Travelling ban may fuel to extremism

travelling-banSe jiżdiedu l-estremiżmu u l-firda f’dinja moderna

Laiq Ahmed Atif mil-Komunità Ahmadiyya f’Malta jitkellem dwar il-projbizzjoni ta’ vvjaġġar għall-Musulmani mill-President Amerikan Trump

Source/Credit: IT-TORĊA, il-Ħadd 12 ta’ Frar 2017

Il-kwistjoni dwar restrizzjonijiet ta’ ivvjaġġar ta’ persuni minn seba’ pajjiżi lejn l-Istati Uniti, qed titqies bħala “sfortunata kbira għad-dinja moderna u globalizzata”. Dan iddikjarah Laiq Ahmed Atif, President tal-Komunità Ahmadiyya f’Malta meta kkummenta ma’ it-Torċa dwar din id-deċiżjoni. Hu qalilna li dan il-pass se jwassal għal aktar estremiżmu u firda.

lealtaFil-kummenti tiegħu hu qalilna li “dan kien imħabbar fi żmien ta’ taqlib enormi, u meta diġà għandna estremiżmu u radikaliżmu mferrex madwar id-dinja. Daż-żmien jeħtieġ l-għaqda u mhux d-diviżjoni u l-firda. Dawn id-deċiżjonijiet jistgħu jżidu l-estremiżmu u l-mibegħda fost in-nies. Irridu biex naħdmu kontra t-terroristiċi u mhux kontra l-pajjiżi b’maġġoranza Musulmana li jsofru u jbatu mill-estremiżmu huma stess. Ma ngħidx li nagħlqu għajnejna dwar is-sigurtà, dak li ngħid huwa dan li ma niħdux passi li jxerrdu mibegħda u firda. Is-sigurtà tiġi l-ewwel u qabel kollox, u hemm modi oħra konkreti li jiġu wżati għas-sigurtà.

Enfasizzalna li “dawn ir-restrizzjonijiet huma wkoll kontra d-drittijiet bażiċi tal-bniedem, u f’xi każijiet jaffettwaw lin-nies li huma l-aktar vulnerabbli li qed ifittxu kenn mill-inġustizzja, il-vjolenza, u l-persekuzzjoni. Naħseb li l-politika diskriminatorja ħafna drabi tagħmel iktar ħsara mill-ġid. Għalhekk, nitlob li d-deċiżjonijiet għandhom jittieħdu bil-għaqal profond sabiex ikattru l-ġid, l-imħabba u mhux il-ħsara u l-mibegħda.

“Nemmen li wasal iż-żmien li d-dinja tgħix skont il-motto tal-Komunità Aħmadija Musulmana li fil-fatt huwa motto universali u l-katalizzatur tal-paċi li huwa: “Imħabba għal kulħadd, mibegħda għal ħadd.”

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The future of Europe

euSource/Credit: The Malta Independent on Sunday, 12 February 2017, by Laiq Ahmed Atif

Recently Malta hosted a summit with European leaders about the need to stem migration through the Mediterranean and to discuss the future of Europe. Last year the Britain voted in favour of Brexit. The post Brexit situation and issues related to it has now become a very important concern all over the world and particularly in the European Countries. The European Countries are also now discussing what the future of Europe will be. Has the European Union proved to be an institution of prosperity and strength for the 500 million people who make part of the EU?

In December 2012, the Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hazrat, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, made his first visit to the European Parliament in Brussels where he delivered a keynote address in which he highlighted many important issues and spoke about the formation of European Union. He said: “The formation of the European Union has been a great achievement on the part of European countries, for it has been a means of uniting the Continent. Thus, you should make all possible efforts to preserve this unity, by honouring each other’s rights. The fears and worries held by members of the public must be removed. To protect each other’s society, you should be willing to accept fair and just demands of one another, and of course, there should be fair and just demands by the people of each and every country.

“Remember that the strength of Europe lies in its remaining united and together as one. Such unity will not only benefit you here in Europe, but also at a global level for this Continent to maintain its strength and influence.”

I think this message is very strong, and undoubtedly, “United we stand, divided we fall.” Today, when the world has emerged as a global village, the unity of European countries will definitely be instrumental for strength and prosperity of its people and the member states.

At the Malta summit, French President François Hollande also stressed that for an influential EU, unity is the key factor. He said: “We must have a European conception of our future. If not, there will be – in my opinion – no Europe and not necessarily any way for each of the countries to be able to exert an influence in the world.”

I am convinced that the existence of the European Union is not only important but also crucial for peaceful coexistence. The strength of the EU is essential and vital to balance world power and Europe’s strategic position is always very significant in playing its decisive role in any imminent conflict or danger to world peace. A divided Europe could develop instability and uncertainty.

In the current prevailing scenario, the EU stands tall as far as fundamental human rights are concerned. Moreover, the EU is seen as a beacon of freedom of religion, conscious and expression.

European leaders need to bridge the gap between people by listening and addressing their concerns, by highlighting the importance of a united Europe, and by adopting just, fair and policies for the common good. They should adopt cohesive, practical and effective policies. In essence, member states should seek to cooperate with one another so that division is replaced by unity.

If adequate measures are taken then it will soon become apparent that the existing concerns and developing gulf between the EU institutions, member states and citizens, will end and be replaced by peace and mutual respect, provided true justice is practised and each country realises its responsibility.

As far as the issue of irregular migration is concerned, it seems that there is a clear resolve by all member states to counter this problem effectively. The two important summits held in Malta on migration in the span of few months is clear evidence of this resolve.

Every year thousands of lives are lost in attempts to reaching Europe by deserts and sea. This issue should be seen on a larger canvas and the entire region, including European, African and rich Muslim countries need to play their role in saving human lives; and to find permanent and effective solutions to this issue. There is need of a comprehensive and collective operation against human traffickers.

The world powers can assist these unstable countries from where migrants are coming to Europe, in institution building, establishing peace and rule of law, providing sufficient training to their forces in maintaining and securing their borders. Furthermore, assistance needs to be given for the eradication of poverty, hunger, illiteracy of our brothers and sisters.

There is also a need to raise awareness in those countries, with the help of their family members who are living in Europe, about the perils of this journey through desert and sea. It is also essential to raise awareness and to educate people of those under-developed countries, with all the ways and means possible, on how they can stand up on their own two feet. I like this wonderful saying: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

If there is peace in those countries, it will result in a massive decline in migration. However, as a short-term solution, the United Nations [UNHCR] has opened its offices in some countries, such as Libya and Tunis, where these migrants should be given the opportunity to submit their applications and requests for asylum.

The European Union must face all challenges with complete unity and strength. If Europe remains united in every situation and preserves its unique qualities and principles of justice, freedom and human rights, the future of Europe will certainly be very bright. Original Post:

Laiq Ahmed Atif is president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta

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Why more people turn to drugs?

mirage-1From the Archives: Source/Credit: The Times of Malta, Wednesday, October 6, 2010, by Laiq Ahmed Atif

In the contemporary world, man, as a whole, has reached a high standard of achievement in material progress. Human society, no doubt, is benefiting from the fruits of today’s scientific progress. The rays of this progress have reached far and enlightened the darkest areas of the world. Nevertheless, man is not happy and content. Moreover, the world of today is riddled with a large number of problems.

Drug misuse is a massive problem facing the world today. Children are losing their lives, dreams and future to drugs. Countless homes have been wrecked and drug-related crimes are destroying families and ruining the social fabric of communities.

A recent study in the UK shows that parents worry more about their children taking drugs than possessing knives or guns. Four in 10 parents said drug use is their biggest fear for their youngsters, 10 times as many as those who say they are concerned about their children carrying weapons (4.7 per cent).

Governments are spending big amounts of money in tackling drug misuse and fighting the war on drugs.

But, they do not seem to be winning this fighting because, worryingly, the number of people turning to drugs is dramatically rising. The fact is that the demand for illicit drugs has risen and is rising sharply. More and more people than ever before are taking drugs.

The question arises: Why are people increasingly turning to drugs?

According to various drug-related studies, people normally take drugs for one of the following reasons: deprivation and unemployment, emotional and physical abuse, trauma, pain, stress, boredom, peer pressure, curiosity, wanting to experiment with something new, addiction and the easy availability and cheap price of certain drugs. And the prevailing economic depression is another contributory factor for more people to turn to drugs and gambling and, thus, lead to further crime in society.

While the above explanations may all be valid, what they illustrate is that many people use drugs because there is a void in their lives. A person encountering problems, stress, trauma or even abuse in life turns to drugs as a type of escape boat, something to remove one’s anxieties and depression.

Drugs provide a kind of temporary life raft, a relaxing and pleasurable “trip” to run away from the harsh realities of life. In times of need, a person may turn to drugs as a remedy for one’s ailments.

But, in reality, all the above reasons in favour of drugs are like a mirage in a desert, where the thirsty one thinks there is water until, when he comes to it, he finds it to be just an illusion. Drug addicts also think that drugs could quench their thirst but drugs are no more than a mirage in a desert.

If we ponder over the problem, we find that man is lacking trust and faith in God and when there is no trust in God then man tries to find relaxation through the drugs. Unfortunately, the reality is that, even in drugs, man does not find either solace or satisfaction.

What leads one to be happy and to find satisfaction and lasting peace of mind?

The Almighty God says: Aye! It is in the remembrance of Allah that hearts can find comfort. Oh, you the restless society, oh, you the restless world know for certain that true tranquillity, true peace of mind is in the remembrance of God and is in the relationship with God.

This is a great and extremely natural truth. The more the people of the world seek the paltry goods of this life, the greater becomes the hunger and the consequent burning of their hearts.

But those who seek God, the more they turn to Him, the greater is their peace of mind. This shows that the search for God is the innermost yearning of human nature and the real goal of man’s life. When that goal is attained man begins to enjoy perfect peace of mind for then he rests, as it were, in the very lap of the all knowing and all powerful God, maker and controller of the universe. If only the people of the world would realise this great secret of happiness!

Drug addiction does not only ruin someone’s life but it also ruins children, families and societies. And, moreover, it becomes a social and international crime, which disrupts all society.

Drugs cause hatred and enmity among people, leading to murder, violence, immoral behaviour etc. and, finally, pushing man away from the Creator.

Drugs cause mental and physical damage, are the cause of many crimes and lead to addiction and serious health issues.

Instead, one ought to establish a close relationship with God, ask for His mercy, seek His help to fulfil every desire and look for inspiration from Him alone. God, the Creator of the universe and everything in it, can surely remove all the depression, misery and suffering.

May God save the world from the threat of the misuse of drugs and may the world become a place of lasting peace. Read original article in The Times of Malta:

amjmalta@gmail.com The author is president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta.

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Ahmadiyya Muslims help Dar tal-Providenza – home for persons with disabilities

Mr Laiq Ahmed Atif, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Malta, presented gift hampers to residents of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, at the time of festivals. Frankie Bonello and Gabriella Galea received the hampers on behalf of the residents.

Present for the occasion was Dr Justyne Caruana, Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing. Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, thanked Mr Laiq Ahmed Atif on behalf of the residents for his nice gesture of solidarity.

For further information: www.inewsmalta.com   –  Il-Musulmani f’Malta jgħinu lid-Dar tal-Providenza  – Dar tal-Providenza.

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Celebrating festivals with society

img_0004The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta in collaboration with the Gzira Local Council celebrated the festive season together with the local community including elderly, people with special needs and children from Gzira St Clare Primary School, on 9th December 2016.

The Mayor of Gzira, Mr. Conrad Borg Manche’ and Laiq Ahmed Atif, President Ahmadiyya Community Malta, together presented gift hampers to those attended the event.

The Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community always emphasised on serving and showing compassion to fellow human beings. He writes:

“That religion is no religion that does not inculcate sympathy, nor does that man deserve to be called a man who does not have sympathy in him… If you are an elder, be kind to the younger ones and do not belittle them. If you are rich, serve the poor but do not treat them with pride and disdain. If you wish God to be pleased with you, then be like two brothers born of one mother.”

“The principle to which we adhere is that we have kindness at heart for the whole of mankind. If anyone sees the house of a Hindu neighbour on fire and does not come forward to help extinguish the fire, most truly I declare that he does not belong to me. If anyone of my followers, having seen someone attempting to murder a Christian does not endeavour to save him, I most truly declare that he does not belong to us.… I love mankind with the love that a compassionate mother has for her children; even more so.” FIND MORE:

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Nagħmlu il-festi memorabbli!

il-festiSource/Credit: It-Torca, Sunday December 18, 2016. By Laiq Ahmed Atif

F’dawn il-ġranet tal-festi, ħafna minna jkunu okkupati b’ħafna affarijiet fosthom fix-xiri tal-ħwejjeġ u r-rigali għall-familji, il-ħbieb u l-qraba, u bil-pjanijiet ta’ kif se jiċċelebraw iż-żmien tal-festi flimkien, bil-ferħ u l-kuntentizza.

Verament huwa importanti li niċċelebraw il-festi u nieħdu gost, imma, jekk irridu nagħmlu dawn il-festi verament memorabbli, pjaċevoli u sodisfatti, huwa importanti li ma ninsewx lil dawk ħutna li huma inqas ixxurtjati fis-soċjetà tagħna u lil dawk l-anzjani li jgħixu fid-djar tax-xjuħ u mhux mal-familji tagħhom.

Għax, dawn in-nies li jgħixu fid-djar tax-xjuħ, aktarx ma għandhom lil ħadd madwarhom jgħid kelmtejn. Ħafna drabi l-anzjani jħossuhom solitarji u speċjalment f’dan iż-żmien ta’ ċelebrazzjonijiet. Xi drabi tmur għandhom u tgħid ftit kliem ħanin u sabiħ u tara t-tbissima u d-dawl tal-ferħ fuq wiċċhom. Xi drabi tilmaħ il-ferħ fit-tbissima tagħhom.

Għalhekk huwa ferm importanti li nersqu lejhom, nitkellmu magħhom, naqsmu xi mumenti fil-preżenza tagħhom u nippreżentawlhom xi rigali għall-festi. U għal dan ma għandniex il-bżonn tal-miljuni, imma għandna l-bżonn biss il-ftit tal-imħabba u s-simpatija għalihom f’qalbna. Jien ċert li meta niltaqgħu magħhom dan jagħtihom ħafna kurraġġ u sodisfazzjon kbir. Dawn il-passi żgħar jistgħu jagħmlu differenza kbira fil-ħajja tagħhom.

Is-sena l-oħra bqajt skantat u bla kliem meta rajt vidjo tar-reklam minn supermarket Ġermaniż Edeka li jirrakkonta l-istorja ta’ raġel anzjan li qatta’ Milied solitarju ripetutament għal ħafna snin, għax uliedu dejjem sabu xi skuża biex iżuruh. Jum wieħed bagħatilhom avviż li kien miet u anke tahom id-dettalji tal-funeral tiegħu. Meta wliedu qraw l-avviż marru għandu u meta waslu fid-dar tiegħu isibuh ħaj. B’hekk biss seta’ jġibhom qribu!

F’dak il-vidjo hemm messaġġ għal dawk li ma jagħtux l-kas lill-ġenituri u l-anzjani tagħhom, li huma għandhom bżonnhom.

Hawn niftakar fi tradizzjoni tal-Profeta Muħammad, is-sliem għalih. Hu qal li f’ Jum il-Ħaqq Alla se jikkonfrontakom u jgħidilkom li: “Kont marid u inti ma staqsejtx dwar saħħti”. Il-bniedem se jgħid: “O Alla Inti s-Sid tad-dinja kollha, u qatt ma timrad, u ma kellekx bżonn tal-għajnuna tagħna”. Alla se jgħid: “Le, wieħed mill-qaddeja Tiegħi kien marid u kellek tistaqsi dwar saħħtu u kont issibni hemm”. U wara dan se jkompli jafferma u se jgħid: “Kelli l-ġuħ u ma tajtnix ikel, kelli l-għatx u ma tajtnix ilma, ma kellix libsa u ma libbistnix”. U kull darba l-bniedem se jgħid: “O Alla Inti s-Sid tad-dinja kollha, għandek kollox, u ma kellekx bżonn tal-għajnuna tagħna”. Alla se jgħid: “Wieħed mill-qaddeja Tiegħi kellu bżonn ta’ dak”. U kull darba se jgħid: “Li kieku inti għamilt dan kollu, kont issibni hemm”.

Din it-tradizzjoni turi biċ-ċar, li jekk aħna rridu li nsibu lil Alla, il-Ħallieq tagħna u rridu relazzjoni personali miegħu, allura huwa importanti li aħna mmorru għand il-foqra u ngħinuhom, immorru għand xi ħadd li hu fil-bżonn u nieħdu ħsiebu, immorru għand xi ħadd li hu marid u nwennsuh, inżuru x-xjuħ u nqattgħu xi ħin magħhom.

Dawn l-anzjani u l-ġenituri li jgħixu fid-djar tax-xjuħ, meta kienu f’saħħithom dejjem għamlu minn kollox biex jgħinu lil uliedhom, issa meta huma fil-bżonn, huwa importanti li jsibu l-għajnuna. Għandna nkunu grati lejhom, għax “min ma jiżżix ħajr lin-nies, ma jiżżix ħajr lil Alla”.

Ir-reliġjonijiet kollha jgħallmuna dwar il-ħidma għall-ġenituri. Meta nistudjaw ir-reliġjonijiet il-kbar tad-dinja nsibu żewġ punti komuni ħafna fit-tagħlim tagħhom; l-imħabba u l-qima lil Alla u s-servizz għall-umanità. Dan is-servizz huwa wieħed mill-iktar kwalitajiet importanti ta’ kull reliġjon. Naħseb li dik ir-reliġjon mhijiex reliġjon vera jekk m’għandhiex is-simpatija, bħalma lanqas dak ir-raġel ma jistħoqqlu jitqies bi bniedem jekk m’għandux is-simpatija u l-imħabba fih innifsu.

Il-Koran Imqaddes ripetutament jordna lill-Musulmani biex jieħdu ħsieb tal-ġenituri tagħhom. Alla jgħid: “U aħna amarna lill-bniedem biex ikun ħanin mal-ġenituri tiegħu.” (Il-Koran, 46:16)

Sidek amar, “Taduraw lil ħadd Ħliefu, u uru tjieba lejn il-ġenituri. Jekk xi ħadd minnhom, jew it-tnejn li huma, jixjieħu miegħek, qatt tgħidilhom kliem iebes jew ta’ stmerrija, iżda indirizzahom bil-ħlewwa. U b’umiltà u tenerezza itlob: “Sidi, ħenn għalihom bħalma rabbewni meta kont żgħir.” (Il-Koran, 17:24-25)

Ejjew niċċelebraw dawn il-mumenti tal-ferħ mal-anzjani, mal-ġenituri u ma’ dawk li jħossu solitudni. Dan huwa verament għemil nobbli u ġust. Bla dubju ta’ xejn, nista’ ngħid li meta xi ħadd jiċċelebra ma’ dawk il-persuni, il-ferħ u s-sodisfazzjoni li jħoss huwa inkredibbli, u ma tistax tispjegah fi kliem. Għalhekk,  jekk irridu li Alla jifraħ magħna, ejjew nirbħu l-qlub tal-poplu ta’ Alla u niċċelebraw dawn il-festi magħhom.

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Il-Festi t-Tajba!

Il-Festi t-Tajba! tawguralek u lil familtek il-Festi t-Tajba! Happy Festivals. کل عام و انتم بخیر

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