Monday, March 2, 2015

Canada: Ahmadi Muslim leaders in Calgary open its doors to community, hoping to remove misconceptions about Islam

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Organizers say it’s equally important to reach out to people of all walks of life and make sure there is support for vulnerable people.

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By Tracy Nagai and Lisa MacGregor | March 1, 2015

CALGARY – Muslim leaders in Calgary are reaching out to the community.

Dozens of people gathered at the Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre Sunday afternoon to discuss Muslim families, traditions and cultures.

The meeting is part of an effort to bridge the gaps and remove misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.

Organizers say it’s equally important to reach out to people of all walks of life and make sure there is support for vulnerable people.

“It’s become more important now because of the terrorist activities conducted by the mislead Muslims. So we believe Muslims need to be taught, they need to be guided and non Muslims have to be informed,” Sultan Mahmood from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at said.

Australia: Ahmadiyya Muslim community group helps clean up Australia

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Volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Australia cleaned a part of Sydney's Blacktown on Clean Up Australia Day.

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By Van Nguyen | March 2, 2015

A Muslim community group has said it's happy to have again contributed to Australia's annual cleaning up event.

A Muslim community group has said it's happy to have again contributed to Australia's annual cleaning up event.

Volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Australia cleaned a part of Sydney's Blacktown on Clean Up Australia Day.

Mirzah Shariff is the group's National External Affairs Executive.

He told Van Nguyen helping on Clean Up Australia Day is in line with the Muslim faith.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

USA: Religious leaders assail violence in the name of faith

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In a world with more than 3 billion Christians and Muslims, he said, Jews number just 13 million  5 million fewer than before the Holocaust. And yet Jews do not see the need to proselytize for their faith.

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By Mark Roth | March 1, 2015

Gathering at mosque in Wilkinsburg draws 5 major denominations

Leaders of five major faiths gathered Saturday in Wilkinsburg with one clear message: If anyone says his religion is the one exclusive path to God, or that God has authorized him to kill other believers, he does not speak for us.

The gathering, held at the Al-Nur Mosque, included leaders from Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity and Judaism. The mosque is a worship site for the Ahmadiyaa Muslim community, a branch of Islam with more than 10 million followers that was founded in what is now Pakistan in the late 1800s. Because its adherents believe that founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the promised messiah, many mainstream Muslims do not accept its legitimacy.

Canada: #MeetAMuslimFamily Campaign aims to 'remove any misconceptions' about Islam | Video

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In the wake of several shocking terrorist attacks carried out by extremists, some Canadian Muslim families are inviting strangers into their homes and mosques with the hopes of educating them about Islam.

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By CTVNews.ca Staff  | March 1, 2015

In the wake of several shocking terrorist attacks carried out by extremists, some Canadian Muslim families are inviting strangers into their homes and mosques with the hopes of educating them about Islam.

The "Meet a Muslim Family" campaign kicked off on Sunday and wraps up on March 14. It connects Canadians with Muslim families, introducing them to their traditions, cultures and values. The goal is to "remove any misconceptions regarding Islam and Muslims," the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Canada, the group behind the campaign, said in a statement.

Australia: Clean Up Australia marks 25th anniversary with milestone haul

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Over 100 volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Stockleigh Mosque participated in Clean Up Australia Day on the Gold Coast. (AAP)

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By AAP | March 2, 2015

A quarter of a century after the first Clean Up Australia Day, volunteers have cleared their 300,000th tonne of rubbish.

More than half-a-million Australians carted around the signature yellow rubbish bags yesterday at more than 6000 sites around the country, the organisation says.

On the event's 25th anniversary, volunteers removed an estimated 13,500 tonnes of rubbish.

That's in addition to the 288,000 tonnes estimated to have been cleared over the previous 24 years.

"We should all be proud of our outstanding success," said founder of Clean Up Australia, Ian Kiernan, in Sydney.

Canada: Between Religion and Justice

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Let it be known that my sympathy for the woman doesn’t stem from her ‘Muslim’ label. I would complain just as ardently had it been a Sikh man in a turban.

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By Faraz Talat | February 28, 2018

Rania El-Alloul went to a courtroom in Montreal to get her car back after it was seized by the automobile insurance board, but the judge refused to hear the case because Rania wore a hijab. By no stretch of secular imagination, can such blatant anti-Muslim bigotry be excused.

For transparency’s sake, let me confess my position as a staunch supporter of the separation of religion from state affairs, as well as a feminist who does not agree with the reasons for hijab. However, I am outraged by this incident in Montreal, not in spite of wearing these titles with pride, but because I do so.

I recognise both a woman’s legal right to wear what she wills, and a private citizens’ right to religious self-expression, as long as no hazard is posed to others.

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