42 dead as blast hits Quetta Civil Hospital after lawyer’s killing

42 dead as blast hits Quetta Civil Hospital after lawyer’s killing

QUETTA: At least 42 people were killed following a loud explosion inside the Civil Hospital here on Monday, police said. Over 30 people have been injured in the attack.

“The blast occurred after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident early this morning,” said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Harifal.

It is suspected that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti told DawnNews.

Source/Credit: Dawn

USA: Pakistani-American couple kicked off US airliner Delta flight ‘for sweating, saying Allah’

USA: Pakistani-American couple kicked off US airliner Delta flight ‘for sweating, saying Allah’

A Pakistani-American couple who accused Delta Airlines for singling them out because flight crew noticed them ‘sweating’ and saying ‘Allah’ have opened up about their ordeal for the first time.

Faisal Ali and Nazia Ali were waiting for about 45 minutes on a Delta Airlines flight in Paris to fly back to Cincinnati, Ohio when an employee asked them to exit the aircraft as he needed to ask them questions.”We asked if we should get our stuff and he said, ‘Yes, take all of your stuff as you won’t be on that flight’,” Nazia told The Independent.

“That was really alarming. I was scared because it looked like some random guy was taking pictures of our passports on his personal phone,” she said. The Delta employee explained that the pilot had decided to ask them to leave as one of the crew members had felt ‘uncomfortable’ in their presence, as the crew member had reportedly seen Faisal hide his phone as they walked by, and that he had been sweating and saying ‘Allah’.

After interrogating them about their stay in Paris, where the couple went to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, the officer said he had no problem with them and there was nothing else he could ask the couple. When Faisal asked what they had done wrong, the agent said, “You have done nothing wrong, unfortunately this is the way the world is right now. It is Delta’s word against yours.” They finally boarded the plane and Nazia said she still felt scared. “We now know that just because you’re on the flight doesn’t mean you won’t be asked to leave – until you’re airborne,” she said.

“We just went straight to the terminal and they booked us on the next flight home, so they know we didn’t do anything and we know that we didn’t do anything,” said Nazia. “I told my four-year-old that you’ll see me tomorrow, in another nine hours,” she said. “But that didn’t happen.”

Faisal explained that he had been texting his mother to let her know they had safely boarded the plane as she would be picking them up from Cincinnati airport. “I wanted to get on that plane so badly. I didn’t care about my privacy, I just wanted the captain to see my phone so he could see we were just texting our parents,” she said. He added he might have been sweating due to poor air circulation on the plane as it had been on the tarmac for about 45 minutes. Faisal and Nazia Ali are US citizens originally from Pakistan.

The Council of American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint against the airline and said that the couple had been discriminated against.“By falsely construing their simple and normal actions into something scary and threatening, it is clear that Mr and Mrs Ali were being singled out due to their Muslim appearance and name,” wrote staff lawyer Sana Hassan.

Delta Airlines spokesperson Morgan Durrant responded, “Delta condemns discrimination toward our customers in regards to age, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or gender.  As a global airline that brings hundreds of thousands of people together every day, Delta is deeply committed to treating all of our customers with respect.  Delta continues its investigation into this matter and will issue a full refund of these customers’ airfare.”

Perspective: A ‘Naik’-mare in Pakistan | Khaled Ahmed

Perspective: A ‘Naik’-mare in Pakistan | Khaled Ahmed

Zakir Naik is ‘protected’ as an Indian citizen but he considers himself a Muslim first

Zakir Naik’s connection with Pakistan was described, long ago, in the following report. Talking to ARY TV (August 30, 2004) Lahore’s radical evangelist Israr Ahmed said there was a great tradition of mujadila (debate) among the Muslim scholars who took on Christian missionaries and always won (sic!). The greatest living debater, according to him, was late Sheikh Deedat of South Africa.

He said the other great debater was Zakir Naik of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), who was actually influenced by the writings of Israr Ahmed. He said Naik had come to Lahore to pay homage to him and had bought cassettes of his lectures worth Rs 60,000 on the best blank cassette available. He said Deedat and Zakir had mastery over the Bible text. Ahmed maintained that khilafat would come as a result of a revolution in which a lot of blood will be spilt. He died in 2010.

Who was Israr Ahmed? A medical doctor like Naik, Ahmed rose to fame in the 1970s with his radical message under the military regime of the Islamising general, Zia ul Haq. In time, he had a big following and it attracted youths who were to kill later. In 2015, an MBA student in Karachi, Saad Aziz, killed a social worker, Sabeen Mahmud, for her liberal views after joining the ISIS in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He was also involved in the killing of a busload of Ismaili Muslims in the city. According to his confession, he was first inspired by Israr Ahmed.

Sheikh Deedat, who died in 2005, was born in 1918, in Surat, India. His family migrated to South Africa in 1927 where he established the first Islamic religious institution to train preachers and was also the founder of world’s largest Islamic Dawa organisation. His technique: Establish the supremacy of Islam by running down other religions, something that Naik raised to a dangerous level, taking on Hinduism too.

The world has been waking up to Zakir Naik over the past decade and now thinks he can’t be allowed to carry on. That he went on for so long is owed to the tradition of self-critique among other religions while Muslims would kill for it. Like his two predecessors, he purveyed hate-speech; only he did it in English/Urdu and was lapped up and lionised by Muslims at home in South Asia and expat Muslims abroad.

Surprisingly, India remained tolerant, but negative reports about him kept trickling out: The American terror suspect Najibullah Zazi, arrested in 2009 for planning a suicide attack in a New York subway, and Kafeel Ahmed, who died during a failed suicide attack on the Glasgow airport in 2007, were inspired by his videos gone viral globally. The latest machete-wielding butchers of Dhaka were also pumped up by his rhetoric. He was counted among the 100 most influential “religious scholars” of India, a dubious distinction for India.

Before his visa got cancelled in 2010, he had steadily poisoned the minds of Muslim Britons since 1990 when he first visited there. Naik’s most lethal advice to the Muslims in the UK was that they should “proclaim” that they were Muslims first and British later. If this were to hold, it would practically kick them out of the category that made them equal to all other British citizens.

It was a kind of offensive self-denigration that threatened non-Muslims in Pakistan when its home minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stood up in the National Assembly in 2015 and declared that he was a Muslim before being a Pakistani. Whether inspired by Naik or not, he held out a threat to non-Muslim citizens claiming equality of citizenship under the constitution by reason of being “Pakistani first”.

Pakistani TV channels ARY and Al-Irfan (November 13, 2003) had Naik unloading the following rubbish on the destruction of the 4th century statues of Bamyan Buddhas in Afghanistan in 2001: When a Hindu asked him whether he thought what the Taliban did to the colossal statues was right, he answered that since there were no Buddhists in Afghanistan and the territory belonged to the Afghans, they were right in destroying their own property. He said what if all the opium-addicts protested that a country had destroyed large stocks of opium? Message: Pakistani museums should trash thousands of their Buddha statues since there were no Buddhists in Pakistan. What looked like advocacy of vandalism was to mutate into 9/11 and 26/11.

Naik’s entry was banned in the UK after three cities there invited him to speak to Pakistani and Bangladeshi audiences; 12 Pakistanis and Bangladeshis planning terrorism were arrested thereafter.

Naik resonates with other extremists in the UK that London can’t ban, and they are taking his mission forward. In September last year, UK Muslim leader Anjem Choudary tweeted: “Eventually the whole world will be governed by Shari’ah and Muslims will have authority over China, Russia and the US etc. This is the promise of Allah. And under the Shari’ah, the false gods that people worship instead of Allah will be removed, like democracy, freedom, liberalism, secularism, etc.”

Just as Naik is “protected” as an Indian citizen — according to his definition he is not Indian but a “Muslim first” — Anjem Choudary and his “untaxed” welfare payments in the UK — equivalent to a £32,500 ($50,000) salary — are protected. The average annual earnings of a full-time worker in the UK was £26,936 ($41,000) in 2014. There is no doubt that there is big money trailing Naik too without being accounted for.

Source/Credit:  The Indian Express

Nigeria: Christian Youth Organization Names Ahmadi Muslim Youth Leader as Peace Ambassador

Nigeria: Christian Youth Organization Names Ahmadi Muslim Youth Leader as Peace Ambassador

An Ahmadi Muslim youth leader and social activist Hon. Ishaq Olamilekan Popoola has been honored again with an award as a Peace Ambassador during an event organized by the Christian Youth for Peace & Development Initiative in collaboration with Inter-Religious Peace Initiative.

The event, which was aimed at enhancing the capacity of young leaders on inter-religious and intercultural dialogue techniques and networking, had participants from different religious organizations.

While addressing the press at the end of the event, Hon. Popoola stated that: “I belong to a religious community that is known for peace-making around the world. I have had privileges to work for PEACE, in all ramifications, in the past and I am more committed to strengthening this at the moment and in the nearest future. I see my continuous pursuit for peaceful coexistence among people of different backgrounds and multiplicities in ideological beliefs as my humble selfless service to national unity and development. If we all preach PEACE in our utterances, actions and other forms of societal engagements, it is only then a multi-religious society like ours can achieve a sustainable future.”

The highlights of the event featured technical sessions, syndicate group discussions, and visitations to the national mosque and national Christian centers. The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Sa’ad III, and Cardinal John Onaiyekan were represented at the event by Sarkin Jiwa, HRH Idris Musa Umar (MFR) and Bishop Edward W. Chanomi respectively. Other dignitaries at the event were German Ambassador to Nigeria represented by Miss Sophia Sabrow (First Secretary, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Abuja), Amb. Polycarp Azinge, Prof. Sam Smah, Prof. Joseph H.P.Golwa, Sheikh Nura Khalid, Hajiya Maryam Dada, and a host of others.

Previously, Hon. Popoola also received a Peace Ambassadorial award from the Commonwealth last year. His formal peace award was for his meritorious services on peaceful general elections in Nigeria while the latter was for his contributions in achieving peaceful coexistence among youths of various religious bodies. Hon. Popoola was a formal students’ union leader, pioneer Honourable Member of the Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP), a member of the national executive council of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Committee Secretary at the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), among others.

He is currently Muavin Sadr II (the Special Assistance II) to the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya, Nigeria (MKAN).

Source/Credit:  Ishaq Popoola

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim Association distributes food to homeless in Newcastle

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim Association distributes food to homeless in Newcastle

“On 24th of July women of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association donated food to Northeast Homelessness team,” said organiser Shafia Saeed of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Allah says, “What has brought you to this burning abode? They will answer, ‘We were not amongst those who worshipped God (out of arrogance) and nor did we feed the needy….” (74:42-44) .

It is our duty to feed hungry and help needy as Allah says, “Have you seen the one who denies the [Day of ] Judgement ? Then such is he who repulses the orphan and encourages not the feeding of the needy …….” (107:1-3).

I believe humanity comes first.”

 

Source/Credit: Chronicle Live