Fellow Pakistanis, don’t worry about Trump. Worry about our ‘Trumpistan’

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This sign in Urdu is saying that Ahmadi Muslims are not allowed to enter this market and any buying or selling from them is a sin. Additionally, it uses a derogatory epithet for Ahmadis

Source: The Nation

By Kashif Chaudhry is a physician, writer and human rights activist. He is currently completing his cardiology fellowship in Boston, USA. Kashif is a strong proponent of a tolerant and pluralistic Pakistan, and regularly writes on issues related to Islam, human rights and freedom of conscience. 

Many Pakistanis have taken to social media to express their outrage over a Donald Trump Presidency. How will he treat Muslims? Will he follow through on his campaign promises and infringe on the civil liberties of Muslims? Right-wing Pakistanis are most furious. They are suddenly concerned about the treatment of a minority faith group by State officials and policies. The irony beats me.

As a Pakistani American, here is what I have to say to my concerned friends in Pakistan. Please don’t worry about us Muslims in America. There are numerous politicians, public figures and religious leaders who are standing in solidarity and support of our rights. Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted earlier that he will become Trump’s worst nightmare if the President-Elect thinks about discriminating against Muslims. Many public figures have expressed similar sentiment. Jewish and Christian leaders visited Mosques this past Friday to express their solidarity with Muslim Americans. Following Trump’s election, a woman in Nashville, Tennessee used chalk to write messages of love outside a mosque. Many of my colleagues assured me of their support if things ever changed for me as a Muslim in America. And I have received numerous emails from non-Muslims asking for ideas on how to show their acceptance for the Muslim Community.

So dear Pakistani friends, please spare us your concern and work on reaching out to your own forgotten minority groups instead. Embrace them instead. They need you far more than we do. As I have written elsewhere, Mr. Trump only dreams of what Pakistan already enforces and implements with full force against its own minority faith groups.

You don’t like Trump’s proposal of special IDs for Muslim Americans? How about you call to end the special discriminatory IDs for Ahmadis in Pakistan – IDs that have left them disenfranchised. You don’t like him looking at us Muslims with suspicion and fear? How about working to ensure mainstream Pakistani religious clerics and politicians stop rampant fear-mongering of minority faith groups, especially the routine scapegoating of the Ahmadis. Worried about potential anti-Muslim legislation in coming days? Well, stand up and condemn Pakistan’s Second Amendment and anti-Ahmadi laws that have already severely limited the religious freedom of Pakistan’s Ahmadis. Outraged at me calling them Muslims? Then don’t complain if us Muslims are ever denied the right to self-identity as we chose in America. Or if the State forcibly labels us with a slur instead.

You don’t like Trump’s allies suggesting adhan be banned from mosques. Then speak against the three years jail time that Pakistan imposes on Ahmadis for saying the adhan

quietly in their ‘places of worship’. You don’t like Trump’s new chief strategist suggesting mosques be stopped from construction in America? Well, then speak up against the over a hundred Ahmadiyya ‘places of worship’ that have been forcibly occupied or burned down by Sunni extremists, or sealed or stopped from construction by the State. You are concerned Muslim congregations might be limited by the new American government? Consider that the Ahmadis have been banned from peaceful congregation since 1984. They have been denied permission to conduct their annual conventions (Jalsa Salanas) since then.

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2 replies

  1. How do you call them AHMADI MUSLIM?? do you even know what is ISLAM and what is AHMADI?
    you think this way either you are ahmadi or you dont have any knowledge..I am not saying the post is right they shouldnt do this way in Pakistan because its a free country Islam doesnt say to ban other religions to your shops or in your countries. BUT they shouldnt call themselves MUSLIMS this is completely insult.

  2. I’m curious. Trump isn’t going to do anything that he promised in the campaign, he is socially liberal and has absolutely no understanding of politics and everything else. Politicians don’t want special Ids for anyone, they just want them to have ids, you know, because we want them to be here legally.

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