Source/Credit: The Express Tribune : By Owais Raza | September 4, 2011
LODHRAN: The municipal administration has razed to the ground an under-construction Ahmadi place of worship in Jannat Wala, a village on the outskirts of Lodhran, after clerics staged protests.
Construction was suspended after labourers working at the site received death threats and some were forced to flee the village to save their lives. Muslim clerics pressurised the district government to take action when they came to know about the new place of worship. They organised processions against the government in surrounding villages and protested against what they deemed to be its ‘unwillingness to check the propagation of the Ahmadi religion.’
The government, however, denies that the destruction had anything to do with anti-Ahmadi sentiment in the community. The Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) razed the building on the orders of DCO Lodhran, Ghulam Fareed. More than 60% construction on the double storey building had been completed when it was torn down.
Members of the Ahmadi community said they had protested peacefully before the DCO. This was confirmed by Maqbool Khalid, a journalist. Most of them refuse to come on record due to fear of death threats and live in fear of Ahle-Sunnat wal Jamaat members. They have been living in Adaa Zakheera, Kahroar Pakka, Dunyapur, Lodhran and Qutubpur. They have six places worship in the area.
Let’s make the Holy Quran our Judge
The Holy Quran has passed a clear judgment about those who stop people from mosques and those who keep mosques in good and flourishing condition. According to the Holy Quran those who prohibit the name of Allah being glorified, for them is disgrace in this world and in the hereafter. And those who keep the mosques of Allah in good condition are the righteous people. Now its up to all Muslims worldwide and their leaders, also in Pakistan, to see with whom they stand? With those who destroy mosques or with those who keep mosques alive with the remembrance of Allah.
The Holy Quran states:
And who is more unjust than he who prohibits the name of Allah being glorified in Allah’s temples and seeks to ruin them? It was not proper for such men to enter therein except in fear. For them is disgrace in this world; and theirs shall be a great punishment in the next. (2:115)
He alone can keep the Mosques of Allah in a good and flourishing condition who believes in Allah, and the Last Day, and observes Prayer, and pays the Zakat, and fears none but Allah; so these it is who may be among those who reach the goal. [9:18]
Sayings of The Holy Prophet on the importance of mosques:
- O ye people, praise Allah. Whoever builds a mosque for Allah, Allah, The Exalted, shall
build a house for such a one in paradise.
- To Allah, the most adored places are the mosques and the most undesirable places are
- Mosques are the houses of Allah and those believers who enter therein are the guests of
- Those who visit the mosques in darkness convey to them the good news that Allah shall
bestow upon them from Himself perfect light on the day of judgment.
- For him who makes his ablutions at home and then walks to one of the houses of Allah to
discharge his obligations imposed on him by Allah, one single step of his towards the
mosque wipes out a sin and next step raises his status.
- Whenever anyone of you enters a mosque let him pray that “O Allah open up for me the
doors of Thy Mercy”; and whenever anyone from among you leaves a mosque, let him pray
” O Allah, I seek from Thee Thy blessings”.