Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Perspective: Captain Aladin and religious minorities | Zaigham Khan

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Part of the family of Iqbal’s older brother Sheikh Atta Mohammad had belonged to the Ahmadi community. It was this Atta Mohamamd who paid for Iqbal’s education and Iqbal tried to repay his debt by supporting his family.

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By Zaigham Khan | October 16, 2017

We know that religion is the last refuge of a scoundrel. However, we did not know that our national son-in-law, Captain (r) Safdar, was so keen to join the league of scoundrels and he would be looking for a refuge so soon after coming under fire. National sons-in-law are often an embarrassment anywhere in the world. In Pakistan, they are a huge liability and we have good reasons to worry about them. The leadership of our political parties can be transferred to national daughters, and national sons-in-law can get a chance to play havoc with these institutions, harming us all in the process.

Commentators are trying to analyse motives of Captain Sahab’s emotional rant against a beleaguered religious minority and I don’t want to be left behind. Like everyone else, I admire him for his good luck but also find reasons to feel sympathy for him. He is a street urchin married to a princess. That should make him a hero. Unfortunately, he can be a hero only in a Disney animation, and even those animations end at the marriage ceremony in the palace. They don’t take us to the middle age of the princes, princesses and street urchins.

Pakistan succumbs to another round of Ahmaddiya-bashing

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Community's exiled leader dismisses hatemongering as diversionary tactic, but consequences of demagoguery are real for country's most persecuted faith group 

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By F.M. Shakil October 16, 2017

“We do not require a certificate from any government or National Assembly to be a Muslim. We are Muslims and believe in all pillars of faith” - Mirza Masroor Ahmad

When the son-in-law of the recently-disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif launched into a venomous diatribe against Pakistan’s Ahmadiyya community – the country’s most persecuted faith group – last week, dissent in the National Assembly was conspicuous by its absence.

In fact, lawmakers burst into thunderous applause as the retired Captain Muhammad Safdar Awan denounced Ahmadis as a threat to the existence of the country, its constitution, ideology and interests. And they thumped their desks to endorse Sadfar’s demand for a ban on the recruitment of Ahmadis to the armed forces, Pakistan’s Atomic Energy Commission, and other strategic state institutions, including the judiciary.

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to host peace exhibition in Romsley

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Displays promoting peace with translated excerpts of Quranic verses along with other literature will then be viewable. Tea and biscuits will be served to participants.

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By Gurdip Thandi | October 16, 2017

AN EXHIBITION promoting peace and unity in British communities will be held in Romsley this weekend.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is running the event at St Kenelm Church Hall, in Bromsgrove Road, on Saturday, October 21 from 12pm to 2pm.

It is part of the organisation’s ‘United against Extremism’ campaign, which is aimed at countering extremist rhetoric and drive home a message of peace.

The event will begin with a presentation on the history of the UK Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose motto is "love for all, hatred for none".

Displays promoting peace with translated excerpts of Quranic verses along with other literature will then be viewable. Tea and biscuits will be served to participants.

Germany: Brinkumer Ahmadiyya community hosted third "Charity Walk"

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56 participants had registered, including 16 young children. They ran a distance of approximately 800 meters, the adults had to travel 4.6 kilometers.

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By Bernd Ostrowski | October 16,

Brinkum - Under the slogan "Love for all - hatred for none", the Ahmadiyya community hosted the "charity walk" charity run for the third time on Sunday at the Nasir Mosque.

Among the guests was Imam Syed Salman Shah, who is responsible for a total of ten municipalities in Northern Germany, including Vechta, Bremen, Oldenburg, Soltau, Stade and Bremerhaven. "We are trying to collect donations to help people in emergency situations," he said.

He was delighted that his community was so positively received by the Brink citizens for the last ten years.

Canada: Organizers gear up for first annual Run for Delta

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“There are two basic components to our faith. One, worshipping God almighty. And second is serving humanity. We are constantly looking for ways we can give back to the community, wherever we are residing,”

The Baitur Rahman Mosque officially launched Run for Delta at a Canada Day
celebration this year. 
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By Grace Kennedy | October 13, 2017

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Delta Hospital Foundation and the Surrey Food Bank

The first annual Run for Delta is set to start on Oct. 29 at the North Delta Recreation Centre, and Tariq Azeem is planning for a turn-out of around a thousand people.

“Our aim is even higher, but [1,000] is the minimum that I’m hoping to see there,” Azeem, an Imam at Delta’s Baitur Rahman mosque, said.

“There’s a significant large number from our community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, that will be attending, and many from outside as well.”

This is the first time the run will be held in Delta, however, it’s part of a larger network of runs across Canada that are organized through the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. The first run took place in Ontario back in 2004.

UK: Litter picking organised by the Putney branch of Ahmadiyya Muslim elders

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Over a dozen volunteers including 20+ Ahmadiyya members, neighbours and councillors are expected to participate in picking litter from the resident areas.

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By Web Desk | October 16, 2017

"Cleanliness is half of your faith", said Muhammad (PBUH) - the Holy Founder of Islam. 

This is in this background that Putney branch of Ahmadiyya Muslim Men's Association (Majlis Ansarullah) UK has organised two voluntary litter picking sessions in Roehampton in the month of October.

Over a dozen volunteers including 20+ Ahmadiyya members, neighbours and councillors are expected to participate in picking litter from the resident areas.

Tea and refreshments will be provided free to all the participants.

Details of the litter picking sessions are as follows:

India: Noor Hospital celebrated its centenary in Qadian

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Maulana Mohammad Inam Ghori thanked the gathering for celebrating Centenary programmes with Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat. 

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By Ch. Maqbool Ahmad | October 16, 2017

QADIAN: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrated Noor Hospital centenary here in Qadian today. 2017 marks one hundred years since the establishment of Noor Hospital in Qadian.

A large number of Ahmadis Muslims and Non-Muslims attended the special event which was held at Bustan-E-Ahmad, the new Jalsa Gah near Nangal Baghbana. The Function commenced with the recitation of Holy Quran. Maulana Mohammad Inam Ghori presided over the function.

On this occasion Maulana Hameed Kausar addressed the gathering. He said that Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat is not working for the power or publicity. Its serving the mankind only for Humanity.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Perspective: What lies ahead for Pakistan's Ahmadis | Yasser Latif Hamdani

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Pakistan was not created in the name of Islam. This is a myth that has been forced down our throats by people who have had a free run of things in this country for close to 70 years

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By Yasser Latif Hamdani | October 16, 2017

In my article last week, I argued that my religion or religious beliefs, or lack thereof, are not the business of the state, and I quoted Jinnah’s promise made explicitly to all people of Pakistan on 11 August 1947 to this effect.

In response, a number of readers wrote in to say that Pakistan was founded in the name of Islam and that the Two-Nation Theory itself was based on identity politics. As I said earlier Pakistan was not created in the name of Islam. This is a myth that has been forced down our throats by people with incredibly small IQs who have had a free run of things in this country for close to 70 years. The first generation — immediately after Jinnah’s demise — made the humongous mistake of passing the Objectives’ Resolution but that itself was more inspired by preambles of states like Ireland for example and not by any desire to establish a theocratic state in Pakistan.

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