Peshawar Zalmi owner pitches IPL-PSL team matches to BCCI president

Peshawar Zalmi owner pitches IPL-PSL team matches to BCCI president

Owner of Peshawar Zalmi, one of the five Pakistan Super League (PSL) teams, Javed Afridi, met Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur on Friday and asked him to allow Indian Premier League (IPL) teams to play against PSL outfits on a neutral venue.

“We had a discussion over Pakistan and India cricket relations,” said Javed after the meeting. “We also talked about IPL and PSL teams. He was happy to meet me, and said we should play Pakistan on a third [neutral] venue.”
He added: “The point that I stressed upon was to allow IPL teams to play against PSL outfits on a neutral venue. I met a couple of team owners of IPL here and they are quite keen to have matches with us; the meeting was very successful. The second round of the meeting will be in Sri Lanka on December 17.”

However, earlier in September, Thakur did not reply so calmly to the option of playing Pakistan. The BCCI chief ruled out resumption of bilateral cricket ties in wake of militant attack in Kashmir.

Thakur, after attending Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) National Council meeting, said Pakistan has been exposed of training terrorists in their territory.

“No question of playing cricket,” said Thakur. “Today, priority is to expose Pakistan as a country which sponsors terrorism. We can’t even think of such thing (playing cricket with Pakistan).”

The BCCI chief added Pakistan should be pressured all over the world to an extent that they find themselves alone.

Also, Thakur had asked the International Cricket Council to keep Pakistan and India in separate groups in the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.

Misbahul Haq opens up about 2007 World T20 mishap

Misbahul Haq opens up about 2007 World T20 mishap

Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq, who played a scoop into the hands of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth at short fine-leg in the final of inaugural 2007 World T20 off Joginder Sharma, believes if he had been stuck in that five-run loss to India, he would not have been able continue cricket.

While talking to Mirza Iqbal Baig who hosts Express News show Sports Page, the 42-year-old opened up about the match“If I had remembered them (Sreesanth and Sharma) then I would not have been playing international cricket,” said Misbah. “I always believe whatever good or bad you do in the past, you have to forget it. Even the good that you have done, you enjoy it on that very day, but every day in cricket is new. You have to go out again and you have to perform.”

He added: “I believe if you live in the past or keep planning the future, you will not be able to perform on the given day. There are regrets in life but they should be controlled; they should not affect your present performances.”

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The most successful Test captain for Pakistan also revealed the list of his favourite batsmen.

“There are a lot of them,” he said. “In terms of mental strength, Javed Miandad, after that Steve Waugh, and Inzamamul Haq as well, he would always perform in tough conditions. There is also Jacques Kallis, but in today’s cricket AB de Villiers. The kind of cricket he plays, there is no match for him in recent times.”

Misbah, who guided Pakistan to the number one spot in Tests first time in the history of the game, also shed light on his retirement plans.

“I had planned my retirement after I played against England [in UAE]. I wanted to retire after playing against India but Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan told me that visiting England for a series will be a big challenge for us. It would have been difficult for a new captain to come in at that time. After that, the series against New Zealand and Australia are always difficult,” explained Misbah.

He then revealed a plan for transfer of captaincy. “I am planning to stay till the tour of Australia, and during the tour I will plan what I want to do next,” he said. “There is no plan to play for an extended period because it is better to bring in a new captain at the right time.”

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Nigeria: Future of Ahmadiyya | Beyond the First Century

Nigeria: Future of Ahmadiyya | Beyond the First Century

Our nation’s growth is no doubt inhibited by myriad of vices that bedevil us. Redefining our moral principles must be done now to avert national calamity.

The root of Ahmadiyya Nigeria Muslim Jamaat was planted in 1916 when the spread of the message of the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Ghulam Ahmad was brought to the newly amalgamated Northern and Southern protectorates in Nigeria. Ahmadiyya took its root in 1889 in Qadian, now Pakistan while its flame has since spread the message of peace across all corners of the world.

The 64th annual convention (Jalsa Salana) that marks our 100 years anniversary celebration calls for a deep reflection on the contributions of the Jamaat to Nigeria’s development. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat has contributed immeasurably to the spread of Islamic teachings and moral parsimony in the most populous black nation since its debut in a century. With 493 branches across all states in the federation, the Jamaat has widespread acceptance and highest membership in Africa and ‘Top Ten’ among other nations across the world.

Ahmadiyya has scored first in many areas of human endeavours in Nigeria. The Truth, the first Muslim newspaper established by the Jamaat in 1966 still publishes regularly till date. Muslim elementary and secondary institutions were pioneered for western, moral and Islamic teachings. In the area of healthcare, Ahmadiyya has contributed in no small measure with the establishment of hospitals, yet the first by any Muslim organization in Nigeria. Ahmadiyya youth has fully participated in virtually all youth programmes in Nigeria. Our members have excelled in all spheres of human endeavour.

However, the theme of this convention, “Redefining Moral Revolution for Sustainable Peace and Development: Post-Hundred Years of Ahmadiyya in Nigeria” is a reflection of the current events in our ever-changing world replete with corruption, violence/terrorism and moral decadence. Without moral regeneration in our society today, there will be no meaningful development. Ahmadiyya Jamaat will continue to support efforts to redefine our moral revolution, including creating and maintaining sustainable peace and development.

Ahmadiyya has taken giant leap in our quest to creating a nation devoid of vices inimical to our nation’s growth through the training of our youth on moral principles in our schools. We have sponsored radio and television programmes including periodic programmes organized for Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, political and religious affiliations to impart moral teachings. Our members are ambassadors who carry the message of peace in their daily endeavour, living up to our principle of “Love for All, Hatred for None”.

Our nation’s growth is no doubt inhibited by myriad of vices that bedevil us. Redefining our moral principles must be done now to avert national calamity. The federal government’s effort to rid the country of corruption is a good step in the right direction. We however need to do more. Our school curriculum must be reviewed to include moral teachings for our pupils. The youth must be taught the creed of ‘hard work that pays’ to stem corruption while those who have pillaged our resources must be prosecuted and duly penalized having betrayed the trust reposed in them. Governments at all levels must be fair to all in accessing and distribution of nation’s resources. Equal employment opportunities and social security must be provided for our women, unemployed youth and the aged. Only in this way can we attain sustainable peace for meaningful development. Oguntayo is of the Publicity Committee, Centenary Celebration, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat, Nigeria.

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Perspective: I’m a Muslim, and I support Donald Trump’s presidency | Zohaib Zafar

Perspective: I’m a Muslim, and I support Donald Trump’s presidency | Zohaib Zafar

Muslims are not one monolithic group. Most are peaceful, some aren’t. Those who aren’t should be held accountable, but I believe that those who are should not only stay but help our president fight all threats to our great country.

These past few weeks as a Muslim-American have not been the best I’ve had. Many of my family and friends are worried because of some of the rhetoric that President-elect Donald Trump used during his campaign, and their fears are already proving to be valid. The number of hate crimes have skyrocketed with bigots being motivated by Trump’s victory. Yet, I will still support our next president in all things that are good. Many people are bewildered by this, but it is not difficult to understand.

First, we must recognize Trump’s unlikely success and try to understand why it happened. Despite being the first man to be elected president without any political or military experience, Trump spent nearly half of the money that Hillary Clinton did. He is beloved by many of his followers, most of whom are ordinary Americans. By winning, Trump gave the sensation of empowerment to those who felt neglected. Regardless of how one feels about the election results, we have an obligation to support our next president in all things that are good. I was no supporter of President-elect Trump during his campaign but I love my country more than my political party and ideology.

Those who have broken the law in violent ways at recent anti-Trump protests might even be more deplorable than those who expressed support for his Islamophobic and xenophobic proposals and statements. Trump voters did not violate the law when they exercised their right to vote.

As an Ahmadi-Muslim American, I am reminded of Verse 59 in Surah Al-Nisa in the Holy Quran when I reflect upon those who break the law because they do not agree with how their fellow Americans voted. In this verse, God commands Muslims to obey those who are in authority over them, politically and spiritually. I urge all Americans to derive a lesson for themselves from this teaching. Donald Trump will be president in less than a couple of months. I implore protesters to not violate the law and not help legitimize violence simply because they disagree with who is in office. Some of the most important problems our country faces are our low voter turnout rates and disregard for opinions that differ from our own. These problems were here long before Trump was elected.

I also humbly request that President-elect Trump meet with my spiritual leader, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been victimized by terrorism done in the name of Islam before President-elect Trump was even born. Leaders around the world, including conservatives such as former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, have met with His Holiness. It would behoove President-elect Trump to invite His Holiness to America and to work with a Muslim leader like His Holiness to achieve a common goal of a peaceful world. This will be the best way for him to understand the true teachings of Islam.

Muslims are not one monolithic group. Most are peaceful, some aren’t. Those who aren’t should be held accountable, but I believe that those who are should not only stay but help our president fight all threats to our great country. I have earnest hope that President-elect Trump will abandon some of the rhetoric he utilized to win the presidency and instead invoke America’s great legacy of pluralism for everyone who is here.

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Zohaib Zafar is an economics major at Davidson College

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Australia: Brisbane Ahmadiyya Muslims plan anti-radical drive in Toowoomba

Australia: Brisbane Ahmadiyya Muslims plan anti-radical drive in Toowoomba

The members will leave their base in Brisbane after the morning prayers, about 5am. The Muslims will also go on a sight-seeing tour of the city.

A minority sect of Muslims will visit Toowoomba tomorrow to spread their message of inter-faith harmony.

Zain Baig from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community said a group of about 15 members would be in town to counter concerns about radical Islam.

He said members of society were not aware that a basic tenant of the Islamic faith was of loyalty to a country of residence.

He said members would be distributing pamphlets at Grand Central, Picnic Point and Queens Park.

Mr Baig said the community’s teachings included community service and humanitarian work.

The members will leave their base in Brisbane after the morning prayers, about 5am.

The Muslims will also go on a sight-seeing tour of the city.

Mr Baig said the group’s imam, Ahmed Nadeem, would be part of the tour.

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Perspective: Some of Pakistan’s finest military minds have been Ahmadi. Clerics need to stop abusing them | Kashif Chaudhry

Perspective: Some of Pakistan’s finest military minds have been Ahmadi. Clerics need to stop abusing them | Kashif Chaudhry

Shame on you for trying to malign and denigrate the finest of our Armed Forces. Shame on you for insulting our Ahmadi Gold Star families and trying to hurt their pride.

When Donald Trump belittled a Muslim American Gold Star family, he received strong backlash from the civil society. The Democratic Party and the media came out in full support of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son captain Humayun Khan had been killed in combat while serving in Iraq. The Gold Star parents were also provided a forum to speak at the Democratic National Convention. And earlier when Mr. Trump questioned Muslim loyalty to the United States, Muslim marine Tayyab Rashid responded with a fitting answer, and received overwhelming support from fellow non-Muslim Americans.

Like us Muslims in America, members of the Ahmadiyya sect (who are forcibly denied the Muslim identity) in Pakistan are also a misunderstood minority faith group. Their patriotism is also questioned by the right wing – and to a far greater extent. They are depicted as “traitors” of Islam and Pakistan, often  by mainstream Sunni and Shia clerics. Unfortunately, unlike the United States, their is no political party or segment of mainstream media that comes to their rescue. Their marginalization and “otherness” has been normalized over the last four decades.

Take this recent case for an example.

Four names were recently proposed to fill the position of Pakistan’s new Chief of Army Staff. One of them allegedly has a distant relative that is Ahmadi. And this is keeping the right-wing mullahs up all night! They have started lobbying the state to drop his name and disqualify him immediately from the race. Numerous ads have been published in national papers, and warnings issued to the government. “… He will lead the country to doom. These people (Ahmadis) are the worst enemies of the country,” said Professor Sajid Mir, head of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Pakistan.

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Just think about this for a moment. The General is being attacked not for any one of his own failings, but for merely having a relative who belongs to the Ahmadiyya community. I cannot even imagine the extent of prejudice, intolerance and hate these clerics have for the Ahmadis.

And so here is the question I have for my fellow Pakistanis. Will we allow Mr. Sajid Mir and other clerics who share his hateful mindset to continue to malign a patriotic Pakistani community? Will we forget that some of our greatest military heroes belong to the Ahmadiyya community? We must all unite at this juncture and stand with our Ahmadi brethren.

We owe this to Major General Iftikhar Janjua Shaheed, the only Pakistani general to have laid his life for Pakistan during military combat. He was an Ahmadi.

We owe this to Air Marshal Zafar Ahmad Chaudhry, the first Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan and a leading general in the Pakistan Air Force. He was Ahmadi too.

We owe this to Lieutenant General Abdul Ali Malik, who won us the largest tank battle after World War II in Chawinda during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. He was an Ahmadi too.

We owe this to Lieutenant General Akhtar Hussain Malik, a leading commander in the Pakistani Army who made great advances and was on the verge of a big victory when he was suddenly replaced with General Yahya Khan. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is reported to have said: “Had General Akhtar Malik not been stopped in the Chamb-Jaurian Sector, the Indian forces in Kashmir would have suffered serious reverses, but Ayub Khan wanted to make his favorite, General Yahya Khan, a hero.” General Akhtar Hussain Malik was also an Ahmadi.

We owe this to Major General Abdullah Saeed, another Ahmadi who served as Commandant of the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul and Chief Martial Law Administrator for Baluchistan.

We owe this to  Pakistan Air Force’s Squadron leader Munir Ahmad who showed immense determination in the face of heavy odds and beyond the call of duty, flew eight combat missions before finally embracing martyrdom. Munir was Ahmadi too.

We owe this to the numerous Ahmadis who have been martyred on the frontlines, defending our nation and protecting our borders. We also owe this to the numerous Ahmadis who still serve in our military in various capacities. Despite the post-Zia era discrimination, they continue to keep service to nation their top priority.

So here is what we must ask the Sajid Mirs of Pakistan. Do you consider these Ahmadis listed above our national heroes, or will you continue to paint them as traitors of our nation? Shame on you for trying to malign and denigrate the finest of our Armed Forces. Shame on you for insulting our Ahmadi Gold Star families and trying to hurt their pride. Shame on you for continuing to tear apart the nation on sectarian lines.

This line is perfectly apt for the plight of the Ahmadis and the hatred they receive.

Gulistan ko lahoo ki zaroorat pari; sab se pehlay hi gardan hamaari kati
Phir bhi kehtay hain mujh se ye ahle-chaman: yeh chaman hai hamara, tumhara nahi!

Did non-Muslim Americans become Muslim by standing up for Khizr and Ghazala Khan? No, they only became decent humans. Why can’t we? The Ahmadis have been berated by extremist clerics for far too long. It is time us Pakistanis reject anti-Ahmadi bigotry and stand up for our Pakistani Ahmadi countrymen. Enough is enough!

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Canada: Women of Delta Ahmadiyya Mosque hold “Women Only” event to celebrate 50 years in Canada

Canada: Women of Delta Ahmadiyya Mosque hold “Women Only” event to celebrate 50 years in Canada

Citing her own experiences attending church and synagogue services, event media coordinator Shafquat Malik said that sharing a place of worship breaks down barriers.

About 200 women from different faiths gathered at Delta’s Baitur Rahman Mosque on Sunday afternoon to learn about women in Islam.

The event on Nov. 20 was hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at British Columbia Women’s Association to celebrate its 50th year in Canada and consisted of a panel presentation and lunch. Event organizer Aisha Naveed said the event aimed to demonstrate how Ahmadiyya women have integrated into Canadian society while upholding their beliefs and values.

“We were trying to remove a lot of the misconceptions that people have, that we don’t integrate enough, that we hide away and we’re timid and shy – because we’re not,” she said.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, a revival movement within Islam, has led several national campaigns in Canada aimed at fostering understanding. Last year’s Je Suis Hijabi campaign invited women from all faiths to try on a hijab and learn more about its significance and 2015’s Meet a Muslim Family connected families to help them learn more about one another.

“ISIS and all these extreme groups are not the true representation of what Islam is,” Naveed said.

Panel presenters included Susan Shamash of the Or Shalom Synagogue in Vancouver and Tonya Engen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Engen stressed that interfaith events create deeper appreciation for one another.

“It helps us strengthen our own faith when we understand other people,” she said. “Right now, more than ever, we need to be friends with one another to help uphold each other’s beliefs.”

Citing her own experiences attending church and synagogue services, event media coordinator Shafquat Malik said that sharing a place of worship breaks down barriers.

“I could understand [people of other faiths] on a different level,” she said.

Malik said the mosque hosts programs coordinated by men and women together, but some, like Sunday’s event, focus only on just the male or female sphere.

“The most important thing you can learn is at the end of the day religion is not something that is to be imposed on others,” she said. “The Qur’an explicitly says so: for you, is your religion, and for me, is my religion. I think the trouble begins when you try to impose your values on other people.”

Malik said women are often teachers within their own families.

“My kids learn from me. They automatically inherit my fears and my values. If we can teach these women, or tell them who we are, [and] they can overcome their biases, it means we are not just teaching the women; we’re teaching the whole family.”

North Delta residents Diane Parsons and Rita Hagman from North Delta attended after a mosque representative extended an invite at a Sunday service at their church, Trinity Lutheran on River Road.

“The focus today was spent on talking about women and their religion, and I was very heartened by what I heard,” Hagman said.

Parsons said getting out and meeting people from other faiths helps facilitate understanding. “I think anytime we make a relationship with someone or between groups it’s going to decrease fear.”

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Qadian, India: District Administration holds meeting to prepare for 125th Jalsa Salana

Qadian, India: District Administration holds meeting to prepare for 125th Jalsa Salana

Deputy Commissioner Sabharwal issued orders to the various departments regarding their responsibilities and duties for the welfare of the Jalsa Salana participants.

The Gurdaspur District Administration held a meeting here in Qadian today with the local district officials to start preparation for the annual international event that attracts attendees from around the world to Qadian.

The meeting was held at Ahmadiyya Headquarter under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner (D.C.) Pardip Sabharwal.

This year, the three days 125th International Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention), to be held at Ahmadiyya Grounds near Nangal Baghbana, will commence from December 26th.

D.C. Sabharwal issued orders to the various departments regarding their responsibilities and duties for the welfare of the Jalsa Salana participants.

From the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mohammad Nasim Khan, Secretary General Affairs, Shoib Ahmad, Officer Jalsa Salana, and Chaudhry Abdul Wasay participated in the meeting.

Jathedar Sewa Singh Sekhwan, MLA and Education minister of Punjab, was also present there.

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– Qadian, India: District Administration holds meeting regarding 125th Jalsa Salana Preparations

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