Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pakistan: Banned by feds, defiant former anchor Amir Liaquat Hussain launches news website

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In 2008, Liaquat was widely criticised after he hosted a TV show during which he, along with others, passed hateful comments against a minority community [Ahmadiyya] and discussed their murder as an act of religious duty.

At a private gathering, Amir Liaquat was allegedly observed smoking Shisha, a
molasses-based tobacco concoction which makes the uder feel high. (File photo)
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Source/Credit: Dawn News, Pakistan
By Dawn.com | January 23, 2018

A little over a month after he was barred from making any appearance on electronic media by a court, televangelist and TV host Amir Liaquat Hussain has launched an eponymous news website.

Called Amir Liaquat Hussain news (alhnews.com), the Urdu-language website, launched on January 14, features a wide array of news categories, including local and international, business, health, sports and entertainment news.

Also highlighted on the website are columns penned by and video commentaries featuring Hussain, and even childhood and family photos of the controversial anchor.

"If the voice is banned a 100,000 times, the picture is forbidden or even giving analysis on any programme is banned... the water carves its own path," says Hussain in a video announcing the launch of this new venture.

"It is a news site, an entertainment site... it is my website where I can say whatever I want with freedom."

Pakistan: Student Kills College Principal After Accusing Him of Blasphemy

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“I have been taught to kill the blasphemer and don’t be afraid of disrespecting those who insult God. I, myself, killed him, and I confess it.”

Photo credit: AP
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Source/Credit: New Delhi Times
By Voice of America | January 23, 2018

Police in northwestern Pakistan say a student shot and killed his college principal on campus on Monday after accusing him of blasphemy.

The incident occurred at the private Islamic College in the northwestern town of Charsadda. The shooter was arrested, according to area police chief Zahoor Afridi.

Afridi explained that the slain principal, Sareer Ahmed, reprimanded one of his students for skipping classes to attend an Islamist rally supporting Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. The argument angered the student, who fired six shots at Ahmed. Police arrived at the campus and took the shooter into custody along with his weapon. An investigation has been launched.

Perspective: An understanding of evolution can spur wonder, just like religious faith does | Girish Shahane

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Since life on earth is unthinkable without the sun, the duration of days before the sun existed is irrelevant to any consideration of evolution.

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By Girish Shahane | January 23, 2018

Satyapal Singh, India’s Minister of State for Human Resources, has faced ridicule over the past week for a speech to the All India Vaidik Sammelan in which he said that, since nobody ever saw an ape turning into a human, ideas about evolution are erroneous and ought not to feature in school syllabi. Faced with the backlash, Singh underlined his ignorance by citing in his own defence Soren Løvtrup’s Darwinism: The Refutation of a Myth. Had he actually read that book by a Danish historian of science, he’d have found that Løvtrup concurs with Darwinists about our ancestors, differing only in his conviction that changes from one species to another happen very rapidly rather than gradually.

At one level, I’m not surprised that such a statement should emanate from a ruling party that consists mainly of misinformed individuals making public policy based on religious beliefs and literal interpretations of Hindu myths. On the other hand, Satyapal Singh’s contention went against the grain of the standard Hindutva approach, which is to link Darwin’s ideas to the Dashavatara or some other legend, thus claiming for Hinduism a spurious scientific validity.

USA: Mormon Church Names Russell M. Nelson As New President and Prophet

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Since 1984, Nelson has been a member of the Mormon church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a group of men that oversees the "orderly progress and development of the global Church.

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Source/Credit: NPR News Excerpt
By Merrit Kennedy | January 16, 2017

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as the Mormon church, has named 93-year-old Russell M. Nelson as its new president.

"I express my deep love for you — love that has grown over decades of meeting you, worshipping with you and serving you," Nelson, a former surgeon and longtime church leader, said in a live video announcement Tuesday morning from the Salt Lake Temple in Utah.

Former Church President Thomas S. Monson died earlier this month after nearly a decade leading the faith of some 16 million members.

Since 1984, Nelson has been a member of the Mormon church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a group of men that oversees the "orderly progress and development of the global Church." He has been that group's president since July 15, 2015. [more ...]

USA: DRIVE holds Interfaith Leadership Retreat at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit

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More than 88 Interfaith leaders and representative attended the retreat whereImam presented copies of Life of Muhammad, copies of the Philosophy of the Teaching of Islam, and selected sayings of the Prophet Muhammad

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Source/Credit: AMJ Detroit
By Muhammad Ahmad | January 22, 2018

"Ahmadiyya Muslim community is a progressive, peaceful and inclusive community and believes in the freedom of religion as per the Holy Quran teachings ", said Imam Shamshad A. Nasir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rochester Hills.

Detroit Regional Interfaith Voice for Equity (DRIVE) Leadership Retreat was held on Jan 21, 2018, at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit, MI. Five members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rochester Hills, MI participated in the retreat.

The event started at 3 PM. Pastor Rev. Louis Forsythe, of the host church and Chairman of the DRIVE, welcomed the interfaith leaders and thanked them for their time and coming in to join the retreat.

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association holds peace event at Baitul Futuh

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“Only by engaging with each other are we able to dismantle those stereotypes and build understanding and trust to replace ignorance with knowledge and prejudice with friendship.”

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Source/Credit: Wimbledon Guardian
By News Desk | January 22, 2018

More than 500 women came together at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden for a peace event hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association.

In its ninth year, the event on January 20 brought together women from the worlds of faith, politics and civic society to promote a deeper understanding of Islam and other faiths.

The theme of the evening was freedom, faith and liberty ensuring the rights of women.

Two charity cheque presentations of £5,000 each were made to Save the Children and Commonwealth Girls Education Fund.

Monday, January 22, 2018

New Zealand: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to Hold 29th Annual Convention

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The event forms part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s efforts to encourage dialogue and to increase understanding between all faith groups.

File photo: 2017 Annual Convention
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Source/Credit: AMJ New Zealand
By Press Release | January 23, 2018

One of the longest running Muslim conventions in New Zealand, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s annual ‘Jalsa Salana’, will be held in Auckland on the 26th and 27th of January 2018.

Started by the community’s founder Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam AhmadAS as a small gathering of the Ahmadi Muslims in India over a hundred years ago, the annual convention is now held in several countries worldwide attracting thousands of guests from across the globe.

‘The Jalsa Salana is a unique event with great significance in our community’s history. While its primary purpose remains to enhance the connection of man with his Creator, it also serves to bring our members together from across the country and beyond’, says Mr Bashir Khan, President of AMJNZ. ‘This coming together of people from diverse backgrounds develops a sense of belonging and brotherhood that is unique to our community worldwide.’

Greece: Humanity First Germany presents Laptops to NGOs assisting refugees

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A video documentary was shown exaplining the works of Humanity First Germany. It was further explained by Mr. Mohammad Athar Zubair, Chairman of Humanity First Germany.

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Source/Credit: AMJ Greece
By Press Release | January 20, 2018

Mr. Mohammad Athar Zubair, Chairman of Humanity First Germany, presented the laptops

Mr. Mohammad Zubair, Chairman of Humanity First Germany presented laptops to NGOs assisting refugees in Greece at an event organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Greece. The event was held in Oscar Hotel, Athens on Friday, 19th January 2018 and was attended by 48 guests.

The event also included presentations about the work of the resepective NGOs. The efforts of Orange House were explained by Ms. Marina Liakis, Co-Chairman of the Orange House Greece. The services being rendered by the Light House were explained by Ms. Daphne Morgen & her team. Ms. Daphne Morgen is the founder of the project in Ritsona Camp.

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