Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born on the 12 of Rabi ul Awal. The Prophet is known for being Rahmat ul il Alamin, but it’s heart breaking to see majority of Muslims understand him to be Rahmat ul il Muslimeen.
On Monday, over a 1,000 ‘true’ Muslims, ‘celebrating 12 Rabi ul Awwal’, attacked an Ahmadiya place of worship in Chakwal with sticks and stones. Some even fired bullets resulting in injuring a couple of people and the death of at least one person.
According to the extremist group, the place of worship was a mosque which was taken over by Ahmadis in 1868, and they demanded it to be returned to them. If it was not given back to them, they said, they would take action themselves.
This is the usual tactic of harassing this minority community, who had lodged a complaint with the police about the threat they were receiving. But like all previous occasions, this threat was ignored by the law enforcement agencies.
The police was called in, but failed to tackle the issue which resulted in the Army being called. On social media the Punjab Government tweeted that they are looking into this issue; but is this not something that they often say after attacks – especially in the case of Ahmadis.
This country takes one step forward and then ten steps backwards. About a week ago PM Nawaz Sharif had ordered to rename the National Center of Physics at the Quaid e Azam University as Dr Abdus Salam Centre for Physics. The reaction which we all got to witness was as if the PM had stepped on every Anti-Ahmadi bigot’s tail. Not only was Ansar Abbasi whining, but the Council of Islamic Ideology could not stop themselves from having their say too. On the same day, Counter Terrorism Department had raided the International Headquarters of Ahmadis at Rabwah and arrested people for publishing literature.
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