Masterful Murray clinches second Wimbledon title

Masterful Murray clinches second Wimbledon title

LONDON: Britain’s Andy Murray clinched a second Wimbledon title and third Grand Slam crown on Sunday when he downed Milos Raonic of Canada 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2).

The 29-year-old world number two added the 2016 trophy to his 2013 triumph at the All England Club and his 2012 US Open title.

Appearing in his 11th final at the majors, but his first against an opponent other than Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, the Scot shattered Raonic’s hopes of becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam crown.
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Pakistani mountaineer returns after scaling Chinese peak

Pakistani mountaineer returns after scaling Chinese peak

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani mountain climber Rehmatullah Quraishi has returned after successfully scaling Mount Daguniag in China.

Hailing from Chilas in Gilgit-Baltistan, Quraishi was the only Pakistani in a group of three Chinese, four Taiwanese, four Mongols and four Korean climbers.

The expedition was launched on June 9 and continued till June 15 aimed at encouraging mountaineering and drawing attention to smaller peaks between 5,000 metres and 6,000 metres.

Edhi’s soyem held at Karachi’s Memon Masjid amidst tight security

Edhi’s soyem held at Karachi’s Memon Masjid amidst tight security

KARACHI: The soyem for Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistan’s most celebrated humanitarian, was held at Memon Masjid on Sunday amidst tight security.

Quran khwani for the philanthropist began at 9:30am, Edhi’s son, Faisal Edhi said.

Senior political leaders, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Dr Farooq Sattar and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Dr Arif Alvi were among those in attendance.

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Shahid Afridi says not retiring anytime soon

Shahid Afridi says not retiring anytime soon

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has denied all rumours circling his retirement, saying that he will continue representing the country in Twenty20 Internationals.

In an interview with BBC Urdu on Sunday, Afridi said he is not eager to make a comeback to the 50-over format of the game, but wants to continue playing T20s.

“I wish to continue playing T20, ODI cricket, whether it is at national or domestic level or leagues … I think I am fit for the game,” he said in response to questions posted by fans on Facebook Live.

Having seen with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on many occasions, a fan could not resist asking when the swashbuckling all-rounder would be entering politics.

“I wish to enter politics but some well wishers and elders advice me against it,” the 36-year-old replied.

“Who is a politician? In my eyes, a politician is a servant of the people and he should serve people. I can do that without entering politics through my welfare organisation,” he added.

Afridi said the only thing he is certain about and planning to look after in future is his Shahid Afridi Foundation. He said it is his keen ambition to establish a school for the less privileged.

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Bangladesh bans Zakir Naik’s Peace TV, tracks students after attacks

Bangladesh bans Zakir Naik’s Peace TV, tracks students after attacks

DHAKA: Bangladesh government has ordered Islamic television station Peace TV to stop broadcasting and has told schools to report any missing students.

The station is run by Indian doctor-turned-preacher Zakir Naik, the founder and president of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, and its programmes are aired from Dubai.

A Bangladesh cabinet committee decided to ban Peace TV from the country, information minister Hasanul Haq Inu told journalists Sunday.

The measures come after several suspected extremists were reported to be fans of the television channel, while others were found to be from elite universities but had been missing for months.

Related: Naik rubbishes reports of inspiring Dhaka attacker

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina earlier in the day called on every school, college and university to “create a list of absent students and publish it”.

Bangladesh has been reeling from dozens of attacks, mainly targeting secular activists or religious minorities.

“We will be rigorous,” the premier said. “We must uproot militancy and terrorism from Bangladesh.” Three of the alleged jihadists who participated in an attack on a Dhaka cafe last week, in which 20 hostages were murdered, attended top schools and universities in the Bangladeshi capital.

The revelation that the attackers were educated, well-off members of society has sparked fears that extremism has spread far beyond disenfranchised youngsters being radicalised in madrasas.

Related: Dhaka cafe attack: The rich Bangladeshi kids who grew up to be radicals

School authorities would now have to provide information on any students who have an unexplained absence of 10 days or more, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid said.

Another student of a well-regarded university participated in a deadly attack in northern Bangladesh on Thursday that killed at least three people at a huge prayer gathering marking the start of Eid.

Police said both attacks were carried out by a banned local militant group, despite vocal claims from the Islamic State group that they were responsible for the siege at the Dhaka cafe.

Authorities, meanwhile, have launched a publicity blitz, urging parents to closely monitor their children.

Television channels have broadcast photos of missing students and advertisements to deter extremism. US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal flew to Dhaka Sunday to discuss the security situation with Bangladesh foreign minister Mahmood Ali.

She offered US expertise in building Bangladesh’s counterterrorism capabilities, the American embassy in Dhaka said in a statement.

“We will continue our assistance in combatting the global threat of terrorism that our countries both confront,” she said.

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Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Orlando, Yemen, And Istanbul. When Will It End? | Nasim Rehmatullah

Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Orlando, Yemen, And Istanbul. When Will It End? | Nasim Rehmatullah

Combating violent extremism is complex. The fact that violent extremism persists indicates that our ways of combating it has not worked. In a global society violent extremism cannot be bombed away, walled away, or insulted away.

Moreover, it is difficult to defeat a people who are willing to die for their ideology. We do not need to defeat them but win them over with a better ideology. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

Extremists and homegrown terrorists are people who are looking for direction and inspiration in their lives. They are attracted to the ISIL and their like because they see direction and action no matter how misguided. These people see the hypocrisy in their political and religious leaders and find honesty of purpose in the extremists who espouse an ideology of eradicating “evil.”

Leadership matters. Honest God-fearing spiritual and political leadership. Leaders with moral and political courage to say and do the right thing.

The solution is to surmount the ideology of fringe by the ideology of Prophet Muhammad. Contrary to the claim of extremists, Muhammad used love, compassion, education, patience, and prayers to win the hearts of the people. United, we can address the misguided ideologies of Wahabis, Salafis, and Maududis, and have them banished not by legislation but by popular disgust.

This requires that in all circumstances we must stand up for truth, righteousness, fair dealing, and justice. We must win the hearts of the people. This is thetrue version of Islam that will trump all aberrant ideologies that lead to cruel and repellent behavior unbecoming of humans.

For both the West and for Muslims, this means we identify and support Muslims that exemplify the true Islamic teachings of moderation and justice in all affairs. The press and media should educate themselves and not spew ignorant and false propaganda. This is going to be a painful struggle and will require education and prayers and God-fearing people who act honestly and justly.

We in the West have been enablers and facilitators by our support for dictators, tyrants and despots. When the CIA was training Osama bin Laden, no attention was paid to what the masses were being taught in these Muslim majority nations. This perverted ideology is now a part of their genes. It took decades to be ingrained in them and will take a long term strategy to rectify. Short term, we must restrain and contain them with force. Long term, we must educate the leaders and masses about the true ideology of Islam, which implores morality in social and political discourse.

Likewise, critics of religion must refrain from simplistic generalizations about people of faith. The same Bible that commands Jews to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) also exhorts them to “kill every man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey,” who worship any other God (1 Sam. 15:3). The same Jesus Christ who told his disciples to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39) also told them that he had “not come to bring peace but the sword” (Matthew 10:34), and that “he who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one” (Luke22:36).

It took the Catholic Church centuries to evolve as a civilized institution. It is true that many Muslim majority countries have a distorted view of Shariah that curtails rights and freedom. The leaders of these Muslim countries have duped the masses into believing that true Islam is having their version of Shariah-oriented government and enforced religious laws. That a caliphate must be established and through it a political-religious hegemony. These corrupt leaders use Shariah as a cover for their carnage and conquest and to advance their misguided ways.

But while extremist zeal is easy to condemn, it will require multiple revolutions to head off. These revolutions will require much of people in the Arab-Muslim world and also for the people in the West to shed their ambivalence and stop playing games. Muslims must be in the forefront. We must reclaim our true faith by getting behind the ideology of The Prophet Muhammad.

The time to act is now. Otherwise, this drift towards fanaticism, extremism and self-annihilation will continue and accelerate to a point of no return.

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Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah is the National Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA

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UK: The persecution of the Ahmadis must not be allowed to spread

UK: The persecution of the Ahmadis must not be allowed to spread

Driven out of Pakistan, the Muslim Ahmadiyya community now have their global headquarters in the UK. They deserve our protection and respect

In June 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself caliph of an Islamic State – a bit like making himself pope without asking anyone else. Most Sunni theologians thought it ridiculous. For the Shia it was an impossibility. The term caliph comes from the Arabic word for successor – variously interpreted as successor to the messenger of God or successor chosen by God. Sunni Muslims believe that the caliph should be elected, Shia Muslims that that he should be a biological descendent of the prophet Muhammad. The theological divisions between Sunni and Shia, reignited in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, began as a dispute over succession. And however much the disastrous invasion of Iraq exacerbated these divisions, it’s worth remembering that it didn’t create them. The first Muslim civil war erupted within 25 years of the prophet’s death, a number of the early caliphs having been assassinated by rivals.

So the subject of who gets called a caliph is dangerous stuff. Which is why it might come as a surprise to learn that tens of millions of Muslims look to the genteel south-west London suburbs as the home of their caliph, the decidedly genial His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. This caliph does not operate out of the dust and heat of the Middle East. A former agriculturalist and keen gardener, his message is consistently one of peace. Of course he is heavily guarded – one of his predecessors was stabbed in the neck during prayers – but, as little boys stood around and literally saluted him, the caliph was happy to pass the time of day with a Christian stranger like me, invited to share in the breaking of the Ramadan fast. And he had a twinkle in his eye that suggested a mischievous sense of humour. Nice man, I thought.

But these are some of the most persecuted Muslims in the world. Originating in the Punjab, the reason the caliphate is based in Southfields is because of the victimisation that Ahmadiyya Muslims now receive in Pakistan, where they are considered the wrong sort of Muslims. In fact, since 1974 they are not considered Muslims at all. By law, they are not allowed to call their places of worship mosques or greet each other with “As-salāmu alaykum”. Their graves are desecrated. Even the application form for a Pakistani passport has a section requiring all Muslims to condemn the founder of their community, making Pakistani citizenship all but impossible for Ahmadis. Remember the shopkeeper in Glasgow, Asad Shah, who was stabbed to death after posting a message of Easter greetings on his Facebook page? He was Ahmadi. This morning a Bradford cab driver admitted to murdering him for “disrespecting” the prophet.

The Ahmadiyya mosque in Morden, south London – a former milk factory – is the largest mosque in western Europe. They don’t broadcast the call to prayer out of respect for their neighbours, but they do have their own TV studio broadcasting worldwide. In the main worship space, dozens of little makeshift booths are constructed for the spiritual solitary confinement – called I’tikāf – that some undertake in the final days of Ramadan.

Ahmadi Muslims don’t believe that prophecy ended with Muhammad and that the promised messiah (an idea common to all Abrahamic faiths) arrived in India at the end of the 19th century. On this difference, the Ahmadis are widely considered apostates and subject to brutal persecution, something we must ensure does not take root here.

As we break the Ramadan fast over a curry, they tell me of leaflets being handed out on London campuses inciting Muslims to violence against them. They speak with anxiety of Tooting imam Suliman Gani, who begged a local halal butcher not to sell his shop to an Ahmadi. Guni, of course, hails from Sadiq Khan’s former constituency. Mayor Khan says he wants to “get out there and build bridges”. So maybe he should go and visit the Morden mosque too – it’s only a few stops down the Northern line. Eid mubarak.

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USA: Holy Quran exhibition planned for July 16 at Sycamore library

USA: Holy Quran exhibition planned for July 16 at Sycamore library

The Chicago Northwest chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, an auxiliary wing of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, will host a Holy Quran exhibition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St. in Sycamore.

The purpose of this exhibition is to provide local residents with an introduction to Islam andidentify commonalities between Islam and the other major religions of the world. The goal is to help educate and dispel common myths and misunderstandings about Islam.

Those who attend can ask any questions they may have about Muslims and Islam, including but not limited to:

What is Islam?

What is the Holy Quran?

What is the status of women and their rights in Islam?

What are the prophecies of the Holy Quran?

These exhibitions are part of a 2016 national effort headed by Imam Faran Rabbani taking place in more than 60 towns across the United States.

For more information on the Holy Quran exhibition, contact Iftekhar Ahmad, national assistant director for outreach, Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, at iftekhar.ahmad@muslimyouth.org or visit www.muslimyouth.org.

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UK: Cab driver pleads guilty to murder of Ahmadi Muslim shopkeeper Asad Shah

UK: Cab driver pleads guilty to murder of Ahmadi Muslim shopkeeper Asad Shah

A Bradford cab driver has admitted murdering a popular Glasgow shopkeeper in a religiously motivated attack.

Tanveer Ahmed, 32, savagely attacked local shopkeeper Asad Shah outside his store in Shawlands on 24 March. Mr Shah died from his injuries in Queen Elizabeth University hospital that evening.

At a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow today (Thursday), Ahmed pleaded guilty to the murder of 40-year-old Shah.

The attack happened just hours after Shah posted an Easter message to his customers on Facebook which read: “Good Friday and a very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.”

Shah was an Ahmadiyya, a group well known for peaceful, interfaith concerns and had uploaded numerous videos about his spiritual beliefs to his YouTube channel, most of which were filmed inside his shop.

Ahmed, who was arrested shortly after the attack, said that Shah had “disrespected” Islam and in a statement released by his lawyers said Shah had falsely claimed to be a prophet.

“Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Mr Shah claimed to be a Prophet,” said Ahmed.

“If I had not done this others would and there would have been more killing and violence in the world.”

In court, Judge Lady Rae told Ahmed: “This was a truly despicable crime, motivated, it seems, by your sense of offence at a man’s expression of his religious beliefs, which differ from yours.

“Let me be clear – there’s no justification whatsoever for what you did.”

Sentencing was deferred until August 9 and Ahmed was remanded in custody.

Following the attack in March, an online fundraising page was set up to support the shopkeeper’s family and raised over £100k in just four days.

The GoFundMe page was set up by four local residents and customers of Shah who wrote, “Mr Shah was a popular, well respected and much loved member of our community and his death has devastated many.

“He was a warm and friendly man and he always went out of his way to make time to talk to you, he was more than just our local shopkeeper. He was a friend to many.”

Another regular customer, Linda Carlisle, posted: “I live across the road from Mr Shah’s shop and was very saddened to learn of the brutal attack on such a humble, kind, peaceful and loving man.

“When I couldn’t open my car door he searched his shop to find the correct battery for my car key. This was the measure of the man. A generous, gentle man who took an interest in and went out of his way for others. RIP Mr Shah.”

NFRN Scottish President, David Forbes said at the time he was “shocked and saddened by the death of fellow member Asad Shah.”

Chief executive Paul Baxter, added: “My thoughts and prayers are with Asad’s family and those who knew him as a fantastic friend.”

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