Give peace a chance

Credit/Source: TimesofMalta Saturday, March 9, 2019.

The times we live in pose great challenges to the peace and prosperity of the entire world. Despite the fact that everyone appreciates and comprehends that the world badly needs peace, tolerance, harmony and forbearance, regrettably, it seems as though people are unwilling to take the necessary steps, measures and precautions to get there.

Sadly, the flames of wars and conflicts are being seen in many parts of the world and the storm clouds forewarning us of World War III are getting heavier by the day.

The horrific devastation of such a war is beyond imagination and its effects would last for decades to come. Children of current and future generations will, more than likely, be born crippled or with genetic defects due to the lasting effects of radiation.

A recent example of such threats to peace is the growing tension between two nuclear-armed countries, India and Pakistan. The situation is escalating day by day and army troops are being deployed in droves near boarder areas.

At this critical moment, the voice that needs to be heard is that of giving peace a chance. Every sane and sensible citizen of either country should work together to achieve peace and prosperity.

As a true lover of humanity, it is my firm belief that the world needs peace, love and brotherhood. The world needs an end to wars. Instead of walls of hatred being erected, we need peace to prevail and for this to become a reality we must all join together and work hand in hand for the betterment of the entire human race.

It is an undeniable fact that, when wars break out, no one wins or loses, but the side that suffers the greatest loss is humanity and humanity alone.

When wars break out, no one wins or loses but the side that suffers the greatest loss is humanity and humanity alone

So, at this critical juncture, I appeal to both countries to give peace a chance and let the better sense prevail. Both sides should show restraint and resilience, convey the message of peace and harmony, engage in dialogue and tread on the path that leads to peace, not war.

I do not intend to go into the geopolitical debate that has haunted the Indo-Pak borders for many decades, however, I would like to draw the attention of both countries to the fact that, instead of spending billions of dollars on defence budgets, they should seek to establish peace between themselves and spend that wealth on the well-being and welfare of their citizens.

This is because poverty, ignorance and illiteracy are at their highest and there is a dire need to provide education, health and employment to the people of both countries.

It is noteworthy that the ever-rising defence budget of both countries is far higher than combined budgets of crucial areas like health and education. The money that needs to be spent to provide health and education is being spent to buy weapons. The means that need to be utilised for the survival and betterment of humanity are being exploited to inflict pain and injury to humankind.

The worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has, on many occasions, drawn the attention of world leaders towards the fact that everything else comes second; what comes first is the well-being of the global population.

Furthermore, he has also warned that neglecting the well-being of the population will, ultimately, cause global unrest to increase while providing ease in the lives of people will lead to peace and prosperity.

Moreover, he has highlighted the importance of resilience and peace building and the Quranic injunction of cooperation, which states: “Help one another in righteousness and piety; but help not one another in sin and transgression” (5:3).

He prayed for the world in the following words:

“I pray with all my heart that mankind forsakes greed and forgoes the pursuit of narrow self-interests and, instead, comes to recognise the importance of protecting all of humanity and of showing kindness, compassion and love towards God’s creation. I pray that a spirit of service to humanity takes permanent root in society so that we protect our future and leave behind a better world for our children and coming generations to live in.”

I very humbly urge both India and Pakistan, and, indeed, the entire world, to unite in the name of God and spread love and compassion. Because “God is love, God is peace! Love can never beget hatred and peace can never lead to war”.

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Laiq Ahmed Atif is president  of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta. amjmalta@gmail.com

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Why Muslim men cover their head?

M: Għalfejn l-irġiel Musulmani jgħattu rashom? 

Huwa minnu li ħafna Musulmani Għarab u Asjatiċi jilbsu t-turban għaliex hija biss drawwa, u m’hemm l-ebda obbligu reliġjuż li jsostni li dan għandu jintlibes. Ir-raġuni għala l-Musulmani jagħżlu li jilbsu t-turban hija biex b’hekk jiġi rifless l-ispirtu tal-Iżlam li jfittex li jfakkar lin-nies f’Alla u fit-twemmin. Barra minn hekk, b’dan l-aġir il-Musulmani jkunu qegħdin isegwu l-eżempju nobbli tal-Profeta tal-Iżlam. Il-Qaddis Profeta Muħammadsa kien jilbes turban. B’dan il-mod, l-irġiel Musulmani huma mitluba u mħeġġa biex jgħattu rashom biex jimxu mal-eżempju nobbli tal-Qaddis Profeta Muħammadsa, bħala sinjal ta’ rispett, serjetà, formalità u responsabbiltà.

Waqt it-talb, il-Musulmani għandhom jgħattu rashom għaliex huma jkunu fil-preżenza tal-Mulej tagħhom. L-għata tar-ras huwa sinjal ta’ turija ta’ rispett lejn Alla u l-istituzzjoni tat-Talb. Bl-istess mod xi Musulmani jagħżlu li jgħattu rashom saħansitra f’ħinijiet oħra biex ifakkru fil-fidi tagħhom u f’Alla.

M’hemm l-ebda l-ordni fuq is-sura tal-għata tar-ras, għaldaqstant din tista’ tvarja minn brieret għal kpiepel għal traban.

Fil-kultura Għarbija u Asjatika t-turban kien jissimbolizza wkoll li l-persuna kienet mimlija għerf u dehen. B’hekk dan kien iservi wkoll bħala riflessjoni ta’ kif għandu jkun verament wieħed Musulman – wieħed li hu dejjem konxju tal-Ħallieq tiegħu u dejjem ħerqan biex ifittex l-għarfien. 

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Id-Dawl Numru 15

Id-Dawl (the Light) MARCH 2019

(i)Removing obstacles (ii) Racial Harmony

(iii) Non-Discrimination

(iv) Why do Muslim men cover their heads?

(v) Veil: Wisdom behind the concept of veil!

(vi) Donation of Wheelchairs & Hampers

Click here to read: ID-DAWL MARCH 2019

Id-Dawl 15

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World Crisis and The Pathway to Peace

During the recent days, there is growing tension between India and Pakistan, two nuclear states. It is very critical time. Both countries should show restrained and engage in dialogue.

The Worldwide Spiritual Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has drawn the attention of the world towards establishment of peace and justice. He is truly a man of peace. His very wise words – full of guidance, rationality and wisdom – are showing the world A PATHWAY TO PEACE

The world is passing through very turbulent times. The global economic crisis continues to manifest newer and graver dangers almost every week. The similarities to the period just before the Second World War continue to be cited and it seems clear that events are moving the world at an unprecedented pace towards a horrific third world war.                                                                         In this book, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community warns the world of the fast approaching dangers and how it can avert disaster and chart a course to peace.

Read complete book in English and Maltese, by clicking on the links below.

World Crisis and The Pathway to Peace   [ENGLISH] 

Id-dinja bħalissa għaddejja minn żminijiet imwiegħra ħafna. Il-kriżi ekonomika globali qed tkompli tikxef perikli ġodda u aktar serji kważi kull ġimgħa. Hawnhekk, f’dan il-ktieb, ġbarna l-linji gwida mfassla minn Ħażrat Mirża Masroor Aħmad, il-Mexxej tal-Komunità Aħmadija Musulmana mxerrda mad-dinja kollha.

Il-Kriżi Dinjija u t-Triq għall-Paċi (MALTESE) 

World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace
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Working for zero tolerance against FGM

Credit/Source: The Malta Independent, Tuesday 19 February 2019, by Imam Laiq Ahmed Atif

The sixth of February each year is celebrated as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as part of the United Nations campaign to effectively educate people about the horrific consequences of FGM and to end genital mutilation of women and girls around the world.

This day also highlights the importance of providing a platform for speaking against this horrendous practice and to encourage women to speak up and to seek help to counter this challenge if they come across to it.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), FGM ‘comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons’.

According to a conference held recently in Malta, between 39% and 57% of migrant women living in Malta are at risk of female genital mutilation. These are very shocking figures, despite the fact that this procedure is illegal in Malta. This shows that people are not very well aware of these laws, so there is a crucial need of providing sufficient knowledge and awareness. Moreover, it is estimated that around 180,000 women are at risk of FGM in Europe.

According to the WHO, there are no known health benefits of this practice; it is very painful and harmful practice. Such ‘procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths’.

It is thought that the practice is more than 2000 years old, but erroneously some associate it with the religion of Islam. As far as Islam is concerned, there is no concept of female circumcision in Islam. This ancient barbaric practice is cultural in its origins and has absolutely no link to Islamic teachings, because this practice existed for centuries before the advent of Islam.

The truth is that, FGM is not even mentioned in the Holy Quran and also not by the Prophet Muhammad. The Holy Quran does not instruct women to be circumcised. Moreover, there is not a single example found of this practice in the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s family.

So, how it could be labeled as an Islamic practice?

In fact, Islam laid down principles of loving and caring treatment of women. Prophet Muhammad insisted that women should always be treated with kindness and consideration. He often used to say that if a man had daughters and he arranged to have them educated and took pains with their upbringing, God would save him from the torment of Hell. Regarding women as wives, he said that: “Remember, you must always treat your wives well.”

The question is why this practice is continued till today? I think, ignorance, lack of understanding, lack of awareness, social or cultural pressures appear to be some of the reasons why this inhumane crime continues till today.

It is highly recommended that governments and communities should work hard to provide sufficient understanding and awareness about FGM to all the people, men and women, so this harmful practice is completely uprooted from the world. In addition, strict laws should be made and equally enforced. Religious leaders should also play their role in educating their people.

As far as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is concerned, it proactively plays its role to raise awareness about this issue, including many others. It has also published an article in its monthly magazine ‘Id-Dawl’ (www.ahmadiyya.mt/id-dawl) to educate people about FGM.

Furthermore, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community advocates for the equality, education, and empowerment of women. The community has always condemned the barbaric practice of FGM; and it is actively raising awareness that FGM is not an Islamic practice at all. It is committed to work with other communities to uproot this practice decisively; and it stands united around the world conveying a key message of ‘Zero Tolerance for FGM’.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community donates wheelchairs and hampers to Gozo Hospital

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta presented six wheelchairs and 100 fruit hampers for the residents of Santa Anna Residence at the Gozo General Hospital.

The donation was presented to Mr. Joseph Fenech the CEO of the Gozo General Hospital by Imam Laiq Ahmed Atif, President Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta. NewsBookGozoNewsOneNews 

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True Basis of Marriage

IL-BAŻI EWLENIJA TAŻ-ŻWIEĠ

Fejn jidħlu r-relazzjonijiet bejn membri differenti tal-familja, l-aktar relazzjoni importanti hija dik mantnuta bejn ir-raġel u l-mara, għaliex fuqha jiddependi l-benesseri tal-familja kollha u fl-aħħar mill-aħħar il-benesseri tan-nazzjon kollu. L-ewwel regola mogħtija mill-Iżlam fuq din ir-rabta hija li din ir-relazzjoni għandha tkun ibbażata primarjament fuq konsiderazzjonijiet morali u mhux fuq dawk ta’ sbuħija, għana jew pożizzjoni. Il-Koran Imqaddes iwissi lil dawk li jkunu ser jiżżewġu biex jirriflettu dwar l-effett li din ir-rabta intenzjonata tista’ tħalli fuq is-safa ta’ ħajjithom, u liema tip ta’ legat f’forma ta’ diskussjoni se tħalli warajha. Il-Qaddis Profetasa jgħid:

“Xi nies jiżżewġu għall-ġmiel, oħrajn għall-pożizzjoni u oħrajn għall-għana, iżda inti għandek tiżżewweġ mara tajba u devota.” (Bukhari, Kitab-al-Nikah)

Dan biss għandu jkun il-bażi vera taż-żwieġ, u jekk ma titteħidx inkonsiderazzjoni l-għażla tas-sieħeb/sieħba, ir-relazzjoni bejn raġel u mara mhix se tkun waħda trankwilla u l-kwistjoni tar-rabta se tkun imqanqla sew…

Għaldaqstant, l-għażla tar-raġel jew tal-mara ssir affari ta’ importanza enormi. Għalhekk, l-ewwel regola magħmula mill-Iżlam turi li fl-għażla tas-sieħeb/sieħba trid tingħata ħafna aktar attenzjoni lill-kwalitajiet tar-ras u tal-qalb milli ċ-ċirkustanzi esterni tad-dehriet, ir-rikkezzi u l-pożizzjoni. L-Iżlam ma jikkundannax dawn l-affarijiet, iżda m’għandhomx ifornu l-bażi ewlenija taż-żwieġ. Jekk raġel u mara jersqu lejn xulxin bis-saħħa tat-tjubija, il-morali u l-intelliġenza tagħhom, u fl-istess waqt ma jkunux nieqsa mill-ġmiel, l-għana u l-pożizzjoni, mela r-rabta ta’ bejniethom tkun imbierka darbtejn; iżda s-sbuħija, l-għana u l-pożizzjoni, fihom infushom, mhumiex garanziji ta’ hena permanenti.

Kieku ż-żwiġijiet kollha jkunu bbażati fuq dan il-prinċipju, kieku mal-ewwel isseħħ rivoluzzjoni morali fid-dinja, u l-qagħda ta’ dawn iż-żwiġijiet tkun aktar soġġetta għad-dixxiplina u l-avvanz morali u spiritwali.

(Ħażrat Mirża Bashiruddin Maħmud Aħmadra, Khalifatul-Masih II, Ahmadiyyat Yani Haqiqi Islam, p. 235-237)
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