Why was an Ahmadiyya mosque attacked in Pakistan?

Source: TRT World

The religious group identifies as Muslim but has been targeted for years because of beliefs which conflict with the more orthodox sects. Earlier this week, a mob attacked an Ahmadiyya place of worship in the populous province of Punjab.

Photo courtesy: @RazaRumi via Twitter

Photo courtesy: @RazaRumi via Twitter

The property was stormed by protesters armed with guns and batons in Chakwal district.

Who are the Ahmadiyyas?

Ahmadiyyas, or Ahmadis, are followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the 19th century religious movement in what is now India and Pakistan.
While they consider themselves a sect of Islam, most clerics from the larger schools of thought in Pakistan believe Ahmadiyyas are not Muslim.

Ahmadiyyas say Mirza Ahmad was a messiah. This directly contradicts one of Islam’s main principles – Muhammad is the last prophet to be associated with the religion. He died in the 7th century.

As a result, followers of Mirza Ahmed are routinely persecuted in Muslim majority countries. However, the situation in Pakistan is particularly dire.

More than 260 Ahmadiyyas have been killed in Pakistan in the last 30 years, a spokesperson for Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, their representative organisation in Pakistan, told TRT World. Their houses are routinely burnt down, property looted, and mosques razed to the ground.

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