Monday, January 26, 2015

Pakistan: Council of Islamic Ideology - Hating women since 1962

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As demonstrated by its pronouncements last year, in which it endorsed child marriage and forbade the use of DNA evidence when investigating rape cases, the CII is a body that unabashedly promotes and pursues a retrogressive anti-woman agenda.

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By Hassan Javid | January 25, 2015

http://nation.com.pk/columns/25-Jan-2015/cii-hating-women-since-1962

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Amidst all the tragedy and confusion, at a time when the nation is desperately seeking answers and guidance in the quest to eliminate terrorism and religious extremism, one group of men decided that they could no longer remain silent. Earlier this week, in a meeting featuring a truly diverse and impressive collection of robes, beards, and hats, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) decided to comment on the burning issues of our times, providing instruction and direction to a hapless parliament and a rudderless citizenry. Henceforth, counselled the sages of the CII, men divorcing their wives by declaring their intent to do so three consecutive times would be punished, even though the divorce itself would remain valid.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

UK: Khalifa of Islam addresses Humanity First International Conference

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Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that Ahmadi Muslims were motivated only by a desire to please God Almighty and that they sought His help for their humanitarian and charitable activities.

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By Press Release | January 25, 2015

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad says that charitable endeavours and serving those in need are a basic part of Islam. 

The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the keynote address International Conference of the charity Humanity First on Saturday 24 January 2015.

The 2-day conference, held at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London, was attended by 130 delegates from 15 countries around the world.

During the keynote address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that serving humanity was a basic teaching of Islam and that the work of Humanity First was motivated by this very teaching. He said that the charity’s very name outlined its mission and objective – to consider and value the needs of others above one’s own needs.

His Holiness began his address by quoting from the writings of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him) who said:

USA: 1 in 4 Americans Believe God Will Decide Who Wins The Super Bowl

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Sixty-five percent of Catholics and 68 percent of Protestants believe God rewards faithful athletes, while just 27 percent of the religiously unaffiliated say the same.

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By Antonia Blumberg | January 22, 2015

Is the Super Bowl divinely rigged?

One in four Americans say yes, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and Religion News Service.

Twenty-six percent of Americans and 27 percent of self-described sports fans believe God plays a role in determining which team will win a sporting event. Even more -- 53 percent of Americans and 56 percent of sports fans -- say God rewards faithful athletes with good health and success.

Sixty-five percent of Catholics and 68 percent of Protestants believe God rewards faithful athletes, while just 27 percent of the religiously unaffiliated say the same.

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community offers condolences following passing of Saudi king

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May Allah the Almighty grant Saudi Arabia’s new monarch, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud the ability to serve his people in the very best way and to conduct all of his duties with wisdom

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By Press Release | January 25, 2015

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community offers its condolences to the people of Saudi Arabia upon the passing of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud on 23 January 2015. Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return. (Holy Quran, Chapter 2, 157)

May Allah the Almighty grant Saudi Arabia’s new monarch, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud the ability to serve his people in the very best way and to conduct all of his duties with wisdom and according to the true and peaceful teachings of Islam.
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Founded in 1889 in a small Indian village, Qadian, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is now established in over 200 countries and has over 160 million of members worldwide. Throughout the world Ahmadi Muslims have become renowned for their commitment to peace, their law-abiding nature and determination to create a harmonious society for all people, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity or faith.

USA: Senate Republicans Remove 'Civil Rights And Human Rights' From Subcommittee Name

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The new chairman of the newly named subcommittee is Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). His office confirmed that it made the switch.

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By Dana Liebelson / Ryan J. Reilly
Posted: January 23, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans revealed this week that they have eliminated the phrase “civil rights and human rights” from the title of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee charged with overseeing those issues.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee this month and announced the members of the six subcommittees this week. With Grassley’s announcement, the subcommittee formerly known as the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights suddenly became the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

The new chairman of the newly named subcommittee is Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). His office confirmed that it made the switch.

Eye on history: Oldest gospel found in a mummy mask

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The fragment, according to Evans, was discovered when an Egyptian mummy mask -- known as cartonnage -- was dismantled in a hunt for ancient documents.

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By Joel Baden/Candida Moss | January 21, 2015

(CNN) Media outlets have been abuzz this week with the news that the oldest fragment of a New Testament gospel -- and thus the earliest witness of Jesus' life and ministry -- had been discovered hidden inside an Egyptian mummy mask and was going to be published.

The announcement of the papyrus' discovery and impending publication was made by Craig Evans, professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Evans described the papyrus as a fragment of the Gospel of Mark.

He added that a combination of handwriting analysis (paleography) and carbon dating led him and his team of researchers to conclude that the fragment was written before 90 A.D. This would make it at least a decade older than other early fragments of the New Testament and, thus, an invaluable resource for biblical scholars and object of considerable interest for Christians the world over.

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