Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pakistan: Textbook cartoon ridiculing beard stirs blasphemy controversy, death threats

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"In the mosque of village Baqir Nizamani and Rajo Nizamani, there are announcement of burning NCHD office with all books and in this regard pamphlets were also distributed among the public."

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By Asma Ghani | February 1, 2015

ISLAMABAD - A controversy over a cartoon published in a textbook that allegedly ridiculed the beard has forced education officials to recall the published material from all over the Pakistan, fearing violence over alleged blasphemy.

The caricature was published inside the back cover page of a Sindhi textbook for the third grade, recently distributed by the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) in adult literacy centres in district Tando Mohammad Khan, Sindh.

Almost immediately it draw the ire of the locals.

Life threats to education officials were followed with threats to burn down their offices about two weeks ago.

Local preachers even issued a decree declaring that “all NCHD officials involved in the preparation, printing, review as well as distribution of books are ‘Wajibul-Qatal’ (liable to death).”

The cartoon that stirred the controversy illustrates miseries of a couple parenting six children beyond their means and exhorts the message of family planning.

Australia: Rivett Ahmadiyya mosque resolution is an example to us all | CT Editorial

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It is to the absolute credit of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community that they were able to take on the concerns of the community and be the adults in the conversation, going back to the government and asking for a new block of land.

File photo: ACT Ahmadiyya Muslim Community organized Quran Exhibition
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By CT Editorial | January 31, 2015

Planning disputes around mosques have a long, ugly history in the ACT and they never end well.

That is, until this month.

In less than two months the dispute over the Rivett mosque, revealed by the Sunday Canberra Times in November, has been resolved with all parties reasonably satisfied.

The shopkeepers and residents won't have to worry about problems surrounding parking, noise and vandalism and the Muslim association has a new location for their mosque in an unnamed industrial area of Canberra.

Compare this to the Gungahlin mosque which was approved by the government in 2012 and led to ongoing court action in 2013, led by a controversial opposition group.

To see a planning dispute involving two different communities, parking issues and religious differences resolved so quickly and peacefully is a strong reminder of how strong Canberra's multicultural, interfaith community is.

Perspective: No religion would condone terrorist actions

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In my opinion, these horrible crimes could not have been committed by Muslims. In fact, no one with any true religion would do anything like this. All religions strongly reject the killing of fellow human beings.

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By Shanze Hayee | January 29, 2015

I was in Pakistan on Dec. 16 when terrorists killed almost 150 innocent Muslim children in a public school in the city of Peshawar. On Jan. 9, after I came back to Duluth, terrorists killed 17 more people in Paris, two of whom were Muslims. Terrorists in both attacks claimed to commit these murders in the name of Islam, and yet the majority of victims were Muslims.

How can these terrorists justify killing so many innocent people in the name of Islam, which is the religion of peace? In my opinion, these horrible crimes could not have been committed by Muslims. In fact, no one with any true religion would do anything like this. All religions strongly reject the killing of fellow human beings.

The Quran says, “But his evil self-induced him to kill his brother, so he killed him and became one of the losers.” Similarly, the Bible says it plain and clear, “You shall not murder.”

India: Ahmadiyya's married to Pakistan brides writes to Modi

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"Our prime minister talks of women empowerment but these women who have been married in India for past ten to thirty five years even can't call themselves Indians leave alone going out of Qadian."

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By Yudhvir Rana | January 31, 2015

AMRITSAR: Following US president Barack Obama's advice to India for protecting religious freedom during his trip to India, the Pakistani brides living in Qadian, Ahmadiyya Muslim sect's headquarters in India, has blamed Narendra Modi government of religious discrimination and not giving Indian citizenship to Pak brides despite marrying and living in India for one to three decades.

In charge, media, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat, India, Chaudhary Maqbool Ahmad has written a letter to Modi urging his immediate intervention in the matter and give Indian citizens to Pakistani bride so they could live with pride and enjoy all freedom in India.

Maqbool himself had married to resident of Faislabad in Pakistani Tahira Zahoor, now Tahira Maqbool on December 7, 2003.

Talking to TOI on Saturday he said the external affair ministry's website was the proof that only a handful of Muslims were given Indian citizenship.

"Our prime minister talks of women empowerment but these women who have been married in India for past ten to thirty five years even can't call themselves Indians leave alone going out of Qadian" he said. At least nine Pakistani brides in Qadian alone were awaiting Indian citizenship, he said.

UK: Coming together in name of peace at Leamington mosque

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At the end of the conference, there was a question and answer session, where the guests were given the opportunity to ask any questions to the Imam that they had with regards to Islam.

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By Kenilworth Weekly News | January 31, 2014

People of all faiths sent out a message of peace in the district, to counter a global rise in religious extremism.

More than 100 people met at a special conference held at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mosque in Leamington.

The theme of the function was to address the rise of extremism, condemn the Paris attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and present a formulation to attain peace throughout the world.

The Imam of the London Mosque, Atta-ul-Mujeeb Rashed, attended the event to talk on the subject of ‘ the true message of Islam’.

He touched on many aspects on the subject of ‘How to Attain Peace in the World’ and condemned the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

Australia: Peace-loving Ahmadi Muslim group move mosque after community objections

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"This is a win for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association and their community who had the courage to go back to the government and ask for a more suitable site after the government had pretended that this was the only site available."

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | AU Desk
Source/Credit: The Canberra Times
By Ben Westcott | January 31, 2015

A growing ACT Muslim community will move the location of their planned mosque from Rivett to avoid antagonising traders in the area.

The new place of worship, which was revealed by the Sunday Canberra Times in November, was planned to hold about 100 people as well as a library and a missionary house.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of the ACT went back to the government in December to ask for another location to build their new place of worship after the proposal divided shopowners and residents over parking, construction and vandalism issues.

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