Friday, May 22, 2015

USA: Rep. Keith Ellison to speak at Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque inauguration in Coon Rapids, MN

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Among those attending will be U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who will deliver a keynote address, Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, and other community leaders.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN, with His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad
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By Karen Zamora | May 21, 2015

The inauguration, open to the public, will be held Saturday.

When a few families got together to form Minnesota’s only Ahmadiyya Muslim community more than 20 years ago, homes served as worship sites.

Since 1988, the largely north metro congregation has grown slowly but steadily to almost 90 members, moving from homes to rooms in libraries and community centers. On Saturday, it will mark a milestone — the opening of its permanent home at the Nusrat Mosque in Coon Rapids.

Eager to celebrate “humanity at large,” the congregation — the only Ahmadiyya Muslim group in Minnesota — has invited the “greater Minneapolis community” to the center’s 1 p.m. inauguration and for public tours starting at noon, said Imam Faran Rabbani.

Ireland: Ahmadiyya leader cautions not to 'challenge' God, encourages 'NO' vote in gay marriage referendum

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Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan of Galway's Maryam Mosque issued a statement today siding with 'No' vote and asking people to not challenge God.

Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan of Galway's Maryam Mosque
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By Staff Report | may 21, 2015

Today Ireland is holding a referendum on "marriage equality" rights.

It is the first country in the world to hold a referendum to decide on whether or not the state should allow gay marriage.

If passed, the right of gay couples to marry will be incorporated into the Republic’s constitution.

From a practicing Muslims' point of view, who believe in God and His scriptures, they believe that the every one is born equal, but one should follow the commandments of God the almighty included in the Holy Books.

Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan of Galway's Maryam Mosque issued a statement today siding with 'No' vote and asking people of all faith to not challenge God.

"Ireland has always held a prestigious place in the world for its loyalty and its fidelity towards God," wrote Imam Noonan who leads the Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Ireland. "I call on all religious people and those who claim to believe in a living God to put your trust in Him who has created us and who truly knows mankind's purpose."

"To vote 'Yes' is to challenge God! To vote 'No' is to obey God and secure Ireland grace," Imam added

Other faith groups are mobilizing their flock also to vote down the measure.

"Across the key battleground of Dublin, evangelical and Pentecostal pastors are actively encouraging their congregations to vote no," reads one media report in Irish Times. "Campaigners for a No vote claim that in a tight contest their votes will be crucial to the outcome."



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UK: Glasgow Ahmadi Muslim youth run for Yorkhill Children's Charity under 'Mercy 4 Mankind' initiative

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Kirsten Sinclair, director of fundraising at Yorkhill Children’s Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) for their ongoing support.

Sandra White MSP, 2nd from left, and Ahmed Owusu-Konadu, youth leader, right, 
ran the race last year
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By Tristan Stewart-Robertson

Hundreds of children and family are expected in Kelvingrove Park for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mercy 4 Mankind 5K on Sunday.

GLASGOW youth are running a 5K in Kelvingrove Park this year in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

Hundreds of children and family are expected for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mercy 4 Mankind 5K on Sunday.

The run - or walk - is followed by a meal provided by the mosque near the park and the annual event has raised more than £60,000 for the charity to date. Past money has gone towards enhancements to the play room in the observation ward of the new children’s hospital which opens within weeks.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

UK: Amadiyya Muslim Elders Association serves-up support to Keighley Salvation Army

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"The individuals who benefit from the meals are either struggling financially or come to enjoy some company and good food, as it gives an opportunity for community cohesion and building friendships.

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By Alistair Shand | May 21, 2015

MEMBERS of Keighley Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association have served-up support to the town's Salvation Army.

The association donated a Tuesday-night community meal at the High Street church.

Over 30 people enjoyed a curry.

Association president, Aziz Rahman, said: "Our main aim is to serve humanity and promote our community's motto – Love for All, Hatred for None.

"We were extremely touched by the warm response we received.

"The individuals who benefit from the meals are either struggling financially or come to enjoy some company and good food, as it gives an opportunity for community cohesion and building friendships.

Turkmenistan: Torture, 4-year jail sentence for one Jehovah's Witness, shorter terms for 14 others

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A total of 14 Jehovah's Witnesses have since February been short-term prisoners of conscience, with one of these still today (21 May) being detained. 

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By Felix Corley | May 21, 2015

Jehovah's Witness Bahram Hemdemov has been tortured and given a four-year prison term on 19 May in Turkmenistan's eastern city of Turkmenabad, Forum 18 News Service has been told.

Prisoner of conscience Hemedmov was accused of allegedly inciting religious hatred, which his fellow Jehovah's Witnesses deny.

His real "crime" seems to have been hosting a meeting for worship.

Along with Hemdemov and many of the latest 2015 short-term prisoners of conscience, Hemdemov's son Sedar was jailed for 15 days as a prisoner of conscience and tortured.

A total of 14 Jehovah's Witnesses have since February been short-term prisoners of conscience, with one of these still today (21 May) being detained.

UK: Keighley Humanity First charity worker says “There is a lot that needs to be done” in Nepal

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“The Gorkha area is a mainly Muslim Nepalese ethnic area, where the people lived in incredibly impoverished conditions even before the earthquake.

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By Keighley News | May 21, 2015

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A Keighley man, who is still out in Nepal, is Dr Aziz Ahmad Hafiz.

The GP and president of Keighley Ahmadiyya Muslim Association arrived in the devastated country early last week.

He is spearheading charity Humanity First’s emergency response.

Dr Hafiz has met the teams working on the ground to assess short and long-term needs.

And he has liaised with United Nations staff and Nepalese Government officials.

He said: “Our staff have been working with our local partner Ahmadiyya Saung Nepal to plan aid shipments, build a camp for over 150 in Kathmandu and assess needs for the next phase.

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