Standing up for the Ahmadis

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In our land the people have the right to differ with the Ahmadis and to consider them wrong. Persecution is, however, not their right 

In the context of the continued persecution of the Ahmadis in Pakistan this scribe recently wrote a column titled “Who will stand for Ahmadis in Pakistan?” Since then I am trying to find the answer.

Have I heard some strong voices in their support denouncing their persecution? With Imran Khan chickening out just before the elections, are these the voices of some brave young politicians and intellectuals? With some others too aspiring for the extremists’ support, are Bilawal Bhutto and Fatima Bhutto responding in the affirmative? Perhaps they have realised that faith is the relationship between man and God, and their liberal grandfather erred when he allowed the state to determine a person’s religion in contradiction to that person’s proclaimed beliefs. Perhaps they have realised that the judgment of faith being the prerogative of God, it was wrong to have succumbed to pressure from the clerics in 1974 in letting them have that one of a kind amendment in the constitution that had declared “Ahmadis as not Muslims for the purposes of constitution and law.” Perhaps they have realised that this single piece of legislation later paved the way for the ascendency of clerics in Pakistan and threw open the unbridled rise of religious intolerance and extremism that has eaten up our social fabric. Perhaps they have realised that what is manifesting as violence against Shiites is an extension of this mindset. Perhaps they have realised that this later paved the way for the military dictator General Ziaul Haq to promulgate laws that made the country most receptive to extremist ideology, and that in turn made pseudo-religious terrorists of the world converge in our area when the time was opportune. Perhaps they have somehow mustered courage from somewhere to say no to the unending quest for innocent blood that a category of mullahs had since developed. Perhaps they have concluded that enough is enough and that the time for the showdown with repressive ideologies has come. Then it all fizzled away as it was just a dream.


3 replies

  1. May God Almighty help develop in our Pakistani leadership the required courage of conviction to endorse and support what is right and true and oppose what is wrong and untrue. When such a positively brave and bold situation develops,they will certainly stand up for the true cause of the Ahmadiyya Community and then all of their dreams, their cherished dreams will become a reality of their life-time, by the grace of God Almighty. Then the Ahmadi Muslims of Pakistan will sigh a relief and feel relieved to live an open daily life as ordained by God in the Holy Qura’an and Sunna of the Holy Prophet of Islam,PBUH. InshaAllah.

  2. I agree with Alam, we have high expectations from the new generation to be open minded & proactive in this regard. It is not just Ahmadi muslims’ rights, it is everybody’s rights.

  3. Dear Mr.Mohammad Ahmad:


    Thank you and kudos for your courage to wage this Jihad of the pen. I wish this article could be published in the urdu newspapers.

    I am not a Pakistani citizen but like all other Ahmadi Muslims worldwide I pay attention to the situation in Pakistan.

    If any Muslim has a theological difference with the Ahmadi Muslim, that difference should not suddenly become the central tenet of Islamic Faith.

    I find many of my non ahmadi Muslims friends knowledgeable but at the same time contradictory in their approach.

    For example, they agree that there should be no compulsion in matters of faith but then they seem to agree with the Pakistani government taking upon itself the right to force some of its citizens not to behave as Muslims.

    I also find them naive in the sense that they all have to call the messiah-prophet of the Ahmadi Muslims an imposter when they apply for a passport, but then they object when someone in LA portrays the Holy Prophet (pbuh) in poor light.

    Thanks again for your courage of speaking your mind in a way that I am sure all sensible people will find fair.

    Mohamed S. Boodhun Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.

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