Sunday, March 14, 2021

Malaysia: Justice for Mr. Rafi Ullah (Late), a Refugee, murdered by police in prison.

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7By Akram Khalid:

Mr. Rafi Ullah is a 63 years old refugee from Pakistan, who migrated to Malaysia due to serious and severe persecution in Pakistan with his family and went through all the processes of UNHCR and ultimately UNHCR declared him and his family as a refugee.

The incident which led to his arrest was merely a moral issue in which they just want to realize to keep your 8 to 10 pets (Cats) with you rather sending to litter at their doorstep, causing bad smell and nuisance. He was beaten up by the locals Malaysian Neighbor, left with severe injuries

Then Local Police arrived and arrested him along with his wife then left him untreated and was sent to prison. Ultimately, Mr. Rafi Ullah died by bearing prolonged detention, non compliance of SOPs for a sick patient, improper investigation set an example of worst injustice and inhumane treatment.

This murder should be alarming sign for the Malaysian Government, UNHCR, Human Rights and other related institutes to protect the cause of humanity and moral values, But Malasian Govt did not take any action until now?

We are requesting for the Malaysian authorities to provide justice to his family by conducting an inquiry against the concerned police  & jail officials. We are asking UNHCR to file a case in international Court against Malaysian Police.

Sign the petition here.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Canada: History of Baitul Ehsaan Mosque (to be), NL

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We are all looking forward to be a force of good in this beautiful town as soon as our Mosque/Mission House is renovated.

Mr. Malik, Harris Mubashir & Mohamed Boodhun @ 2750 Topsail Road - CBS, NL – Nov 2019
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Source/Credit: Mohamed Sadiq Boodhun
By Mohamed Sadiq Boodhun | February 20, 2021

In October 2016 during the course of an interview with His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah strengthen his hands), current Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the Baitul Islam Mosque in Maple Ontario, Peter Mansbridge mentioned that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Canada (AMJC) has Mosques stretching from Newfoundland to British Columbia. That was not an accurate statement, but it triggered a desire in many members to build a Mosque in Newfoundland.

Lal Khan Malik Sahib Amir AMJ-Canada visited Eastern Canada on multiple occasions and often floated the idea of having a Mosque in the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador (NL)
St John’s, NL occupies a very strategic place in the world. It is the oldest and most eastern town of North America.  The first Airport and Seaport one comes across when travelling from Europe to North America is in St John’s, NL.

In October 2018 Amir Sahib Canada met Mansour Ahmad Sahib of Regina, Saskatchewan in Guatemala at the time of the inauguration of Nasir Hospital by His Holiness. Amir Sahib Canada expressed the desire of finding a property in St John’s, NL so that the local community could congregate regularly. Mansour Sahib subsequently visited St John’s, NL in November 2018 with that aim in mind. 

During his 10 day stay in the Province he looked at all the real estates in the region and could not find any property available in the St John’s area that would be zoned for place of worship. Interestingly he was able to find an old property on 2.17 acres of land next to a river in the town of Manuels. When Mansour Ahmad saw the property he immediately felt that he found what he was looking for..
The property is situated at a very good location in the Conception Bay South Community. It lies between Topsail Road and the famous Manuels River. Once inside the property the sound of the Manuels River is soothing and music to the ears!

The initial asking price of that property was $600,000 CAD. There was no buyer in the first year. The price was later reduced. AMJ made a few counter offers.

In the end the Property was purchased at a sum of CAD $425,000 including taxes and other fees. The property was paid in full from contributions of members of AMJ Newfoundland.

Currently there are only 8 families who came and stayed in the Province.  They are as follows in chronological order: 

1) Mansour Ahmad & family - St John’s, NL  - 1997
2) Dr Mohamed S Boodhun & family Grand Falls-Windsor, NL - 2000
3) Dr Khalid Jat & family - St John’s, NL - 2004
4) Kaleem Ahmad Sahib & family - St John’s, NL - 2007
5) Harris Mubashir Sahib - St John’s, NL - 2011 
6) Aamir Sheikh & family -  St John’s, NL - 2012
7) Dr Omer Malhi & family - St John’s, NL - 2016
8) Dr & Mrs Munir Shahzad - Corner Brook, NL - 2019

Manuels is one of the towns within the community of CBS (Conception Bay South). It is about 15 minutes from Downtown St Johns and 20 minutes from the YYT Airport. This is where Allah has willed that AMJC has its center in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sadr AMJ-NL Dr Omer Malhi and Aamir Sheikh Sahib - Parking Lot Construction - October 2020

This property @ 2750 Topsail road has changed owners over time. Dr Butler, Dr Aloysius John Walsh (Old doctor’s house), Arnold and Nancy Bennett and now Baitul Ehsaan Mosque (House of Grace) owned by AMJ Canada. The town of CBS fondly remembers this property as the old Doctor’s house.
Since then the parking lot has been completed with proper drainage and lighting.  It can accommodate thirteen cars.

Sadr AMJ-NL Dr Omer Malhi and Aamir Sheikh Sahib - Parking Lot Construction - October 2020
The Property was purchased by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Canada in August 2019. The town of CBS agreed to renovations according to the National Construction Code. The new Parking lot was constructed in November 2020. Inside renovations – Upper level as residence for the Imam and lower level as congregational/Mosque space – were delayed because of COVID-19. The plan is now to complete the building renovations by August 2021.

The property is on a major road (2750 Topsail) and has always been off the eyes of the public, so to speak, because of the red wooden fence on Topsail road and the trees all around it. Since the fence was torn apart and the trees cut down to accommodate the Parking area, the property has suddenly started catching the attention of everyone. Many people thought that the local council made the parking so that the residents may have access to the hiking trails and the other side of the popular Manuels River!

On January 28th 2021 three youngsters vandalized the property. They shattered many windows and broke a beautiful fireplace. This was actually the fourth act of vandalism of that property. Our good neighbor, Doug, across the street heard the sound of glasses being smashed in the building from his Your Way Pizza Shop. He ran into our building and identified those three youngsters. They were about 14 years old and managed to escape after seeing him. Our neighbor then called the Police who arrived on the scene shortly afterwards. The police were able to trace them through their footsteps in the snow to their nearby homes. 

The NTV reported the incident on Feb 2 in its evening news bulletin. Now everyone in the Province knows about this unfortunate incident. AMJ-Newfoundland decided to forgive rather than press charges against those youngsters, hoping that this will eventually lead to reformation.  

The outpouring of goodwill messages from different walks of society has since been overwhelming.
The Telegram, main newspaper of Newfoundland, published a brilliant article on this incident. The next day Dr Malhi had an interview on CBC Radio one. It went very well.

Dr Omer Malhi and the President of the women's wing AMJ NL, Mrs Sadia Malhi, had a meeting with the RNC, the children who caused the damage and their parents at the Police Station in CBS. Everyone was pleased and grateful for our decision.

One lady Sarah Prichett who runs the faceBook site of the CBS community got in touch with our Center in Toronto. She was redirected to our Provincial President Dr. Omer Malhi. Dr. Malhi introduced the AMJ on the CBS FB site. More than 400 people of that community so far voiced their support for our Mosque to be. They are all thanking us for having chosen CBS. They are welcoming us and look forward to the open house!

One councilor, Darrin Bent, from the town of CBS has contacted Dr. Malhi and invited him to speak with the rest of the councilors via zoom. He is also eager to have the Mosque up and running as soon as possible. The council member asked about the identity of the one who will be residing at 2750 Topsail road. Dr Malhi said this is a matter that will be decided by our National Center once the building has been cleared by the town council.

Dr Malhi was also informed by the royal constable of CBS that the RNC Chief (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary) was very pleased with the way that the incident was handled. The Chief said that it reflects the maturity of AMJ Canada. He also requested us to invite him at the time of opening of the Mosque.

Since then we have made monetary donations to a Charity Group, Boys and Girls of St John’s. We also had a zoom meeting with the Manuels River Charity group, whose office is across the Manuels bridge. They have welcomed us and are looking forward to the open house.

One Mr. Rodney Etheridge writes for a monthly neighborhood magazine in CBS called Conception Bay Living. He now wants to write a story about the plans for a Mosque in Conception Bay South. He already interviewed me a few days ago.

This is in brief the story of the upcoming Baitul Ehsaan Mosque in Newfoundland $ Labrador so far and the response of the Province to that unfortunate incident. 

We are all looking forward to be a force of good in this beautiful town as soon as our Mosque/Mission House is renovated.

On January 28 2021 a small island was completed on Topsail road in front of our Parking Area to make traffic around safer. This is per the condition of the transport department.

We now have to work hard in order to complete the renovations as soon as possible. Many people including neighbors are eagerly waiting to attend the opening ceremony of the Mosque.

Mohamed Sadiq Boodhun
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Malta: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community presents hampers to Dar il-Kaptan residents

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Imam Laiq Ahmed Atif, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Malta, together with community members, presented gift hampers to the residents of Dar il-Kaptan.

Silvan Magro, operations head of the Foundation for Respite Care Services, received the hampers on behalf of Dar il-Kaptan.

Imam Atif said: “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community wished to show solidarity with the members of Dar il-Kaptan during this difficult time we are going through because of COVID-19. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community truly believes in serving humanity. It is always committed to serve those in need, because serving humanity is an integral part of our beliefs.”

Magro thanked the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community on behalf of the residents for their gesture of solidarity. He also briefed them about the services being provided at the residence and about the activities held during the year. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Macron's Islamophobia

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By Attiya Ghani

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech to combat "Islamic separatism", by announcing that Islam was in a state of "crisis" worldwide and defending disrespectful cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad under the banner of "freedom to speak, to write, to think, to draw."

On one hand, Macron said that “All forms of racism and anti-Semitism are against the law in France” while on the other hand, he planted the seeds of racism and hatred by calling the religion in which billions of Muslims follow peacefully in crisis. In an attempt to remove the gap between people of different faiths, Macron has increased the societal division by allowing people to draw an insulting cartoon about Prophet Muhammad. This is, in fact, the opposite of demolishing the gap between religions, as this gap is nurtured by this hatred and flourishes under the words of Macron. This is a sign of weakness and clear, distinguishable hypocrisy.

Furthermore, the president goes on by saying that “if you take the last forty years in the world, over 80% of the victims of this terrorism have been Muslims.” Being an Ahmadi Muslim, I would suggest, if that is the case, then Macron should provide a platform for victims (Muslims) so that they can speak for themselves.

Radical Islam, Muslim terrorists, religion in crisis, and derogatory cartoons of the Holy Prophet of Islam are all false and offensive statements for Muslims. If someone is eager to learn about Islam then they should read the Holy Qur’an first. It is time to stand up against racism by avoiding hurting other people’s sentiments. We will have to mutually respect sacred figures then we will be able to see the future we want to see.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Pakistan: Ahmadi doctor killed for his faith

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Jamaat Ahmadiyya's Nazarat Umoor e Aama in Pakistan this morning informed that unknown assailants violently attacked a house in Murh Balochan in District Nankana Sahib Punjab that left one Ahmadi -- 31-year-old Dr. Tahir Mehmood -- dead and 3 others seriously injured, including his father Tariq Mehmood (who is fighting for his life).  The attack happened when members of the family gathered for Juma prayers earlier today at their own home. 

Ahmadis in Pakistan are suffering unspeakable cruelties and persecution.  Violence is rising, and 4 Ahmadis have been killed in the past 4 months.  

Monday, November 9, 2020

Ahmadi man, 82, shot dead by gunmen in Pakistan’s Peshawar

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A spokesman for Pakistan’s Ahmadi community said he believed Mahmoob Khan was killed because of his faith.

Gunmen shot and killed an 82-year-old Ahmadi man on the outskirts of Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said on Monday, the fourth-such alleged targeted killing of a member of the minority group in recent months.

The attackers shot Mahmoob Khan on Sunday as he stood at a bus terminal, said Saleem ud Din, a spokesman for Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi community.

Ud Din said he believed the gunmen had attacked Khan because of his faith. He demanded that the government must take “decisive action” against perpetrators.

“One after another, Ahmadis are being targeted in Peshawar while the government has repeatedly failed to protect and stop the violence against the members of the Ahmadiyya Community,” the spokesman said in a statement sent to Al Jazeera.

Police confirmed the shooting took place but declined to offer any motive.

Last month, a professor from the Ahmadiyya sect was killed by his colleague following arguments on religion.

The Ahmadi faith was established on the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, whose followers believe he was a prophet. Many Muslims claim Ahmadiyya beliefs are heretical to Islam because they believe Muhammad was the last prophet.

Pakistan’s parliament classified Ahmadis as non-Muslims in 1974. Ahmadis have repeatedly been attacked by armed groups since the law was passed, drawing condemnation from human right groups.

Scientist Abdus Salam who was also from the community, who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics, has largely been ignored in Pakistan due to his religious identity.

Human Rights Watch  (HRW) in May called the Pakistani government’s exclusion of members of the Ahmadiyya religious movement from a commission on safeguarding the rights of minorities “absurd”.

“The Ahmadis are among the most persecuted communities in Pakistan and to exclude them from a minority rights commission is absurd,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW, a US-based rights group.


Monday, November 2, 2020

UK: Slough Muslim Community's Peace Symposium

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Slough has stepped up its efforts to support the local community by doubling their regular food donations to the town's local support groups.

President Atiq Ahmad Bhatti said: “With the second National Lockdown starting later this week we are doubling our donations to local support groups to help as much as we can during these challenging times. We are here to help and serve and will continue to do so, whatever the situation.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Slough has stepped up its efforts to support the local community by doubling their regular food donations to the town's local support groups.

President Atiq Ahmad Bhatti said: “With the second National Lockdown starting later this week we are doubling our donations to local support groups to help as much as we can during these challenging times. We are here to help and serve and will continue to do so, whatever the situation.”

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Meanwhile Slough Ahmadiyya has held its 14th annual Peace Symposium - on Saturday October 24.

The theme was 'true justice and peace' and the Symposium was held ‘virtually’ due to the coronavirus pandemic and attended by over 150 participants.

Guests included the High Sheriff of Berkshire Mary Riall, the mayor of Slough Cllr Preston Brooker, as well as representatives from Thames Valley Police, Slough Outreach, Slough Borough Council, Burnham Parish Council and the Royal British Legion, Burnham.

President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Slough & South Bucks, Atiq Ahmad Bhatti, told guests: “I am truly humbled by the large number of participants who attended our Virtual Peace Symposium. It is always such a rewarding platform where so many different faiths, communities and community leaders are able to come together and speak about commonalities amongst one another and how we can continue to make a difference to those who need our help and support."

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Major Development at UK's Largest Mosque Following Fire

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The iconic Baitul Futuh Mosque Complex in Morden has undergone a monumental redesign of the front entrance following a terrible fire.

The immense mosque in Morden was originally built in 2003 as the largest mosque in Western Europe, accommodating over 10,000 worshippers. The construction cost of £15 million was covered entirely by donations from members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association and it is their central complex in the UK. AMA UK has been established since 1914 and their motto is ‘Love For All, Hatred For None’.

On 26 September 2015, tragedy struck as a huge fire tore through the administration block of the complex. Half the ground floor, as well as the first floor and the roof, were ablaze. The fire took 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines to be brought under control and continued burning for 30 hours. The main prayer halls were thankfully unaffected and miraculously there was no loss of life.

Irfan Qureshi, AMA National Secretary for Properties, recounts how they sprang into action to keep things operational when the crisis hit: “we had to accommodate all the offices that were in the main building into cabins at the back of the site. All the major offices were back up and running in 48 hours!”

Complex demolition work had to be undertaken during 2017 as a result of the extensive structural damage when the heat of the fire had buckled large girders.  In 2019 work began on repairing and rebuilding the front of the complex. Mr Qureshi explained the new structure, “the front, which is the facade, is made from moca cream limestone from a quarry called LSI Stone in Portugal. The stonemasons place it on steel brackets which is fixed to the main structure.”

At first glance, the reconstruction is notably larger than the old administration block. “We have two large halls: one on the ground floor and on the first floor the hall can be split in two. The second floor is essentially all offices for the UK administrative block, but above that we have two further floors of guest space for people who come and visit His Holiness, the worldwide Head.”

Members of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have also contributed generously to this project. “When the appeal was launched by His Holiness in his Friday Sermon, the appeal was made worldwide, although the UK community is contributing to the bulk of the funds.”

The new building will be an ideal complement to the future plans to rejuvenate Morden Town Centre. “The external structure is complete so we have got another 9-10 months before the reconstruction is complete.”

The Baitul Futuh Mosque is the largest mosque in the UK and Spectator Magazine voted it as one of the ‘Top 50 Buildings in the World’. As a result, “the worldwide attention on this mosque is quite immense,” said Mr Qureshi. “Baitul Futuh means ‘House of Victories’ and its name signifies how the UK Ahmadiyya Community has increased in all its efforts in trying to bring the world to one creator”.

“It’s a huge religious focus from our point of view and the mosque is well known in political circles - it’s really on the world map now.”

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