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10 Homes Raided In Mashhad – 2 Baha’is Arrested

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Iran Press Watch

The Department of Intelligence visited the home of ten Bahais and subsequently arrested two of those visited.

In an organized and systematic manner, the Iranian Security Forces, after attacking homes in Sari, Semnan, Ghaemhashr and Tehran over the past few months, attacked the Bahai homes in Mashhad yesterday, January 26th (7th of Bahman).

The Intelligence forces attacked at least ten Bahai homes, namely those who serve the Bahai community in some official capacity in the city of Mashhad. Among those attacked were homes of Mr. Sirous Zabihi, Mr. Soheil Nasirzadeh, Mr. Davar Nabilzadeh, where the forces confiscated personal belongings, pictures of religious figures, religious texts, computers and even religious jewelry.

During these confrontations at least two members of the Bahai community, Ms. Sima Eshraghi and Mr. Jalayer Vahdat, were arrested and transferred to an undisclosed location. There is no further information available regarding the two aforementioned individuals.

10 Jamaat Men Sued for ‘Attack on Temple’

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bangladesh News

A case has been filed against 10 Jamaat leaders and activists at Bera Pora in Santhia upazila for attacking a Hindu temple on September 5.

President of Siddheshwari Puja Mandir Committee Pradip Kumar De filed the case with the local police station Wednesday.

The accused are Bera Pora unit Jamaat ameer and superintendent of Karamja Dakhil Madrasa Abu Daud, and Jamaat activists Shahjahan, Saidul, Nudu Mollah, Chan Mollah, Hafez, Lutfor, Awal, and Abu Taleb.

The complainant alleged that the accused attacked the temple while the local Hindus were celebrating Janmashtami, the birth of lord Krishna.

He said, “Armed with sticks and sharp weapons, they stormed the Mandir and threatened us to stop the three-day programme. They knocked down the shed built for the guests, cut down trees and damaged the rath (chariot).”

$10 Million Dollars Pledged by Muslim Community for Relief Efforts

Source: PR Newswire / Council on American-Islamic Relations

On September 4, 2005 the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported, “A coalition of major American Islamic groups meeting at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in Chicago today announced a pledge to raise $10 million in humanitarian relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The coalition also announced the formation of a Muslim Hurricane Relief
Task Force (MHRTF) to coordinate the aid effort… MHRTF guidelines for collection and distribution of
funds will focus on financial transparency and accountability as set forth in relevant government regulations and standards. No proselytizing of hurricane victims will be allowed by any member of the task force… The initial MHRTF action plan includes an assessment of the humanitarian needs that can be met by American Muslim financial and human resources, as well as a similar assessment of the Islamic community’s ability to meet those needs. More than $2 million in hurricane aid has already been disbursed by Islamic charities. Muslim relief workers are currently on the ground in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi. Other task force efforts will focus on evaluating the material and
spiritual requirements of Gulf Coast Muslims.”

10 Questions for a Theologian


Source: The Beacon News,2_5_AU29_10QUESTIONS_S1.article

If you look up “theologian” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Martin Forward.

Forward is the executive director of the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action at Aurora University, and a full-time truth-seeker. He teaches religion at AU, which generally means he helps his students ponder the big questions of life. Originally from England, Forward is a British Methodist minister. He’s worked at prestigious universities in Cambridge, and in Hyderabad, India, teaching and studying the world’s religions.

With the Wackerlin Center, Forward puts his faith and natural curiosity into action, bringing local churches, mosques and synagogues together to explore religions and customs.

And Forward is working on a dictionary of his own. He’s been chosen to edit a new book on Christian-Muslim relations. With a team of more than 60 collaborators, Forward will put together a book of entries on topics of interest to Christians and Muslims, from both perspectives. The book is scheduled to come out in 2012.

10-Year-Old New Zealand Boy Recognized as Reincarnated Lama

Source: The Mercury,5936,8124750%255E401,00.html

On December 11, 2003 The Mercury reported, “Venerable Pong Re Sung Rap Tulku Rinpoche is not your typical 10-year-old. The New Zealand-born ‘Kiwi Buddha’ was named by the Dalai Lama three years ago as the reincarnation of a revered Tibetan monk. From primary school in the small North Island town of Kaukapakapa – where his biggest concerns were playing with his Pokemon and GameBoy – he moved to a Tibetan monastery in India in 2000. There the boy was enthroned as the incarnation of Eastern Pong Re Tulku Rinpoche, a high lama who died in the 1950s. Rinpoche, as the boy is known, was discovered in 1999 when a high lama of the Karma Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism, searching the world for the dead lama’s reincarnation, heard of the auspicious signs surrounding the birth of a boy in New Zealand in 1993…Reincarnated lamas are often found outside Tibet, but Rinpoche was the first in the southern hemisphere. His family, brothers and sisters still live in Kaukapakapa.”

10 Years After 9/11 Interfaith Understanding Remains Elusive – Huffington Post

10 Years After 9/11 Interfaith Understanding Remains ElusiveHuffington PostNancy McCurley started an interfaith Scripture study with local Muslims, only to be told by a critic that “in a year’s time, this church will be a mosque.” In the 10 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks exposed the deep divide between America’s …Interfaith understanding remains elusive 10 years after 9/11Religion News Serviceall 2 news articles »