Saturday, August 30, 2014

UK: Spreading our message of peace | #JalsaUK

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The focal point of the event will be addresses by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, head of worldwide Ahmadiyya Community, who is our Caliph.

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By Mohammad Salim | August 30, 2014

Each day the news is filled with stories of hate, strife and conflict. In a year when we commemorate 100 years of the Great War and the incalculable losses it brought, it is a tragedy that we continue to live in a world plagued by conflict.

At the end of August, I and tens of thousands of others from across the country will head to a unique event where we will pledge to make a difference.

It is a pledge we make each year - and annually the ranks of people around the world joining us are increasing. For we are a community that, since its inception in the 19th century, has renounced war, religious conflict and hatred and devoted ourselves to the cause of peace and universal brotherhood.

Britain’s foreign fighters aren’t just in Syria

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The UK has no consistent policy on who can and can’t travel abroad to fight. Most volunteer soldiers travel to their destinations on commercial flights, making it difficult for authorities to gauge their motives on departure.

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By Corinne Purtill | August 25, 2014

The UK’s stance on Brits battling overseas depends on who they’re fighting for.

LONDON, UK — As UK special forces seek the British Islamic State militant suspected of murdering US journalist James Foley, the government is redoubling efforts to stop Brits from going to Syria and to prosecute those who return.

Government advisers have called for the return of “control orders,” controversial Blair-era legislation that allows terror suspects to be electronically tagged and placed under house arrest.

Home Secretary Theresa May has publicly reiterated her office’s ability to strip certain Brits abroad of their citizenship.

UK: At Ahmadiyya Mulsim Convention, Govt of Canada rep highlights the importance of peaceful pluralism

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The convention aims to facilitate greater spiritual awareness amongst community members, strengthen community ties and promote peace. The event includes religious discourses and inter-faith sessions.

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By Joe Kanoza | August 30, 2014

Minister of State Uppal addresses Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at international convention

Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism, addressed participants of the Jalsa Salana 2014 International Convention today, highlighting Canada's leadership on human rights issues and emphasizing the importance of religious acceptance and inclusion, in both Canada and abroad.

Minister Uppal is in London as part of the Canadian delegation to the Jalsa Salana UK 2014 convention, the formal annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The convention aims to facilitate greater spiritual awareness amongst community members, strengthen community ties and promote peace. The event includes religious discourses and inter-faith sessions.

USA: Texas lawyer Shaarik Zafar takes over as special representative for Muslim communities

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Many feel dismayed that the Obama administration no longer gives high-profile priority to Muslim outreach compared to early in his presidency, when he made key speeches in Turkey and Cairo.

Shaarik Zafar speaking at Ahmadiyya Jalsa Salana - 2014
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By Gulf News | August 30, 2014

WASHINGTON: Is there a tougher job description than Shaarik Zafar’s?

As the State Department’s new “special representative for Muslim communities,” the boyish-looking Texas lawyer is America’s ambassador to Muslims around the world during a summer of non-stop grim headlines from Gaza, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

Having just spent a decade working for domestic federal agencies primarily with fellow Muslims on topics that include civil rights violations, police surveillance and Transportation Security Administration screening, Zafar knows the deal.

His work will be done, often, through others.

“It has to be a bank shot,” says Zafar, whose appointment will be formally announced on Wednesday. “A Muslim guy with the US government is going to have limited credibility.”

Sri Lanka: Court extends order suspending deportation of Pakistani refugees

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The petitioner, Anila Imran, in her petition has told the court that Pakistani authorities persecute Christians and Shia Muslims in the Ahamandi region and they had arrived in Sri Lanka seeking protection. 

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By CP Report | Aug 29, 2014

A Sri Lankan court today extended an order it issued earlier suspending the repatriating Pakistani nationals who have sought refugee status in Sri Lanka.

The Court of Appeal on Friday ordered to extend the order for four more days when the case was heard before the court.

When a petition filed by an aggrieved Pakistani female was taken up for consideration today, the Appeal Court Judge Upali Abeyratna postponed the delivery of verdict to September 1.

The petitioner, Anila Imran, in her petition has told the court that Pakistani authorities persecute Christians and Shia Muslims in the Ahamandi region and they had arrived in Sri Lanka seeking protection. She has requested the court to stop sending them back to Pakistan.

Pakistan: The insecurity of life as a Pakistani non-Muslim

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In the wake of 9/11, the infiltration of al Qaeda, Afghan Taliban and other militants into Waziristan from Afghanistan has caused irreparable loss of life and livelihood for non-Muslims.

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By Shamim Shahid | August 30, 2014

PESHAWAR: Looking back, non-Muslims were safe from bigotry-based violence during the war against the former Soviet Union, waged by the Afghans with the help of US-led allies and the Arab world.

It all changed after the collapse of late Najibullah’s regime in 1992. Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan poured into Peshawar and then continued their journey either towards India or the West. The Afghan Mujahideen were part of internal conflicts over power, and Afghanistan and adjoining tribal areas were their safe havens. The fall of Afghanistan into the hands of the Taliban eventually turned the region into a ‘forbidden state’ for adherents of other faiths or other interpretations of Islam.

In the wake of 9/11, the infiltration of al Qaeda, Afghan Taliban and other militants into Waziristan from Afghanistan has caused irreparable loss of life and livelihood for non-Muslims.

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