We unreservedly condemn and denounce the attack on innocent men and women in Orlando. We may not agree, or even approve of a person’s life style or choices, but that does not mean that we have the right to deprive them of their civil rights, let alone kill them.

In chapter 109, the Holy Quran cleary tells those who disagree with its message that they can live the way they want to because each person bears individual responsibility for what he or she does. Islam does not teach Muslims to kill those who make different life choices.

We urge all Muslims to condemn such atrocities and the monstors who carry them out.

The Ahmadiyya Association for the Propagation of Islam (Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam) was established in 1914 at Lahore to promote Islam in the West. In the UK it operated the Shahjehan Mosque in Woking until early 1960s. It’s new UK headquarters is at the above address. In 1924, it built the first mosque on the Continent at Berlin. This mosque is now recognised by the German government as part of German heritage. From its European, and other centres around the world this organisation has taught that Islam promotes peace, harmony and mutual respect between all communities and nationalities.

UK President condemns Paris attack

It is reported that gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack. Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.

Although the actions of the magazine cartoonists and editor were hurtful for Muslims our response needs to be determined by the teachings of the Holy Quran which says : And indeed He has revealed to you in the Book that when you hear Allah’s messages disbelieved in and mocked at, sit not with them until they enter into some other discourse. (4:90)

Such attacks are against not just the spirit but also the letter of Islamic teachings. And they do immense damage to the cause of Islam. The Holy Prophet (s) was mocked and reviled throughout his time on this earth but when he conquered Makkah he forgave even those who tortured him and other Muslims.

Shahid Aziz, President of the UK branch of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Association for propagation of Islam, said:-

I am shocked and dismayed by this attack. On behalf of all members of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam I say that such acts are a blot on the holy name of Islam. They should be condemned by Muslims of all sects and nationalities.

He went on to urge the French government to repel discriminatory laws it has enacted such as the ban on the hijab.

Gun attack at French satirical magazine

Charlie Hebdo, which published charactuers of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, had its main office in Paris attacked this morning by multiple armed men. There was prolonged gunfire as the men opened fire within the offices with the French police confirming that 12 people have died in the attack including two police officers.

The AP are reporting that security has been increased at places of worship, media offices and transportation as the attackers escaped the scene and have not as yet been captured.

France’s President, Francois Hollande, has visited the scene and commented;

Nobody in France should think that they can behave against the principle of the Republic and harm the spirit of the Republic, embodied by a newspaper,” President Hollande said. “Today I am thinking about the victims… We should do whatever we can to find those responsible and to call for national unity.”

This barbaric act of violence is sickening and the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam condemns it completely and we stand together with the people of France to mourn those that have been lost to this horrendous violence.

The rights or wrongs of what Charlie Hebdo publish, in the name of satire, are not something to debate right now, but as the above tweet points out, the murder of innocent people far outweighs, and is more offensive to Muslims than any cartoon could ever be.

Muslim women under attack

An accusation which is regularly aimed at Islam and Muslim men is that we treat women as second class citizens. Despite evidence from The Holy Quran itself which shows that women are equal to men, many groups and individuals attack Islam on this false stance.

So in light of these accusations, one would assume that Muslim women are treated wonderfully in The West, in countries where people snort through their noses at Islam as a medieval cult.

So lets have a look at how secure and free the Muslim women of Australia feel.

A Muslim mother verbally abused at a Melbourne playground and ordered to stop her child from playing with others is among dozens of attacks against the Islamic community in recent weeks.

It is one of at least six incidents nationally in which a Muslim mother has been abused, either in front of her children or while heavily pregnant, that appears on a list of abuse being compiled by Muslim community leaders.

Overall there have been 30 recorded attacks, mainly on women wearing the hijab – in the three weeks since anti-terror raids swept Sydney and the feared Islamic State stepped up their threats.

The above is a small snippet of the thousands of Muslim women who get harassed and physically and verbally abused in The West by men and women simply for being Muslim, or for looking different.

Muslim men are often accused of locking the women of their families up in their homes, not allowing them out unless accompanied by a man, yet ironically the vile abuse Muslim women are facing on a daily basis means that some are making the decision to stay at home and only go out when they are accompanied by someone who can protect them.

Is this the actions of a free, plural society? The people gagging to get onto television to trash Islam seem to conveniently forget the abuse Muslim women face from the civilised democratic Western World.

Militants attack Shiites in Pakistan

Militants opened fire on a Shiite Muslim mosque where worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers, and then a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside, killing 15 people in the latest attack aimed at the minority sect, police said.

The attack hit the city of Peshawar, which is on the outskirts of Pakistan’s tribal area, the main sanctuary for Islamic militants. They have targeted the city with scores of bombings in recent years.

Three militants initiated the attack on the mosque, located inside a Shiite religious school, by firing on a policeman who was standing guard outside, said senior police official Shafiullah Khan. The policeman was critically wounded, Khan said.

The militants then entered the mosque, where one of them detonated his suicide vest. The other two militants escaped, and police have launched a search operation to find them, Khan said. Fifteen people were killed and scores more wounded, he said.

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Sunnis free to attack minorities in Pakistan

..police however are refusing to take the victim’s statement, and three weeks on from the incident the criminals still go unpunished. As too often happens in Pakistan, when the victim is a Christian and his executioners belong to the Muslim majority and the violation of laws and rights takes place in complete indifference.

The article linked to above is a typical example these days of the laws in Pakistan. If the perpetrator is a Sunni against a minority then authorities act like no crime has been committed.

The Sunni version of justice in a Muslim country.