Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ghana: ‘Muslims committed to peaceful message of Islam’ -- Mirza Masroor Ahmad

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He commended members of the Ahmadi Muslims Community in Germany for their relentless efforts to help propagate Ahmadiyyat in the country.

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By Graphic Ghana | August 1, 2015

The Supreme Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Khalifatul Masih V, has appealed to all Ahmadi Muslims to help spread the true peaceful message of Islam to all parts of the world.

According to him, the Holy Prophet Muhammad espoused that a person should desire for others what he or she preferred for himself or herself, and “it is with this spirit that Ahmadi Muslims ought to propagate the message of true Islam.”

The Supreme Head was addressing the closing session of the 40th International Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany.

This was contained in a statement released and copied to the Daily Graphic in Accra.

West Bank: Palestinian teen shot dead in Israeli army clash

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Clashes had erupted in the West Bank on Friday after a Palestinian toddler was burnt to death as the result of an arson attack by suspected Israeli settlers.

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By AFP / Al Arabiya | August 2015

A Palestinian teen shot during clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank died of his wounds early Saturday, Palestinian medical and security sources told Agence France Presse.

The sources said 14-year-old Laith Khaldi of the Jalazon refugee camp was shot in the chest during clashes with Israeli forces near the Atara checkpoint on Friday evening and died hours later in hospital.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli army told AFP that "a Palestinian suspect hurled a Molotov cocktail at an army post in Bir Zeit. In response to the immediate danger, the soldiers fired toward the assailant, identifying a hit".

Perspective: I'm a British Muslim and this is why I felt the need to leave the UK | Salma Shah

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I see no conflict in being British and my Islamic faith. In fact patriotism is part of my faith. So when the Prime Minister says there is a theological link between Islam and terrorism, I have to disagree.

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By Salma Shah | August 1, 2015

I am a young British Muslim woman that has pledged allegiance to the true Islamic Caliphate.

On the morning of the Prime Minister's speech on extremism I flew out to Turkey with my husband from where I write this letter now.

Both my husband and I were born and brought up in London but we recently felt the need to leave the UK and so booked two tickets to Istanbul.

As we were boarding our flight at Heathrow Terminal 2, we were stopped and questioned by the security services (maybe because I wear a headscarf and my husband has a beard), but only for a few minutes after which we were allowed to board the plane.

Syria and Isis are now just a short ferry ride from here in Istanbul.

Indonesia's two largest Islamic bodies to promote moderate view of Islam

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The congress in Jombang is seeking to step up efforts to protect Ahmadiyah and Shia groups "politically, culturally, and religiously".

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By Haeril Halim | August 1, 2015

Indonesia's two largest Islamic organisations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, are preparing to become beacons of moderate Islam as they discuss their programs for the next five years.

With their respective national congresses (muktamar) coming up in early August, both groups are bracing for a change of leadership that will mark a new era in their history as the country's mainstream Muslim groups for the past century.

The larger of the two, with around 90 million members across the country, NU, will hold its 33rd national congress on Aug. 1 to 5 in Jombang, East Java, with the theme "Reinforcing Islam Nusantara for Indonesia and for international civilisation".

"The real spirit of this 'Islam Nusantara' [Islam of the Archipelago] is to reinforce an Islam which is adaptable to cultures and tolerant to differences in this archipelago," Nahdlatul Ulama executive Mohammad Imam Aziz, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

Sri Lanka: Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at to hold annual convention Jalsa Salana

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This year annual convention will be a remarkable one, as the year 2015 marks the centenary of the establishment of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Sri Lanka.

File photo: Sri Lanka Jalsa Salana 2013
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By Staff report | July 31, 2015

Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at will hold its Annual convention (Jalsa Salana) on Saturday the 1st August 2015 at Ahmadiyya Jubilee Hall, Periyamulla,  Negombo.

Ahmadi Muslims throughout the country are expected to attend this one day convention which begins at 9.00 A.M.

A Special Representative of Ahmadiyya Supreme Head (Khalifa) is also expected to attend the event.

This year annual convention will be a remarkable one, as the year 2015 marks the centenary of the establishment of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Sri Lanka. In 1915, this community was established in our motherland.

Israel: Ultra-Orthodox Jew stabs at least 6 at Jerusalem gay pride parade

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The attacker had been recently released from jail after serving a 10-year prison sentence. He was initially sentenced to 12 years in jail for attempted murder, but then the Supreme Court of Israel shortened his sentence.

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By RT News | July 30, 2015

At least six people were stabbed at an LGBT pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, local media reported, citing Israeli police and paramedics. The suspected attacker, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, has been arrested.

Police said that six people have been injured, adding that two of them were in serious condition.

"We were prepared for every scenario, but our perimeter was breached. This is a severe, hard incident, which required us to investigate to find out what fault cause this breach," Jerusalem District Police chief Moshe Edry, who told the Jerusalem Post he had no idea about the presence of the suspected stabber

The attacker is ultra-Orthodox Jew Yishai Schlisse – a follower of Haredi Judaism, which rejects modern secular culture.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Saudi Arabia Pushes for Global Anti-Blasphemy Law Despite High Rates of Human Rights Violations

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Many churches and already concerned about the repressive effect of blasphemy laws in Muslim countries such as Pakistan where it is used to persecute Christians.

Ethiopian Christian community protests in front of the Saudi Arabian Embassy
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By  Hermoine Macura | July 31, 2015

Saudi Arabia is calling on every nation to implement a global blasphemy law to criminalize any act that defames religious beliefs and symbols of faith.

Abdulmajeed Al-Omari, director for external relations at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs for the kingdom, claims such abuse breeds intolerance, extremism and human rights violations throughput the world.

"We have made it clear that freedom of expression without limits or restrictions would lead to violation and abuse of religious rights," Al-Omari said. "This requires every nation to intensify efforts to criminalize insulting heavenly religions, prophets, holy books, religious symbols and places of worship."

Saudi Arabia currently has very heavy restrictions on freedom of speech, including the death penalty for blasphemy, as well as for leaving Islam, witchcraft and sorcery. The kingdom also defines atheism as terrorism.

India: Derwaish Khurshid Ahmad Parbhakar buried in Qadian

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The burial took place in the special area for Derwaishan-E-Qadian where a large number of Ahmadi Muslims participated in the funeral prayer and a large number of Hindu and Sikh people were also present to observe Derwaish Khurshid Ahmad Parbhakar's last rites.

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By Ch.Maqbool Ahmad | July 30, 2015

Maulana Mohammad Inam Ghori led the funeral prayer at Bahishti Maqbara

Khurshid Ahmad Parbhakar, Derwaish, was buried at Bahishti Maqbra here in Qadian yesterday.

Maulana Mohammad Inaam Ghori, Chief Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at India led the funeral prayer after Sala'at-ul Asr.

The burial took place in the special area designated for Derwaishan-E-Qadian where a large number of Ahmadi Muslims participated in the funeral prayer and a large number of Hindu and Sikh people were also present to observe Derwaish Khurshid Ahmad Parbhakar's last rites.

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