British PM condemns ‘honour killing’ of Samia Shahid

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the murder of British Pakistani Samia Shahid who lost her life to an ‘honour-killing’ incident, and said that her support is with the victim’s husband.

She made the comments during a question answer session in the parliament before a full house.

The 28-year-old from Bradford had been visiting her family in Jhelum when she was murdered in July. Her second husband, Mukhtar Syed Kazam who is the complainant in the case, had raised concerns that his wife had been murdered because her family disapproved of their marriage.

Samia’s relatives had initially claimed she had suffered a heart attack which led to her death.

The case is being investigated by the Punjab government.

On October 20, 2016, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured British Labour MP Naz Shah that Pakistani authorities are “actively pursuing” the murder case of British Pakistani Samia Shahid.

Saudi Arabia: 39,000 Pakistanis deported in 4 months for involvement in “some terrorist actions”

.“Pakistan itself is plagued with terrorism due to its close proximity with Afghanistan. The Taliban extremist movement was itself born in Pakistan.”

RIYADH — About 39,000 Pakistanis have been deported from the Kingdom in the past four months for violating the rules of residence and work, according to informed security sources.

The sources also said the involvement of a number of Pakistani nationals in some terrorist actions orchestrated by Daesh, the so called IS, is a cause of public and societal worry.

They said a number of Pakistanis were held in the crimes of drug trafficking, thefts, forgery and physical assault.

Against this backdrop, Abdullah Al-Sadoun, chairman of the security committee of the Shoura Council, called for thoroughly scrutinizing the Pakistanis before they are recruited for work in the Kingdom.

He asked for more closer coordination with the concerned authorities in Pakistan to thoroughly check those coming to work in the Kingdom due to the involvement of a number of Pakistanis in security issues.

Sadoun said the political and religious inclinations of the Pakistanis coming to work in the Kingdom should be known to both sides before they are recruited for work in the Kingdom.

“Pakistan itself is plagued with terrorism due to its close proximity with Afghanistan. The Taliban extremist movement was itself born in Pakistan,” he said.

Meanwhile, according to Nafithat Tawasul (communications window) of the Interior Ministry, they are 82 Pakistani suspects of terror and security issues who are currently held in intelligence prisons.

According to the window, as many as 15 Pakistanis, including a woman, were nabbed following the recent terrorist operations in Al-Harazat and Al-Naseem districts in Jeddah.

The ministry recalled that last Ramadan, Abdullah Ghulzar Khan, a Pakistani, exploded himself at the car park of Dr. Soliman Fakheeh Hospital near the US consulate in Jeddah.

He lived in the Kingdom for 12 years with his wife and her parents. He had arrived in the country with a private driver’s visa.

Last year, the security forces had foiled a terrorist operation in which two Pakistanis, a Syrian and a Sudanese were held for plotting to explode Al-Jawhara Stadium in Jeddah where more than 60,000 spectators were gathered to watch a soccer match between the national teams of the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

The terrorists were using a booby trapped truck loaded with 400 kg of explosives.

Source http://timesofahmad.blogspot.com

Coffee and Islam

VERMILION, Alta. - Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Lloydminster have begun casual conversation in Vermilion for the month of February.

Coffee and Islam is a national campaign being held at the Vermilion Public Library, where Ahmadiyya members hope to dispel suspicions and misconceptions regarding Islam, according to Imam Tariq Azeem.

“The purpose is to sit down and have one-on-one discussions with people who may be interested in learning about Islam,” Azeem said. “We are organizing events in every town, and in Vermilion we are planning four events.”

Every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Azeem hopes to have friendly, opne-minded conversations.

“This is an informal event and request anyone who interested in learning about Islam, wants to experience the teachings, we will be happy to teach them. Also, if anyone has doubts or suspicions, we encourage them to stop by and we will try to answer all of your questions and address your concerns.

Azeem has previously conducted seven events in Lloydminster and surrounding area, and each has ended with success.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive. It highlighted their open-mindedness, and after they attended the event, they had good things to say about the religion, and about the teachings they learned. They would say such events are necessary to educate people.”

Azeem added that it is necessary for people to learn about each other’s faiths, as many are accustomed to assume things that might not be true.

The event is free and will include refreshments.

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Love for all, hate for none’: New Plymouth man offers himself up for dates to those who have never met a follower of Islam

 

A Muslim man in New Plymouth is offering himself for “meet a Muslim” dates to counter what he sees as a growing fear about the religion.

Tashriq Hanif decided to make the offer to push back against a growing Islamophobia and American president Donald Trump’s move to “protect” his country from terrorism by imposing a temporary ban on people entering USA if they come from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

“(It’s getting) a message out there to let people know we are here to be in a country like New Zealand that’s a very peaceful country. Let’s understand each other’s cultures, why don’t I become your friend.

“Let’s sit together, let’s understand each other. It doesn’t have to be religion, just open-friendship type of conversation,” the client manager at Spark said.

While he hadn’t been subject to any religious bigotry in New Plymouth, he had watched the rise of Trump and his policies as president of the United States with disappointment.

He said he believed part of the reason for the growing tension was a large majority of people did not know a Muslim themselves. So he posted his offer to meet with anyone who was Muslim curious on social media website Neighbourly.

He said he wanted to dispel the image of radical Muslims that had recently been portrayed in the media.

“Islam is not all about terrorism. We don’t promote this, we strongly condemn this and if we put a ban in place then we’re just ruining the relationship with the country itself.”

Hanif said he had received support from many people in the community since making his post but had yet to have an official ignorance busting meeting, though he was hoping these would start in the next few days.

Hanif, who moved to New Plymouth a year ago, has already taken another initiative to explain his faith.

Every Saturday, he sets up a book stall in a central New Plymouth carpark with a banner that reads “love for all, hate for none”.

The statement is a mainstay in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, one of 78 sects of Islam around the world.

At his book stall, Hanif said he offered information and books explaining what Islam was about who they were.

“It’s eradicating terrorism, it’s eradicating extremism, we really want to educate people that Islam is not all about terrorism,” he said.

Hanif said while his family were the only Ahmadi Muslims in New Plymouth, there were also a number of other Muslim sects within the region.

Nationally 46,149 people identified as Muslim in 2013 while in the 2006 census 0.3 per cent of the Taranaki population identified as Muslim – about 300 people.

In contrast, just under 2 million New Zealanders identified as Christian in 2013.

Hanif is also running a Quran Exhibition at the Fitzroy Hall on Saturday February 11, where more than 50 different translations of the Muslim holy book will be on display, including a copy of the Kur’anu Tapu, a Maori translation of the Quran.

Taranaki Cathedral dean, Peter Beck, said it was important for people of all faiths to work together, especially with the “worrying” statements that had been made in the media around the world.

“What’s happening around the world is worry for all of us and I think we need to stand up together and work for peace and reconciliation for everyone,” he said.

Khola Maryam Hübsch on maybrit illner – Who belongs to Germany ?

Ahmadiyya Muslim Journalist Khola Maryam Hübsch appearance on ZDF talk show “Maybrit Illner” on September 1st, The topic of discussion was “Stranger in a new home – who belongs to Germany?”

The guests included:

• Aydan Özoğuz (SPD), Minister of State for Integration, Deputy SPD National Chairman
• Paul Ziemiak (CDU), Chairman Junge Union
• Christian Pundt, Mayor Hatten, Niedersachsen, parteilos
• Khola Maryam Hübsch, journalist and author
• Güner Yasemin Balcı, author and filmmaker – inter alia “The girl and the holy warriors”
• Anas Modamani, Syrian refugee, whos selfie with Chancellor Angela Merkel went virual in 2015

Police foils terror attempt to burn down Kaaba in Mecca

Although the real intention of the man wasn’t clear until now, worshiping places have been targeted by Islamic State (IS) militant groups in recent years. Many worshipers lost their lives in such attacks

RIYADH, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) — Saudi police have foiled an attempt by a suspected extremist to burn Kaaba in the grand mosque of Mecca, the most valued site among Muslims, Sabq online newspaper reported on Tuesday.

An eyewitness told the news portal that he saw the man pouring gasoline at the black clothes covering the Kaaba, in which he alerted the police at the mosque and they arrested the man.

No official information was released, while the newspaper confirmed that the incident occurred at 23:11 local time on Monday (2011 GMT). It posted a video of the incident that was circulated online.

Although the real intention of the man wasn’t clear until now, worshiping places have been targeted by Islamic State (IS) militant groups in recent years. Many worshipers lost their lives in such attacks.

In May 2016, Saudi police prevented a catastrophe by foiling a suicide bomber from reaching the Prophet’s mosque in Medina, leaving the attacker and four police personnel killed, 5 others injured.

Source http://news.xinhuanet.com

Halesowen’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to host peace exhibition in Hagley to counter extremist rhetoric

The event will start with a presentation on the history of the UK’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, whose motto is “love for all, hatred for none”.

One of Britain’s oldest Muslim communities is to host a peace exhibition in Hagley as part of a new campaign to counter extremist rhetoric and drive home a message of peace.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community based in Halesowen is organising the exhibition which will take place at Hagley Community Centre, Worcester Road, on February 18 from 10am until noon.

The event, part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s United Against Extremism campaign, follows a similar event held in Kinver last year.Halesowen Peace exhibition-2016-2

Mubashir Nadeem, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim elders association, said: “As a Muslim community, we believe it is our duty to serve this country and to stop extremism, particularly in the name of Islam, which teaches us peace, loyalty, freedom, equality, respect and love for all.

“We stand united with all who oppose extremists because our strength stems from our unity.

“The campaign will send a clear message that IS has nothing to do with Islam and that extremism will never succeed.

“The campaign will also see the distribution of half a million leaflets across the UK, to highlight Islam’s rejection of extremism and its emphasis on peace.”

The event will start with a presentation on the history of the UK’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, whose motto is “love for all, hatred for none”.

Displays promoting peace with translated excerpts of Qu’ranic verses along with other literature can also be seen.

To find out more about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s work for community cohesion visit http://www.UnitedAgainstExtremism.com and loveforallhatredfornone.org

 

Source http://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk