Algeria intensifies controversial crackdown on Ahmadiyya Muslims

Ahmadiyya, a minority Islamic sect have raised concerns after falling victim to Algeria’s controversial crackdown on religious minorities.

Algerian newspaper EnNahar revealed that the crackdown against the Ahmadis in Algeria started in the first week of June, the investigation was spread over three states and during the course of the investigation the security forces raided the Ahmadiyya sect’s headquarters in the state of Blida.
During the month-long crackdown dozens of Ahmadis were arrested and charged with violating social peace, and the under construction community center in the state of Blida was also demolished by the local Municipality.

Algeria’s Minister of Religious Affairs Mohamed Issa

Algeria’s Ministry of Religious Affairs stated that in 2013 it received communication from the Algerian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, warning them of the risk posed by the spread of Ahmadiyya in North African countries including Algeria.

Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs Mohamed Issa said “a deviant religious sect called ‘Qadiani’ or ‘Ahmadis’ which is well-known in Pakistan and the Gulf states is now spreading to Northern Africa including Algeria, The Government is concerned that this band of Islam is becoming popular among the population, especially young people.”

He acknowledged that the Ahmadis were planning to open a community center for the 1,000 strong Algerian Ahmadiyya community.

Adding that “security forces have succeeded in dismantling their network because they dared to create their headquarters and announce their presence without waiting for the necessary licenses, and documents which proved it’s existence and its affiliates.”

In a later interview, the Minister explained that “the Ahmadiyya have been present in Algeria since the seventies, and they have more sense of belonging”

12 replies

  1. H.E. the Minister of Religious Affairs of Algeria would have been well advised to study his own history instead of blindly following the advice of Pakistani Mullahs. In his own history he would have found how the AhmadiMuslim Sir Mohammed Zafrullah Khan greatly assisted the independence movement of Algeria (through the United Nations). More over if he studied the Mullahs of Pakistan he would have learned that they are destroying the nation and not the Ahmadiyya Muslims. He could also have asked Algerian Ambassadors in other parts of the world how the Ahmadiyya Muslims are contributing to the societies where-ever they are.

    • HE wants populous approach. To me it is blessings and disguise. After the death of Algerian cum German devoted Ahmadi Samier Boukota, who worked day and night for spread of Ahmadiyyat in Algeria, now automatically things are coming to surface. Inshallah sanity will prevail and many more sensible Algerians will embrace Ahmadiyya very soon.

  2. How come the Algerian authorities have not elaborated on how Ahmadies are disrupting ‘social peace’? In fact, of all the various Muslim sects, ours is the most peaceful – worldwide!

  3. “The amazing thing was that Chaudhri Sahib’s [ i.e. Sir Muhammad Zafrullah Khan] memory was faultless, not only about persons, but also about dates and even times of day for matters which had occurred 50 or 60 years earlier. I also recall with great fondness the narration of his United Nations fights with Big Powers for independence of Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria (described on pages 179-182 of “Servant of God”); likewise, the heart-warming story of his pilgrimmage to Mecca, when he was King Faisal’s personal guest, narrated on pages 279-286, was repeated on our request many times. In the retelling of all these incidents in his life, what came across strongly was the greatness of his spirit, his intense love —• bordering on near-veneration — for the Prophet of Islam, and his own complete reliance on Allah and His divine Will. Also manifest was his love of Persian poetry, particularly the mystical verse of Rumi in his Diwan-e-Shams-Tabriz which he could recite without effort from memory.”

  4. These are part of trials true followers of Rasulullah S.A.W should face. May Allah open their eyes to truth…..

  5. I really wish people would learn the difference between Qadiani and us Ahmadis. Not the same! Both Ahamadiyya, but different!

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