Two Muslim teens beaten outside New York mosque: rights group

Two Muslim teens beaten outside New York mosque

NEW YORK CITY: Two Muslim teenagers were beaten outside a New York City mosque by an attacker who shouted slurs at them, a rights group said on Monday, calling for police to investigate the incident as a bias crime.

The attack early on Sunday was at least the third involving Muslims in the United States (US) over the weekend. A law enforcement source said investigators had ruled out the incident as a bias crime.

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement that a 16-year-old boy was attacked outside Brooklyn’s Muslim Community Center as he took a break from prayers.

A surveillance video released by CAIR showed a man punching, kicking and stomping the youth as he lay in the street. Another teenager on a bicycle was chased and attacked when he rode past the boy.

CAIR said the man was reportedly heard shouting: “You Muslims are the cause of all the problems of the world” and calling the youths “terrorists”.

The 16-year-old suffered a concussion, cuts, bruises and a badly swollen eye, and was taken to a hospital. The second teenager had a black eye, CAIR said.

Afaf Nasher, the executive director of CAIR in New York, said the slurs warranted an investigation into a possible bias motive.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department said the 16-year-old suffered bruises to the head and was treated at a hospital. The second teenager refused medical attention. The spokesman gave his age as 17.

The law enforcement source said the police hate crimes unit had rejected the incident as a bias crime.

He said the two youths were harassing a 40-year-old woman in a car and her 37-year-old boyfriend assaulted them.

The man has been identified and a search for him is under way, the source said.

In Houston on Sunday, a Muslim doctor headed for morning prayers at a mosque was shot in an attack by three men.

The motive was unclear, but came a day after another Muslim man was beaten outside a Florida mosque.

Source (Dawn News)

11 injured as IED blast hits Mardan marketplace

11 injured as IED blast hits Mardan marketplace

MARDAN: Eleven people, including a police officer, were injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated in Mardan’s Khawaja Gani Bazaar on Tuesday.

A bomb containing 800 grams of explosive material was planted in front of one of the shops in the busy marketplace, Superintendent of Police (SP) Operations Saifullah told DawnNews.

The SP Operations said those injured in the blast were shifted to Mardan Medical Centre for treatment, adding that authorities have initiated a search operation following the attack.

Source (Dawn News)

Japan’s Ahmadiyya Muslims condemn Bangladesh terrorist attack

Japan’s Ahmadiyya Muslims condemn Bangladesh terrorist attack

 

Muslims living in Japan condemned the July 1 terrorist attack in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka as they prayed for the victims at mosques across Japan.

Anees Ahmad Nadeem, 38, who serves as a chief missionary at a mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Japan in Tsushima, Aichi Prefecture, also condemned the terrorist group, saying, “Those who commit atrocious acts during Ramadan, when Muslims pray, give and do good deeds, are far removed from Islam.”

He added, “The recent attack might cause misunderstanding about Islam among those who don’t know about the religion. I’ll work on reaching out to people to explain that those extremists have no relation with us Muslims.”

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New Zealand: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates Eid ul Fitr

New Zealand: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates Eid ul Fitr

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand will be celebrating Eid-ul Fitr tomorrow Wednesday 06th July, a special day of celebrations after the conclusion of their holy month of Ramadhan (fasting). Muslim’s around the world will be celebrating this special day with families, neighbours and friends. The community will be conducting the Eid ul Fitr prayers at Baitul Muqeet Mosque, 20 Dalgety Drive, Manukau at 9.00 am.

To mark this festive day, Mr Bashir Khan, National President of the Community said, “On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of New Zealand, I would like to extend my heartiest Eid greetings to all Muslims and fellow New Zealanders on this special day. May you all celebrate this blessed day in the true spirit as was taught by the Holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him)”.

The Eid ul Fitr is a special day in our lives where we rejoice the completion of exercising self-discipline of having successfully complied with the commandment of God to observe the fasts. Not only that but on account of a feeling of spiritual exhilaration which glows within the heart and soul. Eid-ul-Fitr should remind one of many lessons learned from fasting and which, during the holy month of Ramadan, one should have endeavoured to keep in mind and to have practised. It is a day where Muslims should reflect on their condition of spiritual improvement and resolve not to lose what they have gained and to press forward to even higher spiritual development through righteous conduct, prayers and seeking the Grace of God.

“In order to share the Eid celebrations with the less-fortunate ones, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand in line with their tradition worldwide have been distributing food parcels to the less privileged section of the society during the holy month of Ramadan, each containing enough dry food to meet the needs of a deserving family for few days”, said Mr. Khan.

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. The New Zealand branch of this community was established in 1987 and has just over 450 members. It is a registered charitable organisation and endeavours to be an active and integrated community within New Zealand society.

– New Zealand: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates Eid ul Fitr

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Australia: “Eid Mubarak – We Wish You a Happy and Blessed Eid Day”

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia extends Eid-Greetings (a day that marks the completion of the month of Ramadan) to all Muslims and fellow Australians. 

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia extends its heartiest Eid-Greetings to all Muslims and fellow Australians and prays for the development and prosperity of our beloved homeland Australia.

Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques in Australia will be open to public and we invite members of the general public to join us on this blessed day of prayers and reflection.

More than 2000 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in NSW are expected to join in celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday 6 of July 2016 at Bait-ul-Huda (House of Guidance) mosque, Sydney.

Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world celebrate this joyous day to give thanks for the blessings of fasting. They wear new clothing, cook delicious food and invite friends and neighbours to celebrate with them. Fasting during Ramadan inspires sympathy for the hungry and needy, and encourages Muslims to donate generously to the poor.

The National President of the Community, Imam I. H. Kauser said:

“By the grace of Allah we were able to enjoy the blessings of the holy month of Ramadan and to reflect on the bounties of His mercy upon us. I extend my heartiest Eid Mubarak to all Australian Muslims and fellow Australian. As we celebrate this day we must remember poor and needy in our charities. We must meet our neighbours and friends on this day. May this Eid bring peace and prosperity for our country and for the whole world.”

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Source/Credit: AMA Australia

UK: Ahmadiyya Youth gets special award for helping in Storm Desmond floods

UK: Ahmadiyya Youth gets special award for helping in Storm Desmond floods

Storm Desmond was a disaster nobody in Cumbria will ever forget, bringing unprecedented floods that left homes and businesses underwater, and roads and bridges destroyed.

But it is thanks to an incredible spirit – the Spirit of Cumbria – that communities are now bouncing back stronger, with some of the county’s most inspirational people leading the way.

CN Group’s Spirit of Cumbria Awards 2016 aimed to recognise the county’s flood heroes – those who went above and beyond to help their neighbours, communities and often complete strangers.

Held on Friday night at Garden at Eden, near Carlisle, it was a chance to say thank you to all those who helped and give special recognition to 14 winners, selected from over 250 nominations.

Some saved lives, others rallied round to help their communities and the flood victims whose lives were in turmoil.

The Spirit of Cumbria Awards at The Garden at Eden, Newby Grange near Carlisle. The awards to celebrate the efforts of those during the Cumbria floods caused by Storm Desmond in December 2015: 1 July 2016 STUART WALKER

The Spirit of Cumbria Awards at The Garden at Eden, Newby Grange near Carlisle. The awards to celebrate the efforts of those during the Cumbria floods caused by Storm Desmond in December 2015: 1 July 2016
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The ceremony also recognised emergency service workers – including police officers, firefighters, mountain rescue, lifeboat workers and military personnel – who went above and beyond the call of duty, and paid tribute to council workers and others who worked around the clock to get the county back on its feet as quickly as possible.

A special award also went to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK, which sent hundreds of volunteers to the county, together doing whatever was needed to help victims of the floods.

The Spirit of Cumbria Awards at The Garden at Eden, Newby Grange near Carlisle. The awards to celebrate the efforts of those during the Cumbria floods caused by Storm Desmond in December 2015: 1 July 2016 STUART WALKER

The Spirit of Cumbria Awards at The Garden at Eden, Newby Grange near Carlisle. The awards to celebrate the efforts of those during the Cumbria floods caused by Storm Desmond in December 2015: 1 July 2016
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USA: Baltimore Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hosts open dialogue during Ramadan

Sen. Ben Cardin joins local Muslims ‘United Against Hate’

Muslims in the Baltimore region are encouraging open and honest conversation amid all the violence.

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin attended a Baltimore mosque Sunday night and said it’s fitting that the United Against Hate event happened the day before Independence Day.

Mosque leaders said outreach events are working in the battle against Islamaphobia, but admit there’s a long way to go.

Cardin said Americans need to build more bridges to overcome hate.

“Demolition is very easy rather than construction. You can demolish a building in three seconds. It will take three years to build it. We understand that and we’re in it for the long game,” said Raheem Younus, president, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baltimore Chapter.

Cardin joined Baltimore’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community to recognize the holy month of Ramadan and unite against hate.

“On the eve of July 4th, the anniversary of our country, I’m here to express that all religions condemn the violence that we’ve seen and our values, our values of inclusion, our values of diversity that is what makes this country strong,” Cardin said.

Cardin said Muslim Americans are facing a more hostile and prejudiced atmosphere than our nation has seen in some time. He said Muslims and people of other faiths should get to know each other.

“When communities work together, we’re all safer. We all have a better way of dealing with the challenges that we face, so I think it’s in our interest, everyone’s interest for us to better understand each other,” Cardin said.

“We figured that the only way people can understand what the true Islam is like and what Muslims do is to invite them in and share food with them and share the positive message with them,” said Abdul Latif Bennett, outreach officer, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baltimore Chapter.

The program included a question and answer session. No topic was off limits, including jihad.

“Having been a U.S. Marine who served his country with his life and when someone questions my integrity and my faith and says, ‘You know, you’re not American enough,’ it bothers me because I’ve put so much of my life into it,” said Mansoor Shams, director of public affairs, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baltimore Chapter.

Mosque leaders said their doors are always open.

“I want them to know that a guy with brown skin, black beard, is not a terrorist. He’s your fellow neighbor, your friend,” Shams said.

After the question and answer session and Cardin’s keynote address everyone gathered for dinner. Mosque leaders said part of Ramadan is sharing a meal after fasting all day.

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