Saturday, February 6, 2016

USA: Ahmadi Muslim women of Allen mosque to host open house

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Through the campaign, organizers seek to inform Americans (particularly youth) of the correct Islamic understanding, as taught by the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad.

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By Allen American | February 5, 2015

Program aims to teach differences between true Islam, extremism

The Women’s Auxiliary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Dallas is holding a mosque open house from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Baitul Ikram Mosque, 1850 Hedgecoxe Road in Allen, with a presentation and Q&A session on the True Islam and the Extremists campaign.

The open house is an opportunity for all American women to visit a mosque and ask Muslim women any questions they may have about Islam. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson will be the guest of honor.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, the nation’s largest Muslim organization, has launched a comprehensive campaign to separate true Islam from extremism. The True Islam and the Extremists campaign educates Americans and Muslim Americans on the peaceful, anti-extremist teachings of Islam by clarifying 11 of the most common misconceptions extremists use to radicalize youth.

Indonesia: Bangka’s Ahmadiyah followers evicted

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At noon, hundreds of residents stood outside the office of the Ahmadiyah, which was used as a meeting place for a mediated discussion led by Bangka Military Command chief Let. Col. Utten Simbolon.

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By Ahmad Junaidi | February 6, 2016

Women and children of the Ahmadiyah religious sect in a district in Bangka regency, Bangka Belitung province, were evacuated on Friday evening to save them from the wrath of local residents.

The evacuation was made after negotiations between Ahmadiyah leaders, local ulemas, the military, the police and the local administration failed to reach an agreement.

“Under police and military escort, they were moved to another place in the regency due to security concerns,” Jamaah Ahmadiyah Indonesia (JAI) congregation spokesman Yendra Budiana said.

UK: Parliament's Backbench Business Committee to debate persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims

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MP McDonagh is concerned about the rising hate speech in Pakistan against religious minorities, leading to a spate of murders and blasphemy prosecutions.

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By Staff Report | February 5, 2016

In Westminster Hall at the UK's Parliamentary estate, on Thursday, February 11, 2016, there's a Backbench Business Committee debate planned on the persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims and other religious minorities in Pakistan.

The debate, led by Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh, will begin at 1:30 PM.

According to a BBC report, MP McDonagh "is concerned about the rising hate speech in Pakistan against religious minorities, leading to a spate of murders and blasphemy prosecutions."

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee, the UK Parliament website has reported.

Perspective: A dose of our own medicine | Mehvish Muneera Ismail

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In November 2014, a Christian couple and their unborn child were burnt alive in a kiln by a mob — on the presumption that the couple had desecrated the Holy Quran.

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By Mehvish Muneera Ismail | January 31, 2016

Some time back, I was looking to hire domestic help in Lahore. It was an eye-opening experience — but not for the obvious reasons. The maid and I had almost come to the end of our negotiations when she fretfully disclosed to me in hushed tones that she was a practicing Christian. Verifying if I was a Muslim, she voiced what appeared to her an obvious impediment to our proposed arrangement.

She asked if I would be willing to hire a Christian for tasks that involved the kitchen, including cleaning the utensils I as a Muslim ate in and cooked with. Her apprehension, apparently based on past experiences, and her gratefulness that the job offer was not rescinded due to her disclosure, shook me to the core. Discussions on this incident with some of my acquaintances made me realise that many did not find her concerns to be unfounded.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Perspective: When you ban the hijab, you ban excellence | Maryum Samar

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If my sisters in England are performing their duties efficiently as doctors, teachers, lawyers and scientists, why ban practices which are sacred to them.

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By Maryum Samar | February 5, 2016

Dear Editor:

I am most surprised by the recent comments of the Prime Minister of the UK. In banning head covering for Muslim women, his party could loose the next election. Why? Because:
  1. Employment: The high employment rate of the country would go down. Most hijab wearing women are great professionals and replacing them would be difficult.
  2. Economy/ Credibility: Many hijab wearing Ahmadi professionals I know of, excel in their professions as lawyers, teachers, scientists and doctors. Big economic losses would happen then. Credibility of institutions would also suffer as a result.
  3. Tourism: When hijab wearing families would leave Britain due to ban on hijab/language, their families would no longer visit Britain.
  4. Depression: Kids of hijab wearing mothers would suffer from depression when their moms would be jobless. 
  5. Lack of self confidence would increase.

Perspective: Muslims have long, loyal history in US | Syed Sajid Ahmad

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Ahmadi Muslims arrange to collect blood all over the country. Thousands of pints of blood are collected to save lives. Campaign starts with collection of blood on the Capitol Hill where representatives participate in the campaign and give blood.

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By Syed Sajid Ahmad | February 5, 2015

Ahmadiyya Muslims Community was established in the United States in early 1920s. Its first missionary, Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, in the early ’20s, traveled to St Paul and Crookston in Minnesota, Stanley and Ross in North Dakota and Sioux Falls in South Dakota to spread the message of peace and harmony through lectures and meetings with local people. He coined the term Rainbow Coalition and started Rainbow Club to promote racial and ethnic harmony. Since then, Ahmadi Muslims have promoted loyalty to one’s country.

Since the rise of radicalization, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has started Muslims of Loyalty campaigns during July 4 celebrations to instill in the society the principle of loyalty to one’s country. After 9/11, it started Muslims for Life campaigns working with Red Cross and similar organizations. On 9/11 every year, Ahmadi Muslims arrange to collect blood all over the country. Thousands of pints of blood are collected to save lives. Campaign starts with collection of blood on the Capitol Hill where representatives participate in the campaign and give blood.

UK: £500k Walsall Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque plans revived

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The disused warehouse in the St Matthews ward has been left empty for a number of years. The group currently worships at the rear of a commercial building in Bradford Street, Walsall.

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By Express & Star | February 5, 2015

A £500,000 mosque and community centre will be built at a disused warehouse in Walsall, under plans revived this week.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association has lodged a proposal to convert the warehouse in Vicarage Place into the mosque.

The group had won an appeal five years ago to build the mosque with a minaret and community centre after it was rejected by Walsall Council. But the time limit to start work had passed and a fresh planning application is now required to start work.

Hundreds of people descended on the town hall in Walsall to oppose the plan in 2009. Four petitions were submitted against the application, bearing 848 names.

USA: Ahmadi Muslim speaker shares anti-terrorist message at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg

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 Internationally, Ahmadiyya Islam is known, among other aspects, for its belief in the messiahhood of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who lived from 1835 to 1908.

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By Jessie Pounds | February 4, 2015

True Islam denounces all violence, save self-defense, and advocates freedom of religion, thought and speech, Muslim writer and speaker Qasim Rashid told a group of parents, students and other community members at Virginia Episcopal School on Thursday evening.

“What I’m trying to do is to create 100 ambassadors for pluralism, tolerance and compassion,” he said, looking out at his audience.

Rashid is a national spokesman for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. Internationally, Ahmadiyya Islam is known, among other aspects, for its belief in the messiahhood of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who lived from 1835 to 1908.

Rashid shared an outline of the life of the Prophet Muhammad, who founded Islam, and talked about his group’s new “True Islam” campaign, aimed at spreading a compassionate, anti-terrorist view of Islam to Muslim youth and to non-Muslims seeking to understand the religion.

Indonesia: Gov`t Must Prevent Ahmadiyah in Bangka from Banishment, Activist Says

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The government must take a serious action, since the issue could become a bad precedent that might spread to other regions. In addition, the issue could give the impression of government’s absence in protecting minority groups.

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By Mawardah Nur Hanifiyani | February 5, 2016

Human rights advocacy group Setara has demanded the government to protect Ahmadiyah followers from banishment initiated by the Bangka regent Tarmizi H.

Setara Institute deputy chairman Bonar Tigor Naipospos said that the Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo had warned Tarmizi about his plan, but the Bangka regent ignored the call.

“Tarmizi’s disobedience to the Home Affairs Ministry as the representative of the central government is a disobedience to President Joko Widodo,” Bonar said in a press release on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Bonar said that the government must take a serious action, since the issue could become a bad precedent that might spread to other regions. In addition, the issue could give the impression of government’s absence in protecting minority groups.

Sri Lanka: Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation gifted to Media Personals

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The delegation presented copy of Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation to media organizations namely Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka and Free Media Movement.

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By Staff Report | February 5, 2015

A two member delegation from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Sri Lanka (AMJSL) comprising Mr.A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary and National Director Faith Outreach - AMJSL Moulavi K. Muneer Ahmad (Missionary - Pasyala) visited to various media institutions and organizations in Colombo on 2 February 2016, to gift Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation.

The delegation presented copy of Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation to media organizations namely Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka and Free Media Movement.

The delegation visited two TV channels namely DEANA TV and Swarnavahini and gifted the copies of Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation. The relevant authorities of the channel showed much interest to get the copies of Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation. DERANA TV recorded gifting the copy of Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pakistan: Asking Islamic body to review blasphemy laws pointless

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The basic question is whether there is any justification to refer back the question of blasphemy to the CII when all available evidence points to the need for some obvious reform.

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By Asad Jamal | February 4, 2016

THE chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Mohammad Khan Sherani, has indicated the CCI was ready to review Section 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code if it received a request from the government. This statement comes at a time when a committee appointed by the federal government is already working on law reforms for the past one year or so.

By now, we all know that Section 295C in its existing form is prone to abuse and has led to serious miscarriage of justice in thousands of cases. Thus some significant changes to the substantive law, if not its outright repeal, and procedural aspects would only be reasonable.

The basic question is whether there is any justification to refer back the question of blasphemy to the CII when all available evidence points to the need for some obvious reform.

USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim rep. joins President Barack Obama at Baltimore mosque

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"The president's speech helped realize what he can do to educate Americans about the contributions of Muslims. I was there because of my day job, but it was really about what Muslim leaders can do."

Muhammed Chaudhry, president & CEO,
Silicon Valley Education Foundation and a National
Spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA
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By Sal Pizarro | February 3, 2015

President Barack Obama's historic visit to a mosque on Wednesday had a San Jose connection, as Silicon Valley Education Foundation CEO Muhammed Chaudhry was one of the people accompanying the president at the Islamic Society of Baltimore.

"The president's speech helped realize what he can do to educate Americans about the contributions of Muslims," said Chaudhry, who was invited just Monday. "I was there because of my day job, but it was really about what Muslim leaders can do."

To that end, Chaudhry, who is also national spokesman for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, said he also helped launch a campaign to alleviate fears about Muslims in the United States at http://trueIslam.com.
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About #TrueIslam campaign:

"Extremists like ISIS depend on people’s ignorance of Islam to grow. That’s why the more people know about Islam’s true teachings – and what Muslims truly believe – the less they’ll fall for ISIS’s propaganda.

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