Monday, April 25, 2016
A Muslim youth organization says it wants to “unveil the mystery behind women in Islam,” during an open house Saturday at the Sarnia Public Library.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a non-profit religious organization with 86 chapters in Canada, held other information open houses earlier this year in Sarnia.
Saturday's event, running from noon to 4 p.m. at the downtown library in Sarnia, is titled Mother Mary in Islam, and will be similar to open houses planned for other Canadian communities.
“We are reaching out to all the small communities that may not have large Muslim populations,” said Imam Ghalib Baten, a spokesperson for the association, “to give them exposure to Muslims and Islam, firsthand, and show that we have much more in common than in difference.”
Baten said one of the aims of Saturday's open house is to talk about Mary, a revered figure in both Islam and Christianity.
“Mary is used as a role model in the Holy Qur'an, for the believers,” including men, Baten said.
“We want to point out this teaching for Christians, that we have great respect for Jesus as a prophet of God, and we have great respect for his mother.”
Baten pointed that in artistic depictions of Mary, “she's always modestly dressed, and she has her head covered.”
In a press release announcing the open house, the association condemned terrorist attacks, including those that took place in Belgium. It said Muslim women in the West have faced backlash from attacks, leading to concern over their safety, and their freedom of expression because of efforts to ban the Islamic Hijab and veil in public places and educational facilities.
“We believe legislation shouldn't be passed against the way women dress,” Baten said.
At open houses the association has held in the past, the response “has always been positive,” he said.
Often, individuals come to the events with misconceptions, including a commonly held one that Islam oppresses women, Baten said.
But, he said that when Islam began it raised the status of women, including expending the right to inheritances and to own property, long before similar rights were granted to women in Western cultures.
Baten said the aim of the open houses is to show that Islam is a progressive religion.
“But, it has been misconstrued, and a few people have high-jacked it, and they're making everyone look bad,” he said.
“I think it's very important that we represent the true face of Islam.”
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association open house on Mother Mary in Islam.
WHERE: Sarnia Public Library, downtown.
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, noon to 4 p.m.
Here is an example how Islam treats its women! Is this a religion of peace?
Monday, April 18, 2016
Update. Robbie Thomas has solved ZERO crimes in 24 years!
I must be psychic too because I can predict next year he will have solved ZERO crimes in 25 years!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Muslim Association speaks out against attacks
We also unequivocally condemn these and all other acts of terror, on Canadian soil and abroad, and want to make very clear that such acts have no place in religion and go completely against Islam and all of its teachings.
We join with numerous other Islamic groups, leaders and mosques in wholeheartedly condemning these recent events and stand in solidarity with our fellow Canadians.
We send our condolences to the victims of these attacks and our thoughts and prayers are with Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and their loved ones in this very difficult time.
Outreach and education secretary
Sarnia Muslim Association
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Islam a religion of peace and goodwill
Wednesday, Oct. 22 is a day none of us, Canadians, will ever forget.
As many others, I have watched the news all day long with an increased anxiety and feeling of terror that engulfed my household. My daughter is a U-Ottawa student and works as a part-time staffer in one of the MP offices right in the middle of the Parliament complex. While, luckily, it was not a work day for her but most of her colleagues and friends were there. She had served the past year as a page in the House of Commons and was there day in and day out. While there, she got to work with and know most of the House staff, security personal as well as politicians.
As a family, we visited the Parliament during March break 2014 with my visiting parents. I vividly remember my parents walking down the Hall of Honour and taking photos next to all the great monuments and in front of the doors of the Parliament’s Library. My parents were amazed by how open our government and parliament is to the point that we can walk through the heart of it without any barriers or scrutiny from the security.
All this has changed!
On that day, Ottawa was shut down. The government offices, universities, schools and all public transit were under a lock down. The sense of terror and anxiety had reigned over the population and Canadians watching the news unfold there.
As a mother, a Canadian, and a Muslim, I was appalled by what I have seen. Any lunatic can terrorize this vast majority for no other reason than his/her own beliefs and fanatic perception. I felt dismayed that the attacker belonged, by name, to my religion. While he is responsible for his own actions, it unfortunately paints a grim and deceiving picture to our Muslim population and our religion everywhere. It was a sad day for all of us Muslim Canadians who had nothing to do with his radical beliefs or horrid actions.
Islam is a tranquil religion that encourages peace, good manners and good will towards the rest of the population and among ourselves. It has been victimized by all those hijackers who claim to do whatever they believe is right under its name and banner.
This tragedy has been growing for so many years now, tarnishing the reputation of Islam and Muslims all over the world. From the 911 attacks to the ISIS atrocities, the actions and violence is overwhelming. While I don’t feel apologetic for their crimes, I am deeply saddened by them.
The Islam that we teach to our young generations, here in Sarnia and all over the world, is about one’s relationship with God Almighty. We teach them, as we have been taught, to be good people, to observe their duties towards God, their parents, their families, their neighbours and their communities. We teach them to live in harmony with the rest of the creation and with their environment.
Islam is a way of life, not a set of acts of worship. Islam encourages us to feed the hungry, help the needy and provide for those who don’t have the means. Islam does not encourage us to transgress against any non-Muslims or Muslims alike.
It does not grant us paradise when we kill non-Muslims or blow ourselves to bits. That is not our religion!
Sarnia Muslim Association Friday School
Monday, July 7, 2014
At a minimum, it should have been a loss of driving privileges for life and at least 1 year behind bars!
Cyclists, beware of the crazy drivers around here!
From the Sarnia Observer......
Christine McEwen, 39, of Sarnia, pleaded guilty to the charge Monday in Sarnia court.
McEwen had originally been charged with criminal negligence, but based on evidence heard during an earlier preliminary hearing it was determined there was no prospect of a conviction.
The fine was not a reflection of Plain's life or the loss suffered by his family, said Justice Deborah Austin.
Plain died Nov. 19 from injuries sustained in a collision with a vehicle on LaSalle Line in St. Clair Township.
He was riding his bicycle at the time, in the correct lane and wearing an orange reflective vest.
His death is one of several incidents that has spurred local cyclists to advocate for better conditions on Sarnia-Lambton roadways.
The 64-year-old was affectionately known as "Shuggie Otis" and regularly cycled to his daughter's house, always cautious, with a reputation as someone who followed the rules of the road.
A victim impact statement described Plain as "careful Gerry" due to the care he took in riding his bike. The statement by his sister said he would forever be in the minds of his family.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Did we say all psychics are frauds????
Florida woman jailed in 'psychic scam,' accused of bilking Sunnyvale woman
Nationally, "evil spirit" scams and the like have garnered national headlines in major cities like New York, Chicago and Boston. In San Francisco alone, scammers exploited victims out of $2 million in a string of cases last year. Those cases involved larger rackets, but in the case of the Sunnyvale woman, it was someone working solo and likely exploiting victims that number beyond her.
Deputy district attorney Cherie Bourlard said the local case is one of many fortunetelling scams that come across her desk and should be a cautionary tale for those who might consider turning to a self-proclaimed psychic or fortuneteller for anything more than entertainment.
"This is a big business and it's all rip-offs," Bourlard said.
That moniker refers to Shanna Young, which authorities said Miller used as an alias in her fortunetelling operation.
It all started with a $175 reading over the phone, and in the following days and weeks the victim, by her own admission in court documents, was becoming "brainwashed" into believing that her ex-husband was afflicting her with voodoo curses and that Miller was her only salvation.
Miller allegedly conned the woman into funding the purchase of expensive "mirrors, tabernacles, tassels, etc. which were made of gold and silver and needed to be imported from Italy and Spain ... so that Peaches could 'work' with these materials and vanquish the 'evil.' " The till would eventually amount to $838,390.
Miller also convinced her of baseless claims that ex-husband was abusing their daughter and that she "could not question the Spirit in this work" if she wanted full custody of her daughter and to keep her free from "negativity energy."
From February 2002 to November 2010, the victim routinely wired money or sent Miller checks ranging from a few thousand dollars to as much as $70,000, with Miller's promise that she was "blessing" the money in coffins and that the money would be returned. The victim extended her credit and took out home equity loans to keep up the payments and was so thoroughly under Miller's control that "she didn't make any decisions in my life without first obtaining her approval," including selecting a new home, according to court documents.
"There's a common thread of gaining a victim's complete trust through carefully managed manipulation," said Bourlard, the prosecutor.
That manipulation allegedly included Miller giving back $15,000 to the victim when she was in dire financial straits, which was a way of demonstrating "good faith" to keep the scam going, said Bob Nygaard, a private investigator who specializes in fortunetelling schemes and who helped build the case against Miller that was presented to prosecutors.
The ruse unraveled when Miller, seemingly sensing that her window was closing because the victim's daughter was approaching adult age and no longer being subject to custody battles, hired a lawyer to coordinate a repayment arrangement, which Nygaard believes was a ploy to turn a criminal case into a civil matter. This aroused the victim's suspicion. She hired Nygaard, whose case was presented to the FBI and then Santa Clara County prosecutors, who sought the arrest warrant.
"It's more than $800,000," Bourlard said. "We could not just walk away from this case, we had to do something about it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
He is back to being an atheist!
Where is the news media now?????
Maybe I can do the same and get notoriety?
From The Friendly Atheist BLOG:
Patrick Greene Changes His Mind About Converting to Christianity
I don’t really want to post this. The guy has received far more publicity than he deserves. But, given the circumstances, I kinda feel obligated to…
I previously posted about how Patrick Greene had received donations to alleviate his poor vision from atheists and Christians, then told reporters he had been helped by Christians (and not atheists), then told reporters he had converted to Christianity.
Now, Greene says he has changed his mind. He’s not a Christian after all. He writes in an (unedited, verified) email:
I am sorry to tell you , that I announced that I had become a Christian much too soon. It was out of the entire hype that surrounded all the loving, kindness, compassion and warmth of my relationship with Jessica Crye and Rev. Graham. After reading all the messages and emails from dozens of people, I realized that, after 50 years of being an atheist, I cannot continue this. I have examined my conscience thoroughly over this past weekend. I cannot go on thinking and feeling that I have changed my heart and mind. I haven’t. It goes against everything I have spent my life accomplishing. Especially since I cannot change my attitude toward gay rights and abortion. I spent many hours looking at the sight for the gay baptists and realized my error. Thank you very much for all your help.
So he’s not a Christian after all. (Though I’m sure many will be quick to point out that you don’t have to change your mind about abortion/gay rights in order to become a Christian — you only have to accept Jesus.)
Now, let’s see if the places that were all too eager to report on his conversion follow up with this postscript. (Christian Post, I’m looking at you.)Meanwhile, everyone else can stop taking him seriously, regardless of the message. I apologize about posting anything about him in the first place.