Monday, August 31, 2015

Pakistan: Police accused of negligence in case of Christian couple lynched for blasphemy

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Five police officers were present at the scene of the crime, while the crowd of about 500 carried out the lynching. The officers are accused of negligence, while the prosecutor argued that the police tried to stop the angry crowd, but failed.

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By ICN / Fides | August 31, 2015

The Supreme Court of Pakistan criticized the inaction of the police in front of the lynching of the Christian couple Shahzad and Shama Masih, accused of blasphemy and killed in Kot Radha Kishan, Punjab, on 4 November 2014.

In the horrific incident, Shama Bibi, who was four months pregnant, and her husband Shahbaz Masih, were attacked by a crowd who accused them of burning pages of the Qur'an. After beating the couple they incinerated their bodies in a brick kiln. Reports state that Shahbaz Masih was still alive, although badly wounded, when he was thrown into the kiln.

On 24 August, the Court, in a case involving two accused of the lynching, strongly criticized the police for not having intervened to prevent violence and did nothing to protect the two Christian citizens.

USA: 'Arabic Terror Threat' Seen Posted in Gardner, LA, Was Actually A Hebrew Welcome Sign

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The signs did not include a terrorist message, nor were they even in Arabic. The messages were written in Hebrew and say "Welcome home, Yamit."

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By Ed Mazza | August 27, 2015

Residents in the small Louisiana community of Gardner contacted both the local sheriff's department and the media to report signs they believed may have contained a terrorist threat written in Arabic.

News Channel 5, the NBC station in nearby Alexandria, posted an image of one of the signs on Facebook:
"RPSO: Mysterious signs that concerned residents in Gardner written in Hebrew...
Posted by KALB News Channel 5 on Friday, August 21, 2015"

The signs did not include a terrorist message, nor were they even in Arabic. The messages were written in Hebrew and say "Welcome home, Yamit." The Times of Israel says the writing looks like that of a child or a non-native of Israel.

Gardner is an unincorporated community about 15 miles outside of Alexandria.

It's not known who left the signs.

USA: Former President Jimmy Carter Faithfully Teaches Sunday School Before Cancer Treatment

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He spent less than five minutes recapping his illness before saying, "That's enough of that subject" and beginning the lesson on faith, love and relationships.

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By Kathleen Foody | August 23, 2015

The Sunday school lesson was familiar: When your burden grows heavy, ask God for strength. But the message carried a more powerful and personal meaning than usual because of who delivered it: Jimmy Carter.

The 90-year-old former president taught Sunday school in his hometown for the first time since he disclosed on Thursday that his cancer had spread to his brain.

With easygoing humor and his usual toothy smile, Carter gave two back-to-back Bible lessons to unusually large crowds totaling more than 700 people — some of whom had traveled hundreds of miles — just three days after undergoing radiation treatment.

UK: How MTA International is redefining religious broadcasting

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The features of these religious television stations are variety of religious messages couched in sermons and lectures using different languages such as Arabic, English, French, Persian, as well as Urdu and Banglia among others.

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By Qasim Akinreti | August 31, 2015

IN 1994, the world Islamic leader, the late Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IV, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at established Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA) International, a satellite television station based in London. The feat was achieved principally for the propagation of true Islamic teachings globally which has been misunderstood by greater number of people.
Prominent among these misunderstanding are the concept of Jihad, the role of women and the Islamic mode of dressing to mention a few. The mass media notably television has been the major tool used for the misinformation through terrestrial and satellite broadcast to millions of people around the world.

Arguably, this trend is informed by the submission of religious commentators that religion has been the most intense worldview-shaping phenomenon in history, and it will continue to be in the 21st century and beyond. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a writer and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, as well as Qasim Akinreti, an online broadcast journalist with Voice of Nigeria (VON) are among these religious commentators.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Poll: 38% Of Dog Owners Love Their Pet More Than Their Partner

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On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being completely devastated, a runaway dog averages a 9.1 versus 8.8 for a breakup.

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By Ed Mazza | August 27, 2015

"They are companions who provide emotional support and joy in our lives."

Nothing comes between dog lovers and their beloved companions. According to a new survey, many Americans would choose their pet over their partner.

The survey of nearly 1,000 dog owners finds that 38 percent love their dog more than their partner or spouse.

Dog owners even admit that they'd be slightly more devastated by their pet running away than a breakup, according to the survey performed for PoochPerks.com, a pet subscription box service. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being completely devastated, a runaway dog averages a 9.1 versus 8.8 for a breakup.

“Our dogs are more than just pets. They are companions who provide emotional support and joy in our lives -- much in the way a spouse is meant to," Tina Vidal, president and pack leader at Pooch Perks, said in a news release. "So the fact that so many Americans would choose their dog over their partner may not come as a surprise to those of us who would do anything for our pup."

Founding of Pakistan: Myths and lies | Mubarak Ali

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Recently . . . an article in an Urdu newspaper . . . presented a novel idea claiming that Shahabuddin Ghauri (1202-1206), who adopted the title of Moizuddin after assuming kingship, was in fact the founder of Pakistan.

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Source/Credit: Daily Dawn | Pakistan
By Mubarak Ali | August 29, 2015

Just after partition, the Pakistani government made an attempt to use history to justify its creation. Help was sought from professional historians to construct an ideology which could determine Pakistan’s raison d’etre.

I.H. Qureshi, Moinul-Haq and S.M. Ikram were the historians who traced the origin of the two-nation theory from medieval history. Since they projected Ahmad Sirhindi (d.1624) as a defender of Islam who opposed Akbar’s religious innovations, this interpretation made Ahmad Sirhindi the founder of the two-nation theory.

Another group of writers elevated Muhammad Bin Qasim as the conqueror of Sindh and the founder of Pakistan. Although he remained in oblivion during the medieval period, he was transformed as a hero in response to communalism which emerged in 1924. In his life, Muhammad Bin Qasim suffered heavily. He was dismissed from his post and imprisoned in Wasit where he either committed suicide or died a natural death. This was, of course, glossed over.

UK: Peterborough Ahmadi Muslims show national pride at Annual Convention

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"It was inspirational for all the members from Peterborough who attended the convention to hear from our world leader his commitment to international peace and his promotion of the true teachings of Islam."

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By Peterborough Telegraph | August 31, 2015

Muslims from Peterborough were part of a group of 35,000 who attended a three-day convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Hampshire .

The group, including Dr Ubaid Khattak, Irfan Ahmed and Tanveer Ahmed (pictured) affirmed their commitment to peace and their loyalty to the country with the Union Jack hoisted up. They were also reminded by their world leader, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, that promoting peace and rejecting extremism was a true part of their faith.

Naeem Mian, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslims in Peterborough, said: “It was inspirational for all the members from Peterborough who attended the convention to hear from our world leader his commitment to international peace and his promotion of the true teachings of Islam.

USA: 'Free Candy' Van Upsets Sacramento Residents

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The decorated vehicles can get pretty outrageous, but it appears that some people just didn't see the dark humor in the "Free Candy" van. 

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By Andres Jauregui | August 29, 2015

Turns out it was a joke, but parents say they felt threatened.

The sad truth is that the vans parents actually have to worry about will probably never be this conspicuous.

Parents in Natomas, California, were worried earlier this week following reports of a suspicious van driving the streets of the Sacramento suburb. The white van had "Free Candy" painted in red on its side, along with handprints and smears leading to its rear doors. It also had no rear license plate.

"It just felt like they were trying to attract kids, and it just gave me a creepy feeling," Dominique Bellow told KOVR. She said her son took a photo of the vehicle after seeing it around town.

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