Monday, April 21, 2014

Malaysia: Harassed Ahmadiyyas may seek sanctuary in the West

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Forty-one people including Ainul were arrested. Jais and the police recorded their personal details. Jais also recorded statements from 13 of them yesterday.

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By K Pragalath | April 21, 2014

ELAYANG: The Ahmadiyya community in Kampung Nakhoda near Batu Caves are considering political asylum in the West due to the continued persecution by the religious authorities.

“Depending on the outcome of the latest case against us by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais), we may need seek political asylum in a foreign country.

“Some of us are prepared to move out,” said the group’s local spiritual leader Ainul Yaqeen Muhammad Zain at an interview yesterday at the Baitussalam, the Ahmadiyya’s congregation point in Batu Caves.

Ainul said that presently Ahmadiyyas face persecution in all Muslim nations, especially in Pakistan, and many followers had opted to seek political asylum in Canada.

“Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak says that Malaysia is a moderate country and yet the authorities here are forcing their interpretation of Islam on us.

“It would be shameful to Malaysia if we sought asylum to practice our faith,” he said.

Ahmadiyya is an Islamic religious movement founded in British India near the end of the 19th century.

Ainul’s comments were made in reference to a raid on their congregation centre on April 11 by the (Jais), after Friday prayers, led by Ainul.

India: Evict Muslims from Hindu areas, demands Pravin Togadia

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"If he does not relent, go with stones, tyres and tomatoes to his office. There is nothing wrong in it. Killers of Rajiv Gandhi have not been hanged ... there is nothing to fear and the case will go on."

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By Vijaysinh Parmar,TNN | Apr 21, 2014

RAJKOT: Vishwa Hindu Parishad's (VHP) president Pravin Togadia sent temperatures soaring in Bhavnagar on Saturday evening with a hate speech that targeted Muslims for buying properties in Hindu areas.

At night, Togadia joined a group of VHP and Bajrang Dal members on a street protest outside a house purchased by a Muslim businessman near Meghani Circle. While saffron groups have been regularly organizing 'Ram Dhuns' and 'Ram Darbars' to thwart such deals, Togadia went a step further by asking the protesters to take complete control of the house and put a 'Bajrang Dal' board on it.

Togadia told the gathering that there were two ways to stop such deals. One is to pressurize the state government to bring in Disturbed Areas Act in Bhavnagar, which prevents inter-community sale of immovable property. The second is to take forcible possession of the house and fight a legal battle later which will go on for years.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Indonesia: Organized persecution of Shiites launched

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The alliance’s chairman, Athian Ali, declared four points in the organization’s guidelines, which included approving the use of violence to prevent “heretical” teachings.

Pofiting from Hatre: A vendor offers a DVD containing a speech that rails
against the teachings of Shia Islam.  Photo:  JP/Arya Dipa
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By Arya Dipa | April 21 2014

More than 1,000 people attended an anti-Shia declaration on Sunday at the Al Fajr mosque in the West Java capital of Bandung, in what appeared to be the first organized attempt to persecute Shiites in Indonesia.

Supported by a dozen high-profile clerics, the Anti-Shia National Alliance called on the public to fight what they said to be the proliferation of Shia influence, which they deemed a “heresy” in Sunni-majority Indonesia.

The alliance, formed to spearhead Shia persecution nationwide, also called on the public not to support presidential hopeful and Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as his party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), had promoted a top Shia figure to become a legislative candidate.

The alliance’s chairman, Athian Ali, declared four points in the organization’s guidelines, which included approving the use of violence to prevent “heretical” teachings.

USA: Muslim group hopes for safe Boston Marathon | Letter - Christopher Cooksey:

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 Nobody will ever forget the victims or the strength that the community displayed after the barbaric attack.

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By Christopher Cooksey |

Dear Editor: The bombing of the Boston Marathon last year was a tragedy. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stated that the bombings were done to protect Islam from the United States. However, Islam unequivocally rejects the taking of innocent lives. The Quran states: “Whosoever killed a person … it shall be as if killed all mankind.” (5:33)

The strength of the Boston area community shined through after the bombing as a moving example of unwavering will and heart. Nobody will ever forget the victims or the strength that the community displayed after the barbaric attack.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hopes and prays for the safety of this year's participants and spectators.

USA: When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online or Buying it in Store Voids the Right to Sue

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“Please note we also have new legal terms which require all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service to be resolved through binding arbitration.”

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By Stephanie Strom April 16, 2014

Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights?

General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways.

Instead, anyone who has received anything that could be construed as a benefit and who then has a dispute with the company over its products will have to use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration to seek relief, according to the new terms posted on its site.

Boston Marathon bombings are opposite of teachings of Islam

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[T]he sin or punishment of an act of killing another human being is comparable, in the eyes of God, to the killing of all of humanity. It is an evident example of how Islam values life.

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By Labeeb Ahmad | April 19, 2014

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are the alleged perpetrators behind the Boston Marathon tragedy that took place last year, causing the deaths of three people and injuring 264 others. Dzhokhar claimed his brother said that these bombings were done to protect Islam from attack. I disagree.

These attacks are completely opposite the teachings of Islam and are what truly hurt Islam. The Quran states that “whosoever kills a person ... it shall be as if he killed all of mankind” (5:33).

In short this verse means that the sin or punishment of an act of killing another human being is comparable, in the eyes of God, to the killing of all of humanity. It is an evident example of how Islam values life.

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