, only the success, through fulfilling ones obligations.

May Allah accept your prayers and supplications in this holy month.

May Allah bless you and your families.

 

Syed Sartaj Zaidi
Chairman, Muslim Congress

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Muslim Congress Applauds Courageous Defender of Victims of Hate, Sends Condolences

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche was a young graduate from Reed College in Portland. He, along with Ricky John Best was killed in an effort to protect two Muslim girls from a racist man in a train ride.

 

According to eye witness reports the suspect was verbally harassing two women (one of whom was in Hijab). When passengers began to defend the women he drew a knife and stabbed three of them – two of whom succumbed to their wounds. The suspect was later identified as Jeremy Christian, a known racist and white supremacist.

 

Namkai-Meche’s mother, released this statement after the incident:

Taliesin Myrddin lived a joyous and full life. His enthusiasm was infectious. We lost him in a senseless act that brought close to home the insidious rift of prejudice and intolerance that is too familiar, too common. He was resolute in his conduct (and) respect of all people. In his final act of bravery, he held true to what he believed is the way forward. He will live in our hearts forever as the just, brave, loving, hilarious and beautiful soul he was. We ask that in honor of his memory, we use this tragedy as an opportunity for reflection and change. We choose love. Safe journey Taliesin. We love you.

 

Muslim Congress, expresses deep condolences to the families of these Good Samaritans who stood up and gave up their lives for a just, human cause in defending the defenseless. We also denounce these reprehensible acts of hate and violence due to rising Islamophobia.

 

We encourage people of conscious to learn about Islam and Muslims from proper and authentic sources as opposed to questionable media outlets. The holy month of Ramadhan is an opportune month to do so.

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Chairman’s Message Highlighting the Spirit of the Holy Month of Allah

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

“O’ you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, just as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may ward off (evil).”

The Holy Prophet (s) said:
الصَّومُ جُنَّةٌ مِن النارِ

“Fasting is a shield for protection against Hell fire.”

 

This is the month of Allah; the month of guidance, mercy, repentance, and forgiveness. This is the month of supplications (Duaas) and the revelation of the Quran.

During this month the doors of heaven are open.

The purpose of fasting in Islam is to train us to suppress our natural appetites and to shun evil. It does not mean abstaining only from food and drink but from every kind of evil. Abstention from food is only a step towards the main objective. The main objective is to purify our conduct and character, and to charge the soul with the divine attributes of Allah.

 

Achieving piety is the goal of fasting.

Imam al-Sadiq (A) said: “Fasting is not achieved simply by the renunciation of eating and drinking. When you observe fast your eyes, ears, tongue, stomach, and sexual parts should also be fasting with you. A true observer of fast is the one who prevents all his limbs and body parts from sins. Such fasts belong to God’s special servants”.

We should not follow our low desires and allow the organs of our body to sin. Let us cleanse ourselves from all diseases of the soul.
The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said:

حُفَّتِ الْجَنَّةُ بِالْمَكَارِهِ، وَحُفَّتِ النَّارُ بِالشَّهَوَات

“Paradise is enveloped by difficulties and Hell Fire is enveloped by desires.”

The control over our desires can take us in to a deeper connection with Allah, for obedience is the purpose of our creation.

One of the philosophies behind fasting in the month of Ramadan is to decrease the gap between the rich and the poor.

 

We should take advantage of this month of Allah to receive His mercy.

We need to remember that every act of worship has its philosophy. Worship should not be like a habit; rather we should perform acts with understanding.

 

Imam Sadiq (as) has said, “God made fasting obligatory so that the rich and the poor are made equal. If there was no fasting, the rich would never experience the feeling of hunger that would make them have mercy on the poor, for whenever the rich desire something they are able to acquire it. Thus God desired to place His servants on the same level, so that the rich experience hunger and pain so that they have compassion for the weak and have mercy on the hungry.”

Therefore, don’t forget the hungry and thirsty people around you at the time of breaking of your fast.

 

Dear brothers and sisters, the Holy Prophet (s) said: He who wakes up without any concern for the affairs of Muslims, is not a Muslim.

Bloodshed is everywhere; in Pakistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Burma, Kashmir and Yemen.

Raise your voice in this month of Allah against injustice.

It is the duty of all believers to join our hands together and fight against injustice, aggression, oppression, and discrimination.

Please remember the last Friday of the Holy month of Ramadan as the Global Day of Quds.

Invite all the peace loving people to voice their opposition to the unjust and illegal occupation of Palestine.

Invite people of conscience to display their solid determination in support of the legitimate rights of the people of Palestine.

We need to support the oppressed, whoever and wherever they are, and seek justice for these nations that are being strangled by oppressive powers.

It is said that silence in the face of oppression only benefits the oppressors, never the victim. By not speaking out, we have chosen the side of the aggressor and aided them in their mission.

Remember Imam Ali’s Last Will:

وكُونا للظَّالِمِ خَصماً ولِلمَظلومِ عَوناً

“Be an enemy of tyrants and oppressors and be a friend and helper of those who are oppressed and tyrannized.”

 

May Allah accept our prayers, supplication and deeds in this holy month.

May Allah bless you and your family.

Syed Sartaj Zaidi
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Muslim Congress
May 27, 2017

 

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