Uganda: Vice President Ssekandi addresses Ahmadiyya global convention in the UK

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By Vision Reporter |

Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim community worldwide for their quest for peace, tolerance, and love for humanity; values that he said define any religious practice.

Ssekandi who was addressing the 50 Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in Guild field Hampshire County in the United Kingdom said, he was happy that the Ahmadiyya Muslim mission is aimed at promoting peace and justice globally.

He observed that the world today is faced with challenges of violence terrorism, radicalism, sectarian, armed conflicts and hatred based prejudices and commended Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Convention which he said provides an opportunity to reflect on global challenges and identify mitigating factors to face the future with renewed hope.

He said that the need for Peace and Justice transcends religious, ethnic and ideological boundaries and commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for exhibiting tolerance, love and care despite being victims of religious intolerance and persecution in some parts of the World.

Ssekandi called upon all religious and charity organisations in the world to preserve and protect world peace, by doing more for the less fortunate and the suffering, promote reconciliation and consensus and applauded the Ahmadiyya community’s efforts in pulling resources together to improve the livelihood of the disadvantaged and suffering people.

He said that various parts of the world lack genuine peace, which is a prerequisite for development and transformation adding that Uganda is championing peace in the region because it has learned from her turbulent past the value for peace and security, which he said come with a price and sacrifice.

He pledged Government commitment to work with the Ahmadiyya Community, who since 1935 has shown commitment to provide safe water, Health and Education services to supplement efforts of the Government in addressing the development challenges facing the population.

He also observed that the Constitution of the Uganda guarantees the freedom of worship and reiterated Government resolve to continue protecting such freedom assuring the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide that Uganda was safe and urged those interested in investments that Uganda was the best option.

He also commended the leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmed for promoting world peace and called for interfaith dialogue solidarity of the different religious communities in the world, if Good is to overcome Evil.

Speaking at the three-day event addressed by several others from the UK and other world leaders, Ssekandi said that lack of peace in any part of the world affects others and called upon all peace loving people to work together to support efforts geared at guarding world peace and security for development.

Canada: Mobile Muslims demystify Islam through Calgary on cross-country tour

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By Aaron Chatha |

The group is also celebrating 50 years of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada

When the Mobile Muslim tour rolled through Calgary one Tuesday, they brought signs, literature, a bus and – most importantly – their voices.

The group spent hours on Stephen Avenue talking to Calgarians frankly and openly about Islam and their community, in a cross-country effort to demystify Islam in the eyes of Canadians.

The tour launched two weeks ago in St. John’s and passed through Northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and now Alberta.

The group, representing Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, said they were also marking 50 years of the community’s establishment in Canada by reaching out Canadians.

Representative Shahrukh Abid has been thrilled with the response they’ve gotten.

“Most Canadians are very tolerant and understanding,” he said. “Even if they have misconceptions about Islam, they still approach us. The fact they’re not stubborn, they’re open to new ideas and learning about Islam, that was pretty awesome to see.”

They have faced a bit of hostility however, especially in smaller towns in Western Canada. But Abid said that only makes up one per cent of all the people they’ve met.

Most have asked lots of questions, and allowed Abid to clear up notions that Islam is a radical or dangerous faith. He explains their main tenets are peace, harmony and brotherhood.

After finishing in Calgary, the group packed up and moved on towards Kamloops, their next stop on the way to Vancouver.

Ghana: Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary Urges Parents to Educate Girls to Guarantee Their Future

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By Joseph Kyei-Boateng |

A 13-member reconstituted Board of Governors for the T.I. Ahmadiyya Girls Senior High School at Asokore in the Sekyere East District in the Ashanti Region has been inaugurated by the Ashanti Regional Director of Education, Mrs Mary Owusu Achiaw.

The Ashanti Regional Missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Maulvi Abdul Hameed Tahir, has urged parents to put premium on the education of their children, especially the girl-child, to guarantee their future.

The Headmistress of the school, Hajia Aisha Boakye Nyantakyi, assured the reconstituted board of the support of the school administration in the discharge of its duties.

She disclosed that as of May this year, the total student population was 804 and that with the successful completion of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) this year, 195 students had left the school, reducing the student population to 609.

Hajia Boakye Nyantakyi stressed that discipline was the school’s core value.

The Chairman of the board, Ayyub Morgan, on behalf of the board members, promised to work assiduously and strictly abide by the GES Constitution that regulates its activities.

He said the board would, however, expect exemplary leadership from the school’s management in the performance of its administrative duties.

Pakistan: Senate body for mechanism to stop misuse of blasphemy laws

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By Mumtaz Alvi |

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights Tuesday shared consensus on evolving mechanism to stop misuse of the blasphemy laws.

The panel decided to hold a series of meetings and invite representatives from the civil society and other segments, including religious scholars, legal experts and the Council of Islamic Ideology to firm up recommendations on the matter.

The committee met here at the Parliament House under its Chairperson Senator Nasreen Jalil of MQM, who said what the panel wanted was to look for ways and means to stop misuse of the law, without having touched it what to talk of bringing any amendment to it.

She noted that the committee was of the view that no innocent person should be punished under this law and added as compared to the non-Muslims, the Muslims had been victim of the trend.

PPP’s Farhatullah Babar also underlined the need for halting misuse of the law. He said positive and comprehensive proposals could be floated in this connection. The ruling PML-N’s Senator Nisar Muhammad cautioned that blasphemy law was not an ordinary legislation and there was a need to deal with the matter with utmost care and proposed having consultations with religious scholars as well as looking into such laws in other Islamic countries.

Mir Kabeer of the National Party said he had reservations over the misuse of the law but said none could even think of amending it. Senator Samina Abid of PTI claimed that some 80 per cent innocent were punished under the law, because of its misuse.

The National Commission on Human Rights Chairman, Justice (R) Ali Nawaz Chohan, informed the committee that they had furnished recommendations on the subject: under which any case under this law must not be probed by a police officer less than the rank of SSP and district and sessions judge should hear the case.

He explained the recommendations also included that on filing a false case, a criminal case should be filed against that person and until and unless the offence was under this law was not proved, the case should be declared bail able. Moreover, he said for such cases, training of prayer leaders and cops should be made mandatory.

The Holy Prophet, he pointed out, had pardoned many, therefore, the aspect of repentance should be kept in view and if someone denied having committed blasphemy, the element of apprehension should also be kept in mind.

On this, the Secretary of the Ministry of  Human Rights, Nadeem Ashraf, noted that there was an air of fear and no lawyer was ready to defend an accused under the law and even judges feared on taking up such cases.

Farhatullah Babar said he had reservations over the Council of Islamic Ideology and hence did not wish having guidelines from this platform on the subject, which always added to temperature instead of showing a ray of light.

Senator Sitara Ayaz of ANP and PPP’s Sehar Kamran called for taking decisions only after having done consultations with all the stake-holders.