Sunday, June 25, 2017

UK: Scots Muslims warned not to gather outside mosques amid fears of a Finsbury Park-style attack

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"The Finsbury Park attack was troubling and we have taken action to protect our members as best we can with help of Police Scotland – for example by not congregating outside the mosque after prayers and being very careful in our daily lives."

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By Peter Swindon | June 24, 2017

SCOTS Muslims have warned of an increasing number of Islamophobic incidents which are often unreported amid growing fears that a Finsbury Park-style terror attack by far-right extremists could occur north of the border.

Police Scotland confirmed last night that armed officers will be at mosques today as worshippers gather to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but underlined there is “no specific threat” and urged Muslims to “go about their business as normal”.
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Ahmed Owusu-Konadu, of Glasgow’s Ahmadiyya mosque, said a warning was issued to worshippers ahead of today’s celebrations. “We are very aware of the undercurrents of hate that exists, for example on social media. The Finsbury Park attack was troubling and we have taken action to protect our members as best we can with help of Police Scotland – for example by not congregating outside the mosque after prayers and being very careful in our daily lives.”

A recent report into extremism by anti-racism group Hope not Hate said the so-called “New Right” extremists are a growing problem across the UK, with new groups springing up in Scotland.

The science is in: God is the answer | Brian Bethune and Genna Buck

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Research shows kids raised with spirituality are happier and healthier in the vulnerable teen years. Why aren’t we all signing up?

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By Brian Bethune and Genna Buck | March 30, 2015

“Overall, there is much support for the relationship between religiosity and youth psychological well-being”

Eighteen years ago, Lisa Miller, now the director of clinical psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College, had an epiphany on a New York subway car. She had been poring over the mountains of data generated by a three-generation study of depressed women and their children and grandchildren. The biological trend was clear: Women with severe—and particularly with recurrent—depression had daughters at equally high risk for the psychological disorder. At puberty, the risk was two to three times greater than for other girls. But the data seemed to show that the onset and, even more so, the incidence of recurring bouts with depression, varied widely.

Indonesia’s Ahmadiyah Push Back Against Discriminatory Laws

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Kandali Lubis, an Ahmadiyah spokesman, told Human Rights Watch that at least seven Ahmadiyah mosques remained closed in Indonesia under the 2008 anti-Ahmadiyah decree.

The Ahmadiyah mosque in Depok, West Java ordered sealed by local police
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By Andreas Harsono | June 23, 2017

Conversion Requirement for National ID Cards Prompts Protest

Earlier this week, representatives of the religious minority from Manislor district in West Java’s Kuningan regency filed a formal complaint against a local government requirement that they renounce their faith to obtain national identification cards, critical to accessing a range of government services. They said lack of IDs meant Ahmadiyah community members were not able to register marriages or get treatment at a local hospital. An ombudsman office representative has criticized the ID requirement as “maladministration.”

The Ahmadiyah community in Manislor are victims of routine bureaucratic discrimination. Indonesia’s 1965 blasphemy law permits only six officially protected religions: Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. All Indonesian citizens must obtain a national ID card at age 17 and they are essential to apply for official documents including birth, marriage, and death certificates. Indonesian law requires ID cards to state the holder’s religion. That requirement bars Ahmadiyah and other officially unrecognized religious minorities from receiving national ID cards.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

UK: The young Ahmadiyya Muslims working tirelessly to help Grenfell Tower victims

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Many faith groups, including the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) deployed selfless volunteers to assess the requirements and provide desperately-needed supplies.

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By Nicole Morley | June 23, 2017

As questions continue to be raised about the help offered to Grenfell Tower survivors by authorities, volunteers on the ground are working tirelessly.

There was an outpouring of kindness from Londoners following the horrific blace at the 24-storey block in west London.

Makeshift drop-off points popped up in local churches and sports centres and they were quickly overwhelmed by donations of food, toiletries, blankets and clothing.

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower block fire, which claimed at least 79 lives, the local communities have pooled together to help their neighbours in a time of need.

Many faith groups, including the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) deployed selfless volunteers to assess the requirements and provide desperately-needed supplies.

Young men from the Ahmadiyya community cooked and distributed meals to the survivors in the days following the horrendous blaze.

Pakistan: Discrimination against minorities continues to rise

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It is unbelievable that such things continue to happen in the 21st century, but Pakistan  has no respect for human rights and particularly for the minorities.

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By Nasir Saeed | June 23, 2017

Recently, the Greater Hyderabad municipal corporation advertised vacancies for sanitary workers.

Applications are invited from non-Muslims only and a further condition has been added in the application form, that they must take the religious oath on their religious holy book – Geeta or Bible – that they will never do anything else but work as a sanitary worker and will never refuse to carry out the work. Such terms and conditions are ridiculous and cannot be accepted anywhere in the civilised world.

Nasir Saeed, director of Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), UK, has expressed his concern over the growing situation against religious minorities. Unfortunately, religious minorities in Pakistan are under constant attack because of the government’s discriminatory policies against them and laws like the blasphemy law.

Indonesia: Unseal our mosque for Idul Fitr, demand Ahmadiyah followers

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The West Java administration and the Depok administration have also issued their own regulations banning Ahmadiyah activities, saying they have the obligation to prevent religious conflicts.

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By Web Desk | June 23, 2017

Followers of Ahmadiyah in Depok, West Java, say they are hoping the local administration will unseal their mosque so that they can celebrate Idul Fitri there on Sunday.

The Depok administration sealed the Al-Hidayah Mosque earlier this month, forcing around 500 Ahmadiyah followers to pray in the mosque’s backyard ever since.

“If the city administration does not unseal the mosque, then it will be our second time celebrating Idul Fitri in such a condition, as it was also sealed in 2015,” Al-Hidayah mosque preacher Farid Mahmud Ahmad told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

Ahmadiyah followers have long been persecuted in the country, with the government issuing a joint ministerial decree banning their activities in 2008. The decree was issued based on a 2005 Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) fatwa declaring the teachings of Ahmadiyah heretical.

Canada: Community members gather at Edmonton Ahmadiyya mosque to learn about fasting during Ramadan

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Imam Nasir Mahmood Butt, leader of the sect in Edmonton, presented to participants about the significance of fasting for the holy month of Ramadan, which began May 26.

File photo (Oct 17, 2016): Kerry Diotte, MP (L) seen with ‏Imam Nasir Mahmood Butt
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By Clare Clancy | June 23, 2017

Community members gathered at an Edmonton mosque Friday to break fast with their Muslim neighbours during Ramadan, while learning about the tenets of Islam.

“It’s about general understanding and respect and tradition,” said Mario Peralta, noting it was his first time inside a mosque. “I decided to come out and see exactly how it is … I didn’t really know what to expect.

“Wonderful people, wonderful culture,” he said at the Al-Hadi Mosque in the city’s east end on 98 Avenue.

After an 18-hour dawn-to-dusk fast breaking at 10:07 p.m., dates and water bottles were handed out to those gathered inside prayer rooms, with an Iftar dinner served later. The event is part of a nationwide campaign dubbed “fast with a Muslim friend” by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community inviting non-Muslims to Iftar dinners across Canada.

Indonesia: Ahmadiyah mosque in Depok vandalized ahead of Idul Fitri

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The Ahmadis have long been persecuted in the country, with the government issuing a joint ministerial decree banning their activities in 2008.

Photo: Tim Pembela Kebebasan Sipil
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By Callistasia Anggun Wijaya | June 24, 2017

Ahmadiyah mosque in Sawangan, Depok, became the target of vandalism a day before Idul Fitri, as a group of people reportedly threw eggs and paint at the mosque prior to dawn on Saturday.

Civil Freedom Defenders Team, the lawyer team of Depok Ahmadiyah congregation, said that based on witness testimony, the incident occurred around 12.30 a.m.

The vandals, who used motorcycles, threw eggs and paint at the mosque’s yard and front and back gates. “They also threw eggs at the mosque’s CCTV cameras so their actions would not be recorded,” Fatiatulo Lazira, a lawyer with the team, said.

They also placed a banner expressing animosity toward Ahmadiyah near the mosque.

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