5 fresh hidden WhatsApp features only power users know about

The world’s most popular messaging service, WhatsApp, has been rolling out timely updates making steady improvements to its messaging platform.

While the messaging app now has a number of new features such as video call and Giff support, there are other not so obvious ones that users may not be aware of.

Here’s the list of 5 latest hidden WhatsApp features that you may find useful.

1. Reply to a specific message in a group chat

This new hidden feature now allows users to quote a particular message in a conversation. Users simple tap and hold on a particular line of text, and hit the backward arrow button that appears on top on Android (or tap ‘reply’ on an iPhone). Doing so allows the user to highlight the particular message they are replying to.

2. Find who has read your message in a group chat

WhatsApp does not make it obvious who exactly from a chat group has read your message as it does in a one-on-one conversation. However, there is any easy way to find out. Simply press and hold the message you have sent and hit the ‘i’ button on the top on Android (‘info’ on an iPhone). The app will then show all the people from the group who have read that particular message.

3. Listen to voice message discreetly

Some WhatsApp users primarily use the app for its voice messages feature. However, a problem with the feature is that the default setting makes voice messages play on the speakerphone which may be a problem when you’re in the vicinity of others. To listen to a message discretely, users simply play the voice message and put the phone next to their ear which would automatically play the message on the earpiece.

4. Direct a message to a particular user in a group

To alert a particular member in a chat group, simply add a @ sign followed by the users name and a message which would notify the user that they have been mentioned in a conversation.

5. Manipulate text for more emphasis

This feature has been around for a while now, though most WhatsApp users are still not aware of it. Users can add emphasis to a word in a message by applying different symbols before and after a word. An asterisk ( * ) would make the word appear in bold while adding underscores ( _ ) makes the text appear italicized. You can also strike off a word by using the tilde ( ~ ) symbols.

Six killed, over 20 injured as sessions court in Charsadda comes under attack

CHARSADDA / ISLAMABAD: At least six people, including a lawyer were killed and more than 20 others injured as a sessions court in Charsadda was hit by multiple suicide bombers Tuesday morning.

District Nazim Charsadda Fahad Riaz confirmed the casualties.

Attackers attempted to enter the court premises through the main gate, witnesses said, adding they opened fire and also threw hand grenades, prompting retaliatory fire by police and security forces deployed at the court premises. The attackers were killed.

“The explosions took place at the entrance of the sessions court,” said Charsadda DPO Sohail Khalid.

An explosion, witnesses said, took place at the entrance of the court, and one near the bar room. “One of the suicide bombers tried to enter the court, however, was shot dead by security officials.”

“One of the attackers lobbed a hand grenade at the gate of the court and then opened fire,” said Naeem Iqbal, a witness.

“Initial estimates suggest the explosives used in the attack weighed around 9kgs,” Mardan DIG Aijaz Khan told reporters.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Charsadda Tangi Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

“One of the attackers lobbed a hand grenade at the gate of the court and then opened fire,” said Naeem Iqbal, a witness.

“Initial estimates suggest the explosives used in the attack weighed around 9kgs,” Mardan DIG Aijaz Khan told reporters.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Charsadda Tangi Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

Army chief lauds security forces

Army chief general Qamar javed Bajwa lauded response by security forces to Charsadda explosions, saying “first tier police response saved many lives.”

USA: Ahmadiyyas, Baitul Hameed Mosque recognized at Los Angeles County Board Meeting

Supervisor Hilda H. Solis introduced Imam Mohammed Zafarullah and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and commanded the community and Imam Zafarullah for the humanitarian and social services.

Los Angeles County held its annual board meeting on February 14, 2017, at their offices in Los Angeles where Ms. Hilda H. Solis, supervisor of the 1st District, invited Imam Mohammed Zafarullah to be recognized for the humanitarian services rendered by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
Imam Mohammed Zafarullah, who serves as the regional missionary for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA’s Southwest Region, was accompanied by Mr Qadir Malik from Baitul Hameed Mosque..lacounty-certificate-2
Supervisor Hilda H. Solis briefly introduced Imam Mohammed Zafarullah and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and commanded the community and Imam Zafarullah for their humanitarian and social services provided locally, nationally, and internationally.

Imam Zafarullah was invited to address the Board and attendees of the meeting.
Imam Zafarullah detailed the work community is carrying-out all over the world in healthcare, education, and disaster relief services fields, especially in the remote regions of the world. Imam told the audience how the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is helping by opening schools, colleges, and hospitals in very poor regions of Africa and providing the public with clean drinking water also.
Locally, in Los Angeles area, the community is helping the poor and the needy by providing lunch boxes every weekend, the Imam said. Local Ahmadiyya chapters are also helping the needy by distributing blankets and providing other day-to-day requirements.
At the end of his address, the Imam displayed the sticker with the slogan “Love For All Hatred For None”.
The book,“World Crisis And Pathway To Peace” by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the world head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, was presented to the Board Director, the Supervisor, and several other members of the Board.

Bye-bye ‘Boom Boom’ as Afridi ends international career

Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career.

The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India.

He stepped down as captain after the tournament although he retained slender hopes of continuing his career in the sport’s shortest format as a player.

“I have said goodbye to international cricket,” said Afridi after smashing a 28-ball 54 in a Pakistan Super League match for Peshawar Zalmi in Sharjah.

“I am playing for my fans and will continue to play this league for another two years but it’s goodbye from international cricket.

“Now my foundation is important for me. I have played with seriousness and in a professional way for my country.”

Afridi also urged that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season two final should be held in Pakistan during a post-match press conference on Sunday. “The final, as announced, should be held in Pakistan, with or without international players,” he said.

“This is about respect, we can play with our local players but I request overseas players who have supported PSL to also come to Pakistan and continue their support,” he adds.

“Pakistan Cricket Board should look at the situation and if things are not working out [in Lahore], we have options,” he said adding, “We have Pindi stadium, we have stadium in Karachi. I hope the cricket board will take good decision.”

Nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’, Afridi had been a fan favourite since he burst onto the scene in 1996, striking a 37-ball one-day century against Sri Lanka in only his second match to set a world record that was unbeaten for 18 years.

He became known as a leg-spin bowling all-rounder in the second half of his career and was instrumental in Pakistan’s early successes in Twenty20, including their 2009 victory.

After stopping short of retirement following Pakistan’s first round exit at the 2016 World Twenty20, Afridi had wanted to play a farewell Twenty20 match against West Indies in United Arab Emirates in September. But selectors, with one eye on the future, did not pick him in the squad.

His blistering breakthrough century in Nairobi in 1996 was only surpassed by New Zealand’s Corey Anderson’s 36-ball hundred against West Indies at Queenstown in 2014.

South African AB de Villiers then bettered the record further with a 31-ball century, also against the West Indies, at Johannesburg in 2015.

Afridi’s rapid-fire century in Kenya made him an instant hit with the crowds who expected fireworks every time he strolled to the crease.

Sometimes he delivered but too often for some, his death or glory approach brought his downfall. Afridi’s maverick style also brought him a one-Test and two-match ODI ban after he was charged with using his foot to tamper with the pitch during a Test against England in Faisalabad in 2005.

He was also banned for two Twenty20 internationals after he was shown on television biting the ball during a one-day international against Australia at Perth in 2010.

Afridi finishes his international career having played just 27 Test matches which yielded 1,176 runs with a highest score of 156 and 48 wickets.

He played 398 one-day internationals with 8,064 runs, a highest score of 124 while taking 395 wickets with his leg spin.

His Twenty20 international CV saw him play 98 matches with 1,405 runs and a career-leading 97 wickets.

3 bombers killed during attack on Charsadda court: officials

Security forces killed three suicide attackers who attempted to wreak havoc at a local court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district, officials said Tuesday.

DSP Charsadda Fayaz Khan said five civilians have been killed in the attack, which the proscribed Jamaat-ul-Ahraar (JuA) has claimed.

Provincial government sources said one lawyer is among those killed and 15 others are injured.

At least three attackers attempted to enter the court premises through the main gate. They opened fire and also threw hand grenades, prompting retaliatory fire by police and security forces deployed at the court.

One bomber was killed in the firing at the gate, whereas the second was killed as he entered the court. The third bomber was killed when he detonated his explosives.

Eyewitnesses said the remains of the bombers were lying on the roadside along with their explosives and ammunition.

Town resident Mohammad Shahbaz told Reuters he was inside the judicial complex when the suicide bombers stormed it.

“I escaped towards the canteen and climbed the wall to save my life. But there were many people dead and injured,” he said.

It was not immediately clear how many people were inside, but hundreds of people including lawyers, judges and citizens normally attend such district court complexes every day.

Upto 10 ambulances were dispatched to Charsadda from Peshawar, where the Lady Reading Hospital has been put on high alert.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, whose party rules in KP, lauded quick action by the police that averted a higher death toll.

Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also praised the security personnel’s response to the attack, DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.

The attack comes as security has been heightened across KP and the country after the recent wave of terror.

USA: Moonlight Star Speaks Of Abuse After Converting From Christianity To Islam

‘My wife stopped wrapping [wearing a head scarf] in New York, as she had so many bad experiences. She didn’t feel safe anymore.”

Oscar-nominated Muslim actor reveals additional discrimination he has faced since converting to Islam in 1999

Moonlight star and Oscar nominee Mahershala Ali has spoken movingly of facing discrimination as a black man after converting from Christianity to Islam.

Named after the biblical figure Mahershalalhashbaz – the longest prophetic name in the Bible – Ali is nominated for best-supporting actor for his role as Juan alongside co-star Alex Hibbert.

The film’s all African-American cast has won acclaim after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy last year. But Ali, who rose to prominence for his role playing Remy Danton in House of Cards, has spoken of the abuse he’s faced as a black Muslim in the US.

Despite his Christian roots with his mother a minister in blue-collar California, Ali converted to be an Ahmadiyya Muslim.

‘My wife stopped wrapping [wearing a head scarf] in New York, as she had so many bad experiences,’ he said in an interview with the Radio Times.

‘She didn’t feel safe anymore.

‘But I will say, if you convert to Islam after a couple of decades of being a black man in the US, the discrimination you receive as a Muslim doesn’t feel like a shock. I’ve been pulled over, asked where my gun is, asked if I’m a pimp, had my car pulled apart.’

Although commissioned before the rise of Donald Trump, Ali says he is pleased the film is around now, after the President blocked all travel from seven Muslim majority countries and suspended the entire US refugee programme.

Having made his name in popular TV series such as The 4400, Treme and House of Cards (in which he played corporate lobbyist Remy Danton), Ali was cast in major roles in films such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 and 2, Free State of Jones, and Hidden Figures.

Source: http://www.christiantoday.com

India: Ahmadiyya delegation gifts fruit bags and Exam Kits to children of Taranga School for Deaf and Dumb

“I am moved by the way you youngsters responded to our issues and the way you all are organized and your team work with discipline is excellent; and it is most appreciated”

The school had learned about the Ahmadiyya community’s efforts in promoting social responsibilities from Ahmadiyya book stall

INDIA: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Shimoga, on the eve of Musleh Mo’ud Day, distributed gifts of fruit bags and Exam Kits (packages containing card board, pens, pencils, erasers, etc.) for specially able children of Taranga School for Deaf and Dumb in Shimoga, Karnataka.

Taranga School for Deaf and Dumb, first started with a single child and a handful of staff by a charitable trust in Shimoga, now provides physiotherapy, free education, dormitory and food for the children of classes 1 to 7.Shimoga-2

Mr Janardhan Pai, a social worker from VCan Trust had visited the Ahmadiyya Book Stall recently and learned about the Ahmadiyya community’s efforts in promoting social responsibilities. Responding to Mr Pai’s invitation to visit Taranga School, the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) paid a visit to the school and held discussions with Mr Patil, the Managing Trustee of Taranga School, and their staff about possible cooperative efforts.

AMYA and Ahmadiyya women’s auxiliary, Lajna Imaillah, Shimoga planned a program to initiate a helping hand to Taranga School by distributing fruit bags and Exam Kits to their students. The school management had also requested help in repairing their water tanks which were not functioning properly.
Shimoga-3On the distribution day, a delegation comprising of Ahmadiyya elders, youths, and ladies visited the school. Mr Shariff Ahmad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at and Mr Patil from the school management gave brief introduction of their organizations respectively.

Syed B.M. Ahmad, President of Shimoga Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at started the program by leading the salient prayer.

Mir Azam Zikriya, Naib Ameer Jamaat District Shimoga; Moosa Hussain, Vice President AMJ Shimoga; and several members of the delegation distributed the fruit bags, while Ms. Amtul Rasheed, President, Ahmadiyya women’s auxiliary; Ms. Amtul Raheem, Vice President; Ms. Amtul Kaleem Tahsin and other ladies distributed the Exam Kits among the approximately 60 students.

Azeez Ur Rahman and Syed Hakeem Ahmad who were skilled in repairing water tanks, fixed the school’s water supply connection.

The staff and management of school were impressed by the Ahmadiyya Jama’at works and appreciated their support.

“I am moved by the way you youngsters responded to our issues and the way you all are organized and your team work with discipline is excellent; and it is most appreciated,” said Mr Patil at closing.

With file from AMJ/MKA Shimoga

— India: Ahmadiyya delegation gifts fruit bags and Exam Kits to children of Taranga School for Deaf and Dumb

USA: Congressional Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus Co-Chairs Jackie Speier and Pete King Celebrate the Caucus Launch for the 115th Congress

We represent a bipartisan effort to advocate on behalf of oppressed Ahmadi Muslims consistent with the objectives of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

“We remain extremely concerned about the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims worldwide.”

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus Co-Chairs Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Pete King (R-NY) released the following statement today, in celebration of the launch of the Caucus for the 115th Congress.

‘Today, over 100 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are gathered for their 7th Annual ‘Day on the Hill’ to launch the Congressional Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus for the 115th Congress. As co-chairs of the Congressional Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, we commend the efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United States for spreading Islam’s true teachings of moderation and restraint with compassion, patience, and prayers in the face of bitter opposition.

The Congressional Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus was formed in 2014 to highlight the religious and human rights abuses regularly suffered by the members of the Ahmadi community across the world. Today, the Caucus continues to press onward toward the ultimate goal of societal and religious freedom for this oppressed community. We represent a bipartisan effort to advocate on behalf of oppressed Ahmadi Muslims consistent with the objectives of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

We remain extremely concerned about the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims worldwide. In Pakistan, in particular, they have suffered for decades as victims of sectarian violence and of state-backed institutionalized discrimination. Under the 1974 Constitution, Ahmadi Muslims are considered non-Muslim and in 1984 Pakistan enacted the so-called ‘blasphemy laws’ that target Ahmadi Muslims. Ahmadis account for almost 40% of all arrests under the blasphemy laws. Ahmadis are also disenfranchised, and in order to vote they must either declare that they are non-Muslim or sign a statement denouncing the founder of the Ahmadiyya Community as a false prophet.

The struggle of the Ahmadi community is one nearly every American has some connection to. Religious freedom is enshrined in our Constitution as a basic human right, and America has always idealized the concept of religious acceptance. As we re-launch the Congressional Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, we remain committed to shining a spotlight on instances of persecution and oppression faced by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.’

Australia: Ahmadiyya Muslims promote ‘Love’ in Hobart with peace leaflets

“We want to express from our words, from our deeds, from our actions that whatever the other people are saying, they are wrong.”

WSTERN Sydney saw hundreds of leaflets promoting Islamic love distributed last weekend. Similar leaflets, produced by members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, have already been distributed elsewhere in Australia and around the world.

They’re colourful little documents, aiming to build acceptance of Islam and bring down perceptions of Muslims being opposed to Western nations.

“There are images, not good images regarding Muslims that they are not good to their country,” Tasmanian Ahmadiyya Muslim community state president Dr Aamir Mahmoud told the ABC after the leaflets were delivered to households throughout Hobart.

“We want to express from our words, from our deeds, from our actions that whatever the other people are saying, they are wrong.”

To that end, the leaflets feature soothing quotes. “Our mosques and our teachings are filled entirely with peace, love and affection,” declares Ahmadiyya leader His Holiness Mirza Maroor Ahmad.

“We openly proclaim love of the country in which we live,” Ahmad also announces. “We are law-abiding.”

Source : http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au