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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has appealed to the Muslim organizations, institutions, imams of the mosques to unite against the growing forces of Hindutva.

AIMPLB has come out openly against the rising influence of “Brahmin Dharma and Vedic culture (that) are out to harm Islamic beliefs by all means”.

Maulana Wali Rehmani, working general secretary of ALMPLB, had sent a letter to various Muslim organizations and individuals, asking for “constant vigil against attacks on Islam’s teaching”.

He also lashed out against Central government for promoting Yoga, Surya Namaskar and Vande Matram, “which are part of Brahmin Dharma” and “are against the ideology of Muslims”.

As reported by a leading daily, Rehmani had alleged that the celebration of the International Day of Yoga by the government on Sunday was part of a conspiracy to link the exercise to the RSS, since it was observed on the death anniversary of the Sangh’s first sarsanghchalak, K B Hedgewar.

Reportedly, Rehmani has referred to Chapter 6 of the Gita to argue that Yoga is a religious activity, and a part of “Brahmin Dharma and Vedic culture”.

“Muslims should always remain cautious as there are organisations that are attacking Islamic beliefs and trying to impose Brahmin dharma. All this Yoga, Surya Namaskar and Vedic culture are part of Brahmin dharma and are totally against Islamic beliefs,” Rehmani has reportedly said in his letter.

On June 7, AIMPLB had passed a resolution against Yoga, stating that it was un-Islamic.

The Board, proclaims itself as a mediator of Muslim opinion in the country and the chief caretaker of Muslim personal law and the Shariat.

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  1. It is true that brahmins are a danger to islam. And it is equally true that islam is a danger to mankind.
    Islam is a totalitarian imperialist ideology fossilized in 7th century arab tribalism, machoism, fascism and misogyny.
    Naturally brahmins – and many others – are a danger to islam.

    • Actually in fact Brahmin are recognized not by birth or seminal-caste but rather by being situated in the mode of goodness, sattva guna. The qualities of sattva-guna are given in the Bhagavad Gita as peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance,honesty,wisdom, knowledge and religiousness. If Islam is in fear of such men of goodness then we cannot but think that they are ruled by the lower modes of nature such as “tamaguna’ wherein one mistakes religion for irreligion and visa versa.

  2. let the muslim law board denounce all the benefits they get by calling themselves “minority”
    and merge with the main stream India. Muslims have short memory , being an aggressor
    and enjoying the fruits of BHARAT / iNDIA,

  3. If you dont want to do yoga and surya namaskar, dont do it. Just avoid it. No need to create havoc. Its not compulsory for non hindus. Besides the central government made it compulsory only to inculcate Vedic culture among hindu children and not to convert non hindu. Please do not create havoc in the name of religion. THe muslim board itself is responsible for creating enemity between two communities. Hindus will think muslims want to supress their religious freedom rights. Just use your brain brainless faggots

  4. Every country has a tradition nurtured through its history.India has such a 5000 old culture.What a non sense and arrogance that the country with 80% Hindus have to seek permission of these Imams and mullahs to practice something the whole world embraced.These narrow minded people are openly showing their arrogance knowing that the leftist and congress party will not say anything against this open challenge against Hindus.

  5. Islam is garbage. When Muslims dominate, they abuse minorities. When they are minorities, they complain, whinte, bitch and moan because they have little power. Islam is nothing more than evil disguised as religion and does not deserve any respect. It seeks world domination and the destruction and subjugation of everything non-Islamic. When in the minority, Muslims act like helpless victims. In their hearts, however, they want to see Islam dominate the world.

  6. We don’t want These Cunts here in India. Please go to That Shitistan created exclusively for people like you.

  7. Islam is a whitewash. Its a hodge podge faith made for the unclean as stated in the Bhavishya purana. There are so many intelligent ex-muslims leaving the faith because they have found the truth. Whereas the ones leaving hinduism are the ones brainwashed and the ones who don’t have clear understanding of the beauty of it.

    Go to faithfreedom.org or islamwatch.com and see the truth.
    It is a complete expose on fools like zakir, other mullahs and their filthy scams.

    In Islam the highest aspect is when they die and they reach heaven and have sex with virgins. In vedas that is frowned upon and even earthly sanyasis abstain from sex. So the highest in ISLAM which is sense gratification is considered the lowest in Hinduism. The highest is liberation and unalloyed Bhakti which is devoid of material sense pleasures.

    So we can see which is the highest faith. Just like Arabia does not permit other faiths not because it is wrong but because they know if they allow, ISLAM will be decimated because they worship a stone and they call everyone else idol worshippers. Hindus worship deities while muslims hold a lingaa with awe and reverence yet have the audacity to say everyone else are idol worshippers. They are the biggest and they even filthily kiss it! So much of germs and unhygienic habit! What is this? in temples we cannot even approach the deity in the garba graha!

    Good luck to India.. I am not born in India but pity you folks. Being split by politics and infighting and a weak education in your wondeful scripture and culture. u have to be proud of it but you guys are not. pls wake up!

  8. The different branches of yoga as propounded by Bhagavad Gita are Bakthi Yoga, Karma Yoga and Gnana Yoga. All these have ‘Conscience of the Self’ as their ultimate goal. These do not have direct link with what is practised as ‘Yoga’ today. In today’s world, conditioning the body and thereby conditioning the mind and soul is what yoga is all about. To achieve this objective, various ‘asanas’ or body postures are suggested and they include regulating one’s breath (pranayamam). Therefore, yoga is purely secular, though it stemmed from Hindu Yogis.

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3 Ahmadi Men Sentenced to Death in Pakistan on Charges of Blasphemy; Minority Communities are increasingly facing the Heat in the Country

“Blasphemy is a very sensitive issue in Pakistan. Rights groups say the controversial blasphemy law has often been abused to settle personal vendettas and disputes.

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Pakistani students of Islamic seminaries take part in a rally in support of blasphemy laws in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Hundreds of students of Islamic seminaries rallied in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, urging government to remove blasphemous content from social media and take stern action against those who posted blasphemous content on social media to hurt sentiments of Muslims. The placards, in center, in Urdu language are reading as "Authorized Institutions immediately take action on the incidents of blasphemy and remove blasphemous content on social media". (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) (VOA)

Washington, October 15, 2017: A court in Pakistan’s Punjab province has sentenced three men of a minority religious group to death on charges of violating the country’s controversial blasphemy law.

Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed were found guilty and convicted by the trial court Wednesday for insulting the prophet of Islam.

The men were tried under Section 295-B of Pakistan’s penal code, commonly referred to as the blasphemy law, which recommends either life imprisonment or the death penalty for anyone found guilty of deliberately insulting Islam.

The men were arrested in May 2014 in a remote village in Punjab province after residents filed a complaint with the police and accused the defendants of tearing down a religious poster.

Four men were arrested at the time. The fourth man, Khalil Ahmad, was shot dead by an angry man while in police custody just a few days after the incident.

Saleemuddin, a spokesperson for the Ahmadi community, told VOA that the charges against the defendants and the court’s verdict were unfair.

“The convicted men were trying to take down a poster, which had anti-Ahmadi slogans and text that urged the community to socially boycott the already persecuted Ahmadi community,” Saleemuddin said.

“We will challenge the trial court’s decision in high court,” he added.

Ahmadis consider themselves Muslims, but Pakistan’s state does not recognize them as such and labels them heretics. There are more than a half-million Ahmadis living in Pakistan under the constant threat of persecution.

The Ahmadi community “is one of the most mistreated communities in the country. They have had been a target of blasphemous charges, sectarian violence and target killings,” said Mehdi Hasan, a prominent human rights activist in Pakistan.

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Ahmadis ‘a threat’

The death sentence for the three individuals came just a few days after Muhammad Safdar, a prominent member of the ruling party and son-in-law of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, publicly denounced Ahmadi community members as a threat to Pakistan and urged the country’s institutions not to hire them in the military or the civil service.

Safdar’s remarks stirred a debate in the country on the issue of minorities and their rights.

Pakistan Minister of the Interior Ahsan Iqbal, without mentioning Safdar by name, denounced the anti-minority rhetoric coming from politicians.

“It is tragic to see hate speech against minorities in National Assembly. We believe in inclusive Pakistan. Pakistan respects all minorities,” Iqbal said in a tweet.

Abuse of law

“Blasphemy is a very sensitive issue in Pakistan. We’ve seen several incidents where angry mobs killed those accused of committing blasphemy without giving them a right to face the trial,” human rights activist Hasan told VOA.

Rights groups say the controversial blasphemy law has often been abused to settle personal vendettas and disputes. Due process is often ceremonial, the rights activists add, and decisions are often informed by the growing religious intolerance in the country.

Even if courts do drop charges against defendants, mobs and local residents attack them, and law enforcement authorities look the other way in most cases, the activists charge.

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Members of a Pakistani civil society demonstrate April 22, 2017, in Karachi, Pakistan, against the killing of Mashal Khan, a student at the Abdul Wali Khan University in the northwestern city of Mardan. Police say the lynching of Khan, falsely accused of blasphemy, was organized by other students who saw him as a political rival. (VOA)

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Nadeem James, a Christian, was sentenced to death last month in Punjab after the court established that he sent a blasphemous poem to a friend via WhatsApp, an instant message application.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in a recent report said 15 people were arrested on charges of blasphemy in 2016, including 10 Muslims and five members of religious minorities.

In April 2017, Mashaal Khan, a journalism student, was accused of posting blasphemous content online and was beaten to death by fellow students at Abdul Wali Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Pakistan’s government is being criticized for strictly enforcing the blasphemy laws.

In April 2017, the government used newspapers and mobile phone services to warn its citizens not to post or upload any blasphemous materials on social media.

The government has also reportedly encouraged people to report those who violate the blasphemy law. (VOA)

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Ahmadiyya Sect of Pakistan is the Most Persecuted Minority in Line of Fire

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Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community dig graves for victims in Chenab Nagar. voa

Islamabad, Pakistan October 11: The son-in-law of Pakistan’s recently ousted prime minister lambasted a minority that human rights groups consider one of the most persecuted in the country.

Mohammed Safdar said members of the Ahmadiyya sect are a “danger to this country, this nation, its constitution and its identity.”

Speaking in the national assembly, of which he is a member, Safdar demanded that Ahmadiyyas, along with the minority Bohra community, be barred from joining the armed forces of the country because their “false religions do not include the concept of jihad in the name of God.”

Safdar is the son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif, who was forced to resign from premiership in July after a court ruled against him in a corruption case. Sharif alleged that the ruling was a conspiracy to remove him from power by the establishment, a euphemism for the country’s powerful military.

A member of Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, Safdar is married to his daughter Maryam Nawaz, who has been widely reported in the news as his potential successor.

In his statement Tuesday, Safdar also demanded that the name of the physics department of the Quaid e Azam University in Islamabad be changed. The department is named after Dr. Abdul Salam, an Ahmadiyya who is also one of Pakistan’s two Nobel laureates. The other one is Malala Yousufzai, who became the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism in favor of girls’ education.

“If the name of the department is not changed, I would protest here every day,” Safdar said.

His outburst in the assembly followed days of uproar by the opposition parties over a minor amendment in the election law that was deemed to be pro-Ahmadiyya. The government declared it a clerical error and reinstated the original draft of the law.

Ahmadiyyas in Pakistan face a peculiar dilemma. They insist they are Muslims, but the country’s constitution declares them non-Muslims. Officials say Ahmadiyyas are welcome to all the rights afforded to other minorities in the country as long as they do not call themselves followers of the Islamic faith. Ahmadiyyas, on the other hand, insist that doing so would go against their religious beliefs.(voa)

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‘Religion’ in India- Types and its Connection to Country’s Civilization

The Ancient religions of India are Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

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Ancient Religions of India.

India’s economic and political strata in today’s world have reached a great level, but that is still not what the country is known for. The country is known for its diversity and religions because the term ‘religion’ in India is not just a system of belief and worship, but a way of life too. Since ancient times, it has been an integral part of its culture. For the citizens of this country, religion pervades through all the activities of life- from cooking chores to working and politics. The religion we follow plays an important role in our upbringing as well. Our conditioning is done based on the principles of our religion. India is a home to many religions- Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam and others.

How old is the Indian civilization?

The Indian civilization is around 4000 years old, with the existing Indian religions growing in that period. The antiquity of the religions in India begins from the Harappan culture. It’s a secular country which respects all kinds of religion and culture, but during the ancient times, when the Human civilization was developing, there were three main religions native to India- Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The predominant religion during this period was Hinduism, which is said have originated in the Northern India.

Religion wise Indian Population:

  • HINDUISM – about 82%
  • ISLAM – about 12%
  • CHRISTIANITY – about 2.5%
  • SIKHISM – about 2%
  • BUDDHISM – about 0.7%
  • JAINISM – about 0.5%
  • ZOROASTRIANISM – about 0.01%
  • JUDAISM – about 0.0005%   (stated by adaniel.tripod)

Hinduism

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Brahma                                                                                                                                                          Pixabay

Hinduism is a polytheistic religion. Its followers worship several deities. Unlike the other religions, this religion does not have one teacher. Its followers, the ‘Hindus’ believe in a supreme divine spirit called ‘Parama Brahma’. The concept of Parama Brahma states that Brahma is omnipresent.

Hindus believe in vasudhaiva kutumbakam, which means the whole world is a single family. They also believe in Sarva dharma Sama Bhava, which means all religions are equal. The practice follows the ideas of mercy, charity, compassion, benevolence, non-violence and mercy. It believes the concept of ‘Bhakti’ or devotion.

The sacred writings of Hinduism include the Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Upanishads.

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Jainism

Religion
Lord Mahavira                                                                                                                                                   Pixabay

According to tradition, the founder of Jainism was first Tirthankara Adinatha. However, the religion was widely propagated by the 24th Tirthankara, Mahavira. He was born in Vaishali, Bihar, who belonged to the clan ‘Licchavi’. Mahavira was moved by the sufferings of people, and therefore, left his home at the age of 30 to seek the truth. He supported the teachings of the previous Tirthankaras, and added his own beliefs to the teachings.
He believed in the ideology of leading a good life and not doing any wrong. He did not encourage the practice of needing the help of God for everything.
Doctrines of Jainism:
  1. Ahimsa (Non-violence)
  2. Satya (Truth)
  3. Asteya (Non-stealing)
  4. Brahmacharya (Chastity)
  5. Aparigraha (Non-possession)

Buddhism

Religion
Lord Buddha                                                                                                                                                    Pixabay

Buddhism is a religion which consists of different kinds of beliefs and practices based on the teachings of Lord Buddha. Buddha’s name was Siddhartha. He was the son of the Shakya clan’s leader. It is believed that Siddhartha made three observations, which changed his life:  a feeble old man; a person suffering from disease; and a dead body being taken for cremation. This propelled him in finding the true meaning of life. He left his home at an early age and attained ‘enlightenment’ in Bodhgaya.
He also prescribed the four noble truths and eight fold path.
Four noble truths are:
  • Dukkha (truth of suffering)
  • Samudāya (truth of the suffering’s origin)
  • Nirodha (the truth of suffering’s cessation.)
  • Magga (Direction to eight-fold path)

The eight fold path are- Right aims, Right beliefs, Right conduct, Right speech, Right effort, Right occupation, Right meditation and Right thinking.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. Megha can be reached at twitter @ImMeghaacharya.