Tuesday, September 26, 2017

UK: Sunni imam who told kids martyrdom was 'greater success' than school convicted of supporting ISIS

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Hussain’s lunchtime speeches to the Ellahi Mosque in Tunstall High Street were recorded for four months from June last year, seeing him address around 40 worshippers including children.

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By  Lizzie Dearden | September 24, 2017

Imam who told children martyrdom was 'greater success' than school convicted of supporting Isis

'When you don't fulfil the command of Allah, I'm coming to remove your head,' Kamran Hussain told Stoke-on-Trent mosque

An imam who told children that martyrdom was “greater than any other success” they could achieve at school has been convicted for supporting Isis.

Kamran Hussain’s extremist sermons were recorded by an undercover police officer at a charity-funded mosque in Stoke-on-Trent.

Prosecutors said Hussain told children as young as 10 that non-Muslims wanted to kill them and that they must “stand up and be ready to sacrifice, be ready to stand in the face of the elements of Shaytan [Satan], be ready to spill blood and have your blood spilt”.

The 40-year-old argued that he was exercising freedom of speech, and that the ability to discuss “difficult concepts in a challenging world” was an essential part of religion.

But a jury at the Old Bailey found him guilty of eight charges including supporting Isis and encouraging terrorism.

Hussain’s lunchtime speeches to the Ellahi Mosque in Tunstall High Street were recorded for four months from June last year, seeing him address around 40 worshippers including children.

Prosecutors said the 10 out of 17 sermons investigated “strayed beyond the mainstream moderate Islamic thought”.

The court heard that in June, Hussain referred to Isis as “a small fledgling state who is standing in the face of a pompous and arrogant army”, while calling on Muslims to pray for the terrorist group’s victory and for their “oppressors to be annihilated”.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Pakistan: Islamic State flag proclaiming 'Khilafat is coming' put up on Islamabad's main thoroughfare

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“But our cameras are installed at such an angle that they only focus on the traffic. It’s unlikely that the people who put up the flag would be visible in the footage.”

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By Qadeer Tanoli / Arsalan Altaf | September 24, 2017

Despite an extensive CCTV camera network in place in Islamabad, unidentified men were able to put up an Islamic State (Daesh) flag on a major thoroughfare of the city on Sunday.

The flag, put up on a billboard at a pedestrian bridge on Islamabad Expressway near Iqbal Town, was taken down by police at around 12pm.

A passer-by spotted the flag and informed the Khanna police about it. In his statement, he told the police that he was familiar with the flag as he had seen it on TV.

It was a standard flag of the terrorist organisation, the only addition being that the slogan “Khilafat is coming” was inscribed  on it.

UK: London hotel refuses to give rooms to Pakistan International Airlines' crew for 'pestering' female guests

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Hotel's management said it would not rent rooms to PIA’s male crew until action was taken against those involved in pestering female guests at the hotel.

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Source/Credit: The Express Tribune
By News Desk | September 23, 2017

The Airline has history of being embroiled in many scandals including its flights intercepted for drugs and security threats

A hotel in the United Kingdom has told the Pakistan International (PIA) Airlines that it would not rent rooms to the airline’s crew anymore, Express News reported.

The hotel told the national flag carrier that female guests at the hotel felt insecure in the presence of PIA’s male crew.

It added that it had received multiple complaints of the airline’s male staff asking female guests at the hotel for their phone numbers.
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Therefore, the management added, it would not rent rooms to PIA’s male crew until action was taken against those involved in pestering female guests at the hotel.

USA: Ahmadiyyas in Central Jersey holds Coffee, Cake and True Islam event at Panera on College Avenue

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“There’s so much going around about the beliefs of Islam, and we want to say, ‘this is not what we’re about. Every religion is here to bring peace.”

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By Christina Gaudino | September 24, 2017

On Saturday, the Central Jersey chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hosted its first "Coffee, Cake, and True Islam" event for Rutgers students at the Panera Bread on the College Avenue campus.

The event is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s national True Islam campaign, which hosts  "Coffee, Cake, and True Islam" events across the country.

This event at Rutgers was hosted by Hena Tahir, a graduate student at Rutgers Newark, and Homaira Khandakar, the interfaith communication coordinator for the Central Jersey chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Qatar introduces free and easy visa on arrival for Pakistani nationals

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The move comes after Qatar announced a new visa-free scheme for visitors of 80 nationalities in early August. At the time, Pakistanis and many others lamented that their countries were not on the list.

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By Shabina S. Khatri | September 21, 2017

Pakistani visitors to Qatar can now get free visas on arrival at Qatar’s airport.

These visas are good for a 30-day stay, and can be extended for an additional month, according to the Qatari embassy in Pakistan.

Qatar Airways appeared to update its website to reflect the change late last month, and the Pakistani embassy in Qatar also tweeted about it.
Amb Shahzad Ahmad held a meeting with officials of Qatar Tourism Authority to discuss visa on arrival facility for Pakistanis in #Qatar pic.twitter.com/JIOWUd7jHB
    — Pakistan Embassy (@PakEmb_Qatar) August 30, 2017

However, the news was only confirmed by Qatari authorities in Islamabad this week.

Germany: Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Group in Gemünden Says Islam Does Not Condone Terror

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Just as for Christians there is the Bible, so for Muslims is the Koran as the Holy Scripture, which regulates among other things beliefs and ethical questions.

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By Ferdinand Heilgenthal | September 24, 2017

About 40 visitors came to the Gemerener Scherenberghalle to attend the lecture "Stop the terror - what does Islam really teach?" that the youth organization of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat (AMJ), an Islamic reform community, had organized.

In Germany more than 40,000 members belong to the Ahmadiyya faith community and it is the first Islamic community to have obtained the status of a corporation under public law.

According to the community in Gemünden, the town has a long tradition as a place for refugees and asylum seekers and the first families came from Pakistan more than 30 years ago because they were persecuted in their home country as followers of the Ahmadiyya faith.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pakistani Envoy Maleeha Lodhi Caught Lying at UN, Tries to Pass Off Gaza Woman as 'Kashmiri Victim'

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The woman in the photo is Rawya abu Jom’a, who was injured in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City in 2014. The photo of a then 17-year-old Rawya was taken in 2014 by award-winning photojournalist Heidi Levine.

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By CNN-News18 | September 24, 2017

Pakistan on Sunday brandished the photo of a woman with facial injuries at the United Nations General Assembly on Sunday. The country’s Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi claimed the woman was a “victim of pellet gun injury in Kashmir”.

The claim, it turns out, was a blatant lie.

While holding up the photo from her chair at the General Assembly, Maleeha Lodhi said, “This, Mr President, is the face of India’s democracy."

Lodhi’s gaffe came as she was replying to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speech to the world body, where the latter asked Pakistan to introspect why it was lagging in growth.

UK: Muslim Man stabbed in the neck as he arrived at a mosque in Altrincham for evening prayers

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The shocking attack - which police are treating as a hate crime - comes on the night the M.E.N. launches a campaign to stamp out hatred and promote tolerance.

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By Sam Yarwood/Dominic Smithers | September 24, 2017

A man was attacked as he arrived at a mosque for evening prayers.

The man, was outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre, on Grove Lane, when someone approached him from behind and stabbed him in the neck.

Some worshippers were already inside the mosque when the incident happened just before 6pm on Sunday evening.

The shocking attack - which police are treating as a hate crime - comes on the night the M.E.N. launches a campaign to stamp out hatred and promote tolerance.

The We Stand Together campaign aims to teach all children how to solve problems peacefully, encourage acts of kindness and fight hate crime.

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