New Zealand: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns Trump’s Refugee Ban

 Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns Trump’s Refugee Ban

“We are deeply troubled by the policies being announced by the new US administration. At a time when many of the world’s nations are ravaged by war, famine, and religious intolerance, the last thing we needed was more divisive measures”

We stand together with anyone who faces persecution in any form.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community strongly condemns the ban announced by US President Donald Trump on travel of residents of the seven Muslim countries, as well as the strict restrictions place on refugee movement into and through the US. The community strongly believes that such restrictions are a violation of the basic human rights, and affect in some cases the most vulnerable of people who are seeking refuge from injustice, violence, and persecution.

“We are deeply troubled by the policies being announced by the new US administration. At a time when many of the world’s nations are ravaged by war, famine, and religious intolerance, the last thing we needed was more divisive measures” says Mr Bashir Khan, the President of AMJNZ.

“The powerful western nations are looked upon as the leaders of the free world, providing guidance and leadership to the weak and oppressed. If at a time like this, they start talking of barriers and walls, then what hope is there for the rest of us? We stand together with anyone who faces persecution in any form. And while we recognize and appreciate the need to stop terrorist movements, such measures can only be counter productive and serve as propaganda tools in the hands of religious fanatics” said Mr. Khan.

The community leader urges the New Zealand government to take a stand against such measures, condemning these as a violation of human rights.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in Punjab, India, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 206 countries with

membership exceeding tens of millions. Its motto of ‘Love for all and hatred for none’ is evidenced through the peaceful actions of its millions of followers. The New Zealand branch of this community was established in 1987 and has now expanded to over 500 members. It is a registered charitable organisation and endeavors to be an active and integrated community within New Zealand society.

Perspective: The Teenagers of Today’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community | Aalia Qureshi

Perspective: The Teenagers of Today’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community | Aalia Qureshi

The finest example of a faultless community can be simply recognized by studying the ways of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community whose motto is ‘love for all, hatred for none’ – the ideal model for a faultless way of life, if one does indeed exist.
How do you empower the youngest generation of today then to endow them with the comforts of a non-judgmental, close-knit community?  In a world like today’s, where we crumble under the pressure of incoming exams as well as maintaining a functioning social circle, the Ahmadi ladies of Sutton thrive and illuminate us upon their journeys of endurance through these challenges.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is an international Islamic movement with their headquarters based in the London mosque of Baitul Futuh – the largest mosque in Britain.

One member informs me of the community’s endearing ‘strength and kindness’ as well as how confidence is instilled in each member through the sheer ‘positivity and kindness radiating through it’.  She goes on to say ,‘our Lajna (female Ahmadi in Urdu) community has always been out there doing amazing charitable events’ that frequently go underappreciated such as members ‘who visit the elderly and sick in care homes regularly, who give gifts to the less fortunate, who host regular coffee mornings for non-Ahmadis and much more.’

Another describes how the community ‘explain in depth what we are expected to just know as teenagers’ and ‘empower us morally to be the better person’ while illuminating us upon how this opportunity has resulted in ‘hundreds of opportunities to help develop my life skills … and gives you the motivation to want to better yourself in every way.’

With the increased pressure of the new GCSE system in our lives as well superfluous appearance expectations to live up to, it isn’t difficult to appreciate exactly why the depression, suicide and self-harm rates of teenagers in London are rapidly escalating.  A community minus judgment and expectations is precisely what is required for the well-being of today’s adolescents, whereupon they can be themselves without the ever-present fear of being mocked by others and have distinctive, clear goals for the future.

The finest example of a faultless community can be simply recognized by studying the ways of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community whose motto is ‘love for all, hatred for none’ – the ideal model for a faultless way of life, if one does indeed exist.

Aalia Qureshi
Nonsuch High School For Girls

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Canada: Mayor of Mississauga welcomes Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to Canada

Canada: Mayor of Mississauga welcomes Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to Canada

During the meeting the Mayor welcomed His Holiness to Canada and spoke of her admiration at the way Ahmadi Muslims had successfully integrated into Canada

Mayor Bonnie Crombie praises integration of Ahmadi Muslims during meeting at Baitul Islam Mosque

On 24 October 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was visited by Bonnie Crombie, the Mayor of Mississauga at the Baitul Islam Mosque in Peace Village, Canada.

During the meeting the Mayor welcomed His Holiness to Canada and spoke of her admiration at the way Ahmadi Muslims had successfully integrated into Canada. She also thanked His Holiness for the continued charitable endeavours of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada, including providing large contributions to local food banks in Mississauga.

Upon learning that youth unemployment levels in Mississauga were significant, His Holiness said that schemes should be developed to provide jobs and skills to young members of society.

 

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Sri Lanka: President says no to break civil liberties of Muslims

The President had emphasized that there no reports from the intelligence services that ISIS terrorist organization is having links and is a target in this country.

One security staff personnel, a head of a security force had brought in a proposal at a crucial security staff meeting the other day to ban the Muslim women wearing the ‘Burka”. To this proposal, President Maithripala Sirisena had not agreed.

This proposal had been brought forward with the clear intention to prevent the ISIS Islam principles in cultivating roots for Islamic terror. When the proposal was put forward the President had asked whether there had been any clues identified in regard to this attempt.

However, there had been only two instances of involving the “Burka” that have been reported. One instance had been when a husband had come disguised wearing a “Burka”while returning from the Katunayake International airport to surprise his wife and the other instance was when thieves had entered a bank in Kandy area to rob the bank.

The President had added that some European countries are making attempts to ban the “Burka” but  it cannot be allowed here as in such a background like what had happened in the past era when the religious conflicts and clashes took place, such repetition of events would take place.

The President had emphasized that there no reports from the intelligence services that ISIS terrorist organization is having links and is a target in this country. Hence in these contexts, there is no necessity to raise alarms and in such a proposal to ban the “Burka” in this country. However, the President had stated that not to listen to certain extremist persons in some organizations on this matter.

This view of the President was endorsed by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera.

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Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad travels to attend Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad travels to attend Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany

The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad arrived at the Baitus Subuh Mosque in Frankfurt on 27 August 2016.

The Khalifa (Caliph) travelled from London by road and after crossing into Germany he was greeted by the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany, Abdullah Wagishauser and various other officials who then escorted His Holiness to Germany.

His Holiness travelled onwards to Frankfurt and he arrived at the Baitus Subuh Mosque at 8.30pm local time where he was greeted by hundreds of Ahmadi Muslim men, women and children all overjoyed to see their spiritual leader once again. Shortly after arrival, His Holiness led the Maghreb and Isha prayers.

His Holiness has travelled to attend the 41st Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany, taking place in Karlsruhe, in which around 30,000 delegates from various countries are expected.

During the 3-day event (2-4 September) His Holiness will address both Ahmadi Muslims and non-Ahmadi guests about the true and peaceful teachings of Islam.

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UK: Khalifa of Islam launches MTA International Africa TV Channel

UK: Khalifa of Islam launches MTA International Africa TV Channel

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that at 4pm (BST) on 1 August 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad launched MTA International Africa – a new television channel established specifically to meet the needs of the people of Africa.

His Holiness launched the channel from the Transmission Department of MTA International London Studios, based at the Fazl Mosque, by pressing a button to officially launch the new channel.

The launch was followed by a silent prayer led by His Holiness in thanks to God Almighty.

The new channel began by broadcasting the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by a programme introducing the new channel.

MTA International Africa will continue to broadcast all of the programmes of the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, such as his weekly Friday Sermon and other addresses.

It will also be producing unique content specifically tailored to the people of Africa and many programmes will be broadcast from the newly built MTA International Ghana Studios in Accra.

The launch of MTA International Africa marks yet another significant landmark in the development of MTA International.

The aim of the channel is to spread the true and peaceful teachings of Islam in local languages to the people of Africa and to be a means for the moral training of Ahmadi Muslims living in Africa.

Source/Credit: Ahmadiyya International

Our America: Remarks To The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Our America: Remarks To The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

These are the prepared remarks “Our America”: Brian Levin; Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, California State University, San Bernardino for the Annual Jalsa Salana Conference in Harrisburg, PA; July 30, 2016

A Star in The Constellation of American Faiths
Distinguished hosts and all my dear friends and neighbors in the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, thank you so very much for the privilege of sharing in your annual Jalsa Salana conference.

My address today is entitled “Our America” and my name is Brian Levin. For almost two decades I have directed the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, a community that has endured the evil scourge of violent hatred by extremists who distorted your faith and claimed to be Muslim.

But, as his holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad explained, “If a person does not follow a particular teaching properly whilst claiming to subscribe to it, then it is he who is in error, not the teaching.”

Indeed, for over a century your community has been a shining star in our twinkling constellation of American faiths, from veterans on foreign battlefields, to scientists and medical doctors, and of course your incredibly outsized contributions to the uniquely American art form of jazz music.

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Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns terror attacks in Europe and calls for peace in the world

Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns terror attacks in Europe and calls for peace in the world

  • Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad addresses disintegration of Muslim countries
  • His Holiness praises Pope Francis for saying today’s atrocities do not equate to a religious war

The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has called on Muslim nations around the world to return to Islam’s true teachings of peace.

Speaking during his weekly Friday Sermon delivered at the Baitul Futuh Mosquein London, His Holiness said that the world was facing incredibly precarious and challenging times in light of recent terror attacks in Europe, which he deemed as completely against the teachings of Islam. His Holiness also addressed the increasingly volatile situation in Turkey and other Muslim nations.

Speaking about the increasing instability in the Muslim world, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“With each day that passes, the power and strength of the Muslim nations is continuing to decrease. The fundamental cause is that Muslim leaders and their so-called religious scholars are blinded to Islam’s true teachings and are leading their nations on a destructive and ruinous path.”

His Holiness continued:

“We see chaos and disorder in every Muslim country because the leaders are prioritising their self-interest over and above the rights of their people and the progress of their nation.”

His Holiness also added that the disintegration of Muslim countries benefitted only those who opposed Islam and so instead of destroying one another, Muslims should unite in peace.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The Muslim world and its governments have not learned the lessons of the very recent past. They have seen what has happened in Iraq, Syria and Libya and how those countries have been torn apart and how the future of those nations has been destroyed. The Muslim leaders should urgently reflect upon these examples and ask themselves who it is that benefits from turmoil and disorder in the Muslim world?”

His Holiness also responded to the recent spate of terror attacks in Europe. He said that such attacks were a complete deviation of Islam’s teachings. For example, he said that the recent murder of Father Jacques Hamel in France was “abhorrent and entirely opposed to Islam’s teachings”.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Recently, terrorist organisations have started to regularly commit the most barbaric atrocities in Western countries by taking the lives of innocent people. The terrorists have no knowledge of Islam because otherwise they would realise that the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) forbade the murder of innocent people under any circumstances. The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited the targeting of innocent children, women, elderly people and he forbade the targeting of religious leaders and places of worship such as Priests and Churches.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“The only thing the terrorists are achieving is to completely violate the teachings of the Holy Quran and of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Let it be clear that they are not practicing Islam, rather it seems as though they have invented their own hate-filled and poisonous religion.”

Speaking about the meaning of the word ‘Islam’, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Allah the Almighty has named our religion as ‘Islam’ which literally means peace and so even the name itself rejects all forms of terrorism, extremism and compulsion. Rather, Islam is that religion that champions peace, freedom, love and security for all mankind.”

His Holiness also praised recent comments made by Pope Francis in which he said that whilst the “world is at war, it is not a religious war”. His Holiness said that the Pope was right to make the distinction that today’s warfare was not motivated by religion but by greed and a desire for power and wealth.

Concluding, His Holiness said that in today’s turbulent times the onus lay upon Ahmadi Muslims to counter the extremist narrative by spreading the true and peaceful teachings of Islam, through both their personal conduct and through the media and other relevant platforms.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Spread peace to all parts of society. Spread love amongst all of mankind. Bring people towards God Almighty and the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) by winning their hearts through the power of love, grace and compassion.”

His Holiness said there was an urgent need for Ahmadi Muslims to pray for peace in the world.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hosts Imams, Vice President Foh

Sierra Leone: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hosts Imams, Vice President Foh

The Hon. Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh made this declaration at a ceremony organized to mark the official opening of the Limba Mosque at his hometown in Limba Bagbo, Jimmi Bagbo Chiefdom.

Addressing the audience, which included the former Vice President under the Tejan Kabbah Administration, Dr. Albert Joe Demby, and Vice President Foh admonished all Sierra Leoneans to put their hope and trust in God, who is the Author and Finisher of our fate, stating that “Man will fail but God never fails
VP. Foh informed the people of Limba Gbagbo and the surrounding villages that he was not there to talk politics, but development. He highlighted some of the developmental strides made by the Government in the Jimmi Bagbo Chiefdom, particularly Limba Bagbo. He encouraged the people to embrace President Koroma and his Government in order to attract more development in the region.

President of the council of imams, Alhaji Yayah Deen Kamara officially declared the Mosque opened by cutting the tape which led to the entrance of the premises.

The program was chaired by Alhaji Coker and also witnessed by the Amir of Ahmadiyya and a host of Imams.

Also present at the occasion were Ministers of Government, Head of Parastatals, Business Gurus and a host of other dignitaries.

Credit/Source:  AWARENESS TIMES

This is how community, Muslims should interact

I am extremely grateful to the Chino Police Department for its kindness last weekend. I was standing at the gate of the mosque I attend in Chino, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, holding a bowl of samosas, waiting for sunset to break fast, when a Chino police car pulled up. My first instinct was fear.

We volunteer “gate duty” at the mosque because some of us don’t feel safe in light of ISIS-type lunatics doing horrific things in our name. People mistake our peaceful mosque, which has been running since 1987, as something dangerous, and ignorant people can do ignorant things. Name-calling, bottle-throwing, graffiti. Real bully type stuff.

So when the cops pulled up, I couldn’t help but feel a little uneasy. Did something happen? Did someone complain? He pulled in to the mosque and lowered the window: “Hey guys, what’s up?”

Not much, just breaking fast.

“Whatcha eating?”

Samosas and chaat.

“Are those chick peas in there.”

Yep. Want some?

“I wish I didn’t already eat.”

Well, come back again, we have plenty to go around.

“Sure thing.”

That was it. It may sound like the most uneventful story ever told, but for a Muslim-American living in San Bernardino County, it’s hard to explain how powerful a gesture it is to have your local police officer check up on you. He just came by to see how we’re doing. To show us that, in these strange times, he had our back.

Thank you, Chino Police. Samosas on us, anytime.

— Ata Khan, Chino Hills

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By Ata Khan | July 8, 2016