Muslim World Leader Calls for Religious Freedom in Pakistan

Source: prnewswire.co.uk

LONDONMay 6, 2014

An online petition to Rt Hon David Cameron MP, The Prime Minister, has been set up to urge him as a friend of Pakistan to raise these issues with the Government of Pakistan and urge it to repeal these horrific laws.

Stop the Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims: Sign now and forward it to your friends and family.

Pakistan made history in 1974 by becoming the first country in the world to amend its constitution to declare Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslim. Thirty years ago, in 1984, Ordinance XX was enacted making it a criminal offence for Ahmadis to call themselves Muslims, a ‘crime’ punishable by 3 years imprisonment. Under Pakistan’s notorious anti-Ahmadi laws and blasphemy laws extremist violence has flourished with Ahmadi Muslims, Shia Muslims, Christians, Hindus and others massacred on simply grounds of faith.

The laws have resulted in:

  • Hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims being killed on grounds of faith: In May 2010, a deadly attack on two Ahmadiyya mosques inLahore left 86 people dead.
  • Mosques destroyed: Ahmadi mosques have been attacked, defaced and closed by the authorities.
  • Voting rights denied: Laws prevent Ahmadi Muslims from voting unless they declare themselves as non-Muslims.
  • No dignity after death: Mobs and police have destroyed and defaced Ahmadi graves.

Millions live in fear and tens of thousands have been forced to flee the country to escape persecution. Hundreds have been murdered in cold blood by extremists. Homes, businesses, mosques and graveyards are routinely attacked and thousands – including children – have been charged under Pakistan’s infamous laws. No one has ever been prosecuted for attacking Ahmadi Muslims.

As a result of the laws and persecution, the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community was forced to leave Pakistan. The current worldwide head, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, is based in London and he has consistently called for peace inPakistan.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad: the Worldwide Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad: the Worldwide Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, said:

“The Holy Qur’an teaches us that those in position of authority must discharge their responsibility with justice and that they will be held accountable for their actions by God. In the sphere of religious freedom the Holy Quran is very clear that ‘There should be no compulsion in religion” so it is incumbent on countries such as Pakistan that claim to follow Islam to implement its noble teachings.

“The progress of a nation lies in the establishment of justice and the complete regard for every person’s human rights. Without this there can be no peace. We therefore call upon Pakistan to uphold the rights of all its citizens and for the world to uphold its obligations in promoting international peace.”

As part of a campaign to highlight these issues a full page advert was featured in the Independent newspaper dated 2 May 2014.

Notes to the Editor

The law (Ordinance XX) states that Ahmadi Muslims cannot:

  • Call themselves Muslims
  • Refer to their faith as Islam
  • Call their place of worship a ‘Mosque’;
  • Make the call for prayers (Adhan)
  • Say the Islamic greeting ‘Assalamo alaikum’ (Peace be on you)
  • Preach or propagate their faith

Any of the above will be punishable by three years imprisonment and a fine. If the offence is regarded as blasphemy then an Ahmadi could be sentenced to death.

Additional Reading

Freedom of Speech: A Core Islamic Value!

5 replies

  1. PLEASE do not delete my respond to this Topic, let us love the different interpretation of Islam. Religious Liberty is the core of Islam.
    May Allah will bless us with the truth of Islamic teaching.Thanks.
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    RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IS A CORE OF ISLAMIC TEACHING.
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    It means, Muslim has to accept the different religion, beliefs and unbelief (Atheist), idea, thought etc.
    Those who do not accept the differences, they are against Allah’s laws, against Islam
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    Extremist religion ( Jews, Christian,Islam,Atheist etc) do not accept the differences,there is no freedom of expression, religion, dressing,and travel. Like the state of; Saudi Arabia, Taliban, Iran, China, North Korea etc.
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    Look at what Allah said in Bible and Al Quran.
    Bible and Al Quran are the guidance of the truth for His people.
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    The truth of Syariah law is that there is no compulsion in Islam QS 2;256. and freedom to choose your beliefs and conversion.
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    Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, or between a blessing and a curse, between life and death. (Deuteronomy 30; 1,15)

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    And showed him the two ways? QS 90;10.( God’s way, and evil’s way.)

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    And say, “The truth is from your Lord. Now, whoever so wills may believe and whoever so wills may deny.” QS 18;29.
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    Whoever goes right, then he goes right only for the benefit of his ownself. And whoever goes astray, then he goes astray to his own loss. No one laden with burdens can bear another’s burden.QS 17;15

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    And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together. So, will you (O Muhammad SAW) then compel mankind, until they become believers. QS 10;99.

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    ”your(Muhammad(saw) duty is only to convey (the Message) and on Us is the reckoning”. QS 13:40.
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    Allah give His people freedom to choose his religion and there is no compulsion or force etc.
    100 percent free to choose, it is really cool, this is peaceful religion that we always claim.
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    With all My love

  2. In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious Ever Merciful
    Islam is very beautiful Religion, it is secular in its approach to all other Religions. Islam stand guards the just right of every human being and strongly advocates for justice for all. The Holy Quran admonishes, “Enmity of a nation do not incite you not to do justice, be just as it is closer to Righteousness.” The unjust law against Ahmadies is contradictory to the teaching of the Holy Quran and contradictory to the Constitution of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan fundamental Basic Rules stated in Article 20 copied below:

    Article: 20 Freedom to profess religion and to manage religious institutions
    20. Freedom to profess religion and to manage religious institutions. – Subject to law, public order and morality-

    (a) every citizen shall have the right to profess, practise and propagate his religion; and

    (b) every religious denomination and every sect thereof shall have the right to establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions.

    It is against the Charter of International Human Rights and it is against the human conscious.

    As long as there was not unjust Law in Pakistan and the patriotic people were permitted to play their roll in the development of the country, the country was united and strong and was Blessed. When Mr. M.M.Ahmad the Grandson of Hazrat Mirza Gholam Ahmad Sahib,the Promised Messiah was Deputy Chairman Planning Commission of Pakistan, the Growth Rate of Pakistan was 12%

    In 1965 war If Lieutenant General Akhtar Hussain Malik was not replaced with General Yahya Khan, the World would have witnessed a new map of Kashmir. With the enactment of unjust law against Ahmadies Pakistan has been deprived of all kind of Blessings and the nation have incurred the displeasure of Allah, the Name of Pakistan has become notorious among nations because of Terrorism and Taliban-ism that has assassinated more than 50,000 civil as well as Military Personnel.There are voices against minorities and against Shias as well as Ahmadies.

    Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad rightly warned the Government of Pakistan, that if she did not discharge her responsibilities for the just cause of her subject, She will be answerable to Almighty God and the Nation will not prosper.
    Zarif Ahmad

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