Assault against Ahmadiyya mosque in Leipzig

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

Interview chair of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jemaat community

July 22

 

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.

 

Ahmadiyya community becomes corporate body under public law

June 13

 

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.

Woolwich murder aftermath: Theresa May praises British-based Islamic group

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.

Hamburg Muslim Community inaugurates minarets

Dec 6

 

The Islamic Ahmadiyya community has inaugurated two minarets for the Bait-ul-Rasheed-mosque in Hamburg-Schnelsen, a district of the North German city. Both minarets are 14 meters high and visible.

 

Mirza Masroor Ahmad, head of the Ahmadiyya community in London attended the ceremony.  Also, representatives of the Christian and Jewish community of Hamburg, members of the Senate of Hamburg and members of the German parliaments participated at the ceremony.

 

During his speech, Mirza Masroor Ahmad called Muslims to maintain their loyalty to the State. Unlike other German cities, the construction of the Ahmadiyya mosque was not accompanied by protests. The mosque is open to Muslim and non-Muslim Germans. Asif Malik, speaker of the Ahmadiyya community in Hamburg, expressed the relevance of transparence for the community to decrease fear and mistrust toward Muslims.

 

Edmonton Ahmadiyya Muslims participate in national educational campaign

News Agencies – October 12, 2012

Local Muslims will go door-to-door in Edmonton and Leduc, Canada as part of a national campaign to educate Canadians about Islam and dispel misconceptions about Muhammad made in an American anti-Muslim video. Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are responding to a call from their spiritual leader in England to peacefully protest The Innocence of Muslims, a video that outraged the Muslim world with its depiction of the Islamic prophet after a trailer of the film was posted on YouTube.

Muslims have a right to be angry but violent reaction must be condemned, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said in a statement issued late last month.

The Ahmadiyya community’s last national campaign two years ago was a response to controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones’ threats to burn Qur’ans on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. About 3,500 young volunteers visited 429,129 houses, reaching out to 1.7 million people in Canada to promote peace, condemn terrorism and violence, and dispel myths about Islam, Rabbani said.

Ahmadi Muslim leader pushes plight in Congress

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.”

Ahmadiyya community promotes positive image of its Muslim women

May 4

 

Known for its reform-oriented approach, the Ahmadyyia community of Berlin has initiated a campaign to counter negative prejudices against the image of Muslim women. The community declares its distance from parallel societies; it prefers education of its Imams in Germany and promotes education for women. The Ahmadiyya community, which is said to have 220 adherents in Berlin, has financed posters in the city public transport; advertising for respect towards women and against religious force. Also, there will be a public event titled “Woman in Islam” on May 9th.

 

In recent years, citizen initiatives had rallied against the construction of the Ahmadiyya mosque in the East Berlin district of Pankow. The clergyman of the Khadjia-mosque Imam Abdul Basit Tariq, denied this image campaign to be a reaction to the Koran distributions of the Salafists. Ahmadiyya adherents try to improve the image of Islam and promote a reform-oriented and pro-integrative approach. In countries such as Pakistan, they have been victims of violent Islamic fundamentalists.

 

About 210.000 Muslims live in Berlin with 90% being Sunni Muslims. Most of the Muslims come from Turkey. There are 80 mosques in Berlin, five of them with a cupola and minaret. Most of the mosques are situated in the districts of Neukölln and Kreuzberg.

 

Muslim youth association visits 200 Canadian communities

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 .