Saturday, November 1, 2014

Perspective: Is it cool to dress up as ISIS for Halloween?

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"I have heard about people wearing ethnic costumes but it is totally offensive that someone would want to dress up as an ISIS member. She was equating ISIS with me- a Muslim woman."

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By Shahina Bashir | October 31, 2014

Dressing up for Halloween can involve some creativity. Adults and children alike can get quite carried away trying to outdo each other in sporting the most original costume. But when the creativity crosses the bounds of tolerance and sensitivity then it can become a total fail. Walmart had to withdraw a “Pashtun Papa” Halloween costume from their stores. The outfit consisted of the traditional South Asian “shalwar and kameez” which went along with a vest, a cap, and a shaggy grey beard. "Whether you're making a serious political statement or staging a political parody," said the online description, "this authentic-looking outfit is sure to fit the bill!"

"Nothing is sacred this Halloween. Shock your friends with this Islamic costume," the description further elaborated.

Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslims stage downtown solidarity march

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It was the first time city’s Ahmadi Muslims — a smaller sect of the faith — have ever staged a public rally.

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By John Rieti | October 31, 2014

"We love Canada!" members of Hamilton’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community chanted as they marched through the cold rain near city hall on Friday afternoon.

The group of about 60 staged the rally and march in solidarity with those mourning the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and warrant officer Patrice Vincent, who were both killed last weeks in acts that have been linked — fairly or not — to Islamic extremism.

Hamilton Muslims speak out against Ottawa shooting

Nathan Cirillo-inspired racism 'experiment' ends with sucker punch

Imam Hanan Sobhi said his community has already “categorically and unequivocally” condemned the attacks, but wanted to do more.

Friday, October 31, 2014

UK: Muslim youth group raises funds during Preston North End game

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"Our soldiers serve to safeguard the many opportunities this country has provided us with and these collections are just a little way in which we try to give something back to these brave heroes."

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By Ed Walker | October 31, 2014

A group of young Muslims have raised £600 for the Royal British Legion.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association sold poppies at Preston North End’s home game with Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

17 youngsters took part, including a 13 year old, with the money raised in just 80 minutes from both home and away fans.

A youth leader from the AMYA said “The holy founder of Islam, Muhammad taught that loyalty to one’s nation is a part of faith. Our soldiers serve to safeguard the many opportunities this country has provided us with and these collections are just a little way in which we try to give something back to these brave heroes.”

The money goes to help soldiers who have injuries or who are trying to resume a normal life after fighting in conflicts.

Perspective: Islam teaches, 'He who abandons kindness abandons religion.' | letters

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We are also taught in Islam, as part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, “He who abandons kindness abandons religion.”

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By Letters | October 28, 2014

Khalida Khawaja, Edmonton:

Love for all, hatred for none. Islam imparts peace and submission, is full of noble teachings and aims to establish peace between man and Allah, the creator of all; between man and man, and between man and the rest of God’s creations.

Unfortunately, these days we see the term “jihad” being used very loosely, and men claiming to be Muslims taking lives to achieve a status in heaven. Unfortunately, most of these ill-informed individuals are misinterpreting and misusing the guidance and teachings of Islam.

One such beautiful teaching holds that the unlawful killing or shedding of innocent blood is like the killing of the entire human race. In other words, the taking of a single life is like the massacre of thousands of innocents.

When anyone, Muslim or not, reads this guidance, why would they kill another, as that would clearly be going against the laws of Allah? God almighty has clearly stated how big a sin it is to kill someone without cause. We are also taught in Islam, as part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, “He who abandons kindness abandons religion.” After knowing these teachings, who can say that this religion allows or tolerates extremism or terrorism?

UK: Young Ahmadi Muslims Raise Thousands for Poppy Appeal

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"Honouring those who fought to defend and safeguard one's countryis an important principle of Islam and in fact is an important principle of peace ..." [His Holiness, Mirza Masroor Ahmad]

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By PR Newswire | October 31, 2014

LONDON -- Royal British Legion has marked the 1st of November 2014 as "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Poppy Appeal Day"

Over the next few weeks, hundreds of young Muslims belonging to the largest and oldest standing Islamic Caliphate will be taking to the high streets, rail and tube stations, stadiums and airports around the UK, raising thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal.

For the 5th year running, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) will be in partnership with the Royal British Legion. They see it as a mark of good citizenship and a testament to the Islamic edict of demonstrating loyalty to one's country. To acknowledge this incredible partnership, the Royal British Legion has marked the 1st of November 2014 as "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Poppy Appeal Day"

Canada: 'ISIS and Islam are NOT one in the same' | Letters

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Indeed, true Islamic principles are not found within ISIS, an organization which spreads terror and havoc under the banner of Islam.

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By Letters | October 28, 2014

Sarmad Naveed Ahmad, Maple, Ont.:

As an Ahmadi Muslim, born and raised in Canada, it is a privilege to have the freedom to express my views, especially seeing that my fellow Ahmadi Muslims are persecuted in almost all Muslim countries. It is that much more troubling for me to hear about someone like Martin Rouleau, a resident of Quebec who abused this freedom by expressing his extremist views, while associating himself with Islam.

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