Friday, November 28, 2014

Canada: Edmonton Muslim students host forum to fight radicalization

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“What we’re trying to do is get ahead of it and say 'this isn’t what our religion teaches us and these are the reasons why, and this is what we can do to try and steer youth away from it,'”

Khalid Ahmad, president of the AMSA (left) and Qaasim Mian (right)
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By CBC News | Nov 27, 2014

Stop the Crisis forums are being held in cities across Canada

A group of Edmonton Muslim students is hosting forums in the hopes of stopping youth radicalization on Canadian soil.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Students’ Association (AMSA) is trying to deter radicalization in Canada by hosting Stop the Crisis, an event educating local youth that the teachings of Islam are not in line with what ISIS is preaching.

“What we’re trying to do is get ahead of it and say 'this isn’t what our religion teaches us and these are the reasons why, and this is what we can do to try and steer youth away from it,'” said Qaasim Mian, a member of AMSA.




Perspective: Thanksgiving transcends religious differences | Ahsan M. Khan, M.D.

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As an Ahmadi Muslim who believes in a calpihate that promotes peace and tolerance, I give thanks to nations like the U.S. that allow us to promote this positive message and set the record straight on true Islam.

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By Ahsan M. Khan, M.D. | November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving is a truly special holiday because it transcends religious differences and allows us all to celebrate a common value: gratitude. Islam, in particular, is grossly misrepresented by groups like al-Qaida and ISIS. These groups preach hate and forceful conversion.

As an Ahmadi Muslim who believes in a calpihate that promotes peace and tolerance, I give thanks to nations like the U.S. that allow us to promote this positive message and set the record straight on true Islam.

Moreover, this country affords all people the freedom to live and express our thoughts and feelings without fear of repercussion or subversion, and for that we are indeed grateful.

Ireland: Ahmadiyya Maryam Mosque to hold open day this Saturday

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There will be an address by Imam Ibrahim Noonan and a small exhibition. The public will also have an opportunity to ask questions and refreshments will be provided.

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By Kernan Andrews | November 27, 2014

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Ireland will hold an open day at its new Maryam Mosque on the Old Monivea Road, next week.

The open day takes place this Saturday from 6pm to 9pm and the theme of the day is ‘World Crisis and Pathway to Peace’.

There will be an address by Imam Ibrahim Noonan and a small exhibition. The public will also have an opportunity to ask questions and refreshments will be provided.

For information on how to attend email chrisk.pender@gmail.com or call 00353 89 476784.

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Israel: Ahmadi Muslim Leader Says Terrorist Attacks on Jews 'Stain Islam'

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Israeli Sheikh, part of Ahmadiyya branch persecuted by other Muslims, visits Har Nof synagogue, says terror attacks against Koran.

Sheikh Muhammad Sharif Odeh (L) is seen with
His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the head
of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. 
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Source/Credit: Arutz Sheva
By Ari Yashar | November 27, 2014

Sheikh Muhammad Sharif Odeh, a leader of the Ahmadiyya branch of Islam in Israel, condemned the recent wave of Arab terrorism in the Jewish state committed in the name of Islam, and claimed the attacks are a perversion of the religion.

In an op-ed this Monday in the private Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Odeh wrote "when Allah, exalted be He, gave permission for the Muslims to fight, he did so in order that they might defend complete freedom of religion. He emphasized to them that it was their duty to defend, first of all, the churches, houses of worship and monasteries of their fellow men, even before their own mosques."

Speaking about the Har Nof synagogue massacre in which Arab terrorists murdered four Jews at prayer in addition to a Druze police officer, Odeh wrote "I visited the synagogue that was attacked in Jerusalem, and from the first moment, I felt a sense of anger because of this shameful act, which does not conform to our glorious Islam and contradicts its principles of tolerance."

"My condemnation of this crime arises from my understanding of and belief in glorious Islam; my religion, of which I am proud, and which the above individuals are attempting to stain with their ideas and behavior," wrote Odeh. "I assert that those people who are attempting to sanction this crime or incite to similar acts in the name of religion have no backing from the Koran."

Unfortunately Odeh can not be said to be speaking for mainstream Islam, as his Ahmadiyya branch has been ostracized and persecuted by other Muslims.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pakistan and Two Sanctuaries

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Pakistanis deserve a permanent break from terrorist attacks and sectarian violence. It is, however, the second type of sanctuaries that constitutes the most devastating blowback reflected in societal radicalisation.

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By Talat Farooq | Nov 25, 2014

PAKISTAN’S military leadership has said it is resolved not to spare any terrorist sanctuaries in the ongoing military operations. There are, however, two kinds of sanctuaries and while the military operation can destroy one it cannot dismantle the other.

The first kind came into being as a result of Pakistan’s reliance on proxy forces as a security-enhancing tool. Thanks to Ronald Reagan, by 1989 we not only mastered the art of asymmetric warfare but our American friends ensured we were left with trained manpower and material resources to use throughout the 1990s and beyond.

As Pakistan has learnt the hard way the strategy can lead to multiple militant groups with numerous agendas and sources of external support. Unlike a formal alliance, this arrangement lacks specific enforcement and oversight mechanisms; while its covert nature facilitates plausible deniability it simultaneously undermines state influence on proxy groups allowing them to become increasingly independent.

UK MPs propose sanctions on Sri Lanka for non-cooperation with OHCHR

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"We recommend that the Government negotiates with its EU partners to remove GSP status from Sri Lanka, if the Government of Sri Lanka does not allow the OHCHR investigating team into the country and uphold the right of human right defenders to engage with the UN human rights system."

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By Colombo Gazette | November 27, 2014

Parliamentarians have proposed imposing sanctions on Sri Lanka if the Government of Sri Lanka does not allow the UN investigating team into the country.

The UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has noted that given the time that has passed since the launch of the international inquiry, and the constraints placed on the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) team, they believe that the UK Government should be ready to consider all possible options, including sanctions, to convince Sri Lanka to allow access.

“We recommend that the Government negotiates with its EU partners to remove GSP status from Sri Lanka, if the Government of Sri Lanka does not allow the OHCHR investigating team into the country and uphold the right of human right defenders to engage with the UN human rights system,” the Foreign Affairs Committee said in a report handed over yesterday.

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