Festive Greetings and a Happy New Year!

A long year has come to an end, with festive vibes everywhere. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything due to being caught up with starting university and life in general, and so hopefully will come back to 2018 with fres25009892_380873322371952_6023257213877878784_n(1)h and new ideas. Meanwhile, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break and a Happy New Year! Let 2018 be a year of hope, happiness and all things positive. I pray society comes forward in unity, love and most importantly, peace. Life’s too short to be anything but the best version of yourself, and a positive influence wherever you go. Enjoy the rest of 2017, and go into 2018 with positive vibes only!

 

 

Bushra x

Twitter: @BushraSpeaks

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MERRY CHRISTMAS + A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This year has been extremely eventful, with many moments of historical significance, joy

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Christmas Tree in front of the Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower in Leicester, England

and grief. There have been instances where the world has felt more divided and tense than ever, as well as rare moments of global unity. More recently, considering the climate of terrorism and political upheaval, which has really revealed itself this year, Christmas will be tough for many this year. My heart goes out particularly to these people. I pray for my persecuted Christian brothers and sisters worldwide, who attach a very different significance and love for their faith than many of us can imagine. It keeps them going despite civil war and ongoing political crises which denies them the chance to truly celebrate with passion. Even in the most prosperous nations on Earth, thousands remain homeless on the streets during the winter season, with many more living in poverty.

As you celebrate this joyous festival, let us keep those in suffering in our prayers and enter 2017 with courage, spirit, passion and determination to strive for equality, justice, hope and love everywhere.

Peace! Happy holidays x

Bushra 😀

TWITTER: @BushraSpeaks

THE BIGGEST HEADLINES OF 2015!

WOW, 2015 has come to a seemingly quick end with a fast start to 2016 in many countries already. Here in the UK, there are a couple of hours to go and so I thought I’d make a post highlighting some of the biggest, happiest and tragic moments of 2015, many o2015headlines-header-770x433.jpgf which I wrote about on my blog throughout the year so I will include links, to truly bring the year to an end and start with a new year desiring for peace everywhere. So in no particular order…

TERROR ATTACKS IN FRANCE, LEBANON, BAGHDAD, YEMEN. ETC:

This year began with a fatal start as armed assassins stormed the Charlie Hebdo office and killed the cartoonists for drawing the Prophet Muhammad. , as well as later in the year when armed terrorists went on a major surge across Paris, killing around 130 people in Paris and injuring hundreds more, as well as attacks on a Shia Mosque/funeral in Beirut and Baghdad, as well as earlier on in the year initiating suicide bombings in Yemen during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This year particularly distressed me as there seemed to be an attack by politically driven terrorists every second, who raged their anger on completely innocent people, justifying it with the same religion which has motivated me to speak out against them and stand for justice.

Post speaking on these attacks: https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/terror-attacks-on-paris-beirut-baghdad-condolences/

PLANE CRASHES

This year proved abnormally high in the amount of plane related incidents. Early on in March a GermanWings flight crashed through suicide of the pilot, killing all 150 people on board as well as an apparent  an act of terror bringing down the Russian A321 airliner in Egypt later in November, killing all 224 people on board.  A couple of weeks later, the Turkish military downed a Russian fighter jet on claims that it had entered Turkish airspace.

HAJJ STAMPEDE and CRANE CRASH

During the annual Islamic pilgrimage in Makkah, Saudia Arabia during September, thousands of people were either killed or injured as a stampede broke out due to poor crowd management of the authorities, with a Saudi Prince blocking many roads that day for his arrival, contributing to this tragic end to many people’s lives. This came so closely after the deaths on site the pilgrimage as a result of the crane, working on expansion,crashing a few days earlier, killing over 100 people.

POST ON THESE EVENTS: https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/eid-mubarak-condolences-to-makkah-yemen/

MAJOR REFUGEE CRISIS’ 

This year proved overwhelming as the millions of refugees fleeing war torn Syria proved historical, with many heading to Europe in search for refuge. Some found the hope they’d been looking for, when Angela Merkel opened her arms in warm embrace to over a million refugees in Germany, with Justin Trudeau in Canada later welcoming thousands. For others, the treacherous journey proved fatal and cost their life, as seen when 3 year old Alan Kurdi washed up on the shores of Turkey after drowning in the Mediterranean sea. Earlier on in the year, the heavy persecution and deportation of the Rohingya migrants from Burma also made headlines, as they faced ethnic cleansing.

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE

In April, Nepal faced the tragic event of an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, the biggest impact in almost 80 years, as well as facing several tragic after shocks. 5,000 were quickly confirmed dead, an understatement to the actual reality, with countless numbers of injuries.

https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/nepal-earthquake-donate/

ELECTION VICTORIES

In the UK, on May 7th The Conservative Party took an unexpected victory, securing almost 31% of the votes and becoming the winning party once again. While not a majority, was enough to win as the dominating party of parliament due to the current system of ‘First Past The Post’. Also, in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in Myanmar after general elections on 8 November. It was the country’s first national vote since a nominally civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule.

SAME SEX MARRIAGE LEGALIZATION IN THE USA

In the United States of America, same-sex marriage became legal nationwide from June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, leading to celebrations across the US, and some couples who has dreamed for this day getting married on the minute it became constitutional, with millions of Facebook users burying their profile pictures in floods of rainbows to mark and show support of the ruling.

UK VOTES FOR SYRIAN AIRSTRIKES TO GO AHEAD

Britain carried out its first airstrikes in Syria, hours after MPs voted overwhelmingly to authorize military action in early December, with 397 to 223 votes. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party remained firmly against this notion with opposition even within his own party, as many Labour MP’s rebelled anyway, with Hillary Benn of Labour making a historical speech in favour of the airstikes, causing a standing ovation in Parliament.

PARIS CLIMATE DEAL

At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The agreement sets out a global action plan to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C and is to be enforced by 2020.

UN GLOBAL GOALS

And finally, in light of some of the atrocities and violence, as well as the deteriorating situation that remains in many third world countries, sparking poverty, lack of education and denial of Human Rights mainly to woman, initiated United Nation’s Global Goals which aims for the betterment of the world we live in. Read all about them here: https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/united-nations-global-goals-campaign-share/  and SHARE THEM. Let’s truly aim for peace and try and spread that to the world. We only have one.

Thanks for reading, it was probably the longest post I’ve ever done! Don’t forget to share and follow for more posts as we enter 2016! Stay safe and hopeful 🙂

Bushra xx

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone celebrating a very Happy Christmas! Have a fun and joyous day with lots of presents and plenty of turkey! Let me know how your day goes 😀download

I’d also like to wish you all an early Happy New Year, though I will probably post something before that as I will be in London soon, but also New Years Day will mark two years of being a blogger!

Have a safe, easy rest of the year and let’s all try and make lasting resolutions as we approach 2016! I can only pray for the safe and well being of humanity and as always, peace for all, as well as the chance for all of us to take a new year as a new chance to strive closer towards our goals and self improvement!

Once again, Merry Christmas if you’re celebrating and a Happy New, and prosperous year! Cannot wait for the fireworks! 🙂

 

Bushra x

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! | bushrajalilblog

There is still a good six hours to go before the New Year truly begins in the UK, marked by the always spectacular yearly fireworks display in London. However, firework celebrations have already begun in many countries such as Australia and Taiwan, so I’d like to take this as my last blog post of 2014 and wish you all a happy, safe animagesd blessed new year. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

This has been my first year of blogging, and as coincidental as this sounds, I first opened my blog on the 1st of January 2013! I guess I wanted to do it as a new start to the year, even though I only actually wrote on it regularly several months in. Who would’ve believed that I would make it to the end of the year? I doubt I kept any resolutions I made last year (as most of us do!) and so I thought I’d share not my resolutions for the year, but my wishes for the year, to the rest of the world. As much as the New Year is a time of celebration, the atrocities committed in the past year, and as recently as the last month or so were devastating. This leads me on to my biggest wish ever – to see peace on Earth!! It’s said again and again every year, but that simply highlights how important it is. The best way to defeat war is through love! So many people die and suffer at the hands of those who have justified their actions in the name of religion, politics and greed. Another dream is to see religions peacefully co-exist, like it should always be. The core of every religion is love, which is what connects them all. The foundations of their teachings are morals and love so the fact that people abuse this is heartbreaking and a real insult to those who are going through such hardships where religion may be all they have ❤

Becoming a better person in every way you can is truly beneficial to you and the world. A person of genuine peace and kindness is reflected like the sun’s rays through their personality, and this generates positivity to those who really need it.

Remember, peace starts with YOU. War and hatred starts and ends with US. Let’s not take it to 2015.

And, once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make the most!

Peace, Bushra xxx