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.

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UK: Sunni Mosque leaders dump plans to host extremist hate preacher exposed by Sunday Post

 

UK: Sunni Mosque leaders dump plans to host extremist hate preacher exposed by Sunday Post

The mosque has dumped any plans to host the controversial cleric – and thanked The Sunday Post for alerting them to the preacher’s background.

MOSQUE leaders have praised The Sunday Post for warning them they had booked a hate preacher so extreme he’s banned in Pakistan.

Last week we exclusively revealed that hardline cleric Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri had been asked to speak at Falkirk Central Mosque.

The booking came despite the fact the preacher had been banned in his native Pakistan for his hardcore message.

The cleric has openly praised a murderer linked to the killing of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah, 40, who was stabbed 27 times by killer Tanveer Ahmed, 32, after wishing customers a “Happy Easter”.

Now, the mosque has dumped any plans to host the controversial cleric – and thanked The Sunday Post for alerting them to the preacher’s background.

Mosque committee member Khalid Saeed is delighted the paper helped spare their blushes.

“The mosque would never knowingly give a platform to views that counter our beliefs of tolerance and non- violence,” he said.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Sunday Post for raising this issue and would like to reiterate our community’s zero tolerance for hatred or violence of any kind.

“Following engagement with members and our own youth committee, Falkirk Central Mosque will ensure that progressive values are promoted and where possible will work with Police Scotland to ensure community safety.

“In addition, the mosque committee is reviewing its procedures when allowing an external booking to ensure this never happens again.”

Politicians praised the mosque for its stance. Scottish Conservative equalities spokeswoman Annie Wells said: “This is a welcome move.”

Concerns were raised about Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri with British authorities before he arrived from Pakistan last month.

Sources claim a Home Office anti-terror line was tipped off about the cleric. However, The Home Office has refused to be drawn on the issue.

The murder of Asad Shah in March sparked anger across Scotland.

The shopkeeper was stabbed repeatedly by Ahmed, who has been caged for at least 27 years for the crime.

At sentencing judge Lady Rae described the attack as “barbaric”.

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UK: Labour councillor resigns after being ‘bullied’ for supporting persecuted Ahmadi Muslim sect

UK: Labour councillor resigns after being ‘bullied’ for supporting persecuted Ahmadi Muslim sect

“We are deeply disturbed by the contents of the resignation statement of Councillor Sue White and the appalling treatment she has faced simply for supporting our local community work.”

 

Sue White said that Labour group had refused to back a motion expressing support for the sect.

A Labour councillor in Cardiff has resigned after allegedly being bullied for expressing support for a persecuted Muslim sect.

Sue White quit on Monday, after two years as councillor for Llandaff North in the Welsh capital. In a statement she said she had encountered “bullying” and “racial discrimination” in the party, which currently has a majority on the council.

“There is a culture of bullying in the Cardiff council Labour group which has been allowed to go unchecked for far too long,” she said in the statement.

“I myself have experienced it when I was the group secretary and, most recently, when I defended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (AMA).”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community has faced decades of violent persecution by religious hardliners in Pakistan, which in recent months has spilled over into the UK.

In March, Ahmadi shopkeeper Asad Shah was murdered in Glasgow by a man who claimed he was defending the honour of the prophet Mohammed. IBTimes UK subsequently revealed that leaflets branding Ahmadi Muslims apostates, calling for them to be killed, had been distributed in London.

The community hosts regular anti-extremism events at its mosques throughout Britain under the slogan Love for All, Hatred for None, and was praised for its commitment to “peaceful dialogue” by Prime Minister Theresa May when she was home secretary.

Ms White said that she had become “extremely concerned at what I see as prejudice” against the group.

She said that she had warned by a colleague not to attend events hosted by the Ahmadi community in Cardiff, and an Eid dinner hosted by the group in County Hall. The colleague allegedly repeated the unfounded claim that the group was linked to Isis.

“I told the colleague that it was completely unacceptable to make allegations of that nature and attended the event.”

She said that she believed other councillors had been deterred from attending the event as a result of the smear.

Work of AMA praised by police chief as ‘best practice’ at peace conference, Cardiff County Hall. Excellent event.
— Sue White (@SueWhite2014) November 26, 2016

“I met forceful opposition when I proposed a group motion merely stating that I had sought police advice and there was no valid reason for councillors not attending events such as the Eid dinner,” she added.

“To put it mildly, I was sickened to the pit of my stomach that I encountered such heated resistance to my motion and that not one fellow member at the meeting supported my defence of a group which has been cruelly persecuted in other parts of the world.

“The motion was not passed. I feel that the treatment I received that night constituted bullying.”

In a statement, Mr Ata ur Rehman Maaz, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Cardiff, said: “We are deeply disturbed by the contents of the resignation statement of Councillor Sue White and the appalling treatment she has faced simply for supporting our local community work.

“We are shocked that she has encountered prejudice, bullying and bigotry simply for attending our peace events and Eid reception.

“Furthermore, we are horrified by the false accusations against our community being a dangerous organisation or having any links with extremism. Nothing could be further from the truth and in fact just last week we held successful Peace Conference on the theme of United Against Extremism – part of our nationwide campaign to condemn all forms of hate and extremism.”

A spokeswoman for Cardiff Labour Party denied that the party had refused to defend the Ahmadiyya.

“In regards to the meeting, Ms White’s concerns were listened to and, as a result, the council’s approach to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association was amended. The position of the group was changed to accommodate the views of Sue White and others that spoke in favour of the AMA at that meeting,” she said.

“The Lord Mayor, just this weekend, attended The Interfaith Peace Symposium event organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association.”

“We take all allegations of bullying seriously, and will work with Welsh Labour to look at the detail of Ms White’s statement.”

IBTimes UK has contacted Ms White for comment.

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UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim youth aid the Poppy Appeal

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim youth aid the Poppy Appeal

Since October hundreds of young Muslims belonging to AMYA have been collecting in high streets, rail and tube stations, stadiums and airports around the UK, as part of long-running nationwide initiatives by the AMYA to contribute to the country.

Young Muslims from Haslemere helped raise thousands of pounds collecting for the Poppy Appeal at various locations including Wembley Stadium, London Underground stations, Heathrow airport and locally.

More than 100 youngsters from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) have been out in force with collection boxes for the Poppy Appeal.

They launched their campaign at The London Mosque in Southfield – London’s first mosque – and the Baitul Futuh Mosque, in Morden, the UK’s largest mosque, on November 4, They were joined by MPs, members of the armed forces and The Royal British Legion. The Caliph and worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “Muslims are obliged to be loyal to the country in which they live.

“Honouring those who fought to defend and safeguard one’s country is an important principle of Islam and in fact is an important principle of peace – especially when it is carried out with a sincere heart and for the sake of winning God’s pleasure.”

It was the ninth year that AMYA members have partnered with the Royal British Legion and to date have raised more than £200,000 for them through the Poppy Appeal with more than 600 volunteers nationally this year.

Since October hundreds of young Muslims belonging to AMYA have been collecting in high streets, rail and tube stations, stadiums and airports around the UK, as part of long-running nationwide initiatives by the AMYA to contribute to the country.

Other activities include blood drives, elderly home visits, feeding the homeless, charity events, green initiatives, peace conferences and interfaith meetings.

Deborah Armantrading, the Royal British Legion community fundraiser co-ordinator, said: “AMYA have been crucial in raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for several years participating in mass collections all over the UK.

“The Legion are extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and commitment from all of the volunteers.

“We enjoy working with AMYA as they are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and the Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help.”

The AMYA is the UK’s largest organised Muslim youth organisation and the leading Muslim youth group challenging extremism in the UK.

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UK: Young Ahmadi Muslims back Poppy Appeal

UK: Young Ahmadi Muslims back Poppy Appeal

 

This is the ninth year that AMYA members have partnered with the Royal British Legion and to date have raised more than £200,000 for them through the Poppy Appeal with more than 600 volunteers nationally this year.

YOUNG Muslims from Farnham and Haslemere are raising thousands of pounds collecting for the Poppy Appeal at various locations including Wembley Stadium, London Underground stations, Heathrow airport and locally.

More than 100 youngsters from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) have been out in force with collection boxes for the Poppy Appeal.

They launched their campaign on Friday, November 4, at The London Mosque in Southfield (London’s first mosque), the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden (UK’s largest mosque), in Epsom and in Yorkshire.

They were joined by MPs, members of the armed forces and The Royal British Legion. The Caliph and worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “Muslims are obliged to be loyal to the country in which they live.

“Honouring those who fought to defend and safeguard one’s country is an important principle of Islam and in fact is an important principle of peace – especially when it is carried out with a sincere heart and for the sake of winning God’s pleasure.”

This is the ninth year that AMYA members have partnered with the Royal British Legion and to date have raised more than £200,000 for them through the Poppy Appeal with more than 600 volunteers nationally this year.

Since October hundreds of young Muslims belonging to the AMYA have been collecting in high streets, rail and tube stations, stadiums and airports around the UK. During 2014 the youth were also actively involved in the Tower of London Poppy installation.

This is part of long-running nationwide initiatives by the AMYA to contribute to the country in different ways.

Other activities include blood drives, elderly home visits, feeding the homeless, charity events, green initiatives, peace conferences and interfaith meetings.

The Royal British Legion community fundraiser co-ordinator, Deborah Armantrading, said: “AMYA have been crucial in raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for several years, participating in mass collections all over the UK.

“The Legion are extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and commitment from all of the volunteers.

“We enjoy working with AMYA as they are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and the Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help.”

The AMYA is the UK’s largest organised Muslim youth organisation and the leading Muslim youth group challenging extremism in the UK.

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UK: ‘Ladies Only’ interfaith event this Friday at Western Europe’s largest Baitul Futuh Mosque

UK: ‘Ladies Only’ interfaith event this Friday at Western Europe’s largest Baitul Futuh Mosque

An interfaith dialogue entitled “What is the purpose of life and how to achieve it,” will be answered by Islam, Buddhism and Scientology. 

As part of Inter Faith Week the women of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Carshalton are inviting women of all faiths to an enlightening evening at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, Surrey on Friday, 18 November 2016.

Inter Faith week promotes mutual understanding and awareness of different faiths within the community

The evening will commence with a tour of Baitul Futuh Mosque and the guests will get an opportunity to explore the largest Mosque in Western Europe. This will be followed by an interfaith dialogue entitled “What is the purpose of life and how to achieve it,” which will be answered by Islam, Buddhism and Scientology.

The evening will conclude with a Q&A session. Delicious Pakistani refreshments will be served at the end.

Please note that this is a LADIES ONLY event. Please email at VoiceOfMuslima@gmail.com to register. Free parking is available on site. The Mosque is accessible for wheelchair users. We look forward to welcoming you.

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USA: High School suspends history teacher for showing ‘remarkable parallels’ between rise of Trump and Hitler

USA: High School suspends history teacher for showing ‘remarkable parallels’ between rise of Trump and Hitler

“I said (to school officials), ‘I’m not pulling these facts out of my hat. It’s based on experience and work and if I’m wrong, show we where I’m wrong.’ And there was silence.”

A Bay Area history teacher was suspended from teaching on Thursday over a lesson in which he examined parallels between the rise of Trump and German fascist dictator Adolf Hitler.

The Monterey Herald said that Mountain View High School placed teacher Frank Navarro on paid leave after a parent complained in an email about the lesson and statements that Navarro made in class.

Navarro — a 40-year classroom veteran and expert in Holocaust studies — said, “This feels like we’re trying to squash free speech. Everything I talk about is factually based. They can go and check it out. It’s not propaganda or bias if it’s based on hard facts.”

The school district, Navarro said, would neither reveal the contents of the complaint email nor go over the lesson plan with him to determine what the parent found problematic.

Mountain View/Los Altos High School District Superintendent Jeff Harding told the Herald that Navarro was originally suspended through Wednesday, Nov. 16, but he could return to the classroom as early as Monday.

“We are interested in getting Frank back in the classroom … we’re just trying to maintain our due diligence,” Harding said. “We have a heightened emotional environment right now with the election. It’s always a challenge to maintain a line in a classroom.”

Mountain View High School’s newspaper, the Oracle said that some of Navarro’s students that his lessons were “one-sided” and that he used language that Trump supporters would find offensive. Other students have defended the 65-year-old teacher, who has won multiple awards for his studies of the Nazi Holocaust.

In class, Navarro told his students that Hitler’s persecution of Jewish people bears “remarkable parallels” to Trump’s campaign rhetoric about Muslims, Latino immigrants and black Americans.

“I said (to school officials), ‘I’m not pulling these facts out of my hat. It’s based on experience and work and if I’m wrong, show we where I’m wrong.’ And there was silence,” Navarro said.

Navarro is Mexican-American, born and raised in Oakland. He said that his Latino students have felt vulnerable and fearful in the wake of Trump’s campaign.

“I’ve had Mexican kids come and say, ‘Hey, Mr. Navarro, I might be deported,’” he said. “Is it better to see bigotry and say nothing? That’s what the principal was telling me (during our conversation). In my silence, I would be substantiating the bigotry.”

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UK: Young Muslims from Surrey raise thousands for Poppy Appeal

UK: Young Muslims from Surrey raise thousands for Poppy Appeal

So far, they have raised over £200,000 for them through the Poppy Appeal, with over 600 volunteers taking part in national fundraising efforts this year.

 

Young Muslims from Surrey are raising thousands of pounds collecting for the Poppy Appeal.

Over 100 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association have been out with collection boxes at places like Wembley Stadium, London Underground stations and Heathrow Airport.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) is the UK’s largest organised Muslim youth organisation and say they aim to challenge extremism in the UK.

They launched their campaign on the 4th November at The London Mosque in Southfield (London’s first mosque), the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden (UK’s largest mosque), in Epsom, and in Yorkshire.

MPs, Members of the Armed Forces and The Royal British Legion also joined them there.

It is the ninth year that AMYA members have partnered with the Royal British Legion.

So far, they have raised over £200,000 for them through the Poppy Appeal, with over 600 volunteers taking part in national fundraising efforts this year.

This is part of a long-running series of initiatives up and down the country, which have also seen AMYA members take part in blood drives, carry out elderly home visits, feed the homeless, and be a part of charity events, green initiatives, peace conferences and interfaith meetings. During 2014 they were also actively involved in the poppy installation at the Tower of London

The Royal British Legion community fundraiser co-ordinator Deborah Armantrading said:

“AMYA have been crucial in raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for several years participating in mass collections all over the UK.

“The Legion are extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and commitment from all of the volunteers.

“We enjoy working with AMYA as they are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and the Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help.”

Mirza Waqas Ahmad, National President of AMYA said:

“The Holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (pbuh) said that to love one’s country is part of your faith. This is true Islam.

“As Muslims it is our responsibility to show loyalty to our country of residence and work for the betterment of our country. We therefore hope that our participation is a clear indication of our desire for peace and unity between all peoples, nations and religions.”

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UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Collect for Poppy Appeal

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Collect for Poppy Appeal

“We enjoy working with AMYA, as they are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and the Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help.”

‘Peace and unity between all peoples, nations and religions’

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) have launched their latest Poppy Appeal after raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion.

Over 600 young Muslims have been collecting donations in stations, airports, stadiums and high streets around the country in an effort to add to their current total of raising £200,000 for the Royal British Legion (RBL) over the last nine years.

The Poppy Appeal was officially launched on Friday, November 4, at a serious of events attended by MPs including Stephen Hammond at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden and Justine Greening at the London Mosque in Southfields, while Chris Grayling hosted AMYA at his offices in Epsom.

Community fundraiser co-ordinator at the RBL, Deborah Armantrading, said: “AMYA have been crucial in raising funds for the RBL’s Poppy Appeal for several years, participating in mass collections all over the UK.

“The Legion are extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and commitment from all the volunteers.

“We enjoy working with AMYA, as they are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and the Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help.”

National President of AMYA, Mirza Waqas Ahmad, said: “As Muslims it is our responsibility to show loyalty to our country of residence and work for the betterment of our country.

“We therefore hope that our participation is a clear indication of our desire for peace and unity between all peoples, nations and religions.”

AMYA is the largest Muslim youth organisation in the UK, and works to challenge extremism and support charities around the country.

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UK: Hundreds of young Ahmadi Muslims are out selling poppies to raise £20,000

UK: Hundreds of young Ahmadi Muslims are out selling poppies to raise £20,000

‘As Muslims it is our responsibility to show loyalty to our country of residence and work for the betterment of our country.’

It’s almost Remembrance Day, which means many of us will be pinning our poppies to our lapels.
It also means that it’s that time of year when everyone suddenly claims that Muslims want to ‘ban’ poppies, or that poppies ‘can’t be worn’ in areas with large Muslim communities.

The usual stuff – and this year, like every other year, it’s total bull.

In fact, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has been out in the cold and rain today selling poppies for the Royal British Legion.

Volunteer Abdul Ghalib Khan told BBC Asian Network’s Nihal that the organisation is aiming to raise around £20,000 for servicemen and veterans in the UK.

And AMYA tweeted that more than 600 people have gone out selling poppies.

The Royal British Legion community fundraiser co-ordinator Deborah Armantrading said: ‘AMYA have been crucial in raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for several years participating in mass collections all over the UK.

‘The Legion are extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and commitment from all of the volunteers.

‘We enjoy working with AMYA as they are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and the Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help.’

Mirza Waqas Ahmad, National President of AMYA said: ‘The Holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (pbuh) said that to love ones country is part of your faith. This is true Islam.

‘As Muslims it is our responsibility to show loyalty to our country of residence and work for the betterment of our country.

‘We therefore hope that our participation is a clear indication of our desire for peace and unity between all peoples, nations and religions.’

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