Despite Persecution, Ahmadi Muslims Engage in Prayer

Pakistan’s Religious Intolerance and Blasphemy Laws Fuel Violence

Thursday, August 7, 2014
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You may not know, but fumes of hatred suffocated an eight-month-old infant not so many days ago. A mob in Pakistan set aflame several homes of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The mob killed a woman and her two young granddaughters. Firemen came, but the mob stopped them from extinguishing the flames. Police officers came, but law enforcement officers just watched the flames rage. There isn’t much law to be enforced for law enforcement officers. After all, Pakistan has made it a crime to be a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. But you probably didn’t know about this attack, since Pakistani media gave little attention to this incident.

Osaama Saifi

In Pakistan, the real crime is being an Ahmadi. In 1974, the second amendment to Pakistan’s Constitution declared Ahmadi Muslims as Kafirs (“disbelievers”). In 1984, Ordinance XX made the act of being an Ahmadi Muslim a crime. An Ahmadi Muslim who does anything that resembles Muslim behavior (i.e. saying Salaam to another, calling your house of worship a mosque, propagation, etc.) can be put in prison for three years.

This law has created absurd consequences. Just this past December, a 72-year-old British Ahmadi physician was imprisoned when he was secretly videotaped helping a patient read the Qur’an while in Pakistan. These blasphemy laws have blinded Pakistan to such an extent that the country fails to appreciate its own scholars. The first foreign minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Zafarullah Khan, who was also president of the International Court of Justice, was an Ahmadi Muslim.

The first Pakistani Nobel laureate, Dr. Abdus Salaam, was an Ahmadi Muslim. Rather than dedicate a physics department in his honor, a local magistrate ordered Abdus Salaam’s tombstone to be desecrated. Abdus Salaam’s epitaph read “First Muslim Nobel Laureate” and the judge ordered “Muslim” to be scraped off the grave. Even the dead cannot escape Pakistan’s blasphemous jurisdiction.

The number of Ahmadi Muslim tombstones are rapidly increasing in Pakistan. Ahmadi Muslim murders in Pakistan has been increasing steadily each year. The mob violence against Ahmadis isn’t a new occurrence. On May 28, 2010, more than 90 Ahmadis were murdered and 108 were injured when assailants concurrently attacked two Ahmadi mosques. Even then, police just stood and watched. Two assailants were captured, but they have yet to be prosecuted.

One would assume that after so much persecution, Ahmadis would react violently to the mob violence. His Holiness, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the worldwide spiritual head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and considered to be the Khalifa of Islam, instead urged for more prayers. His Holiness stated:

Let it be clear that we Ahmadi Muslims will never undertake any worldly protest and nor will we ever take to the streets. Our response to all of the sustained persecution that we face is, and will always remain, to bow down before Allah the Almighty and to seek His Help and Mercy.

Despite the brutality Ahmadi Muslims have faced, there is no reported incident of Ahmadi Muslims ever retaliating with violence. Rather, His Holiness,Mirza Masroor Ahmad urges Ahmadi Muslims to engage in more prayers, and to embody the slogan of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: “Love For All, Hatred For None.” The mob’s combustion is fueled from Pakistan’s inferno. But we firmly adhere to the belief that prayers will douse these flames.


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Sounds like to me that in Peace a Rebel is born onto Islam...

dou4now (anonymous profile)
August 8, 2014 at 6:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The fundamental difference between Christianity and Islam is that Christianity was founded by a pacifist and Islam was founded by a warrior who waged brutal, deathly battle at the head of an army.

This fact (no one disagrees with this) is literally the root of Islam and how many flawed people (which is all people) interpret how to deploy Islam.

On another note:
- What is the reason that the Indy doesn't have a Jewish or Hindu or Christian column? It's just not "hip and trendy" for the PC lefty's at the Indy.

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
August 25, 2014 at 8:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Uh, here is a reality check. Judaism was based on war and conquest. Christianity was not founded by Jesus, but by his followers. He was a Jewish prophet. When Christianity was hijacked by the Roman Empire, pacifism was discarded as a central theme.
Muhammad based his new religion on Jewish, Christian ideas flavored by the religion that he grew up with. In Islam he is seen as the the last prophet of Allah after Jesus. Interestingly enough, the Church of the Latter Day Saints believes that their founder John Smith was also a prophet of God. Smith based his new religion on Christian, Jewish, and Islamic ideas.
Modern Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, ect have many flavors, but they all generally support pacifism as a goal. This article presents a side of Islam that is much more common in the world than many in America realize. Bravo. I am sure that the Indy would print any well written essay from any other religious groups. Kudos to the Indy for trying to get out the truth about Islam.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
August 25, 2014 at 10:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

agree H-G, and reality's lack of information is startling. Uh, St. Paul propagated this messiah to the Gentiles, Constantine made it the state religion of the previously polytheistic Roman Empire...PLENTY of blood has been spilled by the Christians, as well as the Muslim, and hey look at the Israeli Army in Gaza today. None of the Abrahamic monotheisms can lay a claim to purity. The attacks on Mohammed are typical Islamophobia.

DavyBrown (anonymous profile)
August 26, 2014 at 3:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"This article presents a side of Islam that is much more common in the world than many in America realize."

Wow, I almost fell out of my chair, I had no idea Herschel was writing this, I almost never agree with them but do here..

Also, to realitycheck88, I would argue as many Muslims do that the reason why many attribute war to Islamic teachings is because in most of the stories they are actually fending off attackers. Arabs had to deal with Mongolians and other Asians to the east and Europe from the west. No doubt many others - they just are in a strategically difficult place and it is not surprising their religion reflects that.

I would blame most of the Islamic extremism of today on the west who continues to take over and control their political systems, occupy their countries militarily, arm their neighbors and threaten them for our economic interests. Not to mention, intelligence agencies infiltrate and help fund many of these extremist groups to get them to attack which increases the military budget and gives our country an excuse to attack back on our own terms and help instate the leaders we want.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 26, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Each to their own but I would most certainly not want to live in a predominantly Islamic country. Would you? If so which one? On the other hand I have no problem with any individual Muslim per se as most of them are probably perfectly nice folks. Sort of like Republicans, nothing against them as individuals but I wouldn't want them running the government.

Noletaman (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2014 at 4:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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