Sunday, March 18, 2018

Perspective: As if Pakistan's Ahmadis weren't marginalized enough already | Waqar Gillani

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“This is akin to further marginalising the Ahmadis and providing an opportunity to exploit and victimise them in a situation where they are already vulnerable,” says human rights activist and senior columnist I.A. Rehman.

An official of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, second left, and a soldier collect
information from an Ahmadi resident of Rabwah in Chiniot District in the Punjab
province of Pakistan, in March 27, 2017. file photo. — AFP
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By Waqar Gillani | March 18, 2018

A recent judgment by the Islamabad High Court (IHC), directing the government to adopt stricter measures in letting people declare their religion at the time of accepting government jobs and getting official identity documents, paves the way for religious persecution at the state level and more intolerance in society.

Members of the legal community are of the view that there is no law which expects people to declare their faith, as desired by the judgment. This has created a furore among the civil society because one religious minority has particularly come to be at its receiving end.

The judgment urges the state to take steps against a ‘particular’ minority group that is using the name of Islam. It directs the government “to make necessary legislation and also introduce requisite amendments to the existing laws to ensure that all the terms specifically used for Islam and Muslims were not used by persons belonging to any minority faith for hiding their real identity or for any other purpose.”

Nigeria: Ahmadiyya National Ameer asks religious leaders to unite to demand good governance

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Dr Fashola said that the solution to the nation’s problems starts from churches and mosques, urging religious leaders to unite to demand good governance.

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By Akeem Abas | March 17, 2018

Ibadan –  Dr Mash’hud Fashola, the Amir Sahib(Leader), Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, has urged religious leaders in the country to unite to demand good governance.

He spoke on Saturday in Ibadan, at the end of a two-day visit to the Akinyele Circuit of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the two-day visit featured a lecture, media interaction, as well as visit to University of Ibadan, Olubadan of Ibadan and the Chief Imam of Ibadanland.

Fashola, who is a former Head, Department of Economics, University of Lagos, said religious leaders should bury their sectional, denominational and religious differences, and unite toward taking the country out of its predicament.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Perspective: Our yellow stars | Irfan Husain

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Is this the sort of Pakistan we want? As it is, many non-Muslims have fled the persecution they suffer from. Many of my Christian school friends from St Patrick’s have emigrated.

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By Irfan Husain | March 17, 2018

THE Islamabad High Court’s recent ruling that Pakistanis have to declare their faith to obtain birth certificates, ID cards and passports, and to get on to voters’ lists has generated a debate on the possible outcome of the implementation of the judgement; it has also heightened concerns that minority religious communities could be pushed even further from the mainstream. Although the court does not identify them, there is a perception that the reference in the ruling is to the Ahmadi community.

According to the judgement, failure to declare one’s faith is tantamount to a “betrayal of the state” and “exploiting the Constitution”.

This is an odd position considering that the Constitution guarantees equal rights for all citizens, and enjoins the state to protect the minorities.

Intolerance is ingrained in our society.

The ruling makes it compulsory for citizens to take an oath regarding their faith when joining the civil services, the armed forces and the judiciary. As far as I am aware, the military does not discriminate according to faith, though it is now rare to see a non-Muslim climb beyond a certain level of the hierarchy.

Friday, March 16, 2018

New Zealand: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to hold Annual Charity Walkathon

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This year’s walkathon will be held in the Barry Curtis park in Flat Bush on the 17th March starting at 10 am. Representatives from various organisations including the Blind foundation and the AA are expected to join

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By Media Desk | March 16, 2018

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community of New Zealand is holding its 10th annual charity walkathon on the 17th March 2018. A regular event in the community’s annual calendar, the walk traditionally has helped raise thousands of dollars to support the Blind Foundation (and the Guide dogs for Blind), and the Humanity First charities.

“Charity and looking after the needy forms an important corner stone of the Muslim faith. By holding events such as the ‘Walk for Humanity’, we want to play our role in reaching out to those who may be in need of any special assistance”, says the community’s spokesman Dr Nadeem Ahmad. “The Blind foundation and Humanity First charities have both been worthy recipients of our support in the past years, and through their work are making the lives of countless people better, both in New Zealand and beyond. It is both our duty as Muslims, and a privilege to be part of this process.”

UK: Cardiff Ahmadiyya mosque extension plan granted go ahead

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The committee asked for no external public address system to be used to call worshippers to prayer and the mosque to not be used between the hours of 23:00 and 04:00.

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By BBC News Web Desk | March 15, 2018

Plans to extend a mosque used by members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association have been given the go-ahead, despite 'hundreds of objections over traffic and noise fears'.

The community currently meets at a former office block on Sanatorium Road in Cardiff.

Cardiff council planners said they would be able to make it into a two-storey mosque with minaret, dome, community hall and Imam's residence.

Planning was granted with conditions.

Objectors to the proposals had gathered a 500-signature petition and a letter of concern was sent to the planning committee.

Perspective: Women in Islam | Hubbatul Waheed

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God always reminds mankind that one's dignity is in covering their bodies it is amongst one of the trait which distinguishes man from animals.

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By Hubbatul Waheed | March 15, 2018

Polygamy is explicitly not forbidden in the Old Testament.

Now days, It is becoming a common concept that Islam is a religion oppresses and seize women's rights. People consider Islam as a misogynistic and violent religion, that has isolated women in their houses. As a Muslim woman, I am confused and totally deny this erroneous notion. Confuse in a sense that what I have experienced as a Muslim woman about my religion is quite different from what is trending now a days tagging Islam as radicalized religion on the basis of gender segregation.

The Controversy:

  1. Islam has imposed veil or hijab on Muslim women
  2. Islam promotes patriarchy and that Islam permits polygamy and deprived women from this right.
  3. Islam is believe to be a religion that has restricted women from their basic right of education.

UK: Ahmadiyya community members organize campaign to 'Keep Britain Tidy'

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Volunteers including 20+ Ahmadiyya members, neighbours and councillors are expected to participate in picking litter from the resident areas.

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#KeepBritainTidy | @UKMuslimYouth

As part of the National Campaign to "Keep Britain Tidy' members of the Ahmadiyya Community based in Fazl Mosque Southfields have organised three events in the area.

A spokesperson for the community said: "This is a way to raise awareness for the environment and to show our support and love for Britain".

Volunteers including 20+ Ahmadiyya members, neighbours and councillors are expected to participate in picking litter from the resident areas. Tea and refreshments will be provided free to all participants, the event is a volunteer based event.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

UK: Bradford North Lajna Ima'Illah celebrate International women’s day by holding an interfaith event

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An exhibition on the rights of women given by Islam was also on display. Islam has given women financial, spiritual, intellectual, and social status.

Some of the guests at the event during the mosque tour
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By Mrs Mufleha Saleem Ahmad | March 15, 2018

Bradford North branch Lajna held an interfaith event on Thursday 15th March 2018 at the Al Mahdi mosque, Bradford. 9 external guests were present from different faiths. There were members of the police force and mental health charity workers present.

The guests were welcomed and were firstly given a tour of the mosque. Guests were then given a chance to ask questions. Male guests were looked after by male members of the jamat.

One such question was regarding the significance of the segregation of men and women within Islam. Islam has placed this importance teaching for the protection of women providing them freedom from many social ills like the very recent #metoo campaign. Segregation allows both genders to feel at ease and comfort in going about their roles. Another reason for this injunction is that Islam always follows the rule ‘prevention is better than cure’. In this way, erosion of moral values can be prevented, and society is safeguarded from problems such as adultery, teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

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