Sunday, May 27, 2018

UK: Former MP Sir Ed Davey says Britain should welcome more Ahmadiyya Muslims from Pakistan

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Sir Ed earlier said of the abuse aimed at the community: "This persecution, yes it is state permitted but it is actually ubiquitous in Pakistani society and it is that that I find most frightening."

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By Asian Image | Masy 25, 2018

Foreign Office Minister Mark Field told MPs that he would raise the issue of Ahmadiyya persecution "to a greater degree" with the Pakistani government

Britain should welcome more refugees from a community of Muslims who have fled "abhorrent" abuse in Pakistan, a former cabinet minister has said.

Sir Ed Davey called on the Home Office to improve training to ensure officials better understand why Ahmadiyya Muslims should have asylum applications approved.

He added the United Nations' genocide prevention team should investigate abuse against the community in Pakistan.

Labour MP Hugh Gaffney (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill) also raised the case of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah, who was murdered in a brutal attack in 2016 for being an Ahmadiyya.

Sri Lanka: Lajna Imaillah – Annual Exhibition and Fundraiser – 2018

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An art competition was held in various age groups, in topics such as Rainy Day, Waterfalls and Beach View etc. 62 Ahmadi girls including under age 7 were participated.

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By Press Release | May 26, 2018

Annual Exhibition and Sales organized by Lajna Imaillah, Sri Lanka (Women’s Wing of Ahmadiyya Community in Islam) was held on 12 May 2018 at Ahmadiyya Jubilee Hall, Negombo.

This one day event was inaugurated by A.H. Nasir Ahmad – National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka, followed by silent prayer.

Variety of displays was in many fold compared with the last year. Waqf-e-Nau children took part in numbers and exhibited their talent and skills which attracted the visitors. The students of Ahmadiyya Montessori also participated and displayed their handicrafts.

The displays of Women’s Rights in Islam seen under many topics  such as Educational Rights, Marriage Life, Thalaq and Kula and Purdah.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Belize: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community observes Ramadan

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"There are many scientific and physical and mental benefits of this and as you mention; you end up losing a lot of weight too."

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By Hipolito Novelo | May 24, 2018

This month, Muslims across the world are observing Ramadan- the sacred month for Muslims. Muslims believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran. As part of the observance, Muslims will fast as explained by the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Naveed Mangla.

Naveed Mangla, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: “When you don’t eat for fourteen hours in a row, and finally when you see food at the end of the day, it teaches you to become humble and it teaches you to become more grateful to God Almighty for having given this food to you and there is other people. You still have this food at your house at the end of the day, you had it at your house throughout the day but there is actually other people in the world that don’t have this and you should be grateful for it because there is really nothing that you have done to deserve this and nor have they don’t anything not to have food so it’s only through the grace of god that he has given you whatever you see in front of you.”

USA: UNHRC asked to save, protect Pakistani Christians

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The ACLJ asked the UNHCR to put pressure on Pakistan to abide by international agreements it has ratified to protect religious minorities.

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By ANI  |  Washington D.C./ Geneva

A legal submission has been made to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to save and protect Pakistani Christians from persecution.

The submission has been made by the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a Christian-based social activism and watchdog for corruption.

In its submission placed before the UNHRC, the ACLJ claimed that, "The Islamic Republic of Pakistan continues to violate the human rights of its religious minorities. Instances of mob violence; police torture; false accusations of blasphemy; rape, murder, and other forms of violence occur on a regular basis. Authorities in Pakistan have shown a continuous inability or unwillingness to protect its minorities from human rights abuses. These aren't isolated incidents. Christians are being specifically targeted."

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Perspective: Let's strive for compassion | Nayyar Ahmed

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As a Muslim, I am reminded by the Holy Quran to show sympathy and compassion towards people of all faiths, irrespective of caste, creed, color or ethnicity.

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By Nayyar Ahmed | May 22, 2018

On May 11, the members of my Ahmadiyya Muslim Community were invited to Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh for a Sabbath service and dinner just a few days before Ramadhan.

It was an amazing experience with Rabbi Jamie Gibson who was most hospitable, God bless him.

It truly gave me a sense of pluralism in our country and while I sat through the service and broke bread with my Jewish friends, I couldn’t help but think about a bright future.

Such inclusive gatherings restore my faith in humanity. While it is strange to see Muslims and Jews congregating in such a wonderful manner, it is sad to see the affairs in the Middle East and the ongoing conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.

China wants Pakistan to relocate Hafiz Saeed to a West Asian country

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“At a 35-minute meeting, at least 10 minutes of the discussion dealt with Saeed. The Chinese President was keen on pressing the Prime Minister to find an early solution to keep Saeed away from the limelight.”

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By Mubashir Zaidi | May 24, 2018

President Xi pitches the suggestion to Prime Minister Abbasi in the face of mounting international pressure on Islamabad

China has asked Pakistan to explore ways of relocating Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to a West Asian country in response to mounting international pressure to act against him for his links with terror groups.

Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested this course of action — allowing Saeed to live a quiet life in a West Asian country — to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the sidelines of the Boao Forum in China last month. “At a 35-minute meeting, at least 10 minutes of the discussion dealt with Saeed. The Chinese President was keen on pressing the Prime Minister to find an early solution to keep Saeed away from the limelight,” a close aide of Mr. Abbasi told The Hindu, requesting anonymity.

Pakistan: Ahmadis Under Attack -- Local Authorities, Mob Destroy Ahmadis' Historical Building, Mosque in Sialkot

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Community demands security for their worship places along with compensation for the damages, which are ran into tens of thousands of rupees. 

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By Imran Sadiq | May 24, 2018

Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya spokesperson Salim Uddin, in a press release issued on Thursday, condemned the demolition of the community's place of worship as well as a historically significant building belonging by "miscreants along with governmental administration" in Sialkot.

According to the press release, 30 to 35 employees of a Tehsil municipal committee escorted by police came to the Hakeem Hasam Uddin building around 10:45pm on Wednesday and began demolishing it.

"In the meantime, more than 600 miscreants chanting slogans joined in and started demolishing an Ahmadi worship place near the building," read the press release, adding that the "vandalism" continued until 4:30 in the morning.

The incident caught attention on social media when pictures and videos showing a "mob" destroying the religious site started circulating early Thursday morning. One video showed a man breaking a minaret with an iron tool.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Indonesia: Ahmadiyahs displaced for different beliefs | The Jakarta Post Editorial Board

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The right to freedom of worship has long been debated in Indonesia with the mainstream citing the limits to freedom in the Constitution, in that such freedom must not disrupt the freedom of others.

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By Editorial Board | May 22, 2018

Displaced for different beliefs An Ahmadiyah follower says Friday prayers on the street in Bukit Duri Tanjakan, South Jakarta, on Friday, June 12, 2015, while several local people look on. Later the local people forced the Ahmadiyah practitioners to disperse from the area. (JP/P. J. Leo)

The weekend brought more sad news following the bombings in Surabaya. Members of the Ahmadiyah minority — half of them children — were sheltered at the East Lombok Police headquarters, West Nusa Tenggara, after their homes were ransacked by an unidentified mob. Only three adults from the seven families comprising 24 individuals taking shelter were men, as most were working during the attacks, which damaged eight homes and other property.

The spokesman of Jemaat Ahmadiyah Indonesia, a legal organization representing the Islamic minority since the 1950s, said some 1,000 adherents of the faith feel intimidated in the province.

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