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July 2010 eGazette – Terrorism and Persecution

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Replies to Anti-Ahmadiyya Allegations on Pakistani TV Channel in Urdu

A private TV channel in Pakistan invited 3 anti-Ahmadiyya Mullahs in a prime time program on 16 June 2010 to do one sided propaganda and raise baseless allegations against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. We present here replies to these allegations in four part YouTube videos. Please watch and share with your friends to spread the peaceful and beautiful message of Islam which is Ahmadiyyat.

[ Video 1 ] [ Video 2 ] [ Video 3 ] [ Video 4 ]

For English please read the replies by Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh)


A saying of the Promised Messiah, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

Paigham-e-Sulh (A Message of Peace) was the last written work of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He wrote:

“A religion which does not inculcate universal compassion is no religion at all. Similarly, a human being without the faculty of compassion is no human at all. Our God has never discriminated between one people and another. This is illustrated by the fact that all the potentials and capabilities which have been granted to the Aryans have also been granted to the races inhabiting Arabia, Persia, Syria, China, Japan, Europe and America. The earth created by God provides a common floor for all people alike, and His sun and moon and many stars are a source of radiance and provide many other benefits to all alike. Likewise, all peoples benefit from the elements created by Him, such as air, water, fire and earth, and similarly from other products created by Him like grain, fruit, and healing agents, etc. These attributes of God teach us the lesson that we, too, should behave magnanimously and kindly towards our fellow human beings and should not be petty of heart and illiberal.”

For the complete text of the book click here.

Friday sermon: martyrs of Lahore tragedy

By Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, on June 11, 2010.

He introduced some of the martyrs who were mercilessly attacked during the massacre in Lahore two weeks ago. He said these Ahmadi Muslims were absolutely fearless even in the face of death. They did not beg for life before the assailants and instead sought peace in the remembrance of Allah and made efforts to save the lives of their dear brothers. They did not panic but supplicated before God and tried to overpower the attackers, if they could. Some of these believers were granted the status of martyrdom, which is eternal life, and their names shall shine like bright stars in the heavens and in the annals of Ahmadiyyat, the true Islam.

For full sermon cick here.

Economist Magazine covering the tragedy

Several international newspapers and magazines covered the tragedy in Lahore, wherein almost 100 worshipers of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community were martyred in two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan by the terrorists who have been dubbed as the Punjabi Taliban. Economist also covered the news and praised the Ahmadiyya community of Lahore with the following closing paragraph:

During the first Friday prayers after the massacre, there was no sign of anger at the perpetrators, nor of self-pity. But as the worshippers knelt with their heads to the ground, a low keening like the sound of a rushing wind ran through the mosque, and shoulders suddenly shook in grief. “In our prayers we always weep,” Mr. Ata-ullah said afterwards. “The milk does not rise in the mother’s breast until the baby cries. Before Allah we must cry like babies if we want his blessing. We cry like a whole pot on the boil.”
Read more online.

The New York Times
Samuel G Freedman wrote on June 11, 2010:

In 1974, amid riots against Ahmadis, Pakistan amended its constitution to declare the sect non-Muslim. A decade later, under the military dictatorship of Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, Parliament enacted a blasphemy law with a death penalty. The measure singled out Ahmadis for prosecution for “indirectly or directly posing as a Muslim.”

Practically speaking, the measure meant that Ahmadis could be arrested for giving the Muslim greeting of “salaam aleikum,” issuing the call to prayer from a minaret, or even calling their house of worship a mosque. Emboldened by such official decisions, Sunni extremists desecrated Ahmadi cemeteries, burned Ahmadi homes and stores, and in 2005 gunned down Ahmadi worshipers in a mosque.

Most recently, the Punjabi provincial government, led by a former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, allowed Muslim militants to hang banners throughout Lahore calling it religiously compulsory to kill Ahmadis. Other extremists have delivered letters to Ahmadi homes announcing their intent to slay the residents. Read more online.

U.S. agency calls for Pakistan to repeal blasphemy laws

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is calling for repeal of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in the wake of militant attacks against the Ahmadi mosques in the country.

“USCIRF condemns this monstrous act of violence against a peaceful religious community and extends its condolences to the families of the victims,” said USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo. “This is just one more example of the results of ongoing intimidation, thuggish threats and violence against the Ahmadi community in Pakistan. The Taliban-associated extremists find cover in the anti-Ahmadi laws in the Constitution, Pakistan’s egregious blasphemy law, and the government’s unwillingness to protect the religious freedoms of this community. The government of Pakistan must take responsibility for changing this situation.” Read more online.

Human Rights Watch on the Lahore Tragedy

Three days after the massacre in the Lahore mosques, a hospital treating the victims was attacked. A Human Rights Watch group explains:

On the night of May 31, unidentified gunmen attacked the Intensive Care Unit of Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital, where victims and one of the alleged attackers in Friday’s attacks were under treatment, sparking a shootout in which at least a further 12 people, mostly police officers and hospital staff, were killed. The assailants succeeded in escaping.

“The mosque attacks and the subsequent attack on the hospital, amid rising sectarian violence, underscore the vulnerability of the Ahmadi community,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, senior South Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The government’s failure to address religious persecution by Islamist groups effectively enables such atrocities.”

For full story click here.

Into our town the Hangman came

By Mohammad Taqi

The author has provided a very insightful analysis of the 1974 decision to declare the Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslims and the 1984 ordinance to take away the religious rights of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He writes:

A few years ago, this author had asked the Justice (R) KMA Samdani (of Lahore High Court) about his report on the May 29, 1974 riots in Rabwah – the Pakistani headquarter city of the Ahmadiyya. Justice Samdani said that the scope of his judicial inquiry was strictly limited to probing the incidence of violence. He advised that if I were interested in the judicial inquiry into the doctrinal question of faith and apostasy, I should be looking into the Punjab Disturbances Court of Inquiry Report, (April 10, 1954) by the Justices Rustam Kiyani and Muhammad Munir of the Pakistan Federal Court. The two judges had summarized the crux of the report:

“We had put to the Ulama (clergymen) the question, what is Islam and who is a momin or a Muslim? But we cannot refrain from saying here that it was a matter of infinite regret to us that the Ulama, whose first duty should be to have settled views on this subject, were hopelessly disagreed among themselves.”

It is simply not possible to overlook the findings of the Munir-Kiyani report and one cannot imagine that this report would not have been made part of the parliamentary proceedings of 1974 by the prosecutors or defense.

For full story click here.

When terrorism joins persecution

By Zia H Shah

On May 28, 2010, terrorists attacked two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, during the time of Friday prayers and martyred more than 100 and injured more than 125 innocent Ahmadi Muslims.

These were indeed terrorist attacks motivated by religious prejudice.

Persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which believes in Universal Brotherhood, has been systemic in Pakistan, for several decades.

This Google-Knol is to describe the events and the underlying causes of this mayhem in Lahore, Pakistan. By including different editorials from newspapers in the comment section, this Knol takes an encyclopedic approach.

Anyone can add comments to this Google-Knol to provide additional information click here.

July 2010


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They came after the Jews
Martin Niemoeller’s quote:

“Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten,

habe ich geschwiegen;

ich war ja kein Kommunist.

Als sie die Sozialdemokraten einsperrten,

habe ich geschwiegen;

ich war ja kein Sozialdemokrat.

Als sie die Gewerkschafter holten,

habe ich nicht protestiert;

ich war ja kein Gewerkschafter.

Als sie die Juden holten,

habe ich nicht protestiert;

ich war ja kein Jude.

Als sie mich holten,

gab es keinen mehr, der protestierte.”

Roughly translated in English:

“As the Nazis fetched communists

I remained silent

I wasn’t a communist

As they jailed social-democrats

I remained silent

I wasn’t a social-democrat

As they targeted trade-unionists

I remained silent

I wasn’t a trade-unionist

As they got the Jews

I remained silent

I wasn’t a Jew

As they came to get hold of me

There wasn’t anyone left who could protest”


Pakistan’s Medieval Constitution: It is the only Muslim nation to explicitly define who is or is not a ‘Muslim.’

By Ms. Sethi is a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at the Wall Street Journal this summer.

Pakistan is the only Muslim nation to explicitly define who is or is not a “Muslim” under its constitution. This serves only one purpose: to embolden groups like the Pakistani Taliban who use the laws as justification to declare Ahmadis as “wajib ul qatl” or “worthy of death.” As long as the state continues to decide who is and is not a Muslim—a personal, private question—we will continue to see attacks on minorities and medieval banners in the public square.

For more click here.


Ahmadi massacre: who is to blame?

The date was May 28, 2010. At least seven men, including three suicide bombers, attacked two Ahmedi worship places in Lahore’s Model Town and Garhi Shahu neighbourhoods. The attacks resulted in the deaths of over 80 worshippers. Later on, a Jamaat-i-Ahmediya Pakistan spokesman put the toll at 95. Countless others were injured. As for the attackers, cohering together the various accounts, two of them reportedly fled, two were captured, one attacker was killed during clashes while the three suicide bombers blew themselves up when police tried to enter the place of worship.

The dead have now been buried while the injured struggle to hold on.

Officials in the Lahore police instantaneously suggested a “possible Indian hand” in the attack, while media reports stated that the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s Punjab wing, also known as the Punjabi Taliban, had claimed responsibility for the slaughter. Later on, during interrogation, a suspect revealed that the militants were associated with the TTP. However, Interior Minister Rehman Malik stated that the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) was involved.

A claim of responsibility has been found; it is the typical chain of events, similar to the very many previous attacks that we have come to understand as the militants’ standard modus operandi. This time, however, the question of assigning responsibility is not as simple as it seems, but instead requires a detailed investigation rather than conclusions drawn on the basis of immediate circumstantial evidence. Following are the facts surrounding the incident, which although seemingly lie outside of it but are extremely pertinent.

For details click here


Five steps to sanity

By I.A. Rehman (An Editorial from Dawn.com)

The priority demands of sanity (dictionary meaning: reasonable and rational behavior) are determined by the challenges a society faces. Today Pakistan’s supreme need is the adoption of a rational response to the menace of extremist elements operating, without due sanction, under the banner of belief.

The horrific dimensions of last Friday’s carnage in Lahore can be judged from the fact that even those who never take notice of atrocities against the Ahmadi community as well as those who never protest against the militants’ excesses could not help feeling uneasy at the foul happening. What does sanity now demand from government and society alike?

The more than 90 Ahmadis wantonly cut down in their prayer houses were citizens of Pakistan entitled to the protection of their right to life. If they must be treated as zimmies in a supposedly Islamic state they had an additional reason to be protected by the state and the people. The assault on their prayer houses was not wholly unexpected; the authorities had been aware of the activities of the professional Ahmadi-bashers and their threats for months.
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Pakistan: now or never?

As always happens at times of crisis, commentators called on the spirit of Pakistan’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who in his first address to parliament in 1947 appealed for religious tolerance. “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this state of Pakistan,” he said. “You may belong to any religion or caste or creed. That has nothing to do with the business of the state.”

“Is this Jinnah’s Pakistan? No,” wrote Raza Rumi on his blog. “We have gone too far and pessimists are now saying that the process of destroying Pakistani society is irreversible. There is still hope that we shall overcome this menace if Pakistani public opinion is fashioned to look a little deeper inside and not find all sources of evil in Washington or Delhi.” Read more online.

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