Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pakistan's Ahmadiyya Community announces disassociation from General Elections 2018

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Currently there is one voter list that includes all religious groups including Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Zoroastrians, and Sikhs, whereas in the case of the Ahmadis, a separate voter list is being prepared bearing the titles "Qadiani Men/Women."

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By Community statement | July 17, 2018

A separate voter list prepared for the Ahmadies based on religious differences is a worst example of biased discrimination

Chenab Nagar -The spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan, Saleem Ud Din, has dissociated the community from the upcoming general elections that are set to take place in Pakistan on 25 July.

Saleem Ud Din said that though the elections are ostensibly being held under a joint electoral system, there is, however, a separate voter list just for Ahmadis. The process for the registration of votes and the preparation of the voter lists is now completed. The forms issued for the registration of the votes include the religion box and the Oath-Declaration.

The spokesperson expressed the view that under the current circumstances for Ahmadis to cast a vote they first have to distance themselves from the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and this is something that no Ahmadi can countenance.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ghana: Parents Told To Guard Children To Use Social Media Responsibly

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'It has become part of our children's education so we cannot t stop them from using it. We can only supervise and guide them on the responsible use of the technology'

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By Afedzi Abdullah | July 11, 2018

Muslim parents, especially mothers have been urged to encourage, guide and educate their children on how to use Information Communication Technology (ICT) responsibly in order to protect them from being exploited online.

This, according to Mrs Fatimah Ewudzie Saeed, Former Central Regional President of the Women's wing of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, was key to maximising the benefits in the fast changing World of ICT.

Mrs Saeed, an educationist also advised parents not to devote all their time amassing wealth but rather ensure that their children were exposed to the appropriate religious values which would empower them to become responsible adults.

She was speaking on the theme 'Technology and social media: a tool for effective preaching or unguarded pleasure' at the first annual zonal conference of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's wing (Lajna Imaillah) in the Abura zone.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Perspective: Ahmadis in Pakistan’s electoral paradigm

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The separate electorate, Ahmadiyya non-Muslim status and separate voter lists for Ahmadis still exist. The state policy of basic human rights denial for Ahmadis is still in practice.

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By Busharat Elahi Jamil | July 14, 2018

The Lahori Ahmadis, a very small sub-group, has the false representation of Ahmadis in National Assembly without appropriate Ahmadiyya support.

“We should begin to work in that spirit and in course of time all these angularities of the majority and minority communities, the Hindu community and the Muslim community, because even as regards Muslims you have Pathans, Punjabis, Shias, Sunnis and so on, and among the Hindus you have Brahmins, Vaishnavas, Khatris, also Bengalis, Madrasis and so on, will vanish… nobody could have conquered you, and even if it had happened, nobody could have continued its hold on you or any length of time.” (Mohammad Ali Jinnah, 11 August 1947)

The modern state system does not support any official religion in an independent state. Essentially, the religious beliefs and faith are the concern of citizens while the state is the custodian of their beliefs and devotions. Religion-dominated states are commonly bifurcated and less integrated. Historically, the religion-based ideology has increased the woes of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The issues of minorities, sectarian victimisation and the violation of basic human rights are massive.

Gambia: Kanfenda Ahmadiyya Muslim junior school holds graduation

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Omar N.R Sonko, secretary of Nusrat Jehan Education said the graduation is a remarkable achievement and is a day that should be remembered not only by the out-going students but also by students and teachers that would continue to be part of the school.

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By Njie Baldeh | July 12, 2018

Kanfenda Ahmadiyya Muslim upper basic school on Saturday held graduation and prize giving ceremony for its grade nine batch at the school ground in Kanfenda, Foni Kansala District. The graduation was attended by community member and its surrounding villages.

Principal of the school Amadou Baldeh said the school was established some nine years ago now with a total enrollment of 150 students. He said the graduates are 27 out of the total student population.

Mr. Baldeh added that the school operates in three categories; nursery, lower basic and upper basic.

Omar N.R Sonko, secretary of Nusrat Jehan Education said the graduation is a remarkable achievement and is a day that should be remembered not only by the out-going students but also by students and teachers that would continue to be part of the school.

UK: Hundreds of Young Muslims Run and Walk for Charity to show 'True Islam'

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) has raised more than £700,000 for UK charities, including, Bloodwise, The Royal British Legion, NSPCC, Barnardos, CLIC Sargent, UNICEF, British Red Cross, Cumbria Community Foundation and others.

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By Web News | July 10, 2018

Ahmadi Muslims from Milton Keynes traveled to Yorkshire and participated in Mercy 4 Mankind charity challenge.

The largest Muslim youth organisation in Britain, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) held its 'Mercy for Mankind' Charity Challenge on Sunday 8th July in Rother Valley Park, Sheffield.

Over 700 members of the organisation as young as 5 gathered from across the UK to practice the Islamic teachings of serving humanity by raising funds for British charities in the Half Marathon.

Community outreach secretary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Milton Keynes from Oxley Park raised £1415 by himself.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Russia: 53 Jehovah's Witnesses facing criminal prosecution

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The most recent arrests include Anastasiya Polyakova in Omsk, the first woman known to have been placed in pre-trial detention, although several others had already been charged or named as suspects and put under travel restrictions.

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By Victoria Arnold | July 14, 2018

Full list of 53 Jehovah's Witnesses charged or named as suspects or currently on trial for "extremism"-related offences as of 11 July 2018. Of these, 22 are in detention, 3 under house arrest and 27 under travel restrictions. Only one is not under restrictions as the criminal investigation proceeds.

More than 50 Jehovah's Witnesses are now facing criminal prosecution for exercising their right to freedom of religion and belief. Law enforcement agencies carried out yet more armed raids, searches, and arrests in a further five Russian regions in June and early July, bringing to 22 the number of people now in detention. Another three are under house arrest, and 27 are under travel restrictions.

A full list of Jehovah's Witnesses currently (12 July 2018) known to be facing criminal prosecution – in detention, under house arrest, under travel restrictions, and in one case under no known restrictions - is given below.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sri Lanka: Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation gift to Minister of Law and Order

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Jama’at delegation also visited the Ministry of Industries and Commerce in Colombo and met newly appointed Deputy Minister of Industries and Commerce Hon. Buddhika Pathirana.

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By Press Release | July 14, 2018

A three member delegation from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Sri Lanka (AMJSL) comprising Mr. A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary and National Director Faith Outreach – AMJSL, Moulavi A.B. Musthaq Ahmad – Chief Missionary (AMJSL), and Mr. I. Shakeel Ahmad (Photographer) visited to Ministry of public Administration & Management and Law & Order in Colombo recently.

Ministry Officials welcomed the delegation and arranged to meet Hon. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Minister of public Administration & Management and Law & Order.

Honorable Minister was very much delighted and respectfully accepted the Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation and the Sinhala Translation of the book: World Crisis and the Pathway To Peace – A compilation of addresses in various Parliaments by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, May Allah Strengthen his hands.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pakistan: PTI leader Imran Khan promotes blasphemy law to win backing of religious right

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Few politicians dare to speak out against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws: the last to prominently do so, Gov. Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated in 2011, and a new political party formed in honour of his killer

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By Memphis Barker | July 9, 2018

Imran Khan [aka Taliban Khan] has been accused of risking bloodshed for electoral gain after the former cricketer-turned-politician offered a full-throated defence of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws in the run-up to the general election on 25 July.

“We are standing with Article 295c and will defend it,” said the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) at a gathering of Muslim leaders in Islamabad on Saturday, referring to the clause of the constitution that mandates the death penalty for any “imputation, insinuation or innuendo” against the prophet Muhammad.

Khan, 65, also directed anger at the rival party in the electoral race, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), by resurfacing controversy over its hastily withdrawn edits to an electoral oath last year, which Islamists deem blasphemous.

Few politicians dare to speak out against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws: the last to prominently do so, Gov. Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated in 2011, and a new political party formed in honour of his killer, Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), has thrust its way into the election campaign, fielding almost as many candidates as the established parties.

Increasing hysteria around the blasphemy laws has led to the targeting of minorities, fake allegations and at least 69 vigilante murders since 1990. [more]

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