Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pakistan: 16 years old Christian boy arrested on blasphemy

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The conspiracy started several weeks ago when Maju started rumors about Stephen burning a copy of the Muslim holy book, the Quran, at the tomb shrine.

Members of a Christian advocacy groups record family statements
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By AT/TOA | August 19, 2017

Lahore: Asif Stephen, a 16 years old Christian boy is held accused of blasphemy and authorities have charged him under sections 295-B of Pakistan Penal Code on 12th August 2017.

Mullah (cleric) Qari Rana Mohammad Arshad of the Village jhamkay Tehsil Wazeer Abad, District Gujranwala is the Complainant in this case and Mohammad Nawaz alias Majhu is reported as an eyewitness.

Asif collects papers and used plastic bottles from garbage and sell them to support his family. Asif also collects empty bottles from a local shrine, Sundhay Shah Tomb.

Muhammad Nawaz Maju also collects garbage and bottles from the Tomb and holds a competitive grudge against Asif for collecting bottles from an area Maju claims as his turf.

UK: Young Muslims from Kingston travel to Lake District to Run and Walk for charity to show True Islam

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The event is generally hosted in a different location each year, with previous locations including the Tower of London, Hyde Park, Battersea Park, Hampshire and the Yorkshire Dales.

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By Raza-ul Haq | August 18, 2017

The largest Muslim youth organisation in Britain, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) is to hold its 'Mercy for Mankind' Charity Challenge on Saturday 19th August in Fitz Park, Keswick.

Members of the organisation, some as young as 5, from Kingston and New Malden are joining other youth from across the country to practice the Islamic teachings of serving humanity by raising funds for British charities in the Half Marathon. They hope to dispel myths surrounding Islam by promoting its true peaceful values.

Over 700 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) are hoping to surpass £500,000 raised for UK charities, including, The Royal British Legion, Save the Children, NSPCC, Barnardos, CLIC Sargent, UNICEF, British Red Cross, Cumbria Community Foundation and others.

This year welcomes the 33rd Charity Challenge, which first began in 1985. Since its inception AMYA has raised in excess of £2 million for UK charities. The event is generally hosted in a different location each year, with previous locations including the Tower of London, Hyde Park, Battersea Park, Hampshire and the Yorkshire Dales.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Perspective: A Tale of State-Sponsored Persecution: The Ahmadiyyas of Pakistan | Akshay Shetty

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Ahmadiyyas were also barred from referring to their places of worship as mosques, or their calls to prayer as “Azan” along with other restrictions. The amendments were enthusiastically celebrated throughout Pakistan with joyous celebrations and festivities going on for days.

File photo: Cover pages of the 2014 Ahmadiyya Persecution Report. The report is
published yearly by Jama'at Ahmadiyya Pakistan
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By Akshay Shetty | August 18, 2017

In July 2014, an angry mob attacked and burnt five houses over alleged blasphemy in a neighbourhood in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Mubashara Jarra survived the attack even as she saw her seven-year old niece and mother die in front of her eyes. At the hospital where she received treatment, Mubashara gave birth to a stillborn. The only crime she and her family had committed was daring to dream of a peaceful life as an Ahmadiyya in Pakistan.

Ahmadiyya or Ahmadi is a minority sect who identify themselves as Muslims and follow the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founded a Messianic movement that has its origins in British India, the Ahmadiyya community in 1889. He was born in Qadian, Punjab and was regarded by his followers as a messiah and a prophet. He declared that he had received divine revelation from Allah and claimed to be the ‘the awaited one’ – the Messiah foretold by Prophet Mohammad. Ghulam Ahmad believed that Islam and its society had severely deteriorated and divinely inspired reforms were required to reclaim it.

Egypt: Reporters Without Borders added to blocked websites list

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RSF said its website was blocked on Monday, shortly after it issued a statement condemning the ongoing detention of an Egyptian photojournalist. The media watchdog described Egypt as "one of the world's biggest prisons for journalists".

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Source/Credit: AlArabay.co.uk
By The New Arab | August 18, 2018

Authorities in Egypt blocked the site of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Paris-based group said on Thursday.

The move comes as part of ramped-up media crackdown in the North African state, that has recently seen online access to over 100 sites suspended.

Authorities have focused on sites regarded as critical of former army chief and now president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

But RSF said its website was blocked on Monday, shortly after it issued a statement condemning the ongoing detention of an Egyptian photojournalist.

The media watchdog described Egypt as "one of the world's biggest prisons for journalists".

Perspective: Muslim leaders must not use platform for hate speech | Samar Ahmad

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Muslim leaders must be extremely careful in not using their platform for hate speech, especially because of the negative effects this has on youth who are not familiar with Islam's true teachings. 

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By Samar Ahmad | August 16, 2017

This past weekend, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of America (AMYA), which consists of nearly 70 chapters across the nation, held its annual youth retreat in Los Angeles, where they participated in educational and sports competitions.

It is noteworthy that this peaceful gathering of hundreds of Muslims took place not far from Riverside and Davis, where Imams in both cities in the past few weeks made inflammatory remarks about Jews in their sermons because of current events in Israel.

As a member of AMYA USA, I condemn this language as antithetical to the Islamic teachings of interfaith harmony. Muslims should follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad, who made alliances of mutual protection with Jewish tribes of his time.

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

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This year welcomes the 33rd Charity Challenge, which first began in 1985. Since its inception AMYA has raised in excess of £2 million for UK charities.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK desk
Source/Credit: Wimbledon Guardian
By Raza ul Haq | August 17, 2017

The largest Muslim youth organisation in Britain, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) is to hold its 'Mercy for Mankind' Charity Challenge on Saturday 19th August in Fitz Park, Keswick.

Hundreds of members of the organisation as young as 5 are gathering from across the UK to practice the Islamic teachings of serving humanity by raising funds for British charities in the Half Marathon. They hope to dispel myths surrounding Islam by promoting its true peaceful values.

Over 700 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) will be taking part in a half marathon run and walk hoping to raise more than £500,000 for UK charities, including, The Royal British Legion, Save the Children, NSPCC, Barnardos, CLIC Sargent, UNICEF, British Red Cross, Cumbria Community Foundation and others.

Spain: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns attack in Barcelona

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May God comfort the afflicted and affected, grant His Grace and Mercy to all who have lost their lives, and grant a full and rapid recovery to the wounded.

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Source/Credit: La Comunidad Musulmana Ahmadía
By Statement | August 17, 2017

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is deeply distressed by the brutal attack that took place this afternoon in Barcelona where so many innocent people have lost their lives.

We are horrified at the cruelty and contempt for human life shown by the terrorists, and we send our deepest condolences to all those affected by this barbaric and inhuman attack.

These attacks have no justification. We therefore condemn this and all forms of terrorism and extremism in the strongest possible terms. May God comfort the afflicted and affected, grant His Grace and Mercy to all who have lost their lives, and grant a full and rapid recovery to the wounded. Amen.

Germany: Right-wing vandals deface Ahmadiyya Mosque in Husum

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Among other things, the perpetrators sprayed a Hakenkreuz (swastika) and Nazi slogans on the windows. The state protection has been determined necessary for the location. 

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Source/Credit: Welt N24
By WELT-AT/TOA | August 18, 2017

Unknown people smeared the front of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Mosque building in Husum, a maritime town in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

The attack took place during the night on Wednesday.

The vandals had left radical-right references, the police reported on Thursday.

Among other things, the perpetrators sprayed a Hakenkreuz (swastika) and Nazi slogans on the windows. The state protection has been determined necessary for the location.

The officials are looking for witnesses.

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