UK: Muslim and Christian event in Rose Hill promotes peace and understanding

Dr Zahid Khan referred to the historic incident when a delegation of 60 Christians were welcomed to pray in the Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Medina and emphasised the Holy Prophet’s display of tolerance.

MUSLIMS and Christians came together in Rose Hill to find out more about the respective religions and promote peace.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community invited the Cowley Team Ministry and their friends to the interfaith event entitled Peace – Need of the Time.

The two groups met at Rose Hill Community Centre in Carole’s Way, Oxford, on February 11, with guest speaker Revd Canon Dr Geoff Bayliss enthusing the audience with a message of peace.

He spoke about the healing of a broken world, when peace will rule and the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven to earth when people will leave in peace and harmony.

About 80 people listened to the talk, which was followed by a speech from Dr Zahid Khan from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Dr Khan focussed his speech on building friendship despite differences and the importance of mutual respect and understanding.

He referred to the historic incident when a delegation of 60 Christians were welcomed to pray in the Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Medina and emphasised the Holy Prophet’s display of tolerance.

Dr Khan underscored the need to exercise justice in order to establish peace.

A question and answer session at the end allowed members of the audience to quiz both speakers, who provided answers from the viewpoint of their respective faiths.

The event ended with silent prayer and then dinner.

Source http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk

12-Y-O Pakistani Christian Girl Drugged, Raped and Killed, but Police Claim It Was Suicide

 12-year-old Christian schoolgirl was murdered in Pakistan last week and evidence suggests she was also drugged and raped, despite police claims that she committed suicide.

The girl has been identified by her first name, Tania, in a report by the British Pakistani Christian Association which has started an online petition seeking to catch whoever committed the crime.

Tania was reportedly dropped off to school on Jan. 23 by her older brother, Johnson, but later that morning he recieved a call from the local police station informing him that his sister had drowned in the Upper Chenab Canal.

“On hearing the news of the death of their beloved sister, Johnson and Sania ran to the site where she was located. There they saw the devastating sight of their sister’s dead body wrapped in a white police cloth,” the report explained.

“The shock left them reeling as they fell to their knees and wept by her frail dead body, they wept incessantly and bitterly for the loss of their beloved sister.”

The police at first alleged that the girl had committed suicide by jumping into the canal; however, the family is arguing that she was likely raped, given that her mouth was full of froth, which is a recognized symptom of a commonly used date rape drug.

The family has also said that Tania’s trousers were badly ripped, which they believe was the result of rape, and have disputed a police report that claims Tania suffered “deep depression” in school, noting that pupils and friends argue that this is an “unfounded allegation.”

The report details other problematic aspects of the police claim that Tania killed herself, including CCTV footage that showed her getting into a vehicle outside of school with someone else inside. The family is also calling for an independent autopsy of their daughter’s body.

Nadeem Gill, the girl’s father, said that Tania “was young, happy and full of energy. There is absolutely no way she would take her own life!”

“Every day in the evening we would spend an hour talking on Skype. She would tell me what she had done through the day and would ask me about my day. She was a truly wonderful and loving daughter,” Gill added.

“Our corrupt police force is preventing justice for my daughter. But I will never give up until her murderer is found.”

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the BPCA, who urged Christians to sign the petition calling for justice for Tania, said that the family has suffered enough.

“Pakistani statutory authorities and the government need to recognize the growing concern of evident targeting of Christian girls for rape and forced Islamic marriage,” Chowdhry said.

“Tania’s case fits the profile of many other similar rape incidents, sadly in her case it led to murder,” he added.

“By ignoring the plight of minority girls, Pakistan as a nation is developing a poor reputation for human rights and it may simply illustrate that most of the population do not care.”

Christians in Pakistan have suffered various attacks from the Muslim majority population for years, with persecution watchdog groups, such as Open Doors USA, ranking the country at No. 4 on its World Watch List of nations where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith.

Open Doors noted that besides being unfairly targeted by Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws, hundreds of Christian girls and women in Pakistan are also kidnapped, raped and forced into Islamic marriages.

 

Pakistan: Family Says Christian Schoolgirl Drugged, Raped, Murdered — But Police Claim She Killed Herself

When the police found her body on the banks of the canal, the family noticed that her mouth was full of froth, which is a recognised indication that a person has taken a date rape drug. 

Her family says there was probable evidence to prove she was kidnapped. There were also signs that she was raped before she was murdered.

And yet the police in Pakistan insisted that Tania, 12-year Christian schoolgirl, committed suicide by jumping into a canal, the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) reported.

The sudden death of their beloved daughter on Jan. 23 stunned Tania’s parents, and now they’re demanding justice.

The family said there was CCTV footage that showed Tania getting into a vehicle just outside her school, a possible indication that she was lured by a kidnap gang.

When the police found her body on the banks of the canal, the family noticed that her was full of froth, which is a recognised indication that a person has taken a date rape drug. Moreover, Tania’s trousers were badly ripped, another possible indication that she was raped before she was killed and dumped in the canal.

The family is now calling for an independent autopsy of their daughter’s body.

To justify its claim that Tania committed suicide, the police said in its report that the victim suffered “deep depression” in school.

But Tania’s classmates and friends said this was an “unfounded allegation.”

Nadeem Gill, the girl’s father, said Tania “was young, happy and full of energy. There is absolutely no way she would take her own life!”

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the BPCA, is urging Christians to sign a petition calling for justice for Tania.

“Tania’s case fits the profile of many other similar rape incidents, sadly in her case it led to murder,” Chowdhry said.

Christians continue to be subjected to indiscriminate attacks in Muslim-majority Pakistan with the persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA ranking the country at No. 4 on its latest World Watch List of nations where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith.

In its report, Open Doors states that hundreds of Christian girls and women have been kidnapped, raped and forced into Islamic marriages in Pakistan.

In December 2016, Amnesty International also deplored the plight of Christians in the country. It says religious minorities are often the target of false blasphemy accusations in Pakistan, which embolden vigilantes to threaten or even kill those accused of blasphemy.

Amnesty notes that authorities exert little effort to check the evidence of blasphemy allegations as they yield to public pressure. Trials are often “unfair,” the human rights group says.

Pakistan: Christian lad beaten for drinking water from a mosque

Pakistan: Christian lad beaten for drinking water from a mosque

A video showing Christian boy being brutally tortured by a mob reveals horrifying scenes of religious intolerance in the country. Media reports detailed that the boy was beaten for drinking water from a mosque.

 

The video emerged few days back, which sowed a Christian boy brutally beaten up for purportedly drinking water from a fountain located inside a mosque. The boy was being physically assaulted by a mob in the public. Nevertheless, the video has also sparked controversy as doubts and questions surround the authenticity of the video. However the Christian boy was certainly beaten and physically tortured by a mob.

The United States Commission for International Religious Freedom stated in its annual report 2015: “Pakistan represents one of the worst situations in the world for religious freedom for countries not currently designated by the U.S. government as ‘countries of particular concern.’ In the past year, the government grappled with a challenging security environment and initiated efforts to fight the Pakistani Taliban.

However, despite these efforts, Pakistan continued to experience chronic sectarian violence targeting Shi’a Muslims, Christians, Ahmadi Muslims, and Hindus. Despite positive rulings by the Supreme Court, the government failed to provide adequate protection to targeted groups or to prosecute perpetrators and those calling for violence. Pakistan’s repressive blasphemy laws and anti-Ahmadi laws continue to violate religious freedoms and to foster a climate of impunity. USCIRF again recommends in 2015 that Pakistan be designated a ‘country of particular concern,’ or CPC, under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), as it has recommended since 2002.”
Read original post here: Pakistan: Christian lad beaten for drinking water from a mosque

This content-post is archived for backup and to keep archived records of any news Islam Ahmadiyya. The views expressed by the author and source of this news archive do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of iRabwah. iRabwah is not an organ of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, nor in any way associated with any of the community’s official websites.

Indonesia: Jakarta’s Christian governor answers police summons in blasphemy probe

Indonesia: Jakarta’s Christian governor answers police summons in blasphemy probe

On Friday, over 100,000 people from various Muslim groups swarmed Jakarta streets to urge authorities to prosecute Ahok for alleged religious defamation.
Gubernatorial candidate and incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama answered a police summons on Monday to be interrogated on his role in an alleged blasphemy case, three days after a mass demonstration pressured police to prosecute him.

Ahok arrived at the National Police’s headquarters in South Jakarta at 8:15 a.m., accompanied by several members of his gubernatorial campaign team, including City Council Speaker Prasetio Edi Marsudi of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), councilors Merry Hotma of the PDI-P, Muhammad “Ongen” Sangaji of the Hanura Party and Democratic Party lawmaker Ruhut Sitompul, who is also a lawyer.

“As leader of Ahok’s campaign team, I want to give him moral support,” Prasetio told reporters.

Ahok, meanwhile, made no comments before entering to the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) office, only giving a smile and wave to the press.

Ruhut, meanwhile, said Ahok and his campaign team would respect the ongoing legal process.

“We respect Pak Tito [Karnavian, the National Police chief]. We will wait whether there is any [basis] for religious defamation or not. If not, then we should accept it. Indonesia is a country that is based on the rule of law,” he said.

Previously on Friday, over 100,000 people from various Muslim groups swarmed Jakarta streets to urge authorities to prosecute Ahok for alleged religious defamation.

Ahok, a Christian and Indonesian of Chinese descent in a Muslim-majority country, has sparked uproar among Islamic groups after he made a comment about a Quranic verse during his visit to Thousand Islands regency in late September. The police has received dozens of reports regarding the case. (hwa)

Read original post here: Indonesia: Jakarta’s Christian governor answers police summons in blasphemy probe

This content-post is archived for backup and to keep archived records of any news Islam Ahmadiyya. The views expressed by the author and source of this news archive do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of iRabwah. iRabwah is not an organ of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, nor in any way associated with any of the community’s official websites.

Pakistan: Claims Police ‘Torture’ Christian Boy And Mother Accused Of Burning Quran

Pakistan: Claims Police ‘Torture’ Christian Boy And Mother Accused Of Burning Quran

“The mother and child have expressed in no uncertain terms that they had been interrogated and suffered torture during their four day detainment. However despite their treatment they both did not confess to the crime of blasphemy.”

A young boy and his mother said they were tortured while detained by police over blasphemy allegations in the Pakistani city of Quetta, said a Christian rights group.

Nine-year old Christian boy Inzam was accused of burning a copy of the Quran, which saw him being arrested and detained along with his mother, Shakil on Oct. 21, says the London-based charity British Pakistani Christians Association.

“The arrests were made without investigation on the testimony of a Muslim witness and was totally in accordance with the draconian blasphemy laws of Pakistan,” said a report on the charity’s website.

“A Muslim witness is given higher authority than non-Muslim testimonies under Shariah law; these are Islamic laws that determine Pakistani law,” the report said.

After four days of lobbying from rights groups and politicians the young boy and her mother were released Oct. 25.

“The mother and child have expressed in no uncertain terms that they had been interrogated and suffered torture during their four day detainment,” said the report. “However despite their treatment they both did not confess to the crime of blasphemy.”

Police said they found no evidence that a copy of the Quran had been burnt, said the report.

Blasphemy against the Quran is punishable with life imprisonment in Pakistan. Church leaders have long charged that the laws are abused for personal gain and that religious extremists are furthering their agenda by abusing blasphemy laws.

Read original post here: Pakistan: Claims Police ‘Torture’ Christian Boy And Mother Accused Of Burning Quran

This content-post is archived for backup and to keep archived records of any news Islam Ahmadiyya. The views expressed by the author and source of this news archive do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of iRabwah. iRabwah is not an organ of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, nor in any way associated with any of the community’s official websites.

Pakistan: Blasphemy charges filings against Christian, Hindus rise

Pakistan: Blasphemy charges filings against Christian, Hindus rise

At least four Christians have been charged for the crime of alleged blasphemy against Islam in Pakistan’s Punjab province in the last month, according to a report from Catholic news agency Agenzia Fides.

Meanwhile, the agency reports that in the province of Sindh in southern Pakistan, a man named Sateesh Kumar was killed and another seriously injured as a result of unrest between Hindus and Muslims in an incident reportedly triggered by a false accusation of blasphemy against a Hindu, who police say was mentally disabled.

The cases registered against Christians in Punjab include that of James Nadeem, 35, a resident in Gujrat, accused for writing offensive remarks about the Prophet Muhammed and sending them to a friend via the “WhatsApp” messaging service. When the news spread of the alleged insult to Islam, hundreds of Muslims crowded outside the Christian area, apparently with the intent of setting fire to the entire area. Fides reports that only the prompt intervention of the police prevented the massacre, while Christians left their homes as a precaution.

In Gujranwala, an anti-terrorism court recently issued a verdict of death sentence against two Christians – Anjum Naz Sindhu, a school headmaster, and Javed Naz – and a Muslim – Jaffar Ali – on charges of blasphemy. And, in another case, a Christian, Usman Masih, was accused of blasphemy for allegedly having sent an offensive message on the social network Facebook.

Pakistan – where about 200 million Muslims, about four million Christians and as many Hindus live – has one of the toughest laws against blasphemy among the Muslim-majority countries. It includes a wide range of actions or comments that could be interpreted as “defamation of Islam”. The law, introduced in 1986 by the dictator Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq without any parliamentary passage, provides for life imprisonment or the death penalty, but in many cases it is abused and used to settle personal vendettas.

According to data from the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops of Pakistan, 200 Christians, 633 Muslims, 494 Ahmadis, and 21 Hindus (more than 1,300 cases) were charged with blasphemy from 1987 to 2013. In 2014 the complaints registered were 1400, while in the last 30 years 70 accused of blasphemy have been extrajudicially executed.

Source/Credit: Sight Magazine