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American Muslims raise $500,000 for non-Muslim victims of Portland attacks

Haider Ali 10:09 AM | 1 Jun, 2017
American Muslims raise $500,000 for non-Muslim victims of Portland attacks
OREGON - In a matchless show of co-existence and humanity, Muslim groups have raised nearly half-a-million dollars for the families of the men killed in Portland, Oregon while trying to defend Muslim women from a racist attack.

Two teenage girls who were being racially abused on a train last week were defended by three men. Unfortunately, two of them, 23-years-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and 53-years-old Ricky John Best lost their life another man was left severely injured.

Soon after the tragedy Muslim groups Muslim Education Trust and CelebrateMercy, started a crowdfunding campaign for the victims in order to “respond to hate with love”.

The campaign generated funds swiftly. The initial target for the campaign set at $60,000 (£46,500) was raised in just five hours to cover the funeral costs for Mr Best and Mr Namkai-Meche.

After the target was achieved, the organisers decided to use the rest of the funds for long term expenses, such as supporting Mr Best’s four children through college.

The organisers said they were inspired by the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, quoting a passage from the Qu’ran.

“Our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: "Have mercy to those on earth, and the One in Heaven (God) will have mercy upon you." The Prophet's life exemplified that central commandment in the Quran: "Repel evil with that which is better" (41:34).

CelebrateMercy has also launched campaigns to repair Jewish cemeteries after multiple racially motivated attacks on tombstones across the US.

On the other hand, Asha Deliverance, the mother of Mr Namkai-Meche, has written an open letter calling on US president Donald Trump to address Islamophobia.

“You have said that you will be President for all Americans. So, I ask you Mr. President to take action at this time. Your words and actions are meaningful, here in America and throughout the world,” she wrote.

The survivor of the attack, 21 years-old Micah Fletcher released a video on Facebook and expressed that that he was grateful for all the support, raising voice for the girls as well.

"This is about them, that they are the real victims here as well," he said.

Portland Train Stabbing

The incident that rocked the Portland city of Oregon happened last Friday when two Muslim girls wearing hijab allegedly faced racial slurs by Jeremy Joseph Christian while riding on a commuter train.

However, three men riding the same train tried to defend the women but Christian pulled a knife and stabbed all three men, killing two and leaving a third hospitalized.

Joseph was arrested but he continued his rant as he sat in the back of a police car and said: "I stabbed the two (expletives) in the neck and I'm happy now."

"I hope they all die. I'm gonna say that on the stand. I'm a patriot, and I hope everyone I stabbed died." he was recorded saying by the audio system of police car.

The alleged attacker, Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35 is charged with aggravated murder, among other counts.

The 35-year-old was known to be involved with white nationalist groups and was recently photographed at a recent alt-right protest giving a Nazi salute and shouting: “Die, Muslims!”

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 9, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 271.9 274.85
Euro EUR 294.7 297.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331 334.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.3 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.2 73.9
Australian Dollar AUD 191.3 193.7
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.35 740.35
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.16
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.63 175.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.53 723.57
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 298.06 300.56
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs193,700 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs166,070.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350

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