Friday, April 28, 2017

Canada: Pope Francis Calls For ‘Revolution Of Tenderness’ In Surprise TED Talk

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“Through the darkness of today’s conflicts, each and every one of us can become a bright candle, a reminder that light will overcome darkness, and never the other way around.” 

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By Ed Mazza | April 25, 2017

“A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you.”

The annual TED conference is known for featuring impressive speakers. Attendees at this year's event in Vancouver have seen Serena Williams and Jorge Ramos, futurists and artificial intelligence experts, health activists and the ACLU's executive director.

But on Tuesday evening, one unannounced speaker took the audience by surprise: Pope Francis.

The pope was on a big screen rather than onstage, and his address had been recorded and edited earlier in April, but still: even for non-Catholics, the bishop of Rome has a certain gravitas.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

USA: Mormon Scholars Are Reaching Back Into Church History To Support Muslims

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In the amicus brief, the scholars reached back into history to draw a striking parallel between how the United States government treated Mormons in the past and how Muslims are treated today.

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By Carol Kuruvilla | April 27, 2017

Mormonism was once painted as a “danger to the American political system and way of life.”

President Donald Trump’s beleaguered travel ban has encouraged one group of Mormon scholars to come forward to stand in solidarity with Muslims.

Nineteen Mormon scholars filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where judges are preparing to hear arguments next month about Trump’s revised executive order on immigration.

The order, which a Hawaii federal judge has blocked from being implemented nationwide, seeks to cap refugee resettlement, ban some nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country for 90 days, and carry out other goals.

UK: Horse riding club started by Ahmadiyya Caliph hopes to attract new riders

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The organisation was started on the 17th July 2011, by the present Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and hopes that more people take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

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By Zohaa Qaisar | April 27, 2017

Horse riding is a skill that can contribute to recreational and practical purposes such as transportation. Though the use of horses was massive only a century ago, horse riding and horse care is something that can be very costly. Horse riding lessons can range from £20 - £40 in London. Many branches asking for more for private lessons and hacks of limited time. However, at Khailun-lir-Rahman riding club, horse riding is free.

Situated in Islamabad, Farnham a small town in Surrey, Khailun-lir-Rahman riding club offers free riding lessons with trained instructors and beautiful, healthy horses. As a non-profit organisation, its goal is to offer horse riding skills and horse care skills to everybody of all ages. The organisation was started on the 17th July 2011, by the present Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and hopes that more people take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

Bermuda: Ahmadiyya Muslim To Host Open Air True Islam Exhibition

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“This exhibit is part of our ongoing ‘True Islam’ educational campaign which aims to remove the misconceptions people have about Islam. Islam strongly condemns cruelty and thus, those who cause terror and disorder."

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By BerNews | April 26, 2017

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will be hosting an open air exhibition as part of their educational campaign against extremism on Saturday [April 29] from 9.00am to 7.00pm at Kindley Field Road, in the open area before roundabout/swing bridge on the way to St George’s.

A spokesperson said, “This exhibit is part of our ongoing ‘True Islam’ educational campaign which aims to remove the misconceptions people have about Islam. Islam strongly condemns cruelty and thus, those who cause terror and disorder.

“Terrorism and extremism therefore has no place in Islam. The exhibit will include the various teachings of Islam on peace, interfaith harmony, gender equality and so on. Copies of the Holy Quran with English and Portuguese translations will also be available and will be offered free to the public.

India: Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat opposes instantaneous triple talaq

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"The divorce procedure in Islam is so well designed that it allows every chance for conciliation and fulfil the rights of women"

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By Yudhvir Rana | Edited | Apr 27, 2017

** The story has been edited to remove subtle inaccuracies introduced by the original reporter.

AMRITSAR: The Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Punjab has questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Aditiynath's drive against triple talaq among Muslims and instead supported the procedure which is explained in the Quran.

A spokesperson of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat, India, Tariq Ahmad told TOI on Wednesday that triple talaq in a single session couldn't be justified. Stating that talaq was the most displeasing acts in the eyes of Allah, he alleged that due to the unjustified interpretation by so-called Muslim clerics the matter of talaq had become more displeasing. "The divorce procedure in Islam is so well designed that it allows every chance for conciliation and fulfil the rights of women," he said, adding that the Quran mentioned three different stages of talaq and not three pronouncements of talaq.

[To explain the Ahmadiyya position on tripple talaq, the community had organized a special press conference in 2016.]

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Perspective: The British Muslim -- chasing shadows | Jeremy White-Stanley

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A 2016 ComRes poll commissioned by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association found that 43 percent of the British viewed Islam as a negative force in the UK and 28 percent believe that Islam is compatible with British values.

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By Jeremy White-Stanley | April 27, 2017

The acceptability of Islamophobic rhetoric has clearly become more commonplace in Western politics, perhaps best exemplified by Trump’s Muslim travel ban and the rising popularity of European anti-Islamic populists such as Marine Le Pen or Geert Wilders. Britain’s mainstream politics has never been as overtly anti-Islamic as of its continental counterparts.Even UKIP’s former leader Nigel Farage has stressed that he wanted to attract the support of sensible moderate Muslims. In the light of such extremes across the West, the vote to leave the EU, although stoked by xenophobic threats such as floods of Turkish immigrants coming to the UK, was not an explicit reaction to Muslim immigration. In fact, fears of Eastern European immigration matched the fears of their Islamic counterparts. The shift to hard stance on Islam in British politics seems a way off, as there have been no laws in Britain to ban the Burka like in France, and is no closer to entering mainstream political discourse.

Ireland: Shooting the Breeze with Ibrahim Noonan, Imam of the Galway Mosque

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"He showed me a verse from The Qur'an which alludes to Christians and Jews and says ‘Whoever believes and does good, they shall have their reward.' That made me want to learn more about Islam.”

Imam Ibrahim Noonan at a recent lecture to young people on Islam.
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By Charlie McBride | April 27, 2017 (LT)

'Galway was a friendly, spiritual, city, so I decided to remain here' -- Imam Noonan

 In 2014, Galway saw the opening of its first mosque - the Mosque of Mary on the Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit. It was erected by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community which is headed by Imam Ibrahim Noonan, a man with strong faith and a fascinating life story as I discovered when meeting him for an afternoon chat in the House Hotel.

As his surname suggests, Ibrahim is Irish. He was born Michael Noonan in Waterford in 1965. His mother’s family came from Wales and his relations on that side included horse breeders, eminent musicians, and painters. His paternal relations came from Tipperary and Cork and produced more horse breeders, 1916 veterans, and ASll-Ireland winning footballers.

“My dad was from Cork and a builder and my mum was a graphic designer and artist,” Ibrahim tells me. “There were things that influenced me from both sides of the family. On my dad’s side they were hardcore Republican and my mum’s side were soft, upper-middle class, and rational, and I have both those strands infused in me.”

Perspective: 100 Years of Communism’s Bloody Legacy | Marion Smith

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One hundred years ago this month, Lenin detrained at Finland Station. Now, young people think George Bush killed more people than Stalin. We need some history lessons, pronto.

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By Marion Smith | April 22, 2017

One hundred years ago this month, a train pulled by locomotive No. 293 arrived at the Finland Station in Petrograd (St. Petersburg). Though it was late at night, a large crowd waited waving red flags and flowers. Within a sealed railcar was a passenger who would soon become dictator of the world’s first Marxist state: Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin.

Returning from a decade in exile, he was jubilantly greeted by socialist comrades, old and new, who a month earlier had deposed Nicholas II. “The Russian Revolution achieved by you,” Lenin declared at the station, “has opened a new epoch.” A new epoch, to be sure, but certainly not a better one for the more than 100 million people who, over the course of the next century, would be tortured, persecuted, and murdered in the name of communism.

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