Monday, December 22, 2014

Pakistan: Taliban beheaded Ahmadi man abducted in 2009

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The Ahmadiyya worldwide leader, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Mansoor Ahmad memorialized the victim's obituary in his Friday sermon of December 19th.

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By Staff report | December 21, 2014

An Ahmadi man, abducted in Pakistan by unknown persons five years ago and missing ever since was beheaded by Taliban, it has been discovered.

The grisly details came to light when a terrorist in police custody admitted his involvement in the abduction of Mubarak Ahmad Bajwa, an Ahmadi elder and a rancher from Chak 312-JB, Kathowali in the Punjab province.

Bajwa was kidnapped from his farmhouse in October 2009 along with a farm hand, a young boy of about 14 years of age. The youth was later released with instructions for Bajwa's ransom.

One of the suspect, disclosed only by his first name, Wajid, from Taliban's Afzal Fauji group in Gujrat, told police they had abducted Bajwa for ransom and kept him in chains in the basement of a mosque in Kotli until they killed him.

USA: Christmas Message from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Metro Detroit | Letter - Mahir Osman

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"On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Metro Detroit located in Rochester Hills, I wish for this shared reverence to be a basis for inter-religious harmony and would like to wish all a very blessed and Happy Holidays."

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By Mahir Osman | December 21, 2014

Dear Editor,

I am a Muslim and I love the holidays. I love the lights, I love the colors, I love the Christmas trees. But most of all, I love seeing the joy and happiness on the faces of my Christian brothers and sisters as they celebrate Christmas.

The Qur’an teaches us, as Muslims, to honor Jesus of Nazareth, as well as his mother Mary. So on behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Metro Detroit located in Rochester Hills, I wish for this shared reverence to be a basis for inter-religious harmony and would like to wish all a very blessed and Happy Holidays.

– Mahir Osman; Secretary of Public Relations, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community - Metro Detroit

Australia: 'We come in peace' | They are the Ahmadiyya Muslims

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"The holy prophet, peace be upon him, prophesied that when the promised messiah came, he would abandon the jihad of before."

Padua College students at Ahmadiyya ‘Bait-ul-Salam’ mosque in Langwarrin
with Imam Syed Wadood Janud
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Source/Credit: Mornington Peninsula News
By Andrew Dixon | December 15, 2014

The Mornington Peninsula is known all over the country for its diversity of landscapes including some of the best beaches in the world, wild surf coast, rolling fields and unspoilt bushland as well as historic landmarks signifying some of the first British settlement in Terra Australis.

But when it comes to people and culture, less than six per cent of people in the municipality speak a language other than English at home, compared with an average of 24 per cent in metropolitan Melbourne. Less than one per cent of the peninsula’s population is indigenous. The region is one of the whitest, most culturally homogeneous places in Australia.

Perspective: Pakistan's Dark Days | Amjad Mahmood Khan

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Since 1984, Pakistan has permitted the arrest and prosecution of several thousand of its citizens—both Muslim and non-Muslim­—on trivial and often trumped-up charges of blasphemy.

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By Amjad Mahmood Khan | December 21, 2014

Terrorism and the Blasphemy Laws

Last week’s massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was horrific. It sparked a wave of sympathy—world leaders expressed their solidarity with the country—and also criticism—for years, Pakistan has given safe haven to terrorist groups.

TTP’s ghastly attack in Peshawar was hardly surprising. In the spring of 2010, Faisal Shahzad, a TTP-trained American, attempted to bomb Times Square in New York. Just weeks later, TTP operatives massacred 86 Ahmadi worshippers during Friday prayers at mosques in Lahore. (Ahmadis are a persecuted minority Muslim sect.) In 2013, TTP was linked to the killing of 127 Christians in Peshawar.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Qadian, India: Three thousand Pakistani guests have arrived so far

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The guests who have arrived early are seen using the opportunity to visit key holy places and spending time in prayers. The Pakistani guest were also seen shopping for gifts for their loved-ones back home. 

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By Ch. Maqbool Ahmad | December 21, 2014

Nearly three thousands Jalsa Salana participants from Pakistan have reached here in Qadian and over two thousand participants from across India have also reached the international spiritual headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community .

This year more than 20,000 peoples are expected to participate in the Qadian Jalsa Salana.

The guests who have arrived early are seen using the opportunity to visit key holy places and spending time in prayers. The Pakistani guest were also seen shopping for gifts for their loved-ones back home.

There is heavy rush in the artificial jewelry shops. Visitors are also buying India Sarees and art items to take back as commemorative tokens.

Pakistan: Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah ‘killed in air strike’, report says

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A highly placed source in Islamabad told Gulf News that the news about Fazlullah’s death would soon be made public and his body would also be shown to public.

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By Ashfaq Ahmed | December 21, 2014

 Dubai: The leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mullah Fazlullah, who masterminded the massacre of 148 people including schoolchildren, was reportedly killed in an air strike in Afghanistan on Saturday, Gulf News has learnt.

Calling it a ‘big blow’ that will break the back of “TTP terrorists”, Pakistan officials said Fazlullah was killed during a joint operation by Pakistan army and US-led forces in Afghanistan. However, no official statement was issued on Saturday.

A highly placed source in Islamabad told Gulf News that the news about Fazlullah’s death would soon be made public and his body would also be shown to public.

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