Perspective: Loving Pakistan is hard, but not impossible


For a person who expects a lot of things from his country, Pakistan is not the place for him. If you want to live here you have to forget all your expectations.

There’s this one question which I have been asked many times. How do you live in Pakistan? Don’t you want to run away from here? If you are ever given a chance would you leave this country? My answer is no, a thousand times no. And I always get that surprised look on the face of the person asking me the question and he want the reasons.

For a person who expects a lot of things from his country, Pakistan is not the place for him. If you want to live here you have to forgo all your expectations. We Ahmadis in Pakistan went through a lot and by that I really mean a lot. Ahmadis here when going to their places of work do not know if they will ever return home. Life here is uncertain. Perhaps a very few people can understand what Ahmadis went through during and after the Lahore mosques attacks in 2010. It was a dreadful time which left some terrible memories. Then why I want to live here?

My grandfather taught me this one thing I’ll remember the rest of my life. He told me that it’s not about what your country gives you, it’s about what you give to your country. And this little advice has helped me along a lot. Even after what has happened here, the law and order situation, the attacks on Ahmadis and everything else, my love has just increased and so do my prayers for Pakistan. This is what I have learned from the Ahmadiyya Islam teachings and from the sermons of my leader, the Ahmadiyya Khalifa, that we should help from God and always pray for our country. The worse the situation gets ,the more I pray for Pakistan.

People try their best to leave Pakistan, but my point of view is different. What do the people who are attacking us Ahmadis want? They want us to leave this country and if that is what we will do, in a way we will helping them achieve their goal. So I want to stay here to prove that I am not afraid of them.They can do whatever they like. I will live here because this country belongs to me just as much as it belongs to them.

Pakistan is my home.It is a part of what I am today.

Hania Aimen Ahmad lives in Rabwah,Pakistan

2 replies

  1. What has Pakistan given to me?
    This is the question I always ask myself. The country has given me the best ten years of my life after we migrated from East Africa.
    In 1974 I was arrested and jailed, but YES I still love Pakistan. پاکستان کی سر زمین بہت پیاری ہے۔ لیکن وہاں کے کجھ لوگوں اور حکومت کی وجہ سے سر زمین بدنام ہو گیُ ہے۔ اللہ تعالی ھمارے ملک کو ایسے لوگوں اور حکومتوں سے بجاےُ۔ آمین

  2. It is a good principle, good stand. Very good if some can do it and all should do the same. Stay in Pakistan. Do not vacate. Do not leave country if any one can bear the persecution. Maximum Prayer is essential.
    Hijrat (migration) under persecution is also the Sunnat (tradition) of the prophets. The Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. allowed it, in his time. The present Khalifah is observing all the difficulties of the Ahmadis in Pakistan. He also allows any one to migrate because he has seen the hardship and suffering of his Jama’at. He is the Imam. He suffers all the more.
    It is wrong to think that non-Ahmadis want us Ahmadis to leave the country. They do not want us to live any where. Remember the delegation of Mushrikeen e Makkah went to Ethiopia to bring back the believers!
    The present (non-Ahmadi Muslims) people of Pakistan are under the curse of Allah. There are simple enemies and hard core enemies (hard core Kaafir). There is a chance for the simple enemies ( Kaafirs, who are under the curse of Allah and angels and men) to apologize and return to the Truth and they will be forgiven. Allah is kind and Merciful. (V. 3:88/89)
    Those who are hard core kafir from the so-called Muslims, and they are increasing in their Kufr, entering Ahmadi mosques to erase the Kalimah, attacking peaceful Ahmadis, entering Ahmadi graveyards and desecrating them, punishing Ahmadi students and businessmen, Allah will not accept their Taubah (repentance). (V. 3:89/90)
    Those who die in the state of Kufr (enmity, opposition), they will suffer in hell for a very long time. (V. 3:90/91 at end of Para 3.)

    The Ilhaam of hazrat Aqdas a.s. tells us that “Allah will attack with mighty force to prove the Truth (of Promised Messiah a.s.)”
    The poor Muslims of Pakistan are being misled by a few miscreants. The people should realise that they are under the curse (Azaab) of Allah. That is why they are suffering so much.
    Allah does not punish any nation without sending a Warner (Rasool).
    The word “Rasool” used in the Quran applies to Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad a.s. too.

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