Saturday, August 2, 2014

USA: Muslim Community Holds Interfaith Dinner in Buffalo, New York

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"This is the only way to break the barriers between different religious backgrounds and different faiths and traditions so we can all share this wonderful world together."

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By TWC News | August 1, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Local members of the Muslim Community held a special interfaith dinner last night.

They were celebrating the festival of Eid, which is one of the biggest religious events on the Islamic calendar. For this gathering in Niagara Falls, people of all faiths were invited to pull up a chair.

"This is the only way to break the barriers between different religious backgrounds and different faiths and traditions so we can all share this wonderful world together," said Nasir Khan, president of the Buffalo Chapter Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Organizers say interfaith events like this foster understanding and teach tolerance.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Perspective: Pakistan - In our own backyard

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Pakistan became the first ever Muslim majority country in the world where an elected parliament declared a minority Muslim sect (Ahmadiyya Muslims) as infidels (or Kafir).

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By Abdul Ali | August 2, 2014

Three people were burnt and nine injured in Gujranwala on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr; they belonged to the Ahmedi community. All this in the disguise of blasphemy; the controversial law enacted on September 7, 1974.

Pakistan became the first ever Muslim majority country in the world where an elected parliament declared a minority Muslim sect (Ahmadiyya Muslims) as infidels (or Kafir). Of late this Act has been abused and misused through the hands of half-baked mullahs of different schools of thought, venting out their frustration. Taking law into their hands and dispensation of ‘on-the-spot’ justice has further aggravated the society.

Perspective: Can you feel their pain?

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I remember her saying that the last thing she heard was the sound of Hira reciting the kalima, the sound of her now martyred daughter was the last thing she heard before falling into unconsciousness.

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By Syeda Sana Ahmad | August 1, 2014

As I sit here and look at my 7 year old cousin fussing over hina designs and gleefully telling me about her Eid preparations, my mind wanders off to another innocent and beautiful little girl named Hira. Hira, who had planned to spend all of her eidi on toys this year, Hira, who couldn't wait for the Eid celebrations start. Hira, who wanted to become a doctor so she could cure the disease that took her brothers life. Hira, who loved openly and fearlessly.  Hira, who loved to help others. Hira, who was the apple of her parents eyes. Hira, who was only an innocent child, unknown to the cruel world. Hira, whose life was wrongfully taken away from her. Hira, who had no idea of religious intolerance, of the hatred her countrymen felt for her and her fellow believers. Hira, in whose mind all of us were Muslim brothers and sisters. Hira, who had no idea why her house had been set on fire. Hira, who could barely breathe as the toxins filled her lungs. Hira, who asked her mother what was happening as she could feel herself slipping away. Hira, who heard her mother say that this was it, this was how long their life was supposed to be and asked her to recite the kalma. Hira, who recited the kalima one last time not knowing that she was being killed because of the very same kalima.

China: Imam of largest mosque killed in Xinjiang

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Shortly after his death, police sealed off roads in and out of Kashgar and cut internet and text messaging links to other parts of China. Those restrictions have since been lifted.

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By BBC News | July 31, 2014

The imam of China's largest mosque - in the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang - has been killed in what appears to be a targeted assassination.

Jume Tahir, 74, was reportedly stabbed after he led early morning prayers at the Id Kah mosque on Wednesday.

His killing came two days after dozens of people were reportedly killed or injured in clashes with police in Yarkant county, in the same prefecture.

The reasons for his death remain unclear.

But the BBC's Damian Grammaticas in Beijing says Mr Tahir, who was from Xinjiang's mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, was a vocal and public supporter of Chinese policies in the region.

Perspective: Stop the persecution | Letter

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By law, Ahmadi Muslims can be imprisoned for merely saying “salam” (peace) in Pakistan. Ahmadi Muslims are not allowed to preach their beliefs, nor are they allowed to use Islamic terminology.

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By Luqman Ahmad | July 30, 2014

Re: Pakistanis Kill Ahmadis Over Facebook Rumour, July 29.

The situation of minority communities in Pakistan continues to deteriorate. On Sunday, eight Ahmadi homes were set ablaze by a mob, while the police mercilessly watched the massacre unfold, resulting in three deaths. The deceased include a grandmother and her granddaughters, aged seven and eight months. A pregnant woman also suffered a miscarriage due to smoke inhalation. In addition to the deceased, eight other Ahmadi Muslim women and children have been injured.

The persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan is state sanctioned. By law, Ahmadi Muslims can be imprisoned for merely saying “salam” (peace) in Pakistan. Ahmadi Muslims are not allowed to preach their beliefs, nor are they allowed to use Islamic terminology. In May, a leading Canadian-American Ahmadi cardiologist, Dr. Mehdi Ali, was killed in Pakistan, while he was volunteering in a hospital. I urge the international community to speak out against the anti-Ahmadi laws in Pakistan that have tarnished the very fabric of Pakistani society.

War on Gaza: Five Latin American countries withdraw envoys from Israel

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The Palestinian death toll from a devastating Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip rose to 1283, according to a Gaza Health Ministry spokesman.

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By Anadolu Agency | 30 July 2014

The decision of the Latin American countries to recall their ambassadors in Tel Aviv is a "deep disappointment", says Israel.

El Salvador on Wednesday became the fifth Latin American country to withdraw its ambassador from Israel in protest at Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have already recalled their ambassadors.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor said that the move encourages Hamas; "this decision encourages Hamas which has been recognized as a terrorist organization by several countries. The countries standing against terror must act responsibly and should not reward them. While Hamas has been responsible for hindering a ceasfire, El Salvador, Peru and Chile were expected to support international attitude for peace and demilitarization of Gaza", the statement said.

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