Jihad and Terrorism (video)

1. Living in Multicultural societies
2. Islamic Jihad and the treatment of non-Muslims
3. Jihad: A misunderstood concept and the true Islamic perspective

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta organised annual Peace Symposium 2017

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Malta, in collaboration with KSU (university student council), held an exhibition about the Holy Quran and the annual Peace Symposium titled “Jihad & Terrorism” in the KSU Common Room, at the University of Malta, on 28th March 2017. Around 50 Roll-Up Banners with the teachings of the Holy Quran, on different subjects, were also exhibited.

In her welcoming speech Ms. Steph Dalli, President KSU, spoke about multiculturalism and diversity and said, “Diversity enriches our societies and communities, and provides ample opportunities of sharing and learning from each other. The motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, ‘Love for all, Hatred for none’ is very inspiring and indeed is the essence for achieving the milestone and shared objective which is peace.”

First Irish Imam Ibrahim Noonan – who was invited for the peace symposium – said that, “When I look at the Quranic teachings, I see no room for terrorism in Islam. The Holy Quran states, ‘This [Quran] is a perfect Book; there is no doubt in it; it is guidance for the righteous (2:3).’ The word Taqwa which is used in this verse means righteousness, God fearing, God-consciousness, piety, virtues and abstaining from evil. This word has been used through the Quran repeatedly advising Muslims to always act upon righteousness and abstain from evil. So, a true Muslim cannot be extremist or terrorist. My own teacher had told that just as fire and water cannot live together, so is it impossible for a true Muslim to be a terrorist.”

Laiq Ahmed Atif, President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Malta, explained the true meaning of Jihad and said, “The root of the Arabic word Jihad is Jahada meaning to struggle and to strive. Thus Jihad means to strive to the utmost for the achievement of a purpose and to leave nothing undone in acquirement of it. According to the Holy Prophet Muhammad – the founder of Islam, peace be on him, there are three main categories of Jihad.

First: The Jihad that is waged against oneself; to fight against egoism, false sense of pride, arrogance and mischief; and for the self-purification. In Islamic terminology it is called the Jihad-e-Akbar – meaning the greatest Jihad.

Second: The Jihad to preach the word of God through the Holy Quran and is called the Jihad-e-Kabeer, meaning the great Jihad.

Third: The Jihad that is waged against the enemy of freedom of conscious, and in self-defence. This is called the Jihad-e-Asghar – meaning the lesser Jihad.”

He concluded his speech with a quotation from a speech of His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, 5th Successor to the Promised Messiah, and Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who said, “Our Jihad is not a Jihad of swords, guns or bombs. Our Jihad is not a Jihad of cruelty, brutality and injustice. Rather, our Jihad is of love, mercy and compassion. Our Jihad is of tolerance, justice and human sympathy. Our Jihad is to fulfil the rights of God Almighty and of His Creation.”

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Humanitarian calamity

Source/Credit: The Times of Malta, Saturday April 15, 2017.

There is nothing more desirable than peace, prosperity and happiness. War wreaks destruction and devastation and is the foundation of acrimony and animosity. Justice, dialogue and reconciliation is the antidote for wars and conflicts.

The Holy Quran repeatedly condemns war, declaring it a catastrophic fire: “Whenever they kindle a fire of war God extinguishes it. And they strive to create disorder in the earth and God loves not those who create disorder.”

The Syrian conflict now is in its seventh year. Every day was painful, difficult and miserable. However, the latest chemical attacks leave one stunned and speechless.

The horrific videos and gruesome pictures of children gasping for air in the last moments of their life have shocked every sane and sensible person.

To me, such attacks are against humanity and should be sufficient to shake our consciousness and make us stand up against such brutalities and barbarism.

How many more deaths does the world need to witness before robust efforts are made to secure peace and find a political solution for the Syrian people?

The international community and, particularly, the neighbouring Muslim countries should play a vital role in extinguishing this fire of hatred and stop vested interests and thirst for power, which have caused mass destruction and shattered and ruined the entire country.

Moreover, the world powers should not stand by any of the parties involved in this war but act as mediators to bring both parties around a table and engage them in dialogue to find a political and permanent solution.

In the Holy Quran, God says: “And if two parties of believers fight against each other, make peace between them; then, if after that one of them transgresses against the other, fight the party that transgresses until it returns to the command of Allah. Then, if it returns, make peace between them with equity, and act justly. Verily, Allah loves the just.”

This verse provides a most effective remedy to quarrels and to settling disputes between two parties.

The United Nations can play a crucial role because the country in question is included in its charter. The UN should insist on settling any differences and resolve the dispute through dialogue. It should act as a facilitator so both parties would set the terms for peace and reconciliation.

In case the government refutes any political solution, collective measures should be taken against it and collective efforts made to force it to end the war.

To start the process of ending this massacre of innocent people, including children, I believe that, first and foremost, the provision of weapons to both parties involved in the conflict must be halted.

The Holy Quran also calls for Taqwa (righteousness) in the hearts of both rulers and masses, so an agreement can be reached.

It says: “And help one another in righteousness and piety but help not one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah; surely, Allah is severe in punishment.”

Prophet Muhammad also drew the attention of rulers to their responsibilities. He said that the day when there is no shade other than the shade of God, He will grant shade to seven people and first among them will be a just and fair Imam. He also said that, on Judgement Day, the most beloved and the closest to God would be a just and fair ruler and the most disliked and most distant from God would be an unjust ruler.

He also said that Paradise would be forbidden to a person who is given charge over and responsibility for the people but is negligent. These commandments are matters for rulers to ponder over. If they wish to be God’s beloved they have to stop injustice. If they wish to make it to Paradise, then they have to work for the well-being of everyone without any discrimination.

When highlighting the democratic system of selecting leaders and running the business of State justly, the Holy Quran states: “Allah commands you to make over the trusts to those entitled to them and that, when you judge between people, you judge with justice.”

In this verse, the right of authority has been called as trust. Hence, anyone who receives an opportunity to govern should understand that this is a trust, which has been endowed upon him by the people.

The concept of trust is further highlighted by the Prophet Muhammad; it is mentioned that, on appointing a companion as the Amir (leader) of a region he said: “You are a weak individual and rulership is a trust. On the day of judgement, rulership shall be the cause of humiliation and disgrace, except for such a person who completely fulfils its rights.”

May we absorb God’s mercy and do our utmost to establish peace and spread love and compassion.

May God protect the world from the horrors and destruction of war.

May God bring peace in Syria.

amjmalta@gmail.com  Laiq Ahmed Atif is president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta. Find original article in Times of Malta

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat condemns church bombings

Komunità Musulmana f’Malta tesprimi KUNDANNA u tikkwota l-Quran

Il-Komunità Musulmana Ahmadiyya f’Malta ikkundannat bil-qawwi żewġ attakki separati li seħħew fi knejjes kattoliċi fl-Eġittu. Fi splużjoni fi Knisja fin-Nile Delta, 25 indarbu u 60 oħra sfaw midruba, filwaqt li f’attakk suwiċida f’Lixandra, tnejn inqatlu u 21 oħra sfaw midruba.

Dawn huma atti mhux umani u krudili, qalet il-Komunità f’Malta, u fi stqarrija ikkundannat dak li ġara bil-qawwa kolla. Talbet ukoll li l-istat jipprovdi protezzjoni sħiħa lil kull ċittadini li jgħix fil-pajjiż, irrispettivament mil-kulur tal-ġilda, twemmin jew politika. Appellat b’mod partikolari biex id-drittijiet tal-minuri jkunu protetti bi sħiħ mill-istat.

Ikkwotaw it-tagħlim mill-Quran u kkundannaw l-użu tal-forza fejn jidħol it-twemmin, jew f’isem ir-reliġjon.

“Aħna, membri tal-Ahmadiyya Muslin Jamaat, nesprimu l-kondoljanzi lill-familji tal-vittmi f’dan il-mument diffiċli u nitolbu biex dawk midruba jkollhom is-saħħa” temmet tgħid il-Komunità fi stqarrija ffirmata mill-president Laiq Ahmed Atif.

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Diskussjoni dwar il-Ġiħad Iżlamiku u t-Terroriżmu

Credit/Source: Net News, It-Tlieta, 28 ta’ Marzu 2017

Fil-Common Room tal-Kunsill Studenti Universitarji, il-KSU, fi ħdan l-Universita’ ta’ Malta ġiet organizzata diskussjoni dwar il-Giħad Iżlamiku u t-Terroriżmu.

Din id-diskussjoni ġiet organzzata mill-KSU flimkien mal-Komunita’ Aħmadija Musulmana f’Malta li l-President tagħha hu Laiq Ahmed Atif.

Minn naħa tiegħu Ahmed Atif tkellem dwar x’inhu l-kunċett tal-ġiħad iżlamiku, ir-rwol tan-nisa fl-iżlam, id-demokrazija fl-iżlam x’inhi, dwar is-shariah u dwar it-terroriżmu.

Il-President tal-Komunita’ Musulmana qal li l-ġiħad jiġi miżinterpretat minn ħafna musulmani. Skont l-ispjega li ta’ l-giħad iżlamiku hu l-ġlieda kontra l-egoiżmu, l—imħabba lejn allah u l-ġiħad u wkoll id-difiża lejn l-imħabba għar-reliġjon. Laiq Amed Atif qal wkoll li l-Koran iwassal messaġġ ta’ imħabba u paċi.

Bħala parti mid-diskussjoni kien hemm wkoll eżebiżżjoni tal-Koran u xi jgħid. Fosthom li l-Iżlam jiċħad it-terroriżmu.

Minn naħa tagħha l-President tal-Kunsill Studenti Universitarji Stef Dalli qalet li qed ngħixu f’soċjeta’ fejn qed tiddomina l-biża tar-reliġjonijiet. Dan qed iwassal biex minflok naċċettaw lil xulxin f’diversita’ tagħna qed nemarġinaw sezzjonijiet partikolari tas-soċjeta’. Qalet wkoll li hu importanti li nħaddnu l-inklużjoni fil-forom kollha tagħha.

Waqt id-diskussjoni li kienet miftuħa għall-istudenti tal-Universita’ u l-lecturers ipparteċipa wkoll l-Imam tal-Komunita Aħmadija Musulmana fl-Irlanda. NetNews

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Secular education at state schools

Muslim leader calls for secular education at state schools

‘State schools should not teach religious doctrine, but provide students with basic knowledge about every religion’ 

Source/Credit: Malta Today, by Tim Diacono, 28 March 2017

Education at state schools should be secular and void of religious doctrine, the leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Malta has said.

Laiq Ahmed Atif told MaltaToday at a conference that religious education at state schools should be limited to providing students with a comparative study of different religions.

“States and religions are different entities and each should play their own role. State schools should provide secular education to all students irrespective of their faith,” he said. “Muslim students can go to imams and prayer schools to learn about their faith, and similarly for Christians and Jews. The state’s role shouldn’t be to indoctrinate students but to provide them with basic points about each religion.”

In light of the impending closure of the Mariam al-Batool Muslim school in Paola, Imam Mohammed El Sadi has said that Muslim students should be allowed to learn Islam at state schools.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that he would be open to allowing Muslim students to have separate classes in Islam while their peers have their normal Catholic religion classes, a suggestion that prompted an online petition calling for his removal.

Education minister Evarist Bartolo said that like all other subjects, Islamic studies would need to adhere to a programme approved by the ministry and which would lead to SEC certification.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was founded in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who Ahmadis believe is a prophet. This has placed them in conflict with traditional Muslims, who believe that Mohammed was the last prophet.

During the conference at the University, which was held to address common misconceptions of jihad and terrorism, Atif admitted that there existed a degree of friction between the Ahmadiyya community and the Sunni Muslim community led by Imam El Sadi.

However, he extended a hand of friendship to the Imam and called for more dialogue to develop between the two communities.

“Dialogue with other Muslims is crucial and no Muslim should every deny this; dialogue is a starting point for us to demolish barriers and build bridges,” he said. “The Holy Quran states that Muslims should unite with Christians and Jews in their common belief of God. Muslims have so much in common with each other, so why don’t we unite on our commonalities?

The Ahmadiya Muslims were addressing a conference at the university

The Ahmadiya Muslims were addressing a conference at the university

“As a community, we always preach the importance of building bridges and we have never resisted dialogue towards the common good.” 

Similarly, Irish Imam Ibrahim Noonan – who was invited for the conference – said that Atif has often tried to open up dialogue with El-Sadi but that the latter has kept on resisting.

“We will keep on pushing for dialogue. We recently held a brief conversation with the Imam but it is clear that they are not open to it.”

The two Ahmadi leaders both argued that terrorism had nothing to do with the tenets of Islam, with Noonan going as far to say that people who carry out acts of terror in the name of Islam are not truly Muslims.

“If you understand the source of Muslim knowledge, then it is impossible to envision using it as an excuse for terrorism,” he said. “My own teacher had told that just as fire and water cannot live together, so is it impossible for a Muslim to be a terrorist. Some people say that not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim, but how can any terrorist be Muslim at all when the Quran teaches love, harmony and righteousness?’

Atif said that Islam upholds the principles of human dignity and freedom, and the Quran stipulates that Muslims should act benevolently to people of other faiths. Ignorance is the greatest enemy of humanity and is often exploited for terrorism. How can a young child who knows nothing of the religion believe that killing a human being will send him to paradise?” Malta Today

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State schools should not teach religious doctrine

State schools should not teach religious doctrine, says Muslim community leader

Ahmadiyya president says state schools should be secular

Credit/Source: Times of Malta, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Education offered to students in state schools should be secular and no religion doctrine should be supplied, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community president Laiq Ahmed Atif said today.

Mr Atif was reacting to the request made by Imam Mohammed El Sadi that Muslim students be taught Islam at secondary school following the announcement that the Mariam Al Batool School would be shutting its doors for older students.

“I have been following the issue and I believe that religion and state should always remain separate. State schools should be providing secular education to all students equally,” Mr Atif said.

If the state wants to give lessons on religion, then this should be a comparative study of all religions and not as doctrine.
– Ahmadiyya president

The Ahmadiyya is an Islamist reformist movement founded in the 19th century and encapsulates a few million people in more than 200 countries.

READ: Debate on Islam in schools heats up

According to Mr Atif the students would then go their respective religious leaders for education, suggesting Imams and priests.

“If the state wants to give lessons on religion, then this should be a comparative study of all religions and not as doctrine but some basic points on the different religions,” Mr Atif said.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community president Laiq Ahmed Atif.Ahmadiyya Muslim Community president Laiq Ahmed Atif.

He insisted that the state schools should serve to bring the students together and not to further separate.

The debate on whether Islam should be taught in schools has been fuelled with different views on the matter.

Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said he had no problem with the suggestion, provided that teaching was accredited by the education authorities and recognised in the same way as other subjects.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna also reacted, saying Church schools should be able to teach Islam to Muslim students if this was feasible.

He insisted that while Church schools would remain Catholic these had to also respect the religious freedom of others. Times of Malta

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