Friday, February 12, 2016

Perspective: The irony of ‘Islamic’ Pakistan | Umar Ali

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The big question here is: which Sharia? A study of original text of existing sects shows that from founding fathers to the followers, every sect has apostatised all others in Pakistan.

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By Umar Ali | February 12, 2016

Everyone here has been termed non-Muslim, one way or another

Chairman of Council of Islamic Ideology recently suggested to move in some issues to discuss in their meetings – the first one being, are Ahmadis just non-Muslims or apostates too? In a country which is almost on a threshold of destruction due to Islamist terrorism at its peak, growing radicalisation among youth and increasing penetration of religious extremism among the educated class, can we afford having such a dangerous discussion at this point?

Established in 1962, the chief purpose of Council of Islamic Ideology is to advise the government and Parliament on matters pertaining to Islam and its teachings.

Nigeria: Chairman, Ahmadiyya Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Moshood Fashola explains LASSA fever crisis

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We’re not worried that the hospital was sealed and we complied with the Lagos State Ministry of Health in respect of that. And all the patients and the hospital workers had to be strictly monitored throughout that period so that nobody would contact the fever.

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By Encomium | February 11, 2015

On Friday, February 5, 2016, Ahmadiyya Hospital, Ojokoro, Lagos, was reopened after 21 days of closure by Lagos state government on the grounds that the first Lassa Fever patient in the state, Ahmed Haruna was first treated at the hospital.

ENCOMIUM Weekly visited the hospital on Saturday, February 6, 2016, and we had a one-on-one encounter with the Amir (President) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, who is also the Chairman, Board of Management of Ahmadiyya Hospital throughout Nigeria, Dr. Moshood Adenrele Fashola on the situation of the hospital during the crisis and other issues.

During the Lassa Fever crisis, Amhadiyya Hospital was shut and put under surveillance for 21 days by Lagos state government on the grounds that the first Lassa Fever index, Ahmed Haruna was first treated at the hospital before he was referred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), how would you describe the whole situation of things then?

Indonesia: Proposed amendments to terror law threaten human rights -- HRW

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The international community criticized Indonesia the preceding March for the arrest of peaceful demonstrators.

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By Jurist | February 10, 2016

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Indonesian Parliament [official website] to reject proposed amendments to its law on the "eradication of terrorism" [Law No. 15/2003]. HRW asserts that the proposed amendments are too vague and would limit the exercise of free expression and directly conflict with Indonesia's obligations to international human rights, leading to fundamental rights violations. The proposed amendments are in response to the recent attacks in Jakarta [Al Jazeera report] and would allow the stripping of citizenship and confiscation of passports of Indonesians suspected of supporting the Islamic State. Neither the amendments nor the proposing officials provide a process by which citizenship would be stripped or passports confiscated.

Pakistan: Christian Man Appeals Death Sentence, Denies Sending 'Blasphemous' Texts to Islamic Cleric

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"There was no evidence that the text messages came from a phone owned by the couple. In the first place they had lost the phone some months before July 2013 and secondly there was no SIM card in their names.

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By Stoyan Zaimov | February 11, 2016

A disabled Christian man who has been sentenced to death alongside his wife for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to an Islamic cleric has filed an appeal at Lahore High Court, seeking bail due to his deteriorating health.

"I have developed bedsores and I may die in jail as there is no possibility of a better treatment there," Shafqat Masih, who is paralyzed from his waist down, said in his petition, according to the Deccan Chronicle.

"There are serious contradictions in witness accounts against me and my wife and we are hopeful of an acquittal on our appeal," he added.

Masih, alongside his wife, Shagufta, both of whom are in their 40s, were convicted and sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy back in April 2014. The couple, who have four young children, were found guilty of sending blasphemous text messages to a local cleric, something which they deny on account that they are both illiterate.

Indonesia: Human Rights Watch Urges Govt to Lift Ban on Ahmadis in Subang

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The harassment and intimidation of the Ahmadiyah in Subang coincides with similar persecution on Bangka Island, where the local government’s threat of expulsion prompted the police on Feb. 5 to evacuate the community’s women and children due to fears of violence.

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By TJG | February 11, 2016

Jakarta. International human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch  urged President Joko Widodo’s administration to lift a ban on the Ahmadiyah religious community placed by local authorities in Subang, West Java.

The New York-based watchdog said Subang district officials and Muslim clerics issued a letter that bans all Ahmadiyah activities in Central Subang on Jan. 29. The following day, they placed a banner outside the Ahmadiyah mosque stating that it was closed.

The three-page letter was signed by Tatang Supriyatna, head of Subang district, five other local officials and four Muslim clerics who support the ban. The Subang guarantors include its police chief, the district Indonesian Military (TNI) commander, the local Religious Affairs Ministry representative and the chief of Sukamelang village, where many Ahmadiyah live.

USA: Ex-Marine Pleads Guilty in Conn. Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque Shooting

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Federal guidelines suggest Hakey Jr. serve 8 to 14 months in prison for pleading guilty to intentional destruction of a religious property with a dangerous weapon.

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By Justin Schecker | February 11, 2016

Ted Hakey Jr. entered a plea deal Thursday in Hartford federal court for the hate crime of firing shots into an empty Meriden mosque in the early morning hours of Nov. 14, 2015 after the Paris terror attacks.

More than a dozen members of the Baitul Aman Mosque were in court as the ex-Marine waived his right to a trial.

Federal guidelines suggest Hakey Jr. serve 8 to 14 months in prison for pleading guilty to intentional destruction of a religious property with a dangerous weapon.

"Mr. Hakey, do you have anything you would like to say to the mosque?" NBC Connecticut asked as he left court.

"Not allowed to speak at all yet, but after sentencing I’ll be open to talk to everybody," Hakey Jr. said.

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea scheduled sentencing for May 10.

UK: World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community inaugurates new Makhzan-e-Tasaweer website

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Makhzan-e-Tasaweer, in its current guise, has been working since 2006 to collect and archive historical images of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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By Press Release | February 10, 2016

Makhzan-e-Tasaweer archives historical photographic images of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 7 February 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated and launched the new Makhzan-e-Tasaweer website (www.makhzan.org).

His Holiness inaugurated the website at the Makhzan-e-Tasaweer exhibition and offices located within the Tahir House complex at Deer Park Road in South West London.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Indonesia: Ahmadiyah Community Persecuted

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"The Subang officials who are trying to prevent the Ahmadiyah community from practicing their faith seem oblivious to religious freedom. Indonesian officials should be at the forefront of defending rights protected under the constitution and international law, not issuing unlawful prohibitions that undermine them."

Subang district administration erected a banner outside the Ahmadiyah compound
– a mosque and a mission house — which says, “Closed/Sealed.”
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By HRW | February 11, 2016

Subang Authorities Ban Religious Minority’s Activities 

Local Indonesian authorities have banned the activities of the Ahmadiyah religious community in the town of Subang in West Java province, Human Rights Watch said today. The Indonesian government should urgently intervene to stop the harassment and intimidation of the minority group.

On January 29, 2016, Subang district officials and Muslim clerics issued a letter that bans all Ahmadiyah activities in central Subang. The next day, they placed a banner outside the Ahmadiyah mosque stating that it was closed. Neither President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo nor other national officials have spoken out or intervened to lift the ban.

Japan: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community says "Thank You Japan" on National Foundation Day

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"We pledge that we will serve this country and its people to the best of our abilities ,because love to the country we live  in is part of our faith."

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By AMJ Japan | February 11, 2015

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Japan send  its best wishes at the occasion of National Foundation Day of Japan.

Mr Anees Ahmad Nadeem Imam & President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Japan said:
"We thanks to Allah Almighty  who has blessed us with such a great and peaceful country to live in ,such a great nation to live with.As a Muslims we are prayerful for the protection and prosperity of this country.
"We pledge that we will serve this country and its people to the best of our abilities ,because love to the country we live  in is part of our faith."

Japan: Open Mosque Day to better understanding about Islam

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There will be an address by Imam Anees Ahmad Nadeem and a small exhibition. The public will also have an opportunity to ask questions and refreshments will be provided.

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By Press Release | February 11, 2015

Bait-ul-Ahad,the Japan Mosque will be holding an open day and peace seminar to allow people to ask any misunderstanding or questions they have about Islam.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Japan will hold the event at their newly inaugurated Bait-ulAhad,the Japan Mosque in Tsushima City Aichi Prefecture on Saturday (Feb 13) as part of the promoting understating about Isalm.

Imam Anees Ahmad Explained that:
“Our Mosque is open for all to attend and in particular we want our neighbours and the Japanese fellow citizens to know that Islam is a peaceful religion and one that helps those in need.

Perspective: Pakistani educational institutes are also breeding grounds for terrorism | Usman Ahmad

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Education system in Pakistan is in such a state of disrepair that it is completely ill-equipped to fulfill its necessary functions of broadening intellectual horizons and social enhancement

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By Usman Ahmad | February 5, 2016

In recent weeks Pakistan has found itself once again caught in a familiar but no less terrifying nightmare as militants belonging to a faction of the Pakistani Taliban stormed the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda and killed 21 people a fortnight ago. Among the victims were 17 students.

The attack occurred just over a year after the same group mounted Pakistan’s worst ever terrorist atrocity, the APS school massacre in Peshawar in which 148 people were murdered including 132 children.

This fits into a broader global trend that has seen the number of terrorist atrocities on places of education soar in recent years. Amongst the most brutal examples are the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok Nigeria by members of Boko Haram in 2014 and the murder last year of nearly 150 people by the Somali based al-Shabab at a Kenyan university. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland, since 2004 terror attacks on educational institutes have reached record levels with Pakistan the worst affected country.

Perspective: Islamisation of Pakistan’s legal system | Yasser Latif Hamdani

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It is a losing proposition for liberals to engage the clergy, especially given that there are no liberal scholars of Islam grounded in Islamic history and jurisprudence, at least in Pakistan, who can challenge the established sectarian narratives of Barelvis and Deobandis

Lawyers, judges, and policemen gathered to kiss and garland murderer
Mumtaz Qadri after he killed Salmaan Tasser over blasphemy
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By Yasser Latif Hamdani | February 8, 2016

Justice A R Cornelius, being a liberal catholic Christian, is an unlikely champion of the Islamisation of the legal system in Pakistan. Yet facts show that it was he who first expounded the idea that in order for rule of law to take root in Pakistan, judges should freely deploy Islam to justify their legal decisions. Ironically, he did so speaking to officers at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on July 11, 1962 where he argued that the state could only find political legitimacy if it honoured the wishes of the people and unveiled a just Islamic order. To understand the context of Cornelius’ comments, I recommend that the readers refer to Clark Lombardi’s fascinating study ‘Can Islamising a legal system ever help promote liberal democracy? A view from Pakistan’, which is available online.

Of course, Cornelius envisaged Pakistani liberals as leaders of this Islamisation, which would be a sort of a renaissance of Islam and would unleash liberal rule of law in the country. Advising the military rulers of the country, Justice Cornelius said, “It is in this sense that the demand often heard in Pakistan for restoration of traditional Islamic institutions should be understood. It is the natural cry of a strong organism to be connected once again with its original and proper roots. The matter lies in the field of political therapeutics.” In doing so, Cornelius was overturning the axiomatic wisdom of Justice Munir and Justice Kayani, who had held that the question of an Islamic state would only lead to dissention given the variety of the often contradictory claims of various sects in Islam. With the Christian Chief Justice (CJ) of Pakistan now giving a nod to the Islamisation of the legal system, it was only a matter of time before a theory of Islamic review would take root in Pakistan. At least the military drew its own lessons from Cornelius’ exposition, especially in how it used that logic to the hilt under General Ziaul Haq. One wonders if General Zia himself was in attendance at Cornelius’ lecture.

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