November 15, 2013
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jammat community of Leipzig has demonstrated confidence after a committed assault against the construction of its mosque last Friday. Unknown perpetrators had thrown pigs’ heads in front of the mosque. Abdullah Uwe Wagishauser, chair of the community in Germany said that the community would not loose its composure. However, he regretted the fact about people being able to react till this level.
The mayor of Leipzig Burkhard Jung (SPD) condemned the assault, saying that Leipzig would be shocked after such a disgusting assault. Robert Clemen, chair of the Leipzig Christian Democratic Party (CDU) condemned the assault as anti-constitutional and an act against the freedom of religion.
Skadi Jennicke, council of the left socialist party (Linke) described the assault as an act of intolerance and disrespect.
Leipziger Volkszeitung: http://www.lvz-online.de/leipzig/polizeiticker/polizeiticker-leipzig/anschlag-auf-leipziger-moschee-gelaende-unbekannte-spiessen-schweinekoepfe-auf-holzpfloecke/r-polizeiticker-leipzig-a-215113.html
Abdullah Uwe Wagishauser, is born in 1950. Since 1984 he is the chair (Emir) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jemaat community association in Germany. In an interview with the German Turkish News portal, he speaks about the plans of the community to extend the number of mosques and religious facilities. The Ahmadiyya community possesses 36 mosques for 220 communities in Germany and plans to construct 12 new facility buildings.
Recognized a corporate body under public law, the Ahmadiyya community is legalized to teach Imams. They are studying Islamic theology at the Islamic theology institute of the Ahmadiyya community. Right now, there are 17 student of Indian and Pakistani origin. They study the Fiqh (Law), Tafsir (Interpretation) of the Quran and Islamic Philosophy. Wagishauser emphasizes the importance of the legal status for the community, as it would not rely on Arab oil or the bargain power of the Turkish Ditib community. Instead, Wagishauser offers to cooperate with other Turkish and Muslim communities and encourages them to free ride on this window of opportunity for Muslims to become visible and notable.
Hesse is the first German State that recognizes a Muslim community as corporate body under public law. So far, only the Catholic, Evangelical, Greek-orthodox, Russian-orthodox, Jewish and Jehova´s witnesses have been given this status.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jammat community had given the legal status of corporate body under public law, which entitles the community to be treated equal as the Christian and Jewish communities and raise taxes. Abdullah Uwe Wagishauser, chair of the community said that the status will facilitate the construction of Muslim cemeteries and mosques in Germany. The community does not aim to raise in the near future.
Since the 1950´s, the Ahmadiyya community is active in Germany. The Ahmadiyya community has 35.000 members and 225 organized communities in Germany.
The reaction of the coordination council of Muslim to the decision was cautious. In a press release, the Ahmadiyya community has been described as “an autonomous religious community with Muslim elements”. It would not recognize Muhammad as the last prophet. Muslim associations such as the council of Muslims have applied “a century ago” for being recognized as a corporate body, but would be still waiting for a respond.
The Ahmadiyya community had applied in 2011. Chair Wagishauser promised to support the other Muslim associations in the recognition process, simultaneously he distanced the community to extremist groups. What Salafists would do say and do would be the contrary of Islamic faith and religion. The deeds of the Ahmadiyya would comply with the constitutional order of Germany promoting tolerance and knowledge.
Home Secretary Theresa May has condemned “all forms of extremism” as she praised a British-based Islamic group for its commitment to peaceful co-existence and charitable works. Mrs May said there had been an increase in attacks directed against Muslim communities since the “horrendous” murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last month. Mrs May was speaking at an event in the House of Commons marking the centenary of the establishment of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK. The branch of Islam was founded in the late 19th century in India, but its leader has been based in Britain since 1984 as a result of persecution in Pakistan, where they are officially declared non-Muslims. Mrs May said the Ahmadiyya were subjected to persecution in Pakistan and threats in the UK.
WASHINGTON — The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is persecuted around the world, but it has plenty of friends on Capitol Hill.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined more than 20 House colleagues and at least one senator Wednesday (June 27) at a reception to mark the first visit of the Ahmadiyya’s spiritual leader, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, to Congress.
The Ahmadiyya have faced severe repression, Pelosi said, “but you refused to turn to bitterness or vengeance.”
“The message we carry is ‘if you are being hurt, do not respond with hurt,’” said Ahsanullah Zafar, president of the Ahmadiyya community in the U.S.
Katrina Lantos Swett, the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, asked the audience to stand up for the Ahmadiyya.
“The message of the Ahmadiyya community is a positive call for world harmony and liberty,” Swett said. “We who believe in peace and freedom dare not be silent.”
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London’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community is sponsoring 200 buses in London to congratulate the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.
Northumberland Today – April 20, 2012
In 14 months, the Ahmadiyya Muslin Youth Association of Canada has visited 200 communities in Canada, its 2,649 volunteers helping them reach 1.3-million people in a bid to promote peace, condemn terrorism and dispel myths about Islam. An auxiliary wing of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the youth association was established as a non-profit charitable religious organization that has 65 chapters throughout Canada (and chapters in more than 200 countries worldwide).
Following successful events in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the group has been visiting Ontario communities throughout the month of April. For more information, visit www.Quranopenhouse.ca .
A group of Muslims in Hartlepool have helped to plant 450 trees in their home town.
It is the latest volunteer project undertaken by the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.
Members of the group give up their free time every weekend in an attempt to improve the society in which they live.
Sheraz Kasi, a spokesperson for the group members, who worship at a mosque in Turnbull Street, Hartlepool, said the tree planting had been done with the Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project team.
Vandals attacked an under-construction mosque in Chantilly over the weekend, causing extensive damage, authorities said.
All of the mosque’s first-level windows and door glass were shattered by thrown rocks, causing about $60,000 in damages, according to Usman Ghumman, general secretary for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mosque.
He said the doors and windows were custom made to match the mosque’s design and artifacts.
Fairfax County police found the damage the morning of Jan. 30, but said there is no evidence that the vandals entered the building. Empty beer cans, liquor bottles and rocks were also found scattered on the mosque’s grounds and roof.
“If one or two windows were broken, we would have thought it was a random act of vandalism, but all fingers are pointing toward being a hate crime,” Ghumman said.
Last week, the Administrative Court in Arnsberg/ North Rhine-Westphalia had to deal with a lawsuit against the construction of a mosque (by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Group) filed by a local resident. The presiding judge indicated very early on that the lawsuit was not likely to be successful. However, not the lawsuit filed be the resident, but changes in the development plan for the local area might impact on the plans to build the mosque. It is now the task of the local council to amend the development plans for the area – which is decisive for the Muslim community’s plans to build their mosque. While the community is awaiting a final decision, they emphasize the existing positive relations with other Christian communities in the area.