Perspective: Praying for the well-being of humanity | Sania Saeed

Perspective: Praying for the well-being of humanity | Sania Saeed

Imagine going to your local hospital. Generally, it is seen as a beneficent place of caring and compassion, a place to recover and be doted upon by dedicated professionals. However, on August 8, for over 70 individuals, their hospital became a place of horror. These people were killed, while another 200 were injured, in a meticulously planned attack where terrorists carried out a suicide attack at the local hospital in Quetta, Pakistan.

As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I condemn the horrific acts of ISIS/ISIL. It is our belief that not only Islam, but no true religion, whatever its name, can sanction violence and bloodshed of innocent people in the name of God. Terrorists may use religious or political labels, but no one should be deceived by their wily ways and treacherous guiles; their only goal is to create chaos and fear. They have nothing to do with religion, and have unfortunately hijacked mine. The word Islam itself means peace. In the Holy Quran it says, “to kill even one innocent person is to kill all of mankind” (5:32). Therefore, no murder can ever be justified under any circumstances; the members of ISIS are defaming Islam in one of the worst ways possible.

We all as moral members of society should unite against their appalling actions. Only through conformity to Divine laws can we hope to achieve the ideal of a secure world free of terrorism.

I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of those innocent people who lost their lives in the hospital suicide bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan. I pray for mankind that may everyone acquire a love for the well-being of humanity.

Source/Credit: New Haven Register

Eye on Science: Earth-Like Planet Around Proxima Centauri Discovered

Eye on Science: Earth-Like Planet Around Proxima Centauri Discovered

The hunt for exoplanets has been heating up in recent years. Since it began its mission in 2009, over four thousand exoplanet candidates have been discovered by the Kepler mission, several hundred of which have been confirmed to be “Earth-like” (i.e. terrestrial). And of these, some 216 planets have been shown to be both terrestrial and located within their parent star’s habitable zone (aka. “Goldilocks zone”).

But in what may prove to be the most exciting find to date, the German weekly Der Spiegel announced recently that astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, just 4.25 light-years away. Yes, in what is an apparent trifecta, this newly-discovered exoplanet is Earth-like, orbits within it’s sun’s habitable zone, and is within our reach. But is this too good to be true?

For over a century, astronomers have known about Proxima Centauri and believed that it is likely to be part of a trinary star system (along with Alpha Centauri A and B). Located just 0.237 ± 0.011 light years from the binary pair, this low-mass red dwarf star is also 0.12 light years (~7590 AUs) closer to Earth, making it the closest star system to our own.

Source/Credit: Universe Today

UK convicts infamous extremist Anjem Choudary of supporting Islamic State

UK convicts infamous extremist Anjem Choudary of supporting Islamic State

For years Islamic extremist Anjem Choudary has played a cat and mouse game with the police. His hate filled speeches never getting close enough to convict him of stirring up trouble or so it would seem.

He advocated support for the Taliban, Al Qaeda and all forms of terrorism against Western targets. Lately he has been acting as a recruiter for Islamic State and getting people to swear allegiance to its leader Baghdadi.

It is reckoned Choudary is responsible for 500 British Jihadis going out to the Middle East to link up with Islamic State.

It did not take long for a jury to convict Anjem Choudary and an associate. It is not his hate speeches that have finally brought him down but his support and endorsement of Islamic State. When speaking to Sky News about his speeches Choudary said he was merely exercising his freedom of speech on such things as Sharia and that he posed a threat to no one.

Choudary will appear in the dock at the Old Bailey and will face 10 years in prison.

Source/Credit: The News Hub

Perspective: We can stop terrorists | Nomaan Mubashir

Perspective: We can stop terrorists | Nomaan Mubashir

Can terrorism be justified? Is hatred more powerful than love? As an Ahmadi Muslim, the answer is clear that terrorism has no place in Islam or any religion. The tragic tale of another terrorist in the guise of Aaron Driver is yet another unfortunate incident. As a Canadian Muslim, my heart mourns at a loss of another soul who has been misled by those propagating the evil indoctrination of the Islamic State group or other terrorist organizations while claiming to represent the religion of Islam.

The reality of youth like Driver, who become radicalized online through extremist views, highlights the impressionability of youth and the need for a counter-narrative. The efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association are exemplary in this regard for keeping Muslim youth engaged and educating them on the true, peaceful teaching of Islam and providing the platform to serving mankind irrespective of their creed, colour or religious beliefs. I am optimistic that it is love that indeed is more powerful than hate. There is no justification for terrorism.

It is my sincere wish that all Canadian youth use their God-given capabilities for the betterment of all humankind in the world’s greatest country, Canada.

Nomaan Mubashir, Cambridge

Source/Credit: Waterloo Region Record