A 60 year old Ahmadi embraced Shahdat in cross border shelling by Indian army

Nazir Umoor-e-Aama & Spokesperson of Jama’at Ahmadiyya Pakistan has revealed a sad news through his tweet that a 60 year old Ahmad named Ahmad Din embraced Shahadat in cross border shelling by Indian army at GOi sector.

“A 60 year old Ahmadi Ahmad Din Sahab embraced shahdat today in Goi sector of LOC because of cross border shelling by Indian army. He left behind his widow, son & 6 daughters. May Allah give them patience.”

 

According to the villagers Indian army opened fire in the Kotli sector along the Working Boundary and the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday.

This unprovoked firing using small and heavy weapons on residential areas near working boundary and LoC which resulted in many causalities.  Shakargarh sector, Harpal and Chaprar sectors were also faced heavy shelling from Indian army.

This intense and heavy shelling continued for 11 hours and according ISPR Pakistani Rangers responded in appropriate manner to Indian forces and targeted their posts which caused heavy causalities.

Asian Champions Trophy: Semi-final berth on the line as Pakistan face China

Asian Champions Trophy: Semi-final berth on the line as Pakistan face China

KARACHI: 

Pakistan are hoping to register a win in their final pool match against China today to secure a place in the semi-final of the Asian Champions Trophy taking place in Kuantan, Malaysia.

The Greenshirts are currently ranked fourth in the standings with six points, having registered two wins and as many losses. South Korea lie above them with seven points (two wins, one draw, one loss) followed by Malaysia (3 wins, one loss) on nine and leaders India (4 wins, one draw) on 13.

China and Japan are currently ranked fifth and sixth with three and zero points respectively.

Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy: India come from behind to beat Pakistan

The Greenshirts lost their opening match 4-2 to hosts Malaysia but made amends for that loss by winning the next match 1-0 against South Korea. They then took on India in the third match and despite leading 2-1 at one point, ended up losing 3-2 before registering a 4-3 win over Japan.

The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals where the top-ranked team would face the fourth-ranked and the third-placed team will take on the second.

Defending champions Pakistan need to avoid losing by seven goals to China if they are to make it to the semi-finals. If Pakistan win and South Korea end up losing their match against Malaysia, Pakistan would finish third and face the hosts, but if South Korea are victorious, then Pakistan will face India.

‘Not repeating mistakes is key’, says hockey coach

Pakistan head coach Khawaja Junaid, however, has no qualms over coming face-to-face with India in the semi-finals.

“It really doesn’t matter to us who we face in the semi-final, whether it be India or Malaysia. We have been playing really well in the tournament and except for a few defensive lapses, we have managed to handle the opposition really well,” he said before further adding that the India game could have easily finished in the Greenshirts’ favour.

“We were leading against India at one point and had them under control for the majority of the match. We lost because we lost concentration and have worked on that aspect. If we face India again, I’m confident of a better performance.”

Defender Rashid Mehmood, 29, echoed his coaches’ sentiments claiming that the team is eager to retain the trophy.

“The only thing on our minds is winning the Asian Champions Trophy. We will try our best to overcome any opposition and have been working really hard for that,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2016.

source The Express Tribune news

Shahid Afridi no longer on PCB’s payroll

Shahid Afridi no longer on PCB’s payroll

Former Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi has been left out of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) central contract for the period starting from October 1 till June 30.

Afridi stepped down as T20I skipper on April 3, after leading the national side in Asia Cup and World T20 tournaments. He has not represented the Men in Green since then.

“I wish to inform my fans in Pakistan and all over the world that I am relinquishing the captaincy of the T20 Pakistani team of my own volition,” he previously said.

PCB issue NOCs to 15 players for BPL

Similarly, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has also been omitted by the board, hurting his chances of making a comeback in the national side.

Meanwhile, opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez has been retained in Category A alongside captains Azhar Ali, Misbahul Haq, and Sarfraz Ahmed. Veteran batsman Younus Khan, all-rounder Shoaib Malik, and leg-spinner Yasir Shah have also been included in the same category.

Pace bowlers Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, and Mohammad Amir are in Category B.

And upcoming cricketers like opening batsmen Sami Aslam and Sharjeel Khan, and all-rounders Imad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz have made it in Category C.

Javed Miandad, Shahid Afridi bury the hatchet

However, opener Ahmed Shehzad and middle-order batsman Umar Akmal have been demoted to Category D.

source The Express Tribune news

Australian theme park owner to speak to families as it counts cost of deaths

Australian theme park owner to speak to families as it counts cost of deaths

Australia’s Ardent Leisure Group, the owner of a theme park where four people were killed on a water ride, said it would speak to the victims’ families on Thursday as it defended its safety practices amid intense criticism.

Officials at the company’s annual general meeting said they would offer financial assistance to the families, but rejected media reports that park staff had closed the ride hours before the accident due to safety concerns, only to be pressured into reopening it.

Four killed on river ride at Australia’s biggest theme park

“It’s just a devastating tragedy and it’s still having a lot of problems for all of us to deal with it,” Chairman Neil Balnaves told the meeting in Sydney.

“We will do everything to support the families. It’s a time for grieving and that includes every single one of us.”

Two days before the scheduled meeting, two men and two women were killed after getting trapped under an upturned raft on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld, near the tourist-magnet Gold Coast district in northeastern Queensland state.

The meeting showed the company still in the early stages of managing the aftermath of Australia’s deadliest theme park accident in four decades, instead of the update on U.S. expansion aims that had been scheduled.

Balnaves, who had previously said he would retire after the meeting, said he would help the company with three inquiries into the accident: by the state workplace safety authority, the coroner and the company itself.

Earlier, Ardent said the ride completed an annual safety inspection less than a month ago.

The company also faces a blow to earnings from the accident, Balnaves said, adding it expects them to be affected for the rest of fiscal 2017 and into the following financial year before recovering.

Theme parks generate a quarter of Ardent’s earnings, its 2016 annual report shows. In August, the company said theme park earnings rose 8.5 percent, as a spike in Chinese visitors pushed up admissions by 13 percent.

The incident also put Ardent under pressure to defend executive pay arrangements, since the meeting had been set to consider a share incentive plan for new Chief Executive Deborah Thomas.

Kids’ ‘miracle’ survival as Australia probes theme park deaths

“Four people have died, people are shattered, this is not something people deal with very easily, right now I do not want to discuss transactions,” Thomas told reporters after the meeting, when asked if she would decline the shares. “I’m a mother, I have a family, I take my family to Dreamworld, I am sympathetic.”

In a statement, the company, which had planned a memorial function at the theme park on Friday before reopening on Saturday, said it was postponing both events because of a police investigation, and would give an update on reopening on Monday.

Ardent shares fell 22 percent in the two days after the accident, but recovered 8 percent on Thursday.

Nigeria: Ahmadiyya Hospital Conducts Free Eye Surgeries for Kano Residents

Nigeria: Ahmadiyya Hospital Conducts Free Eye Surgeries for Kano Residents

“Cataract is an eye problem that usually occurs in the old age when normal lens becomes opaque and requires replacement. By surgery we have successfully done the needful and we give Glory to Allah for the success.”

About 21 people in Kano have benefited from free cataract surgery conducted by Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital over the weekend.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Mudassar Mudassar, who coordinated the procedure explained that the effort was part of the hospital’s social responsibility.

He disclosed that the hospital had last week opened a camp where “hundreds were screened for free eye medicare and 21 worst cases were selected for operation.”

The CMD told journalists in Kano that “the beneficiaries of the free eye procedure included 12 men whose ages ranges from 40 and 75, while nine women whose age brackets fell within 50 and 70 also benefitted,” adding that, “all the 21 eye patients were carefully selected based on the merit of their cases and nearly all hailed from Kano municipal.

“Cataract is an eye problem that usually occurs in the old age when normal lens becomes opaque and requires replacement. By surgery we have successfully done the needful and we give Glory to Allah for the success.”

According to him, plan was underway to open a free medical camp on other areas of human medical needs to render more assistance in line with its corporate social responsibility.

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U.S. Chess Prodigy Boycott Championship In Iran Because Of Hijab Rule

U.S. Chess Prodigy Boycott Championship In Iran Because Of Hijab Rule

The very mere fact that Paikidze would have been a guest to their country should have given way to show hospitality and make her feel welcomed, rather than deter her by forcing religious practices.

Faith means complete trust or confidence in someone; or a strong belief. By the mere definition, faith can only come from within the heart — whether it be faith in others, faith in oneself, or faith in God. Faith cannot be imposed on someone, since it requires the heart’s devotion and involvement. It is a seed buried and flourished in the heart.

Sadly, we continue to see people attempting to force their faith and beliefs upon others. Most recently, news captured the events of an American wishing to pursue a chess match in Iran, yet she was denied the opportunity because she refused to wear the country’s state-mandated attire for women.

American chess prodigy, Nazi Paikidze, refused to go to the chess tournament in Iran because of the country’s forced law upon all women to wear the hijab. Her refusal to wear a hijab while in Iran eliminated her chance to participate as the first American female chess prodigy. The irony is that Paikidze and all women, regardless of their faith, should never be forced to wear a hijab per the tenets of true Islam. The prescribed law of Iran, forcing Muslim and non-Muslim women to wear hijab, is extremely un-Islamic.

Countries such as Iran that impose their unfair laws in the name of Islam have created a misleading image of Islam. Rather than highlight that Islam was the first religion to offer women their rights, as well as a religion that embodies freedom of conscience, their country’s laws enforcing hijab signal oppression of females, which is contrary to true Islam. While modesty is indeed an important aspect of Islam for both genders, forcing a woman to submit to matters of faith is seen as a violation of a woman’s right to her freedom of conscience.

Should Iran wish to reflect on Islam’s perspective of hijab, they should note that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself taught Muslims, Jews, and Christians to live side by side and practice their religion freely. He never forced them to convert or wear the hijab. If the Prophet never forced women to dress a certain way, why would any government seek to think that they could do so?

If Iran in indeed a genuine practitioner of Islam, then its government should know that a guest is considered a blessing per Islamic beliefs. Guests, while visiting a country should be entitled to the high standards of hospitality ordained by true Islam. Any guest should be given as much comfort as possible. For instance, it is noted in many hadith that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would surrender his and his family’s comfort for the sake of his guests.

Sacrificing for the comfort of another should have been on the minds of the Iranian government for the sake of all their visitors. Imposition of laws that only apply to Muslims should not be forced upon anyone, not even Muslims, as it was never the practice of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to subject anyone to follow Islam’s guidance unwillingly. The very mere fact that Paikidze would have been a guest to their country should have given way to show hospitality and make her feel welcomed, rather than deter her by forcing religious practices.

The Holy Qur’an clearly states: “There is no compulsion in religion.” [2:257] Government laws per true Islam should enable freedom of religion and freedom of conscience to help develop a pluralistic and harmonious society. Forceful laws that are actually an imposition of faith give rise to extremists. And in cases like Pakidze’s, all Iran has done with their actions and un-Islamic laws enable more minds to develop a negative image of Islam.

Religion is practiced from the heart, not by force. Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the fourth worldwide spiritual leader to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community famously said, “Swords can win territories but not hearts, forces can bend heads but not minds.” Any sane person or government should keep in mind that if God actually desired for everyone to be forced into a certain faith, He had the power to do so, but instead granted human beings free will to learn and intellectually practice what a human would think best. Those governments who think they can impose religion on anyone are only fooling themselves to thinking God would do the same.

Checkmate.

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Canada: Mayor of Mississauga welcomes Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to Canada

Canada: Mayor of Mississauga welcomes Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to Canada

During the meeting the Mayor welcomed His Holiness to Canada and spoke of her admiration at the way Ahmadi Muslims had successfully integrated into Canada

Mayor Bonnie Crombie praises integration of Ahmadi Muslims during meeting at Baitul Islam Mosque

On 24 October 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was visited by Bonnie Crombie, the Mayor of Mississauga at the Baitul Islam Mosque in Peace Village, Canada.

During the meeting the Mayor welcomed His Holiness to Canada and spoke of her admiration at the way Ahmadi Muslims had successfully integrated into Canada. She also thanked His Holiness for the continued charitable endeavours of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada, including providing large contributions to local food banks in Mississauga.

Upon learning that youth unemployment levels in Mississauga were significant, His Holiness said that schemes should be developed to provide jobs and skills to young members of society.

 

Source: http://timesofahmad.blogspot.com/