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.

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Australia: Brisbane Ahmadiyya Muslims plan anti-radical drive in Toowoomba

Australia: Brisbane Ahmadiyya Muslims plan anti-radical drive in Toowoomba

The members will leave their base in Brisbane after the morning prayers, about 5am. The Muslims will also go on a sight-seeing tour of the city.

A minority sect of Muslims will visit Toowoomba tomorrow to spread their message of inter-faith harmony.

Zain Baig from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community said a group of about 15 members would be in town to counter concerns about radical Islam.

He said members of society were not aware that a basic tenant of the Islamic faith was of loyalty to a country of residence.

He said members would be distributing pamphlets at Grand Central, Picnic Point and Queens Park.

Mr Baig said the community’s teachings included community service and humanitarian work.

The members will leave their base in Brisbane after the morning prayers, about 5am.

The Muslims will also go on a sight-seeing tour of the city.

Mr Baig said the group’s imam, Ahmed Nadeem, would be part of the tour.

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Indonesia: Ahmadiyya Muslims not part of anti-Ahok demonstration on Friday

Indonesia: Ahmadiyya Muslims not part of anti-Ahok demonstration on Friday

Ahok’s statement might offend some Muslims in the country since the video, during which he allegedly defamed Islam, was selectively edited and people, therefore, could not hear the full context of his statement.

 

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is in the spotlight amid a planned rally by thousands of hardline Muslims on Friday demanding that he be charged with blasphemy for saying that some people had been “deceived” by other people using Al-Maidah 51, a verse in the Quran.

The governor has apologized for the incident, saying he did not intend to insult the Quran, but the apology has failed to appease the anger of hard-line Muslims.

The Ahmadiyah community, an Islamic sect regarded as heretical by mainstream Muslims and persecuted in Indonesia, said that they would not take part in Friday’s demonstration.

Aryudi Prastowo, head of Ahmadiyah’s East Jakarta and Bukit Duri branch, said on Thursday that they would respect Ahok as the legitimate governor of Jakarta.

Aryudi added that Ahok’s statement might offend some Muslims in the country since the video, during which he allegedly defamed Islam, was selectively edited and people, therefore, could not hear the full context of his statement.

“If you see the full video you will be aware that Ahok was only expressing his concern about the issue without trying to defame the Quran,” he said.

In July 2015, the Ahmadiyah congregation in Bukit Duri, South Jakarta, became a target for persecution by a hard-line group.

At the time, the Jakarta administration sealed a house that had been used as a place of worship by Ahmadiyah followers, after a crowd of locals objected to Friday prayers at the house and claimed the congregation had committed blasphemy against Islam.

Ahok urged the South Jakarta administration not to seal the mosque, but a red notice remains on the property’s fence to this day, while a banner opposing the minority group still hangs nearby and no Friday prayers have since taken place there.

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Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslims’ leader talks peace and politics at York

Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslims’ leader talks peace and politics at York

“As a Muslim leader, it is a source of grief to me that the disorder taking place today is centred around so-called Muslims.”

History was made when Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, addressed media, professors and guests at Keele campus last week.

In his speech, Ahmad discussed religious extremism, religiously motivated violence and the failings of international politics and organizations like the United Nations.

Well-organized and on a media blitz, the Ahmadiyya Muslims Student Association at York, or AMSA, hosted the Caliph at an event called “Justice in an Unjust World.” He continues his six-week tour that has seen him crisscrossing the country, from Ottawa, where he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to western Canada.

Dignitaries in attendance included York Chancellor Greg Sorbara and Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science Reza Moridi.

             

Ahmad mounted the stage with his eyes lowered, speaking softly, but resolutely. His message, echoing solemnly through the cavernous Tributes Communities Recital Hall: love for all, hatred for none.

He noted that rapidly advancing technology, including electronics and communications, has made life easier and more comfortable, but at a terrible price. Despite rapid progress, modern technology and weaponry, including nuclear weapons, carry great potential for destruction, jeopardizing peace every day.

Peace is also jeopardized in conflict zones that become breeding grounds for terrorism, while external powers provide overt and covert aid to rebel groups and embattled regimes.

“As a Muslim leader, it is a source of grief to me that the disorder taking place today is centred around so-called Muslims,” said Ahmad. In perhaps his most controversial statement, Ahmad said that extremism occurs when people deviate from Islamic teachings. Islam represents peace, security and love, according to Ahmad, while “so-called” Muslims spread terror networks.

On the other hand, critics of religion like Christopher Hitchens have argued that religious teachings are least partially responsible for violence and discord.

First-year administrative studies student Sarah Dard, who attended the event, believes violence is not a result of religious teachings.

“What I believe is that each time an atrocity takes place and is claimed to be in the name of religion, our duty as believers is to perpetuate the true teachings of our faith and spread peace with even more fervor; that is our strongest defence,” she adds.

“We believe the Holy Qur’an does not at all contain any unethical writings nor does the religion of Islam promote religious violence,” says a spokesperson for the Caliph.

Third-year kinesiology and psychology student Ilia Azari says every religion should be held accountable for the good and the bad they may produce in the world.

Ahmad also discussed the “golden rule”—that people should desire for others what they desire for themselves—noting that it’s very easy to say one desires the best for others, but things are more difficult in practice.

“[Most] people tend to prioritize their own interests and welfare over and beyond the rights of others. This is true at an individual and also true at a collective and national level.”courtesy of alislam.org

Ahmad’s speech comes as the Ahmadiyya community celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their congregation in Canada. In a bid to become the “most organized” Muslim community in the country, the Ahmadiyya community is hosting events nationwide as they seek to honour Canada.

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UK: Ahmadiyya Muslims Host Eid Millan Party at New Addington Civic Centre

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslims Host Eid Millan Party at New Addington Civic Centre

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslims Host Eid Millan Party at New Addington Civic Centre

 

Refreshments and a light dinner were served to the guests – and an open platform for anyone wishing to ask any questions to any of the faith or political parties present. 

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Chapter of Croydon in New Addington and Shirley hosted an Eid festival get-together dinner party at the Civic Centre based in New Addington on Sunday, 18th September 2016.

Over 100 guests attended this programme as well as the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Toni Letts. Hon MP Gavin Barwell was also in attendance as well as councillors, clergy members from the Christian and Sikh Community, Chief Darren Joy, staff of the local fire brigade, members of the local police and members of the local community who reflected all faiths in the area.

The highlight of the programme was the speeches delivered by Reverand Debbie Forman, Imam Ataul Mujeeb Rashed (Missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, serving at London’s oldest Mosque in Wandsworth) and MP Gavin Barwell – who spoke extensively about world peace, cohesion and the importance of community programmes.

 

All three speakers addressed the concept of sacrifice as this particular Eid incorporates exactly that! This was followed by a lively Question and Answer session.

Councillor Toni Letts also addressed the gathering and spoke eloquently on how love and sacrifice leaves an endearing mark on life and shared a story about a refugee who ultimately sent her a gift of a Holy Quran.

Refreshments and a light dinner were served to the guests – and an open platform for anyone wishing to ask any questions to any of the faith or political parties present.

This event was chaired by the Director of the Ahmadiyya Muslims Elders Association UK, Dr. Ijaz Ur Rahman.

— UK: Ahmadiyya Muslims Host Eid Millan Party at the Civic Centre, New Addington

UK: Ahmadi Muslim youth group fundraise for Stratford foodbank burglarized last month

UK: Ahmadi Muslim youth group fundraise for Stratford foodbank burglarized last month

UK: Ahmadi Muslim youth group fundraise for Stratford foodbank burglarized last month

 

As soon as members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) heard about the theft, they began fundraising in their Tudor Road mosque in Stratford.

St Paul’s Church in Stratford’s Maryland Road had the majority of its food stock taken just before a planned giveaway morning.

Police said the suspected burglars, who are thought to have struck between 8pm on August 22 and 8am on August 23, have not been found but an investigation is ongoing.

Ahmadiyya Muslims offer money as barriers broken down

Another positive to follow the foodbank burglary was the bringing together of faiths.

As soon as members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) heard about the theft, they began fundraising in their Tudor Road mosque in Stratford.

“We’re always looking for good causes to help and we’re always looking to break down barriers,” Yasser Khan, regional co-ordinator at AMYA, said.

“We do a lot of work with homeless people, so the foodbank seemed a great cause.

He added: “It was exactly what we want to see in the community – being brothers in arms.”

The AMYA raised £200 in just one afternoon and handed it over to St Paul’s in a cheque on Wednesday last week.

Mr Khan said Rev Fraser was “very, very happy” and sent him a “really nice” email to express his thanks.

“The response has been amazing,” Mr Khan said.

“There have definitely been good things coming from this.”

He added: “Our motto is, ‘Love for all and hatred for none’ and it doesn’t matter what faith people are.

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Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslims spread real message of Islam

Travelling exhibit stops at River Road mosque

The Mobile Muslims travelling exhibit made a stop at the Baiter Rahman Mosque in Delta last Friday.   Photograph By Ian Jacques

A cross-Canada tour trying to dispel negativity surrounding Muslims and to present the true teachings of Islam made a stop in Delta last Friday.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada launched a nation-wide campaign called #MobileMuslims, in which an exhibit has been driven coast-to-coast to spread the true, peaceful teachings of Islam and remove misconceptions about the religion by stopping at various cities along the way.

The exhibit departed St. John’s, NL on July 13 and ended in Vancouver on Aug. 21.

“This tour has been amazing. I have developed a higher respect for Canada travelling across the country. It is so beautiful,” said spokesperson Omer Ahmed outside Baiter Rahman Mosque in Delta. “The people have been very welcoming and accommodating. I have found that regardless of which path we took, the warmth of people did not change.

“The main purpose of the tour is to clear misconceptions of our religion. Just because there are certain groups, like Isis for example, who use our name for their political gain, does not mean that all of us are like that. We want to show people what true Islam is all about. We are all about peace.

“We are part of your community, we live in your community, we go to work in your community, our children go to school in your community – we are trying to make Canada better and the only way we can change these misconceptions

is to go out to the people and spread our message.”

Ahmed lives just outside of Hamilton. He was joined on the tour by a man from Calgary, a 17-year-old student from North York, a doctor from Sydney, NS and two others from Ontario.

“Right wing media what they portray Muslim to be is simply not true,” added public relations spokesperson Irfan Chaudhry. “We are here to stand up and be loud and proud as Canadians who love this country. Loyalty to one’s nation and faith is required and mandatory in our religion. This exhibition represents our feelings towards Canada and how Muslim is not being given the proper image and portrayed in the proper light.”

Chaudhry said to his knowledge this is the first cross-Canada tour and exhibit of its kind.

“We’re here to stand up for the majority and say we are not what you see. The horrible atrocities that are being committed worldwide do not represent and do not have the capability of calling themselves Muslims,” he said.

“The Canadian public is very tolerant and accepting. There is no other country like it and this tour has been very well received.”

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UK: 38,000+ Ahmadiyya Muslims come together to tackle extremism

UK: 38,000+ Ahmadiyya Muslims come together to tackle extremism

A festival held in the middle of a field in rural Hampshire brought 30,000 Muslims together to try and tackle extremism.

The ‘Jalsa Salana’, which was held over the weekend in Alton, saw thousands of Ahmadiyya Muslims attend to discuss tackling misinterpretations of Islam. Now in its 50th year, the festival is open to everyone, in the hope of dispelling beliefs that Islam is a violent religion.

The event kicks off by hoisting the Union Jack as a mark of loyalty to Great Britain. Lasting for three days, the Caliph – the leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – delivered speeches to promote the peaceful teachings of the religion.

The Ahmadi community has been running a nationwide campaign called “unite against extremism” in order to try and tackle terrorism.

Ahmadi Muslims are heavily persecuted by other Muslims as they believe their religion’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, is the Messiah as prophesied by the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

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USA: Ahmadiyya Muslims in Meriden among National Night Out events held across Connecticut

USA: Ahmadiyya Muslims in Meriden among National Night Out events held across Connecticut

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – An event meant to bridge a gap between police and the communities they serve is being held Tuesday night.

It’s part of the National Night Out effort.

National Night Out has been around since 1984 and stretches from the U.S. to Canada and military bases around the globe.

Meriden was also one of the communities holding a National Night Out, at Hubbard Park.

It was the 12th year for the free event, where 60 civic organizations and nonprofits showed up to share their services as well.

Two groups also taking part in the event were the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the Meriden Police Department, with both hoping to use events like this one to build stronger relationships within the community.

“We are all about community service and helping our neighbors and getting to know everybody, especially after the incident that happened at our mosque…it’s very imperative to do this as Muslims we want to come and show our solidarity with everybody,” said Zahir Muhammed Mannan, of Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

“We want to build those relationships, to make sure that they can come to us and speak to us freely without having any repercussions whatsoever, we want an open relationship with the community and these are the types of event that help us build those bonds,” said Meriden Police Sgt. John Mennone.

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Australia: Canberra’s Ahmadiyya Muslims respond to election of anti-Muslim Pauline Hanson

Australia: Canberra’s Ahmadiyya Muslims respond to election of anti-Muslim Pauline Hanson

The leaders of Canberra’s Islamic communities say the best way to counter Pauline Hanson’s statements about Muslims is to continue promoting peace and tolerance.

One Nation’s policies include calling for a royal commission or inquiry into whether Islam is a religion or political ideology, stopping Muslim immigrants and refugees from entering the country, surveillance cameras in all mosques and Islamic schools, and banning the burqa, niqab and halal certification.

At a media conference on Monday, Ms Hanson asked reporters if they wanted to see “terrorism on our streets” or “our Australians murdered”.

“And if I’m so wrong and Muslims feel that way, why don’t I have them standing beside me saying, ‘Yes, we value the Australian way of life’,” she said.

Members of Canberra’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, part of a revivalist branch of Islam, said such messages did not intimidate them.

“We are not afraid of people who promote a message of intolerance and hatred,” the association’s vice-president Khalid Syed said.

“We know from experience that these kind of messages ultimately fail because the failure is in the root of these messages.

“We don’t have to show an exaggerated reaction to what a politician says. We should have enough tolerance to actually listen to her.”

The main Ahmadiyya mosque in Sydney holds an annual peace symposium, which Mr Syed said Ms Hanson could be invited to.

“We have to tell her and show her by our actions and our examples that we are peace-loving people.”

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