Bangladesh: A life of constant fear for the Ahmadiyya Muslims in Bangladesh


“There are people who do not consider Muhammad (Pbuh) the last prophet. The Quadiani community is among them. They believe more prophets will appear after Muhammad (Pbuh). Their belief is in firm contradiction of the Qu’ran and Sunnah.”… This passage is an excerpt from a creative questionnaire which was part of an Islamic Studies exam at Brahmanbaria’s Niaz Muhammad High School in 2016.


The Ahmadiyya mosque in Kandipara, Brahmanbaria, remains occupied by locals since 1987 Tarek Mahmud

On May 8, 2017, three madrasa students attempted to murder Mustafizur Rahman, imam of an Ahmadiyya mosque. He was set upon by the three with sharp weapons after the evening prayers. Mustafizur survived with grievous injuries. Local villagers helped law enforcement agencies capture the attackers quickly.  After they were arrested, the attackers claimed they wanted to kill Mustafizur because he was spreading “the wrong kind” of Islam.

The attack on Ahmadiyyas has its root in how institutions mould the minds of young people, affecting their perception. But how much of this education affects the formation of such homicidal indoctrination remains to be assessed.


Durjoy, a sixth grader student, said his Religious Studies teacher insults him during class every day, calling him a Kafir (non-believers in Islam). Joy, a student of Brahmanbaria Polytechnic Institute admitted to having been subject to similar insults.

A qawmi organisation acts as the hub of anti-Ahmadiyya sentiments in Kandipara. Al Jamia Tul Islamia Tajul Ulum Tahfiz Khatme Nabiyeen is located near the Ahmadiyya quarters in Kandipara. Their sermons often put the Ahmadiyyas ill at ease because of the hostile content. The Ahmadi residents are wary of things escalating and taking a lethal turn any day.

In Kishoreganj, imams coming from out of town stir up hostilities against Ahmadiyyas.

Syed Anwar Ali, leader of Terogati Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Kishoreganj, said many imams give false fatwas (decrees based on interpretation of Islamic law) to incite mistrust an hatred. He said friends have turned enemies over religion, because of the fatwas…. Read more at source.

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