Friday, August 28, 2015

Perspective: Muslim Caliph spreads message of peace | Shehla Ahmad

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Khalifa (Caliph) of Islam, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, is the champion of Islam’s true message of peace. He disseminates this message wherever he goes to whomever meets him.

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By Shehla Ahmad | August 28, 2015

I was recently in Harrisburg, Pa., along with thousands of other men, women and children who came together from across the country pledging allegiance to peaceful Caliph, fifth successor of the Messiah of this age. This was at the 67th annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA.

One of my take-home messages from this convention was how one should strive toward peace in our personal lives.

Annual conventions in Ahmadiyya Muslim Community were started in 1901 by the founder of the community.

Now these conventions are held in more than 28 countries around the globe every year. In August alone, these conventions are held in the United States, U.K., Canada and Bosnia. One purpose is to provide a platform for anyone interested to learn about true peaceful Islam.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pakistan could soon have world’s 3rd largest nuclear stockpile

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Pakistan is believed to have 120 nuclear warheads at the moment and according to the report may reach 350 within five to ten years surpassing all other countries except the United States and Russia.

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By South Asia Daily | August 27, 2015

Pakistan could have the world’s third largest nuclear stockpile within a decade according to a new report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Stimson Center set to be released today (Post, ET).

Pakistan is believed to have 120 nuclear warheads at the moment and according to the report may reach 350 within five to ten years surpassing all other countries except the United States and Russia.

The report reads: “The growth path of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, enabled by existing infrastructure, goes well beyond the assurances of credible minimal deterrence provided by Pakistani officials and analysts after testing nuclear devices.”

Some, however, have questioned its conclusions.

How China's Currency Policies Will Change the World

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The West's economic collapse in 2008 meant that this model could no longer function, and China began trying to grow consumption levels so that the domestic consumer might come to fill the hole left by the faded international market.

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By Stratfor | August 26, 2015

The recent fluctuations in China's currency typify the best and worst of a globalized world, where developments in one place can instantly change the political and financial calculations of governments in others. For most of human history, the communities, cultures and economies of the world existed independently of one another, separated as they were by vast distances and difficult terrain. It would, for instance, take months or even years for news of China to reach Europe across the great Silk Road trading route during the height of its use some 1,000 years ago. Even then, the communities along that route could hardly be considered entirely coherent.

But that is clearly no longer the case. And now, as China continues to adjust the yuan, markets throughout the world will react accordingly, even as they react differently.

There were several reasons behind China's decision, but it nevertheless came as a surprise to many. In search of stability, China has tied its currency to the U.S. dollar since 1994, usually at a low value relative to the dollar. During the 2000s, the connection helped China keep its exports competitive, with the developed world consuming its output. The West's economic collapse in 2008 meant that this model could no longer function, and China began trying to grow consumption levels so that the domestic consumer might come to fill the hole left by the faded international market.

Perspective: Extremism can never be defeated by eradicating our right to think, even if those thoughts offend others | Adam Walker

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So if not religion, then what? Well the largest study ever carried out on terrorism and terrorist attacks concluded that politics is what motivates the average would-be extremist. And the most common political grievance cited is British and 'Western' foreign policy.

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By Adam Walker | August 26, 2015

To borrow a line from Corinthians, ‘One sin begets another unless the chain is broken through repentance.’

So let us be honest for a moment and cut through the monotone society we live in; where everything must be processed through the extremes of liberal or conservative values. If we can stretch our vision beyond the haze, then we have to admit that we are all extremists. Both the strings that motion society from trend to trend and we, the people, have allowed ourselves to become extremists.  

We belong to a society that pits the 'you only live once' mentality against the 'everything can kill you' one; Skinny billboard models versus uncontrolled obesity; In or out of the EU; open the doors to refugees versus turn the gun ships on them; Israel or Palestine, the Reds or the Red Devils; marmite or not. The list is never ending.

Sweden: Integration Police Inspector Ulf Boström criticizes violence against Ahmadiyya Muslims

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"If you as Ahmadi call yourself a Muslim, call your mosque a mosque or pray as a Muslim you can get three years in prison and fines."

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By Hampus Dorian/Peter Linne | August 26, 2015

Integration Police Inspector Ulf Boström from Gothenburg addressed the 35,000 Muslims in London in late August. Millions saw him on television.

"It is urgent to talk about what happens in Pakistan," he said.

On 21-23 August, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community's annual convention, Jalsa Salana took place in London. There was integration Police Inspector Ulf Boström from Gothenburg invited to speak in front of 35,000 people. A large part of his speech was devoted to criticizing religious laws in Pakistan, from where many Ahmadiyya Muslims comes from.

"They go against international law, the UN conventions and human rights. Pakistan has created hatred laws," says Boström.

UK: Caliph Condemns Use Of Nuclear Weapons And Warns Against War At Convention Attended By Over 35,000 Muslims

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Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad explained in detail how these depictions of the faith by extremists are in fact a corruption of the religion.

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By WRN Editorial Staff | August 26, 2015

Three day Islamic convention in Hampshire, UK, also included a religious artifacts exhibition and a lecture by Turin Shroud expert Barrie Schwortz. 

The Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, delivered a powerful and emphatic response to critics of Islam who blame the world's problems on religion during his keynotes address at the Jalsa Salana on Sunday.

His Holiness, who is the spiritual leader of tens of millions of Ahmadi Muslims worldwide, delivered a series of speeches during the three-day event held in Hampshire, UK, in which he outlined the challenges facing the Muslim world before an enthralled and vocally passionate audience of over 35,000 Ahmadi Muslims attending from over 90 countries.

UK: Khalifa Of Islam Challenges Critics Of Islām During Address At 49th Jalsa Salana

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In his concluding address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad rejected the notion that religion was the cause of violence or warfare. 

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By Press Release | August 26, 2015

The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has delivered a powerful and authoritative response to critics of Islam who blame the world's problems on the religion.

His Holiness made the comments during his concluding address at the 49th Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom on Sunday, 23 August 2015.

Whilst delivering a comprehensive defence of Islam’s true teachings before an audience of over 35,000 gathered at Hadeeqatul Mahdi in Hampshire, His Holiness condemned all forms of terrorism and extremism as completely against the teachings of Islam.

This year delegates from 96 countries attended the Jalsa Salana. Apart from the thousands of Ahmadi Muslims, many non-Ahmadi and non-Muslim guests and dignitaries attended the three-day convention.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

UK: Swedish Integration Police Cheif Slams Government of Pakistan for Anti Ahmadi Laws

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Pakistan's treatment of Ahmadi Muslims was also the theme of Inspector Boström. He compared the legislation to hate crimes, and said that it is contrary to international law and UN conventions.

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By Sanna Wikström | August 26, 2015

The Integration Police Inspector Ulf Boström from Gothenburg slams the Pakistani government in front of the eyes of millions of Ahmadi Muslims.

He was invited as a speaker at the largest Muslim convention, Jalsa Salana, in London, and after the speech the Gothenburg Police Inspector was praised both on site and in social media.

When Ulf Boström was asked whether he was willing to speak at Jalsa Salana in London, an annual convention that is followed by millions Ahmadi Muslims, he never hesitated.

"I saw this as part of my job as a police officer, it was natural for me to say yes," he says.

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