Sunday, July 5, 2015

Indonesia: Police Say They’re Too Scared to Fight Religious Hard-Liners

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“The truth is that police officers who see, hear or experience such incidents can file a report [for subsequent investigation], but tend to be scared to because there’s no reward or guarantee of safety for themselves.”

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Source/Credit: The Jakarta Globe
By Erwin Sihombing | July 05, 2015

Jakarta. The Indonesian police are reluctant to crack down on hate speech, including by hard-line Islamic groups, because there are no “rewards” for doing so and they fear a backlash, an official has admitted.

Sr. Comr. John Hendri of the National Police’s legal division acknowledged during a discussion in Jakarta on Friday that there was a widely held public perception that the police were unwilling to take on purveyors of hate speech such as groups hostile to minority religious groups.

“The truth is that police officers who see, hear or experience such incidents can file a report [for subsequent investigation], but tend to be scared to because there’s no reward or guarantee of safety for themselves,” he said.

He did not specify what he meant by “reward,” although it is almost universally believed that the Indonesian police typically demand money from anyone filing a report before they will proceed with an investigation.

Perspective: Love for all, but some actions cannot be loved | Nameer Bhatti

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I would like to see reformation of this behavior, and prevent a destruction to this great country, like that which over took the people of Lot.

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By Nameer Bhatti |  July 05, 2015

To the Editor:

I agree with Jeb Bush’s comment that “we should love our neighbor and respect others,” though I could never love an action that finds so much displeasure in the sight of God.

We learn in the Bible (Genesis 19) and in the Qur’an (26:160) about the story of Prophet Lot and his people. Prophet Lot urged his people to mend their homosexual ways and turn to God in forgiveness. After countless warnings and indifference in changing their wicked habits, God destroyed the town of Sodom, saving only Lot and his family and creating a new pious generation.

I will never hate a homosexual. As the motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community states, “Love for all, hatred for none.” However, I would like to see reformation of this behavior, and prevent a destruction to this great country, like that which over took the people of Lot.

— Nameer Bhatti, Muslim Writers Guild of America, Blue Bell

Australia: Free speech and talking about terrorism

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Freedom of speech is easily exercised by anyone, but the need to be responsible with language is so much greater for those who have easy access to broadcast media, and would make laws on our behalf.

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Source/Credit: The News Mornington Peninsula
By Andrew Dixon | July 2, 2015

LAST week’s episode of Q&A on the ABC was a disastrous affair with far-reaching consequences. The media furore that followed is difficult to summarise – a microcosm of our national debate, born of the difficult policy decisions governments make on behalf of their citizens.

It should serve as a reminder to everyone that the right to say and think what we want is easily surrendered to fear.

The performance of Zaky Mallah on the program raised many issues, but the aftermath has been short on answers. Mallah made the shocking claim that Muslims were “justified” in heading overseas to join ISIS. Though acquitted of terrorism charges, the young man was convicted of threatening to kill ASIO agents several years ago. Last Monday he managed to destroy whatever remained of his character with a single sentence, broadcast live around the nation.

Pakistan: Prayer leader sentenced to 10 years in prison for hate speech

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Qayampur police had registered an FIR against him and arrested him. After examining the evidence and hearing the witnesses, the judge sentenced Ghani to 10 years and four months in jail.

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Source/Credit: The Express Tribune
By ET Report | July 4, 2015

BAHAWALPUR: An anti-terrorism court on Friday sentenced a prayer leader to 10 years and four months imprisonment after he was convicted of making hate speeches after Fajr prayers.

Judge Khalid Arshad also fined Abdul Ghani Rs750,000.

Prosecution said Ghani had delivered provocative speeches following Fajr prayers at a mosque in Qayampur.

Qayampur police had registered an FIR against him and arrested him. After examining the evidence and hearing the witnesses, the judge sentenced Ghani to 10 years and four months in jail.

Separately, four people were sentenced to prison terms for possessing banned literature.

Pakistan: Govt forbids English translation of sacred Islamic names, words

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Jamia Binoria Karachi head Mufti Naeem told the news channel that the decision is commendable and should be enforced in letter and spirit.

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Source/Credit: Pakistan Today
By Pakistan Today | July 5, 2015

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday approved a summary prohibiting English translation of Islamic terms, a news channel has reported.

According to Samaa News, sacred Arabic names and words like Allah, Masjid, Sala’at and Rasool are now forbidden to be translated into English as God, Mosque, Prayer and Prophet.

The channel said that the government’s move has been appreciated by religious scholars.

Jamia Binoria Karachi head Mufti Naeem told the news channel that the decision is commendable and should be enforced in letter and spirit.

USA: Muslims for Loyalty and Peace -- Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Glen Ellyn celebrate 4th of July

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The crowd received this message with big smiles and appreciated by applauding and joining in the slogans. The participants gave away candies, T-shirts, visors and balloons. 

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Source/Credit: Glen Ellyn Patch
By Mohammad A. Ahmad | July 5, 2015

Love of one‘s homeland is part of Muslim faith (Saying of Holy Prophet Muhammad).

This message was carried across by a group of Ahmadiyya Muslim youth during Independence day celebrations in Glen Ellyn,IL.

Like previous years “Muslims for Loyalty and Peace” and ”Love for All, Hatred for None” were proudly displayed on the banners with beautifully decorated float with US flags and decorations. More than 25 young men and girls were chanting patriotic slogans like, “Long Live USA“ ,“We Love USA“ and “Happy Fourth of July”. The crowd received this message with big smiles and appreciated by applauding and joining in the slogans. The participants gave away candies, T-shirts, visors and balloons.

Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Glen Ellyn, actively participates in local community events, provides volunteer services to local soup kitchens, churches and hold blood drives to save lives. Our doors are always open for building community relations and to promote Love, Peace and Harmony among all humans across the globe regardless of age,sex,religion and beliefs.

Love For All, Hatred for None.

USA: LA Inland Ahmadiyya Community Wins "Most Patriotic Red, White and Blue Award" for July 4th Celebrations

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Nearly one hundred members of the community including men, women and children participated in the 2 mile parade along with the float. 

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Source/Credit: Baitul Hameed Mosque
By Staff report | July 4, 2015

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of LA Inland Empire participated in City Of Ontario Independence Day Celebrations on July 4th 2015 with a patriotically decorated float and scored a special award and recognition from the judges evaluating  the entries for creativity and originality.

The women's auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Lajna ImaIllah, designed the float that reflected the "Muslims For Loyalty" campaign.

The float was awarded the "Most Patriotic Red, White and Blue Award" and the community was presented with a trophy and an award banner by the City of Ontario.

Nearly one hundred members of the community including men, women and children participated in the 2 mile parade along with the float.

UK: 'Shun fanatics who radicalise children' demands Muslim leader

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A LEADING Muslim has said that families who radicalise their children should be shunned by the community.

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Source/Credit: Sunday Express
By James Murray | July 4, 2015

Rafiq Hayat, national president of the moderate Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, says that moderate Muslims fear and despise Islamic State barbarism just as much as the rest of the British public.

Security at the community’s huge mosque in Morden, Surrey, which can house 10,000 worshippers, has been stepped up to airport standards with metal and bomb detectors amid threats against the moderates in Britain and around the world.

Now Mr Hayat says that it is time for responsible Muslims to react against radicalisation in the same way as the Roman Catholic church once ex-communicated wrong doers.

Kenyan born Mr Hayat is a leading light in the community, which has tens of millions of followers in the world.

Speaking shortly before Friday prayers at their headquarters, the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, Mr Hayat told how after the slaughter in Tunisia he wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron to express his sympathy over the “appalling and abhorrent” act.

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