Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Perspective: The Paris Attacks Are a Reminder We Should All Listen to the London-Based Khalifa of Islam | Atif Rashid

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In an interview with LBC in the UK, he called on the government to arm the police and monitor mosques for any extremist rhetoric to prevent youth radicalization.

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By Atif Rashid | November 23, 2015

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, we'd all be wise to listen to the 5th Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslims Community who has repeatedly been giving viable solutions to remove the poison of ISIS while exhorting Muslims to be true to the faith they follow. He condemned the Paris attacks and prayed for its victims.

Ahmadis are Muslims who believe in the Promised Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and are today lead by the 5th Khalifa, Mirza Masroor Ahmad who frequents world Parliaments reminding leaders to take considered, reasonable approaches to policy making with justice being the overriding principle.

He warned in 2014 that if ISIS were not 'stopped in their tracks,' they would cause great destruction in the world. He went on to condemn those groups or nations who were financing and supporting terrorist organizations emphasizing the need to cut off the funding of all terrorist groups.

In an interview with LBC in the UK, he called on the government to arm the police and monitor mosques for any extremist rhetoric to prevent youth radicalization.

Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslim Students’ Association of Ryerson banner taken down...again

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The banner was tied between two trees with rope. On Monday, it had been torn on one side, cutting through the metal covered holes. The banner cost $220.

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By Behdad Mahichi |November 24, 2015

An Ahmadiyya Muslim Students’ Association (AMSA) of Ryerson banner hanging in front of Lake Devo by was cut down in what the group calls an act of Islamophobia.

Titled “Islam: At Odds with the West…?” the event scheduled for Dec. 3 will be a forum for students to ask questions about the religion.

The banner was tied between two trees with rope. On Monday, it had been torn on one side, cutting through the metal covered holes. The banner cost $220.

Ali Ahmed, president of AMSA Ryerson, said this is the second time they’ve had their posters vandalized in two years.

Last year, the group held an event focused on fighting extremist influence towards Canadian youth — but their banner, which was again hung above Lake Devo, was taken down as well.

UK: Ahmadiyya Mulim youths and Interfaith group plant 400 trees on the banks of the River Ouse

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Among the groups was the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) who travelled from Sheffield with a party of 40, some as young as eight years old, to join in.

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By Victoria Prest | November 23, 2015

Youngsters from across Yorkshire have helped plant more than 400 trees on the banks of the Ouse.

As part of Interfaith Week, young people from Muslim, Baha'i, Latter Day Saints, and Christian youth groups got together on Saturday morning to plant the new trees on the wetland behind St Barnabas' School off Leeman Road.

York Interfaith Week's Mark Cosens said the idea had sprung out of a symbolic "interfaith" tree planted at York St John University last year.

He added: "Last year we planted the tree to symbolise us all being branches of one family, even though we are of different faiths. It was also expressing a common concern for the environment.

"We thought the symbolic tree was great, but we wanted to get a whole load of young people together to plant a lot more trees."

Australia: Sydney conference discusses religious extremism

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“There is not a hint of extremism promoted in our scriptures, rather it promotes extreme levels of love, kindness and mercy and love for all and hatred for none.”

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By David Jala | November 24, 2015

SYDNEY — It’s not every day a reverend, a rabbi and an imam get together in a church basement to discuss the extreme elements within their religions.

But that’s what happened Tuesday when more than 100 people gathered at the United Heritage Church Hall in Sydney for a conference called Scriptures and Extremism.

The two-hour conference was moderated by "CBC Mainstreet" host Wendy Bergfeldt and featured Rev. Rosemary Godin of the United Church of Canada, Rabbi David Ellis of the Atlantic Jewish Council, and Imam Umran Bhatti of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Sydney chapter.

Each of the three local leaders spoke of historical misinterpretations within the scriptures of their religions — Christianity (Bible); Judaism (Torah); and Islam (Qur’an) — and how many words and messages have been twisted and manipulated to justify acts of violence.

Perspective: Reclaiming the original ideology | Zahid Hussain

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“The new state would be a modern democratic state with sovereignty resting in the people and the members of the new nation having equal rights of citizenship regardless of their religion, caste or creed.”

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By Zahid Hussain | November 24, 2015

Nawaz Sharif is under intense attack by the religious lobby for calling for making Pakistan a ‘liberal’ democratic nation. The chief of the Jamaat-i-Islami wants the prime minister to withdraw his comments, which were made at an investment conference. Though Sharif actually used the term in the context of the economy, it has nonetheless triggered a renewed debate on the ideology of Pakistan.

Islamic parties gathered under the umbrella of the Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC) have threatened to launch nationwide protests against what they describe as a ‘conspiracy’ to turn Pakistan into a secular state. “We cannot compromise on the basic ideology of Pakistan,” they have vowed. This squabbling lot that never agrees on any religious issue now appears united in defending the country’s ‘Islamic identity’.

Such a strong reaction to the mere mention of the term ‘liberal’ does not come as a surprise given the ignorance and narrow outlook of our religious elite. More shocking, however, are the views of some supposedly moderate political leaders on the concept of liberal democracy and secularism. One wonders how these political philosophies clash with the basis on which this country was founded.

Pakistan: Jhelum Ahmadis' hardships; pregnant woman hid in wild bushes for 3 hours

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Mob looted homes however they could, and burnt everything else.they couldn't put in their pockets or carry on their shoulders. 

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By Web desk | November 25, 2015

Last Friday evening, when a violent mob shouting Allah-o Akbar set on fire an Ahmadi-owned business with workers inside and attacked adjacent homes where workers' families lived, the mob created a blockade to keep workers and their families from escaping the fire while they held rescuers outside at a distance.

Nearly 1,500 Ahmadis were displaced when men, women, and children were forced to make fast get-aways from the enraged mob lusting after their blood.

Mob looted homes however they could, and burnt everything else.they couldn't put in their pockets or carry on their shoulders.

A few harrowing details from the incident describe what people in social media learned from firsthand narrations coming from the scene of attack.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nepal: Bleak outlook for country's urban refugees

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"People in Syria and other countries are dying from bullets. Are we going to die from hunger? How can we feed our family if the UNHCR doesn't support us?"

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By Deepak Adhikari | 24 November 2015

Sit-in protests in Kathmandu by over 100 people aim to compel UNHCR to drop proposal to cut monthly allowances.

 Kathmandu, Nepal - Refugees have organised sit-in protests in the Nepali capital demanding that UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, which provides for them, revokes its decision to cut monthly allowances starting next year.

For the past three weeks, in a rare protest in Kathmandu, over 100 refugees have gathered under a large canopy in front of the entrance to a UNHCR office.

Rohingya women have huddled together near the closed entrance, nursing their babies, alongside Sri Lankans and Hazaras.

All shared similar stories of fleeing war, ethnic cleansing and political and religious persecution.

Perspective: Bombs may kill extremists, but they will not kill extremism | Umar Nasser

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Our shock at the recent terror attacks across Paris, the Middle East, and now Mali is being predictably followed with calls for mindless retribution.

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By Umar Nasser | November 23, 2015

How we respond to recent attacks will shape our future for generations to come

‘Bomb and be done with it. Destroy the enemy, and all will be well.’ This seductive voice cannot go unchallenged.

ISIL must be defeated, but it will have no meaning to destroy ISIL today if another ISIL springs up 5 years from now. If we truly want to live in a world without terrorism, we cannot continue to treat it as a phenomenon that is self-existing, divorced from a global geopolitical landscape that is shaped largely by our own actions. Our focus should not just be on defeating ISIL- it must be on establishing a lasting peace.

The attacks were perpetrated by ISIL, but ISIL themselves are the offspring of extremist philosophy and foreign support. We must reflect on each of these in turn.

Why Pakistan persecutes the minority Ahmadi group? | DW

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"A mob attacked our mosque in Kala Gujran, an area in Jehlum, took out its furniture and set it on fire. Then, they washed the mosque and later offered evening prayers in the mosque."

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By DW | November 23, 2015

An angry mob in the Pakistani city of Jehlum burnt down a factory and a mosque belonging to the minority Ahmadi group on blasphemy charges. What are the reasons behind continued persecution of the Ahmadis? DW examines.

In Pakistan, all you need to lynch Ahmadis or torch their houses and places of worship is an allegation of blasphemy. They are an easy target. Declared non-Muslims in 1974, the Ahmadis face both legal and social discrimination in the Islamic country, and the attacks on their properties have increased manifold in the past decade.

On Saturday, November 21, an angry mob in the eastern Punjab province set ablaze a factory owned by the Ahmadis, after one of its employees was accused of desecrating the Koran.

"The incident took place after we arrested the head of security at the factory, Qamar Ahmed Tahir, for complaints that he ordered the burning of Korans," Adnan Malik, a senior police official in the Jhelum city, told the media.

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslims Organize Peace Conference in Tooting

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"Terrorism and hatred can never triumph whilst we continue to strive to work together for the benefit of everyone."

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By TDP | November 23, 2015

The first Peace Conference of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (Tooting Chapter) was held on the 22nd November 2015 at the Lola Jones Hall, Tooting Leisure Centre.

Condemning the terror attacks in Paris and Bamako, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held the event in Tooting to promote peace, to unite religions in peace and to tackle extremism.

Shakeel Ahmed, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (Tooting Chapter) said in his welcoming speech, “Islam encourages interfaith dialogue and advocates peace, tolerance, love and understanding among the followers of different faiths. We firmly believe in the Quranic teaching that ‘there is no compulsion in religion’. It is our firm belief that we must work together for a greater cause of peace, putting aside minor differences. I’m sure that we can achieve unity without disarray, diversity without division, and be one worldwide community without hatred, oppression, poverty and war. This event has one purpose, which is for us to come and sit together in a friendly environment to talk about one goal and shared objective that we hold, which is to promote love, affection, brotherhood and peace. The ethos of our community is summed up in our motto: love for all, hatred for none.”

Perspective: A guide to growing up Ahmadi in Pakistan | Ayesha Ali


One day you will hear that the girl in section 2B is telling everyone that her father says you are not a Muslim and that no one should be friends with you.

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By Ayesha Ali | November 23, 2015

Welcome, to the beautiful land of the pure. Here, we are blessed with four wondrous seasons and the geographical features are aplenty.

This is a land hard won through the sacrifices of many and now, you too, are a part of this nation of the free.

There is only one small hitch. You are Ahmadi, and life will be slightly more difficult for you than it is for the rest of the citizens of this country.

Though, if we are being honest, it’s not exactly a joy ride for everyone else either.

But never fear, this handy guide will tell you how to navigate through the typically awkward moments of a minority life. Let us begin:

UK: Muslims and other faiths unite in Huddersfield to condemn terrorism

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“We consider this to be not just an attack on France but on the entire humanity and we express our condolences to the families of the bereaved and pray for the fast recovery of all those injured."

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By Neil Atkinson | November 23, 2015

Special prayers for victims of Paris attacks

People of all faiths came together in Huddersfield to condemn terrorism.

They were at a mosque in Fartown for a specials service organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The event attracted not only Muslims but Sikhs and Christians.

Fatihul-haq, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Huddersfield South, said: “We condemn the actions of extremists wherever they may be, whatever their cause. We are with the people of France in sharing their pain.

“This was an outrageous attack on the peaceful innocent members of the public and they are in our thoughts and prayers.

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