Canada: Cape Breton a home to celebrate for Muslims

Canada: Cape Breton a home to celebrate for Muslims

Six years ago the congregation purchased a former church hall on Grand Lake Road in Sydney and renovated it, adding a minaret (a feature of Islamic architecture from which the call to prayer is sent out) and trim reflecting Middle East styles.

 

There were 50 good reasons to celebrate peace and harmony in the tiny Cape Breton Muslim community recently.

That is exactly the number of years the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at have called the island home. The celebration centred on the fact the humanitarian sect of eight families has been made to feel welcome in their adopted Cape Breton community.

As Umram Bhatti, the imam (worship leader) of the group, told The Chronicle Herald: “I would say with 100 per cent certainty that the families are very safe and secure in Cape Breton.”

The motto of the group is: “love for all, hatred for none.”

While there have been a few localized incidents and some backlash from some local residents, the small group has been well-integrated into the community.

It was Dr. Momin Khalifa, now 87, who established the congregation when he arrived in Cape Breton in 1966 to work as a family physician in Glace Bay. He is now retired, but occasionally helps at the hospital and walk-in clinic.

Dr. Khalifa said most of the families have a medical background and include doctors working at the regional hospital or the family clinic. A few other families have their own businesses, provide catering services and Pakistani and Indian food.

Six years ago the congregation purchased a former church hall on Grand Lake Road in Sydney and renovated it, adding a minaret (a feature of Islamic architecture from which the call to prayer is sent out) and trim reflecting Middle East styles.

There was a time when Mr. Bhatti, who mans an information table at the Sydney flea market, encountered a rare instance of prejudice against the group. The group distributes free literature at the market and tries to help anyone understand the religion of Islam peacefully and to remove misconceptions and myths about Muslims and Islam.

A young man came in with his wife, looked around, angrily accused the group of being terrorists and made threats before leaving. Mr. Bhatti regrets not being able to have a longer conversation with the man or being able to invite the man home for coffee or some food.

Police heard about the incident and reached out to Mr. Bhatti to let him know the community was there for him and that the group is safe here.

That call and the community welcome both show this is home to Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at and that, after 50 years, it is time to celebrate.

Happiness starts in the home and this small group of Muslims have found both in Cape Breton.

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Pakistan’s abuse of the Ahmadis makes Donald Trump’s Muslim ban look tame

Pakistan’s abuse of the Ahmadis makes Donald Trump’s Muslim ban look tame

The Pakistani state has established an apartheid system for a religious minority

As the rest of Pakistan commemorated Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, a charged mob of around 1000 men besieged a mosque belonging to Ahmadi Muslims, injuring several people. At least one Ahmadi Muslim is reported to have passed away due to a cardiac arrest as the mob threw stones at the place of worship, demanding the control of the mosque be passed onto them.

Dark as it is, it is an incident which is unfortunately neither unprecedented nor isolated in occurrence, and sheds light on the horrendous discrimination against Ahmedi Muslims in Pakistan, purely on the basis of their religious beliefs.

Ahmadi Muslims believe a Messiah by the name of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed was sent by God in the 19th century to revive Islam, and that this Messiah’s arrival was foretold by Prophet Mohammad in his lifetime. This is considered to be heresy, and there is an almost universal consensus among traditional Muslims on the ex-communication of Ahmadis from the fold of Islam.

Ahmadi Muslims have faced social discrimination since the inception of their sect in 1889, however these attitudes were given legitimacy by the state for the first time in 1974 when Pakistan’s parliament passed a law that officially declared Ahmadis as non-Muslims to appease far-right religious parties which were growing in influence. In 1984, under the rule of the dictator General Zia-ul-Haq, Ahmadis were banned to identify as Muslims in any way, many of their mosques were shut down, and they were forbidden from making the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Between 1984 and 2016, 27 Ahmadi mosques were demolished, 32 were sealed by the government, 21 have been set on fire and/or damaged, 17 were forcibly occupied and 53 not allowed construction. Such is the fate of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan that they face oppression and persecution both from the state and the populace. In fact, to add insult to injury, it is a legal requirement for every Pakistani – who wants to renew or apply for a new passport – to declare that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was an impostor prophet and anyone who follows him is a non-Muslim.

Naturally, with such demonisation of an entire community – not only going unchallenged but sponsored by the very state that is supposed to protect minorities – Ahmadi Muslims are on the receiving end of numerous hate crimes and allegations of blasphemy (a crime punishable by death in Pakistan). Moreover, it is not uncommon to find, especially in rural areas, banners placed in shops which refuse service to Ahmadis.

“I do not have much hope that the clergy would reform overnight, but the fact that the State sides with their mischief and fails its Ahmadi citizens time and again is hurtful,” says Kashif Chaudhry, an activist from the Ahmadi community. “The State must protect all its citizens and not discriminate based on faith and creed. It is telling that this attack on Ahmadis in Chakwal comes days after the State itself arrested Ahmadis for ‘excessive use of the Quran’.”

It would behove such Muslims to come to the realisation that the fundamental human rights they expect to receive in the West should also extend to the treatment of minorities in Muslim-majority states.

To be absolutely clear, this is an apartheid of the worst kind which has been underway for several decades now. It is incredibly ironic that a country like Pakistan, whose conceptual foundations were built on safeguarding the rights of Muslim minorities in India, now treats its own minorities with such disdain and callousness.

To me, the lack of introspection and critical thought among the general populace is emphasised the most when Pakistani Muslims, who hold discriminatory beliefs against Ahmadis, cry foul of the policies against Muslims put forward by Donald Trump, the president-elect of United States. As horrendous as they are, they can never compare with the systematic wholesale persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan.

It would behove such Muslims to come to the realisation that the fundamental human rights they expect to receive in the West should also extend to the treatment of minorities in Muslim-majority states. Paying heed to the Golden rule of ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ should take us a long way.

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Pakistan: HRCP demands probe into assault on Ahmadi worship place

Pakistan: HRCP demands probe into assault on Ahmadi worship place

“The police arrived and sealed the building, which has been a practice employed in the past as well. In short, the Ahmadi community has lost their place of worship.”

Lahore, December 14: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed grave concern over the deteriorating treatment of Ahmadi citizens both at the hands of those tasked with security as well as the zealots. It has demanded a thorough investigation into a raid in Rabwah and attack on an Ahmadi worship place in Chakwal.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Commission said: “HRCP must voice serious concern over the assault on an Ahmadi worship place by a mob in Chakwal and over the manner of an apparently unlawful raid by Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on the offices of a publication for the Ahmadi community in Rabwah on December 5.

“The CTD raid on the offices of the Ahmadi publication in Rabwah appears to be a violation of a Lahore High Court (LHC) order directing that “no coercive measures shall be adopted against the petitioner”. As far as HRCP could gather, the matter is sub judice and no new order has been made.

“From reports received, it appears that the CTD did not have any warrants for the raid and certainly did not show, any despite repeated requests. They took away laptop and desktop computers, mobile phones, office papers and books, for which they gave no receipt. There was no reason to jostle and rough up four people who were arrested. It is for the CTD and the provincial authorities to explain why a raid against peaceful, unarmed citizens needed to be heavy-handed and why were those taken into custody were mistreated.

“The script for the attack on the Ahmadi worship place in Chakwal is unfortunately not very new. A huge mob surrounded the worship place with worshippers inside, who managed to leave the premises, which was then set on fire and furniture destroyed. One of the worshippers died of a heart attack.

“The police arrived and sealed the building, which has been a practice employed in the past as well. In short, the Ahmadi community has lost their place of worship.

“It is hugely distressing that police were not able to protect the worship place. We must stress that it is unacceptable for the police practice of dispersing the mob to be the end of action against the trouble-makers.

“Both incidents constitute a failure on the part of the authorities to ensure protection of citizens’ rights enshrined in the constitution and under international human rights law. It is doubly frustrating when such denial occurs at the hands of agents of the state. HRCP demands a full inquiry into the circumstance of the raid at Rabwah and ascertain whether the heavy-handed tactics employed were part of the directions from above or at the initiative of the raiding party itself.

“A separate probe must look closely into the mob attack on the Chakwal worship place and determine what prompted the assault and what could have led to a conclusion that would not have deprived the Ahmadis of one more place of worship.”

HRCP demands probe into assault on Ahmadi worship place

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Nigeria: Ahmadiyyah proffers solution to nation’s problems

Nigeria: Ahmadiyyah proffers solution to nation’s problems

Ahmadiyya Ameer, Dr. Mashud Aderenle Fashola mentioned that Muslims should exhibit the spirit of hospitality to fellow human, with grace, justice and fear of Allah to succeed in this life and hereafter.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria has blamed Nigeria’s problems on flagrant disregard for the teachings of the Holy Quran.

The National Amir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Alhaji Dr. Mashud Aderenle Fashola, said the obstacles of materialism, worldliness, ego, widespread immorality and the pursuit of self-interest as opposed to love of God and submission to His will, the pursuit of common interest and the welfare of all humanity is responsible for the calamity in the country.

Fashola said: “True teachings of religion have not significantly reflected in our conduct in Nigeria. We politicise religion, we remain unjust, we lack consideration for others, we are not peace loving. We are too materialistic or worldly in all our affairs, too many people are wicked and arrogant, too many are given to falsehood, honest man and woman are scarce, and integrity is hard to come by,”

He said that solutions to all problems in Nigeria and indeed the world have been provided in the true teachings of religion as presented comprehensively in the holy Quran. Noting that departure from it brings calamities and misery to the people, he said all these teachings are what Ahmadiyya Jama’at has been propagating for the past 100 years in Nigeria.

He enjoined Nigerians to desist from evil act and wrongdoing, even as it berated terrorism by some sect, saying, “Fighting in the name of religion is not Islam, God is not happy with such act. The basic teaching of a religion is identifying with God,”

Fashola mentioned that Muslims should exhibit the spirit of hospitality to fellow human, with grace, justice and fear of Allah to succeed in this life and hereafter.

In commemoration of post hundred years of Ahmadiyyah in Nigeria. The group holds its 64th yearly conference (Jalsa Salana 2016) themed: “Redefining Moral Revolution for sustainable Peace and Development”.

The convention, expected to be graced by dignitaries all over the country and delegate from different parts of the world takes off today, (Friday 16th December to Sunday18th 0f December) at Jamia Ahmadiyya, Illaro, Ogun State.

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People said I’m a gold digger and married Amir for money: Faryal

People said I’m a gold digger and married Amir for money: Faryal

The ongoing feud between boxer Amir Khan’s wife, Faryal Makhdoom and his family has taken a new turn. Talking on the This Morning TV show recently, Faryal attacked the boxer’s family yet again.

According to Dailymail.co.uk, the beauty v-logger was called an evil wife by Amir’s father, Sajjad Khan in an exclusive interview with the publication.

 

“She is pushing Amir to the limit with her accusations and I feel very sorry for my son. It is not fair. While he is working so hard with his foundation, helping people he doesn’t even know but who are so deprived and he just wants to make them happy, look what his wife is doing?” said Sajjad.

“She’s not picking up the phone or calling us to try and make amends. Now, with her big ego she’s gone on national TV and is stuttering through the interview. It’s crazy. She said she’s doing it with her husband’s blessings but I don’t think so.”

Boxer Amir Khan, wife to star in Kardashian-style reality show?

Faryal, who is also a 25-year-old model, claimed that she was bullied in the Khan household for many years. She claimed that she was called names by her brother-in-law for getting plastic surgery done, who often compared her to Micheal Jackson.

 

Faryal also opened up about being called a gold digger. “When I didn’t work and I used to just stay home I was called a gold digger. People would say I’m with Amir for his money,” she shared.

 

However, Sajjad and his manager have called out all the accusations false, saying that he tried to reason with his daughter-in-law, but it was of no use. “She is trying to come between us, she is trying to break up the very close relationship we have with Amir. She is a very evil woman. I have given and taken with her. We all have. All she wants is the limelight.”

Sajjad added, “He’s tried his best to calm things down but she goes against him. Sooner or later I wouldn’t be surprised if he just wants out. The writing’s on the wall.”

 

Talking about the trouble in his son’s marriage, Sajjad said that the only problem is that his Faryal will not change.
“She should be doing the best for her husband and she’s not. I don’t want to see them get divorced for their daughter’ sake. I hope they don’t get divorced, absolutely not. I hope they live happily after for the rest of their lives.”

 

Upon his arrival in the UK, the former unified light-welterweight world champion will have a talk with his family about the allegations made by Faryal.

“Amir’s back and forth all the time, here, there and everywhere but when’s he’s got time we’ll sit down and talk,” said Sajjad.

“We’re very close and if there are problems he can’t cope with he’ll tell me.”

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Memories of APS victims strengthen my patriotism: Gen Bajwa

Memories of APS victims strengthen my patriotism: Gen Bajwa

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said he views pictures of Army Public School massacre victims to keep his patriotism alive.

“The blood of APS victims is an obligation on the nation and the armed forces,” the army chief said while addressing a memorial held to mark the two-year anniversary of the deadly school massacre.

A memorial was held at the military-run school two years after terrorists perpetrated the most sickening violence in the history of Pakistan, methodically killing 144 people, mostly pupils.

 

“We will remember the sacrifices of the APS children and all institutions stand with the bereaved families in their tragedy” the COAS said. “We will continue the struggle and do whatever possible to live up to their expectations.”

Army chief also said the nation and military institutions were standing firm with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the fight against terror.

Gen Bajwa said armed forces guarantee security of the nation. He also said the armed forces are striving to bring the war against terrorism to a conclusion to provide the country with a peaceful future. “We will not rest until terrorism is completely uprooted,” the Army chief remarked.

 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan was fighting a war of its survival, saying numerous sacrificed had helped break the backbone of terrorism. The premier further said that the government was determined to bring strength and stability to the country.

Further, in a statement, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said that the force will not rest until uprooting terrorism completely. Praising the martyrs of APS, the Air chief said the nation will not forget their sacrifices.

Earlier, the current principal of the military-run school said, “The time of the attack was extremely difficult for the whole country. It felt as though we would never be able to come out of this pain. But we came out of that time better and stood strong in front of the enemy.”

 

Paying tribute to the 144 victims, mostly school children, she said, “We have not forgotten our children, our brave Principal, Tahira Kazi and the young soldiers whose martyrdom strengthened the country.”

Army chief Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa laid a wreath and offered prayers at the memorial.

The gruesome massacre had served as a binding force for Pakistanis in the fight against terrorism. The political and military leadership had given a clarion call against terrorists, launching a comprehensive national strategy to defeat the menace.

Though the attack’s mastermind and his facilitators have been eliminated, the grieving parents continue to call for a judicial inquiry to unmask those responsible for the deadly assault and high number of casualties.

source The Express Tribune news

Rabwah – honour Killing by brother

Rabwah – honour Killing by brother

Today a brother killed his young sister age 25 in the name of honour. And he runs away from the spot. The family belong to the village Thatha joyiia near to the Rabwah. The SHO of rabwah started the investigation on the matter and also raid several places to arrest the killer. According to him he will arrest the accused very soon. The dead body of the girl handed over the family after the postmortem.

PM allows two federal ministers bulletproof vehicles

PM allows two federal ministers bulletproof vehicles

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has allowed two federal ministers to use bulletproof vehicles while all other ministers, ministers of state and advisers will now be entitled to use 1800cc official cars.

“The prime minister has allowed two ministers to use bulletproof vehicles on the pretext of security threat to them,” sources in the PM House told The Express Tribune.

The two ministers were identified as Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Engineer Khurram Dastgir. Two senior federal ministers are already using bulletproof vehicles.

The elusive bulletproof car of ex-CJP Chaudhry

“The rest of the ministers, ministers of state and advisers to the prime minister, who were allotted cars of 1300cc only, will now be allowed to use cars of 1800cc,” said the sources.

Former prime minister Muhammad Khan Junejo had barred federal ministers from using luxury cars as part of austerity measures. But from his stint onwards successive governments have allowed ministers to use cars of 1300cc and above.

Published in The Express Tribune

 

UK: Sunni Mosque leaders dump plans to host extremist hate preacher exposed by Sunday Post

 

UK: Sunni Mosque leaders dump plans to host extremist hate preacher exposed by Sunday Post

The mosque has dumped any plans to host the controversial cleric – and thanked The Sunday Post for alerting them to the preacher’s background.

MOSQUE leaders have praised The Sunday Post for warning them they had booked a hate preacher so extreme he’s banned in Pakistan.

Last week we exclusively revealed that hardline cleric Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri had been asked to speak at Falkirk Central Mosque.

The booking came despite the fact the preacher had been banned in his native Pakistan for his hardcore message.

The cleric has openly praised a murderer linked to the killing of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah, 40, who was stabbed 27 times by killer Tanveer Ahmed, 32, after wishing customers a “Happy Easter”.

Now, the mosque has dumped any plans to host the controversial cleric – and thanked The Sunday Post for alerting them to the preacher’s background.

Mosque committee member Khalid Saeed is delighted the paper helped spare their blushes.

“The mosque would never knowingly give a platform to views that counter our beliefs of tolerance and non- violence,” he said.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Sunday Post for raising this issue and would like to reiterate our community’s zero tolerance for hatred or violence of any kind.

“Following engagement with members and our own youth committee, Falkirk Central Mosque will ensure that progressive values are promoted and where possible will work with Police Scotland to ensure community safety.

“In addition, the mosque committee is reviewing its procedures when allowing an external booking to ensure this never happens again.”

Politicians praised the mosque for its stance. Scottish Conservative equalities spokeswoman Annie Wells said: “This is a welcome move.”

Concerns were raised about Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri with British authorities before he arrived from Pakistan last month.

Sources claim a Home Office anti-terror line was tipped off about the cleric. However, The Home Office has refused to be drawn on the issue.

The murder of Asad Shah in March sparked anger across Scotland.

The shopkeeper was stabbed repeatedly by Ahmed, who has been caged for at least 27 years for the crime.

At sentencing judge Lady Rae described the attack as “barbaric”.

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India: Ahmadiyya Muslims Give Support to UCC While Promoting 122nd Annual Convention in Qadian

India: Ahmadiyya Muslims Give Support to UCC While Promoting 122nd Annual Convention in Qadian

 

The objective of this jalsa or the congregation is to present the peaceful teachings of Islam. Likewise to call people towards their creator, to develop love and affection and promoting brotherhood are among the noble objectives.

As the Uniform Civil Code faces opposition from AIMPLB, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community on the other hand supports it

As the Uniform Civil Code faces opposition from AIMPLB, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community on the other hand supports it

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has declared support to Uniform Civil Code (UCC), saying the loyalty to the nation is also an important constituent of the faith.

Opposing the rigid stand of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and other Muslim groups, leaders of the community on Tuesday said the Islamic Sharia (laws) were liberal enough to accommodate solutions to the evolving problems.

The Chief Secretary of Ahmadiyya sect Shiraz Ahmed said there was no sanction to triple talaq in one go. “We recognise that Islamic law can be interpreted as per requirements. We must bring real Islamic teachings to the knowledge of government and public, where it is mentioned that granting divorce to a women must have gaps, to allow reconciliation and rapprochement,” he said.

The community is organising 12th annual congregation on December 26-28 in the Qadian city, where participants from 50 countries are expected to arrive, including a large delegation from Pakistan. Last year, around 5,000 people from Pakistan had attended the event but this year their confirmation is yet to received, said Tariq Ahmad Ahmadiyya, spokesperson of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jaamat India.

“Generally their confirmation is received late as border clearance issues are to be managed. But those coming by flights will definitely participate despite the tension between the two countries,” he said.

The event will be marked by a world religions session in which people from different faiths will suggest solutions to the problems faced by world, Shiraz added. On the last day, a televised address will be given by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, worldwide head of the community based in London. “The message of love and loyalty towards ones nation will also be emphasised during the discussions at the event,” Shiraz said.

The objective of this jalsa or the congregation is to present the peaceful teachings of Islam. Likewise to call people towards their creator, to develop love and affection and promoting brotherhood are among the noble objectives, said the organisers.

Rejecting that there was any political motive or an attempt to confuse Muslims, organisers said the gathering had no other motive, but spiritual where people from all over the world will participate. The community spans over 209 countries.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-no-harm-in-ucc-ahmadiyya-muslims-2282630

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