Thursday, November 23, 2017

USA: Radical anti-Ahmadiyya Sunni Islamist Group Call for Jihad at Meeting Near Washington D.C.

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Ahmadiyya Muslims say that groups like the ones in Virginia give Muslims a bad name at a time when the Trump administration is already demonizing many Muslims and painting them as extremists.

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By Cristina Maza | November 22, 2017

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Groups of Sunni Muslim extremists gathered in a Holiday Inn in northern Virginia over the weekend and called for followers to wage jihad—or holy war—against infidels.

The radical extremists didn't call for violence against Jews or Christians, but instead used the so-called Final Prophet Conference to rage against another group of Muslims that, like most American Muslims, doesn't support violent jihad.

The Pakistani-American imams who led the event bashed the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a religious movement founded in 19th-century India, according to one participant who attended the event. Among the main complaints was that Ahmadi Muslims criticize violence and forbid waging jihad against non-Muslim governments.

Perspective: Thanksgiving -- The Islamic Way | Shahina Bashir

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Thanksgiving is a holiday which transcends all faiths. It is a time to gather with friends and family and express our gratitude.

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By Shahina Bashir | November 23, 2017

On Thursday as Americans all over the country come together to celebrate the most awaited annual holiday, many might be thinking how can people be thankful when they have lost their loved ones? How can one be thankful when they have lost their homes and precious belongings from hurricanes, or wildfires, or terrorist attacks? As I prepare for a Thanksgiving meal at my house I too am pondering these questions. But, as a Muslim, I know the answer.

Though Thanksgiving in the US and Canada is an annual celebration, Islam explicitly teaches that thanking God is not only a daily affair but rather it is something a Muslim does throughout his waking moments. The Qur'an, which is a book of complete guidance for how to live on this earth while preparing for the next life, tells us, "…God brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers while you knew nothing, and gave you ears and eyes and hearts, that you might be grateful" (16:79). It is just our simple existence which compels us to be thankful to the One who gave us the gift of life. This is the reason why Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was ever mindful of being grateful to his Creator. Once when his wife Ayesha (may God be pleased with her) saw him standing in Prayer for a very long time she asked him, "God's Messenger, you do this (in spite of the fact) that your earlier and later sins have been forgiven?" To this the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, "Should I not be a grateful servant of God?" But gratitude is not just limited to God. In another saying, the Prophet said, "One who is not grateful to others is not grateful to God." How many times have we thanked the person even if they show a simple gesture of holding the door for us? It doesn't take much effort to say, "Thank you". Yet, some don't care to utter these two simple words.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pakistan: Ahmadi leaders were close advisers of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto at party formation, says founding member

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Mirza Tahir Ahmed, a brother of Mirza Nasir Ahmed, the head of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, was quite close to Bhutto and would frequently visit him

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By Adnan Adil | November 22, 2017

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Dr Mubashir Hasan, 95, is one of the founding members of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and a close associate of the party’s founding chairman, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB). In fact, on November 30, 1967, the party’s founding convention was held on the lawns of his residence in Gulberg, Lahore. Dr Hasan was elected a member of the National Assembly in the December 1970 elections, and subsequently became Finance Minister in Z. A. Bhutto’s first cabinet. He also served as secretary-general of the PPP in the mid-1970s. [Dr Hasan later left the party because of differences stemming from the Bhutto's dictatorial style to the party and later the country]

In this interview with Adnan Adil, he shares his memories of PPP’s formative years and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Sri Lanka: Quran Sinhala Translation gifts to Sri Lankan Cabinet Ministers continue

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Private Secretary to the Minister Mrs.Thamara Dissanayake welcomed the delegation and expressed her willingness to accept the Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation on behalf of the Minister.

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By Press Release | November 22, 2017

Sinhala Translation of the book: ‘World Crisis and the Pathway To Peace was also presented.

A three member delegation from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Sri Lanka (AMJSL) comprising Mr. A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary and National Director Faith Outreach – AMJSL, Moulavi A.B. Musthaq Ahmad – Chief Missionary (AMJSL), and Moulavi K.M. Munir  visited Ministry  of Social Empowerment, Welfare & Kandyan Heritage in Colombo to gift Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation to Honorable Minister S.B. Dissanayake today (22 November 2017).

Private Secretary to the Minister Mrs.Thamara Dissanayake welcomed the delegation and expressed her willingness to accept the Holy Qur’an Sinhala Translation on behalf of the Minister. Jama’at delegation also presented the Sinhala Translation of the book: ‘World Crisis and the Pathway To Peace.

UK: Ahmadi Muslim women celebrate World Inter Faith Week, visit church, Sikh temple

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The group are keen to maintain dialogue and plan to return to St Margaret’s and visit Gudwaras and other places of worship across east London.

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By Tom Horton | November 21, 2017

Religious groups paid each other a visits at their respective places of worship as part of World Inter Faith Week

Six women from the Barking and Dagenham Ahmadiyya Muslim Association say they were made “very welcome” at St Margaret’s Church in Barking when they stopped by for tea and a tour.

They also attended a church service and stayed to talk to the worshippers.

Siemah Shafiq, who was part of the Muslim group, said: “We think it is really important to have dialogue to promote peace and tolerance.

“We were made really welcome by our hosts.”

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslims Organize Peace Conference in Newcastle

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"We think this is our social responsibility to bring all communities and neighbourhood together to understand and work towards achievement of peace in the world.”

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By Hannah Colley | November 21, 2017

Notable guests from different cultures backgrounds societies and organisations participated

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Newcastle general secretary Muzaffar Ahmed said: “Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Newcastle held a peace conference on 5th of November. This peace conference was to enable an understanding perspective of Islam against extremism, and roles you can play to overcome challenges caused by distress in society.

There were 150 guests including Cath Davis, chairman of North Tyneside Council, Andii Bowsher, Chaplain Northumbria University and the key speaker Mr. Ata ul Mujeeb Rashid, missionary incharge of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK. Councillors from Tyne and Wear and other notable guests from different cultures backgrounds societies and organisations.

UK: Talented children's contribution of love, peace and harmony to Holy Quran exhibition in Colnbrook

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"The school was very kind to offer us the opportunity to hold the Quran Exhibition. As a way for the school to be engaged we decided that the pupils would create an artwork display and exhibition on the theme of love, peace and harmony."

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By Francis Batt | November 20, 2017

"It really is a testament to the creative ability at Pippins School and the incredible support given by the teachers and staff."

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Slough and South Bucks held a Quran Exhibition alongside an artwork display on the theme of love, peace and harmony, prepared by the pupils of Pippins Primary School in Colnbrook last week.

The exhibition proved a big success with many translations of the Holy Quran on display for the pupils and parents.

The artwork display was prepared by the pupils in their art classes with 200 pupils and over 75 parents attended the exhibition.

Perspective: Celebrating Thanksgiving - An Islamic Perspective | Imam Shamshad Nasir

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The inner pleasure and happiness we can get from this is immeasurable. We can also visit the graveyards and pray for our loved ones who have passed away. 

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By Imam Shamshad Nasir | November 22, 2017

We are fast approaching a very important American tradition and holiday “Thanksgiving”. Without going into much of its historical background and details, I must say that we always need to be thankful and grateful for the bounties that God Almighty has Graciously bestowed on us. We must also be thankful to the government who gives us this day as a holiday and an opportunity to engage and enjoy ourselves during this time.

Here, I would like to mention a few ways that we can celebrate Thanksgiving which will be more meaningful to all. By doing this we will please the Almighty. God says in the Holy Quran: “Aye worship God and be among the thankful” (Ch: 39 Vs. 67)

It means that God has given us an opportunity to worship Him on this Thanksgiving holiday, more than ever, because other days we think we are too busy and don’t find time to go to places of worship. Which is certainly a way to thank Him for all that  He has provided us. To this end, we can go to Mosque, Church, Synagogue or Temple which ever house of worship we choose.

On one hand, Islamic teachings remind us to worship and be thankful to God, on the other, it also reminds us to fulfill our obligations towards our fellow human beings. This can be accomplished in various ways during this time of Thanksgiving.

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