Tuesday, March 3, 2015

USA: School children in Duluth, Georgia, racially abuse Sikh boy, call him a 'terrorist'

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A young girl sitting behind him is then heard screaming “terrorist! terrorist!” and points at the boy who remains calm and resorts to shouting “who cares” in retaliation to the children abusing him.

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By ET Staff | March 3, 2015

NEW YORK: In a shocking incident of racial abuse, a group of school children accused a young Sikh boy of being a “terrorist” as he makes a video of the abuses hurled at him, The Times of India reported.

The video was then posted on Inquisitr and shows the Sikh boy from Chattahoochee Elementary School in Duluth, Georgia as sitting in what appears to be a school bus and is surrounded by other students.

While making the video, Harsukh Singh whispers into the camera and says, “The kids are being racist to me.”

A young girl sitting behind him is then heard screaming “terrorist! terrorist!” and points at the boy who remains calm and resorts to shouting “who cares” in retaliation to the children abusing him.
The video posted by a user named ‘Nagra Nagra’ was reported by Inquisitr.

Canada: Meet a Muslim Family aims to create understanding

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"If you come to our house you can learn our culture and what we do in our daily life and how are food is. He tried our food, it was a little bit spicy, but he liked it!"

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Source/Credit: CBC News
By CBC News | Mar 03, 2015

Saskatoon's Muslim community reaches out for national campaign

On a regular basis Canadians hear stories of extreme, often violent acts, carried out in the name of Islam.

This is why the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada community has launched a national campaign aimed at creating understanding between Muslim and non-Muslims. It's called Meet a Muslim Family.

Rashid Ahmed is President of the Muslim Student's Association at the University of Saskatchewan. He invited an acquaintance from university and his family over to his house for a meal on Monday.

Ahmed said at first his guest was surprised at the invitation, but agreed to come.

Clean Up Australia Day: Victoria's Ahmadiyya Muslim Association stands 3rd in ‘most volunteers registered’ nationwide

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The Association in Victoria registered three different clean-up sites in Langwarrin, Dandenong and Warribee South areas. ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ initiative has turned 25 years this year.

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By Press Release| March 2, 2015

25 Years of Clean Up Australia Day: Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Victoria acquired 3rd position in ‘most volunteers registered’ category in all over Australia

On Sunday 1st March 2015 more than 200 volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Victoria participated in historic ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ with great enthusiasm. The Association registered three different clean-up sites in Langwarrin, Dandenong and Warribee South areas. ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ initiative has turned 25 years this year.

The formal proceedings at ‘Bait-ul-Salam’ (House of Peace) Langwarrin started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and its English translation. The event organizers then divided the volunteers into several small groups with each group assigned specific area to clean up.

Bay Point, USA: Reformist Ahmadi Muslims host month of open houses

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The community believes that God sent Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace.

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By Judith Prieve | March 1, 2014

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, in an effort to bring inter-communal harmony, will host open houses for a month, which began on Monday.

During the daily 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. open houses, the group will distribute of literature and answer questions at the Bay Point Mosque and Library at 2780 Willow Pass Road Bay Point.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Communit is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing international movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the community spans 206 countries with membership exceeding 160 million. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is among the first American-Muslim organizations.

UK: Conference at Western Europe's Largest Mosque to Underline Need for International Religious Freedom

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The 12th National Peace Symposium unites representatives of different faiths, Government Ministers and diplomats from more than 12 countries to inspire a concerted effort for lasting peace.

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By Press Release | March 3, 2015

Against a backdrop of ongoing fighting in Syria and Iraq and domestic terror in Paris and Copenhagen, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK is hosting a national symposium to address the key issue of religious freedom.

One thousand delegates will meet at Western Europe's largest Mosque in Morden, South London at the event. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans more than 200 countries and counts tens of millions of followers.

The 12th National Peace Symposium unites representatives of different faiths, Government Ministers and diplomats from more than 12 countries to inspire a concerted effort for lasting peace.

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, worldwide leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, will deliver the keynote address. He has repeatedly called for religious freedom for all and emphasised the need for respect of all faiths.

Since its establishment the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has consistently condemned all violence in the name of Islam, in line with its underlying philosophy of Love for All Hatred for None.

His Holiness has said:
"We believe that there is no place in Islam for the atrocities which are occurring every day in Iraq and Syria and the violence which has taken place here in Europe."

Pakistan: Blasphemy and the Case of Mumtaz Qadri

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Qadri’s defence team, which outnumbers the police presence in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and includes two former high court judges, appealed against their client’s death sentence last month. 

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Source/Credit: The Diplomat
By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid | March 2, 2015

Can Pakistan’s judiciary take a stand against religious extremism?

When the Pakistan government lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in the aftermath of the Peshawar school attack, there was one particular case that most judges would have wanted to avoid.

In the four years since Mumtaz Qadri assassinated Salmaan Taseer – the then governor of the most powerful province of Pakistan – the former Punjab Elite Force officer has had lawyers and judges rally for him in the hundreds; had a mosque named after him; incited a police officer to shoot an inmate; and generally been the emblem of resistance with respect to any reform to Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which has become a veritable guillotine for religious minorities.

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