Thursday, July 27, 2017

Indonesia: Home Minister directs Kuningan Regency -- 'You Can Not Withhold E-ID card From Ahmadiyah'

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Previously, a number of representatives of Ahmadiyah Manislor congregation, Kuningan, aproached the Ombudsman and the Directorate General of Population Ministry of Home Affairs. 

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By Ria Apriyani | July 26, 2017

KBR, Jakarta - Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo stated there is no reason for the Kuningan District Government of West Java to withhold the distribution of electronic ID (e-ID) for thousands of Ahmadiyah Manislor congregation, as long as people are willing to fill the religious column with one of the six official religions.

Tjahjo said a community's faith organizations can not be used as a basis by Pemkab to hold someone's e-ID card.

"I only hold the rules, the legal e-ID card must be filled with legal religion, I have religion, it must be written as a religion.The government has a policy line, do not want it to be pushed [unduly]," said Tjahjo in the Ministry of Defense on Wednesday (26/7/2017).

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Australia: Adelaide’s Ahmadiyya Muslims set up ‘Coffee and Islam’ program to clear up misconceptions

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The initiative started six weeks ago and gives those unsure about the religion the chance to have a coffee and a chat with a member of the mosque.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam Imtiaz Ahmed (R) remove misconceptions about Islam 
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By Kurtis Eichler | July 26, 2017

“Islam is about peace”

Missionary Imtiaz Ahmed has a simple message he wants to spread about the Islamic faith – it is all about peace.

“In this time there are a lot of things which are going on in the world because of terrorism and people being killed,” Mr Ahmed says.

“Unfortunately people think that maybe this is all because of religion and we want to tell them and inform them this is not because of religion.”

Mr Ahmed, who works with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association at Beverley, is part of the organisation’s new program, Coffee and Islam.

Pakistan: Suspected killer of Professor Shakeel Auj freed for lack of evidence

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On April 29th three months after the police had apprehended Mansoor, another assistant professor, Dr. Waheed-ur-Rehman was killed in the vicinity of Federal B Area.

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By Staff Report | July 26, 2017

KARACHI: The suspect accused of murdering Karachi University's dean of Islamic Studies, Professor Dr Shakeel Auj, was freed by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday for lack of evidence.

The suspect, Mansoor, was freed after the court stated that the state prosecutor failed to provide sufficient evidence in the case.

Others accused of being involved in the murder are absconding.

Auj was murdered in September 2014 and nearly four months later, the Karachi Police chief at the time, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, held a press conference on the January 28 and claimed the police had apprehended the murderer of two professors including Prof Shakeel Auj.

UK Honeymoon couple detained in Los Angeles for 26 hours, eventually deported, as groom was Muslim

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When Politakis and Ali arrived at the Los Angeles airport, they were informed that they would be interviewed for only 5 minutes. Instead, they were held in detention for 26 hours before being deported

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By Staff writer | July 26, 2016

Authorities at the Los Angeles Airport detained two British newlyweds, on their way to their honeymoon in Hawaii, for 26 hours and deported them to London, apparently because the groom is Muslim.

The man and his bride said they were detained at the Los Angeles airport and were treated as criminals before being deported to England while on their way to a pre-paid honeymoon. That means the couple’s spending of $10,000 (7,000 pounds sterling) went down the drain.

The bride Natasha Politakis, and her husband Ali Gul, are both British. Politakis told the Daily Mail that the reason she and her husband were treated that way was because Ali is a Turkish Muslim. They arrived in the US on the first day of their honeymoon.

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslims to Promote Counter-Narrative to Terror

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‘Acts of terrors are utterly barbaric, brutal and senseless…completely opposed to the teachings of Islam…and are a complete violation of everything that Islam stands for.'

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By Statement | July 26, 2017

28-30 July at Oaklands Farm, Hampshire

Ideology of hatred to be tackled with the true message of Islam at the Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK.

A counter-narrative to the hate-filled sermons of Daesh and other extremists is being driven forward by an Islamic leader with a global following of Muslims.

The Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will renew its call to show how Islam completely dismantles the ideology of hate that has fuelled the terrorist attacks across the world, including the UK.

UK: Birmingham Council caves to Indian High Commission pressure, bans Kashmir martyr rally

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The council has now withdrawn its backing and cancelled the gathering after concerns were raised about the posters and after the Indian government made an official objection to the UK.

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By Elis Sandford | July 5, 2017

Leading separatist Burhan Wani, 22, was killed in the disputed region one year ago this weekend

A Birmingham rally to commemorate the death of a Kashmiri separatist leader has been banned just days before it was due to take place.

Burhan Wani, 22, was killed in the disputed region one year ago this weekend, when he was commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen separatist group.

His death in the Indian-controlled Northern Kashmir sparked violent protests, leaving dozens more dead.

Wani had been a leader of Hizbul Mujahideen, a Kashmir separatist group which has reportedly been classed as a terrorist organisation by the European Union, the US and India.

Men’s Health: Sperm Counts in Western Men Plunge by 60% in 40 Years

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One expert commenting on the study said it was the “most comprehensive to date”, and described the figures as “shocking” and a “wake-up call” for urgent research into the reasons driving the fall.

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By Ian Johnston | July 25, 2017

Sperm counts have plunged by nearly 60 per cent in just 40 years among men living in the West, according to a major review of scientific studies that suggests the modern world is causing serious damage to men’s health.

Pesticides, hormone-disrupting chemicals, diet, stress, smoking and obesity have all been “plausibly associated” with the problem, which is associated with a range of other illnesses such as testicular cancer and a generally increased mortality rate.

The researchers who carried out the review said the rate of decline had showed no sign of “levelling off” in recent years.

The same trend was not seen in other parts of the world such as South America, Africa and Asia, although the scientists said fewer studies had been carried out there.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Indonesia: Ahmadis report Manislor village administration over alleged discrimination, again

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Syamsul Alam Agus, an activist from the Satu Keadilan Foundation (YSK), one of the human rights groups assisting Manislor’s Ahmadis in their quest for justice, said the lack of administrative documents had hampered their rights to exercise civil rights and access social services.

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By Margareth S. Aritonang | July 25, 2017

Members of the Ahmadiyah sect in Manislor village in Kuningan, West Java, on Monday reported the local administration to the Indonesian Ombudsman and the Home Ministry’s Population and Civil Registration Agency (Dukcapil) for allegedly forcing Ahmadis in the village to abandon their faith.

It was the second time for Ahmadiyah followers in the village to file such a report.

Submitting their report with the Ombudsman in Jakarta on Monday, 15 members of Manislor’s Ahmadiyah community said the Kuningan regency administration had insisted all Ahmadiyah followers in the village renounce their faith and convert to the “true teaching of Islam” if they wanted the government to issue IDs for them.

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