Friday, April 18, 2014

Pakistan: Lal Masjid library named in honour of Bin Laden

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“He might be a terrorist for others but we do not consider him as a terrorist. For us he was a hero of Islam.” 

Door of the library named after the slain al Qaeda leader at Jamia Hafsa in
Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP 
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By AFP | April 18, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Jamia Hafsa seminary for women in Islamabad has renamed its library in honour of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The seminary is run by hardline cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, the imam of the city’s Lal Masjid. The mosque was the scene of a week-long military siege against radicals in 2007 which left more than 100 people dead.

The small library stocks Islamic texts. “It is true that we have named the library after Osama bin Laden,” a source told AFP on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He might be a terrorist for others but we do not consider him as a terrorist. For us he was a hero of Islam.”

A small printed sign stuck over the library door gives bin Laden’s name and refers to him as a “martyr”.

UK: In Luton Town, why did an ad in a local British paper create such a furore?

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This in a country which has prided itself on being home to an ever-growing ethnically diverse Muslim population from varying sects as well as Budhists, Bahais, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs,Wiccans amongst countless others.

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Source/Credit: The Friday Times
By Zenia Marufi  | April 18, 2014

In Luton Town: Why did an ad in a local British paper create such a furore? Zenia Marufi looks into the reasons

Who are they?

It maintains an estimated 15,000 mosques and centers, 1000 schools, 50 hospitals and several philanthropic organizations in over 195 countries around the world. It enjoys extraordinary support from politicians, world leaders and international organizations such as Amnesty International, the United Nations and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Most recently President Obama spoke up in support of this community by granting it an official house caucus in Capitol Hill which will work towards safeguarding its rights within and outside the United States. This is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

USA: Terror in the Midwest | Letters

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Terrorism has no race or religion and should be condemned in all of its ugly forms. May God give comfort to the bereaving families and bring justice to the accused.

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By Letters | April 16, 2014

Terror in the Midwest | Letter

As a Muslim, I offer my deepest condolences to victims of a shooting that targeted Jews outside a Jewish community center and senior-living facility in Kansas [“3 shot to death at Jewish center, retirement enclave,” News, April 14].

Terrorism has no race or religion and should be condemned in all of its ugly forms. May God give comfort to the bereaving families and bring justice to the accused.

Ahsan M. Khan M.D, Fullerton, CA


Multi-faith calls to end hatred

USA: Concern Over Attacks on Middle East Christians Grows in Washington

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“We are witnessing grievous violence and other forms of intimidation directed against religious and political minorities, particularly the Copts and other Christians about which our government and the media have said far too little."

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By Jerome Socolovsky | April 17, 2014

Human rights groups say attacks against Christians in the Middle East have multiplied in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and are triggering an exodus from the region.  And Christian activists in the U.S. say President Barack Obama is not doing enough to prevent it.

Last year, the bloody crackdown on a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Cairo drew international condemnation.

 But less attention was paid to the many Egyptian churches that were attacked in the days that followed.

In Iraq, Christians number about a third of the pre-U.S. invasion population - and there are fears the same will happen in Syria, where a group of nuns was recently kidnapped and released.

Germany: Petition against a mosque in Gohlis; but not everyone is saying “No!”

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Through a poster at least 20 of the present representatives of the initiative “Gohlis says No!” clearly identified themselves as members of the National Democratic Party of Germany.

Nina Mair and Robert Jahn from the group “1001 Mosque” are protesting
against the mosque-opponents with pink balloons. Photo: Stefanie Otto
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By Elisa Marie Rinne | April 16, 2013
Translated from Deutsch by Maleeha Zafar

10,000 signatures for “Gohlis says No!” were handed over to the City Council Thursday morning.  That means 10,000 signatures against tolerance, cosmopolitanism and religious freedom. However, members of the opposing initiative “1001 Mosque” were also present on-site. 

Leipzig/ Germany - Members of the citizens’ initiative “Gohlis says No”, -- which is associated with the National Democratic Party of Germany  -- came to the City Council Meeting Thursday morning to present signatures collected from the online petition “No mosque in Leipzig/ Gohlis citizens’ initiative: Gohlis says No!” to Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung (Social Democratic Party).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

USA: Christian Leaders Call For Ending Drug War, Mass Incarceration

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Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) has sponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act, which, if passed, would amend the federal criminal code to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for many low-level drug-related crimes.

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By Matt Ferner | Posted: 04/16/2014

As the Easter holiday approaches, several Christian leaders called for the U.S. to end the war on drugs and mass incarceration of offenders. The faith leaders said they hoped the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ inspires the resurrection of people and communities devastated by what they said was failed U.S. drug policy.

"The policies of this failed war on drugs -- which in a reality, is a war on people who happen to be poor, primarily black and brown -- is a stain on the image of this society," said the Rev. John E. Jackson, senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary, Ind., and leader of the social justice organization Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, on a conference call Wednesday organized by the Drug Policy Alliance. "Instead of trying to help individuals heal and become whole and have the help they need, people are being stigmatized for profit in the privatized prison system in this country.

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