Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kazakhstan: Muslim Holy Book Quran Prompts 'Anti-Extremism' Raid

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The woman who had the books on sale was fined in early May, not for extremism-related activity but for selling Muslim literature without the state licence required to sell any religious literature and materials. 

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By Felix Corley | Edited | May 22, 2017

An "anti-extremism" raid on a Kokshetau shop netted Kazakh authorities a copy of the Koran and other Muslim prayer books.

The seller was fined for selling religious materials without state permission and she will have to appeal if she wants to regain the books. Icon and book sellers are often fined.

In the Anti-Extremism Police raid on a shop in Kokshetau in Kazakhstan's northern Akmola Region, officials also seized  Muslim books in Kazakh and Russian on how to pray the namaz, a 5-times-a-day ritual observed by practicing Muslims.

The woman who had the books on sale was fined in early May, not for extremism-related activity but for selling Muslim literature without the state licence required to sell any religious literature and materials.

She has to appeal if she wants the books returned, officials told Forum 18.

Greece: Ahmadiyya Interfaith Conference Declares "Manchester Arena Attack -- an Attack on Humanity"

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“The need of the hour is for us to knock down the barriers of fear that divide us.  Rather than erecting walls that keep us apart, we should build bridges that bring us closer together…"

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By Press Release | May 24, 2017

“Come to a word equal between us and you”.

Greece: Leaders from Religious, Political, Civic & Academic backgrounds condemned the attack in that took place in Manchester on Monday 24th May 2017 in the strongest possible terms during their speeches at the 3rd National Peace Symposium organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Greece.

The event took place in Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens on 23rd of May 2017. The speakers included Dr. Michalis Marioas, Assistant Professor from the school of Theology in University of Athens, H.E Mr Jan Bondy Ambassador of Czech Republic & Rabbi Gabriel Negrin representing the Jewish Community, Mr. Markos Bolaris Member of Parliament Thessaloniki A & Imam Atta-UlNaseer representing His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, supreme head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Qadian, India: Punjab Ed Board declares Matriculation results; all Nusrat Girls High students achieve first division

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Today student were jubilant for achieving this success and school principal, Mrs. Ghazala Parveen, greeted the students, their parents and school staff for the celebrations of this success. 

Clockwise from left: 1-Syed Rubina Aziz | 2-Arbia Tahir | 3-Maria Kousar
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By Ch. Maqbool Ahmad | May 23, 2017

Nusrat Girls High School Matriculation result have been declared and all student have passed their examination with first division, 

Qadian -- The Punjab School Education Board declared its matriculation results today reporting that all the students of Nusrat Girls High school have passed scoring first division marks.

There were 26 students who appeared in this exam and they all passed their examination with distinction.

Ms Syeda Rubina Aziz, daughter of Syed Aziz Ahmad stood first in her class, scoring 588 marks out of 650.

Ms Arbia Tahir, daughter of Sawellah Mohammad, scored 578 marks and Ms Maria Kousar, daughter of Ghulam Mohammad, scored 574 marks, each taking 2nd and 3rd position respectively, in their class.

Today student were jubilant for achieving this success and school principal, Mrs. Ghazala Parveen, greeted the students, their parents and school staff for the celebrations of the success.

USA: Imam of Connecticut Mosque Arrested, Faces Deportation

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He was one of 33 people arrested in 2006 in a nationwide investigation into immigrants who filled out phony applications for religious workers' visas.

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By Associated Press | May 23, 2017

A Connecticut imam has been detained by U.S. immigration agents and is facing deportation to Pakistan.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut imam has been detained by U.S. immigration agents and faces deportation to Pakistan.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Hafiz Abdul Hannan, the leader of the Masjid Al-Islam mosque in New Haven since 2013, was taken into custody at his home on Friday.

He was previously convicted of committing fraud in immigration documents and will remain in custody pending his removal from the United States, said Shawn Neudauer, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman.

UK: Manchester Led Defiant Vigils Across the Nation

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“It was important to come here and stand shoulder to shoulder and show our support to the families of those who have been affected and pray for those whose lives have been taken by this awful tragedy.”

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Source/Credit: Newsweek
By Conor Gaffey | May 23, 2017

[Excerpts]

Manchester is not a city accustomed to good weather. But as residents of the often grey and overcast northern English city turned out Tuesday the dappled spring sunshine seemed to speak of hope and resilience after Monday night’s harrowing terrorist attack.

Outside Manchester City Hall in the city’s Albert Square, hundreds gathered less than 24 hours after a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at Manchester Arena, killing 22—including children—and injuring more than 50.
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Muhammad Khurshid Ahmad, a local imam and leader of an Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Manchester, tells Newsweek that the attack has caused concern among the city’s Muslim population about the potential for radicalization.

USA: I’m A Muslim, Ask Me Anything

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"If you’re not condemning terrorism, your accepting it, which is grossly unfair and inaccurate but it’s the situation we find ourselves in so I choose to embrace it.”

Photo Jim Ferretti
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By Jim Ferretti | May 23, 2017

Portland, Ore. —  For me, walking up and talking to someone is pretty simple.  Probably because it’s part of my job to talk to people and ask them to tell me their story.  So when I saw the two men with “I’m A Muslim, Ask Me Anything” t-shirts on at Washington Square, I had to stop.

I walked up to the table the two men were sitting at.  There were small cakes and cups of coffee on the table, along with a sign that offered food and a conversation.

“Good afternoon gentlemen, my name is Jim Ferretti, I am a reporter for FM News 101 KXL.  May I have some of your time?”

I was greeted by Harris Zafar with strong handshake and his friend.  I asked if I could record our conversation and find out more about what they were doing.  Harris who is a National Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community asked me to sit and we started.

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam drives for hours to pay tribute to Manchester attack victims

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"People were approaching us, hugging us. It allowed us to show the local community and world at large that terrorists have nothing to do with Islam."

File photo: Imam Zishan Ahmad
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By Gisela Crespo (CNN) | May 23, 2017

The AMYA members held banners that read "Love for all, hatred for none."

Imams and Muslim youth from around the UK drove to Manchester, England on Tuesday in a display of solidarity after the city's deadly terror attack.

Zishan Ahmad, an imam at London's Baitul Futuh Mosque, made the 8-hour round trip to pay tribute to the victims at a vigil outside Manchester City Hall.

He joined about 50 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association -- and hundreds of others who attended the solemn event.

For Ahmad, seeing a city being shaken up by tragedy is all too familiar.

"I as a Londoner experienced the same thing this great city of Manchester is experiencing," Ahmad said, referring to the attack near UK's Parliament in March that left four dead.

Perspective: Standing united after the attack in Manchester | Dr Maleeha Mansur

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The name of Islam “literally means peace and so even the name itself rejects all forms of terrorism, extremism and compulsion. Rather, Islam is that religion that champions peace, freedom, love and security for all mankind”.

Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA 
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By Dr Maleeha Mansur | May 23, 2017

My heart sank as I awoke on Tuesday to the horrific news of terrorism perpetrated on innocent children in Manchester. Heavy-hearted, I thought of the grieving parents and their young daughters.

But social media has given shining examples of solidarity from all walks of life. While our hearts weep for the victims, the resounding voice of support and resilience in the face of horror is certainly the means of instilling peace in this time of sadness and fear. Homeowners, taxi drivers, restaurant owners, doctors, nurses, paramedics and more all joined forces to be the wall of solidarity against such cowardly provocation. After the attack one saw that all ages, all faiths and all ethnicities are united in condemnation of this barbarity.

Whatever the intention of this extremist, the reality was unambiguously put by the head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad: “Let it be clear that they (the terrorists) are not practising Islam. Rather it seems as though they have invented their own hate-filled and poisonous religion.”

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