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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Ahmadiyya Malta condemns London attacks

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community strongly condemns the barbaric attacks in Westminster today.

Our sympathies and prayers are with the people of London and all those affected.

Such attacks and violence against innocent people can never be justified under any circumstances.

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Invitation to Peace Symposium 2017 titled ‘Jihad and Terrorism’

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta & KSU invite you to the annual Peace Symposium 2017, titled “JIHAD & TERRORISM”. Please reserve your place through sending an email on: amjmalta@gmail.com , secretary@ksu.org.mt or by calling at: 79320139. Follow us on https://twitter.com/ahmadiyyamalta for further updates. Click to enlarge the Banner on the right side. Times of Malta

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Ahmadiyya Celebrates International Women’s Day

International Women's DayThe Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Malta congratulates to all women, the ‘International Women’s Day’. 

In many societies, a woman is still regarded as a second-class citizen and deprived of various basic rights enjoyed by the male population. On the contrary, Islam was the first religion formally to grant the women a status never known before. The Holy Quran, the sacred scripture of Islam, contains hundreds of teachings, which apply both to men and women alike. The moral, spiritual and economic equality of men and women as propagated by Islam is unquestionable. The specific verses of the Holy Quran, which address themselves to men or women, deal with either their physical differences or the role they each have to play in safeguarding the moral fibre of the society Islam envisages. Continue Reading: 

Some relevant articles: 

Muħammadsa Dak li llibera ‘l-Mara

https://ahmadiyyamalta.org/2016/02/15/islam-and-women-rights/

https://ahmadiyyamalta.org/2011/07/15/human-dignity-and-honour-of-women/

https://ahmadiyyamalta.org/2014/02/08/not-the-way-to-treat-ladies/

http://www.ahmadija.org.mt/pubblikazzjonijiet/2013/maraflizlam.pdf

https://ahmadiyyamalta.org/2011/03/08/international-womens-day-l-omm/

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