Muslim community – IMOS Journal http://imos-journal.net/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 10:40:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://imos-journal.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/favicon.png Muslim community – IMOS Journal http://imos-journal.net/ 32 32 Muslim community receives burial site at Corby Cemetery https://imos-journal.net/muslim-community-receives-burial-site-at-corby-cemetery/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/muslim-community-receives-burial-site-at-corby-cemetery/ After a long wait, the Muslim Community of Corby has been allocated and given a burial area at the Shire Lodge Cemetery in Rockingham Road, Corby. And the 200-person Muslim burial area will soon be ready for use. On Monday September 26, the area was visited by North Northamptonshire Council project manager Dylan Smith and […]]]>

After a long wait, the Muslim Community of Corby has been allocated and given a burial area at the Shire Lodge Cemetery in Rockingham Road, Corby.

And the 200-person Muslim burial area will soon be ready for use.

On Monday September 26, the area was visited by North Northamptonshire Council project manager Dylan Smith and members of the Corby Muslim Association.

The area was visited by North Northamptonshire Council project manager Dylan Smith and members of the Corby Muslim Association.

Eyusuf Chaudhury, Chairman of the Corby Muslim Association, said: “This is a great achievement for the Muslim community. Now that we have something in Corby, we don’t have to fight anymore.

He also expressed his gratitude to the local government and CMA Barrister Legal Counsel Jabeer Miah JP (Hons) PG DIP for his hard work on this project.

Also present were Mohammed Suna Raja Chaudhury, Founder of CMA 1992, Trustees Haji Md Samir Miah and Ayna Chaudhury, Treasurer Abdul Khalique, 1st Vice President Abur Rohim Noor, Md Dilal Hussain and others.

The Corby Muslim Association has been in correspondence with the council since 2019 in their effort to have a place to bury their own in Corby.

The 200-person Muslim burial area will soon be ready for use.

It started under the now defunct Corby Borough Council but has since been taken over by North Northants Council.

Cllr Mark Pengelly, who was chairman of environment at Corby Borough Council at the time, said: ‘Corby is a town of many different cultures and the Muslim community in Corby is a growing population who had no place to bury his here, which means they would have to go to Leicester, Northampton or further.

“As a city that is for everyone, we looked at what we could do to change what was part of a consultation exercise with all faiths and none, asking what was needed for the new cemetery extension .

“We also wanted to have a chapel built at the Shire Lodge Cemetery so that we could hold services there. Hopefully this will be possible in the future and we will press the council again on this.

Corby’s Muslim community says it now has what it needs to thrive. In addition to the burial area, they also have a mosque, Corby Central Masjid, 33 Stuart Road, which they obtained in 2012 and have just started to hold Arabic lessons for children there.

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Brampton is renaming the park in honor of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community https://imos-journal.net/brampton-is-renaming-the-park-in-honor-of-the-ahmadiyya-muslim-community/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:17:47 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/brampton-is-renaming-the-park-in-honor-of-the-ahmadiyya-muslim-community/ Preferred region How does this work? By Ryan Rumbolt Published on September 27, 2022 at 11:17 am The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Brampton has been recognized by the city by renaming the park. Last weekend, the City of Brampton officially renamed Alloa Green Park off Brisdale Dr. and Remembrance Rd. into Ahmadiyya Park. The name […]]]>


By Ryan Rumbolt

Published on September 27, 2022 at 11:17 am

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Brampton has been recognized by the city by renaming the park.

Last weekend, the City of Brampton officially renamed Alloa Green Park off Brisdale Dr. and Remembrance Rd. into Ahmadiyya Park.

The name change recognizes the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Brampton and their contributions to the city, such as the Neighborhood Helper campaign and welcoming all Bramptons to Canada Day celebrations at the Mubarak Mosque.

“Wherever the Ahmadiyya community goes, they want to look for ways to support their community,” Mayor Patrick Brown said during the name change ceremony on Saturday, September 24.

“When the Ahmadiyya community grows in your city, your city grows in love, generosity and kindness,” he said.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community lives by the motto “love for all, hate for none”, which exemplifies their compassion and respect for the wider Brampton community.

Sonia Sidhu, MPP for Brampton South, and Graham McGregor, MPP for Brampton North, were also present alongside Brown, members of Brampton City Council and community members.

“I think politicians have a lot to learn from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, and we should always show love for all and hate for no one,” McGregor said.

You can visit Ahmadiyya Park at 340 Remembrance Rd. in Brampton.

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Toronto celebrates 50 years of the Ismaili Muslim community in the city https://imos-journal.net/toronto-celebrates-50-years-of-the-ismaili-muslim-community-in-the-city/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 00:27:06 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/toronto-celebrates-50-years-of-the-ismaili-muslim-community-in-the-city/ Sheherazade Hirji at a ceremony honoring the Aga Khan’s contributions to the city at the Ismaili Center on September 25.Cole Burston/The Globe and Mail She has been a lawyer, director of philanthropic foundations and a diplomat in Afghanistan, but Sheherazade Hirji has not forgotten that late afternoon nearly 50 years ago as a teenager with […]]]>

Sheherazade Hirji at a ceremony honoring the Aga Khan’s contributions to the city at the Ismaili Center on September 25.Cole Burston/The Globe and Mail

She has been a lawyer, director of philanthropic foundations and a diplomat in Afghanistan, but Sheherazade Hirji has not forgotten that late afternoon nearly 50 years ago as a teenager with her family, going through points threatening military controls.

“There were a lot of checkpoints and people were being robbed and they were looking at people’s bodies, women’s bodies under their saris, they were looking everywhere,” she recalls.

Mrs. Hirji and her family were heading for the airport in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. They were among the last to leave, among the African country’s 80,000 ethnic South Asians who were suddenly expelled in 1972 by dictator Idi Amin.

More than 6,000 of them, members of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community, were able to quickly resettle in Canada after their spiritual leader, the Aga Khan, appealed to his friend, then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, to offer them refuge.

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Half a century later, standing by the landscaped lawn of the Ismaili Center in Toronto, Ms. Hirji could contemplate the journey that led her community to become one of Canada’s great refugee success stories.

At first, she said, with few possessions and no place to practice their faith, newly arrived Ismailis in Canada would gather in basements, bringing sheets, so they could pray together. Later, they were able to rent school rooms.

And now, on Sunday, prominent members of the community had been invited into a bright and airy atrium of the Ismaili Center, to hear Mayor John Tory announce that he had granted a key to the city to the Aga Khan and renamed the street outside after the Ismaili imam.

Toronto Mayor John Tory presents Prince Amyn Muhammad, the younger brother of the Aga Khan IV, with a key to the city.Cole Burston/The Globe and Mail

The Ismailis, the mayor said, were part of a line of newcomers who had managed to build a new life in Canada, such as Vietnamese, Tamils ​​and more recently Ukrainian refugees.

The honors for the Ismaili Imam were “the least we could do”, Mr Tory told the gathering, citing the many charities, schools and other philanthropic efforts supported by the Aga Khan. He said he traveled to Pakistan following the 2013 earthquake and saw the Aga Khan’s humanitarian organizations helping in the most remote villages.

The Aga Khan’s appreciation reflected the goodwill accumulated by the diligent and painstaking way in which the Ismailis had integrated into Canadian society. In 1972, the imam’s message to his followers was “to make Canada your home and to enrich Canada for the benefit of all Canadians,” said Karim Thomas, vice-president of the Ismaili Council for Canada, in a meeting.

“We were received by Canada and by Canadians with extraordinary warmth and openness. … We are very grateful for the opportunities Canada has given us.

John Tory and Prince Amyn Muhammad unveil a street sign for Aga Khan Blvd.Cole Burston/The Globe and Mail

Behind the success of the Ismaili refugees is also the pain of their sudden expropriation and deportation to Uganda, said Mahmoud Eboo, the Aga Khan Development Network’s representative in Canada.

“What people don’t appreciate is the shock and trauma you go through when you suddenly hear overnight that all your possessions are gone. The businesses you may have worked in all your life for your family and children are taken, your house that you lived in is gone. … You have absolutely no idea what tomorrow has in store for you.

South Asians had settled in Uganda and other British colonies in Africa since the 19th century. Ms. Hirji’s grandparents had left India, so she and her parents were born in Uganda. “I was the second generation born in Africa and so for us Uganda has always been home. It was the only home I ever knew.

But the prosperity of the community also made them a scapegoat after Idi Amin seized power in a coup and ordered their expulsion.

Prince Amyn Muhammad looks on during the ceremony.Cole Burston/The Globe and Mail

Bringing only what they could carry in a suitcase, Ms Hirji’s family first landed in Britain. They moved to council housing in Newcastle and his mother took a job in a silverware factory.

She and her husband eventually settled in Canada, appreciating the country’s attitude towards diversity.

Canada’s diversity remains a crucial quality in the current circumstances, said Prince Amyn Aga Khan, the Ismaili leader’s younger brother, who represented the imam at the ceremony.

“His Highness viewed Canada as a model of pluralism,” he said, “a model that is increasingly critical and urgently needed in our increasingly divided and fragmented world.”

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Maharashtra government asks TISS to study the economic and educational development of the Muslim community in the state https://imos-journal.net/maharashtra-government-asks-tiss-to-study-the-economic-and-educational-development-of-the-muslim-community-in-the-state/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 06:46:41 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/maharashtra-government-asks-tiss-to-study-the-economic-and-educational-development-of-the-muslim-community-in-the-state/ The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has been commissioned to conduct a study on the economic and educational development of the Muslim community in Maharashtra by the state’s Department of Minority Development. The state government has sanctioned Rs 33.92 lakhs for the project. Mumbai’s Tata Social Research Council has appointed 56 workers among the […]]]>

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has been commissioned to conduct a study on the economic and educational development of the Muslim community in Maharashtra by the state’s Department of Minority Development. The state government has sanctioned Rs 33.92 lakhs for the project. Mumbai’s Tata Social Research Council has appointed 56 workers among the state’s 6 regional revenue commissioners.

The government has said that community interviews and surveys will be studied on the economic and educational development of the Muslim community. The committee formed by the government now will include professors from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

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“Maharashtra government appoints TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) to study the status of Muslims in the state to bring the community into the mainstream of economic and educational development; sanctions Rs 33.92 lakhs for the project: Maharashtra Govt,” ANI reported.

Previously, a seven-member committee, set up by the Maharashtra government, reviewed the situation of the Muslim community living in Maharashtra. The committee was established in 2008 to study the social, educational and economic development of Muslims.

It also suggests measures on how to improve their condition. The committee, headed by retired IAS officer Mehmood-ur-Rehman, had submitted its report on the state of the Muslim community in the state to then-Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in 2013.

Based on the report, in 2014, the then Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra allocated 5% reservation to Muslims in schools, colleges and government-run jobs across the state. The decision was, however, challenged in the Bombay High Court, following which the BJP came to power, a leading news agency reported. The Bombay HC had subsequently canceled the 5% reservation clause in jobs, but allowed the reservation in education. However, according to reports, no legal steps were taken to implement the reservation later after the BJP came to power in 2014.

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Hindu-Muslim community leaders call for end to cycle of violence in Leicester UK https://imos-journal.net/hindu-muslim-community-leaders-call-for-end-to-cycle-of-violence-in-leicester-uk/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:45:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/hindu-muslim-community-leaders-call-for-end-to-cycle-of-violence-in-leicester-uk/ Community leaders from the Hindu and Muslim communities in Leicester today issued a joint statement calling for an end to the cycle of violence which began last month with clashes at an Asian Cup cricket match between the India and Pakistan. “We, the Leicester family, stand before you not just as Hindus and Muslims, but […]]]>

Community leaders from the Hindu and Muslim communities in Leicester today issued a joint statement calling for an end to the cycle of violence which began last month with clashes at an Asian Cup cricket match between the India and Pakistan.

“We, the Leicester family, stand before you not just as Hindus and Muslims, but as brothers and sisters. There is no place for a divisive foreign extremist ideology,” one said in a video.

“Our two religions have lived together harmoniously in this marvelous city for more than half a century. We arrived together in this city. We faced the same challenges together. We fought racist haters together and collectively made this city a beacon of diversity and community cohesion,” he added in the statement.

He went on to say that communities are “saddened and devastated” by “tension and violence” that “does not belong in a moral society”.

“What we saw is not what we are,” he said.

“We ask everyone to respect the sanctity of religious places, both mosques and temples,” he added, asking people not to succumb to “provocation with loud music, flags, derogatory chants or physical attacks on the fabric of the cult”.

British police said on Tuesday they had made 47 arrests in an ongoing operation to deter further unrest in the eastern English city of Leicester, which has seen scenes of violence this weekend in a spillover of clashes from an India-Pakistan cricket match. .

It came as India’s High Commission in London issued a strong statement condemning the violence against the Indian community and called for the protection of those affected.

Leicestershire Police say a 20-year-old man was sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing an offensive weapon during clashes in the city.

Local Amos Noronha appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court following his arrest in Saturday’s incident and was quickly charged due to overwhelming evidence.

“The sentence reflects the fact that it was a serious offense and he ended up with a prison sentence,” said Rob Nixon, acting chief constable for Leicestershire Police.

“We will not tolerate this unrest in our city. A massive police operation is underway, acting on information and reports of gatherings and reassuring the community. Rest assured, we are working to keep you safe and to arrest and bring to justice those who cause harm in our communities, he said.

It follows a weekend of what police said was serious unrest and significant assaults as Hindu and Muslim groups clashed following the India-Pakistan Asian Cup cricket match in Dubai at the end of last month.

“A police operation to deter further unrest continued in east Leicester. A total of 47 people were arrested for offenses relating to the unrest in the east of the city. Some of those arrested were from outside the city, including people from Birmingham, Leicestershire Police said.

The force said it needed to be backed up by resources from a number of nearby police forces, including the Mounted Police Unit, as clashes escalated over the weekend. The scatter and stop and search powers were used several times to restore calm. Videos were circulating on social media showing a temple flag being ripped off and glass bottles being thrown around.

The Indian High Commission said in its statement on Monday: We strongly condemn the violence perpetrated against the Indian community in Leicester and the vandalism of premises and symbols of the Hindu religion.

“We have strongly raised this issue with the UK authorities and have called for immediate action against those involved in these attacks. We call on the authorities to ensure the protection of those affected.

Diaspora group Insight UK claimed much of the violence was the result of misinformation and fake news circulating on social media. Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby agreed, saying very, very, very distorting events were being shared on social media and accused outsiders of entering the city to stir up violence.

“We condemn the damage done to Hindu temples which are a place of worship and should not be looked down upon,” the Hindu Council UK said in a statement.

“We call on the Hindu community to work with the authorities to bring calm and peace as Leicester is renowned for its cultural diversity, unity and community cohesion,” the UK-wide community organization said, adding that she was working on developing strategies to bring stronger community relations to the city.

Leicester in the East Midlands region of England is known as the city with a large portion of the population of South Asian descent. The city’s Belgrave Road is known as the Golden Mile, teeming with Indian jewelry, food and other businesses, as well as a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

The city’s first Indian-born MP, the city’s first of South Asian descent, took to social media to call for calm.

For me, Leicester is the greatest city in the world. Nowhere else do so many different people of different languages, cultures and ethnicities live together in harmony, said Keith Vaz, originally from Goa, who was MP for Leicester East from 1987 to 2019.

We celebrate Diwali, Eid and Baisakhi like one big happy family. I am saddened to see recent events that a small minority of people seek to destroy the spirit of Leicester, he said.

With entries from PTI.

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Human rights chief to meet with leaders of Alberta’s Muslim community after Islamophobia controversy https://imos-journal.net/human-rights-chief-to-meet-with-leaders-of-albertas-muslim-community-after-islamophobia-controversy/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 09:20:15 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/human-rights-chief-to-meet-with-leaders-of-albertas-muslim-community-after-islamophobia-controversy/ TEHRAN (IQNA) – After Canada’s Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro publicly ordered the head of Alberta’s human rights commission to resign, the commissioner’s office fired him. the question. The office said it’s Shandro who hires and fires. “The commission has no information to share regarding the status of Collin May’s resignation,” the Alberta Human Rights […]]]>

TEHRAN (IQNA) – After Canada’s Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro publicly ordered the head of Alberta’s human rights commission to resign, the commissioner’s office fired him. the question.

The office said it’s Shandro who hires and fires.

“The commission has no information to share regarding the status of Collin May’s resignation,” the Alberta Human Rights Commission said in an emailed statement Tuesday.

“The Minister of Justice and Solicitor General is responsible for managing who is appointed head of the commission and the courts.

Shandro’s office declined to comment.

It’s the latest twist in a problem that beset Collin May even before he was officially named head of the commission in July.

At the time, critics pointed to a book review he wrote in 2009 and said the article raised concerns that May was Islamophobic and therefore unfit to lead the commission charged with ensuring that that Albertans are not discriminated against.

May responded in a statement, outright rejecting the Islamophobic allegations and promising to “commit to continuing my personal education on Islam and all faiths.”

“I will be meeting with leaders of the Muslim community in Alberta to learn more about their experiences in Alberta and to work to overcome discrimination against the Islamic community,” he added.

Things came to a head on Monday when the National Council of Canadian Muslims released an open letter accusing May of not meeting despite repeated attempts to contact him.

The council said May’s intransigence cast doubt on her commitment to learning and reflection, and her letter was signed by 28 Muslim community groups.

Hours later, Shandro’s office released a statement reiterating that May had promised more than two months ago to meet with the Muslim community.

“Minister Shandro has demanded an explanation from Mr. May,” Shandro’s office wrote. “After reviewing the explanation, Minister Shandro requested Mr. May’s resignation.”

The statement did not specify the conversation or what specifically triggered the call to quit.

Said Omar, spokesman for the Muslim council, said he was glad Shandro had called for the resignation.

He said May hadn’t contacted the group since he sent the letter, and that it might be too late for him to mend the fences anyway.

“We’re always open to meeting individuals and trying to reconcile, but I think at this point the community has spoken,” Omar said in an interview.

May, a Calgary lawyer, was appointed to the commission in 2019. In past years, he has written articles for C2C Journal, an online and print publication focused on political, cultural and economic issues.

In June 2009, he reviewed Efraim Karsh’s book “Islamic Imperialism: A History,” which examines the cultural forces and attitudes that have shaped the religion.

In a line of criticism, May notes that the book states that “Islam is not a peaceful religion misused by radicals. Rather, it is one of the most militaristic religions known to man, and it is precisely this militaristic heritage that informs the actions of radicals across the Muslim world.

The council of Muslims focused on this paragraph in its criticism, calling it a “shocking” and stigmatizing stereotype.

Opposition NDP Justice Critic Irfan Sabir echoed the call for May’s dismissal, saying Monday: “Muslims in Canada are targets of harassment, assault and murder only because of their faith.”

However, May and the editors of her article disagree.

May, in his July statement, said, “I want to make it clear that I do not believe in or accept the characterization of Islam as a religion or a militant movement.”

C2C Journal editors George Koch and Peter Shawn Taylor, in a rebuttal posted on its site in July, said May had made it clear that this was the view of the book’s author – and not of his – in the controversial paragraph.

“Whether or not a reviewer agrees with an author’s position, he or she has a duty to convey the book’s thesis in good faith,” the editors wrote.

“Critics and complainants have simply defaulted to the worst possible interpretation,” they added.

“This kind of behavior has become shockingly common and does a lot of damage to public discourse in Canada.

Source: edmonton.ctvnews.ca

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100 years ago… – The impact of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community on African culture https://imos-journal.net/100-years-ago-the-impact-of-the-ahmadiyya-muslim-community-on-african-culture/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 13:04:16 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/100-years-ago-the-impact-of-the-ahmadiyya-muslim-community-on-african-culture/ Last updated August 26, 2022 Al FazlAugust 17, 1922 Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Nayyarra Weekly conferences Every Sunday I lecture on different aspects of the truth of the mission of the Promised Messiahas at Ahmadiyya Hall. Topics such as The Signs of the Day of Judgment, Antichrist, Gog-Magog and Dabatul-Arz, have been processed. In addition, […]]]>

Last updated August 26, 2022

Al FazlAugust 17, 1922

Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Nayyarra
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Weekly conferences

Every Sunday I lecture on different aspects of the truth of the mission of the Promised Messiahas at Ahmadiyya Hall. Topics such as The Signs of the Day of Judgment, Antichrist, Gog-Magog and Dabatul-Arz, have been processed. In addition, I gave lectures on Signs and Wonders of the Promised Messiahas as good as The Brief History of the Life of the Promised Messiah. Among the audience, there is a fair amount of educated non-Ahmadi gentlemen. The conferences prove to be a source of knowledge and spiritual edification for the faithful.

Ahmadiyyat has reached every home

Open-air lectures are given twice a week and a large audience listens to them with great attention. By the grace of Allah, I say with the openness of my heart that Ahmadiyyat’s message has reached every home in Lagos. Ahmadiyyat has become the general topic of conversation between men and women. Some researchers ask questions through certain people after the lectures. The educated class prevents others from opposing the Jamaat Ahmadiyya in their respective constituencies.

Lessons from the Holy Quran for Women

Usual dars of the Holy Quran for ladies takes place three times a week. I deliver dars once a week and Imam Qasim Ajose addresses them twice a week. As it is a big city, it is difficult for women to congregate every day of the week.

dars of the book, Bulugh al-Maram is being delivered and the chapter of Zakat has already been completed. The Holy Quran was also taught until the first half of the second part. Moreover, Yoruba Quran classes are held regularly in different parts of the city under the supervision of Imam Qasim Ajose, alfa Joshua, alfa MB Lual and Imam Luan.

New mosques – Installation of the first bamboos

In Epetado, we withdrew from a mosque without any confrontation with our adversaries, and instead we built a new mosque which will also serve as medersa [school]. During the opening ceremony, this humble laid the foundations of the mosque and placed the first bamboo after proper speech and prayers. It is a bamboo mosque with corrugated sheets as a roof. For our congregational purposes and other social gatherings, it’s pretty small. However, we trust in God who, in due time, will give much space to our brothers. We have also built two mosques in two other places. The little jamats of these regions perform prayers there. A noble-hearted Christian gentleman was generous enough to allocate land to our people for the construction of a mosque.

If Muslims get up, it will be by Ahmadiyyat

A special platform granted by Allah the Almighty i.e. the press is used in pursuit of the divine message. A small pamphlet –What is the Ahmadiyya Movement? – has been published and distributed. In addition, The Address to the Prince of Wales was also reprinted and widely distributed. There are many misconceptions about Muslims here and their pitiful condition is the same everywhere. The Christian diplomats take advantage on the one hand of their ignorance and on the other hand spread the mistrust of the government towards them. It was therefore necessary to circulate this address so that the good is not veiled under the evil.

Apart from the local press, two famous newspapers of reputation and weight publish articles of appreciation on the movement. Among Christian editors, this belief is gaining ground that if ever Muslims are to rise again, it will be by and in the form of Ahmadiyyat.

West Africaa well-known magazine in London, published an excellent article on the Jamaat on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Individual tablegh

The elders of the Jamaat are visited in their homes to renew their faith and the chiefs of the city come to meet us. The Ahmadiyyat talk series takes place on a regular basis. Some educated Christians are under tablegh. Alas! Many well-educated children of Muslims converted to Christianity. A famous lawyer once told our brother that his grandmother was Muslim, while another, a merchant, said that his father was Muslim. They say,

“Your sermon is correct and the teaching is good, but where can we go and place ourselves? The alfas [maulvis] misled us on the teachings of the Holy Quran by telling us stories. Now that you’ve come, we’ll decide.

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Brother Maulvi Fazl Rahman meets Gold Coast Jamaat and is engaged in the tablegh round. He faces great difficulties while preaching and some of the words he writes in various letters are as follows:

“I had to walk eight miles and when I got to my destination, I had nothing to eat. Thus, I had to sleep on an empty stomach putting my trust in Allah.

“The difficulty of [not finding] interpreters are great and the journeys are difficult. I live more than what I read in your [Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Nayyar’s] written.

“As soon as I sat in the Steam Launch [boat], I felt sick and started to feel nauseous. I go to Firsena in the morning. I have a cold and a fever. I am writing this letter in this state of illness.

“People here are so clueless they don’t even know who George V is.”

Please pray for the health and success of this brother. He’s as far from me as Bombay [now Mumbai] comes from Mauritius. Nigeria and the Gold Coast are two separate countries with separate governments. The Gold Coast authorities are also causing a lot of trouble.

Results of tablegh

Besides countless souls who have benefited from the talks of the missionaries and felt a change in their hearts, the result of our meager efforts is that 19 people converted to Ahmadiyyat during the days of this report and five people converted to Islam by Fazl Rahman Sahib.

Great hope in Allah the Almighty

Currently, we are experiencing many difficulties and problems. Much of the Jamaat is illiterate. They do not contribute regularly to the cause of God. The expenses here are three times higher than in London and everyone tries to cheat you and charge you more when they see a non-native person. Thus, on the one hand we are confronted with the prejudices of Gold Coast government officials, the hidden wrongdoings of priests, the extreme expenses, the difficulty of procuring food, etc., and on the other hand, the Nigeria’s diplomatic black Englishmen do not want Ahmadiyyat’s foundations to be built here. In their view, a strongly established Ahmadiyya Jamaat will hamper their assaults on innocent Muslims and harm their increasingly profitable trade conducted by ignorant Muslims. Some officials also do not want Muslims to become enlightened. However, we have great hope in Allah the Almighty, and in the words of Mr. Martin, General Secretary of Lagos Jamaat, we have great hope in God that insha’allah“Nigeria will not only bear its own expenses, but the expenses of England [mission] as well.”

We are hopeful that the government will soon allocate us land for a school. His honor, the lieutenant governor has given us his word. It is estimated that the construction of the school will cost five thousand pounds. We sincerely hope that by the grace of Almighty Allah, the whole country will convert to Ahmadiyyat.

prayer request

Due to the opposition of some people, the case of Jami masjid [central mosque] has been filed in the High Court of Nigeria with a hearing scheduled for October [1922]therefore friends are requested to pray in this regard.

Honorary missionaries

Imam Muhammad Ismail Sheta is engaged in tablegh in the regions of French Dahomey. He writes: “I go far from the coast to the interior of the country where, in addition to trade, I engage in the work of spreading the message of Islam.

Mrs. Mary Martin writes: “I am busy preaching Ahmadiyyat Islam.

Likewise, Brother Nooruddin in Port Harcourt, Brother Saeed Nooruddin in Abeokuta and Mr. Abdur Rahim Smith are busy doing God’s work in Oshogbo. It is much more difficult to bring Muslims into the fold of true Islam than to convert disbelievers to Islam.

Impact of Ahmadiyya Jamaat on the Culture of Africa

If you see a young man riding a bicycle wearing a high quality Roman cap, or a woman wearing an English dress with a headscarf, then you should know that they are Ahmadis. Before I arrived, Muslim women often did not cover themselves properly and wearing a long dress was considered part of Christianity, but by the grace of Allah, the good example of Ahmadi women had such an impact that […] even non-Ahmadi women have started wearing shirts and some are wearing dresses. In addition, they cover their heads. However, much remains to be done and the dress code of Ahmadi women is very important. The capacities of African women are much more than those of men.

(Translated by Al Hakam from the original Urdu published in the August 17, 1922 issue of Al Fazl, with the help of the translation published in The review of religionsOctober and November 1922)

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MUIS provides religious guidance to Singapore’s Muslim community after 377A repeal announcement https://imos-journal.net/muis-provides-religious-guidance-to-singapores-muslim-community-after-377a-repeal-announcement/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 11:21:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/muis-provides-religious-guidance-to-singapores-muslim-community-after-377a-repeal-announcement/ SINGAPORE: The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) issued religious advice to the Muslim community in Singapore on Monday (August 22) after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Section 377A of the Penal Code would be repealed. Mr. Lee made the announcement in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday. The repeal of 377A will […]]]>

SINGAPORE: The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) issued religious advice to the Muslim community in Singapore on Monday (August 22) after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Section 377A of the Penal Code would be repealed.

Mr. Lee made the announcement in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday. The repeal of 377A will in effect revoke a colonial-era law that criminalizes sex between men.

The government will also amend the Constitution to protect the definition of marriage – currently recognized by law as taking place between a man and a woman – against any constitutional challenges in the courts, Mr Lee said.

In its press release, MUIS said that Islamic law values ​​human dignity, respect and peaceful relations.

“These values ​​are crucial as we navigate complex socio-religious issues today. As Muslims, we should treat everyone with dignity and respect. Everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, should feel safe in our society and our institutions.

“As such, Muslims should show character, charity and compassion in their dealings with others, even those with whom we disagree,” he said, adding that he rejected any form of intimidation or harassment.

MUIS said the best way to preserve the religious practices and way of life of Singapore’s Muslim community is to actively educate Muslims with values ​​and principles. All members of the community, especially young people, must also be engaged and empowered to deal with current issues.

“We need to strike the right balance to ensure that we continue to hold firmly to our religion while remaining compassionate in our relationships with others,” he added.

Regarding those who profess the Muslim faith but face their own difficulties in reconciling this privately with their sexuality, MUIS said such people deserve respect and should not be condemned or vilified.

The council also said it recognizes the need to develop and improve the capacity of teachers and religious counsellors. In particular, how the values ​​and teachings of Islam could be “sensitively transmitted” to these people while preserving their dignity and respecting their confidentiality.

DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE

MUIS commended efforts to strengthen the institution of marriage between men and women in Singapore.

This is in line with the teachings of Islam which emphasize the building of families through marriage between men and women as the basic foundation of society. Islam also prohibits all other forms of sexual relationships and unions.

“We have also called on the government to consider our position as it deliberates which laws are suitable for Singapore to preserve and strengthen the institution of marriage,” the council said.

MUIS added that some people within the Muslim community may profess the Islamic faith but identify in other ways on issues of sexuality and gender. There have also been attempts to reinterpret religious texts to find a religious basis for their choices.

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NDR 2022: A strong and resilient Malay/Muslim community makes Singapore stronger, says PM Lee https://imos-journal.net/ndr-2022-a-strong-and-resilient-malay-muslim-community-makes-singapore-stronger-says-pm-lee/ Sun, 21 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/ndr-2022-a-strong-and-resilient-malay-muslim-community-makes-singapore-stronger-says-pm-lee/ Premier Lee described the Mendaki self-help group as a “great example of how the community comes together to help each other”, adding that a number of successful people are contributing back to the community. He said Mendaki, who celebrates his 40th birthday in October, had since its inception helped the community focus on education as […]]]>

Premier Lee described the Mendaki self-help group as a “great example of how the community comes together to help each other”, adding that a number of successful people are contributing back to the community.

He said Mendaki, who celebrates his 40th birthday in October, had since its inception helped the community focus on education as a key to socio-economic progress.

The group’s efforts paid off. Over the past decade, nearly 500 people have received the Mendaki Achievement Awards, which are given to those who graduate with first-class honours, Prime Minister Lee said, adding that only a handful of awards were awarded during Mendaki’s first 10 years.

“The results of Mendaki’s efforts speak for themselves,” he said. “Better education results have led to better jobs, with more Malays/Muslims in professional roles, higher incomes and a better life,” he added.

Prime Minister Lee said that a community’s success and self-confidence depends not only on its socio-economic progress, but also on intangible cultural and spiritual factors.

“In this journey, the Malay/Muslim community benefited from strong religious leadership,” he said.

Practical guidance from the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) and asatizah (religious teachers) here have helped the community adapt their religious practices to Singapore’s “ever-changing and complex circumstances”.

He said these included adjusting Friday prayer arrangements and postponing the Haj pilgrimage for two consecutive years due to Covid-19, which helped ensure the safety of pilgrims.

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Everyone is equal in Islam, but not in the Muslim community https://imos-journal.net/everyone-is-equal-in-islam-but-not-in-the-muslim-community/ Fri, 19 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/everyone-is-equal-in-islam-but-not-in-the-muslim-community/ Anis Ansari has retired as the Additional Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. He is also the president of the organization of former UP congressional officers. A Muslim from Pasmanda, he was an ardent defender of the rights of his community. Edited excerpts from an interview with Ashutosh Bhardwaj of Outlook. Since the term Pasmanda […]]]>

Anis Ansari has retired as the Additional Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. He is also the president of the organization of former UP congressional officers. A Muslim from Pasmanda, he was an ardent defender of the rights of his community. Edited excerpts from an interview with Ashutosh Bhardwaj of Outlook.


Since the term Pasmanda does not exist in the consciousness of most Muslims, how do you intend to create political momentum around it?

Most poor Muslims do not understand the term Pasmanda, but they have a fair idea that they belong to backward communities or Mandal groups and are discriminated against. A 2017 survey revealed the comparative status of Pasmandas vis-a-vis Ashrafs, OBC Hindus, SC Hindus, ST Hindus and upper caste Hindus. As a result of this investigation, a book, Backward and Dalit Muslims, came out on the social status, education, health, employment of Pasmandas and their representation in governance and politics.

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This report found serious discrimination against Ajlafs and Arzals. They even have different cemeteries. OBC and Dalit Muslims are not allowed to bury their dead in Ashraf Cemetery. Kasaiyon ke kabristan alag hain. The majority of respondents said that when an Ajlaf visits an Ashraf’s house, he is given different utensils. Certainly, all Muslims read the namaz together and OBC Muslims are imams, but other social exchanges are rare. Not to mention Dalit Muslims, even OBC Muslims are not represented in major Muslim institutions like the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the All India Milli Council.

Marriages between Ashraf and Ajlaf are rare. Strangely, the Ashraf even found its justification. The Prophet once said that marriages should be between equals. It has been interpreted to the extent that in 1913 Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi made a list of valid marriages that can be performed between equal biradaris. He legitimized the hierarchy. Everyone is equal in Islam, but not in the Muslim community. Those who were converted from Hindus continued with their caste system.

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Muslims also have a graduated inequality. The Ansari are among the most educated, politically well-organized OBCs. They also do not marry outside the Ansari. Their struggle and mobilization began in the 1930s, when Maulana Asim Bihari and Abdul Quaiyum Ansari launched the Momin movement for backward Muslims. They formed their political party and won 5-6 seats in Bihar. Ansaris and Qureshis have grown politically powerful over the decades, but they still have little upward social mobility. They have no marriages with Ashrafs.

The Ashraf seriously damaged the backward Muslims. Syed Ahmad Khan was a British partisan and wrote a book Asbabe Bagawat Hind (Causes of Indian Mutiny) in 1857, and sent its English translation to British leaders. He wrote that a major reason for the mutiny was that the “badjaat julaahe (illegitimate weavers)” were prominent. He tried to tell the British that the Ashraf were with them. Ashrafiya Muslims led to the creation of Pakistan. The Momin movement was aligned with Congress and was against partition. OBC Muslims openly opposed partition and called the Muslim League policy the policy of Ashrafiya. The upper caste Muslims did not want their zamindari and their power to disappear.

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The Muslim League even lost Muslim regions like Bengal and Punjab in the 1936 elections, but won in 1946 due to skewed voter eligibility. Since eligibility was ownership of one acre of land and a minimum high school diploma, only 6% of the total number of Muslims were eligible to vote. Based on these 6% of Ashraf like Jinnah and Liyakat Ali Khan, who dominated the Muslim League, the country was divided.



How do you see the Muslim representation in the OBC reserve?

The Muslim OBC reservation percentage is low in UP as well as in the Center. The new side entry system will affect reserved candidates more. During Rajnath Singh’s government in UP, a committee was formed under the leadership of top BJP leader Hukum Singh. He said OBC booking is withdrawn by Yadav, Kurmi, Jat and Lodh. He recommended that there should be provision for economically backward castes. UP has not implemented it so far.

SC Muslims face enormous injustice. In 1950, the Indian government issued an order directing that the benefits of reservation under Section 341 be restricted to Hindus only. It is an unconstitutional provision. The Mandal/OBC classification is not based on religion. Article 15 states that the state shall not discriminate on the basis of religion or caste, but its paragraph 4 adds that the state may make provision for socially and educationally backward communities. Article 16 says the state cannot discriminate in public employment, but its provision 4 says it can make reservations for socially backward communities, which are underrepresented.

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Religion is not a constraint in ST or OBC booking. Why is this so in the SC reserve?

After Master Tara Singh initiated a movement, Sikh Dalits were included in the SC category. Later, Buddhists were included among the SCs. Why are Muslim Dalits not considered eligible for booking? Some say that by granting the SC reservation, the Muslim population will increase. But why didn’t it increase with OBC or ST booking?



How do you interpret the latest BJP decision?

I don’t know the intention of the BJP, but I think the way they reached out to the OBC Hindus, they are now trying to reach out to the OBC Muslims. UP has about 70% OBC Muslims, while in India 80-85% of Muslims are OBC. In Bengal, Kerala and Assam, the Muslim OBC ratio is even higher. Mohan Bhagwat once said that the DNA of Indian Muslims is Indian. The Ashrafs trace their lineage to Iran, Turkey and Arabia. They love their land (India), but are proud of their genetic lineage. The Syed consider themselves the children of the Prophet. The BJP knew it would be difficult to bring educated Ashrafiya together. They are now reaching out to OBC Muslims for political gains.



Has the BJP government done anything special for the Pasmandas?

They are not doing anything new by donating houses and toilets. These programs are not religion specific. As Muslims are poorer, there will be more beneficiaries within the community.

The One District One Product program is a good program. It is a religiously neutral program, but it has benefited more Muslims. He promoted Muslim dastakaar/artisans like ansari (weavers), chhipi (printers), mansuri (cotton carders), mochi (shoemakers), darji (tailors), kumhar (potters).



Will the BJP decision create a divide between Pasmandas and Ashrafs?

This division has existed for at least 700 years. The Sachar Committee accepted it. It is exactly the same argument when Ambedkar started saying that the untouchables are not part of the Hindus, some people were saying that he was harming the Hindu community. Some Ashraf leaders have played a major role in the destruction of the Pasmanda movement.

I don’t support the BJP, but this decision will hurt the SP. They still have Muslim support, mainly Muslim OBCs. It would also have a cascading impact across India. OBCs make up about 56% of the total Indian population. Muslims constitute 14% of the total population of the OBC.

Yogi appointed some OBC Muslims. Previously, these positions went to Ashrafs. But if the BJP continues its Hindu-Muslim campaign, it will not win politically.

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