Sunday, September 24, 2017

Rome: Conservative Roman Catholic theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy

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The initiative follows another formal act by four tradition-minded cardinals who wrote Francis last year asking him to clarify a series of questions, or "dubbia," they had about his 2016 text.

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By Associated Press | September 23, 2017

Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

In a 25-page letter delivered to Francis last month and provided Saturday to The Associated Press, the 62 signatories issued a "filial correction" to the pope — a measure they said hadn't been employed since the 14th century.

The letter accused Francis of propagating seven heretical positions concerning marriage, moral life and the sacraments with his 2016 document "The Joy of Love" and subsequent "acts, words and omissions."

The initiative follows another formal act by four tradition-minded cardinals who wrote Francis last year asking him to clarify a series of questions, or "dubbia," they had about his 2016 text.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saudi cleric suspended for saying women should not drive because they are 'quarter brained'

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Under the country's guardianship system, a male family member - normally the father, husband or brother - must grant permission for a woman's study, travel and other activities.

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By The New Arab | September 23, 2017

A Saudi cleric who said women should not be allowed to drive because they have a "quarter" of the brainpower of men has been banned from preaching, the government said on Friday.

Saad al-Hijri was suspended from leading prayers and all other religious activity in the southern province of Asir after he was widely pilloried on social media for his comment.

"It is not their fault, but women lack intellect do they not?" Hijri asked an audience at a lecture on "the evils of allowing women to drive".

"Their lack of intellect does not harm their piousness because they are made that way," he said, explaining that in Islam a woman's testimony is worth half of a man's.

UK: Q&A with Samina Siddiqi, Ahmadiyya Muslim community activist and charity fundraiser

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"I have wonderful neighbours and I genuinely am proud to live here. I also love the Ilford Exchange – it’s very convenient and a real godsend!"

Samina Siddiqi (R) is a community activist and charity fundraiser
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By Ilford Recorder | September 23, 2017

Ilford Recorder: What’s your connection with the borough?

Samina Siddiqi: I work as a community volunteer focusing on charity events and other kinds of fundraising. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to worth with Redbridge Food Bank, Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal among other things.

IR: What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

SS: The fact that people of all ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds are all welcome here. This ties in excellently with the motto of my community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, which is ‘Love for All Hatred for None’. I have wonderful neighbours and I genuinely am proud to live here. I also love the Ilford Exchange – it’s very convenient and a real godsend!

Perspective: Let's make false ideas, stereotypes and unfounded fear of Muslims evaporate | Rasheed Reno

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Too many Americans do not know a Muslim and it is very easy to fear something that you know very little about. We believe the best way to approach this problem is through dialogue.  

Muslim congregants praying at Ahmadiyya Baitus Salam Mosque in Los Angeles.
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By Rasheed Reno | September 22, 2017

Friday Sept. 15th members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community arrived at the Baitul Ehsan Mosque in Monroe, Washington to find that explicit graffiti had been painted on the side our mosque.  Part of the graffiti had been painted over by another color of paint along with an expletive.

The original part of the graffiti is no longer legible, but we suspect that it was likely a derogatory term.  It is not known whether it was put there with hateful intent or if it was just mischievous teens having “fun” at someone else’s expense.

There has been a dramatic increase in hate crimes of the past few years and many mosques have been vandalized throughout the country, ranging from graffiti to arson.  Along with the attacks on mosques have been attacks on people which have also dramatically increased, in some cases innocent people are killed.

Canada: Interfaith harmony promoted at annual world religions conference called by Ahmadiyyas

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The World Religions Conference is being held this Sunday from 3-5 pm. It will take place at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

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By Cameron Wilkinson | September 22, 2017

Breaking barriers with peace and harmony

The 10th annual World Religions conference is in Yellowknife this Sunday.

One of the coordinators of the event, Basheer Islam, was in the Moose FM studio. He said the event was designed for people to learn more about others.

“It’s about promoting peace and tolerance,” says Islam. “[We want to] promote interfaith harmony; give people the opportunity to meet and greet other people from other faith groups. Just see each other as what we all are: people.

“We have people representing different kinds of Indigenous Spirituality, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and others. We want to make sure that people walk away with an understanding of more than just what is in front of them.”

Vatican City: Pope tells EU Churches to combat intolerance against migrants

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Governments and communities have been ill prepared to cope with large influxes of migrants, highlighting the limits of the European unification process.

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By Vatican Radio | September 22, 2017

Pope Francis on Friday urged Churches in Europe to step up efforts to combat intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia against migrants and refugees.

The pope’s words came in a meeting with national migration directors under the auspices of the Council of European Bishops Conferences or CCEE. He said he was saddened to see that Catholic communities in Europe were also defensive and unwelcoming towards migrants, justifying their attitudes on grounds of conserving their cultural and religious identity.

Pope Francis said we must recognize and understand this sense of unease, in light of the economic crisis which has left deep wounds in society. Furthermore, he said, governments and communities have been ill prepared to cope with large influxes of migrants, highlighting the limits of the European unification process.

Saudi Arabia: Textbook features image of Yoda with King Faisal, education minister apologizes

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The 2013 artwork, entitled United Nations (Yoda), is part of a series in which symbols of American pop culture - ranging from Captain America to Darth Vader - are superimposed onto archive photos of historical events.

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By BBC News | September 22, 2017

Saudi Arabia's education minister has apologised for the production of a school textbook in which the Star Wars character Yoda is seen superimposed on a photograph of the late King Faisal.

Ahmed al-Issa said a committee was looking into the "unintended mistake".

The image, which shows the diminutive Jedi Master sitting beside King Faisal as he signs the UN Charter in 1945, was created by the Saudi artist Shaweesh.

He told the BBC it was not yet clear how it had ended up in the textbook.

However, he stressed that he had meant no offence to the king, who helped transform Saudi Arabia into a modern state and an actor on the world stage.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tunisia slowly becoming a model for other Muslim nations?

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If gender equality is enshrined in the constitution of Tunisia, then the nation must strive to deliver it in every area of human endeavor.

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By Farzana Hassan | September 21, 2017

Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi must be congratulated on lifting a forty-year ban on a basic human right of Tunisian women.

Last week the country’s progressive president finally allowed women to marry non-Muslim men.

It was a brave move, given that most clerics opposed the president’s initiative, stating it was a “flagrant violation” of Islamic precept. However, that is a puzzling conclusion considering that two of the prophet Mohammad’s daughters were married to non-Muslim men.

The president supported his decision by stating that the ban violated the new constitution of Tunisia, adopted after the so-called Arab Spring.

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