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From the prominent British Muslim imam’s FB page:

I was scheduled to travel to the USA today on the Virgin Atlantic flight at 4pm. I had a valid visa and therefore checked in online and had my boarding card emailed to my phone. I lift home in good time to catch my flight. I checked in at the Heathrow airport through the security gates and walked up to the assigned gate for the flight. When I handed my passport and boarding card to the Virgin Atlantic staff and she scanned my documents an alarm bell sounded. I always get this so I was not surprised.

Today however the treatment was extremely special. A man appeared and identified himself as staff from the US embassy. He took my passport and asked me some frivolous questions and then told me that my US visa has been revoked. I couldn’t travel to the USA today. No reason given and I should contact the embassy.

When I asked him further questions he first denied he knew anything about it and he was just a messenger. However, he then said, “you must have done something!” What have I done? Tell me at least what my crime is? I wanted to ask him these questions but I knew there was no point. He was cold, calculated and unhelpful. He wanted to just tell me and leave me to deal with the consequences.

I m baffled, annoyed and angry at the moment. USA has the right to issue and revoke visa – I fully understand that. However not forwarding any reasons infuriates ordinary people. It does not win the hearts and minds of people, it turns them off. I am amazed how irrational these processes are but does USA care about what you and I think? I don’t think so! It is the emperor and it does what it damn wills.

I m heading home now and after a long and deep reflection I will start my fight back. This is the not the end of this matter from my side for sure. You can be the emperor but you shall not silence me.

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