Misbahul Haq confident of changing history in Australia

Misbahul Haq confident of changing history in Australia

MELBOURNE: The Pakistan team, six years in the making and armed with insider knowledge from coach Mickey Arthur, are poised to make history in Australia, veteran skipper Misbahul Haq said Wednesday.

Misbah, who exerts a calming influence on the mercurial Pakistanis, believes the side has developed into one that can finally deliver a series win after 11 fruitless tours to Australia.

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Pakistan have won only four of their 32 Tests Down Under and have lost their last nine Tests since their last victory in Sydney in 1995.

No team from the sub-continent has won a Test series in Australia, further underlining the massive undertaking.

But Misbah, who scored just 76 runs in four innings in his only tour to Australia in 2009-10, is confident the tourists can turn things around against Steve Smith’s men, who are themselves emerging from a recent losing five-Test run.

“We took almost six years to develop this team and that team showed a lot to the world when we played in England and in ‘home’ conditions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi,” he told reporters ahead of Thursday’s day-night Test at Brisbane’s Gabba.

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“So we have a lot of faith and confidence behind that. These players are experienced enough and they have the belief that they can do it.

“We’ve had some unbelievable successes in the past. I think those victories and those performances always give you confidence, even in Australia,” Misbah said.

“No doubt the conditions are tough but once you have confidence and belief I think you can change the history.”

Much of Pakistan’s confidence flows from the insights coach Arthur has on the Australians after his time as their national coach up to his sacking ahead of the 2013 Ashes series in England.

“He knows the ins and outs of most of the players, he knows their strengths and weaknesses,” the captain said.

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“That’s always helpful when you have that sort of inside information about the opposition. We feel we have that sort of advantage and he’s giving his input to the players how we need to go about the business. That can really help us in making our strategies.”

No one has beaten Australia at their Gabba fortress since the West Indies in 1988, but the unique challenge of the first pink-ball Test under lights at the ground makes Pakistan’s chances difficult to assess.

“It is not only the Gabba conditions but also the pink ball, day-night Test match,” said Misbah, who at 42 is the oldest current Test player.

“The players are not that much familiar with the pink ball and these conditions. That could be a challenge, especially under lights. It’s always a challenge when you come to play in Australia because these conditions are totally different from the rest of the world, a bit more bounce and pace here.”

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He continued: “You need some time to get used to these conditions, especially if you are playing under lights and using the pink ball. That could be a little bit tricky, especially for the batsmen.”

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah is looking to make an impact with the extra bounce from the Gabba pitch.

“He’s a wonderful bowler, he proved himself not only in the UAE but also in England,” Misbah said. “Shane Warne was very successful in Australian conditions because of the bounce he gets from these wickets.”

He added: “We believe he (Yasir) is the kind of bowler who can make his impact especially in Australia where bounce can play a big role during the series.”

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Australia may unleash an all-pace attack against Pakistan for the series-opening day-night test in Brisbane, home captain Steve Smith said.

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Smith expects fast bowler Jackson Bird, recalled for the last test against South Africa, to hold his place in the 11, meaning debutant paceman Chadd Sayers could edge out spinner Nathan Lyon for the match starting at the Gabba on Thursday.

“We want to have another look at the wicket today… to determine how much grass is on the wicket and things like that,” Smith told reporters in Brisbane at the pre-match media conference on Wednesday. “Jackson will probably play, he played the last game and played pretty well so I dare say he will play.”

The Gabba wicket, which traditionally offers pace and bounce, had a layer of grass on the eve of the venue’s first day-night test. Cloudy conditions are also forecast at the end of the week which could make the pink ball swing as both sides hope to eke out an early advantage in the three-test series. Curator Kevin Mitchell suggested the match might not last the full five days if the weather was humid.

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“It’s not beyond the realms of possibility,” he told reporters. Lyon took four wickets to help a re-jigged Australia side beat the Proteas in the day-night match in Adelaide, a return to form for the off-spinner after he struggled in defeats at Perth and Hobart as South Africa claimed a 2-1 series win.

Pakistan’s batsmen took Lyon apart in a 2-0 series loss for Australia in the United Arab Emirates two years ago but the spinner has an excellent record in Brisbane and has not missed a test there since his debut in 2011.

“So I’ll leave you guys to write that, that there’s going to be four quicks and stuff,” Lyon said earlier in the week. “I’m confident of playing, I’ll put it that way.”

Australia have not lost a test at the Gabba since 1988 when they were beaten by Viv Richards’ West Indies.

Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz come to blows during training

Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz come to blows during training

KARACHI: The Pakistan’s team management is likely to take action against fast-bowler Wahab Riaz and leg-spinner Yasir Shah after the teammates were involved in a scuffle during a practice session in Brisbane on Wednesday.

According to a PCB official, the duo came to blows following an argument while playing football on the eve of the opening Test against Australia starting from Thursday.
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“Nothing major happened but that is a disciplinary breach,” the official told The Express Tribune. “The team management may take action against the two players after hearing from them.”
Pakistan players have a history of altercations during international tours with the brawl between former fast-bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Muhammad Asif in Johannesburg in 2007 ICC World Twenty20 being the most infamous one.

The two were involved in a dressing-room spat which resulted in Asif being struck by a bat on his left thigh. Akhtar was later sent home over the disciplinary breach.

However, later, both players buried the hatchet by posting a picture together from Yasir’s twitter account.

USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam joins interfaith leaders at Thanksgiving event in Claremont, California

USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam joins interfaith leaders at Thanksgiving event in Claremont, California

A youth group from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community sang a song in Urdu language, which was translated and printed in English for the audience.

Imam Mohammed Zafarullah Hanjra represented the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, CA, at an interfaith Thanksgiving event held on Wed., Nov. 23rd at 7pm in Claremont.

Other spiritual traditions were represented by faith leaders from the Jewish, Christian and Native American communities. The program was sponsored by the Claremont Interfaith Council (CIC) and hosted by the Claremont Presbyterian Church.

Following a welcome address and reading of the CIC’s “Statement of Understanding” by CIC president Rev. Lara Martin, Claremont Presbyterian’s Rev. Krista Wuertz led an audience-participation prayer entitled “A Litany of Thanksgiving” that highlighted the many reasons and blessings we have to be thankful to God for in our daily lives.

This was followed by a Native American Prayer song led by Alfonso Villanueva, a Purepecha Elder, Chief Tony Cerda, Costanoan Rumsen, and Trevor Thomson, a Yurok Elder.
A Thanksgiving Proclamation, read by Claremont Mayor pro-tem Larry Schroeder, was followed by readings on the topic of “Thankfulness to God” from the sacred texts of the three Semitic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Cantor Paul Buch read in Hebrew from the Torah, Rev. George Silides read Luke 12:16-31 from the New Testament, and Imam Zafarullah from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino read 14:8 and 46:16 from the Holy Quran.

Imam Zafarullah also quoted a saying (hadith) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that stated: “If one is not grateful to people, one cannot be grateful to God.”

The Imam closed his remarks by saying that God instructs us to be ever-thankful to God for our blessings because all of our blessings ultimately come from God.

A youth group from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community sang a song in Urdu language, which was translated and printed in English for the audience.

More sacred readings were read out by Rev. Jan Chase from Unity Church in Pomona and by a representative of the Mormon LDS Church. A combined Church choir then presented “A Song of Thanks to the Lord” followed by “A Thanksgiving Message” from Rev. Joel Fairley from Claremont’s First Baptist Church.

The Rev. Mark Wiley from Claremont’s United Methodist Church then delivered a Thanksgiving Prayer.

The event was concluded with a collection of a Thanksgiving Offering and its blessing by Rev. Dong-woo Lee, followed by a congregational song entitled “The Right Hand of God.”

— USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam joins interfaith leaders at Thanksgiving event in Claremont, California

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India: Ahmadiyyas to preach peaceful teachings of Islam at 3-Day Yearly Spiritual Convention in Punjab

India: Ahmadiyyas to preach peaceful teachings of Islam at 3-Day Yearly Spiritual Convention in Punjab

The first annual convention of the community took place in Qadian in 1891 and has been taking place here since, barring a couple of years during the country’s partition.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community announced it will hold its three-day yearly convention in Punjab on Tuesday and extended an invitation to all countrymen to visit the spiritual gathering.

The 122nd Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) will be held in Qadian in Gurdaspur district, from December 26-28. It will be addressed by the community’s fifth and current caliph, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, from Britain through livecast.

“The objective of this Jalsa is to present pure, pristine and peaceful teachings of Islam. Likewise to call people towards their creator, to develop love, affection and compassion among the creations of God, and promote brotherhood, are also its objectives,” a statement issued by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat International (India) said.

At the convention, religious leaders of the community from around the country will address people on the tenets of Islam and its power to promote peace and harmony in the world.

A separate gathering of women will also be convened there, where they will discuss their issues and present an agenda to work on during the next year.

Ahmadi is a sect of Islam which is widely perceived to be different from the mainstream form of the religion as they believe that the advent of a messiah, as promised by the Prophet Muhammad, has already happened.

They believe, unlike the mainstream believers of Islam, that the messiah was incarnated in 1835 in the form of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

In 1889, Ahmad proclaimed himself the awaited messiah, and was widely subscribed to be so by Muslims from around the world. The followers of Ahmad thus came to be called ‘Ahmadis’ or ‘Ahmadiyyas’.

The first annual convention of the community took place in Qadian in 1891 and has been taking place here since, barring a couple of years during the country’s partition.

“We are completely same as the other mainstream followers of Islam but for our belief in the advent of a messiah, which they believe is yet to take place,” Shiraz Ahmad, Additional Chief Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, told IANS.

“We have been persecuted in Pakistan for this reason and yet we have never resorted to violence, nor formed any militant body,” he added.

The Ahmadi community was proclaimed ‘non-Islamic’ in Pakistan in 1974 during Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s Prime Ministership. Later, punitive measures were also imposed upon the community, which barred its members from offering namaaz and calling their place of worship ‘masjid’ (mosque). Instead, they were asked to call it ‘ibaadatgaah’.

“We are discriminated amongst Muslims in India as well. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) doesn’t have a single representation in it from Ahmadi sect, because even they don’t consider us Islamic,” the Ahmadiyya spokesperson told IANS.

“There are about 1.25 -1.50 lakh Ahmadis in India and we all profess our loyalty to India,” he added.

(IANS)

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Pakistan: Chakwal Mosque – Attack Incident Ahmadiyya Community’s Statement

Pakistan: Ahmadiyya Community’s Statement on #Chakwal Mosque Attack Incident

“Appropriate measures were not taken to ensure the safety of Ahmadis in the local area. As a result the mob were given free reign to do as they please while the police were helpless to stop them.”

  • Attack on a worship place of Jamat e Ahmadiyya by a violent mob in Chakwal. 
  • Firing and pelting stones at the place. 
  • Trauma claimed a life of an Ahmadi man. Activities against Jamat e Ahmadiyya have been accelerated by state as well as non state actors.

Chenab Nagar: A place of worship of the Ahmadiyya Community, known as Dar ul Zikr in Dolmial, District Chakwal, has been attacked by a violent mob on the day which marks the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). In order to occupy the place of worship, shots were fired at and perpetrators pelted the building with stones. Malik Khalid Javaid, who was in Dar ul Zikr at the time, suffered a heart attack during the assault and passed away because he could not receive medical care at the time.

According to reports, those elements who instigated the violence had been encouraging the local community to boycott Ahmadis for some time through an organized campaign. Moreover meetings were held and those who refused to take part in the boycott were threatened with refusal to conduct marriage ceremonies and the denial of their funeral rites.

Early in the day of 12 Rabiul Awwal, more than 1000 people formed a procession to commemorate Eid Miladun Nabi pbuh before attacking the place of worship at around 11 am. Fortunately, police managed to ensure that those Ahmadis inside the building were able to make a safe getaway after which the mob forced their way into the building by pressing the police and set the furnishings of it on fire. Eventually, law-enforcement authorities were able to calm the situation and quell the disturbance. In order to control the situation Pakistan Army and the Rangers also had to be called in.

The Spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya Community Pakistan, Saleem ud Din, said that the attack had been preplanned. Prior to this, the Ahmadiyya Community had informed the authorities that an attack of this nature was being organized but to no avail. Appropriate measures were not taken to ensure the safety of Ahmadis in the local area. As a result the mob were given free reign to do as they please while the police were helpless to stop them.

Saleem ud Din added that despite all of this, Ahmadis in Pakistan and throughout the world continue to persevere and be steadfast in the face of such atrocious persecution through their faith and trust in Allah Almighty. He further added that it is the duty of the government to ensure the rights and safety of its people including Ahmadis who are equal citizens of Pakistan.

– Pakistan: Ahmadiyya Community Issues Statement on #Chakwal Mosque Attack Incident

 

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