Saturday, October 21, 2017

Perspective: I Refuse To Let My Ahmadi Friend Stand Alone In The Face Of Racism | Junaid Jahangir

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Canadians would not stand for such blatant racism. Time and again, they have stood by the Muslim community; most recently with the message "We will not be divided" after the Edmonton terror attack.

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By Junaid Jahangir | October 11, 2017

Ahmadi Muslims are often not welcomed as part of Muslim umbrella groups, even in Canada.

My Ahmadi Muslim friend and former student shared with me a video of a Pakistani politician who asserted in the National Assembly of Pakistan that Ahmadis should not be admitted into the armed forces, as they could not be trusted.

He claimed that the British and the Israelis created the Ahmadiyya sect to cause division within the Muslim community. Additionally, he argued that the physics centre of a premier Pakistani university should not be named after the only Pakistani Nobel laureate in physics, Dr. Abdus Salam, on account of his Ahmadi faith.

I am not sure why my friend even bothers with such news. After all, having suffered discrimination at work (where his colleagues would not eat with him) and bearing witness to his father's place of work being attacked, he left Pakistan for a peaceful life in Canada.

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI battling old age, says brother

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There had been media speculation that the Bavarian-born predecessor to the current Pope Francis had seen a rapid decline in his health.

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By Nwafor Polycarp | October 21, 2017

The brother of Benedict XVI, Georg Ratzinger, has denied reports that the pope emeritus is seriously ill.

“My brother is doing fine,” 93-year-old Ratzinger said on Friday.

However, he reported that moving about was increasingly a problem for Benedict, who is 90 years old.

“Reading is also getting more difficult for him,” Ratzinger said.

He explained that any restrictions his brother faced were due to his old age.

Mentally, the former pope, who was born Joseph Ratzinger, is reportedly as well as ever.

Canada: Ahmadiyya-hosted Run for Delta to benefit pair of charities

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“We are looking to make this first year very successful right from the get go. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is very excited to be a part of this.”

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By Ian Jacques | October 20. 2017

Delta families are encouraged to lace up their running shoes to help support the Delta Hospital Foundation and the Surrey Food Bank at the inaugural Run for Delta.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of B.C. is hosting the run on Sunday, Oct. 29 at the North Delta Recreation Centre.

 The day kicks off with a free continental breakfast at 8 a.m. with the walk, jog or run starting at 9 a.m. The family-oriented event will have one-kilometre and five-kilometre courses with the start and finish at the recreation centre.

Single entry is $35, family entry (two adults, two youths) is $100 and a friends entry (four people) is $120. Participants will receive a complimentary T-shirt and race kit. Following the event, a barbecue lunch will be served for $5.

Delta Mayor Lois Jackson will be on hand to kick off the event as will Delta South MLA Ian Paton, Delta North MLA Ravi Kahlon and Delta MP Carla Qualtrough. Paton will also be the auctioneer for a live auction fundraiser following the run.

Race director Irfan Chaudhry said the community response has been phenomenal with more than 300 registrations and great support from the City of Delta, Delta School District, Delta Police Department and other community organizations.

Perspective: Unity and Equality of Humanity | Kashmala Ahmad

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“An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab over an Arab; nor is a white one to be preferred over a dark one, nor a dark one to a white one.”

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By Kashmala Ahmad | October 20, 2017

A big controversy that is dividing our nation today is about kneeling before the national anthem. While one side says it is for protesting cruelty against African Americans, the other says it is rude and unpatriotic.

The Star-Spangled Banner became the nation's official anthem in 1931. It was first played in the the 1918 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Red Sox. During World War I, a brass band played it to lift everyone’s spirits, since so many people came to the next game. After that, they played it at every game, and soon other sports picked it up.

Controversies about the national anthem are not new and athletes have been suspended for such protest in the past. One such incident happened with Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the Summer Olympics at Mexico City in 1968. They gave a raised fist “black power” salute on the medal stand and were suspended for their action.

Canada: Coffee & Islam Campaign launches nationwide

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Prince George has seen its share of hate crimes as Neo-Nazi posters appeared twice within three months of each other across UNBC and at the College of New Caledonia (CNC)

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By Jeff Slack | October 20, 2017

Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has launched a new campaign to tackle the rise of islamophobia in Canada.

The Coffee & Islam campaign was created to breakdown myths and stereotypes associated with the culture and also gives Canadians an opportunity to ask questions about Islam and the Muslim way of life.

“We are launching this campaign to continue building bridges and positive relationships with our fellow Canadians,” says The National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, Kashif Danish in a statement

He hopes this campaign will strengthen the ties of friendship and win in the battle against extremism.

Perspective: A Reply From A Muslim Woman Who Had A Segregated Education | Mufleha Saleem Ahmad

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Islamic values are not very different from British values. As a teacher I try my utmost to ensure my pupils gain British values and become good citizens of the UK.

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By Mufleha Saleem Ahmad | October 20, 2017

Ofsted stated segregation in a Birmingham Islamic faith school left girls ‘unprepared for life in modern Britain‘. On which research did Ofsted’s Amanda Spielman make this statement?

Let me inform Amanda I have spent some of my education in segregated schools as I am an immigrant. I am now a secondary school science teacher who covers her head in accordance with her religion. I organise numerous activities whilst being part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association, UK. Only yesterday I organised an event involving raising awareness of the poppy appeal in allegiance with the Royal British Legion. Last year I organised a charity walk raising money for the ‘War Child’ charity. Visiting sick children in hospitals and giving them presents at the occasion of Christmas is a regular occurrence. Most women who are part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association help out in such events throughout the country. We as a community are guided by our spiritual leader, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who regularly reminds us of the true teachings of Islam which are devoid of violence and extremism.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pakistan: Intolerant nation finding new ways to torment its minorities

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Ahmadis went from being treated as zealous reformist Muslims to non-Muslims to kafir, or heretics – worse even than Hindus or Jews.

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By ANI | October 20, 2017

Karachi: Pakistan was essentially created to protect the religious and economic rights of Muslims who were a minority before the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. But since the country’s inception, new minorities have been created and Islamabad keeps finding new ways to torment them.

In an article for the New York Times, well known author and columnist Mohammed Hanif claims Pakistan has a poor record of protecting its religious minorities.

Taking the case of the Ahmadiya community in particular, who insist on calling themselves Muslims, he says mainstream Muslims treat them as the “worst form of heretics.”

Hanif, who is the author of novels “A Case of Exploding Mangoes” and “Our Lady of Alice Bhatti,” says, “You would think that government, law enforcers and the courts would do something about such sustained acts of brutality..”

Canada: Bill 62 Contradicts Fundamental Canadian Values of Inclusion, Religious Freedom Says Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at

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"[I]t is not wise for legislature to pass laws that place restrictions on the basic religious practices or beliefs of people, for example, State should not concern itself with what type of clothing a woman chooses to wear”

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By Web Desk | October 20, 2017

"Such grievances will continue to exacerbate"

In adopting Bill 62 on Wednesday, the Quebec government has made it illegal for any Quebecer to receive or offer public services with their faces covered. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada is deeply concerned that this bill – purportedly aimed to establish religious neutrality – in fact contradicts the fundamental Canadian values of inclusion and religious freedom, and restricts the rights of Canadians – particularly Canadian Muslim women.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at believes that Bill 62 will foster an atmosphere of divisiveness. At a time when Canadian Muslims, particularly women are subject to hate crimes and attacks, Bill 62 further marginalizes those women who wish to practice of their faith, thereby leaving them even more vulnerable to hate crimes.

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