Friday, December 19, 2014

Nigeria: Ahmadiyya holds 63rd annual conference

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According to Akinreti, four lectures on the theme of the conference will be delivered by eminent Islamic scholars and speakers drawn from the clergy, academia, and the public sector.

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By Vanguard | December 19, 2014

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria is set to hold its 63rd annual conference, (Jalsa Salana), 2014. The event will be held at the Jamia Ahmadiyya (Ahmadiyya Missionary Training Center ) Ilaro- Owode road, Ilaro ,Ogun state.

islam ahmadiyaAccording to a release signed by Qasim Akinreti, Chairman National publicity committee and sent to Vanguard, the annual conference which is slated for 26th to 28th December,2014, and themed: “Politics, Social Justice and GLobal Peace: The Dilemma of Religion will be attended by distinguished Nigerians from all walks of life and neighboring countries across West Africa.

According to Akinreti, four lectures on the theme of the conference will be delivered by eminent Islamic scholars and speakers drawn from the clergy, academia, and the public sector.

India: Special train run between Amritsar-Qadian for Ahmadiyya Jalsa Salana

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Thousands of Ahmadiyya Muslim delegates and devotees from different parts of the country and abroad, including 5,500 from Pakistan, are taking part in the conference.

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By WEB India | December 19, 2014

The Ferozepur division of Northern Railway (NR) has introduced a special train between Amritsar and Qadian in Gurdaspur district from today in order to make the Ahmadiyya muslims to take part in the 123rd international conference of the community at Qadian town.

The conference is being organised at International headquarters of Ahmadiyya muslim community at Qadian town in Gurdaspur district from December 26 to 28.

Thousands of Ahmadiyya Muslim delegates and devotees from different parts of the country and abroad, including 5,500 from Pakistan, are taking part in the conference.

A Northern railway spokesperson said the special train will leave from Amritsar at 0900 hrs and reach at Qadian at 1030 hrs and will leave Qadian at 1100 hrs and reach Amritsar 1230 hrs.

Besides, a regular train between Amritsar and Qadian would be continued as per its previous schedule.

Perspective: Extremism's Innocent Victims: Children and Islam | Queen Rania of Jordan

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When did children become legitimate targets for radicals? When did global human rights treaties designed to protect children cease to matter?

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By Queen Rania of Jordan | December 17, 2014

Yesterday morning, all over the world, mothers kissed their children and waved them off to school, like they do every day of term, content that they would be safe in their classrooms and playgrounds.

Yesterday afternoon, all over the world, children rushed home excitedly. I guess the routine is similar in many homes. School bags, sports' kits and winter coats are dropped. And there's a familiar yell, "Mama, can we go play?"

And a familiar reply, "Lunch first!"

It's a comforting routine; one we take for granted: a rushed lunch, stories about their day and occasional bickering around the table.

Yesterday, 132 children who went to school in Peshawar, Pakistan did not return home.

Today, their mothers' arms are empty. Their fathers' hearts ache. A nation grieves. And a shocked world questions Islam once more as Taliban warlords boast of their cowardly revenge attack on a school.

Perspective: The Line Between Man And God | Atif Mian

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Yes, make no mistake. The Taliban are not the first to cross the line between man and God. In fact, they are really one of the last to join this habitual pastime of Pakistani elite. 

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By Atif Mian | December 16, 2014

There is a line separating man from God that should never be crossed. For when it is, hell breaks loose. We witnessed hell today in Pakistan. One hundred and thirty two children slaughtered in a barbaric attack on a school.

This time the line was crossed by Taliban – a serial offender. They gloatingly accepted full responsibility, adding that the children were murdered in response to Pakistan army’s offensive against them. One might question such logic. After all there are rules, even in war. Rules set by the very religion the Taliban profess to follow. Civilians are off-limits. The children for sure.

But such logic matters not. For when you have crossed the line, you are no longer subject to constraints put on men. You are “god” now – judge, jury and the executioner – all rolled into one. The Taliban want to impose “shariah”. We can never know what that means, except to know that it means whatever the Taliban want it to mean. Murdering children could be kosher, if “the god” Taliban so decides. We better submit, or our head could be next.

Malta: Ahmadiyya celebrates with the elderly at St. Vincent De Paul

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This activity of the Ahmadiyya Community is a clear manifestation of its love and care for the elderly people of the society. 

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By Time of Malta | December 18, 2014

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta, on the 17th December 2014, visited St. Vincent De Paul Residence and celebrated the festive season with the elderly residents. Hon. Justyne Caruana, Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, and Laiq Ahmed Atif, President of the Ahmadiyya Community Malta, together, distributed gift hampers to the residents.

Dr Justyne Caruana explained the work and the services being provided at the St. Vincent de Paul residency. She very warmly extended congratulations to the residents, listened to their issues and wished them all the best and offered her full support to them. She explained that in a few days a new ward, St Joseph 3 will be officially inaugurated after necessary refurbishments. She also explained that work is ongoing in wards St. Francis 3 and St. Francis 4.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Perspective: For Our Children | Edotorial - The Nation

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Chairman Imran Khan, ...you have done a great disservice to this nation by repeatedly justifying the murder of your fellow countrymen and pushing a toxic narrative based on factual inaccuracies and ignorance.

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By Editorial | December 17, 2014

16 December 2014 is one of the worst days Pakistan has had to live through since its inception. This national tragedy, which has caused unimaginable grief and pain across the landscape, will not and must not be forgotten anytime soon. Muhammad Khorasani of Jamat-ul-Ahrar, also known as Omer Khorasani, of the Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan led by Mullah Fazlullah, has accepted responsibility for the attack on the school. In his statement given to the media, the militant commander termed the attack as retaliation for the ongoing military operation in FATA.

Some say that at a time like this, it is not wise and appropriate to blame the government or state institutions. Such a tragedy calls for unity, and criticism doesn’t help to achieve that purpose. But no consensus can be built, no wrong can be corrected, no problem can be solved by deciding against speaking the truth. And the truth is this: Not just terrorists, but everyone, from the wider population to the civil and military leadership is responsible for the barbarity our children were subjected to.

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