During the Friday Sermon delivered from the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London on 6th April 2012, the worldwide Head and Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad spoke in detail about the brutal torture inflicted by police in Pakistan on Mr Abdul Qudoos Ahmad, an Ahmadi Muslim school teacher, which led to his martyrdom. His Holiness made clear that this was no ordinary killing or martyrdom, but in fact there was a huge conspiracy behind it and it was a major effort to falsely defame the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.
Presenting details of the case, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad informed that on 10 February 2012, Abdul Qudoos Ahmad, who was also the President of the Nusrat Abad chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Rabwah, was arrested in relation to a murder that had taken place some months earlier. His arrest, came in spite of the fact that there was no evidence whatsoever linking him to the crime.
Abdul Qudoos Ahmad was kept in police custody until 26 March 2012 even though no charges were ever brought against him. During this period he was tortured in the most inhumane and depraved manner as police repeatedly tried to get him to sign a document falsely incriminating and implicating senior Ahmadi Muslim administrative officials. He was beaten, he was hung by his ankles upside down, heavy wooden rollers were rolled over him, he was sleep deprived and he was rarely fed. He was repeatedly advised that if he signed the document implicating the senior Ahmadi Muslim officials he would be released immediately.
Praising his faith and bravery, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that Abdul Qudoos Ahmad never wavered from the truth and refused to sign any such document. His Holiness said:
“O Qudoos, we salute you! That you bore extreme and brutal torture but did not let the honour and name of our Community suffer in any way. By sacrificing your life, you have saved our Community from a very grave tribulation.”
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also sent a strong message to the opponents of Ahmadiyyat. He said that their nefarious and evil plans could never bear fruit because the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at was supported by God Almighty Himself. That is why the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian received the revelation ‘I have planted the tree of thy honour with My own hand.’ His Holiness added that the fact that the Jama’at had now spread to 200 countries across the world, with millions of members all united at the hand of Khilafat was in itself a great proof of the truth of Ahmadiyyat and a fulfilment of that grand revelation.
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“The strength, the spread and the success of our Community can never be stopped by our opponents. But our opponents should remember that when the Divine Power is forced to take action then they will not be able to escape His Wrath. At such a time no Mullah or cleric and no law will ever come to their aid. Indeed the so-called religious scholars, who cruelly justify their acts in the name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) will stand at the front of the queue amongst those against whom God’s Sentence will pass.”