Friday, September 19, 2014

Perspective: Evolution not revolution!

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In the Holy Quran, God says the following: “Allah created the heavens and the earth in accordance with the requirements of wisdom. In that surely is a sign for the believers” (29:45).

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By Laiq Ahmed Atif | September 10, 2014

God’s creation is wonderful indeed. The solar system, of which our earth is but a small part, is vast, varied and orderly and, yet, this system is but one of hundreds of millions, some of which are incalculably larger than it. The countless millions of stars, moon and sun are so arranged and distributed in relation to one another as to produce harmony and beauty everywhere.

In the Holy Quran, God says the following: “Allah created the heavens and the earth in accordance with the requirements of wisdom. In that surely is a sign for the believers” (29:45).

The expression “in accordance with the requirements of wisdom” signifies that there is clear evidence of an intelligent design and purpose in the creation of the heavens and the earth and that a profound and consummate plan exists in all the celestial and terrestrial bodies.

Pakistan: To Kill blasphmers | #Debate2ndAmendment

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This draconian legislation is now all set to consume anyone, everyone. It has become a tool in the hands of bigots who want to settle scores and is being ever-increasingly employed in vendettas.

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By Mansura Minhas | September 18, 2014

Dr Shakeel Auj, Dean of Islamic Studies at the University Of Karachi was shot dead by assailants today. He became the latest target of the incessant extremism that is plaguing Pakistan. Dr Auj was a reformist and had spoken extensively about the need for intra-faith harmony and was vocal against extremism. BBC Urdu is reporting that a local madrassah had issued a fatwa (edict) against Dr Shakeel Auj on charges of blasphemy. He was declared Wajibul Qatl (worthy of death) through a SMS that was widely circulated.

This has become the new norm in Pakistan. Anyone who dares question the legitimacy of the infamous blasphemy laws is accused and booked under these man-made laws. This unjust development didn’t happen overnight. Seeds of this intolerance and bigotry were laid a long time ago.

Pakistan: KU Islamic Studies Dean gunned down after ‘Wajib-ul-Qatal’ fatwa issued for blasphemy

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[S]ome of the teachers had developed a personal grudge against Dr Shakeel Auj over his appointment as Dean Faculty of Islamic Studies and in this connection an FIR was registered in Mubeena Town Police Station.

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By The News | September 18, 2014

KARACHI: Unknown gunmen on Thursday opened fire on Dean of Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi Professor Dr Shakeel Auj in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi leaving him dead.

According to the Vice Chancellor of Karachi University, Dr Shakeel Auj was critically injured when unidentified assailants ambushed his car near Baitul Mukarram Mosque in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

He was on his way to Khana-e-Farhang to attend a ceremony organized to honour him when he was attacked.

‘Wajib-ul-Qatal’ (worthy of murder) fatwa

Quoting the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pir Muhammad Shah, BBC Urdu revealed that a ‘Fatwa’ (decree) was issued against Dr Shakeel Auj, over accusations of blasphemy by a local seminary, declaring him ‘Wajib-ul-Qatal’ (worthy of murder).

UK: The City of London has its own caliphate

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The AMC’s peaceful attitude may explain how it has established itself at the heart of the UK's finance sector so easily, despite carrying the name “caliphate” and all the negative preconceptions that come with it. 

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By Sarah Spickernell | September 18, 2014

Given what we've learned about caliphates over recent months - largely from the rise of the brutal Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East - the City of London, with its decidedly Western attitudes to money-making, is not where you’d expect to find one.

But it turns out the Square Mile is home to dozens of followers of the world’s largest caliphate, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. With over 100 million followers scattered throughout 206 countries, it is currently the largest caliphate in existence. It is also the longest-standing - it was founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in India in 1889 and there have been five leaders since then.

At the end of August the AMC came together in Hampshire: followers flocked to a field near Alton for three days of prayers, food and mingling while pledging allegiance to their current leader Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Israel: 'Two-tiered' laws mean systematic discrimination for Palestinian citizens - report

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Palestinians in Israel 'are discriminated against in almost all aspects of life from education and employment to land allocation', with key factors being 'the lack of a constitution as well as the paradoxical definition of Israel as both a Jewish and Democratic state'.

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By MEMO | September 17, 2014

A new report details the systematic discrimination faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel, after a summer of heightened tension and racist incitement against the state's non-Jewish population.

Discriminatory legislation is the focus of the new report by the Mossawa Centre, a Palestinian NGO based in Haifa, who say that the research "paints the picture of a worsening situation for the Arab community in Israel" (full report here).

According to Mossawa, Palestinians in Israel "are discriminated against in almost all aspects of life from education and employment to land allocation", with key factors being "the lack of a constitution as well as the paradoxical definition of Israel as both a Jewish and Democratic state".

Perspective: The true caliphate | Sheila Ahmad

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It requires to be occupied in the service of God's creatures for His sake only and to endeavor to benefit mankind to the best of God-given abilities. The list goes on. 

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By Sheila Ahmad | September 17, 2014

At the end of last month, I renewed my pledge of allegiance to the Khalifa of Islam (Caliph). There are millions around the globe who have taken this pledge and revive it every year along with hundreds of thousands who are making the pledge for the first time in their life.

But what does this pledge require? It requires you to promise to keep away from falsehood, cruelty, dishonesty, mischief and rebellion. It requires that you will not be carried away by passions, however strong they might be. It requires that under the impulse of any passions, you will cause no harm whatsoever to the creatures of God, neither by tongue nor by hands nor by any other means. It requires to entirely give-up pride and vanity and promise to pass all life in humbleness, cheerfulness and forbearance. It requires to be occupied in the service of God's creatures for His sake only and to endeavor to benefit mankind to the best of God-given abilities. The list goes on.

Khalifa of Islam is His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad the fifth successor of the founder of the Ahamdiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah. How this caliphate is different or rightful? I think anyone reading even a few of his quotes will see the difference and divine light.

Now we come to the next logical question: What is ISIS about and what is the Islamic concept of Caliphate?

The Quran says:  “God has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them” [24:56].

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