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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Protecting a magnificent masterpiece

azure-window-gozoCredit/Source: The Malta Independent on Sunday, Sunday, 5 March 2017 by Laiq Ahmed Atif

“I’m actually in love with Gozo and find it incredibly intriguing; the culture, the way of life, the intense natural beauty everywhere, all of it. I went to the Azure Window, the Citadel and the Ġgantija Temples – I’m so fascinated by it all,” a friend of mine from England who recently visited Gozo told me. This is what I often hear from whoever visits Gozo and particularly the iconic and gorgeous Azure Window in Dwejra.

Such inspiring compliments make us proud of having a beautiful country with wonderful natural attractions. On the other hand, we must also be responsible and take care of them. The full protection and care of this national heritage is extremely important, for our benefit and for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

The Azure Window, whose stunning geography of the area was created thousands of years ago when two limestone caves collapsed. It is one of the Maltese Islands’ most distinctive sites, attracting thousands of tourists every year, from all walks of life and from all over the world. It does not attract a person once but many a times; and this attraction is irresistible. I myself have visited Azure Window dozens of times, with family and friends.

In recent months, the Azure Window has been in the news because of the negligence in protecting this masterpiece gifted by the Almighty God. A video posted in November last year showed parts of the Azure Window falling off. On this one particular event, a man is seen jumping off the edge of the natural arch, followed by large rocks which came loose after he had walked over them.

The rough seas have seriously affected the Azure Window and in recent weeks it exposed its fragility further when the pounding waves broke off a large slab from the base of one of its cliffs.

The authorities have put signs warning visitors off, but it looks that a few signs are simply not enough. The media has reported people walking on the iconic arch, which is crumbling into the sea, even after the new sings were placed. At one particular event, it was reported that around 27 people were walking on it.

Recently, I saw some old photos of the Azure Window taken in 1980, which show that it was much bigger in size than it is today. With the passage of time, it is has become smaller and smaller.

Due to natural erosion and human negligence, this iconic sight may fall or divide into pieces if concrete measures are not taken, depriving future generations from enjoying its magnificent beauty. If that happens, it will be an irreparable loss.

The situation is alarming and I think this site needs urgent attention and preservation.

The Azure Window is a gorgeous spot and one of nature’s beautiful masterpieces and, at the same time, it brings economical benefits to Gozo and Malta, as thousands of tourists visit this site every year. Without the Azure Window, the attractions of Dwejra will be limited.

I think a permanent structure under the arch to protect it and save it from further damage and loss of size should be considered. Secondly, one needs to make sure that no one walks on it; measures taken already must be enforced fully, without slacking. There must be emergency numbers so when anyone notices any contraventions the authorities will be alerted immediately. The site should be supervised at all times.

An encouraging initiative has been taken as the government has allocated a fund of €200,000 and appointed a committee of experts to carry out studies and researches on Dwejra to be considered a world heritage by UNESCO.

I think the Azure Window is a marvellous masterpiece of natural beauty which makes Gozo very attractive. Any loss to this lovely site will be a loss to Gozo and Malta, and no doubt a loss for future generations. It would be wise to protect and preserve the Azure Window before it is too late. Find original post in TMIS:

Mr Atif is the President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta. amjmalta@gmail.com

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Our paradise

our-paradise

“Our paradise is in our God. Our highest delight is in our God for we have seen Him and found every beauty in Him.

This wealth is worth procuring even though one may have to lay down one’s life to procure it.

This ruby is worth purchasing though one may have to lose one’s self to acquire it. O ye, who are bereft, run to this fountain and it will save you. What shall I do, and by what drum shall I make the announcement that this is your God, so that people might hear? What remedy shall I apply to their ears so that they should listen.

If you belong to Allah, rest assured that Allah will indeed belong to you.”

(Promised Messiah as, the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat)

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Time to build bridges, not walls

by Laiq Ahmed Atif. amjmalta@gmail.com 

The contemporary period presents extra-ordinary challenges for economic, religious and social issues, law and order, extremism and of rapid changes in global politics. The religious and political divisions are increasing. Traditional politics is being replaced with new populist slogans, anti-establishment ideology and with the idea of bringing extensive and overall changes to the current system of governance.

Regrettably, the world is divided into blocks, vested interests and social classes, and this division is further highlighted and sustained with slogans of building walls and adopting divisive policies. In many parts of the world, far greater priority is being given, either directly or indirectly, to asserting dominance and supremacy over others and satisfying a craving for power and authority.

The world stands in great need of peace, tolerance, mutual understanding, harmony, love and brotherhood. The world needs an end to wars and conflicts. Instead of walls of hatred being erected, we need peace to prevail, and for this to happen, people of all faiths, creeds, colours and political affiliations must join together. How rightly it has been said that “united we stand, divided we fall”.

I believe that wisdom demands learning lessons from our history, because the turbulent times we live in today cannot afford further divisions, barriers and walls. The history of the Berlin Wall alone is sufficient proof against building walls and in favour of building bridges which unite people across the globe.

Undoubtedly, walls create distance, isolation and exclusion, and bridges bring people closer and create unity and strength.

The instrument of politics should be used sincerely, effectively and wisely for the common and greater good of mankind

I am afraid that such conflict-ridden policies will bring no benefit to the people. Instead these may fuel radicalism and extremism, or the extremists may exploit such situations. In a globalised world, the effects of political decisions are felt across the globe. Leaders must be very sensitive and cautious when forming or adopting policies.

I think politics is an art and instrument of dialogue and persuasion. This instrument should be used sincerely, effectively and wisely for the common and greater good of mankind.

As far as the issues and disputes between nations and countries are concerned, it should be encouraged to find lasting and feasible solutions through mutual consultation, dialogue, collaboration and collective wisdom.

Our common religious teachings are characterised by effective resources and solutions in order to counter the challenges and disagreements that arise between nations and countries.

Justice, kindness, sympathy, humility, humbleness, patience and wisdom are among the core principles that religion teaches us and which can solve all the disputable matters.

The Holy Quran states: “Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression.” (16:91)

“And help one another in righteousness and piety; but help not one another in sin and transgression.” (5:3)

Jesus said: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”(Matthew 5:44-45)

Let’s all unite and work together to build a cohesive, inclusive and peaceful world and to sow the seeds of love and sympathy for the entirety of mankind.

We must work hard and leave no stone unturned in promoting tolerance, harmony and brotherhood. We must seek to build bridges of love and hope between different religions and different communities and societies – because it’s time to build bridges, not walls.

I would like to conclude with a great message from the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, who writes: “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.” Original Post.

Laiq Ahmed Atif is president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta.

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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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