Tuesday, 22 March 2016


“When he leaves (you) or attains authority, he rushes about the land to foment disorder and corruption therein and to ruin the sources of life and human generations. Surely God does not love disorder and corruption.” – The Noble Qur'an » SurahAl-Baqarah » Al-Baqarah-205, Surah The Cow Verse-205

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Brussels (French: Bruxelles, Dutch: Brussel), officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels which is the capital of Belgium, the French Community of Belgium, and the Flemish Community. The region has a population of 1.2 million and a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.8 million, the largest in Belgium. Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a major centre for international politics and has become the polyglot home of numerous international organisations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants.

Brussels is the de facto capital (or one of three capitals including Luxembourg and Strasbourg) of the European Union as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions. The secretariat of the Benelux and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are also located in Brussels.

Historically a Dutch-speaking city, it has seen a major shift to French from the late 19th century onwards. Today the majority language is French, and the Brussels-Capital Region is an officially bilingual enclave within the Flemish Region. All road signs, street names, and many advertisements and services are shown in both languages. Brussels is increasingly becoming multilingual with increasing numbers of migrants, expatriates and minority groups speaking their own languages.

The latest terrorist attacks in Europe have shaken Brussels. There were twin blasts hitting Zaventem airport at 07:00 GMT, killing 11 and injuring 81. Another explosion struck Maelbeek metro station an hour later, killing 20 people. Belgium has now raised its terrorism threat to its highest level. The attacks come four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive in the Paris attacks, was seized in Brussels.

We live in an increasingly more violent world where small numbers of radicalised individuals and groups are having major effects internationally on social, political, religious and ethnic levels. It is sad that at this stage of human civilisation we can be at the mercy of such barbarity. It is even sadder that religion is used to mask acts that have a clear economic and political agenda. When innocent people are killed to further this agenda, the whole of humanity sustains an injury. No God or religion can approve such slaughter of innocents. Whoever carries out such acts and perverts the meaning of holy writings to justify such acts is not a devout and godly person. They deserve the unyielding wrath of the God Whose Name they take in vain.

May the victims of acts of terrorism rest in peace. Lets us offer condolences to their families and friends and hope they find strength to persevere and carry on. To the refugee families who flee from violence, lets us offer safe havens. To all travellers, sincere wishes for safe travels.


  1. Well said. You brought a great tribute to the victims! I caught it, just before I went to bed, that people were being evacuated out of the airport. It has been on my mind, since it is close to the childhood towns I grew up, and went to Belgium on more than one school trip.

  2. Amen! I agree with you wholeheartedly! TFS!

  3. Heisann.... thank you for encourage me to attend Travel Tuesday with Trinidad my post.
    More records about Cuba will be published after Easter! Whats happened in Brüssel, we must stop any cost....

  4. May God give the bereaved families strength to bear the loss. Such acts of violence are highly condemnable. May peace and justice prevail.