Source: Newstrack India
Wagah, Dec 22 (ANI): Thousands of Ahmediyya Muslims gathered at the Wagah Border post for their annual community congregation beginning from December 26 in the town of Qadian in Gurdaspur District of Punjab.
Though, Ahmediyyas regard themselves to be part of the Muslim faith, they have been branded as “non-Muslims” by the Government of Pakistan as per the 1974 Constitutional amendment which declared them as “heretical”.
The Ahmediyya Muslim sect considers its Founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiani, to be the Promised Messiah and the Mahdi, foretold by the Holy Prophet Mohammad, may peace be on him, which is opposed by mainstream Muslims who consider it blasphemous.
Mohammad Ahmed Zafar, an Ahmediyya Muslim from Pakistan said that he was extremely happy to be in India and thanked the Indian government for being lenient with the visas.
“We have come here for the annual conference to be held in Qadian which will start from the 26th of this month. By the grace of god, we are thankful to the government of India for granting visas to so many of us. The preparations and facilities here are very good. I am really thankful to you all,” said Zafar.
Chief Editor’s comments: The quote from the source newspaper has been changed to some degree to more accurately reflect the beliefs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.