The Sialkot Mosque: The Might Versus The Right?


The Sialkot Ahmadiyya Mosque before it was destroyed by a lynch mob

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

The right wing supporters of President Trump, are very willing to ignore his racism,  sexism, Islamophobia, sexual exploits and constant lying, as long as he is serving their political purposes.

The ground reality is very similar in almost every country of the world.

A mob led by right-wing Muslim clerics tore down the dome and minarets of a 100-year old Pakistani mosque belonging to the marginalized Ahmadi community, officials and the community said on Thursday.

Ahmadis are one of the most persecuted groups in Sunni-majority Pakistan, with Islamists and religious hardliners labelling them heretics, while harsh Pakistani laws ban them from calling themselves Muslims or using Islamic symbols.

Saleemuddin, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community, said a mob stormed the mosque complex in Sialkot, near the Indian border in Punjab province, overnight. He put the number at several hundred.

He said there was collusion between the mob and local government officials, but police denied such accusations.

In the mean while, a leading Jewish organization has criticized the Vatican’s decision to move World War II-era Cardinal August Hlond along the path to possible sainthood, saying the Polish primate was “extremely” hostile to Jews and failed to condemn a 1946 pogrom.

In a letter to top Vatican officials released Wednesday, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) said it was “profoundly” concerned that Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing Hlond’s “heroic virtues,” the first main step in the sainthood process.

AJC’s director of interreligious affairs, Rabbi David Rosen, cited a 1936 pastoral letter Hlond wrote in which he urged Poles to stay away from the “harmful moral influence of Jews” and to boycott Jewish media.

The same day as I read this genuine protest by a Jewish group I also read what follows.


Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount

In an image released Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador David Friedman can be seen laughing and smiling — while standing next to an aerial view of Jerusalem that has been digitally altered to replace one of Islam’s holiest sites with a Jewish temple.

The photograph, which was first reported on by the ultra-Orthodox news site Kikar Hashabat, was taken while Friedman was in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak, known as a center of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. The ambassador had been touring the city with Achiya, a charity that works with disabled children.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the altered image was given to Friedman as a gift from an activist who works with Achiya.

While the Rohingya Muslims are undergoing a genocide at the hands of the extremist Buddhist or the national army, some new details have surfaced.

Amnesty International said Wednesday that Myanmar’s army was not the only group that has slaughtered civilians in the country’s volatile west. In a new report, it accused ethnic Rohingya insurgents of carrying out at least one brutal massacre when the long-running conflict in Rakhine state exploded last year.

The London-based rights organization said it had investigated the widely reported killing of dozens of minority Hindus on Aug. 25 in a village called Ah Nauk Kha Maung Sei, and concluded that Rohingya militants were responsible.

We all have an evil side and a good side. Sometimes we push our might and at others we insist on our rights. We are all born with an id and a conscience, as Sigmund Freud suggested. Sometimes one wins and at other times the other.

The Catholic Church had been hiding child abuse in its walls all over the world for centuries while it launched one crusade after another against all others.

We often see our goodness but are blind to our weaknesses.

Jesus, may peace be on him, described it the best for us:

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3-4)

The Sunni Muslims worry about the Jewish conspiracies to demolish the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, which has existed for more than a thousand years now, but they turn away in oblivion, when their extremists destroy an Ahmadiyya mosque in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan, which was more than a 100 years old.

As the Chief Editor of the Muslim Times, I have been constantly browsing news from all over the world, for the last ten years, and see a similar populist tendency in every country of the world and such parochial tendencies are shown by almost every religious group, as well. Such tendencies unfortunately are actually gaining momentum, more or less every where.

The sane and the just voices are getting quieter.

It is easy for me to see the mischief of all others, but, am I ignoring the log in my own eyes, as Jesus so aptly pointed out?

We, the Ahmadi Muslims don’t rule any country so we cannot be accused of forcing our might in face of others’ rights.

But, sometimes I wonder, how often do we take away in our individual lives, what we don’t completely deserve?

How often do we worry that we are not wielding or flaunting our wealth, intelligence, influence or status to take away what is right of others?

I believe, the more just and honest we become, the greater is the likelihood that the Almighty God will avenge atrocities done to us and will be our vindicator, God Willing!

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7 replies

  1. In the words of the Holy Qur’an, disorder has spread everywhere. In the beginning only the leaders of religion were the culprits. Now every Pakistani is answerable.
    According to Islamic teachings the law of the land is above religion. Once Muslims understand this then everyone will be able to practice their religion in peace.

  2. CS— in the beginning the extremist Muslim create conflict and war— and then they can use defensive verses to justify their action to kill innocent people Christiannand those who support their enemy or those who does not follow their caliphate ISIS.

    They are smart. Many young Muslim believe in ISIS, AL Qaida or the extremist base on Al Quran and Hadith.

    The extremist Muslim are smart and brave too. They say to their followers those who die in the path of Allah and Sunnah will victory and go Jannah , paradise.

    “”Fight against them so that Allâh will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory ,( Jannah or Paradise)?QS 9;12-14””

    That is why the extremist do not dare to persecute and kill Ahmadiyyah, Christian etc..

    Let us speak up tirelessly for the sake of peaceful Islam and Humanity.
    All ❤️
    I wish you all a blessed and peaceful Ramadhan

    • Somi still does not realize that the wars in the Middle East are fueled by non-Muslims, CIA, MOSSAD and their allies are very actively engaged, but, yes, many Muslims allow themselves to be manipulated. As someone said ‘we are being destabalized, because we are destabalizable, just as we were colonialized, because we were colonizable’. Forty thousand foreign fighters joined ISIS, and the neighboring countries allowed them to go into Syria, on instructions from the CIA and MOSSAD. And ISIS? They were born with all these Toyota Pickups? Somebody delivered it to them! And do not tell me that CIA did not notice.

  3. Rafiq you still dont understand even you have traveled around the world— most your time lived in The extremist countries who hate US and Israel. Your mind has influenced by hate news of middle East—You agree?

    Yes I agree with you that — we (Islamic countries ) are destabalizable— why? because most Islamic clerics love to accuse others “ Khafir” like Muslim Shiah, ahmadiyya, and Christian).

    It has started from Mosque, each sect of cleric of Muslim tell to his followers those who do not follow his faith is KHAFIR-/ enemy of Islam— should be banned firstly and then have to be persecuted and killed them— and then create war between Extrmist Wahhabi sunni and extremist Shiah.

    Both sides want to win the battle, they do not know how to make guns—so third parties want to sell their guns as many as pissible ( no thing wrong ) — Saudi wahhabi buy guns from US, UK, France and other side buy from Rusia and China ( no thing wrong here).

    Syria( Shiah) need HELP from Rusia and China
    Saudi extremist want HELP from US, UK, France
    Both HELPERS just want to sell his guns , for bussiness purpose— Guns cannot kill innocent people—people
    behind guns can kill innocent people. People behind guns are stupid, hypocracy.

    Hopefully you should understand now Rafiq— dont hide the truth— no one can mislead Muslim with wrong statement , except uneducated Muslim.

    All love ❤️
    I wish you a blessed and peaceful Ramadhan

    • Well, the situation is even worse than you are describing above. Look at Syria, it is not Sunni verses Shiah, but this Sunni against that Sunni, changing ‘alliances’ as the situation on the battle field (and probably the flow of the $$$$s) changes. What Hadith may be ‘in the game’ that Sunnis fight this group today and another group tomorrow? = By the way, the third parties are selling guns not only to make money (although this is a major reason), but in order to make sure that the region is destabalized / weakened for the purpose of Greater Israel. Recall (k) Hillary? who is reported to have said that ‘We need to destroy Syria for the benefit of Israel’ ? (No, I do not hate the USA as such, I am just a realist. Neutrality is in the blood of the Swiss. Absolute Justice is in the blood of Ahmadi-Muslims.

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