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.
At the beginning of the new year, various newspapers (and news magazine) across Germany reported on local Muslim communities that have volunteered on New Year’s Day to help clean up the city centres after New Year celebrations. Especially young Ahmadiyya Muslims have demonstrated their commitment to the community, which some newspapers described as a clear sign of successful integration.
17 September 2010
The foundation stones for the first purpose-built mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Ireland have been laid in Galway by Mirza Masroor Ahmad, world leader of community, during his first visit to the country. The Masjid Maryam (Mary Mosque) is only the third purpose-built mosque in Ireland and the first in Galway.
Ahmadi Muslims have been living in Ireland for more than three decades. Several hundred members of the Ahmadi community were present at the foundation stone laying, which was followed by a civic reception which local religious leaders from different Christian churches and politicians attended.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1889, and it is estimated that there are several million followers worldwide, mainly in a number of African states, Pakistan and Indonesia. Ahmadi Muslims face severe discriminations in several Muslim countries, such as Pakistan where they have been banned from identifying themselves as Muslims since the early 1980s.
10 September 2010
After 9/11, and after 7/7, the Ahmadiyya community based in Morden in Surrey invited the news media to film a cross-community condemnation of intolerance and hatred. In light of the furore caused by Pastor Terry Jones in Florida, who had announced to burn Korans on 11 September, the Ahmadiyya community once more invited people of different faiths to a common service condemning extremism. Local religious leaders and councillors “made a stand for reason and tolerance”.
Jewish, Catholic, C of E, Bahaai and other Christian denominations all took part in an event for the cameras, as well as an American Embassy official. They made statements condemning Terry Jones’ threats to burn the Koran. Some quoted the Bible, others referred to Nazi book burnings. The Reverend Andrew Wakefield — well known as a contributor to “Thought for the Day” – acknowledged that in the face of the Florida panic, perhaps faith leaders needed to make more effort to convey through the news media the extent of interfaith community cohesion. At least 8,000 people attended Friday service, discussing how to fight hatred with prayer.
One of the organizations hoping to broadcast on Dutch radio and television during programming devoted to Islam recognizes the Ahmadiyya sect as a major current in Islam.
The Ahmadiyya sect, popular among many Dutch of Surinamese origin in the Netherlands, is not recognised as Islamic by the main institutions of orthodox Islam.
SMO, one of five broadcasters who applied for the Islamic airtime, expresses in an email leaked this week its willingness to share its hoped-for broadcasting licence with another company, provided that it too recognises Ahmadiyya.
Berlin’s first Ahmadi mosque opened its doors in the former eastern side of the German capital last month. The building and the religious group are putting religious tolerance to the test. A 13-meter-high (43-foot) minaret competes for attention alongside pillars advertising the fast food outlets at a busy intersection in Pankow, a north-eastern suburb of Berlin. Inside the mosque, the call to Friday prayer echoes as men fall to their knees. Upstairs, women turn to the loudspeakers relaying the imam’s chant. It is not audible from the streets, where the mosque draws suspicious disapproval. The Khadija Mosque, which opened on Oct. 16, has met with strong opposition ever since its inception in 2006. The first purpose-built mosque to open in former East Germany, it provides a new center for Berlin’s Ahmadi community. Ahmadiyya Islam is a reform movement founded in India in the 19th century. The Ahmadi are not recognized by mainstream Muslims, and many have left Pakistan where they face religious persecution.
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One of Britain’s oldest Muslim communities will use its annual gathering this weekend to show how it could provide a model for other Muslims of how to live in perfect harmony with others. This weekend, 30,000 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will gather for the biggest annual gathering of UK Muslims. This is the 42nd Annual Ahmadiyya Muslim Convention to take place in Britain and will be based in a huge temporary village of 200 marquees at a site near Alton, Hampshire on July 25-27. Khalifa Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community who is based in London, will invite the world to reflect on the true message of all religions, including Islam. It will be a rallying call for peace, to be replicated by Ahmadi Muslims in 190 countries across the world. Mr Rafiq Hayat, president of the UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, said the UK Government, which earlier this year launched a fund to support work that helps individuals, organisations and communities to tackle violent extremist influences, should first look at the good practices that already exist in Muslim communities such as the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Jon Land reports.
A decision barring an American Muslim group from holding large national gatherings in a rural Maryland town has been called discriminatory, a lawyer specializing in religious rights argued. A zoning appeals board in the town of Walkersville voted unanimously to deny the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community permission to use area farmland for religious purposes. The board’s decision is irrational and discriminatory said Roman Storzer, attorney for the group. This conflict has been defined from day one by a desire to keep a Muslim group out of the area said Walkersville Mayor Ralph Whitmore. The Ahmadis had hoped to establish a small mosque on the site for regular use by about 20 nearby families, and hoped to also build two gymnasiums for use during conventions and recreation.
The Ahmadiyya mosque in the Berlin-Pankow is supposed tob e opened soon. However, demonstrations against the construction oft he mosque has not ended yet. The local police has already began to train its officers in intercultural issues. Claudia Keller reports.