We believe Hajj is a symbol of Universal Brotherhood
The teaching of Universal Brotherhood in Islam, among other verses is grounded in the following verse of the Holy Quran:
O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you into tribes and sub-tribes that you may recognize one another. Indeed, the most honorable among you, in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you. Surely, Allah is All-knowing, All-Aware. (Al Quran 49:14)
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the link provided. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”
We believe that information about the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and learning about the human family from all countries, races, ethnicities and religions will foster compassion and Universal Brotherhood. We aim at bringing out the commonality of Abrahamic faiths and recognize all other religious traditions in line with the following verses of the Holy Quran:
Say, ‘O People of the Book! come to a word equal between us and you — that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partner with Him, and that some of us take not others for Lords besides Allah.’ But if they turn away, then say, ‘Bear witness that we have submitted to God.’ (Al Quran 3:65)
Indeed, We have sent thee with the truth, as a bearer of glad tidings and as a Warner; and there is no people (on earth in any age) who did not receive a Warner from God. (Al Quran: 35:25)
We are strong supporters of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Our newspaper also aspires to refute Islamophobia.
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Zia H Shah is a physician practicing in Upstate New York. He joined Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during his medical school. He is the Chief Editor of the monthly, Alislam eGazette that has a subscription of more than 40,000. He is also Chair of Religion and Science for the Muslim Sunrise, the oldest Muslim publication in North America. He has authored more than 400 articles about ’Religion & Science,’ Islam and Christianity. To review these publications go to:
Rafiq A. Tschannen, a Swiss national, converted to Islam at the age of 15 after reading a German translation of the Holy Quran in a library. Rafiq had a truly International career that took him from his native Switzerland to England, France, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ghana, Nigeria, Antigua, Thailand, Kosovo, Cyprus, Jordan and Iraq (in that order). Up to Thailand he worked as Director of Finance & Administration in the private industry, in Kosovo he changed to the position of Chief Executive, first with an NGO and later with an International Governmental Organization.
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Naseer Tahir is a physician practicing anesthesia and pain-management in Rochester, NY. He has served Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as President of the Rochester chapter for twenty years and numerous people have been beneficiary of his friendly nature and leadership qualities. He also served in the capacity of President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Medical Association USA. He likes to write about ‘Religion & Science,’ Islam and Christianity.
Zakaria Virk is Canadian writer who has authored/compiled/translated 14 books in Urdu. Of note are three books on the life of Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam (1926-1996). His English articles on Islam and Science are available at www.islamquranscience.org. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Naeem Lughmani is son of late Nazir lughmani, attorney of the supreme court of Pakistan and Manzoor-un-nissa Lughmani a retired Arabic professor. He is a Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine physician practicing in both Maryland and Ohio. He enjoys sleep medicine for it’s creativity of dreams and it’s youthfulness of being a new field with abundant research potential. It gives him the relaxed lifestyle that he needs to work as editor of the Muslim Times health page, to do humanitarian work as Director of Medical Operations of Humanity First USA and Treasurer of Ahmadiyya Muslim Medical Association. His daughter Mehwish, a high school student, who is planning to become a physician is helping him with this great work of the Muslim Times health page.
Atif Munawar Mir works as an International Tax Manager in a major accounting firm. He holds a Masters of Taxation degree from the University of Waterloo and BA Political Science and Economics degree from the University of Toronto. He also hosts a talk show in a South Asian news channel. He is also an editor of Alislam-eGazette and the Muslim Sunrise.
Abdul Haq Compier (1974) studied postgraduate art and design at the prestigious Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and worked as an artist in the Netherlands and New York before converting to Islam at 26 years of age. He studied Persian and Arabic language and Islamic mysticism at Leiden University and enrolled in the study of medicine in which he received a Masters from VU University, Amsterdam in 2009. He has been editor of the Dutch Al-Islaam Magazine since 2001 and has in this capacity contributed to debates bout Islam and the multicultural society in several national newspapers. Historical research on the contributions of Islam to the development of religious tolerance in Reformation Europe and the abolishment of Arab science during the Renaissance has been published in the Al-Islam eGazette (2010, 2011). He has lectured before the Dutch doctors association NTvG and at the University of Exeter, UK.
Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal a graduate of Nishtar Medical College, Pakistan, completed his post graduate training in Radiation Oncology in USA in 1985 and is currently practicing Radiation Oncology in Auburn New York. Zafar is currently President of his county Medical Society since May 2009. He has served Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in different capacities including being the President of Syracuse chapter from 2007-2010. He is presently serving as Nazim Majlis Ansarullah USA Northeast Region.
Hibatur Rehman. A Post Graduate in Engineering and Computer Science. Director of Software Development; Works in banking and finance line of business, International assignments include Ireland, Spain, Ghana, Nigeria, Cyprus, Sweden, Turkey, and Greece. Incharge of world wide Khuddam Department, Judge and member of Qadha Board UK. Additionally, Newscaster and Member of MTA International News Department.
Dr. Amtul Qadoos Farhat is retired Professor of Pediatrics. Currently she practices in Canada in her special interest in Preventive and Integrative Medicine. Writing prose and Poetry are her inborn passions. She worked as Editor in Chief ‘Vanguard’ the scientific journal and ‘Oasis’ the literary magazine of her medical school. She is currently a member of Credit Team of ‘An Nissa’ the women quarterly magazine published from Toronto and Researcher for Lajna Ama’illah Canada.
Maqsood ur Rehman, M. A. Economics, Punjab University, Pakistan. He is Ex Professor of Economics, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He was the first designated Ahmadiyya missionary to Kazakhstan. He served as Senior Professor of World Languages in Kazakh State University, Almaty, Kazakhstan. He also served as member of editorial board of As Salam, national organ of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Belgium. He is presently member of the team organizing Al Nasr, national monthly of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of France.
Dr. Abdul Alim is a national of Pakistan and is a physician with specialization in Public Health from University of Texas at Houston USA. Having been blessed with the acceptance of Ahmadiyya Islam in 1993, he has served in Pakistan, Yemen, Turkmenistan and Indonesia and currently works as the Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Philippines. He has more than 15 years of work experience in development management and is deeply committed to Human Rights, Social Justice, Peace and Secularism. He is a member of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, has served as a member of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and UN Development Policy Network.
Zubair Khan is holder of three bachelor (honors) degrees in administration, management and strategic studies. Possess more than 35 years of experience on various managerial and administrative posts of private and public organizations. Contributes to Urdu and English periodicals regularly. Currently engaged as international coordinator in educational academy located in Frankfurt-Germany.
The layout and organization of our website speaks volumes about the CV of our IT team:
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Dr. Falak Naz Rahman: Philippines
Paediatrician and Masters in Public Health from University of Texas at Houston. Interested in alternative medicine and natural remedies for health issues. Worked as a senior faculty at Agha Khan Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan and various other national and international NGOs including Save the Children Fund UK, Options UK, UNICEF, ADB funded projects, NRSP (National Rural Support Pakistan), and many others.
Currently based at Manila, Philippines working as a full time home maker.
Accepted Ahmadiyyat in May, 1993 in Islamabad, Pakistan by sheer grace and blessings of Allah and prayers of loved ones.
Abida Rehman: Japan and Women Rights
Bilal Aslam: Germany
Bilal Aslam was born in an Ahmadi family in Pakistan and has been living since 1996 in Germany. He is studying science journalism in Darmstadt. Since 2008 he is also working at an IT-Office. Furthermore, he is politically active in a Foreigners’ Advisory Council in Bensheim. He is serving as secretary of interfaith for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Bensheim and therefore he organises interreligious dialogues in the region regularly.
Naseer Mahmood: Economics
Dr. Hanif Koya: Fiji
PhD in metaphysics and criminal justice. Dr. Koya is a former CID Operative, Prosecutor and Lecturer in criminal cases and criminal law at Royal Fiji Police College. A Staff of the Superior Court of California and Lecturer in Criminal Law. Fellow of Fiji Institute of Management and AIM and Director of American Institute of Management. Koya is also Editor and Publisher of Fiji Sun USA.
Engr. KT Shamim: Middle East
With an MSc in Engineering, Mr. Shamim specializes in fabrication of thin film devices for photonic applications.
A regular writer in the local and foreign newspapers
Mrs. Shahina Bashir: Family Corner
Currently she is heading Lajna Media Watch team in USA. She is a regular contributor to USA newspapers and has had letters to the editors published in the Washington Post, New York Times, and LA Times among others. She has also written articles for the Muslim Sunrise, the oldest Muslim publication in North America. She is also a regular contributor to the online media Examiner.
Dr. Noveera Ahmed: Science
Noveera is Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, USA. She is Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Amtul Mussawir Mansoor: India
Amtul Mussawir Mansoor is a senior biology major at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with a concentration in Religious Studies. She was the founder and the first president of Interfaith Council at TCNJ and was also a fellow at Interfaith Youth Core, an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting interfaith cooperation between religious and philosophical communities. She is also an Editor of Alislam eGazette and occasionally writes for the Muslim Sunrise.
Ansar Raza: Ahmadiyyat — True Islam
He joined Ahmadiyya Muslim Muslim Community in 1982, when he was 24, followed by his wife and parents. He dedicated his life for the service of Islam / Ahmadiyyat in 2004 and has been serving as a teacher in Jamia Ahmadiyya Canada. He has recently been appointed as a moderator at “Rah-e-Huda” web forum. He represents Ahmadiyya community in different universities, interfaith and other forums. He also appears on “Radio Ahmadiyya” at am530 and am770 channels, answering live questions by a large number of audience. He has also served as Editor for Ahmadiyya Gazette Canada
His special fields of interest are comparative study of religions, Muslim sects and languages. He believes that Holy Books should be read in the original language, and therefore takes keen interest in learning new languages. Besides English and Urdu, he has learnt Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, German, French, Gurmukhi and Hindi.
He has authored a few books including ‘Manji – Another Pawn Advanced’ written in response to Irshad Manji’s book, “The Trouble with Islam” as well as many research thesis and articles published in Pakistan and Canada.
Sardar Anees Ahmad: Op-Ed Editor
Sardar Anees Ahmad is the Chairman of the Muslim Writers Guild of America and has published in local, national and international periodicals.
Faiza A Malik: Syria, Libya and Lebanon
She is a graduate of Laurentian University Canada currently getting experience in NGO Establishments.
Rabia Munawar Mir: Afghanistan and Iraq
Rabia Mir is a corporate blogger and a freelance writer. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology, Religion and Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Toronto. She is also a frequent contributor to the Muslim Sunrise, the oldest Muslim publication of North America.
Sara A Malik: Genetics
She is a Clinical Pathologist and currently an Assistant Professor at The FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, Pakistan.
Mirza Ghulam Rabbi: Bangladesh
Mirza Ghulam Rabbi holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University. He has been employed with Fortune 500 companies in Finance and Energy industries. He accepted Ahmadiyyat while an undergrad student at Columbia and currently resides in the Big Apple with his family. Accepting the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as) has been the most important decision of his life. Many of his family and close associates since joined Ahmadiyyat for which he credits the prayers of his beloved Khulafa and the sheer Grace of Almighty. He has served the community in various capacities and is presently, Bangla Desk in charge for USA and Regional Qaid New York Metro.
Fareed Rehman: China
Hasan Hakeem: Western Africa
Hasan is a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, Management Board, Secretary of Publications. He is a member of the Muslim Sunrise Editorial Board and is president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Zion, IL. Presently, Hakeem serves as Chaplain of the Kenosha County Jail, Kenosha, WI USA.
Ahmad Chaudhry DMD, MD: Dentistry
Ahmad Chaudhry DMD, MD has impeccable academic background. He received his MD from Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (2001-2003) and his DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine (1996 – 2000). He is a Maxillofacial Surgeon in New York.
Dr. Amtul Qadoos Farhat: Alternative Medicine, Indonesia & Israel
Qura-tul-Ain Zartasht Mir: Norway
She grew up and studied in Norway and served as a freelance writer in a Norwegian newspaper after her BA in History with specialization in Christianity and Graduate Diploma in Journalism. She is of course fluent in Norwegian, which should fit very well with her new assignment to open our blog fostering Universal Brotherhood to all the Norwegians. She joins us with excellent credentials to be Editor for Norway page at a very opportune time, when we are covering Norway to a fair degree. She also has a diploma in Early childhood Education and will also be contributing in this category.
Rizwan Rabbani: The Muslim Times’ Canada Correspondent
Director for the Department of Faith Outreach for Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, Canada.
Sazzad Khandakar: Technology
Mehwish Lughmani: Mexico & Psychology
Mehwish is a graduating Senior at River Hill High School. She intends to attend University of Maryland College Park in the fall with a major in the biological sciences as a part of UMD’s new Integrated Life Sciences Honors program. She lives to learn, to teach, and to fight ignorance and apathy in this world. From her childhood she loved to read and was always interested in learning for the sake of knowledge. Eruditio gratia eruditionis (Learning for the sake of learning).
Madeeha Lughmani: Brazil
Madeeha has always been a very passionate writer. She goes to Glenelg High School and is currently in the ninth grade going onto tenth grade. Her interests fall in writing (poems/creative writing), reading, and science (biology).
Ramsha Syed: Uzbekistan and Malaysia
Currently doing BDS (Bachelors of Dental Suergery) from NUST(National University of Science and Technology), Pakistan. She is a passionate writer for Islam.
Khurram Ahmad: Weather
Abrar H Shah: Children Place
Rabya Mahmood: Australia
Hamza Waheed: New Zealand
Zaheer u din Khudurun: Mauritius
Muteeb Abbas: Ukraine
Adnan Virk: Sports
Abdul Momin Tak: Kashmir
Maqsood ur Rehman: France
Hibatur Rehman: United Kingdom
Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal: Pakistan
Abdul Haq Compier: Muslim Heritage and Netherlands
Atif Munawar Mir: Law
Naeem Lughmani: Health
Zakaria Virk: Canada
Naseer Tahir: United States
Rafiq A. Tschannen: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Palestine
Zia H Shah: Christianity, Atheism, Agnosticism and Religion & Science
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