Monday, June 18, 2018

Canada: Alberta mosque set ablaze in 'brazen' arson

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"Absolutely shocked and deeply disappointed to learn the brazen attack on a mosque in Alberta, Canada," wrote Safwan Choudhry, a spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at in Canada. 

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By Zoe Todd | June 17, 2018

A mosque in Edson, Alta., was set on fire late Saturday night shortly after a small group of people left the building following evening prayers.

The three people who were praying inside had left the Edson Mosque, about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton, and were still in the parking lot when the fire started at the building's south entrance at around 11 p.m. local time.

Mosque security camera footage captured the flames as well as a person in a dark hoodie leaving the property with what appears to be a red jerrycan.

Firefighters arrived 15 minutes after the fire started and extinguished it, said Tufik Baterdouk, vice-president of the Islamic Society of Edson.

India: Eid-ul Fitar celebrated in Qadian

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Maulana Mohammad Inam Ghori Chief Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat India led the Eid prayers in Masjid Aqsa advising this day is celebrated to give thanks for the blessings of Ramadhan

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By Ch. Maqbool Ahmad | June 16, 2018

Thousands of Muslims man and women gathered to offer the congregational prayers and listened to the Eid sermon delivered by Maulana Ghori, Chief Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat India after the formal prayers.

Maulana Ghori explained Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival that marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadhan. "This joyous day is celebrated to give thanks for the blessings of Ramadhan and Muslims attend the congregational Eid prayer service the day after the last fast."

"They wear new clothing, cook delicious food and invite friends and neighbors to celebrate with them," he added.

Muslims believe fasting during the month of Ramadan inspires sympathy for the hungry and needy, and encourages Muslims to generously help the poor.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Perspective: Facing persecution, the Ahmedi community in Pakistan is going missing | Haniya Javed

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“A declaration that I am a Muslim, if I make it in good faith, then it should be accepted. If I make it in bad faith, that means that I am not honest to God.”

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By Haniya Javed | June 17, 2018

Pakistan Parliament tried to do away with some of this discrimination when it passed the Elections Reforms Amendment Act 2017 in October last year

Usama Munir thought the end was nigh. He was standing in the basement of an Ahmadi prayer hall inside Lahore’s Model Town area on May 28, 2010 wondering what might hit him – a bullet or a bomb. As visions of an imminent death circulated in his head, he saw someone falling into the basement from the floor above. The man landed in front of Munir, struck by a bullet in the back.

An unknown number of attackers had entered the ground floor of the prayer hall a few minutes earlier. They first hurled a grenade to create space for themselves. Then they stood in the middle of that space and started shooting indiscriminately. Many worshippers, hit by shrapnel and bullets, ran downstairs to the basement for cover. “A man had a bullet injury in his abdomen. He came downstairs, lay down and breathed his last,” recalls Munir, sitting in his house in Lahore in December 2017.

Sri Lanka: Negombo Ahmadis Celebrate Eid with Pakistani Ahmadis, results in more enthusiastic celebrations

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Ahmadi men, women and children in large numbers attended in this Eid celebration that concluded with silent prayers. 

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By Web Report | June 17, 2018

Eid prayers and Sermon were also held in all the Ahmadiyya Centers in the Island

Hundreds of Ahmadis from Pakistan currently staying In Negombo – today (16 June 2018) participated in Eid-ul- Fitr Celebration held in Fazl Masjid and Ahmadiyya Jubilee Hall, Negombo. Eid prayers and Sermon were conducted by Murabbi Tahir Ahmad.

Pakistani Ahmadis celebrated with more enthusiastic as they are in deprive in their own mother land. Full of delighted and exchanging greetings with their Sri Lankan Ahmadis.

Murabbi Tahir Ahmad conducted Eid Sermon, delivered by His Holiness Hazrat Khalifathul Masih V in the last year.

Pakistan: Christians of Punjab village in limbo after church force-closed for being 'affront to Muslim faith'

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The community of 40 Christian families in this village of 400 people in Toba Tek Singh district near Faisalabad has since been holding weekly prayers in their homes.

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By Kamran Chaudhry | June 16, 2018

Community cries foul after parish blasted as affront to Muslim faith but new land deeds outside village still not forthcoming

Christians have been told to remove all religious symbols from the church in Nayya Sarabah village in Pakistan’s Punjab province, which belongs to the Full Gospel Assemblies (FGA) group. (Photo by Kamran Chaudhry/ucanews.com)

Six months after villagers in Muslim-majority Nayya Sarabah in Pakistan’s Punjab province colluded with police to shut down the only Christian church in the village, negotiations remain deadlocked pending a new land deal.

Christians claim they are being persecuted after the church, run by Pastor Samuel Masih, held its last service in December and has since been sealed, with orders in June to remove all religious symbols and traces of Christianity from the property.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Geneva: First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations

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There is almost total impunity for enforced or involuntary disappearances, with little movement towards credibly investigating complaints, including into alleged sites of mass graves in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region.

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By Kathmandu Tribune | June 15, 2018

There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives, a report by the UN Human Rights Office published on Thursday says.

The 49-page report – the first ever issued by the UN on the human rights situation in Indian-Administered and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir – details human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control, and highlights a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces.

“The political dimensions of the dispute between India and Pakistan have long been centre-stage, but this is not a conflict frozen in time. It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues to this day to inflict untold suffering,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Nigeria: Ahmadiyya Calls For Justice, Fairplay, Equity

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“Our message to individual citizens is that our collective efforts on the path of righteousness, fair-play, and respect for the rights of others will eventually result in desirable changes towards sustenance of security, peace and prosperity.”

File photo: Ahmadiyya Amir Nigeria leads Eid-ul Fitr on July 1, 2017
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By Adebayo Waheed | June 16, 2018

The Amir (president) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Nigeria, Dr Mashu’ud Aderenle Fashola, has warned that without the pursuit of justice, fair-play, and strict equality of all citizens under the rule of law, the country will not be able to sustain peace, security, political stability and socioeconomic progress.

Fashola, in his Eid-el-Fitri message yesterday, said that God and Lord of all creation does not discriminate among His creation in respect of their ethnicity, creed, class and gender.

According to him, in the sight of Gracious Lord, the rank or honour of individuals depends exclusively on their righteousness or dutifulness.

“Righteousness represents the objective of Ramadan fasting and, indeed, the objective of all divine faiths. Piety or uprightness of government functionaries, political and community leaders is a necessary requirement for the achievement and sustenance of peace, security, and prosperity in the land.

Trinidad and Tobago: Eid Celebrations At The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Headquarters

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The Imam also encouraged worshippers to cling unto Allah telling them He alone can sustain their every need.

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By C NEWS | June 15, 2018

'Allah alone can sustain our every need.'

Even as the month of Holy Ramadan is over and the celebration of Eid Ul Fitr is here, Muslims are being called to remain fully committed to their faith in their day to day living. 

During Eid Celebrations at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Headquarters, Imam Maulana Ibrahim Bin Yaqub prayed for peace for the world over as he rejected the stigma of violence that is often and unfortunately associated with the practice of Islam.

The Imam also encouraged worshippers to cling unto Allah telling them He alone can sustain their every need.

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