Saturday, July 26, 2014

Eye on History: Sir Zafarullah Khan and the tragedy of Palestine and Pakistan

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“Ironically, today Jinnah’s most trusted lieutenant is not even remembered by the state which owes him so much, including its own founding document.”

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By Hafsa Khawaja | July 25, 2014

“This is a solemn moment, solemn in the history of the world, in the history of this great — let us hope, at least — great Organisation. The United Nations is today on trial. The world is watching and will see how it acquits itself — again, perhaps, not so much from the point of view of whether partition is approved or not approved, but from the point of view of whether any room is to be left for the exercise of honest judgment and conscience in decisions taken upon important questions.”
-Sir Zafarullah Khan’s Address to UN Security Council on the issue of Palestine. (October 7, 1947)
The Gaza death toll is nearing a bloody 1000 as Israeli barbarities continue.

Since the atrocious bombing began, torrents of sympathy and solidarity with Gaza have been released from all quarters all over Pakistan.

And with them, there has been a caustic expression lamenting and bemoaning Pakistan and the Muslim world’s sickly response to the barbarities in Palestine.

However, what has been rendered unknown today is that Pakistan once played a significant role on the international stage.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Philadelphia: Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia next year for conference | CNN

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The news service, the official publication of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Chaput made the announcement Thursday before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo, North Dakota.

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By Daniel Burke | July 25, 2014

Pope Francis has accepted the invitation of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year, Catholic News Service reported Friday.

It would be the popular pontiff's first visit to the United States as Pope.

The news service, the official publication of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Chaput made the announcement Thursday before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo, North Dakota.

"Pope Francis has told me that he is coming," said the archbishop as he invited his fellow Native Americans to the celebration being held in Philadelphia on September 22-27, 2015.

Francis has received invitations to visit other places in the United States as well, which he is considering, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi told Catholic News Service. Those invitations include New York, the United Nations and Washington.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said official confirmation from the Vatican for the trip will likely be given about six months before the World Meeting of Families. [ more ... ]

Pakistan: Four Ahmadis booked for ‘preaching’ in Sindh

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Tando Bago SHO Khuda Bux Panhwar told Dawn on Friday that the FIR was registered on the insistence of local religious leaders.

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By Hanif Samoon | July 26, 2014

BADIN: The Tando Bago police have registered a criminal case against four men belonging to the Ahmadi community for allegedly preaching their faith.

Mohammad Ramazan Rustmani, a local cleric, who is also an office-bearer of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl), lodged an FIR (96/2014) against the four men — Abbas Gurgez, Idrees Gurgez , Mushtaque Ahmed Gurgez and Mohammad Khan Gurgez — under Sections 298-B (misuse of epithets, descriptions and titles, etc., reserved for certain holy personages or places) and 298-C (person of Quadiani group, etc., calling himself a Muslim or preaching or propagating his faith) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Tando Bago SHO Khuda Bux Panhwar told Dawn on Friday that the FIR was registered on the insistence of local religious leaders.

Perspective: Fasting can benefit others | Shehla Ahmad

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Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) also said that when a person is fasting, he should avoid quarreling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, “I am fasting.”

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By Shehla Ahmad | July 18, 2014

Muslims are celebrating the month of fasting called Ramadan these days. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

During this month, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and totally abstain from eating and drinking during their fast. In Islam fasting is obligatory for all healthy adult Muslims. However, it is a well-known fact that some form of fasting was prevalent in all religions before Islam as well.

One may wonder that fasting seems more of a personal act. No doubt, in Islam fasting is an act purely done for God and only God is its reward. But can my fast benefit others? The answer is “Yes it can” and it should.

Israel: Foreign Correspondents Complain of Intimidation

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The irate Israeli man who burst into the live shot called Mr. Khatib a “son of a whore” during the assault. A BBC spokesman said in an email, “Firas was unharmed and will continue reporting as normal.”

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By Robert Mackey | July 23, 2014

"#c4news #Gaza For 1st time some people hostile towards us. They see us as reps of of international comm which all feel has betrayed them" ~  Jonathan Miller @millerC4

As the death toll mounts and passions spike, the Foreign Press Association in Israel condemned on Wednesday what it called “deliberate official and unofficial incitement against journalists” who are reporting on the fighting in Gaza. That includes “forcible attempts to prevent journalists and TV crews from carrying out their news assignments,” the association said.

Kyrgyzstan: Ahmadis "must not worship together. Otherwise they will be punished"

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The Supreme Court's ruling has not yet been given in writing to the community, but they have been told they will receive the ruling in two weeks.

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By Mushfig Bayram | July 17, 2014

On 10 July Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court rejected an appeal against two lower courts' support of the State Commission for Religious Affairs' (SCRA) refusal to give state registration to the Ahmadi Muslim community. Asel Bayastanova, the Ahmadi's defence lawyer, told Forum 18 News Service that "it means that Ahmadi Muslims cannot act like Ahmadi Muslims and organise meetings for worship or any other activity together". An Ahmadi Muslim, who asked to remain unnamed for fear of state reprisals, told Forum 18 that "this is equal to banning us .. If we are found by the NSS secret police, the ordinary police, or any other state agency to be carrying out 'illegal' religious activity, we will be given harsh punishments - maybe even imprisonment." The SCRA's lawyer, Zhanibek Botoyev, claimed to Forum 18 that "we are not going to send them to prisons". He also stated that "they can individually pray or read their books in their homes but they must not worship together. Otherwise they will be punished." He refused to say exactly what punishments will be imposed.

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