Indonesia: Security leaders say anti-blasphemy rally may be treason guise

Indonesia: Security leaders say anti-blasphemy rally may be treason guise

The Parliament building was occupied by thousands of students during the mass protests in 1998 that caused dictator Suharto to step down.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities said Monday they believe a protest planned by Muslim hard-liners next month in the capital may be a guise for treason and are warning the organizers against holding the rally.

The protest planned for Dec. 2 is to demand the arrest of Jakarta’s minority-Chinese governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is being investigated for alleged blasphemy after he spoke about a passage in the Quran that prohibits Muslims from electing non-Muslims as leaders.

National police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and military chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo said at a joint news conference they have received credible information about the possibility of treason behind the planned rally.

“We know that they have held several meetings where they plan to mobilize people to occupy the Parliament building,” Karnavian said.

The Parliament building was occupied by thousands of students during the mass protests in 1998 that caused dictator Suharto to step down.

Karnavian said an attempt to try to occupy the building again could be seen as a move to topple President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration.

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USA: Ahmadiyya Mosque Is ‘Vandalized’ With Messages Of Love From Local Community

USA: Ahmadiyya Mosque Is ‘Vandalized’ With Messages Of Love From Local Community

“It made us feel proud of our faith and proud of our nationality as Americans. These moments of love for humanity go a long way, and we feel blessed to have received such wonderful compassion.”

 

Messages of love, compassion and support scrawled on the sidewalk of a mosque in Virginia is making folks on Twitter cry happy tears.

On Sunday, members of the Mubarak Mosque in Chantilly, Virginia were delighted to read, “You are loved,” “We are your brothers and sisters” and “We are with you” written in sidewalk chalk on the paths leading up to the building.

The messages were initially found by Tariq Amjed, president of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, as he was coming in for prayer on Sunday.

“We believe it was someone in our neighboring community,” Amjed told The Huffington Post. “We have been here for about four or five years now and we have a beautiful community of people around us. This proves it once more, and we hope they come visit our mosque.”

The images soon went viral after Qasim Rashid, a member of the mosque, tweeted them out, adding a cheeky message:

“Some sneaky hooligans ‘vandalized’ my mosque in VA over the weekend. We came back to find this. <3 blockquote=”” uslimally=””>
In a time of heightened Islamphobia due to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, this sweet and simple act meant the world to this local community. This is despite that he softened his stance in May, calling the ban “just a suggestion.”

“It made us feel proud of our faith and proud of our nationality as Americans,” Tariq told HuffPost. “These moments of love for humanity go a long way, and we feel blessed to have received such wonderful compassion.”

If you would like to support the Muslim community, Tariq suggests getting involved in the True Islam campaign, which aims to educate people on the difference between Muslims from extremists.

“We believe that by standing together we can overcome the spike in anti-Muslim hatred we’ve seen,” he told HuffPost.

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Elyse Wanshel is Associate Editor, Trends, The Huffington Post

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Pakistan: Nobel Laureate Dr Abdus Salam’s death anniversary passes of without mention

Pakistan: Nobel Laureate Dr Abdus Salam’s death anniversary passes of without mention

The Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya spokesperson believes the great physicist has been discriminated against only because of his religious beliefs. Dr Salam belonged to the minority Ahmadiyya community.

LAHORE: The 20th death anniversary of Pakistan’s first Nobel prize winner Dr Abdus Salam passed away without any significant mentions on Monday. The only event in his memory is scheduled at his alma mater, the Government College University (GCU) Lahore, and that too two days later.

The great scientist passed away on November 21, 1996 in Oxford, United Kingdom but not a single ceremony has ever been organised to commemorate his death or praise his contributions in the field of science.

Though the federal government set up the Dr Abdus Salam Chair at GCU in 1999, the staffers have been awaiting permanent appointments since. They are usually hired on one- or two-year contracts.

Dr G Murtaza was nominated as the Salam Professor for the chair in 2000. Apart from the assistant professor, two research officers, two post doctoral fellows, one assistant and an attendant are working with the chair.

Dr Murtaza told The Express Tribune that the department had actually planned a three-day Abdus Salam symposium for November 21, 22 and 23 but it had to be put off because of the holiday announced in Lahore owing to Imam Hussain’s Chehlum.

No other mentions

Besides the GCU, no other event has been planned for the scientist’s death anniversary. Punjab University spokesperson confirmed the varsity had never organised any conference on Dr Abdus Salam.

The Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya spokesperson believes the great physicist has been discriminated against only because of his religious beliefs. Dr Salam belonged to the minority Ahmadiyya community.

Spokesperson Saleemudin told The Express Tribune that being an Ahmadi, Dr Salam faced this discrimination in his life that continued afterwards as well. “He was a hero for Pakistan. But I have never seen his portraits along with other national heroes put up on national days,” he added.

Official neglect

Dr Salam’s 400-square-foot house comprising two rooms in Mohalla Dawood Nahar in Jhang Tehsil was declared a national monument in 1981. This is the house where the physicist was born in 1926.

“There have never been any commemorative ceremonies for Dr Salam at this house as long as I have lived here,” one of the neighbours Nadeem says. A signboard outside the house states the property is protected under the Antiquities Act, 1975.

Nadeem said the outer wall of the house fell some time ago and was repaired by neighbours before the archaeology department took the property into its custody and deputed a caretaker for the site.

The keys to the house remain with another neighbour Yasir, who opens the house for occasional visitors. Reportedly, the caretaker visits once or twice a month. The house needs repairs but the archaeology department and government seem to have no such intentions.

Journey to success

Dr Salam won a scholarship to Government College, University of Punjab and completed his MA in 1946. He then won a scholarship at St John’s College, University of Cambridge where he excelled in mathematics and physics.

In 1950, the Cambridge University awarded him for the most outstanding pre-doctoral contribution to physics. He obtained a PhD in theoretical physics and his thesis, published in 1951, contained fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics which had already gained him an international reputation.

Victim of discrimination

Dr Salam returned to Pakistan from England in 1951 to teach mathematics at Government College, Lahore. In 1952, he was appointed head of the mathematics department of Punjab University. He left Pakistan for Europe in protest against state-sanctioned discrimination and in 1979 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research in theoretical physics.

When Dr Salam travelled to Pakistan in December 1979, he was received in Lahore, Peshawar and Islamabad by the military secretaries to the governors and then president Ziaul Haq. When protesters from a politico-religious party threatened to disrupt a commemorative event at Islamabad’s Quaid-e-Azam University, the institution was compelled to shift the event to the National Assembly Hall.

Similarly, protests by Islami Jamiat Talaba disrupted an event at Punjab University, therefore Dr Salam’s alma mater Government College, Lahore chose not to invite him to the institution.

Dr Salam passed away in 1996 and was buried in Rabwah without a state funeral. The epitaph at his grave reads ‘First Nobel Laureate’ as the word ‘Muslim’ has been deleted on court orders.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2016.

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New Zealand: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Says Anti-Semitism is Un-Islamic

New Zealand: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Says Anti-Semitism is Un-Islamic

The founder of the community, in line with the true understanding of the core Islamic teachings has said “I say to you that you must show love and compassion to all of God’s creation no matter who it is – whether he is a Hindu, a Muslim or anyone else.”

Representatives of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in New Zealand have said they strongly condemn any anti-Semitic hate speech. Any Muslim cleric who expresses hate-filled views about other faiths or their followers must be condemned.

“Islamic teachings enshrine freedom of belief and freedom of conscience” says Mr Bashir Khan, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in New Zealand. He says “Islam teaches respect, tolerance and love for all people regardless of faith, colour or background. The Prophet Muhammad (sa) championed the protection of other faiths and their rights to practice their belief.” Speaking on the respect to be shown to Jews, Mr Bashir Khan quoted the paragon of the Prophet Muhammad saying “He would even stand up out of respect for the funeral procession of a Jew.” Hence emphasizing that the roots of any and all forms of hatred are eliminated by the true teachings of Islam.

“Islam commands us to protect other faiths and their holy places of worship. The Prophet Muhammad (sa) even formed a pact with the Jews and not only protected their rights but enjoined all Muslims to protect their Jewish brothers” he said.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community strongly holds to the belief that Islam advocates ‘Love for all, hatred for none’ which is considered to be their well-known motto.

The founder of the community, in line with the true understanding of the core Islamic teachings has said “I say to you that you must show love and compassion to all of God’s creation no matter who it is – whether he is a Hindu, a Muslim or anyone else.” He also said “I Never like it when people try to limit their sympathy and love to their own people…I admonish you again and again to never ever limit the scope of your compassion.”

Speaking on hateful anti-Semitic speeches the National President of the NZ branch said “Thankfully, the large majority of Muslims in New Zealand do not hold such intolerant or hateful views.” He said the message of Islam, which literally means ‘peace’ is of “love, affection and unity.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community regularly host and partake in interfaith peace conferences and dialogues to foster stronger relationships with members of other faiths. Their most recent peace conference was held in September where leaders representing the Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish and Islamic faith came together and highlighted how religion can play a positive role in promoting peaceful coexistence and increasing cohesion in the society.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in Punjab, India, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 209 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions.

The New Zealand branch of this community was established in 1987 and has just over 500 members. It is a registered charitable organisation and endeavors to be an active and integrated community within New Zealand society.

— New Zealand: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Says Anti-Semitism is Un-Islamic

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Pakistan: Small town in Punjab ‘overrun’ by anti-Ahmadiyya hate propaganda

 

Pakistan: Small town in Punjab ‘overrun’ by anti-Ahmadiyya hate propaganda

It appears the town was transformed overnight into an anti-Ahmadiyya hate headquarter in order to intimidate the local and surrounding area Ahmadiyya population. 

Gangapur, a small town in Faisalabad district of the Punjab, until recently enjoyed its rise to fame for a unique horse-drawn train connecting to nearby Buchiana railway station.

In recent days, however, a segment of the local population masquerading as Muslims, added another distinction — a rather notorious one — to the town’s reputation.

It appears the town was transformed overnight into an anti-Ahmadiyya hate headquarter as an anti-Ahmadi conference by ‘Kill Ahmadis’ hate group Khatme Nubuwwat, was planned for the town.

Khatme Nubuwwat group hold conferences throughout the country to radicalize towns and cities and to intimidate the local and surrounding area Ahmadiyya population everywhere.

“It appeares as if the town quickly got overrun by a gang of extremists,” said Imran Jattala, chief executive of the Ahmadiyya Times Media Services.

Jattala says the anti-Ahmadiyya campaigns are spurred by the government’s inaction in protecting Ahmadi minority which allows extremists groups to operate freely.

“They just go around wall-chalking and placing banners inciting hatred of Ahmadis; and they do it without any fear of the law enforcement authorities,” Jattala added.

The Khatme Nubuwwat (TKN) group with it’s international reach, has incited killing of Ahmadis due to the group’s doctrinal differences.

TKN recently generated worldwide headlines when it’s branch in the UK was suspected of having links with the killing of an Ahmadi shopkeeper in Glasgow.

Several media outlets have reported that TKN was spreading ‘Kill Ahmadis’ leaflets through various mosques in the UK.

An investigation by International Business Times found “that KN has a base at Stockwell Mosque, in South London. Its branches in countries around the world allegedly disseminate a steady stream of sermons, leaflets and booklets calling for Ahmadis to be ostracised by their fellow Muslims, and for the execution of those who refuse to repent.”

 

Gangapur, also known as Chak no.591 GB, is a large village near Jaranwala in Faisalabad district of Punjab. The village, established by famous Sir Ganga Ram, an engineer behind the construction of various famous Punjab buildings like Lahore museum, Aitcheson College, Mayo School of Arts, Lahore High Court and Lahore General Post Office.

— Pakistan: Small town in Punjab ‘overrun’ by anti-Ahmadiyya hate propaganda

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All Rabwah Block wise Cricket tournament – Last date for team entry is 26 November 2016

All Rabwah Block wise Cricket tournament – Last date for team entry is 26 November 2016

 

Majlis Khudam Ul Ahmadiyya Mukami Rabwah is going to hold the All Rabwah block-wise cricket tournament with the permission of Muhatamim Sahb of Mukami.

According to officials every team consist of 16 players.

And two players are necessary from every Mahala.

Total 15 Blocks are announced for the tournament, and the captains are also announced.

The kit for every team is necessary.

Entry fee is 100 rupees for every player.

For more details contact to Daftar Mukami Rabwah.

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