Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Iraq: Islamic State Destroys One Of Middle East's Oldest Christian Sites In Tikrit

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A source on the ground told Iraqi news that the militants used "improvised explosive devices" planted in the surrounding area. The entire church was reportedly destroyed in the blast.

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By Antonia Blumberg | September 26, 2014

This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with truckloads of captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. (AP Photo via militant website)

Islamic State continues to destroy sacred sites across Iraq.

The militant group reportedly blew up a 7th century Christian site known as the Green Church in Tikrit, Iraq on Wednesday. The site belonged to the Assyrian Church of the East and was restored by the Saddam Hussein regime in 2000, according to RT News.

Canada: Edmonton Ahmadiyya Muslim community holds symposium to keep youth safe from violent ideology

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The Islamic State is seeing increasingly higher numbers of recruits from the western world, including Canada, though no members of Edmonton's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have been lured.

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By Kevin Maimann | September 29, 2014

A local Muslim community held a mini-symposium Sunday to ensure youth are not "tricked" by violent Islamic State ideology.

Mohyuddin Mirza, outreach director with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, led a team of scholars at Hadi Mosque who reinforced peaceful ideals while discussing the history of Islam, misinterpretations of the Qur'an and negative stereotypes in the media.

"They are being tricked that they will be glorified," Mirza said.

"What kind of glory is it if your whole family is in trouble and you're killing other people? That is totally against Islamic teachings."

Australia: Police and imam call for calm

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The first Ahmadiyya arrived in Australia about 100 years ago, but the sect has only become "more functional and administrative" in the past 35 years. 

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By Keith Platt | September 29, 2014

The spiritual leader of a mosque in Langwarrin has warned his congregation to not to overreact to any anti-Islamic intimidation.

Imam Syed Wadood Janud said he wanted to raise “general awareness (for them) to be careful and proceed with caution.”

His message followed a phone call from police at Carrum Downs advising mosque administrators to “be alert to any possible backlash” over the shooting of a young Muslim man outside the Endeavour Hills police station.

Police allege Numan Haider was shot dead last Tuesday night after stabbing two police officers who had arranged to meet him outside the police station.

Imam Janud, of the Ahmadiyya Centre Melbourne, said police wanted members of his congregation to be alert to any threats or intimidation against them.

Coincidently, at about the same time that the shooting and stabbing occurred at Endeavour Hills, the mosque’s press and media coordinator Aziz Bhatti was threatened while waiting at traffic lights in Frankston.

Mr Bhatti said a carload of youths pulled up alongside his vehicle at the corner of Davey St and Nepean Highway and then tried to ram him after he turned into the highway.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Marsden Park mosque leader supports raids, rejects IS extremists

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Australian Ahmadi youths are engaged in active programs such as Australia Day celebrations, Clean up Australia Day, Peace Symposiums and numerous charities in order to serve the broader community.

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By Blacktown Sun | September 30, 2014

What was your reaction to the raids last week?

Australia has the right to uphold its judicial process and as per the law if the raids were necessary to keep its citizens safe, then the raids are fully justified. According to the number of Australians joining Islamic State (IS), this raid seems to be a necessary step against the acts of violence and humanity at large.

It is only logical for the authorities to act now with a determined effort. In fact, more raids are welcome, if required.

Have you heard any response from the community about it?

Canada: Young Ahmadi Muslims invite public to performance about the Prophet Muhammad in Calgary

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Umair Khan, Imam at the Baitunnur Mosque in Calgary, says that the media focuses on the negative acts of a small group of Muslims, which paints a negative picture of Islam.

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By Ryan Rumbolt | September 29, 2014

Free play at Jubilee spreads Islam's message of peace and understanding

Canada's largest association of Muslims and a Calgary Muslim youth group are speaking out against extremism with their performance of Muhammad: The Astonishing Story of the Prophet.

The play — sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at (AMJ) and their youth association — is part entertainment and part education, teaching Muslims and non-Muslims about the peaceful lessons of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

"This is the purpose of having this event, to show that Islam has nothing to do with extremism," says Mohsin Kamran, president of Calgary's Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.

Ghana: Ahmadiyya community appoints new Ameer

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Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih returned from UK after leading a high powered Ahmadi Muslim delegation to the 48th international Annual Conference of the world wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in London.

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By Vibe Ghana | September 29, 2014

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana, has officially appointed Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, as the new Ameer and Missionary-in-charge to manage the affairs of the mission.

A statement issued in Accra by Ahmad N.Twumasi, Public Relations Officer and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Monday said Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Salih V, Supreme Head of the World wide Ahmadiyya community confirmed his appointment after serving as the acting Ameer, following the demise of Maulana (Dr) A. Wahab Adam in June.

Maulvi Salih before his appointment to the position of Acting Ameer, was the second Deputy to the mission.

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