Saturday, February 28, 2015

Perspective: A life’s constant fear | Zehra Abid

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All I knew about sects was how much I dreaded the question ‘Are you Sunni or Shia?’ some kid in class would inevitably ask at the beginning of the school year.

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By Zehra Abid | February 27, 2015

My first memory of sectarian violence is from February 1995. At the Mehfil-e-Murtaza Imambargah in Karachi, 16 people had been lined up and shot dead as they were preparing for a funeral. Sipah-e-Sahaba gunmen had stormed in and killed them point blank. The imambargah was one that I had a particularly close association with. It was our place to go every Ashura. There was a fixed pattern on the 10th of Muharram for us. We would attend a majlis early morning at Nishtar Park, watch the juloos start its course and then go to Mehfil-e-Murtaza in the afternoon. There were times when we didn’t make it to the majlis in the morning, but the afternoon plan was never missed — Mehfil-e-Murtaza had the best haleem that would only be served on the 10th.

Bangladesh: Islamists hack to death American blogger Avijit Roy, wife injured

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Avijit Roy is well known for his books ‘Biswaser Virus’ (Virus of Faith) and ‘Sunyo theke Mahabiswa’ (From Vacuum to the Great World).

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By Staff Correspondent | February 26, 2015

Suspected Islamist assailants have hacked to death writer Avijit Roy and seriously injured his blogger wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya.

Police said the couple came under assault near TSC intersection at Dhaka University around 9:30pm on Thursday.

Witnesses said they were on a rickshaw returning from the Amar Ekushey Book Fair when two attackers stopped it, dragged them onto the footpath and started hacking them.

They were rushed to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where doctors declared Avijit dead during an emergency surgery, its police outpost Inspector Mozzamel Haque told bdnews24.com.

Friday, February 27, 2015

UK: ISIS killer 'Jihadi John' identified as Mohammed Emwazi from West London

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The militant is Mohammed Emwazi, a young British man from West London who was known to British security services. Security agencies did not disclose his name earlier due to operational reasons.

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By RT News | February 26, 2015

The British Islamic State militant who has featured in videos featuring the execution of Western hostages, known as ‘Jihadi John’, has been identified.

The militant is Mohammed Emwazi, a young British man from West London who was known to British security services.

Security agencies did not disclose his name earlier due to operational reasons.

Emwazi is thought to have killed American journalist James Foley in a video released last August.

He is further believed to have featured in the videos of the beheadings of US journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid worker David Haines, British taxi driver Alan Henning, and US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter.

Canada: Ahmadiyya innitiative “Meet a Muslim Family” aims to break down barriers over a meal

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"There have been radicals who have been arrested. There’s an ongoing debate happening in Parliament about a new bill, so really just Muslims holistically have been in the spotlight."

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By Jill Drews | February 27, 2015

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A Muslim group is offering all Canadians a chance to learn more about the religion over dinner.

Families are opening their homes as a way to foster better understanding.

The “Meet a Muslim Family” campaign starts Sunday. You can be connected with a Muslim family, visit their home and get to know them and share a meal.

This is not the first year the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has done this, but Safwan Choudhry with the group says they’ve expanded it in light of recent events, including the murders of three Muslim students in the US.

USA: Ahmadi Muslim group to host interfaith symposium in Wilkinsburg

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Dignitaries attending include Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson and Jean-Dominique Le Garrec, honorary consul of France in Pittsburgh.

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By February 27, 2015

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Pittsburgh chapter is hosting Religious Founders Day on Saturday, an interfaith symposium of local faith leaders to discuss the founders of their respective faiths and how their teachings offer solutions to the problems of today.

Dignitaries attending include Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson and Jean-Dominique Le Garrec, honorary consul of France in Pittsburgh.

Speakers include Rabbi James A. Gibson of Temple Sinai, Squirrel Hill; Pastor Rita S. Plat of United Methodist Church, Wilkinsburg; Sanjay Mehta of Hindu Jain Temple, Monroeville; Sucha Singh of Pittsburgh Sikh Gurdwara, Monroeville; and Imam Adnan Ahmed of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Wilkinsburg.

The symposium will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in Al-Nur Mosque, 747 South Ave., Wilkinsburg.

Canada: Quebec judge refuses to hear case of woman wearing hijab

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Quebec Judge Eliana Marengo told Rania El-Alloul that hats and sunglasses are not allowed in court and she didn’t see why a hijab is any different.

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By The Canadian Press | February 26, 2015

MONTREAL—A Quebec judge has reportedly refused to hear a woman’s case because she wouldn’t remove her hijab.

The CBC said it obtained an audio recording of proceedings that occurred in the courtroom of Judge Eliana Marengo on Tuesday.

On the recording, the CBC reports that Rania El-Alloul told the judge she is a Muslim, but Marengo told her she could either remove her headscarf or ask for a postponement in order to consult a lawyer.
Marengo told El-Alloul that hats and sunglasses are not allowed and she didn’t see why a hijab is any different.

El-Alloul said she couldn’t afford a lawyer so the case has been adjourned indefinitely.
According to a story on the CBC’s website, El-Alloul was before the court trying to get her car back because it was seized by the Quebec automobile insurance board.

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