Monday, October 5, 2015

Pakistan: HRCP meeting on state-sponsored Ahmadi persecution

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“The general public is made to believe that we are traitors and are not reliable,. This paves the way to greater problems, which are escalating through individuals in the form of blasphemy charges.”

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By ET Correspondent | October 5, 2015

KARACHI: The state is not a silent spectator, but an active participant in the persecution of Ahmadis, accused members of the Ahmadi community at a meeting organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). The meeting was titled, ‘Ahmadi Citizens: dealing with discrimination, exclusion’ and was held at the Regent Plaza on Sunday.

“The persecution, these days, has taken a new trend as door-to-door conversions of people belonging to the faith are taking place where a cleric accompanies the area’s representatives  and threats are meted out to people who refuse to give in to their demands,” claimed one participant.

There has been a change of attitude – what is seen as a change in the strategy of religious parties. “Previously, there used to be an abundance of court notices against us,” said Mujeebur Rehman, a member of the community and a lawyer by profession. “Now, these people pressurise the administration, whereupon the police do not protect us but are themselves in denial,” he claimed. “Even in court cases, bails are not granted as previously the clerics made a hue and cry after a decision of the high court and the order was reversed.” The worst that can happen to any community is when the doors of justice are closed to them, he said.

USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Assoc. holds walk to fight hunger in Zion

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This summer, the AMYA partnered with Zion schools and Zion Park District to host a basketball tournament for kids, as part of the All-Star Back-to-School program.

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By Yadira Sanchez Olson | October 4, 2015

Braving chilling winds on Saturday, a group of people participated in a 5K walkathon event in Zion to help raise funds for charity.

The Walk for Humanity is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Zion-based Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA).

The local chapter is comprised of Muslim American members from northern Illinois and Wisconsin.

This is the third year the group has hosted the walkathon to aid the international disaster relief organization, Humanity First, and the local Boys and Girls Club of Lake County. The event is part of a series of walks across the country as part of AMYA's ongoing campaign to fight hunger.

India: Extremist Islamist clerics afraid of Ahmadiyya "Peace Symposium", caution Govt over event

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Religious organisation, International Khatam-e-Nabovat Movement, also appealed the government not to allow the peace seminar which, they claimed, will disturb the peace and tranquility of the state.

File: Ahmadiyya Muslims held Peace Symposium at Chennai Hall,
Chennai, India on February 10, 2013
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Edited By AT Staff  | October 5, 2015

Srinagar: Kashmir based hardliner clerics have sharply reacted to the reports that Ahmadiyya Jama’at Srinagar wants to hold a “Peace Symposium at SKICC”, on October 10 and cautioned the government not to allow “Peace Symposium" to be held.

Notorious extremist cleric Mufti Nazir Ahmed Qasmi, who is reportedly from Deobandee school of thought, said, according to Rising Kashmir website. 'holding of “Peace Symposium" would be intolerable.'

“This should not happen at all. Mirzai people are expunged from Islam. They are not Muslims,” Mufti Nazir said on Sunday.

Nazir said allowing Ahmadiyya people to hold such a function would give them a platform to lure converts to Islam-Ahmadiyya. “They should not be given any such chance to meet their nefarious designs,” he said further warning that any such attempt would have far reaching consequences.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Saudi Arabia: 52 harline clerics, scholars call for Jihad against Russian forces in Syria

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According to experts, by issuing this statement, inciters seek to implicate Saudi, Gulf, and Muslim youths in the fight against Russian forces, mirroring Al-Qaeda’s and the Taliban’s recruitment of young fighters during the Afghan-Soviet war.

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By Huda Al-Saleh | October 4, 2015

Fifty two Saudi inciters, both academics and clerics, have called on the public to “hurry” to Syria where they should be fighting Russian forces.

The clerics, some of which are members of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, called on “all those who are able, and outside of Saudi Arabia, to answer the calls of jihad” and to fight alongside one of the extremist groups facing Russian forces.

According to experts, by issuing this statement, inciters seek to implicate Saudi, Gulf, and Muslim youths in the fight against Russian forces, mirroring Al-Qaeda’s and the Taliban’s recruitment of young fighters during the Afghan-Soviet war.

The statement also called for Syrian opposition fighters to “unify their front” and urged those with capabilities to fight and expertise to remain in Syria and not leave.

Perspective: After the fire, why the Ahmadiyya community will not give into hate | Rima Amin

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“We have been aware of some hostile reaction on the social media, but they are simply dwarfed by the positive support we have received via social media and directly.”

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By Rima Amin | October 2, 2015

Why Facebook must do more to challenge anti-Muslim hate posts, by Rima Amin

“Love for All, Hatred for None” is the motto carried by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. A motto that has been tested in recent days after a surge of hateful comments towards Muslims on social media following a fire at the Baitul Futuh mosque last Friday.

Seventy firefighters worked hard throughout the day to control and extinguish fire at the mosque in South-West London known to be one of the largest in Western Europe. Many parts of the mosque remained unharmed. On Sunday, two arrests were made but since then the Met Police have said they do not believe this to be a hate crime. A 16-year-old was later released without charge as a 14-year-old received bail until January.

Perspective: Another festival of joy has come upon the Muslims all over the world in the Eidul Adha | Baba F. Trawally

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Service to humanity is closely related to one’s relationship with Almighty. He is far from Allah Almighty who unjustifiably inflects suffering on other people.

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By Baba F. Trawally | September 30, 2015

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu


Another festival of joy has come upon the Muslims all over the world in the Eidul Adha. As many Muslims celebrate this day in joy and happiness. Many more are struggling in unimaginable suffering caused by their follow Muslims. This has caused a lot of negative impression about Islam among non-Muslims

As we celebrate this day therefore. We should reflect on the Islamic teaching about peace and what we can do individually and collectively to portray the true Islamic teaching about peace. The Eidul Adha is indeed a great lesson in that regard. It teaches us that there are to obligations on every believer. One is the obligation to submit to Allah Almighty and dedicatedly obey all His commandments for the purification of our soul and the second obligation is to selflessly serve His creation with love and cause them no harm whatsoever. These two obligations are inseparable. Allah almighty is should be the central pillar of all our actions and thoughts. If the relationship with Allah Almighty if firm, all forms of mischief and disorder disappear from the individual and the community. Allah Almighty tells us if we sincerely belief in him and do away with all evil. Then shall we hold onto a handle that knows no breaking and Allah almighty will become our Friend and remove us from every darkness to all forms of spiritual and moral enlightenment. If that is not done. Then disorder strives and hatred becomes the order of the day.

Pakistan: Attack on four Christians accused of blasphemy feared at the coming court hearing in Gujrat

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As the situation remains tensed, their family members and local Christian are fearful of a possible and expected attack on them while being taken to the court for hearing; radicals may try and kill them taking matters in their own hands.

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Source/Credit: Pakistan Christian Post
By PCP | October 3, 2015

According to details, an extrajudicial assault is anticipated when four Christians who were charged of committing blasphemy will be presented for a court hearing before the court on October 16.

The Christian respondents of blasphemy are Pastor Aftab Gill, Younatan Gill and two other Christians are due to be presented before the court on October 16. They are in danger of being killed in an extrajudicial killing. These Christians are at present behind the bars as they were hooked by police once charges were brought against them.

Since blasphemy cases are extra sensitive because public agitation is widely anticipated and mobs gather during the court hearings of blasphemy cases. However, in this case, court has declined to grant them a protective escort. As the situation remains tensed, their family members and local Christian are fearful of a possible and expected attack on them while being taken to the court for hearing; radicals may try and kill them taking matters in their own hands.

Russia: The Syrian war is now fueling a 'global cold war'

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"Daesh is a dangerous terrorist organization, not only against Iraq, against Syria, against the whole region, against the whole world. It is time that we all join the same forces to fight Daesh."

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By Pamela Engel | October 2, 2015

'This is a major world event' 

One day after launching a campaign of airstrikes in Syria, Russia announced that it was considering going into Iraq.

A foreign ministry representative said Thursday that Russia would consider any request from Iraq to conduct anti-ISIS airstrikes in the country, and Iraqi President Haider al-Abadi told Western news outlets that Russian airstrikes were "a possibility" and that Iraq would "welcome it."

"Our message to the Russians — I met with Putin — please join this fight against Daesh," Abadi told PBS NewsHour, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Daesh, as well as the Islamic State, is another name for the ISIS militant group.

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