Anti-Ahmadi campaign of hate
‘End of Prophethood’ in KPK schools syllabi – a regressive and loaded move
Peshawar: The daily Islam published the following story in its issue of October 28, 2016:
KP: Decision taken to include End of Prophethood subject in syllabi
Instructions issued to move on priority basis, in the light of recommendations of the Ulama
“Peshawar: (Special correspondent) A high level meeting was held on Tuesday in the Assembly Secretariat under the chairmanship of Mr. Asad Qaisar, the Speaker of KPK Provincial Assembly to formally include Khatme Nabuwwat (KN) in syllabi. In addition to a delegation of the leading ulama led by Sheikh Anwar ul Haq, Qaisar Alam Additional Secretary, Rafiq Khattak Director Education, officials of the KPK Text Book Board and other officials attended the meeting. The issue of formally adding the subject of KN in syllabi was deliberated upon.
“At this occasion the Ulama Karam elaborately explained the KN dogma in the light of Quran and Hadith, and emphasized the need of educating the school children and the future generations on the importance of End of Prophethood so as to follow the teachings and example of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
“The officials of the Education Department told the participants that the Department was already involved in consultations with the Ulama of all the denominations on this issue. The participants were told that a ‘summary’ was ready to teach the recitation of the Quran to primary classes and its translation to secondary classes. This will soon be sent to the Chief Minister KPK for approval.
“Mr. Asad Qaisar, the Speaker directed the officials of Education Department and the Text Book Board to take actions on priority basis on the recommendations of the Ulama Karam on this issue of including the End of Prophethood in syllabi and submit an early report.
“The Speaker thanked the ulama in providing guidance and making recommendations to the government on this important and essential change to school syllabus.”
End of Prophethood is often mentioned in our reports, particularly with reference to law and order. It would be appropriate to briefly but clearly explain here the tenet of End of Prophethood [Khatme Nabuwwat (KN)] and the implications of its inclusion in school syllabi.
The non-Ahmadi mulla propagates in general public that the faith in KN requires the belief that Muhammad (PBUH) was the last prophet and there will be no Prophet after him, of any kind, ever, till the end of times.
Ahmadis also believe in Khatme Nabuwwat and Muhammad (PBUH) to be the last Prophet; however, according to them, the Prophethood that ended was of the law-bearing type and that which would introduce a new religion or a new Law (Shariah) or a new Scripture.
In fact, non-Ahmadi clerics’ belief in KN is also conditional, in that they believe that Prophet Isa was lifted physically to the sky before his crucifixion and will descend in latter days as a Muslim prophet and Messiah to reform the Ummah and the mankind. Ahmadis believe the ascent and descent of Isa (Jesus) to be metaphoric.
Accordingly, both the communities, Ahmadis as well as non-Ahmadis, believe in the advent in Islam of at least one Prophet after Muhammad (PBUH); the difference lies, in reality, about the identity of this Promised Messiah. As for the End of Prophethood, there is essentially little difference between Ahmadis and the mainstream Muslims. The founder of Ahmadiyyat placed it on record: “Maselah Khatme Nabuwwat par asal mein un ki hamari niza‘ lafzi hei” i.e. on the issue of End of Prophethood the dispute between us and them is, in fact, only in semantics.
Non-Ahmadi mulla finds the KN the most convenient tool to incite the common Muslim against Ahmadiyyat. He succeeded repeatedly in precipitating large scale and small scale anti-Ahmadi riots over this issue in Pakistan, after the Partition. Eventually, based on this issue, he got the Ahmadis declared Non-Muslims in the Parliament in 1974 during the rule of Mr. Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto. Later, under General Zia and subsequent regimes various affidavits were introduced for applicants for passports, national identity cards, voter-lists etc. for all those who claimed to be Muslims, and ‘unconditional faith in the absolute and unqualified faith in the finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad’ was made a requirement, notwithstanding the common Islamic belief in the advent of a Messiah, the Prophet in Islam.
There have been numerous reports from all over Pakistan that here and there ‘pious’ teachers and lecturers, on their own initiative, took up the KN issue in their classes and harangued their students to hate and malign Ahmadis. KN is used as the key to open the anti-Ahmadiyya floodgate of hatred, animosity and social unrest. We are sure that the proposed change in school syllabi in KP will actually not teach KN as a dogma, but will pollute young minds against their fellow Ahmadi students. Soon afterwards, the step forward will be that of rubbishing other religions and beliefs in class rooms, resulting in still more damage to the social fabric. The disease will spread fast to other provinces in Pakistan.
Finally, the political sponsor of this move in KP is Mr. Asad Qaisar, the Speaker; he is a member of Imran Khan’s PTI. This issue was not a part of PTI’s election manifesto either. This proposal also violates the spirit of the National Action Plan that aims at fighting extremism and sectarianism that has harmed the KPK the most in past decades.
We have learnt that the KN has been added in school syllabi in KPK.
A former prime minister makes history in hate speech
Kotli, AJK; April 30, 2016: In a rally taken out by Pakistan Peoples Party in Kotli AJK, Raja Pervez Ashraf, a former prime minister indulged in hate-speech against Ahmadis and harangued the crowd in Punjabi as follows:
“Pakistan Peoples Party da dosto koi muqablah nahin kar sakda, koi nahin kar sak riha. Jay Islam di khidmat kiti, te Shaheed Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto di hakumat ney kiti siraf; nawway saal purana masela, Qadianian da masela, jinnahn nein rasul maqbul salellaho ilehe wasallam di nabuwat noon challenge keeta, onhan da moohn band keeta, onhan di gardan marori, aur is fitna noon dafan kar ditta.”
Translation: Friends, none can compete with Pakistan Peoples Party; none is succeeding in that. If anyone served the cause of Islam, it was only the government of Martyr Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto – ninety-year old issue, the issue of Qadianis who had challenged the prophethood of the Holy Prophet (peace be on him), (the PPP government) shut them up, twisted their neck and buried this mischief (fitna) (forever).
This speech was aired on ARY News TV channel as well on April 30, 2016.
Mr. Bilawal Bhutto, and other leaders were also present at the occasion, but none had the sagacity and the courage to censure this statement in front of the audience.
Later, the gravity of this statement was sensed by a sensitive few and they uploaded it on U Tube. It went viral. Mr. Bilawal Bhutto, PPP Chairman then took notice and tweeted the following in response:
Politicians have no right to comment or question peoples’ faith. History has taught us politicization of faith has lethal consequences for all.
Bilawal took a principled stand even though it was against the decision of his grandfather, that has become highly controversial as it later morphed into the evil of anti-Ahmadiyya laws. Bilawal’s action, although delayed, deserves acclaim.
As for the Raja – some people never learn, even after 40 years of negative consequences of such an action, including the hanging of the wrong-doer.
Raja, the prime minister, lost his job within seven months when the Supreme Court ordered his arrest for alleged corruption. Even when he was in power, NAB had issued his arrest warrants on 20 April 2012.
Duplicitous modus operandi of the mulla under the cover of the End of Prophethood
August 2016: Since long, mullas of the Khatme Nabuwwat (KN), End of Prophethood factions have craftily taken the line with the authorities that they are a group (or groups) who uphold a most noble and important dogma in Islam and have nothing to do with politics, sectarianism, extremism or terrorism. Under this fake presumption they demand and are granted all the space they need to indulge in all sorts of most objectionable activities against Ahmadis (who also believe in the End of Prophethood, with a slightly different explanation).
In the last few years, situation has changed radically in Pakistan, in that some groups are waging ‘jihad’ against the Pakistani state, in the name of religion. Two years ago, after the APS attack in Peshawar, almost all the political parties, present in the parliament agreed on a National Action Plan to fight and neutralize the extremist elements who indulge in terrorism and violence and those who provide support and facilitate them. As a result, the security establishment initiated Operation Zarb e Azb and other similar actions to effectively, although inconclusively, curb the violence perpetrated by the armed groups, but other pillars of the state remained shy in catching the bull by the horn and refrained from directly confronting and neutralizing religious groups who acted as nurseries of the terrorist jungle. So such, Khatme Nabuwwat organizations have remained free to preach hate, discard, violence – all in clear violence of the anti-sectarian and anti-extremism intent of the NAP. We mention below a few samples of what went on during only this month of August 2016.
Although KN organizations claim to be apolitical, they have deep and strong links with many political parties, and they promote their agenda and politics, both national and international in league with those parties. Most recently, they have joined a new group Ittehad Millat Islamia comprised of 7 parties, in Baluchistan. The group will include JUI (F), JI, JUI (S), JUP, Majlis Wahdat ul Muslimeen, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith and Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat (The daily Insaf, August 1, 2016). Obviously the last named is as much of a political party as all its other colleagues. Whither the claim of being apolitical!
The daily Ausaf of August 15, 2016 published a story under the following three-column headline, of proceedings of a rally by Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat (AMTKN):
We shall spare no sacrifice in support of the dogma of End of Prophethood and the dear country: Ulama Karam
The rally was reportedly held in the name of Safeguarding the End of Prophethood, and the Solidarity of Pakistan (Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat wa Istehkam e Pakistan). Note the camouflage. All the speeches were rabidly anti-Ahmadiyya.
All the speakers were members of the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat.
One item quoted in the Ausaf report read: “…Unfortunately Sir Zafrulla Qadiani was appointed as the first Foreign Minister of the country; he refused to join the funeral prayers of the Founder of Pakistan. One who is a traitor to the Founder of Pakistan, how can he be loyal to Pakistan?” The mulla, Qari Shakir, of course did not tell his audience that Sir Zafrulla was duly present at the funeral procession of the Quaid e Azam, and the reason he did not join the prayer part is that it was led and conducted by Mulla Shabbir Usmani according to whom Zafrulla was a Kafir and deserved to be put to death for apostasy.
Right under this report, apparently as a part of it, the daily published a picture of a rally by Jamaat ud Dawa (JD) and its 8 speakers who spoke in Masjid Shuhada, Mall Road, Lahore. Mullas who spoke at the rally were Amir Hamza, Ibtisam Ilahi Zaheer etc. who are regular speakers in End of Prophethood rallies. JD is a well-known extremist organization. Its status as a banned organization is different with the UN, the US and Pakistan.
Maulana Ilyas Chinioti, an MPA from the ruling PML-N and a leader of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement made the following remarks in anti-Ahmadiyya rallies and speeches:
Qadianis are a joint enemy of Muslim Ummah; we shall have to be ever vigilant in crushing its head.
The daily Ausaf; Lahore, August 8, 2016
Qadianis’ illegal places of worship should be sealed: Ilyas Chinioti.
The daily Express; August 18, 2016
In another Khatme Nabuwwat conference following was stated:
Qadianis are more dangerous than Jews and Hindus: KN conference
The daily Ausaf; August 10, 2016
If the above is not ‘hate speech’, what else is? These mullas propagate, and the vernacular media like Ausaf publish that Qadiani, Jews and Hindus, all citizens of Pakistan, are dangerous.
According to the daily Ausaf of August 14, 2016, Maulana Qari Shabbir Ahmad Usmani, Central Deputy Amir of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement (IKNM) addressed a press conference in Chenab Nagar. The daily reported the event in the following three-column headline:
The Quetta tragedy is condemnable; we’ll have to rid of American bondage to save us from terrorism: Qari Shabbir/Qari Suleman
IKNM claims to be apolitical but it obviously uses the KN platform to indulge in national and international politics. It conveys to the Pakistani people that terrorism in Pakistan is as a result of bondage with the US (and not a result of religious extremism and corruption).
Mulla Abdul Hafeez Makki is a Saudi Arabia-based cleric of Pakistani origin and is the Amir of the IKNM. He spends a lot of time in Pakistan and promotes anti-Ahmadiyya vigilante activities. He carries a heavy purse. Recently he was quoted in the vernacular press, as:
Jihad is fundamental to Islam; if Maulana Sheerani calls it disorder (fasaad) that is his personal opinion: Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki
The daily Albiyan; August 10, 2016
If propagating and recruiting men for violence and bloodshed is now forbidden as a state policy, someone should take note of what this mulla from Makka is saying to the people and the press.
The daily Insaf published an op-ed on August 4, 2016 and titled it: Qadianis are enemies of Pakistan. Its content is highly provocative.
There is a story elsewhere in this report on this op-ed with some comment, so we do not repeat it here, but we do point out: Under what policy or ethics, a community is subjected to such intense hateful propaganda in the Punjab? Are Ahmadis an exception to the policy stated in NAP?
The daily Ummat, Karachi of August 10, 2016 published a report of a KN conference under AMTKN in Ravi Road, Lahore, the capital of the Punjab. It was stated here as well, inter alia: “Qadianis are more dangerous to Islam, Muslims and Pakistan than even Jews and Hindus”. The speakers included Mufti Naeemuddin, Maulana Zahid-ur-Rashdi, Qari Jamil-ur-Rehman Akhtar, Pir Rizwan Raees, Maulana Aziz ur Rehman Sani etc.
It is ironic and interesting that mulla Zahid-ur-Rashdi who indulges in such sectarian activities and is on record for being involved in promoting inter-religious and sectarian strife was awarded last year the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction).
In the light of the above is it not meaningless and dishonest to claim and accept that these activities of KN are not hateful and disruptive. But surprisingly this continues to be suggested and even accepted by the state at institutional level. For example, the following headline:
“The dogma of End of Prophethood and literature in rebuttal of Qadianiat (Radde Qadianiat) in no way falls in the category of hateful material: Mutahiddah Ulama Board, Punjab
“The police and law-enforcement authorities are not authorized to take action against the publishers, holders and distributors of such literature: Maulana Hafiz Fazal Rahim” (the President of this Ulama Board)
The daily Ausaf; February 14, 2015
It is relevant to mention that this Ulama Board was established by the Punjab Government and enjoys powers well beyond what is lawful and appropriate.
According to a report in the daily Pakistan of July 18, 2016, mulla Allah Wasaya, Missionary End of Prophethood, recently wrote a book “Ek hafta, Sheikh ul Hind kay des mein; (A week in the land of Sheikh of India). The author dedicated the book to the well-known cleric Fazlur Rahman, the head of JUI (F), a religio-political party. According to the reviewer: “Although the book is titled, A Week in the Land of Sheikh of India, it is overwhelmingly anti-Qadiani.” The author, somehow or the other, continues to expose these robbers of prophethood. While discussing Qadianism, his pen is like a dagger or a sword (Saif e Chishtiai) – on this issue, no compromise, no relief.” Well, no complaint against Mulla Wasaya, but the fact that he dedicated the book to Fazlur Rahman is interesting and suggestive.
Last but not least, whenever a major rally or conference is held by the End of Prophethood organization, a senior leader of Jamaat Islami is regularly invited and he participates in the proceedings including an address to the crowd. The role of JI and its founder Maududi is on record and is well-known in the context of violence in the name of religion and the concept of importance of use of force to establish a Hakumat Ilahya (the Islamic state).
Clerics of the KN have adopted the policy of paying lip service to the role of the army and the implementation of the NAP; however they move fast forward to continue with the extremist theme that is their raison d’etre and main substance.
The above is not a comprehensive review of the functioning of KN groups. It is limited in time to the most recent ground situation, however even this should leave no doubt with the authorities who are sincere about ridding the country of the evil of terrorism and extremism to hold these groups operating in the name of Khatme Nabuwwat accountable for their harmful pursuits and activities prejudicial to the security and well-being of Pakistani state and society.
A top cleric, government servant, calls for execution of Ahmadis
Lalian, District Chiniot; September 26, 2016: Mufti Munib-ur-Rahman is the Chairman of Pakistan’s official ‘Ruet-e-Hilal Committee’. He is paid his salary from public funds. The daily Dunya of Faisalabad reported the following from Lalian, quoting this Mufti:
“According to the Constitution of Pakistan, Qadianis are deniers of Khatme Nabuwwat (End of Prophethood) and are hence outside the fold of Islam; since the penalty for violation (ghaddari) of the Constitution is death, this penalty should also be imposed on deniers of the End of Prophethood. He expressed this view in the annual Tajdar Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in Lalian. He told the youth to turn to madrassahs to escape from Qadiani maneuvers.
“….Twenty-seven ulama including Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani (ex-chair JUP) played key role (in 1974) to get the Qadianis declared Non-Muslims. Muslims should boycott Qadiani products….”
It may be added that Mufti Munib holds a position at the federal level, while the government has been accused of dragging its feet on the implementation of NAP in dealing with the top brass of sectarian and extremist elements like this Mufti. For instance:
- NAP a gross failure; Quetta incident is Interior Minister’s failure: Khurshid Shah (of PPP)
The daily Khabrain; August 12, 2016
- Laxity on NAP affecting Zarb-e-Azb: COAS The News; August 13, 2016
Mufti Munib ur Rahman (Chairman Ruet Hilal Committee)
- Hateful speeches totally unacceptable: Shahbaz Sharif (the Chief Minister of the Punjab)
The daily Mashriq; June 30, 2016
(Note: Lalian is located in the central Punjab, and is 10 kilometers from Rabwah, Ahmadiyya headquarters.)
- The presented facts show that there is contradiction in govt’s statements and actions. Justice JS Khwaja The daily Mashriq; August 22, 2016
P.S: Mufti Munib can be a part-realist at times. Sometimes back, while addressing a rally in Mirpur (AJK), he said, “We (the Muslims) are drowned in ignorance and misdirection (gumrahi); we’ll have to have pity on ourselves.” True, but he himself is unable to do that; it is unrealistic to expect the same of others.
Hate propagation – A l’extrême
Lahore: The daily ‘Ausaf’ published an anti-Ahmadiyya article by a mulla Mushtaq Ahmad Qureshi in its issue of February 17, 2016. The article crosses all boundaries of decency and journalistic ethics.
The on-going National Action Plan aims at eliminating sectarianism and extremism from the Pakistani society. In this, it forbids dissemination of hate and slander through media and rallies etc. However, it appears that Ahmadis are an exception as targets.
In this article mulla Mushtaq Qureshi refers to a ‘video clip’ message doing the rounds on social media, prepared by an Ahrari mulla Matin Khalid who is known for his anti-Ahmadi foul language and insults. Even for his group Majlis Ahrar Islam, the prestigious high-level judicial committee, that inquired in depth in 1953 anti-Ahmadi riots in the Punjab placed on record: “The conduct of the Ahrar calls for strongest comment and is especially reprehensible. We can use no milder word for the reason that they debased a religious issue by pressing it into service for a temporal purpose and exploited religious susceptibilities and sentiments of the people for their personal ends.”
This video prepared by Matin Khalid is titled: “Qadiani Caliph Mirza Bashir ud Din Mahmood – an evil-doer (Qadiani Khalifa Mirza Bashir ud Din Mahmood – ek badkar shakhsiyat).” Qureshi himself describes the video as: “It is such a devastating clip that I tremble when I write this.” Here we mention only the outline and leave out the fabricated sordid details that were published in the daily.
The audio commentary by Matin Khalid of this clip has been reproduced by Qureshi verbatim in this op-ed, according to the latter. In this he refers to one Muhammad Hussain who is mentioned as an eye witness to ‘incest committed by the caliph’. Hussain is stated to have immediately lost all his body hair due to the shock suffered over this repugnant incident. Matin Khalid attributes having heard this from Dr. Asrar Ahmad. Dr. Asrar Ahmad and Muhammad Hussain are now both dead. All these individuals hold or held in great esteem clerics like Maulvi Rashid Gangohi who issued the edict: “To tell a lie for revival of Truth is permissible. One should desist from that as far as possible; however if unavoidable, one may tell a pure lie. Otherwise one should avoid. Signed: Rashid Ahmad”. Fatawa Rashidia
Qureshi quotes Matin Khalid: “Why have not Qadianis gone to court yet (over this accusation)?” These liars know that going to the court will provide them a greater opportunity to heap still more insults and garbage on the beleaguered community – by quoting witnesses, dead since long.
In the renowned 1953 Enquiry Report, the worthy judges referred to one of such numerous outbursts and observed: “If these words had been uttered in the presence of a member of the Ahmadiyya Community, we should not at all have been surprised if the result had been a broken skull.”
Sixty years later, the children of that generation continue with the same evil practices despite having suffered shattering consequences of tolerating and promoting the mulla. Against the Ahmadiyya community, marginalized more than ever before, the mulla, the bigoted vernacular press, the selfish politician, all take no notice of the ultimate form of hate propaganda and slanderous abuse. Although various clauses of the penal code, PPCs, 295-A, 298-A and 153-A amply and obviously apply, no high official feels motivated to invoke the National Action Plan formulated after the massacre of 134 school children in Peshawar.
Some people never learn their lesson and invite the wrath of destiny.
Anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; April 26, 2016: Mulla Usama Raheem held an anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Rabwah. He is running a madrassa here after the death of his father Qari Hadi. Usama is residing in Naseer Abad, a part of Rabwah. He is in league with Hasan Muawiya of Lahore; both create mischief for Ahmadis, off and on. Usama held this conference to that end. It started at 14:40 and ended at 20:00. Approximately 50 men participated in it.
Mullas who addressed the conference and spread communal hate against Ahmadis included Maulvi Ilyas Chinioti (MPA of PML-N), Maulvi Muhammad Umair, Hafiz Zubair Advocate, Muhammad Adil of Karachi, Maulvi Shamsuddin and Tahir Abdul Razzaq of Lahore. They all indulged in hate speech and used foul language against the elders of the Ahmadiyya community. Hafiz Zubair advocate demanded that the government implement the anti-Ahmadiyya ordinance of 26 April, 1984 most effectively; he urged a boycott of ‘Qadianis’ and of their enterprises and products. Similarly Maulvi Tahir Abdul Razzaq demanded that the government remove caps from the heads of Qadianis, have their beards shaved off and remove copies of the Holy Quran from their homes.
The daily Mashriq of Lahore, printed the following headline statement on June 30, 2015: “Hateful speeches totally unacceptable: Shahbaz Sharif, the CM.”
A training course in support of a sectarian cause
Chiniot, May 9, 2016: The jihadist daily Islam published an ad in its issue of May 9, 2016. It advertised a 15-day training course, May 14 to 26 for volunteer students on the issues of 1. Safeguarding end of prophethood, 2. Prophet Isa remains alive 3. Other topics. It was organized by Idara Markazia Da‘wat o Irshad, Chiniot, a madrassa established by Maulana Manzur Ahmad Chinioti.
There can be no objection to the above if undertaken as a harmless religious academic activity, but the devil lies in detail.
The End of Prophethood organizations in Pakistan have continued to promote extremism and sectarianism – even violence. Those who attacked the two Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore in 2010 and killed 86 Ahmadi worshippers on that day shouted slogans in support of End of Prophethood during the massacre. Recently Mr. Tanveer Ahmad of Bradford (England) travelled hundreds of kilometers to Glasgow (Scotland) and stabbed Mr. Asad ul Islam Shah, Ahmadi to death, admittedly did so for “The cursed Asad Qadiani was a false claimant to prophecy and a blasphemer; his murder was perfectly licit and rewarding”. In subsequent inquiry and search the London police recovered a large quantity of End of Prophethood anti-Ahmadi pamphlets from the Stockwell Green mosque.
While the ad for the course is carefully worded, it betrays the extremist and violent thinking behind this venture; for instance according to the ad the course aims to:
- Promote the mission of the First Khalifa, Syedna Siddique Akbar. According to the belief of ilk of these mullas, the First Khalifa mounted numerous bloody campaigns against claimants of prophecy. In fact those insurgents had rebelled against the nascent Islamic state, taken up arms against it and initiated armed revolt.
- Protect the foundational tenet of Islam: the End of Prophethood. The students are not told that Ahmadis also believe in the truth and importance of End of Prophethood; it is only the interpretation that is somewhat different. (The sponsors of this course also believe in the re-advent of Prophet Isa in latter days.)
- To ensure the security and integrity of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Mullas claim this despite the fact that top Pakistani leadership have firmly and finally come to the conclusion that extremism and sectarianism pose serious threat to Pakistan’s security.
Mulla M. Ilyas Chinioti MPA (PML-N) and other professionals (Mahereen fun) will take the classes, according to the ad.
It is also mentioned in the ad, in fine print, that a one-year specialist course in rebuttal of Ahmadiyyat (Radde Qadianiyat) is also held. In addition to boarding, a stipend of Rs. 2000/- per month is also paid.
One may ask: Where do the funds come from?
This course is being held regularly for years. The authorities know that the students are indoctrinated in other ways than mere academics.
End of Prophethood is one of the few issues through which the mullas claim space to promote their violent, blood-letting, powers-seeking agenda. The authorities continue to concede.
An extensive specialist course on a sectarian theme
Chiniot: Idara Markazia Dawat-o-Irshad Chiniot, a madrassah run by mulla Ilyas Chinioti, a PML-N MPA advertised in the ultra-right-wing daily Islam a one-year long specialist course on Safeguarding the dogma of End of Prophethood, in its issue of July 18, 2016. The ad’s salient entries and features are translated below:
- Admission to One-year Specialist Course in Tahaffuz Aquida Khatme Nabuwwat
- Commencing on July 15, 2016
- For scholars and women scholars
A few other special features:
- Special attention to the art of rhetoric and debate
- Under supervision of respected teachers competent in the intricacies of Qadianiat
- On-the-job training on Internet (Khatme Nabuwwat issue)
- DCA diploma in computer applications under supervision of IT Incharge
- 2000/- p.m. stipend to participants
- Avail of this great opportunity as only Idara Markazia Dawat-o-Irshad provides such specialist 1-year course in Pakistan.
Phone numbers and E-mail address are provided in the ad.
It is worth noting that it is often the mullas of the End of Prophethood faction who openly insist at public meetings that Ahmadis are Wajib ul Qatl (must be put to death). They are blatantly sectarian and preach violence. There is evidence that, in the past, youth were recruited for violent action, in similar Khatme Nabuwwat courses held in Chenab Nagar/Chiniot. How come this sort of activity is openly undertaken in the face of declared policy of the National Action Plan? Also relevant is the question: What is the source of funds required to run such a course?
A report from Islamabad – End of Prophethood Conference
Islamabad: The daily Dunya reported in its issue of August 26, 2016 on a Worldwide Khatme Nabuwwat (KN) Conference in Golra Sharif, a village on the outskirts of the capital. We reproduce below a few portions from this report.
Those who attended included JUI (F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal (PML-N), Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafur Hydari, Deputy Speaker NA Murtaza Abbasi, Captain ® M Safdar (PML-N), Mufti Hanif Qureshi, Maulana G M Chisiti etc. Pir Syed Ghulam Moeenul Haq Gilani presided.
Maulana Fazlur Rahman (JUI-F) said that the entire Ummah is united to safeguard the faith in End of Prophethood. It is the basis of our belief. Terrorism has nothing to do with Muslims; in fact Muslims are the targets of terrorism at the world level, he said.
Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that the faith remains deficient without belief in the end of prophethood.
The Deputy Chairman Senate urged ban on Qadianis’ activities. No Muslim will succumb to a compromise on Khatme Nabuwwat. Terrorism should not be linked with Islam and Muslims, he said.
Other speakers stated that it is a matter of bliss to sacrifice their lives for the honour of the Prophet.
Pir Gilani, in the chair, urged the government of Pakistan to include the procedure of declaration of the applicant’s faith in the end of prophethood, for passport as done for the National Identity Card (sic). Khatme Nabuwwat should be added to the curriculum with the help of literature produced by Hazrat Pir Mehr Ali Shah. No sacrifice shall be spared in defense of the dogma of Khatme Nabuwwat, he said.
The Joint Declaration included: 1. No sacrifice be spared to protect the belief in Khatme Nabuwwat; 2. Qadiani activities should be banned and they should be fired from all key posts; 3. Qadianis are Non-Muslim with whom it is forbidden to enter into spousal relationship; they cannot be permitted to use Islamic epithets and practices; in this regard constitutional provisions should be strictly applied; 4. The dogma of End of Prophethood should be made part of academic syllabi; etc.
- Whither the official assertion that sectarianism leads to extremism which ends up in terrorism?
- Whither the implementation of NAP, if not on the outskirts of the capital?
- To what extent political hypocrisy is helpful or harmful to national well-being and progress?
Anti-Ahmadi conference in the neighbouring city of Rabwah
Chiniot; February 26, 2016: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference under the title of “Fateh Mubahila conference” was held in Chiniot. Chiniot is situated only ten kilometers east of the Ahmadiyya headquarters town, Rabwah. The conference started at 08:45 p.m. and ended at 02:45 a.m. Approximately 900 men participated in it. It was presided over by Maulvi Muhaiyuddin Makki (of Makka) an anti-Ahmadiyya mulla based in Saudi Arabia.
As usual, anti-Ahmadiyya rhetoric was prolific, and foul language was used extensively against the leaders of the Ahmadiyya community. Maulvi Faizur Rahman Razvi of Chakwal said, “The land of Chiniot is honoured that a warrior of Khatme Nabuwwat, Manzoor Ahmad Chinioti was born here, who hoisted the flags of Khatme Nabuwwat in the entire world. He did not rest until got them (Qadianis) declared a (non-Muslim) minority.” Maulvi Shabbir Ahmad Usmani of Rabwah said, “Manzoor Ahmad Chinioti was the conqueror of Rabwah. He was an iron-man. He initiated the ‘Rebuttal of Qadianiat’ course. Qadianis would have prevailed if he had not stood up against them. I invite Qadianis to convert to Islam.” Maulvi Muhammad Ilyas Farooqi of Sargodha said, “We will not let the foreign culture seep in through Qadiani conspiracies.” Maulvi Tahir Masood of Sargodha said, “O Qadianis! Your refusal of Mubahila (prayer duel) shows that you are liars. The mischief of Qadianis will be cut short soon.” Maulvi Abdul Wali from UK said, “I’ve brought a message of ulama from the UK; we are united at the platform of Khatme Nabuwwat.” [This reminds one of the recent murder of an Ahmadi for his faith, in Glasgow.]
Other mullas who spoke at the conference were Shahnawaz Farooqi of Gujranwala, Fazlur Rahman of Rahim Yar Khan and Mufti Muhammad Hussain of Raiwind.
Mulla Ilyas Chinioti led a rally after the Friday prayers in connection with Fateh Mubahila conference. It started from Chiniot and ended at Aziz Shareef valley on the bank of river Chenab.
Hateful book advertised and marketed
Lahore: The daily The Express Tribune published the following report in its issue of June 25, 2016:
LAHORE: The unrelenting nationwide anti-Ahmadiyya campaign took a perturbing turn on Friday with a preeminent body calling for donations to curb Ahmadiyya worldwide with an advert placed across all editions of a leading Urdu daily.
The move comes at a time when the National Action Plan (NAP) – which criminalizes the proliferation of hate material – is being ostensibly implemented. Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) Chairman Salahuddin Mengal told The Express Tribune that the aggrieved party could file a complaint before the council. He said the council would then refer the complaint to a pertinent committee following its filing. Mengal said the matter would then be presented before a judicial commission which had the power to impose a maximum fine of Rs. 10,000.
However, he said, the PCP was largely ineffectual – composed primarily as it was – of journalists who were inimically disposed to the prospect of action being taken against any media outlet. Salahuddin said no newspaper had been fined since he assumed chairmanship of the council. He said the PCP could not take suo motu action on such issues.
Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya (JA) spokesperson Saleemuddin termed the advertisement inflammatory. He said it incited the people to kill Ahmadis. Saleemuddin said the anti-Ahmadiyya body had been openly canvassing for funds, spewing venom and exhorting the people to kill Ahmadis. …
The JA spokesperson said law enforcement agencies should take notice of such activities as they contravened the NAP. He said it was perturbing to see advertisements replete with hate being carried by a leading newspaper. Saleemuddin said the publication of the advertisement was unprecedented. He said an advertisement of such nature had never been featured in the media this prominently.
On the other hand, the JA spokesperson said, all newspapers had refused to carry advertisements from the community pertaining to why it had distanced itself from electoral exercise. He said the anti-Ahmadiyya advertisement constituted a question mark on the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies and the NAP’s efficacy. Saleemuddin demanded action against those responsible.
The advertisement called for munificent contributions to curb Ahmadiyyat and save Muslims from the community. Money was needed to establish seminaries the world over and publish the body’s weekly to counter Ahmadi propaganda, the advertisement stated.
The body said it also needed funds to finance cases across higher courts against the community and its adherents and spread anti-Ahmadiyya material in English, Arabic and Urdu. The advertisement stated that funds were needed to organize Khatme Nabuwwat conferences the world over, build religious sites across Ahmadi-majority Chenabnagar (Rabwah) and publish hundreds of anti-Ahmadiyya books. The advertisement also featured the names and particulars of prominent people affiliated with the body and its offices nationwide.
The ad was published in the daily Jang on June 17, 2016. It was sponsored by Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Pakistan, as claimed in the ad itself. In the headline it was mentioned that “the aim is to accomplish the mission of Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Ludhianwi Shaheed”. This is the same mulla who was the author of the pamphlet distributed in the Stockwell Green mosque in London, which were discovered by the London Police after the murder of Mr. Asad Shah, Ahmadi in Glasgow by Tanweer Ahmad of Bradford. The Stockwell Green mosque was the location of the office of the Khatme Nabuwwat organization in UK.
The call for financial contributions was made by the following three mullas:
- Abdul Razzaq Iskandar, Emir (AMTKN)
- Hafiz Nasir ud Din Khakwani, Deputy Emir
- Aziz ur Rahman Jallandhary, Nazim Aala
The ad gives three bank account numbers, including two ‘International Bank Account Numbers`. It gives phone numbers of its head office in Multan and branches in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Chenab Nagar and Quetta.
The true colours of Jamaat Islami on display
Rabwah; June 2016: Jamaat Islami (JI) is one of the leading politico-religious parties in the country. Its founder, Maududi, was among the pioneer modern Islamists who favoured the use of violence in the cause of religion and establishment of an Islamic state. However, compulsions of politics and ground realities have later compelled the JI to soften its public image through rhetoric and statements which are rarely translated into real action. In fact, the JI never misses an opportunity to hit out against the peace-promoting Jamaat Ahmadiyya. A recent report from Chiniot/Rabwah would illustrate.
The daily The Express Tribune published the following report in its issue of June 8, 2016 (extracts):
Anti-Ahmadi campaigners demand Ramazan bazaar’s relocation
A Ramazan Bazaar set up in Chenab Nagar has attracted attention of some self-described anti-Ahmadiyya campaigners who persuaded the district administration to relocate it once and are now threatening public agitation if the facility isn’t shifted away from land owned by Jamaat Ahmadiyya.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Chaudhry Islam (District Chief JI), one of the two men spearheading the campaign against the bazaar, said he was mobilizing the public to press the administration to move the bazaar to a place where only Muslims could benefit from it. “The plot where the bazaar is located is owned by the Ahmadis. This is against the injunctions of Islam (sic),” he said. “Ramazan has nothing to do with Ahmadis. Only Muslims should benefit from such facilities”, he said.
…He said the bazaar had been shifted from the plot closer to the Ahmadi community’s neighbourhood because of their warnings that they would construct a mosque on the plot if it was used for the purpose.
… He (Mr. Saleemuddin, Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya spokesperson) said the Jamaat had no objection if the facility was shifted to some other place. He said Ahmadis comprised 98 percent of the population in Chenab Nagar. Around 20 plots owned by Ahmadis had been illegally occupied by people supported by anti-Ahmadi clerics.
DCO Shaukat Khichi said there was no mass opposition to the decision to set up the bazaar at its current location. He said Chaudhry Islam and Zulfiqar Ahmad were not residents of the area. “They are just two trouble markers. They want to defame me because I took action against them for blackmailing the administration of a sugar mill,” he said. He said he would take action against the men if there was an imminent threat.
The DCO said he had received no complaint against the bazaar’s location from any resident of the area. He said there were eight other Ramazan Bazaars in the district.
On the relocation of the bazaar, he said he had to do so under pressure from some clerics. He said the bazaar was now fully operational in a tent set up at the current location.
The DCO said there was no restriction on people of other faiths to shop at the Ramazan Bazaars. “Christian citizens in the neighbourhood too shop at Ramazan Bazaar. There is no reason why Ahmadis should not.”
We may add that Chaudhry Islam is wrong in claiming that it is against injunctions of Islam that the plot of the Ramazan Bazaar should not be owned by Ahmadis. He could be referring to a Sharia devised by himself. He is also wrong in asserting that Ramazan has nothing to do with Ahmadis. He knows very well that Ahmadis observe the rituals of Ramazan – perhaps more than members of JI. Here, we may quote from a relevant edict of Maududi: “Truthfulness and veracity are among the most important principles of Islam, and falsehood is considered an extreme evil; however demands of day-to-day life are such that telling a lie is not only permitted, at times it is even required.” (Tarjaman-ul-Quran, May 1958). The Amir JI Chiniot is copiously availing his mentor’s shady fatwa.
JI has chosen to remain ignorant of United Nations UDHR Article 21(2) which asserts that everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country. Ramazan bazaar is a public service.
In 2007, Jamaat Islami was among the leaders of political religious parties who moved a bill with the National Assembly proposing penalty of death for apostasy. The bill specified that denying the finality of prophethood would also be considered apostasy.
Jamaat Islami is governing the KPK these days in league with Tehrik-i-Insaf.
A former PM’s anti-Ahmadi bluster and The Indian Express
Mr. Khaled Ahmed, the well-known Pakistani journalist was struck by the tone and content of PPP’s Raja Parvaiz Ashraf`s rant in support of anti-Ahmadi state policy for which he claimed the credit for Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the founding chairman of his party. Khaled availed the occasion to write an op-ed for The Indian Express which was published on June 4, 2016. This article sums up well the role of ZAB in steering the Amendment II to the Constitution, but leaves a blank by omission of mention of the role played by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in providing the initial push to the scheme of excommunication of Ahmadis.
Anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Rabwah
September 7, 2016: Mullas hold rallies and conferences on September 7 to commemorate the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan. This amendment was implemented by the Zulfiqar Bhutto government in 1974, through which Ahmadis were declared not-Muslims. This amendment opened the gate of persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan.
Mullas now hold a special conference every year in Rabwah – the centre of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan, where Ahmadis are more than 95% of the population. Mullas come from far and wide to hurl abuses against the residents of the town and the persons they respect. Every year authorities allow and facilitate this conference in Rabwah despite request from Ahmadiyya headquarters to disallow this provocative conference in their town.
This year again Ahmadiyya central office wrote to the authorities to disallow this conference. “There is high probability that the rally would affect this town’s law and order, especially when the general situation in the country is already not satisfactory,” they wrote, in addition to a mention of the routine provocative and incendiary nature of this gathering and its proceedings. Authorities paid no heed to the Ahmadiyya application and allowed the mullas to hold this sectarian conference despite the policy initiative required vide the National Action Plan.
On the other hand when Ahmadis request permission to hold their traditional conference in their own centre, the authorities do not even acknowledge the receipt of the application.
This conference was held in Rabwah on September 7, 2016 in two main sessions. The first session started at 15:00 and ended at 17:00. Maulvis Muhammad Yusuf Farooqi, Mumtaz Ahmad Awan both from Lahore, Shuaib Ahmad Khan from Mianwali and Freed Ahmad Paracha (Deputy Amir of JI) addressed the audience and used hostile language against Ahmadis.
The second session started at 21:00 and lasted until 03:30 the next day. Following mullas spoke in this session: Maulvi Hafeez Makki of Saudi Arabia, Javed Qasuri of Lahore, Abdul Majid of Gujranwala, Ilyas Chinioti (MPA of PML-N), Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari, Muhammad Riaz Gujrati, Hafiz Allah Yar, Samiullah, Shahbaz Ahmad Gujjar of Jhang, Abdul Qayyum, Shahbaz Rasul and Shafa‘at Rasul Qadri. All the above mullas spoke against the Ahmadiyya community, asked them to accept Islam, and called them rebels against the state.
The conference proceedings were reported by the vernacular press. Some statements of speakers are reproduced below from these dailies.
Maulvi Abdul Hafeez Makki (of Makka in Saudi Arabia) presided over the last session and said, “ … Qadianis have deceived the Muslim world…. Qadianis have done irreparable damage to Islam and the country, and are busy today to turn it into a failed state.” The daily Islam; September 9, 2016
Mufti Muhammad Tayyab said, “… Qadianiat is not a religion, it is the name of a terrorist organization; the centre of terrorism is Chenab Nagar (Rabwah).” The daily Islam; September 9, 2016
Abdul Rauf Qasmi said, “There are only two courses open to Qadianis: Accept Islam and become our brothers or accept your constitutional status.” The daily Islam; September 9, 2016
Fareed Ahmad Paracha, Deputy Amir of JI said, “…Rebels of the country should be dealt with firmly (referring to Ahmadis)…. Allama Iqbal was the first to propose to declare Qadianis as non-Muslims and Quad-i-Azam supported it (sic). … There is a need to show the difference between Jihad and terrorism….” The daily Nawa-i-Waqt; September 8, 2016. Mr. Paracha attributed his lie to the Quaid-e-Azam, obviously following his mentor Maududi’s fatwa that a lie in support of Faith is obligatory (Wajib) at times.
Qari Shabbir Ahmad Usmani said, “… We cannot get rid of this so-called war on terrorism unless we shed off American slavery… If the government implements Islamic system in the country, peace will automatically follow. … We’ll leave no stone unturned in chasing Qadianiat in the whole world….” The daily Nawa-i-Waqt; September 8, 2016
Ahmad Shuaib Khan of Mianwali said, “ … In order to support the British agenda Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani claimed the false prophethood and strove to dampen the Jihadi sentiment and urge for freedom among Muslims…” The daily Nawa-i-Waqt; September 8, 2016
Haji Meraj Qureshi said, “… If Muslims keep on showing such unity, the day will come soon when Qadianiat and their sympathizers would be wiped away….” The daily Nawa-i-Waqt; September 8, 2016
Mufti Qureshi said, “Pakistan is like a mosque to us; its protection is our duty.” The daily Nawa-i-Waqt; September 8, 2016
Following resolutions were adopted in the conference, inter alia. Their verbosity has been abridged to save space:
- Qadianis are busy in anti-lslam and anti-Pakistan manipulations and are contriving to impose their effectiveness in the government. Their activities should be banned, and they should be removed from all key posts.
- Entry of religion should be added to the computerized national identity card or change the colour of the ID cards for Muslims to ensure indication of the religious difference according to the constitutional requirement (sic).
- The Qadiani printing press in Chenab Nagar should be sealed.
- Qadiani TV channel (MTA) is spreading disorder and mischief and blaspheming Islamic beliefs. Government should ban its reception as also the publication of Qadiani magazines and periodicals.
- Quranic verses should be erased from all the worship places of Qadianis as these mislead common Muslims and are in clear violation of the anti-Ahmadiyya ordinance.
- Sharia penalty for apostasy (death!) should be imposed as per recommendations of the CII.
- Sharia should be imposed in this country that came into existence in the name of Islam.
- Government should include chapters and lessons on Khatme Nabuwwat in the education syllabi throughout the country. The syllabus should be Islamic and in accord with the Constitution, rather than secular.
- Qadiani endowments should be taken over by the government, as in case of other non-Muslims.
- Anti-Ahmadiyya ordinance should be implemented vigorously and Qadianis should be stopped from posing as Muslims.
- Government should take notice of Qadianis’ unlawful activities and make them abide by the law and stop them from injuring religious feelings of Muslims.
According to the press reports more than a thousand security personnel plus hundreds of volunteers performed security duty.
Following points are also derived from the press release provided to the media by the conference management:
- Volunteers stayed in trenches (morcha zan) in the field of duty to serve the participants of the conference.
- The last session was presided over by ‘Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki ( from Makka in Saudi Arabia), the Great Sheikh and a great spiritual personality of the Islamic world.’ (Note: He carries the petro-dollars.)
- Javed Qasuri, the Deputy Amir of Jamaat Islami Punjab said that Jihad is the (true) spirit of Islam. It is the honour of Islam, and Jihad will continue till the morn of the Doomsday.
Still another anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Rabwah
Rabwah (Chenab Nagar); October 27-28, 2015: A two-day Khatme Nabuwwat conference was allowed and facilitated by the authorities to be held in the Ahmadiyya headquarters town despite a request by Ahmadis to the administration to disallow this provocative conference in their town where 95% of the residents are Ahmadis and they are not allowed to hold their own conferences here.
The event was attended predominantly by men from outside Rabwah, and the crowd was a potential threat to the law and order of this town. Civic life was seriously disturbed. Shops remained closed and students could not go to schools. Ahmadi women were advised to stay at home.
The opening session of the conference was held in the Muslim Colony, Rabwah on Thursday, 27 October 2016.
Around 300-350 people attended the first session. The session was chaired by Mulla Aziz Ahmad of Kundian Sharif, Mianwali. As usual, the mullas used foul language against the Ahmadiyya community.
Mulla Shifaullah of Bhakkar said: ‘It is the duty of all Muslims to courageously fight against the enemies of Islam. Our Prophet is the last Prophet. His traitors today are the Qadianis. We will crush the Qadianis all over the world. If someone tries to rob the Holy Prophet (PBUH) of his prophethood, we will make every sacrifice to protect it’.
Mulla Abdus Sattar of Hafiz Abad said: ‘Pakistan parliament declared the Mirza to be a Kafir and a deceiver. We are thankful to the government of that time’.
Mulla Abid Haqqani of Peshawar used foul language against the Ahmadiyya community and its Founder, inciting people to violence against it.
Mulla Muhammad Ali of Muzaffarabad said: ‘The Qadianis are a sect who misguides others. They try to convert Muslim youth to Qadianism by offering women, land and immigration abroad. Farther the Muslims are from Qadianis, safer they will be’. He also used extremely foul language against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and instigated the public against Ahmadis.
Qari Jalil Ahmad also vituperated against the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community and used foul language against the community. The audience shouted slogans against Ahmadis during the speeches.
The second session began at 1:50 PM. Approximately 7000-7500 people were present. The first speech of the second session was made by mulla Azmatullah of Bannu. He spoke ill of the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and used obnoxious language about him.
Mulla Saifur Rahman Arain of Hyderabad said: ‘We Muslims will strive to eliminate the Qadiani sect from all over the world. We, the ulema, will not rest until the Qadiani mischief is uprooted’.
Mulla Abdul Qayyum Haqqani of Okara severely criticized Ahmadiyyat and demanded that the Ahmadis serving in civil and military institutions should be removed. He incited the public against Ahmadis.
Mulla Muhammad Ashraf of Sialkot said: ‘The Qadiani mischief is spreading fast. Every worker of the Khatm-e-Nubuwwat is obliged to courageously confront this mischief. Qadianis were planted by the British, who created this sect to weaken the Muslims and to that end provided them every help. Qadiani Dajjals are Kafirs, apostates and out of the pale of Islam.’
The third session started at 8:20 PM and ended at 3:30 AM. Approximately 9000-9500 people attended this session. The session was chaired by mulla Aziz Ahmad, Deputy Amir International Majlis Tahaffuz Khatam-e-Nabuwwat.
Mulla Azizur Rahman of Hazara said: ‘We all have to protect the prophethood of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). We will launch jihad against every such person who will try to rob the Holy Prophet (PBUH) of his prophethood. Qadianis want disturbance and disorder in the country. They are at the back of all acts of terrorism perpetrated in Pakistan.’
Mulla Amjad Khan of Kohat, addressing General Rahil Sharif, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, said: ‘We are with you. We also will fight against the rebels who have rebelled against the Faith. You may tell the non-Muslims that we have not manufactured the atomic bomb only to showcase it.’
Mulla Noor Muhammad of Sargodha told the audience to boycott products manufactured by Ahmadis.
Liaqat Ali Baloch, General Secretary Jamaat-e-Islami, said: ‘Non-Muslims call Muslims terrorists; that is a lie. The non-Muslims first print blasphemous material that compels us to wage jihad against them. Qadianis are agents of Israel, USA, Germany and India. They are at the back of all the acts of terrorism perpetrated in our country. They can never be loyal to Khatm-e-Nubuwwat and Pakistan.’
Mulla Rizwan Aziz of Sargodha said: ‘The Qadianis were begotten by the Satan. One must not do any business with them. They are false in their claims and are apostates. We ought to boycott the products manufactured by them.’
Syed Sikandar Shah of Karachi said: ‘The Qadiani mischief was planted by the British. The Qadianis consider Qadian to be at par with Makka and Madina. From Qadian, this mischief has now spread to all parts of the world.’
Mufti Muhammad Hussain of Lahore said: ‘Echoing the evil purposes and propaganda of the foreign NGOs, the Qadianis are opposed to the hanging of any blasphemer of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). They are strengthening themselves. It is the duty of all Muslims to chase them all over the world.’
The participants kept shouting anti-Ahmadiyya slogans during the proceedings.
The fourth session began at 10:20 AM and ended at 1:00 PM. It was chaired by Mulla Aziz Ahmad, Deputy Amir International Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm-e-Nubuwwat.
During this session, mulla Mukhtar Ahmad of Tharparkar, Sindh, said: ‘The [Pakistan] Army protects Pakistan’s geographical boundaries, while the madrassas protect its ideological frontiers. The Qadianis are working for the British, who give them pounds to malign Pakistan. It is an historical achievement of the [Pakistan] parliament to declare the Qadianis to be non-Muslims. There is a need to strictly monitor those Qadianis who hold dual nationality.’
Mulla Muhammad Hanif Jalandhari of Wifaq-ul-Madaris al-Arabia Multan, said: ‘No power in the world can eliminate our madrassas. The government forbade our madrassas to collect skins [of sacrificial animals]; it should now be careful about its own skin. We reject the laws regarding madrassas, made under the National Action Plan. Whenever Pakistan faced a bad time, it was maulvis and madrassas who made sacrifices. Otherwise, some people flee to London and others to Jeddah. Even today, Maulvi Fazlur Rahman is engaged in protecting the government. I therefore tell them to have some shame. The mischief of Mirzaiat was also a creation of the West.’
The fifth session began at 2:00 PM and ended at 4:30 PM in the afternoon. This session was attended by 8000-8500 people. It was chaired in turn by Maulvi Nasir-ud-Din Khakwani of Multan and Syed Suleiman Banori of Karachi.
During his speech, Mulla Azizur Rahman Jalandhari of Multan said: ‘God has tasked the ulema to eliminate the Qadiani mischief. The Qadianis have become divided into many groups, and we are witnessing their decline with our own eyes’.
Mulla Mahmood Ahmad Soomro of Larkana said: ‘Qadianism was planted by the British with the aim to spread disunity among the Muslims. Therefore, keep yourselves away from the Qadianis’.
Dr Mahmood-ul- Hasan Arif of Lahore said: ‘Abu Bakr Khuda Baksh who is a DIG Police, inflicted great wrongs upon the Muslims during his tenure as SP Police in Khushab. The present DPO of Khushab is also a Qadiani. He should immediately be transferred from there and all Qadianis working at key posts in the government should also be removed from their jobs.’ (Note: Arif uses Khatme Nabuwwat platform to harass and abuse government officials who do not comply with mullas’ demands.)
Mulla Samiullah of Peshawar said: ‘The deniers of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat are increasing in number. Whenever the deniers [of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat] face a difficult time, apostates from the world over unite to help them.’
A few other highlights of the conference
(The following reports are made from the dailies Jang, Khabrain, Express, and Insaf of 28 and 29 October 2016.)
- Mulla Muhammad Islam Shujaabadi welcomed the inclusion of Khatam-e-Nabuwwat narrative in the text books, undertaken by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkha.
- Speakers demanded that the government should undertake officially the propagation of ‘end of prophethood’ abroad.
- High level security was provided to the conference. The venue was surrounded by security personnel.
- Mulla Amjad Qadri said that (Ahmadi) Dr. Salam had stolen national atomic secrets and passed these on to his western patrons.
- It was claimed that this year too (the criminals of) the Fourth Schedule and the banned organizations and those (mullas) forbidden to enter the district were not present in the conference.
- Qari Hanif Jallandhry said that judged from his writings, Mirza Qadiani was not even a normal and a decent person.
- Liaqat Baloch (of JI) said that the government decision to hang Mumtaz Qadri was against the sentiments of the Muslim Umma. Also, the rulers are hesitant to hang the ‘cursed Aasia’, only to please their western masters.
- Mullas Noor Hazarvi suggested that Qadianis, in opposing their constitutional non-Muslim minority status, are guilty of acting like ‘rebels at war’.
- Pir Shakoor Naqshbandi stated that the deniers of Khatme Nabuwwat and blasphemers are products of night clubs.
- The speakers demanded that the affidavit concerning faith in the End of Prophethood should be made compulsory in all educational institutions all over the country.
- Syed Zia Bokhari said, ‘We’ll sacrifice our lives in defense of Pakistan and Islam.’
- Mulla Zaheer said that Mr. Bhutto’s decision to declare Qadianis non-Muslims is beyond our capacity to praise him.
- Their press release stated that hundreds of thousands of participants who had come from all over the country, shouted various slogans. (In fact, less that 10,000 attended the rally.)
- Mulla Haqqani said that just like the faith in End of Prophethood, it is obligatory to believe in the life and descent of Jesus (from the sky).
- Some of the speakers indulged in the ongoing national politics and internal affairs.
Some of the resolutions passed by the conference
- Sharia punishment for apostasy (death!) should be enforced in the country.
- Religion column should be added to the National Identity Card so that it is easy for common man to differentiate between a Muslim and a non-Muslim.
- Speakers demanded that the ‘accursed Aasia’ (Christian woman accused of blasphemy) should be hanged immediately.
- The affidavit of Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat should be included in the admission forms of educational institutes.
This conference was highly advertised in the vernacular press. Some newspapers even printed special anti-Ahmadiyya editions in this regard e.g. the daily Insaf, Lahore; October 28, 2016.
Anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Pachnand
Pachnand, District Chakwal; October 2, 2016: Opponents of the Ahmadiyya community held a conference here. They advertised it greatly through banners and posters in the town. Ahmadis told the administration that the situation for Ahmadis was already precarious in the town; this conference would further incite the general public and would disturb law and order. The district administration still permitted the conference but provided security to Ahmadis during the conference.
Opponents held their conference and used foul language against the Ahmadiyya community and incited the public.
Such conferences harm the society greatly as the general public turn hostile to Ahmadis and become a threat to their peace. Although, under the NAP the authorities are expected to discourage sectarian strife, they are reluctant to put the mulla on leash.
Anti-Ahmadi rally in District Hafizabad
Kot Shah Alam; November 6, 2016: Opponents held a Khatme Nabuwwat rally here. Five Ahmadi families reside in this village. They informed the police and the security office about the program.
The mullas were perhaps not told by the authorities to restrain themselves. They used hostile and provocative language against the Ahmadiyya community.
Most of the participants were transported to the venue from other villages. Almost 400 assembled. Fortunately, they did not indulge in violence. They were however groomed for another day.
Anti-Ahmadi rally under the cover of ‘Strengthening of Pakistan’ (Istehkam)
Jauharabad; November 1, 2017: Religious zealots have adopted the policy of naming their rallies and conferences with patriotic and pious titles, and then haranguing the audience with a different self-serving topics.
This was undertaken by the management of Madrassah Kashif ul Uloom (Deobandi) of New Satellite Town, Jauharabad, District Khushab. The rally was called, “Nifaz Shariat, Istehkam e Pakistan, Tahaffuz Harmain Sharif Conference.” It can be translated as: Application of Sharia, Strengthening of Pakistan, Safeguarding the Holy Sites Conference.
Maulvi Ajmal Qadri, mulla Mumtaz Kalyar, Irfan Barq, Abdur Rauf, Abdul Latif etc addressed the audience. They all spoke against the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, and incited the audience greatly.
Note: It is this sort of unbridled hate campaign that eventually surfaces in the form of murder, assault, loot, arson, kidnapping, violence etc. Whither National Action Plan!
Another sectarian conference facilitated in state-owned complex
Lahore; November 27, 2016: Evan-i-Iqbal is owned and managed by the government. It is becoming a routine that this venue is given to extremist Khatme Nabuwwat mullas to hold anti-Ahmadi conference every year. This year again one such conference was held there on November 27. It was widely advertised; approximately 800 attended.
A list of Special Guests included Mufti Munib (Chairman official Moon-sighting Committee), Saqib Iqbal, Tayyab Naqshbandi, Mustafa Hashmi and Azam Naeemi.
Mulla Pir Irfan could not attend for reason of arrest by police; however his son Ghani Qadiri, addressed the conference on-line from London.
As usual the speakers spoke ill of Jamaat Ahmadiyya. “Ahmadis have brought disrepute to Jihad worldwide”, one of them said. They used insolent language for the founder of the Ahmadiyya community.
It is relevant to mention that the ‘chief guest’ Mufti Munib is on public pay roll for his official post. A number of participants had come from far-away Karachi. Who paid for their travel and stay, is a moot question.
Brazen, hateful and harmful propaganda – despite NAP
Lahore; August 4, 2016: The daily Insaf published an op-ed by Riaz Chaudhry with the title: Qadiani Pakistan kay dushman hein (Qadianis are enemies of Pakistan). Extracts:
“…It is obvious that these people (Qadianis) are blaspheming Kafirs and enemies of Pakistan; they are implementing the plan of Greater India (Akhand Bharat), accordingly their presence is intolerable in Pakistan. They reside in Pakistan, but abroad they are busy undermining the constitution of Pakistan as it has declared them to be Kafir and Non-Muslim. This constitution provides them no place in Pakistan. Every Qadiani, wherever he may be is a Kafir and a traitor; he is an enemy of Pakistan and Islam. He is a blasphemer against the Prophet. Accordingly Qadianis should be fired from all important key posts. They should be closely watched so as to neutralize their conspiracies. If possible, they should be steadily expelled from Pakistan; our faith and Pakistan’s security calls for this. They are the agents of Christians, Hindus and Jews. It is suicidal to nourish and ignore them. The Pakistani state should take immediate action to tighten the noose on them; this is demanded by our faith and national security.
“…..As such, Qadianism is far more dangerous and destructive than other sects. In fact, their greatest leader, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, let alone being a prophet or a saint, was not equivalent to an ordinary individual as per Sharia; he was extremely corrupt and a great liar (kazzab)….”
The above calls for a brief comment. As for the ferocity and savagery of the writer’s style, we need not comment. However, the criminality and the damage intended to the social peace and national harmony is concerned, it should be spotlighted. National leadership, both civil and military, has finally come to the conclusion that extremism and sectarianism lead to terrorism and must be stopped. All citizens have equal rights. Promotion of hate must be condemned, etc. A few sample authoritative statements are produced below from last year’s print media:
Hateful speeches totally unacceptable: Shahbaz Sharif (the Chief Minister of the Punjab)
The daily Mashriq; Lahore, June 30, 2015
We’ll annihilate extremists and make the country a cradle of peace: Shahbaz Sharif
The daily Mashriq; Lahore, August 19, 2015
Action against those who call each other Kafir (infidel)
Action will continue against hate-promoting rhetoric: Federal Interior Minister
The daily Mashriq; Lahore, September 8, 2015
PM vows to protect rights of all religious communities.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that all religious communities living in Pakistan enjoy equal rights and vowed to safeguard them.
The daily Dawn; Lahore, November 12, 2015
Media shall not call anyone a traitor or enemy of Islam or Pakistan: Revised Code of Ethics for the media
The daily Jang; Lahore, August 23, 2015
Army voices concern over NAP’s poor enforcement
The daily Dawn; Lahore, November 11, 2015
The presented facts show that there is contradiction in govt’s statements and actions: Chief Justice JS Khwaja
The daily Mashriq; Lahore, August 22, 2015
This article should be assessed with the help of above yardsticks, and effective action should be taken. Looking the other way is no longer an option, according to most well-wishers and the sagacious in Pakistan.
Anti-Ahmadiyya Rallies; the Hate Campaign
The hate campaign against Ahmadis continued unabated throughout the year despite the National Action Plan. The mullas told the government to make this activity an exception, and the authorities yielded. So this evil persisted with consequences well outside the Ahmadi parameters. On December 12, 2015 a sectarian attack in Parachinar resulted in 25 dead and 60 injured – all non-Ahmadis. The Quran had ordained: “… Whoever killed a person – unless it is for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land – it shall be as if he had killed all mankind…” 5:33; but the bigots fail to understand or they deliberately ignore the commandment.
It is rather upsetting that the authorities not only fail to put a stop to the blatant hate campaign, they even provide facilities to perpetrate it. Permission to take out rallies in Rabwah and renting them the state-owned Aiwan-i-Iqbal in the provincial capital for this purpose are measures that are indefensible.
Hate Crime: Man held for degrading Ahmadis gets bail – promptly
Lahore; 9-14 December, 2015: A hateful poster was put up and was noticed on December 9; it conveyed the message in Urdu: Qadiani (dogs) not allowed entry here. This happened in Hafeez Centre in Gulberg. Raza Rumi, a renowned journalist and his friends reported it on social media and protested. A large number supported this campaign against the outrage, and the authorities were moved into action to handle what was called shameless act of hate.
It is learnt that the authorities removed the poster, in the face of ‘no support’ from the market’s shop-keepers. As the hateful poster blatantly violated the NAP, a DIG police ordered the arrest of the shop-keeper, Abid Hashmi and an assistant Noman. Taking into account the gravity of the sectarian offence, a judicial magistrate sent the accused to prison on two weeks’ judicial remand. An FIR was registered against them under section PPC 295-A and MPO-16.
The traders, thereafter, in a show of solidarity with their colleague, gathered outside the Centre holding placards and chanting slogans against the arrest of the accused. They blocked the traffic in the Boulevard for about an hour. The authorities were quick to get intimated and decided to step back.
Noman was released without recording his arrest. Hashmi was taken to the Model Town courts complex where some traders and activists of a Khatme Nabuwwat organization assembled to raise slogans. An A&S judge released the accused on bail. He had remained behind bars for approximately one day only.
That tells a great deal about the staying power of the Punjab government when confronted with a barefaced act of religious extremism against Ahmadis.
The spineless and hasty retreat of the government in the face of bigots disappointed a large number of citizens who were initially delighted to see authorities taking a stand against ‘pious’ goons. There were many op-eds and comments in the English press. One such comment by Musharraf Zaidi in the daily The News of December 16, 2015 mourned the hopeless situation:
“So now we have this Hafeez Center thing. What did we expect? Born and raised on a diet of tumours, tumours of stupidity beyond redemption, and tumours of self-righteousness to the point of being suicidal (literally). Were we expecting little brown baby Justin Trudeaus to come out of the bag of tricks we’ve turned in the name of our republic, our freedom, and our faith?”
A conference and rally by the infamous Ahrar in Rabwah, the Ahmadiyya centre
Rabwah; December 24, 2015: Majlis Ahrar Islam took out a big rally in Rabwah at the occasion of the birthday of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and also held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference. This was no occasion to hold such a conference; numerous such conferences had been held here earlier this year including those in the preceding months of October and September. These Ahrar activities, as foreseen proved to be highly provocative and disturbing to the local population that is 95% Ahmadi.
Ahrar have come back to life in the recent past after a long interval of hibernation after their culpable role in the 1953 anti-Ahmadi riots in the Punjab. A high-level judicial inquiry gave the verdict at that occasion: “The conduct of the Ahrar calls for the strongest comment and is especially reprehensible. We can use no milder words for the reason that they debased a religious issue by pressing it into service for a temporal purpose and exploited religious susceptibilities and sentiments of the people for their personal ends.” p.259 of the Munir Inquiry report
Ahmadiyya central office wrote a letter well in advance to all the concerned authorities to not permit this rally. Ahrar do not take out a procession at this occasion anywhere else in Pakistan, authorities were told. Ahrar were still granted their request by the official quarters, although they had to employ a large contingent of police to ensure peace and order.
A publicity campaign was undertaken in the vernacular press to promote this conference: “Khatme Nabuwwat Conference will expose the Qadianis. They will be invited again to Islam at a rally on conclusion of the conference,” said Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema, the Nazim Ala (The daily Dunya, December 20, 2015).
Mulla Kafil Bukhari, the Deputy Amir of Ahrar wrote an article in the ultra right-wing daily Islam for this occasion on December 24, 2015. It was abusive and concoctive; “At the end of last century (sic) the Christian British rulers, in order to create disunity and disorder in the Ummah, selected a cursed fellow (Maloon), Mirza Qadiani, to accomplish their designs,” he wrote.
The crowd in the rally numbered 2500-3000 men. The conference was held prior to taking out the procession. The procession stopped in front of the Aiwan Mahmud in the city center where various mullas again addressed the participants and used foul language against Ahmadis and their elders. At this occasion the clerics harangued the crowd preaching extremism, for instance:
- Qadianis are apostates and destined for hell: Hamza
- Qadianis should mend their ways (Insan ban jain) otherwise we shall undertake a campaign that will wipe them off from the face of the earth: Hamza
- Boycott all Qadiani products and have no dealings with them: Syed Bukhari
- Qadianis are agents of the U.S; the UK; Germany and Israel; the entire funding of Qadianis is undertaken by Jews: Mulla Mujahid ul Hussaini
The public relations department of the Ahrar issued press release etc. which were given ample space by the Urdu press. Following extracts are reproduced from what was reported by the daily Khabrain and Islam on December 25, 2015:
Apart from the Ahrar leaders those who attended included Freed A Piracha (JI), JUI’s Abdul Khaliq Hazarivi, Mufti Muhammad of Jamia Imdadia, leaders of AMTKN and IKNM etc.
- Demands of Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat were displayed on decorative banners hung in various locations in Chenab Nagar (Rabwah) and Chiniot.
- Participants arrived in convoys; they were wearing ‘red shirts’ and white shalwar (trowsers). The ‘Red Shirts’ took out an unprecedented rally (faqid ul misal).
- When Qadianis were invited to Islam, signs of helplessness and desolation were visible on their faces.
- A book-stall was set up outside the venue of the conference; religious books, especially those on End of Prophethood were made available there.
- Sympathy for the (plight of) Qadianis is poison for Pakistan.
- Liberal, secular and Qadiani lobbies that are subservient to the international Satan and the regional enemies should be strictly monitored.
- The Saudi Pact is supported by the U.S. It raises a number of questions.
- Dr Farid Piracha (of JI) said that Pakistan was based on Islam; there is no room for secularism here. Etc.
- Pakistan’s participation in Saudi-led group is not acceptable.
- The government of Pakistan should neutralize American and European efforts to tighten the noose around Pakistan, in the name of ISIS.
- We condemn American demand to close down Deobandi madrassas.
- End of Prophethood should be made part of school syllabus.
- Qadianis posted in foreign missions should be thrown out.
- Shariah penalty for apostasy (death!) should be imposed.
- The blasphemy laws have effectively become non-operative; as such blasphemers are free to blaspheme; no blasphemer has met his legal end.
- Islam and End of Prophethood clauses of the constitution and law are under attack; the authorities should courageously and effectively defend these.
It was learnt that the police arrested the convener of another rally who had organized that one without permission. He was released thereafter.
It was mentioned in the press that Sheikh Abdul Wahid in UK and Syed Munir Ahmad Bukhari are supervising the activities of Ahrar Khatme Nabuwwat missions in those countries.
A terrorizing pamphlet
Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Peshawar has issued a pamphlet in print and on social media. It names Ahmadi doctors of Peshawar and calls their murder ‘Jihad’. Extracts from the pamphlet are translated below:
“This infidel cobra of the false prophethood of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani continues to swallow the faith of the new generation. How can a Muslim remain calm by shutting his eyes and sealing his lips from these soul-tormenting heretic creeds and crimes?
“Who will rein in the out-of-control tongue of Qadianiyat?
“O Muslim brethren! Today there are some people in our ranks whose identification is necessary as they are misguiding you. They are trying to destroy your faith through fake healing. In reality, their punishment is death. It is Jihad to shoot such people in the open.
“They (the listed doctors) and their Qadiani infidel ilk are actively preaching their despicable heretic creeds under the cover of virtuous profession of medical treatment. They are corrupting the faith of our new generation – day and night. O Muslim brethren! Wake up to your obligations.
“Try your level best to come under the savior flag of the Prophet (PBUH) by completely boycotting them and their products.”
The pamphlet also states that “The Qadiani Shezan and the Bazeed Khaily doctor are in the forefront in supporting the Qadiani mischief financially. Every Muslim who drinks, buys or sells Shezan or gets treatment from the Bazeed Khaily doctor is rebelling against Islam and the Prophet (PBUH) of Islam.”
The pamphlet further warns: “Consider O Muslim! If death came to you while drinking Shezan or availing treatment from the Bazeed Khaily doctor, then what will be the consequences? How will you ask for salvation from Allah’s Prophet (PBUH)?”
The pamphlet provides the addresses of the named Ahmadi doctors and some Ahmadiyya businesses. At the end, the pamphlet gives the following details of the issuing organization:
Library Aalami Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Aasia Gate Peshawar, 0315-59206165
News and Publication Department Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Peshawar
International Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Masjid Qasim Ali Khan Peshawar, 0333-9347034
This pamphlet raises the question of the level of commitment of the state and the KPK province to anti-terrorism measures as laid down in the National Action Plan.
Is the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) trying to incite genocide of Ahmadis?
Islamabad: Maulvi Sheerani, the CII Chief announced to the press in October 2015 that he intended to discuss the following three important issues in the Council meeting:
- Deciding whether Ahmadis are non-Muslims or murtads (apostates)
- Imposing Jizya (Islamic tax) on non-Muslim citizens
- Determining which sects fall under Islam
The issue was important – very important, so some other shrewd and perceptive individuals and media outlets took notice. The daily The Nation was one among them. It published on October 31, 2015 an op-ed with the above title, written by Umar Ali. We reproduce below extracts:
…Ahmadis have faced persecution and oppression of the worst magnitude. And with statements like these, what is Maulana trying to imply? Everyone knows the punishment of an apostate is death in Islam (sic). Does he want all Ahmadis hanged? Although the position of Council is just a ceremonial one and has nothing to do with the law, even passing such remarks can provoke the religious zealots to kill people. Is Maulana Sheerani trying to incite genocide of Ahmadis?
Now that the NAP has been implemented to some extent, hate speech by sectarian organizations has stopped. Before the National Action Plan, sectarian organizations would roam around freely-apostatizing and killing the opposite sects and their followers. These organizations, often patronized by state for proxy wars, were given a free hand until now.
Under these circumstances, CII Chairman wants to debate which sects fall under the umbrella of Islam. Any sane person with a bit of concern about the country’s prevailing situation would know how vile the statement sounds.
Lastly, he desires to impose jizya on non-Muslims. They are already considered third-rate citizens here. With such despicable demands, Maulana Sheerani doesn’t help but makes things worse for them.
Pakistan is a democratic state and a democratic state treats all its citizens equally, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or ethnicity. Pakistan has been wrecked by religious intolerance, jihadism and religious terrorism. Instead of finding a way forward, Council of Islamic Ideology wants to impose medieval laws that have nothing to do with modern statecraft.
The recent statements by Chairman CII are deplorable and must be condemned by all. Maulana Sheerani also needs to realize if he wants to stay relevant, he needs to stop passing such controversial remarks on a regular basis.
We would like to add that mulla Sheerani’s mischief is far beyond the purport mentioned in the title. He is a Deobandi. By discussing and seeking a verdict on the third item of his agenda, his first targets could be Shia, who form approximately 18 percent of Pakistan’s population. If declared ‘outside Islam’ the next, question of this cleric would be ‘Whether Shias are non-Muslims or murtads?’ Imagine the consequences. Thereafter, he will take up the issue of Barelvis who in the opinion of most Deobandi mullas are Mushrik, worse than a common non-Muslim. They form 50% of Pakistan’s population, approximately three times the Deobandis. Opening the Pandora’s Box about their identity as Muslim would be catastrophic.
Mulla Sheerani is a member and nominee of the JUI (F). One of his party superiors reportedly said some years ago, “We are not guilty of the sin of creating Pakistan.” Sheerani, unwittingly or deliberately has played his role in suggesting a method to complete the unfinished agenda of his party.
Sure enough, despite advice and warnings from some politicians, media and academia, Sheerani raised the issue in CII meeting on Deccember 29, 2015. The agenda was a hot potato for many of the participants. So, hot words were exchanged and mullas Sheeranai and Tahir Ashrafi came to blows. This scene in the highest religious forum at the national level was indeed disgraceful. Later, TV channels showed the ugly scenes on their screens. The leading English daily, Dawn commented editorially on this brawl on December 31, 2015 and concluded, “ … Moreover if its members cannot behave in a civililized manner, it is all the more reason to wrap up the CII.”
Hateful anti-Ahmadi rallies and conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; January 4, 2015: Anti-Ahmadi mullas assemble periodically in Rabwah every year and hold rallies as show of power and to hurt the sentiments of Ahmadis. They leave no stone unturned to incite their audience against Ahmadis, the local inhabitants. They come from far and wide and hold conferences and take out processions in Rabwah three or four times every year. They pose a serious threat to the law and order of this town. Ahmadis feel threatened on these occasions, shops remain closed, women stay at homes and children do not go to school. Well before these rallies the Ahmadiyya leadership requests the authorities to stop these provocative events but authorities not only grant permission, they provide administrative support as well to the menacing visitors.
This happened again on January 4, 2015 at the occasion of the birthday of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) despite the National Action Plan. Mullas transported their audience to Rabwah and took out three processions which passed through the main streets of the town.
The first procession was taken out from Masjid Bukhari in Muhalla Darul Fazl. It reached the Aqsa Square via the Bus Stop. On their way back to the Bus Stop they halted in front of Aiwan-e-Mahmood (the central office of Ahmadiyya youth in Pakistan) where Maulvi Ghulam Mustafa and Maulvi Umair Rashid spoke to the audience. The procession ended at the Bus Stop. The participants were about 150 and comprised mostly of madrassa students.
The second procession was taken out at 10:00 a.m. from Khichian, a suburb of Rabwah. It was led by the son of Maulvi Mushtaq. It reached the Bus Stop through Aqsa Square. Speakers spoke to the audience there and later they reached back at the Aqsa Square where they dispersed at 1 p.m.
The third and the largest procession was taken out from Kot Wasawa after a conference attended by a crowd of 1000. It was jointly organized by Majlis Ahrare Islam Pakistan and Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat. It was held in Masjid Ahrar, Kot Wasawa and was presided by the head of the Ahrar, Syed Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari. As usual the speakers indulged in abuse against the Ahmadiyya community and incited the audience against Ahmadis instead of talking on the merits of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Some statements of the mullas recorded in the vernacular press are provided below:
The imperialist America and its allies have crossed the limit in transgression against Muslims; the Qadiani group is part of them attacking the beliefs of Muslims: Syed Muhammad Kafil Bukhari
The daily Pakistan; Lahore, January 16, 2015
O Qadianis! Accept our invitation to the Truth, or live like a non-Muslim minority and Kafir (infidels): Maulana Muhammad Mugira
The daily Pakistan; Lahore, January 16, 2015
The constitution of 1973 is sacred and its clause on Khatme Nabuwwat is more weighty than the rest put together. The government is not serious in putting a stop to Qadianis’ activities, but we will not desist from any sacrifice for the sake of end of prophethood: Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema
The daily Express; Faisalabad, January 6, 2015
Mirza Qadiani was not only a liar but also the Great Deceiver: Maulana Mufti Muhammad Zahid
The daily Islam; Lahore, January 8, 2015
In the time of the first caliph of Islam Sayyedna Siddiqe Akbar (RA) 1200 companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) were martyred safeguarding the Khatme Nabuwwat and killed Musailma the liar: Maulana Mufti Hasni
The daily Islam; Lahore, January 8, 2015
This mission will continue until the liquidation of the deniers of the Khatme Nabuwwat: Maulana Zahid ur Rashidi
The daily Islam; Lahore, January 8, 2015
Speakers who spoke at the conference were: Khawaja Aziz Ahmad, Zahid ur Rashidi, Ahmad Ali Siraj, Qari Shabbir Ahmad Usmani, Abdul Qadir Raepoori, Mufti Muhammad Zahid, Zahoor Ahmad Alvi, Qari Abdul Waheed Qasmi, Sana Ullah Ghalib, Saifullah Khalid, Professor Khalid Shabbir Ahmad, Tanvirul Hasan, Hafiz Muhammad Akram, Qari Muhammad Qasim Gujjar, Qari Abaidur Rahman Zahid, Muhammad Ismail Farooqi, Abdul Rauf Ahrar, Muhammad Akmal, Pir Muhammad Abuzar, Qari Ihsanullah, Sufi Abdul Ghaffar, Syed Noor ul Hasan Shah etc.
Anti-Ahmadiyya slogans were raised at full throat.
Some glimpses of the conference from the daily Express of Faisalabad, January 6, 2015 are as follows:
- A membership desk was set up outside the venue and manned by Tehrike Tulaba Islam. Fresh members were registered there, mostly the participating madrassa students. Another camp for ‘Fehme Khatme Nabuwwat Course’ was set up by the activists of the workers of the Khatme Nabuwwat Talagang who registered volunteers for the course.
- One session was held under the auspices of Tehrike Talaba Islam in which Professor Khalid Shabbir Ahmad, Syed Sabihul Hasan Hamdani, Muhammad Qasim Cheema, Syed Ataul Mannan Bukhari, Muhammad Talha Shabbir, Ghulam Mustafa, Hafiz Muhammad Saleem Shah, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Abu Bakr, Muhammad Sufyan Awais and others spoke to the audience.
- The participants were wearing a special uniform of Ahrar i.e. red shirts and white shalwars (trousers).
- Banners of Khatme Nabuwwat were put up at different places in Chiniot and Chenab Nagar.
- The venue echoed with resounding slogans of Khatme Nabuwwat.
Several resolutions were made in the conference and published in the daily Aman of Faisalabad, January 07, 2015. Translation of some of these follows:
- The blasphemers should be given death punishment.
- Mumtaz Qadri (the murderer of Governor Salman Taseer) should be set free.
- The UNO should implement worldwide law to safeguard the honor of all prophets and stop Qadianis from using the title of Islam. OIC should play a vital role in this regard.
- All major periodicals of Qadianis including the daily Alfazl should be banned.
- Qadianis should be stopped from using Kalima and other Islamic epithets.
- Qadiani places of worships should be made to look unlike a mosque.
- Religion should be mentioned in the national identity card.
- Anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance 1984 should be implemented effectively.
- A record of all persons attached with Qadiani institutes in Chenab Nagar and all over the country should be checked.
- Efforts to exclude the Islamic parts of the school syllabi should be stopped.
- Qadianis should be removed from key posts in civil services and in the armed forces, as also from the foreign service.
- Qadiani conspiracies are on the increase in the country; these should be stopped as these are responsible for the political instability.
- The activities of blasphemers and apostates are on the increase as a result of dual policy of the government.
- Madrassa students are being harassed through raids by the security forces. This should stop.
- Islamic system should be enforced in the country.
After the conference, the participants formed a large procession. It was taken out at 3 p.m. Buses, wagons, cars and rickshaws formed part of the procession. Approximately 1500 participated in it. En-route it halted in front of Aiwan-e-Mahmood. There the mullas Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema, Syed Kafil Bukhari, Muhammad Mugira and Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari indulged in slander against the Ahmadiyya community and its founder. They invited the residents of Rabwah to embrace Islam.
All the above happened with the permission of authorities – after the promulgation of National Action Plan which aims at zero tolerance against sectarian and extremist organizations. Majlis Ahrar Islam is well-known for its notorious past and its age-old policy of using religion (end-of-prophethood theme) for its political objectives. Ahrar mullas did the country great harm in 1953 and were consequently defanged. They have revived themselves again in league with the Khatme Nabuwwat movement with the hope to gain political clout and share in power if religious bigots manage to prevail in this fragile ‘land of the pure’.
Another anti-Ahmadiyya conference permitted and held in Rabwah
Rabwah; April 26, 2015: Ninety-five percent of Rabwah population is Ahmadi yet they are not permitted to hold any religious conference in their town. On the other hand hostile mullas are allowed repeatedly every year to hold rallies in this town and pose a threat to the law and order in this otherwise peaceful location. This goes on even after the implementation of the NAP.
According to a poster a Khatme Nabuwwat conference was announced for April 26, 2015 in Rabwah. Ahmadiyya office wrote a letter to authorities and requested them to disallow this conference for its potential threat to law and order. It conveyed: “The venue of the conference is surrounded by Ahmadis’ houses. This madrassa is situated right there which is very provocative … In view of the prevailing precarious situation in the country it is strongly recommended that this conference be disallowed as it could precipitate unpleasant incidents.”
Authorities still allowed the mullas to hold this conference who indulged in religious extremism and stoked the fire of sectarian animosity. Whither National Action Plan!
It is significant that this was the first rally of its kind at this venue. It has set a precedence, and the mullas now insist on holding one every year, despite the fact that already on four different occasions anti-Ahmadi rallies are taken out annually in Rabwah.
Hateful training course launched in Chenab Nagar (Rabwah)
Chenab Nagar (Rabwah); May 28, 2015: The daily Express reported that a 22-day Rebuttal of Ahmadiyya (Radde Qadianiat) course commenced in the Jame Masjid, Muslim Colony, Chenab Nagar (Rabwah), under the auspices of Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat. This rabidly sectarian organization is supported arguably with petro-dollars.
According to this daily:
- Thousands of moths/lovers (parwaney) joined the occasion.
- When these participants arrived in Muslim Colony in groups (qafley) the space was filled with sky high slogans (falak shigaf naaray) of Long Live – End of Prophethood.
- The display of passion of the participants was a sight to see.
- Elaborate arrangements were made for boarding and lodging of the participants. (Funds from where and whom?)
- An eye-catching banner carried: ‘O Musalman, when you shake hand with a Mirzai (Ahmadi) it hurts the heart of the Holy Prophet (buried) under the Green Dome. The participants noted it with interest.
The same daily printed the same story under a separate 3-column headline. It reported inter alia:
- Qadiani group is an enemy and rebel against the country and Islam: Ulama’s statement
- This (Ahmadiyya) band enjoys patronage of the US and Israel; this was said by Ulama, namely Mufti Muhammad Rashid Madni, Maulana Ghulam Murtaza, Mufti Azmatulla and Maulana Ghulam Mustafa.
- Those (Qadianis) who are not loyal to the Holy Prophet, will never be loyal to the rulers.
- Internal peace is dear to us; our inactivity should not be considered our weakness. etc.
The Supreme Court, last year, directed the government to put a lid on intolerant activities, and the current National Action Plan requires the authorities that ‘No room will be left for the extremism in any part of the country’.
If the above reported event is not intolerant extremism, what else is? Does the government truly believe that mere declarations, and no action, will deliver the desired results?
‘End of Prophethood’ conference in Rabwah on September 7
Rabwah: Mullas of the sectarian International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement announced in press their plan to hold a conference in Rabwah on September 7, 2015. Less than 5 percent of Rabwah’s population is part of the sect whom these mullas claim to lead.
The Ahmadiyya central office wrote an appropriate letter to all concerned authorities. Extracts:
“Ninety-five percent of Rabwah/Chenab Nagar’s population comprises Ahmadis, but they are not allowed to hold their programs, annual rallies etc.; on the other hand our opponents are at complete liberty to transport groups from outside to Rabwah and hold rallies, take out processions, call bad names on loudspeakers to Ahmadi elders, indulge in provocative activities and create a law and order situation. This is sure to affect the peace of the town in this turbulent national environment.
“It is hoped that you will take appropriate action and precautions to ensure peace in the town. It is a sensitive issue that deserves your immediate attention and action.”
Mulla Shabbir Usmani the general secretary told the press that this conference would be held with special and traditional grandeur and pomp. “It was on September 7 that Mr. Bhutto declared Qadianis to be non-Muslims which imposed utter desolation upon them (safey matam bichh gai),” he said. Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki (of Makkah) would preside over the conference. The daily Ausaf; August 2, 2015
Mulla Usmani also added: “This conference will be historic and a model in the citadel of disbelief (Kufr). It will prove to be a milestone to promote sectarian harmony and to strengthen peace and solidarity in the country.” These mullas use the semantics and vocabulary to sound the right note. Their actions immediately betray their intentions.
According to the organizers’ press statement, following were expected to participate in the conference: ASWJ, Pakistan Shariat Council, Tehrik Hurmat Rasul, Majlis Ahrar, JUI, JI, JUP, Jamaat ud Dawa, Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat, Wafaq ul Madaras, JU Azad Kashmir, Tanzim Ahle Sunnat, Tehrik Madah Sahaba, Difa e Pakistan Council. These are all extremist or sectarian organizations who thrive on exploiting religion for political gains. The padded list includes well-known organizations banned for terrorism but operating with new names.
The Daily Express reported on July 28, 2015 that Ilyas Chinioti MPA (PML-N) briefed the media on the scheduled conference in a special meeting called for this purpose.
Mullas celebrate September 7 as a day to commemorate the 2nd Amendment implemented by the Bhutto government in 1974. Through this amendment Ahmadis were declared not-Muslims. Mullas celebrate this day country-wide. They hold a conference every year in Rabwah – the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya community. They come from far and wide to hurl abuses against the natives of the town and their elders. Every year authorities allow this conference in Rabwah despite the request from Ahmadiyya headquarters to disallow this provocative conference in the town where 95% of the population is Ahmadi. It happened again this year.
Two sessions were held in the conference. The first session was from 2:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. The second session started at 9 p.m. and lasted until 2:45 a.m. Several mullas attended the conference and spoke against the Ahmadiyya community. These included Shabbir Usmani, Muhammad Hanif, Ataul Muhaiman, Sanaullah Farooqi, Ahmad Ali, Ahmad Shoaib, Ahmad Ali Siraj, Yunus Hassan, Asadullah, Muhammad Amjad, Muhammad Tayyab, Zahid Mahmood Qasmi, Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Kafayatullah and Abdul Hafeez Makki. All of them spoke against the Ahmadiyya community and its elders. Some of them used abusive language against the elders and the holy founder of the community. They incited the audience against Ahmadis. For example one of them said, “Qadiani is an international mischief. Qadiani is a terrorist organization. The centre of terrorism is Chenab Nagar (Rabwah). To finish off Qadianis is our foremost duty. We will fight till the last drop of our blood for the honour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). … Crusaders and Jews are backing the mischief of Qadianiat…”.
Several resolutions were passed at the end of the conference, inter alia:
- This conference strongly condemns the statement of Wajid Sahmsul Hassan, the leader of PPP. (He spoke in favour of a secular Pakistan, in a conference in UK in August 2015 and criticized the decision to declare Ahmadis as non-Muslim).
- This conference shows great concern on the increasing activities of Qadianis.
- A column for religion should be added in the national identity card.
- Qadiani press should be sealed. The transmissions of Qadiani TV (MTA) should be banned in Pakistan as these create mischief and violate the faith of Muslims.
- Qadiani periodicals and publications should be banned in the country.
The vernacular press gave big coverage to this conference. The daily Pakistan of September 8, 2015 posted the following headline:
The dogma of End of Prophethood is the soul of Islam. Qadianiat will be tackled with iron hands.
All major vernacular dailies like the Nawa-i-Waqt, Jang, Pakistan, Dunya, Islam, Khabrain, Din and Ausaf published special editions on safeguarding the End of Prophethood and mulla’s victory in getting Ahmadis declared non-Muslims.
This conference was attended by mullas Abdul Hafeez Makki (of Makka, Saudi Arabia) and Ahmad Ali Siraj (from Kuwait). Their presence betrays funding of such activities through petro-dollars. Mullas Zahid Mahmood Qasmi and Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, both on state pay-roll directly or indirectly, were also there.
Another big anti-Ahmadiyya rally in Rabwah
Rabwah (Chenab Nagar); October 29-30, 2015: Another two-day Khatme Nabuwwat conference was allowed by the authorities to be held in the Ahmadiyya headquarters town despite a request by Ahmadis to the administration to disallow this provocative conference in their town where 95% of the residents are Ahmadis and they are not allowed to hold their conferences there. The event was attended predominantly by men from outside Rabwah, and the crowd was a potential threat to the law and order of this town. Civic life was seriously disturbed. Shops remained closed and students could not go to schools. Ahmadi women were advised to stay at home. Unwelcome guests roamed around the town, visited Ahmadiyya graveyards and posed a threat to the locals.
The conference was publicized in the vernacular press. Press releases on its proceedings were published in detail in Urdu newspapers. The following report is based on the organizers’ press releases published in the dailies Ausaf and Pakistan of October 30 and the daily Khabrain of 31 October 2015.
Reportedly over 200 policemen were deployed at the occasion. Security agents in plain clothes were in addition. Security was further tightened by the organizers through ‘entrenched volunteers’ who were supervised by Abdul Rauf of Mansehra and Ghulam Fareed of Faisalabad. Violence-provoking books like Tohfa-Qadianiat and hateful anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlets were openly displayed and sold. Mujahedeen of Khatme Nabuwwat organizations from Chiniot, Sargodha, Jhang and Faisalabad came in bands and motorcycle groups. A big delegation of the Khatme Nabuwwat Course organized in Islamabad also participated. Participants entered the venue raising slogans of Khatme Nabuwwat in full throat.
Speakers spoke rabidly against the Ahmadiyya community and its elders. Some prominent speakers were Maulvi Fazlur Rahman (JUI-F), Qari Muhammad Hanif Jallandhari, Abdul Rauf Farooqi, Azizur Rahman Jallandhari, Allah Wasaya and Qazi Ihsan Ahmad of Karachi. Maulvi Fazlur Rahman (JUI-F) said, “The country is hostage in the hands of Qadiani minority, and they consider the prospect of Greater India a part of their faith.”
Other speakers said, “Qadianiat is the dagger which was struck in the back of Muslim Ummah by the English. Mirza Qadiani, according to his writings, cannot be considered even a respectable individual. Qadianis receive dollars and pounds from all over the world to badmouth Pakistan. Qadianis are exploiting the so-called human rights organizations to repeal the constitutional amendment of 1974 and the Ordinance of 1984. All blasphemers in prison should be hanged, while the lover of the Prophet (PBUH) Mumtaz Qadri should be set free. Qadianis have made the blasphemy law so ineffective that not a single blasphemer in prison could be hanged until now.”
The speakers at the conference said the following as well:
- It is a cause of concern and a point for consideration that under the cover of ‘Zarb Azb’ religious teachings, Islamic values and the Ulama Karam are being pushed to the wall.
- Today the entire Muslim Ummah is being given a hard time in that, on behest of the US and Europe, people related to Madrassahs, Ulama Karam, mosques and Khanqahs (tombs of saints) are being punished for their commitment to Islam.
- We shall have to produce unity and discipline in our ranks to fight back the imperialist powers.
- The government should task its diplomats abroad to take firm action in support of the Khatme Nabuwwat doctrine and to neutralize the negative propaganda of the Qadiani mischief.
- Jihad is a motto of our army; as such Qadianis should be dismissed from all ranks in the armed forces, because they do not believe in Jihad.
- Qadiani bureaucrats are disclosing our nuclear secrets as was done earlier by Dr Abdus Salaam who stole Pakistani atomic secrets and passed these on to his western masters.
- Admission forms of schools and colleges should include affidavits concerning the end of prophethood, and Khatme Nabuwwat should form part of the syllabus.
- Had Governor Taseer been booked under the blasphemy law, Mumtaz Qadri, the Lover of the Prophet, would not have been provoked. We shall never permit the country turn into a secular state.
- Qadianis are traitors to the nation and the country; they are brokers of Zionists and imperialist powers and agents of Israel. Qadiani bureaucrats are busy in their scheme of putting an end to the Islamic and ideological nature of the Pakistani state to convert it into a secular state.
- Qadiani periodicals use Islamic terms and thereby hurt the sentiments of Muslims. These should be banned. As important as the Khatme Nabuwwat is the belief that Prophet Isa is still alive and will descend (from the sky, in latter days).
- Allama Iqbal was the first one to demand that Qadianis be declared non-Muslim minority. He was of the opinion that Qadianis were traitors to the country and the Millat and the fake prophethood of Mirza Qadiani was a barge hashish ‘drug leaf’.
This conference demanded that the administration ban auxiliary organizations of Ahmadi children, women, youth and elders. Following demands and resolutions were also made, inter alia:
- The sharia punishment of apostasy (death) should be implemented according to the recommendations of the Council of Islamic Ideology.
- Start the third phase of military operation Zarb e Azb from the prayer-centers of Qadianis.
- Qadiani ‘terrorist organization’ Khuddamul Ahmadiyya (Ahmadi youth) should be banned.
- Gohar Shahi was a blasphemer and he was punished (killed); his followers should be stopped from propagating his ideas and be banned.
- Qadianis should remain on watch-list; dual-nationality holder Qadianis should be monitored and actively tracked all the time.
- Column of religion should also be added to the computerized national identity card, so that everyone could differentiate between Muslims and non-Muslims.
- Many speakers indulged in political issues facing the country.
- Speakers paid tributes to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto for his anti-Ahmadi constitutional amendment, and to Zia ul Haq ‘Marhoom’ for Ordinance XX.
- Mumtaz Qadri was declared an Aashiq e Rasul (Lover of the Prophet), and it was resolved to frustrate all conspiracies to repeal PPC 295-C (the blasphemy law).
It is worth repeating that the above report is from the press-releases of the organizing mullas. What all was said in addition in the rally was in fact much more scandalous, provocative and objectionable.
The media has reported of fresh official resolve, under the lead of the Prime Minister, to implement the National Action Plan more vigorously. In that case the authorities would do well to refer to this report, the press releases of the mullas and the reports of official agencies that covered this conference. It is about time that the government took some action about these nurseries of extremism and terrorism operating under the cover of End of Prophethood and Honour of the Prophet (PBUH).
Whither National Action Plan?
Lahore and Chiniot; February 26, 2015: Impression prevails that after the APS Peshawar massacre, the state is committed to root out religious extremism and sectarianism as these provide firm jumping ground to terrorism. National Action Plan (NAP) is designed to be the remedy. However, the mullas are clever enough to circumvent such official designs through permissive backdoors of End of Prophethood, Honour of the Prophet (PBUH), Imposition of Sharia, etc.
Clerics of the Khatme Nabuwwat faction, despite the NAP, held Khatme Nabuwwat wa Fatah Mubahila conferences at not only Chiniot but also at a choice location in Lahore, Aiwan-e-Iqbal which is under state management (Fed Ministry of Information and National Heritage). They availed this occasion to fan the fire of religious hatred and promote their extremist agenda, to the full. This report is filed based on what was reported in the national press.
The scheduled conference in Lahore was advertised boldly in the extreme right-wing jihadi daily Islam, on behalf of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement (Jauhar Town, Lahore). Among the VIPs to address the conference were Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki (of Makka in Saudi Arabia) and Maulana Ahmad Ali Siraj (of Kuwait), unabashedly revealing the prime-movers behind the conference.
The daily The Express Tribune, Lahore reported in its issue of February 27 that three retired judges of superior courts including former Lahore High Court chief justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, former LHC judge Nazir Ahmad Ghazi (both counsels for Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of Governor Taseer) and former judge of the Federal Shariat Court Khalid Mahmood spoke at the conference. Other prominent speakers included Orya Maqbool Jan a leading Pakistani Islamist, and Jamaatud Dawa leader Ameer Hamza (of close links with banned Lashkar Taiba). Mulla Ilyas Chinioti (PML-N MPA) reportedly presided over the conference and thundered, “Then they (Ahmadis) must give up their faith and become Muslims or face consequences.” “Ameer Hamza said one of the reasons why they (Jihadists) wanted to wage Jihad against India was to demolish the graves of Ahmadi leaders in Qadian,” reported The Express Tribune.
The daily Islam of February 27, 2015 covered at length a similar conference held in Chiniot. Following excerpts are from the published statements of mullas who addressed the conference:
- Qadianis are our lost belonging; they can improve their lot here and in the hereafter by moving in to the lap of Islam, otherwise they are destined to disgrace and humiliation.
- Qadianis are agents of British imperialism; they have always effectively harmed Islam and End of Prophethood.
- Qadiani hand is active behind terrorist incidents and sectarian differences in the country.
- Qadianism is name of a terrorist organization; it is not a religion.
- Unless Qadianis accept their constitutional position, our campaign against them will go on. Qadianis are rebels of the constitution; it is essential to exterminate them in every way.
The daily Islam also published the mullas’ set of resolutions, inter alia:
- This session strongly cegondemns the government decision to allow only one loud-speaker (in mosques).
- This gathering strongly condemns defaming madrassahs and the crackdown against them in the garb of stopping terrorism.
- The Jamia Nusrat Government Girls Colle and Nusrat Girls High School in Chenab Nagar should be renamed as Jamia Syeda Aisha Sidiqua and Syeda Fatima Zahra, as Nusrat Jehan was the name of Mirza Qadiani’s wife.
Note: These institutes are Ahmadiyya property, nationalized in 1972 and not yet reverted to Ahmadis despite government’s own general policy.
- Sharia penalty (death) of apostasy should be enforced as per recommendation of Council of Islamic Ideology.
Ameer Hamza addressing 53rd Fatah Mubahala wa Khatme Nabuwwat Conference at Aiwan-e-Iqbal. PHOTO: INP
If the above is not extremism and sectarianism, what else is? It was arguably inappropriate for the authorities to facilitate such a conference in state-owned Aiwan-e-Iqbal in the provincial capital. The terms and conditions of renting the hall include:
- No political and sectarian matter will be included in program.
- No speech would be delivered against the ideology of Pakistan, Government Policies
and Armed Forces.
Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex authorities are well aware that on such occasions, the mullas indulge in uncontrolled sectarian rhetoric. They should not have been allowed to congregate in the Complex in view of the latest government policy of National Action Plan. Otherwise it is a fair question: Is not Aiwan-e-Iqbal being used as a facility for religious extremist elements who in turn are half-brothers of terrorists? Also, if the Government and the Army are on the same page on implementation of the National Action Plan, questions do arise, in view of the above press reports, about its expected success.
Anti-Ahmadi rallies and conferences by extremist elements
April 2015: A National Action Plan (NAP) is apparently being implemented by the state authorities, against extremist religious elements, after the massacre in Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014.
With reference to this NAP it is relevant to report on anti-Ahmadi sectarian activism, so that concerned authorities take note and initiate suitable follow-up action. We produce below a list of such open rallies and conferences held in the province of Punjab during the month of April 2015. The list is compiled from the ads and news reports in the vernacular press published in Lahore, the provincial capital. The published list admittedly is not comprehensive.
Date Location Sponsor
2 April Chichawatni Khatme Nabuwwat organization
4 April Narowal Khatme Nabuwwat organization
4 April Kasur Khatme Nabuwwat organization
7 April Lahore Markaz Khatme Nabuwwat
12 April Toba Tek Singh Khatme Nabuwwat organization
16 April Lahore Jamia Ashrafia
18 April Hafizabad Khatme Nabuwwat organization
18 April Kasur Khatme Nabuwwat organization
21 April Faisalabad U/C 205 JUI
22 April Kasur Jamia Rahimia
24 April Jhang Sadar IKNM (International Khtme…)
26 April New Muslim Town, Lahore Ahrar
26 April Lahore Ulama/Madinah Conference
26 April Chenab Nagar Jamia Islamia
26 April Nankana Sahib Khatme Nabuwwat organization
29 April Lahore AMTKN (Alami Majlis Khatme…)
30 April Faisalabad Jamia Usmania
In these conferences etc. all was said at full throat that the NAP aims at discouraging. Obviously mullas are using the themes of Khatme Nabuwwat, Blasphemy, Shariah Rule etc. to indulge in sectarian and religious extremism that breeds terrorism eventually.
The authorities look the other way when such activism is pursued. This sort of attitude and policy led to extensive riots, fall of the provincial and the central governments and the imposition of first ever martial law in the country. It happened in 1953.
Anti-Ahmadiyya hate literature distributed in Lahore
Lahore; July 2015: Anti-Ahmadiyya hateful brochure titled (translation): “This call is for the honour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)”, was published and distributed openly in Lahore by ‘Shubbane Khatme Nabuwwat’ under the auspices of Mufti Muhammad Hasan. Contact numbers 0321-8823953 and 0321-4571912 were printed on the front page.
This pamphlet unequivocally promoted intense hatred against Ahmadis and exhorts Muslims to implement a social and economic boycott of Ahmadis. It carried an edict that calls Ahmadis apostates and infidels of the highest category. It declared any kind of dealing with Ahmadis haram (forbidden) and one who considers Ahmadis to be Muslims becomes himself an infidel, according to this edict. This brochure was a compilation of baseless allegations against the Ahmadiyya community.
The pamphlet urged the reader to boycott Ahmadiyya products like Shezan and told him that by consuming a Shezan product “He fills his and his children’s stomach with hell-fire.” It also posed the questions: “If you die soon after having drunk Shezan (juice), what will be your end result? How will you justify seeking intercession of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) on the Day of Judgment?”
The pamphlet gave a list of products, manufactured by Ahmadi-owned entrepreneurs.
Ahmadiyya headquarters wrote a letter to concerned authorities and informed them of the distribution of this hateful brochure despite the government ban on such activities. It stated, “The only aim of such activities is to spread hatred and prejudice in the name of religion and for this reason hostile activities like murders, prosecution, boycott and other harmful actions against Ahmadis are increasing by the day.” The concerned authorities were urged to stop such hate-promoting acts which destabilize the society.
Conduct of a mulla on state pay-roll
Lahore; April 2015: The daily Ausaf, quoting its representative in Chenab Nagar (Rabwah) entered 3-column headline news that reported the following statement of mulla Zahid Mehmud Qasmi who is “Member Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and Secretary General of International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement and Pakistan Ulama Council”:
Qadianis are a colossal mischief (fitna): The World of Islam will have to unite to crush its head: Zahid Mehmud Qasmi
(He) said: Qadianis are a colossal mischief who are ever busy with the help of their masters, the US, Israel and other western countries, in their condemnable activities to misguide simple Muslims to spread disbelief and apostasy. The entire World of Islam (Aalam-i-Islam) will have to firmly unite to confront it in order to crush its head. Addressing the guests and talking to the media he said that ‘end of prophethood’ is the foundation of our faith and its essential part; we shall sacrifice all for protection of this belief and will not allow the slightest disrespect towards the honour of the Prophet (peace be on him)….
This sectarian mulla, in addition to being on IIC is an Advisor to the Punjab Government (in the rank of a minister). He is paid from public funds. He indulges in sectarian activities and thus violates state policy implemented through National Action Plan after the massacre in APS, Peshawar.
This raises many questions.
An ad reveals a lot
Lahore: A huge ad (27cm x 16.5cm) in the daily Islam that was repeated over many days, informed the public at large that a Khatme Nabuwwat (End of Prophethood) conference would be held in Madrassa Abi Bin Ka’ab, Race Course Town, Lahore on Sunday March 22, 2015 after the evening congregation. The names of the advertiser, the sponsors, the patron, the presiding mulla and the numerous speakers were all given.
As the authorities have repeatedly stated their resolve after the Peshawar School massacre to uproot religious and sectarian terrorism and its sponsors and promoters, it is relevant to take note of this ad and the proceedings of this conference in the provincial capital of the largest province. Apparently there is an exception to the above mentioned resolve – the sectarian activism against Ahmadis. No wonder, Ahmadis continued to be target-killed.
The daily Islam which is an extreme rightwing Jihadist daily printed the following report in its issue of March 26 in press report on this conference, inter alia:
- The speakers at the conference expressed their resolve to offer the greatest sacrifices in defence of the ideological and geographical borders of the dear country. Also they will definitely continue to expose the manipulations of Qadianis who deny the end of prophethood and the (high status of) Respected Companions.
- Maulana Zahid ur Rashdi said that Qadianis are spreading violence in the country.
- Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema said that Qadianis are again being posted on important billets. Madrasahs, mosques and religious parties are playing their role fully to save the country. Aamir Rehman, a practicing Qadiani has been appointed deputy attorney general; this is most despicable favouritism to Qadianis.
- Maulana Muhammad Rafiq Jami, Orator of Islam, asserted that religious parties willfully support all steps taken to uproot the Qadiani mischief. He said that to associate terrorism with religion (as recently done by the state) is itself gross terrorism.
- Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad said that while they (the ulama) have continued to unite the Ummah, the worldwide imperialist forces are active in making the Muslims indulge in mutual fight.
Well, if the above is not promotion of religious and sectarian violence, what else is? It should be mentioned that the above statements are those that are printable; a great deal more venom was spit that was not included in the press report. Let’s now briefly examine the individuals involved in holding this conference – as mentioned in the ad:
- The conference was held under the patronage of Pirji Ataul Muhaiman Bokhari and under the chairmanship of Qari Muhammad Yusuf, both of Majlis Ahrar Islam. This party came to disgrace in precipitating anti-Ahmadi riots in 1953 in the Punjab, which resulted in the first ever martial law in the country. A high-powered judicial commission in its Report (Munir-Kayani Report) condemned the Ahrar as ‘they debased a religious issue by pressing it into service for a temporal purpose and exploited religious susceptibilities and sentiments of the people for their personal ends’. (p. 259)
- Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, Khatib Royal Mosque Lahore addressed this conference. This mulla is on government’s pay roll.
- Maulana Zahid-ur-Rashdi, general secretary of Pakistan Shariat Council addressed the conference. This mulla travelled last year to South Africa and India in company of Saudi clerics and highlighted, in a newspaper article, the need and the steps in the Gulf region ‘to confront the Shia aggression’.
- Maulana Muhammad Ashraf Gujjar, general secretary JUI addressed the conference. JUI is KPK centric religio-political party that did not vote for the recent anti-terrorism Amendment No. XXI to the Constitution.
- Allama Mumtaz Awan, convener Tehrik Namus Risalat also addressed the conference. He is also the Nazim Ala of Pasban Khatme Nabuwwat. As apparent from his two titles, his full time job is based on Blasphemy and End of Prophethood.
- Last but not least, two of the speakers were Maulana Naeemuddin Shakir of Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat and Maulana Muhammad Rafiq of International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement. Both these organizations are steered by Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki (of Makka, Saudi Arabia) and Dr. Ahmad Ali Siraj (of Kuwait). These two clerics are regular visitors to Pakistan and participate and preside over such Khatme Nabuwwat conferences in the country, including those at Rabwah. That points to the sources of funds for such religious and sectarian activities.
The venue of the conference was the complex where Madrassa Abi Bin Ka’ab and the Main Mosque Khatme Nabuwwat is located. The big conference, the huge madrassah and the main mosque are obviously funded from the same source.
Faisal Bari, an op-ed writer wrote in the daily Dawn of January 2, 2015, mincing no words:
‘It is time to fight and take back at least some space that we have, over the last 30 odd years, ceded to self-proclaimed religious authorities, or interpretations of religion to oppress others. If this means taking some risk, so be it. After the Peshawar tragedy, we do not have many options left. Either we stand up and be counted or we remain on our knees – and still die. For most people, I hope the former is the path they choose’.
Would the government of Punjab take some risk, actually stand up and be counted? As for words, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister said only a few weeks ago: “Action should be taken against provocative literature without exception,” The daily Jang, Lahore December 28, 2014. Surely provocative speeches are as harmful as the literature.
loudspeaker which is prohibited.
Distribution of hate literature
China Scheme, Lahore; March 2015: Activists of Khatme Nabuwwat distributed anti-Ahmadiyya hate literature. A few women activists visited homes in this neighborhood and invited females to join madrassas. Some of them also visited house of an Ahmadi and gave them a book to read about Khatme Nabuwwat. This book “Tohfa Qadianiat” is written by maulvi Muhammad Yousaf Ludhianvi (of Aalmi Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat). They gave the family a time frame to read and return the book.
This book has 720 pages. One paragraph reads:
Ahmadis have been advised by the community to exercise caution.
Hafiz Saeed’s rhetoric
Lahore; February 14, 2015: The widely known Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Amir Jamat Dawa, who is enjoying freedom of movement, speech and action despite international protest and condemnation, recently spoke in public on the issue of sectarianism and Takfir (calling others non-Muslim). Although, he denounced the practice of declaring other Muslim denominations Kafir, he made an exception with Ahmadis and said the following which was reported by the daily Pakistan on February 14, 2015 (translation):
“The British feared only Muslims. They snatched the sovereignty from Muslims and divided them into sects. Political wars are not as intense as the religious. Muslims did not understand their policy and turned violent in the sectarian strife. He said that the British put forth Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani as a false prophet who declared India an Abode of Peace and prohibited struggle against the British. Thus the British established themselves firmly in the sub-continent through planting the Qadiani mischief and got the Muslims involved in mutual strife….”
It is ironic that during the Raj, the mullas reported to the authorities against Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani and accused him of being more dangerous than the Mehdi of Sudan.
Khatme Nabuwwat course against Ahmadis
Buket Ganj Bazar, Mardan; March 22-24, 2015: An anti-Ahmadiyya group held a 3-day Khatme Nabuwwat course here in the Buket Ganj Bazaar mosque. Mullas were invited from the Punjab as well. Ahmadiyya community was targeted and provocative literature was handed out to the participants. The teachers insulted the Ahmadiyya community and its founder in their lectures and incited the participants against the community. They violated the law through hate speeches but the police took no action against them.
A hate-filled leaflet
Mianwali Sandhuwan, District Sialkot; May, 2015: Opponents of the Ahmadiyya community distributed anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlets to all homes in this village. The tittle of the pamphlet is: “Unanimous edict of all Ulama of the Ummah”. The pamphlet states, “Mirzais are Kafir due to their apostatized beliefs. It is forbidden by Sharia to sell, buy, use their products and to interact with them. O Muslims! Don’t contribute funds against the Prophet (pbuh) by buying Mirzais’ products.” The pamphlet also mentioned the names of Ahmadi owned businesses and clinics, with an appeal to boycott them.
Intolerance preached, propagated and condoned
Following statement of Maulvi Ghulam Mustafa, a leader of the ‘Worldwide Association for Safeguarding the End of Prophethood’ was published in the right-wing leading daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore on June 11, 2015:
Social boycott of Ahmadis is an important need of the time: Ghulam Mustafa
One becomes a Kafir (infidel) by accepting sin as legitimate. Qadianis are sabotaging Islam.
Sillanwali: (Correspondent) Those who consider Mirzais (Ahmadis) as morally upright, are guilty of committing a sin. Social boycott of Qadianis is an important need of the time. To eat and drink with Qadianis, to socialize with them, even to talk to them is an Enormous Sin. This was stated by the International Missionary of Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat and a leader of the Muslim Colony of Chenab Nagar (Rabwah). He was speaking to an assembly in Sillanwali on the issue of end of prophethood…. “Qadianis are the leading enemy of Islam, the nation and the country – in fact, of the Islamic World. They, in league with anti-Islam forces, are causing severe harm to the Muslim peoples (Aalam-e-Islam). …,” he said. (emphasis added)
The authorities took no action against the mulla or the newspaper against this outburst of hateful and concocted propaganda, despite clear requirement of the ‘National Action Plan’, and the Supreme Court Directive issued on June 19, 2014.
Hate campaign in Jhelum
January 2015: Malik Saleem, a firebrand mulla, acquired a fatwa from a cleric in Bhera, according to which wedlock of one who has any dealing with Ahmadis stands null and void and he is no longer a Muslim. He distributed copies of this edict in the whole city, and spread hate verbally. Amir Liaqat Husain’s program telecasted in December 2014 on GEO TV, against Ahmadis, helped Salim to rev up his hateful drive. A campaign underwent in the city’s bazaars and squares to isolate Ahmadis. They accused Ahmadis of being anti-Muslims, going astray and making false claims.
Anti-Ahmadiyya conference in District Hafizabad
Kot Shah Aalam, District Hafizabad; November 24, 2015: Opponents of the Ahmadiyya community organized a Khatme Nabuwwat conference here. Approximately 250 men participated in it who came from surrounding villages as well. Six Ahmadi families live here; they informed the authorities in advance about the conference. Therefore four policemen were present on the occasion. The mullas badmouthed the community, nevertheless.
Anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Jaranwala
Chak 646 GB, Lundian Wala, District Faisalabad; October 11, 2015: A Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in the madrassah of Syed Amjad Ali Shah S/O Soney Shah. Pir Amjad Ali Shah, Maulvi Mazhar Abbasi (JI), Hassan Raza (Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat) and Pir Mehr Ali Shah addressed the crowd of 250. Maulvi Hassan Raza spoke venomously against the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya community and incited the audience against Ahmadis.
Discrimination against Ahmadis in Pakistan – institutionalized and commonplace“Qadianis are forbidden to enter here.” (The Friday Times, Lahore; December 11-17, 2015)
Poisonous sectarian propaganda in Lahore college
Shadman, Lahore; December 11, 2014: The administration of Nobel College, a privately-owned institute, allowed two mullas of Dawat-e-Islami (green turbans) to hold a programme on Khatme Nabuwwat, which was attended by the college administration, teachers and students. During the lecture the mullas showed a picture of the founder of the Ahmadiyya Community and used very insulting language for him; they asked the students to say the same, and they did that. Selected extracts (without reference to the context) were read out from his writings and then insults were hurled against him by mullas followed by the students. The mullas also incited the students against the Ahmadiyya community.
The mullas reportedly had come on a three-day visit. They had a similar program for other colleges.
Anti-Ahmadiyya conferences in Lahore
Gulistan Colony, Mustafaabad: On February 28, 2015, Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat held a conference here in a mosque. Approximately 150 people participated in it. Numerous mullas addressed the audience. One, Qari Muneeb said in his speech, “We should keep a check on the heightened activities of Ahmadis. Although we participate in such conferences but we forget our mission thereafter.”
Samanabad; February/March 2015: Anti-Ahmadiyya elements organized a three day Khatme Nabuwwat course here. At the closing ceremony certificates were awarded and anti-Ahmadiyya literature was distributed. Speakers included Maulvis Allah Wasaya, Naeem-ud-din and Aziz-u-Rehman Sani. They spoke on Importance of Faith in Khatme Nabuwwat; Life of Isa (a.s.); Legal and Constitutional status of Ahmadis and the Advent of Imam Mehdi. It was said in a lecture that working for the Khatme Nabuwwat was the easiest way to attain paradise. “First consensus of the Ummah was on the issue of Khatme Nabuwwat. Ahmadiyyat is not the name of a religion or credo but it is the name of malice and rancor against the Prophet (PBUH),” they said – (God forbid).
Muslim Town; March 1, 2015: A Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held here under the auspices of Majlis Ahrar Islam. Many mullas including Ilyas Chinioti and Khawaja Khalil participated. Approximately 100 attended the event. Those who died during Khatme Nabuwwat agitations were praised, and speeches promoted extremism. The speakers announced their commitment to protect Islamic articles of the constitution.
Faiz Bagh; March 2, 2015: A Namus-e-Risalat and Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held here under Deobandi management. Approximately 150 people participated in it including Mian Maqsood of Jamaat Islami and Pir Saifullah Khalid. A local SP (CIA) and Advocate Malik Asif Javaid also participated in the conference. The venue was in close vicinity of the local Ahmadiyya mosque.
Mansoora; March 3/4, 2015: A meeting of Tahaffuz Namus-e-Risalat Committee was held here at the Jamaat Islami centre. Liaqat Baloch of Jamaat Islami presided over the meeting. It was also attended by the Federal Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Mahmood-ur-Rasheed of Pakistan Tahreek Insaf. An announcement was made to hold a Tahaffuz Namus-e-Risalat march on 5 April 2015 in Islamabad. The march had a flag with the statement, “I am a Muslim and Muhammadi (PBUH)”; legislation was demanded for Namus-e-Risalat.
Also a major Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in Evan-e-Iqbal on 26 February.
Canal Park, Begumpura, Lahore; March 28, 2015: Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat held a gathering here. This was organized by Maulvi Muhammad Hassan and pamphlets were distributed in the area for its publicity. Approximately 100 people participated. They used loudspeakers at the gathering. The mullas chanted slogans against the Ahmadiyya community. One mulla said, “Ahmadis are infidels; we will uproot them entirely.” Other speakers also incited the people against the community.
Altaf Park; September 16, 2015: An anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held by Fidayane Khatme Nabuwwat in the main mosque of Altaf Park. It started after the evening prayers and lasted until 2 a.m. Prominent speakers were mullas Ahmad Noorani, Sufi Ayaz, Syed Muhammad Ajmal and Syed Mahmood Wajid Gilani. They spoke against the Ahmadiyya community and incited people to action.
This conference was supported by a PML-N activist, Amir Chishti.
Mughalpura; September 11, 2015: Mullas of the Barelvi sect held a conference in which Maulvi Ragib Hussain Naeemi (of Jamia Naeemia), Mufti Iqbal Chishti and others addressed the audience. They declared Ahmadis to be rebels of the religion and the country and demanded their removal from important posts. Anti-Ahmadiyya laws should be implemented effectively and Saudi Arabia should stop Ahmadis visiting from all over the world, they demanded.
Awan Town; September 13, 2015: The Khatme Nabuwwat organization started conducting programs at home level. They gathered 25 to 30 people in one house and there a mulla agitated them against Ahmadis. At one occasion a mulla told his audience not to use products manufactured by Ahmadi-owned companies i.e. Shezan etc, and also urged the shopkeepers not to sell anything to Ahmadis.
In all these Khatme Nabuwwat conferences the speakers incited the participants against the Ahmadiyya community and used foul language. The fact that the government declares itself committed to fight sectarianism raises questions about making glaring exceptions in the anti-Ahmadi domain.
Peshawar, KPK: Call in a pamphlet to kill Ahmadi doctors; (translation followed)
Peshawar, KPK: Call in a pamphlet to kill Ahmadi doctors (translation)
O Muslim brethren, the slaves of the King of Medina the Khatam an Nabiyeen, Shafi ul Muzannbeen Hazrat Muhammad, the Arab (peace be upon him) – Has your sense of shame for Faith gone dormant?
This infidel cobra of the false Prophethood of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani continues to swallow the faith of the new generation. How can a Muslim remain calm by shutting his eyes and sealing his lips over these soul-tormenting heretic creeds and crimes?
Who will rein in the out-of-control tongue of Qadianiyat?
O Muslim brethren! Today there are some people in our ranks whose identification is necessary as they are misguiding you. They are trying to destroy your faiths through fake healing. In reality, their punishment is death. It is Jihad to shoot such people in the open.
|o Dr Muhammad Ali (Qadiani infidel) Kabir Medical College
o Dr Munir Ahmad Abbasi (Qadiani infidel) Sikandarpura Peshawar
o Dr Abrar Ahmad (Qadiani infidel) Khair ul Naas Welfare Trust
o Dr Mansoor (Qadiani infidel) Mansoor polyclinic Bazeed Khaily
o Dr Rashid Mateen (Qadiani infidel) Doctor Qadiani Clinic Bazeed
Khaily Doctor Peshawar
o Dr Binyameen (Qadiani infidel) Doctor Qadiani Clinic Bazeed
Khaily Doctor Peshawar
o Dr Hamid (Qadiani infidel) Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar
o Dr Saleema Qadiani infidel Afghan Colony
o Dr Tahira Qadiani infidel Wapda Colony Peshawar
They (the listed doctors) and their Qadiani infidel ilk are actively preaching their despicable heretic creeds under the cover of virtuous profession of medical treatment. They are corrupting the faith of our new generation – day and night. O Muslim brethren! Wake up to your obligations.
Try your level best to come under the savior flag of the Prophet (PBUH) by completely boycotting them and their products.
Guarding the End of Prophethood and the Muhammadan Intercession (PBUH)
If you need Muhammad, the Arab’s intercession (peace be upon him) on the Doom’s Day and if you would like a place under his (PBUH) flag, you will have to work for Safeguarding the End of Prophethood, and will have to confront the clique of Mirza Ghulam Muhammad (sic) Qadiani. Are you prepared for that? (Saying of the Sage of the Age, Martyr of Islam Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Ludhianwi RA)
An Ahmadi medical practitioner Mubashar Ahmad Khosa killed in his clinic in Mirpur Khas, Sindh
Hate material declaring Ahmadis ‘worthy of death’ is distributed during conferences held in the name of Khatme Nabuwwat
Rabwah; September 23, 2014: Ahmadiyya central office issued the following press release:
Chenab Nagar (PR): Yesterday, 22 September 2014, Mubashar Ahmad Khosa, a well-known Ahmadi medical practitioner was killed by two unknown assailants in Mirpur Khas, Sindh. He was attending to patients at his clinic when two unknown assailants came in and fired at him repeatedly before fleeing on a motorbike. Mubashar Ahmad was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries on the way. He was 50 years old. He is survived by a wife, two sons and two daughters. His remains will be brought to Rabwah for burial.
Expressing his grief at this tragic murder, the spokesperson of Jamaat Ahmadiyya, Mr. Saleem Ud Din said that every year in the month of September conferences in the name of Khatme Nabuwwat are convened throughout the country, during which hate material declaring Ahmadis to be worthy of death is regularly distributed. Despite this the authorities continue to turn a blind eye to such inciteful activities against Pakistan’s Ahmadi population. In 2008, another Ahmadi doctor, Abdul Mannan Siddiqi was also assassinated in September in a targeted attack. His murderers have still not been brought to justice. The Jamaat, he said, finds sanctuary in God alone in the face of these injustices. Addressing Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party which rules in the province, he asked how much longer Ahmadis have to endure such persecution in the name of religion. He demanded that the assailants be pursued with full force of the law and tried for their crimes.
Ahmadi murdered in cantonment town
Kamra, District Attock: An Ahmadi, Mr. Latif Aalam Butt was shot dead in Kamra, District Attock on October 15, 2014. Ahmadiyya head office issued a press release which is reproduced below:
A well-known Ahmadi Latif Aalam Butt killed outside his house in Kamra, District Attock, Punjab
This murder is part of a continuing cycle of religiously motivated attacks against Ahmadis
Chenab Nagar (PR) Yesterday, 15 October 2014, Latif Aalam Butt, a well-known Ahmadi was killed outside his house in Kamra, District Attock. He was returning home from his stationery shop, when unknown assailants repeatedly fired at him. He died at the scene. He had owned the shop since his retirement from the Pakistan Air Force. He was 62 years old. He is survived by a wife, four sons and a daughter. He was a very kind, loving and pious man who harboured no enmity against anyone. His remains will be brought to Rabwah where they will be laid to rest.
Saleem ud Din, the spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, expressed great grief and sadness at the murder. He said that the incident represented a continuation of religiously motivated violence against Ahmadis. Ahmadis are constantly on the receiving end of vicious threats and edicts of death. They are told that unless they turn away from their beliefs they will face persecution. He added that Ahmadis would not be intimidated by such cowardly attacks. He said, “We believe in a Supreme Being who is our helper and He himself will deal with these transgressors.” He added that in order to stop such incidents, the government should ban hate material against Ahmadis and take measures against those who distribute it. He demanded the arrest of those responsible for this crime so that they could swiftly be brought to justice. He also said that hundreds of Ahmadis are killed for their faith yet no one is ever charged for their murder which suggests a grievous degree of negligence on the part of the authorities.
To-date 246 Ahmadis have been killed for their faith since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance XX. The authorities have taken no action to put a stop to such murders, at their source. Their insensitivity to such sectarian crimes has resulted in a more wide-spread sectarian conflict all over Pakistan.
Training course for extremists
Lahore: The daily Islam, Lahore, a far-right Jihadist paper, published the following ad in its issue of May 21, 2014 (translation, extracts):
10 day Khatme Nabuwwat Tarbiyati (Training) Course
at Jamia Abdullah Bin Umar, Gajju Matta near Kahna Nau, Lahore
Commencing 31 May, Saturday at 0800
Bring your seasonal bedding along
While there is nothing wrong with doing a course on a religious theme, the devil lies in detail. Do they teach bloodshed to ‘protect’ end of prophethood? Do they indulge in intense hateful, bigoted, sectarian propaganda? Do they recruit the students as hit-men, after the course? Who are the instructors? What is their past like? Who provides them funds? Answers to these questions are important, as these will enable the authorities to parry future sectarian assaults and strikes.
A plea to authorities
Rabwah; January 5, 2014: Rabwah population comprises 95% Ahmadis. Unlike any other community, anywhere in Pakistan, Ahmadis are not allowed to hold a rally etc. even in their own city. However, non-Ahmadis are routinely permitted a number of times every year to come to Rabwah and hold open rallies here. One such occasion is the birthday celebration of the Holy Prophet, peace be on him. The Ahmadiyya central office wrote the following to the concerned authorities (extracts):
“… It is evident from the past practice that at these rallies, instead of talking about the exemplary conduct of the Holy Prophet, peace be on him, the speakers hurl abuse and slander against Jamaat Ahmadiyya and indulge in highly provocative rhetoric.
“… Since long, opponents of Jamaat Ahmadiyya indulge in hostile activities on the blessed birthday (12 Rabi-ul-Awwal) of the Holy Prophet. It is certain that the same will be done this year. Political and religious tensions are high in the country. Law and order situation is also not satisfactory. Even minor provocation can worsen the situation.
“… In these circumstances, you are requested to take appropriate preventive measures. Prior to granting permission to hold such rallies, it should be ensured that unlawful and uncivilized behavior will be shunned. Also, in addition to taking the security measures, it is indispensible to record the proceedings of all such rallies.
Saleem Ud Din
Nazir Amur Aama, Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) District Chiniot”
P.S. The rallies were permitted nevertheless, and the speakers held no bars in anti-Ahmadi rhetoric.
Hateful anti-Ahmadi rallies and conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; January 14, 2014: Anti-Ahmadi mullas have made it a practice to assemble periodically in Rabwah and hold rallies to hurt the sentiments of Ahmadis and incite their audience against them. They come from far and wide and hold conferences and take out processions in Rabwah three or four times every year to vent their rancour and show their strength. They pose a serious threat to the law and order of this town. Ahmadis feel threatened on these occasions; shops remain closed, women stay at home and children do not go to school. Well before these rallies the Ahmadiyya leadership requests the authorities to stop these provocative events but authorities accord permission and provide administrative support nevertheless.
This happened again on January 14, 2014 at the occasion of the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Mullas transported their audience to Rabwah and took out three processions which passed through the main streets of the town.
The first procession was taken out from Masjid Bukhari in Muhalla Darul Fazl. It reached the Aqsa Square via the Bus Stop. Two trolleys loaded with madrassa students had come from Chiniot to participate in it. At the square they sang poems and made speeches. On their way back to the Bus Stop they halted in front of Aiwan-e-Mahmood (the central office of Ahmadiyya youth in Pakistan) and then at the Gole Bazaar corner. Mulla Masood of Chiniot and Mulla Ghulam Mustafa spoke filth against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and its elders. The procession ended at the Bus Stop at 12:30 p.m. The participants comprised mostly madrassa students.
The second procession was taken out at 10:00 a.m. from Khichian, a suburb of Rabwah. It was led by the son of Maulvi Mushtaq.
The third and the largest procession was taken out from Kot Wasawa after a conference attended by a crowd of 1500 – 2000. It was jointly organized by Majlis Ahrare Islam Pakistan and Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat. It was held in Masjid Ahrar, Kot Wasawa and was presided by the head of the Ahrar, Syed Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari. As usual the speakers indulged in abuse against the Ahmadiyya community and incited the audience against Ahmadis. The conference was reported in the vernacular press, based on the press release provided by the organisers. A few details from the daily Ausaf and the daily Express of January 16, 2014 are provided below.
Qadianis are enemies of the country and the nation; sectarianism and terrorism has no link with Islam: Khatme Nabuwwat Conference
The daily Ausaf; Lahore, January 16, 2014
The nation should unite to unveil the conspiracies of Qadianis and deniers of the Khatme Nabuwwat.
Qadianis are involved in the murder of Ulama and terrorism; they promote sectarianism and are enemies of Islam and Pakistan.
The daily Express; Faisalabad, January 16, 2014
Some statements of the mullas are translated below from the above-mentioned newspapers:
- The only cure for the mischief of Qadiani apostasy is the same that the first caliph of Islam, Abu Bakr applied (killed them, as per mullas’ version). The government should do a clean-up operation in Rabwah: Syed Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari
- Conspiracies against the Muslim world are planned jointly in Israel and in Rabwah. There are illegal depots of ammunition in Rabwah: Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema
- The Qadiani conspiracies are behind the murders of the respected Ulama and the terrorism. These are not effectively foiled. Satan is ruling over us in the name of democracy. Ahrar has dug a bunker in the Qadiani centre to safeguard the Khatme Nabuwwat: Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi
- Training camps of terrorism are functional in Rabwah; it is the duty of the government to uproot them: Qari Shabbir Usmani
- The youth are working hard to protect the faith of Muslim students in educational institutions, while some others are trying to establish nurseries of infidelity there: Muhammad Qasim Cheema, Talha Shabbir, Ghulam Mustafa – leaders of Tehrike Talaba Islam (apparently the student wing of Ahrare Islam)
Other speakers who spoke at the conference were: Syed Ziaullah Shah Bukhari, Prof. Khalid Shabbir Ahmad, Mufti Muhammad Hassan, Maulana Hamaadur Rahman Ludhianwi, Hafiz Muhammad Abid Masood, Mufti Zahid etc. Anti-Ahmadiyya slogans were raised at full throat.
A membership desk was set up outside the venue and manned by Tehrike Talaba Islam. Fresh members were registered there, mostly the participating madrassa students. Another camp for ‘Fehme Khatme Nabuwwat Course’ was set up by the activists of the workers of the Khatme Nabuwwat Talagang who registered volunteers for the course. In the past there were official reports that volunteers for terror strikes were sought and recruited in such Khatme Nabuwwat courses.
At the end, the participants formed a large procession. It was taken out at 3 p.m. En-route it halted in front of Aiwan-e-Mahmood. There the mullas Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema, Syed Kafil Bukhari, Muhammad Mugira, Ilyas Chinioti (MPA of PML-N) and Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari indulged in slander against the Ahmadiyya community and its founder. They invited the residents of the Rabwah to embrace Islam. Mulla Ilyas Chinioti, referring to Ordinance XX, demanded removal of minarets, niches and Kalima from the Ahmadiyya mosques in Rabwah. He also demanded a ban on the Ahmadiyya daily, Alfazl. Prior to dispersal of the procession Mulla Muhammad Mugira thanked the administration for their cooperation. Buses, wagons, cars and rickshaws formed part of the procession. Approximately 1800 participated in it.
Ahrar is the same group that precipitated wide-spread anti-Ahmadiyya riots in 1953, that resulted in the imposition of the first ever martial law in the country. Later a high-powered judicial commission comprising the Chief Justice and a Judge of the Lahore High Court was formed to hold in-depth inquiry into the riots. The worthy judges were very frank about the Ahrar in their findings (extract):
“The conduct of the Ahrar calls for the strongest comment and is especially reprehensible — we can use no milder word — for the reason that they debased a religious cause by pressing it into service for a temporal purpose and exploited religious susceptibilities and sentiments of the people for their personal ends. That the Ahrar were sincere in what they did can only be believed by themselves because their past history is so glaringly inconsistent that only a fool could be misled by their professions of religiousness. Khwaja Nazim-ud-Din (the Prime Minister) described them as enemies of Pakistan, and this compliment they richly deserved for their past activities.”
Report of the Court of Inquiry constituted under Punjab Act II of 1954 to enquire into the Punjab disturbances of 1953, page no 259(First edition)
It is ironic and an affront to the public acuity that at the end, a speaker at this Ahrar conference stated that those who promote sectarianism are enemies of Islam and Pakistan (The daily Express; January 16, 2014).
Hateful sectarian drive in District Mirpur Khas, Sindh
Tando Jan Muhammad; January 2014: A madrassa, Anwar ul Huda is located in this locality near Qazi Pump. It started a campaign to promote hatred and to implement a commercial and social boycott against Ahmadi residents of the area.
They issued a one-page pamphlet titled:
Can we not do even this for the love of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)?
The pamphlet starts with the false and fabricated premise that Mirzais (Ahmadis) not only insult the Holy Prophet (PBUH) they also believe Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani to be the Last Prophet. It proceeds onward to urge the Muslims to implement a business and social boycott of Ahmadis. One who does not do that, “he fills his own and his children’s stomach with hell-fire,” it asserts.
Calling Ahmadis enemies of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) it lists a number of well-known products and businesses owned by Ahmadis (or once owned but now sold out to non-Ahmadis) and urges the Muslims to have nothing to do with them.
Finally the cutting edge: it exhorts all Muslims to implement a total boycott of Qadianis in their area around Tando Jan Muhammad.
Why? Because most of the local Ahmadis are involved in the business of production of bakery products which are sold in nearby towns and villages.
The authorities have not restrained the madrassa management from indulging in this unlawful propaganda.
Chakwal; January 14, 2014: Rallies and processions were taken out at various locations in the district on the occasion of 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal (the birthday of the Holy Prophet PBUH). The opponents used very bad language against the Ahmadiyya community in Dulmial. They invited a mulla Alauddin from Hafizabad. He used foul language against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community, and incited the audience against Ahmadis. He also took a pledge from the audience that they would boycott Ahmadis.
Wara, District Larkana; January 14, 2014: A big anti-Ahmadiyya conference was organised by the mullas. Approximately 900 men participated. A few mullas were invited from far off locations to address the audience. One of them said, “Allah and His Prophet (PBUH) will remain annoyed with you so long as a single Qadiani is present in Wara.” Another mulla told them, “A Muslim who kills a Qadiani will be rewarded a place in paradise by the Almighty Allah.” The participants responded with loud slogans against the Ahmadis.
Anti-Ahmadiyya rallies in District Mirpur Khas
Nafees Nagar; February 11, 2014: Mullas held an anti-Ahmadiyya conference here. Mullas Abdul Haleem Sarhindi Soomaro, Masood Ahmad Tahri of Hyderabad and Muhammad Qasim Samoon made hateful speeches against the Ahmadiyya community. Similarly a mulla Qasim Mamoon delivered a Friday sermon and declared Ahmadis to be blasphemers.
An Eid Milad-un-Nabi conference was held in Government School Fazal Bhimbro by anti-Ahmadi clerics. It started after the evening prayers and lasted until 3 a.m. Approximately 500 participated in it. Mulla Masood Ahmad Tahri of Hyderabad, Niaz Ahmad Talhi, Abdul Rahman Kathiari and other mullas spoke filth against the Ahmadiyya community. They incited the audience against the Ahmadiyya community and declared Ahmadis Wajib-ul-Qatl.
Hate campaign in District Faisalabad
Jaranwala; February 8, 2014: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held in Abu-Zar Colony. It started after the evening prayers and continued until 1 a.m. The clerics spoke filth against the Ahmadiyya community and its elders, and issued fatwas of their social boycott. One of the mullas stated that they would hold such conferences in Qadian (India) too. They took a pledge of boycott from the audience and told those who were prepared to ‘nip the mischief of Qadianiat in the bud’ to give their names. A list was prepared thereafter.
Ganga Pur; January 22, 2014: Two Ahmadi youths Mohsin Masood and Shuaib Ahmad faced harassment at the hand of three religious bigots, while they were going to their tuition academy. They hurled insults at them and the founder of the Ahmadiyya community. One of them even spitted at Mr. Shuaib and said, “You are a Mirzai dog, what should we do if not spit on you?” Similarly, on February 8, 2014 Shuaib went to a shop to buy a few items; the shopkeeper pushed him out of his shop and said, “We do not sell to Qadianis.”
Anti-Ahmadiyya conference aborted
Sialkot; March 2, 2014: Mulla Allah Wasaya, a known anti-Ahmadi cleric, tried to hold a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Jamia Masjid Gumbad Wali in Mianwali Sindhwan. It was greatly advertised in the city through posters and wall-chalking. The Ahmadiyya community complained to the authorities about the mulla’s conduct in the past and conveyed them their concerns about holding of the intended rally. The authorities disallowed the conference.
Distribution of hateful pamphlet in Sargodha, Punjab
Sargodha: The Khatme Nabuwwat organisation, with office in Lakkar Mandi here, and its auxiliary Shubban Khatme Nabuwwat published and distributed a hateful 4-page pamphlet that targets 77 Ahmadiyya businesses, products and professionals in the city. The pamphlet blatantly violates the law of the land and attracts the penal code PPC 153-A and 298.
The cover page mentions: “Every drop of (one’s) blood is offered as sacrifice for the honour of the Prophet (PBUH),” and also unabashedly: “None in the caravan of Khatme Nabuwwat is intolerant. Friends, anyone who has no conscience is not a co-traveler with the Prophet.” The title also includes: “This is a thought-provoking message for the devotees and moths of the Renowned Master Khatam Nabiyyeen (PBUH).” The cover carries the address of the publishers and their phone numbers: 0300-8651074 and 0300-9606593.
The pamphlet calls the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya community “conscienceless, hell-bound; follower of the English.” It warns the Muslims “to take notice of the way in which Qadianis are committing blasphemies against the honour of the Holy Lord (PBUH) and how their scorpion-like tongues are poisoning the pure religion of the Chief of Both the Worlds (PBUH).”
This pamphlet makes a loud call: “O youth in the Islamic Fraternity! Devote your emerging youth to the protection of the Honour of Prophethood. O wealthy and influential, it is your obligation to devote a part of your wealth for safeguarding the End of Prophethood. O learned writers, use your pens like swords to put an end to this evil of Qadianiyat …. It is everyone’s duty to cut off economic, social and civic ties with the Qadianis.”
The pamphlet introduces its auxiliary organization as: “The name Shubban e Khatme Nabuwwat was suggested by master of the masters, honourable Maulana Khan Muhammad, the Central President. On 4th September 1981, Maulana Akram Toofani (typhoon) laid the foundation stone of Shubban-e-Khatme Nabuwwat.” (Note: Akram Toofani is routinely forbidden by DCOs of many districts to enter their district during the month of Muharram, to avoid his mischief and threat to law and order and peace of the population). Also the pamphlet solicits: “Those individuals, especially from colleges and universities, who are interested in setting up branches of Shubban-e-Khatme Nabuwwat in the districts, contact us at: 0336-6154445; 048-3710474; 0315-4900666; 0300-8651074.”
The pamphlet then lists 77 businesses (giving their addresses), products, industries and professionals (doctors etc.) and urges their boycott. It gives the fatwa at the end: “On account of the heretic beliefs and writings, the ulama of all schools of thought (sic) of the Muslim Ummah have proclaimed Mirzais to be infidels and heretics (Zindiques, who must be killed). All dealings with Mirzais such as sharing happiness or grief, business relationship, friendship, or any relationship whatsoever are Haram (forbidden). And whoever maintains ties with them is a transgressor, sinner and deserves hell; also he himself is a Kafir who considers the Qadianis to be Muslim.”
“Note: There is a famous Qadiani hospital (Tahir Heart Centre) in Chenab Nagar. To visit a doctor there for check-up and treatment is Haram and a sin of the highest degree.”
It should be mentioned that armed pillion riders shot dead on May 26, 2014 a Canadian-American Ahmadi doctor who had come to this hospital for voluntary free service.
Also, it is for consideration whether failure to take notice of such hateful and unlawful a pamphlet by the administration falls in the category of criminal neglect!
Authorities informed of the scheduled unwelcome Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; August 26, 2014: The Ahmadiyya head office in Rabwah wrote a letter to the concerned authorities on the subject of the Khatme Nabuwwat conference scheduled by the mullas in the Muslim Colony, Rabwah on September 7, 2014.
The letter mentioned that 95 percent of Rabwah’s population consists of Ahmadis. There is no justification for the mullas to gather outsiders in this town for a hostile conference. Such conferences in the past have resulted in mullas spewing out anti-Ahmadi abuse, slander and provocation. It is with some difficulty that the charged participants are restrained from seriously disturbing the law and order in the town. The current political situation in the country is highly forbidding to hold such a conference in Rabwah.
The participants normally emerge from the conference premises to enter the town, come to the bazaar in groups, pass provocative remarks on women and threaten the security of Ahmadi mosques. Ahmadis have to adopt special measures to defend their persons and properties against these unwelcome visitors.
The letter referred to the barbaric violence in Gujranwala, and pointed to the potential threat to peace posed by such aggressive rallies.
“With this background, if any unpleasant incident happens because of this conference, the responsibility will rest entirely with the authorities and organisers of this conference,” asserted the letter.
In conclusion, the letter urged the authorities to take suitable measures in this sensitive situation, through deliberate and priority pro-action. The conference should be disallowed.
In addition: The daily Pakistan reported on 20 August, 2014 that the End of Prophethood Movement has declared 10-day vigil to celebrate the anniversary of official declaration of imposition of non-Muslim status on Ahmadis. “Classes and rallies will be held all over the country and in other countries like Saudi Arabia, London, Kuwait, Dubai, South Africa and locally in all the important cities like Faisalabad, Jhang, Sargodha, Khushab, Mianwali, Multan, Bhakkar, Islamabad, Peshawar, Samundri, Jaranwala, Sialkot, Gojra, Jalalpur Peerwala, Kasur, Mandi Bahauddin, KPK, D. I. Khan, Khanpur, Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Balochistan, Sindh and other cities. There will be congregations, seminars and conferences. … Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki (of Saudi Arabia) will participate and address the conference on 7th September (in Rabwah).”
The vernacular press quoted mulla Ilyas Chinioti (a PML-N MPA) as: “This Conference will shake up the foyers of Kufr (Unislam).” Rab Nawaz, a rabid mulla who is a lawyer too, stated, “We shall continue our campaign till the end of Qadiani impact.” Mulla Shabbir Usmani was more explicit: “This conference in Chenab Nagar will prove to be the last nail in the coffin of Qadianiat.” (The daily Dunya, Faisalabad; August 29, 2014)
Anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; September 7, 2014: Mullas routinely gather every year in the Ahmadiyya headquarters, Rabwah to hold highly provocative and spiteful conference. Ahmadis request the authorities every time to forbid this conference as it disturbs the civic life of the town whose 95% population is Ahmadi. Almost the entire audience is transported from other cities to Rabwah.
The conference was held in Jamia Usmania Khatme Nabuwwat, Muslim Colony under the supervision of Qari Shabbir Ahmad Usmani of the National Khatme Nabuwwat Movement. It started at about 10 a.m. and lasted until late night. Three sessions were held. The third and the last session started at 8:45 p.m. and lasted until 3 a.m. Maulvi Ahmad Ali Siraj of Kuwait presided over it. Other mullas who spoke in this session were Abdul Rauf Qasmi of Kabirwala, Hafiz Gulzar Ahmad of Gujranwala, Abdul Jawwad Qasmi of Sheikhupura, Abdul Waris of Chiniot, Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti (MPA of PML-N), Tahir Abdul Razzaq of Lahore and Sheikh Muhammad Amjad. They hurled abuse against the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya community and criticised other elders. They called September 7, an historic day when ‘Qadianis’ were declared non-Muslim.
Mulla Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi (head of Pakistan Ulama Council) also addressed the conference. His faction enjoys official support. He criticised Dr. Tahir ul Qadri for his protest sit-in at Islamabad, and demanded imposition of Sharia law in the country. He invited ‘Qadianis’ to accept Islam.
Mulla Shabbir Usmani criticised the District Coordination Officer Chiniot for his orders forbidding some mullas to enter the district to incite sectarianism.
Ahmadis felt concerned and threatened and had to remain alert all day. Educational institutes remained closed in Rabwah. Women had to stay at home. Markets remained shut and civic life of the entire city was affected due to the presence of unwelcome guests.
A hostile rally in Faisalabad
Faisalabad; August 23, 2014: Mullas held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference here in MC Model School No. 1. It was attended by Ahle Sunnat, Jamaat Islami and Ahle Hadith mullas. Farid Paracha, a leader of Jamaat Islami spoke maliciously against the Ahmadiyya community and its respectable leaders. Maulvi Yaqoob Sheikh, Muhtasim Ilahi Zaheer, Mutee Ullah, Usman Shakir, Mateen Khalid, Abdul Azeem Asad etc. also uttered a great deal of abuse and slander. The audience were told to survey Ahmadis’ houses and shops for bearing any Islamic inscription; these should be removed and an FIR lodged with the police. In case of any resistance by officials contact any Maulana, they were advised.
Anti-Ahmadiyya literature was distributed during the conference. Approximately 400 men attended the conference. Tahrike Khuddam Khatme Nabuwwat announced a similar conference in Jaranwala on September 6.
A rabid Anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; 23, 24 October 2014: Mullas have made it a routine to gather at least three times in a year in Rabwah and insult Ahmadi citizens of this town, who are 95% of the local population. Every year Ahmadiyya headquarters request the authorities to disallow such conferences but authorities do not bother to even acknowledge the receipt of these applications. On the other hand Ahmadis are not allowed to hold any conference, annual events or sports festivals in their headquarters town. This year Ahmadis again requested the authorities to disallow this conference but they permitted and facilitated the mullas to hold the same.
This two-day Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Muslim Colony Rabwah commenced on October 23 at 10:30 a.m. The first session was presided over by Maulvi Abdul Majeed Ludhianvi, central president International Majlis Tahaffuze Khatme Nabuwwat Pakistan (IMTKN). Other speakers included Maulvis Zubair Ahmed of Toba Tek Singh, Khalil Ahmad of Chiniot, Saif ur Rehman of Lahore, Khurshid Ahmad of Hyderabad and Abdur Rauf of Sargodha.
As usual these mullas used foul language and criticised the Ahmadiyya community. One of them said, “We will never allow implementation of the scheme of abolishing the Kalima of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). If Qadianis do not stop their activities, we, the Janisaraan (those ready to sacrifice their lives) of Khatme Nabuwwat will turn Chenab Nagar (Rabwah) upside down. Qadianis are spreading terrorism in the country on behest of Jews and Christians. Qadianis’ products must be boycotted.” Apart from this, foul language was used against the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya community and slogans were raised.
Second session began at about 2:00 p.m. and continued in the afternoon. The attendance in this session was approximately 5000. It was presided over by Khawaja Aziz Ahmed, vice president International Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat. The speakers included Maulvis Ghulam Ahmad of Gujranwala, Syed Noor ul Hassan Shah of Chiniot, Muhammad Waseem of Chiniot, Muhammad Khalid of Sargodha, Sahibzada Mehmood of Lahore, Hafiz Muhammad Shareef of Munchanabad, Khalil Ahmad of Sukkhur, Peer Abdul Raheem of Chakwal and Haq Nawaz Khalid.
The speakers said: Qadianis’ anti-state activities are gathering pace; we will pursue them all over the world. We demand from the Government to stop backing Qadianis. Luring and conversion of innocent Muslims to Qadianism should be stopped; otherwise the end result will not be good. Qadianis have made Chenab Nagar their state; this is a failure of our Government. Qadianis appointed on key posts should be removed from the services. Apart from this, speakers bad-mouthed against the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya community and its elders. Anti-Ahmadiyya slogans were raised at full throat.
The third session commenced at 08:30 p.m. It continued through the night until 2:30 a.m. At the end of this session, the attendance was almost 10,000. This session was presided over by Maulvi Abdul Majeed Ludhianvi. Other speakers included Maulvis Qari Aalim Deen Shakir of Lahore, Mufti Azmatullah Shah of Bannu, Qari Abdul Rauf Chishti of Okara, Muhammad Yousuf Khan of Lahore, Abdul Hameed Baloch of Sanghar (Sindh), Atiq ur Rehman of Lahore, Hafiz Mubashar Mehmood of Faisalabad, Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair of Multan, Shamsuddin of Lahore, Noor Muhammad Hazarvi of Sargodha, Muhammad Akram Toophani of Sargodha, Syed Ziaullah Shah Bukhari of Sargodha, Abdul Hameed of Layyah and Abdul Waris of Chiniot. Many of these were forbidden by various District Magistrates to enter their districts during the month of Muharram. Ahmadis, however, remain a fair game.
Speakers said: Qadianis are a deceitful lot; they spread their falsehood all over the world through the internet. Qadiani is an accursed group. Mirza Qadiani was a false prophet; he claimed at times to be Masihe Mauood, at others Mehdi Mauood. Qadianis are agents of Jews and Christians. They are fully supported by Britain, America and Israel. They are gradually strengthening their roots in other countries. If they are not smashed up today, they will overpower the Muslims.
In addition, the speakers demanded: Islamic system should be imposed in the country. Boycott all products of Mirzais. Qadianis are traitors of the Constitution and the country, hence they were declared apostates on 7th September 1974. A blasphemer and claimer of Prophethood deserves death penalty.
Mulla Akram Toophani of Sargodha said, “DIG Abuzar Nathoke is Qadiani who registers baseless cases against innocent Muslims. We urge the government and Chief Minister Punjab to suspend this DIG. DCO and DPO Chiniot should enforce Presidential Order of 1984 against Qadianis who should not write the Kalima and Quranic verses on their places of worship. If this is not implemented within two months, we will protest through sit-ins against the local administration.”
The fourth session started at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, 24th October 2014. It continued until 12:45 noon. The attendance in this session was approximately 6500. This session was presided over by Khawaja Aziz Ahmed, another vice president of IMTKN and the speakers included Maulvis Muhammad Qasim of Lahore, Muhammad Ismail Shujaabadi, Mufti Shujauddin of Khushaab and Naeemud Din of Lahore.
The speakers said: Mirza Qadiani was a crooked, deceitful and immoral person. Mirza Qadiani said that the words Makkah, Madina and Qadian have been mentioned in the Holy Quran, which is an absolute lie. Qadiani Jamaat and its auxiliaries are busy in genocide of Muslim Ummah and are murdering hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the interest of the West. Six hundred Qadianis in Israel Army are involved in cannibalistic genocide of innocent Muslims of Palestine. We will not allow any person to insult the Holy Prophet, behind the shield of religion.
In the conference it was also demanded that: Qadiani institutions and their sponsors be banned and Qadiani places of worship in Chenab Nagar be cleared of Israeli and foreign weaponry. Apart from this Qadiani NGOs should be banned. Qadianis are enemies of Islam and Pakistan, and Chenab Nagar should be cleared of Qadianis and their ever-increasing activities of apostasy should be stopped.
The last session started after the Friday prayers and ended at 4:00 p.m. The attendance in this session was approximately 9000. In this session JUI’s Maulvi Fazlur Rehman’s presence and address was scheduled but he could not make it due to the suicidal attack on his rally in Quetta the previous day. Other mullas made their speeches in the last session and as usual bad-mouthed Ahmadi leadership.
A significant presence in the conference was that of mulla Abdul Hafeez Makki (from Saudi Arabia) and mulla Ahmad Ali Siraj (from Kuwait). They play the regular link between the Khatme Nabuwwat leadership in Pakistan and the petro-dollar states in the Gulf.
The mullas availed the occasion to peddle their national and international political ware. They said the following which is translated from their own press release published in the dailies Khabrain, Lahore of October 24, 2014 and ‘Pakistan’ of October 25, 2014; inter alia:
- The acquittal of Mumtaz Qadri, the lover of the prophet, (the one who assassinated Governor Taseer) is the demand of the whole nation. No one will be allowed to blaspheme against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in the name of human rights and freedom of religion.
- The hidden anti-Pakistan forces are trying to precipitate war between Pakistan and Afghan Taliban with the cooperation of Qadianis.
- Qadianis should be fired from the interior ministry, railways, CBR, embassies and also from the armed forces for their denial of Jihad.
- Ulama Karam are the greatest hurdle in the way of western agenda and Qadianism worldwide; it is because of the latter that the movements in support of Islam are discouraged and disliked in the whole world.
- Those who call Pakistan a secular state encourage the Qadiani point of view.
- Muslims, despite all their faults, are ready to die for the honour of Prophethood and consider it rewarding here and in the Hereafter.
- Some Qadianis and secular staff on certain TV channels are giving exposure to liberal religious scholars who use European terms and make Islamic beliefs and settled issues controversial so as to lower the esteem of the Ulama Karam, religious seminaries and Islamic traditions among the youth and the new generation.
- Qadiani places of worship in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and especially Chenab Nagar should be cleared of Israeli and foreign weaponry.
- Head of the Qadiani community, Mirza Masroor is living a luxurious life at the expense of community charity. He is constructing a private palace in Germany and a luxurious guest house in Norway costing billions of rupees.
- Gohar Shahi was a blasphemer who was convicted. His organisation Anjuman Sarfroshane Islam and Mahdi Foundation should be banned as they are busy in their apostate activities.
The resolutions passed in this conference included the following, inter alia:
- Qadianis and their western masters remain busy in efforts to abolish some (Islamic) laws of the land. The rulers should firmly assert the sanctity of these laws so that in future no one dares challenge them.
- Courts’ decisions against blasphemers should be implemented without delay.
- Multi-million losses to the national exchequer, darkening the future of hundreds of teachers and leaving thousands of students at the mercy of Qadianis through return of the nationalised educational institutions of Chenab Nagar to Qadianis must be stopped.
- Punishment for apostasy (i.e. death) should be implemented in accordance with the recommendations of Council of Islamic Ideology.
- There is a ban on terrorist organisations in the whole country, whilst Qadianis’ armed wing Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya has been left free. Like other terrorist organizations, ‘Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya’ should be banned and their assets be frozen in favour of the state.
- Qadiani hand in the terrorism/deaths in the country may not be taken lightly. Wherever there is religious terrorism, Qadiani leadership should be questioned in the enquiry; several blind cases would thereby get traced.
- This congregation demands implementation of the great parliamentary Amendment of 1974 whereby Qadianis were declared a non-Muslim minority, and the Prohibition of Qadianism Act (of 1984) and other parliamentary and judicial decisions.
Following was part of the report released by the organisers:
- Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and General Zia-ul-Haq were respectfully mentioned by the speakers for their respective role in enforcement of the Amendment no. II and the anti-Qadiani Ordinance XX.
- Some speakers vented their views on the national (political) scene.
- The security arrangements were supervised by Abdur Rauf Roofi of Mansehra and Maulana Ghulam Farid of Dar ul Quran, Faisalabad, under superintendence of Hazrat Maulana Akram Toophani (the typhoon).
Extensive security measures were adopted during the conference. The police provided full support. Anti-Ahmadi books and hateful literature were on sale in a book stall. The rally had its Information Centre, Parking, Food and Water Supply, a Traffic Plan, Free Dispensary, etc.
The 10,000 participants were provided free food. All other expenses were also on the house. This raises the question about the source of the required funds.
This conference, like such others during the year, caused great inconvenience to the local residents. For security concerns, children could not go to school, women had to stay indoors and all Ahmadiyya community buildings had to be provided special round-the-clock security.
We have mentioned above some of the statements made by the speakers in that conference, that were reported in the press or we collected from other sources. A week later, however, the publicity section of the Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat, through its functionary ‘Maulana Abdul Naeem’, had a big article written for the vernacular press, titled: Eye-witness account of 33rd Annual Khatme Nabuwwat Conference. We produce here the translation of statements made by the participant mullas and reproduced by Naeem in his article published in the daily Insaf on November 2, 2014, inter alia:
- Qadiani Jamaat and its auxiliaries are the slayers of Muslims and have butchered hundreds of thousands (lakhon) Muslims in support of interests of the West.
- There are more than 600 Qadianis in the Israeli army; they defile the Bait ul Muqaddas (the Holy City, Jerusalem) and act as cannibals (Adam khur) for innocent Palestinians.
- Ulama-e-Karam (mullas) are the major obstacle in the way of imposition of the Western agenda and the spread of Qadianism; it is for this reason that Islamic movements are targeted and censured all over the world.
- Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, the Khatib of the Badshahi Mosque Lahore (a government servant) said, “We’ll have to improve discipline and cohesion in our ranks to confront imperialist powers.”
- Syed Ziaullah Shah Bokhari said, “Muslims are known to be the majority in Pakistan but the country’s entire system (Nizam) has become hostage in the hands of the Qadiani minority and a few percentage of other (religious) minorities.”
- Maulana Rashad Madni of Tando Adam said that Qadianis educate their youth in their educational institutions to murder those who are not followers of Mirza Qadiani; they instigate their youth to kill Muslims.
- Sahibzada Mubashir Mahmood Tariq stated that deniers of the end of prophethood and blasphemers against the Prophet (Ahmadis) are a product of night clubs…. He further said “It is a sign of faith (Iman) and a call of religious ardour and honour to bear hostility and express hatred against blasphemers of the Prophet.”
- Maulana Noor Muhammad Hazarvi said, “Extremist Qadianis, rather than accepting their minority status under the constitution, are acting like ‘insurgents at war’.”
- Qadianis, through clandestine employment in the nuclear establishment are secretly and quietly busy in dreadful conspiracies against national security.
- The Qadiani chief, Mirza Masroor Ahmad spent nine hundred eighty million rupees from community funds on his visit to Australia.
- The Foreign Ministry should locate, through diplomatic sources, Pakistani Qadianis in various Saudi Arabian cities, who are busy in conspiracies against the sanctity of the two Holy Shrines (Hermain Sharifain).
- Maulana Abdul Shakoor Haqqani said, “Die-hard Qadianis occupying key posts, paid from state treasury, are providing shelter to Qadianis. Through unity and solidarity we must nourish the campaign to protect the honour of Prophethood (Namus Risalat).”
- Maulana Abdullah of Charsadha said, “The lingo party that believes in killing and violence is promoting Qadiani faith. Qadiani chevaliers (Surma), in order to cover up their apostatic theories and heretic beliefs, use this lingo party as tissue paper.” Etc.
If the above is not in violation of country’s law PPC 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups, etc.) what else is? These mullas seem to thump their chest and challenge the authorities to dare take action against them. In fact, they were permitted and facilitated by the authorities to hold this conference, as in previous years. Also noteworthy is the privilege the Khatme Nabuwwat organisation enjoys as an umbrella for the national and international agenda of the politically ambitious mullas. It is this laissez-faire policy that promotes the birth and growth of hordes like Taliban, and IS.
A deceitful pamphlet, and Ahmadiyya complaint to District Police Officer
Gujranwala; October 9, 2014: A mulla-led, anti-Ahmadiyya riot in Arafat Colony, Gujranwala on July 27, 2014 resulted in death of an Ahmadi woman and her two granddaughters, widespread loot and arson of Ahmadiyya properties and expulsion of all Ahmadis from that neighbourhood. The riot was ignited by the clerics over a fabricated accusation of blasphemy against an Ahmadi youth.
The riot was widely condemned by saner sections of the society. A police case was registered against the miscreants and their leaders, as also against the Ahmadi youth who was arrested. With gravity of the incident and the crime in view, the mullas moved fast and organised their defence – successfully.
The extremist elements held a joint conference, formed an association, nominated a committee and took numerous initiatives to avoid the arm of the law. On July 28, 2014 (sic) they issued a deceitful and slanderous pamphlet titled “Facts” and distributed it widely in public. This given date is false; the internal evidence proves it. Opening sentences of the pamphlet are: “There are people who are eternally unfortunate and cursed. Late Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani and his followers are such people. Qadianis, who are violators of the constitution, are anti-Pakistan and pro-Greater India, reside in various sections of Gujranwala city….” The pamphlet indulges in great deal of hateful propaganda and asserts that ‘Qadianis’ were solely responsible for the riot, and the rioters and their leaders mentioned in the FIR are all innocent. This pamphlet mentions in detail the various leading mullas and their parent organisations that are in the forefront of the defence of the rioters. A brief mention of these leading figures is in order here.
According to this pamphlet an emergency session was called on July 29, 2014 at the residence of mulla Muhammad Ashraf Mujaddadi, the District Amir of the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat (AMTKN). An action plan was devised under the directions given by mulla Aziz ur Rehman Jalandhri, the Markazi Nazim Aala (central chief). The next day, on July 30 lawyers and advocates were consulted. These included advocates Rana Rashad Khan, Mian Shahid Ali, Abdul Aziz Bhatti, and Rana Abdul Ghafoor. Later, Ch. Tufail Waraich the president of the District Bar Association supported the position of AMTKN and offered all legal help.
Thereafter, the pamphlet mentions that an all-parties-Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held on July 31, 2014 in the Jamia Masjid Khatme Nabuwwat, Hashmi Colony in Gujranwala. Those who attended included, inter alia, Babar Rizwan Bajwa of JUI, Gulzar Ahmad Azad of KM Movement, Amin Muhammad of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith, Siddique Naqshbandi of Jamiat Ashaat Al-Tauhid wal Sunna, Mufti Jamil of JUI, Azhar Hussain Farooqi of JUP, Ghulam Kibriya Shah of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat, Ayub Safdar of Pakistan Ulama Council, Saeed Mujaddadi of Tanzeem ul Islam and Mazahar Bokhari of Tehrik Jafria. Some of these parties are banned for their terrorism but are operating under changed names. Mulla Zahid-ur-Rashidi of Pakistan Shariat Council was the ‘special guest’ at this occasion.
An All Parties Khatme Nabuwwat Co-ordination Committee was formed in this conference and mulla Zahid-ur-Rashidi and two others were named as the patrons. Syed Ahmad Hussain Zaid was named the Secretary. Nine mullas were named members; Bilal Qudrat Butt of Jamaat Islami is one of them. Most of these members hail from Salafi, Wahabi or Deobandi sects. It is noteworthy that one occasionally hears verbal support to ‘tolerance’ by these groups, but when faced with a sectarian issue of a riot involving murder, arson and loot, they have all teamed up in support of those who committed these grave crimes.
This pamphlet claims that Qadianis locked up their own women and children in a house and fled. It also states that no announcements or calls were made from any mosque; accusations are fabricated and false. It claims that the clerics of the District Peace Committee remained busy in pacifying the people.
Ahmadiyya response: Ahmadiyya central office in Rabwah sent a copy of this pamphlet to the DPO Gujranwala with a covering letter which conveyed that this pamphlet aims at provoking common people to take extreme action against the Ahmadiyya community. The subject of the letter is: Continuation of Organized anti-Ahmadiyya Activities in District Gujranwala.
Ahmadiyya letter, inter alia, points out the following:
- The FIR of this incident, No. 550 was registered in PS Peoples Colony on 27 July 2014 in which the attackers were clearly nominated; however the nominated accused have not been arrested yet.
- On the contrary, succumbing to the pressure of adversaries, police registered a counter FIR No. 553 in PS Peoples Colony on 28 July 2014 under section 295-A, ATA 11-W and arrested the Ahmadi boy Aqib Saleem. To-date his bail has not been granted despite the fact that the baseless allegation has not been proved.
- After this incident, members of all the Ahmadi families in the neighbourhood, which number approximately 125, were forced to flee and have not yet been able to return to their homes. Action should be taken to relocate these displaced families.
- The accused nominated in FIR 550 should be arrested and punished under the law.
- The matter regarding blasphemy over the disputed picture on Facebook should be investigated and finally put to its logical end.
Anti-Ahmadiyya conference in District Faisalabad
Chak 646 GB, District Faisalabad; September 28, 2014: Anti-Ahmadiyya elements held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference here. It was presided over by Mr. Badiuz Zaman Bhatti, Advocate from Lahore and mulla Zahur Ahmad Qamar of Sargodha. Both of them incited the public to violence against the Ahmadiyya community.
After the conference these mullas made a plan to implicate Ahmadis in a case of burning the Holy Quran. Accordingly, on September 30, 2014 at about 7:30 a.m. the village cleric announced that a copy of the Holy Quran had been burnt, and urged all Muslims in the village to gather in the mosque to determine and punish the culprit. Thereafter, it became clear that a Shia mendicant, Haider Ali had burnt the Quran. The mullas told him that if he wanted to save his life, he should name the Qadianis as the culprits. Ali refused that and said that since he himself had done the act, he would not falsely accuse anyone else of the misdeed. Meanwhile, approximately one thousand people gathered in the village including those from nearby villages. Five police vehicles arrived on the scene along with the SHO and DSP. In the meantime, people thrashed and manhandled Haider Ali who was then taken into police custody.
The mullas gathered at the Khatme Nabuwwat centre in Chak 646 GB and made plans against Ahmadis. On October 2, 2014, these mullas along with a few dozen villagers armed with clubs and heavy sticks went to a nearby government school in Chak 630 GB and demanded that Ayub Ahmad, an Ahmadi teacher be handed over to them. At this the headmaster told these vandals that the teacher was under his protection and if they tried to harm him, he would call the police. At this the crowd retreated and dispersed.
The mullas then demanded expulsion of the Ahmadi teacher from the school.
A glimpse of religious extremism and its promoters
When Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the mouth-frothing anti-West radicals were not happy and posed a catch-question: Why was Abdul Sattar Edhi not awarded the prize; he deserved it much more?
Ayesha Siddiqa answered very appropriately: “To put things straight – the Nobel Peace Prize and similar awards are political, which are meant to recognize achievements that those, who choose to put the money aside for recognizing individual or collective efforts, consider critical for the world. These awards are not meant as a definitive judgment on a land and its people… Abdul Sattar Edhi is indeed a great man, but that does not mean we should not recognize a 17-year old girl, who stands tall in her conviction and courage.”
The religious right in Pakistan, however, were not convinced by this explanation and decided to come forth without scruples. They decided to strongly condemn even Edhi – for his (mutual) recognition of the Ahmadi community.
Two years ago, the Ahmadi international Jamaat nominated Mr. Edhi for its own ‘Peace Prize’. Mr. Edhi accepted the honor and said a few words of appreciation and prayer for the Jamaat. The self-styled World Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Council issued a one-page pamphlet recently; its contents disclose the rabidity of the leaders of this Council. A translation is provided below:
The Cursed Abdul Sattar Edhi who prayed for Qadianis
Edhi has stated in a video statement that he is grateful to Ahmadis who awarded him the Peace Prize, and that he prays for the Qadiani Jamaat.
O Edhi, you have prayed for the false prophet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani and his false Ummah, who have committed the worst blasphemies against our holy master (PBUH), Allah Taala, the noble companions, the Family (Ahle Bait), the respected saints, the Holy Quran, and Makkah and Madinah.
Edhi, reply; would you pray for one who abuses your mother and father? Edhi, if someone rags your sister, daughter or wife, will you pray for him?
You have prayed for Qadianis, the worst enemies of the Master (PBUH). Well, we the entire Muslim Ummah pray against you the bad prayer (Bad Dua) May Allah ruin you.
May Allah make you an example of admonition. May Allah give you death without coffin.
… World Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Council, Lahore (World End of Prophethood Council, Lahore)
The authorities have taken no action against the publishers of this hateful, false propaganda leaflet, despite the law. This attitude of the government towards such elements over the past decades has made Pakistan a country that is sliding down fast to religious extremism. Farahnaz Ispahani of Woodrow Wilson Center and Nina Shea, a senior fellow wrote a blog for the CNN on this subject and stated:
“… the reality is that Pakistan is facing a serious problem, with the mushrooming of Islamist appeal within Pakistani society reminding us that we risk seeing the Talibanisation not simply of a small minority of ordinary citizens, but large swaths of the populace of the world’s second largest – and only nuclear armed Muslim country….
“State laws and practices relating to Islamic blasphemy, in particular, are increasingly suppressing moderate voices, while allowing extremists to dominate cultural discourse and learning. As a result, extremism is making ideological inroads into wider and wider segment of the population….”
Jamaat Islami shows the way
Chiniot: Jamaat Islami (JI) is one of the leading politico-religious parties in Pakistan. It is canny, indulges in subterfuge, changes its colours as and when required and has a standing among the right-wing academia although faltering. There is however little doubt that Maududi, the founding Amir of this Jamaat, was among the top proponents of the aggressive and violent version of Islam in the past century. His religious vision is the light house for many in Taliban, Al Qaeda, even the IS. Jamaat Islami is a coalition ruling party these days in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Imran Khan’s PTI.
On the Ahmadiyya issue JI plays its card astutely. Its Amirs participate in the Khatme Nabuwwat rallies only rarely, however someone from his top team is often there to show solidarity.
The JI’s District Amir of Chiniot, Muhammad Islam, came out openly on the Ahmadiyya issue to place on record that, despite JI’s role in the governance, they fully endorse the anti-Ahmadi stance of the extreme right and the state. The daily Pakistan published his statement in its issue of October 18, 2014 (translated extract):
“Qadianis, Lahories, Mirzais who also call themselves Ahmadi, are infidels, apostates and outside the pale of Islam.
They continue to rebel against the constitution and the law for the past 40 years.
… The government should ensure its writ over them and take steps to make them submit to the 1973 constitution, otherwise people have a right to undertake a movement against the government…. No chief justice has ever taken a suo moto action against the rulers and held them accountable for taking no action against Qadianis and Lahories not submitting to the constitution. Why are they spared from payment of income-tax (sic)? Why their Auqaf (endowments etc.) are not regulated as non-Muslim Auqaf? Why their illegal allotments have not been cancelled? Why have they not been relieved of key posts? Why have they not been punished for preaching apostasy?”
Quite an outburst – from leader of a party that rules in KPK, and has pretentions to be the sole party to bring peace, prosperity and Islam to Pakistan. And Mr. Imran (PTI) is in coalition with this party!
Op-ed: ‘Tools of hatred’ by Waqar Gilani in The News International
He wrote (extract):
…Further, there are informal restrictions on community members in getting admissions in various colleges, especially medical colleges. There is a special section in the passport form, requiring people to prove they are Muslims, and that the Ahmadi leader is an imposter and his followers non-Muslims.
Posters displayed at some shops in Pakistan: (No dealings of any kind here with Qadianis … Love of the Prophet demands total boycott of Qadianis)
Waqar Gillani in The News International of August 10, 2014
Reports from Lahore
Mughalpura; May 3, 2014: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference “Mehfil Zikr Khatamun Nabiyyeen” was held here with the support of anti-Ahmadiyya mulla, Hasan Muawiya. Last year also they held a conference at the same site. In the light of that experience an Ahmadiyya delegation met the local DSP/SHO and expressed their strong apprehensions regarding the scheduled conference. The SHO called the opponent party and made them sign an undertaking of good conduct. The mullas were not allowed to use sound-amplifiers, however unabashedly they used abusive language against the Ahmadiyya community and its elders as usual.
Factory Area, Shahdara: This neighbourhood has been targeted by anti-Ahmadi elements for long. Assaults, harassments, registration of police cases and hostile propaganda continue uninterrupted.
On May 18, 2014, religious extremists distributed anti-Ahmadi leaflets in the bazaar. Their title was: Key to the love of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H.). Why a boycott against Qadianis is essential? The distributors of the pamphlets motivated the people verbally as well to have no dealing whatsoever with Ahmadis as that is Gunahe Kabirah [major sin, as per Shariah (sic)]. They told them that Qadianis are Kafir (infidels) and Zindique (apostates of a higher degree).
This campaign, although it violates the laws of the land (PPC 153-A, 295-A etc), continues unchecked under the nose of the local police.
Green Town; August 31, 2014: A mulla held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Masjid Abdullah. Other mullas from the city were also invited at the occasion. As usual, anti-Ahmadiyya speeches were made and the audience were incited. Mullas held a meeting after the conference in which they planned to take out a procession on September 1 and set fire to Ahmadis’ houses.
Ahmadis informed the police of their plans. The inspector questioned the mulla over the report. He accepted that they had plans for a procession but not about torching Ahmadis’ houses. The police inspector warned him against any such attempt.
Expelled from banquet, for faith
Nankana; October 12, 2014: Mr. Nasir Ahmad Mubashir is an Ahmadi school teacher in Nankana. His non-Ahmadi colleague, Mr. Mushtaq Sajid, invited him to the wedding banquet of his two sons. On the evening of October 12, 2014 Mr. Mubashir arrived at the venue. A teacher, Mr. Shaheen, an active member of Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat, was also present there. He became furious on seeing Mr. Mubashir there and raised objection at the invitation to an Ahmadi. He also incited other guests over the issue. At this the host took Mr. Mubashir aside and asked him bluntly to leave before situation got worse. Mr. Mubashir quit the banquet.
A Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in Layyah
Chowk Azam, District Layyah: A big rally was held here in November. It continued from mid-day to late at night. Approximately 5000 participated.
As usual the mullas indulged in hateful and provocative rhetoric.
The participants were urged to boycott Ahmadiyya products. Leaflets, pamphlets and posters were made available to public inciting them on sectarian lines and urging them to implement a total boycott of Ahmadis.
A number of senior clerics and political influentials including Mufti Munib ur Rehman, the Chair of the Moon Sighting Committee addressed the conference. This Mufti is paid his salary from public funds.
Mulla Amir Muhammad spoke rabidly against a police sub-inspector Mr. Aziz Ahmad, presumably an Ahmadi. The mulla exhorted the audience to kill him if he is not suspended from his job and expelled from the district. “Once again the story of Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed and Mumtaz Qadri will be repeated,” he shouted. (Ilm Din murdered a Hindu during the Raj, while Mumtaz Qadri assassinated the governor of Punjab in the recent past.) Thereafter he told volunteer killers to stand up, and all those present stood up.
Although this mulla Amir Muhammad was guilty of a crime for which the law prescribes long imprisonment, the police recommended charging him under a very mild clause 16–MPO under which he could be detained for a few weeks.
A Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Narowal
Saddowala Panuwan, District Narowal; November 1, 2014: Opponents of the Ahmadiyya community held a public meeting here in the name of “End of Prophethood.” Mullas from different cities participated and addressed the meeting. Mulla Tanvir Hasan of Lahore made a novel claim: “Our Ummah is the best of all Ummahs. Former Ummahs committed one, two or three sins and Divine wrath descended upon them. Our sins are plenty more than theirs. However, we remain heaven-bound because we have a strong belief in ‘End of Prophethood’ and whatever we do, nothing will hurt us. We will not tolerate a single word against the honour of the Holy Prophet.” He also bad-mouthed and slandered the founder of Ahmadiyyat. Shams-ud-din, another mulla, also used derogatory words and raised baseless allegations against Ahmadi leaders. A local mulla urged the people to boycott the Ahmadis and products produced by them.
Another outrage by TV channel GEO and its anchor Aamir Liaquat Hussain
Slander and spiteful disinformation on a most sensitive occasion
December 22, 2014: TV channel GEO in its morning show ‘Subah Pakistan’ led by ‘Dr’ Aamir Liaquat Husain, telecast a deliberate slander and spiteful and misleading disinformation uttered by a mulla, after the most barbaric massacre of school children in Peshawar, accusing the Ahmadiyya community of promoting terrorism in Pakistan and to be the mover behind the heinous attack on school.
It would be recalled that the GEO and Aamir Liaquat aired a similar outrage in September 2008 insinuating that Ahmadis were Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed), and in the next following days president of Jamaat Ahmadiyya Mirpur Khas Dr Abdul Mannan Siddiqui and the president of Nawabshah Mr. Mohammad Yousaf were shot dead.
During the discussion in the program at a certain point, Muhammad Arif Owaisi and Hamza Ali Qadri used slander against the Jamaat Ahmadiyya. The transcription of relevant part of the program is presented herewith for review:
Arif Owaisi: The fact is that this program of yours has done a great intellectual correction. Alhamdulillah, Our entire nation was in a sheer mental peril, and as you said in Raymond Davis case that ‘speak with courage’, I also want to say something with courage and say it openly. And that is that amongst us, till date, you had asked who is behind it, I am telling this with Divine knowledge that in our country there is only one enemy of all Muslims belonging to various schools of thought and we should recognise this enemy and I want to openly give out the indication of that enemy which is enemy of all of us. It is correct that sectarian differences between us are continuing for years, but this enemy is our joint enemy and it is the enemy of entire Pakistan. And the name of this enemy is ‘Fitna e Qadianiyyat’ (The evil of Ahmadiyyat).
Aamir Liaquat (in affirmative): “Hhhmmmmm” (“Seeeee?”)
Arif Owaisi: Of Khatme Nabuwwat, they are actually against the capital punishment in Pakistan. They are against punishments, since they are promoters of blasphemy, Qadiani, Mirzai. So we all Muslims should recognise this enemy, not that we should instead be fighting with one another.
Aamir Liaquat: (leads all in clapping)
Arif Owaisi: Recognise them amongst your own files, and it is all the result for their conspiracy, and I would also say here that, Allama sb said a thing during the break while sipping tea, that they were raising a slogan, those who carried out attacks in Peshawar, they were raising slogans ‘Allah o Akbar’ (God is great). We want to tell this to the entire world’s media that if a terrorist is reciting the Kalima during terrorist attack, raising Allah o Akbar slogan while murdering innocents or doing something against Islam, he has nothing to do with Islam, and this terrorist be not related to Islam; he is an enemy of Islam in Islam’s disguise.
Hamza Ali Qadri: During my city life, I used to sit in a cafeteria. I don’t want to name it. The day these Qadianis were declared non-Muslims, a Qadiani who was there said to me “Mr. Hamza, now you will see, how much blood will be spilt. You have declared us ‘Kafir’ (infidels), but you will see how much blood is spilt,” so Shah sb, you are absolutely correct. This is international conspiracy….
Arif Owaisi: Judaism is active behind this. This is truth, why should we be afraid of naming America. We are being subjected to cruelty, our children are being beheaded, and this cruelty that fell upon these children, I ask whether they were children of the Shiites? Whether they were children of Ahl e Hadith? Whether they were children of Barelvis? They were all Muslims’ children.
Amir Liaquat: True, very nicely put.
In the aftermath of militants’ attack on Army Public School in Peshawar the whole country was in mourning and various media channels broadcast programs in this regard. Aamir Liaquat Hussain had the following mullas in his show that day:
Syed Hamza Ali Qadri, Vice President, Jamaat Ahl e Sunnat, Sindh; Professor Muhammad Younas Siddiqui, Incharge Tehrik Ahl e Hadees Pakistan; Mufti Syed Muhammad Arif Shah Owaisi, founder of Madrassa Auliya Quran; Mufti Imran ul Haq, Assistant Professor Jamia Karachi; Allama Shabbir Hasan, leader of Shia Ulama Council; Qari Muhammad Usman, Jamiat Ulama e Islam (Fazal ur Rahman Group)
While this grave instigation against the peaceful Ahmadiyya community is most condemnable, the attempt made by these mullas and the infamous Aamir Liaquat Husain to misguide and de-track one and all in the pursuit of the real culprits is a criminal act in support of terrorists. The GEO management, who had to almost apologise for the conduct of this felon in 2008, cannot be absolved of its responsibility of what is said, by whom, in whose programme.
This time again Geo TV apologized, according to the daily Dawn of December 30. However, Aamir Liaquat had no sense of shame and upheld his stand of ‘Not Guilty’. In a subsequent program on Geo he said,“ … There can be no conciliation between me and the group that is leading this campaign; I can forego everything but not my faith in the end of Prophethood; that belief will be with me in my grave as my coffin. … Nothing in my program of 22 Dec was aimed at promoting hatred against any group or people.”
Mr. Irfan Hussain, a well-known op-ed writer commented on this incident and concluded: “I hate to repeat myself, but as I wrote recently, a military campaign against terrorists is not enough by itself to combat the jihadi threat. The intolerance that is being taught in our classrooms and broadcast by our TV channels is what is fuelling the terror campaign that has brought Pakistan to its knees.”
Only five days after this GEO programme, an Ahmadi was target-killed for his faith in District Gujranwala.
The News International published a very insightful op-ed, “The terrorist tree” on this aspect of terrorism, in its issue of December 28, 2014; it is available here.
|The terrorist tree|
Leaves: A leaf is a ‘blade-like flattened structure attached to a stem’. Leaves are typically above the ground and can be seen. Over the past 13 years, Pakistan has seen terrorist leaves detonating 5,095 bomb blasts between Karachi and Peshawar. Over the past 13 years, Pakistan has seen terrorist leaves in 410 suicide attacks. Over the past 13 years, Pakistan has seen terrorist leaves killing 55,878 Pakistanis.
Stem: A stem is the ‘body or stalk of a tree that typically rises above ground’. The terrorist stem is about five safe-havens: a physical safe-haven, an ideological safe-haven, a financial safe-haven, a political safe-haven and a manpower safe-haven.
Physical safe-haven: In 2004, Pakistan ceded territory under the Shakai agreement. In 2005, Pakistan ceded territory under the Sararogha peace deal. In 2006, Pakistan ceded territory under the Miranshah peace accord. In 2008, Pakistan ceded territory under the Khyber Agency pact. As things stand, Pakistan has ceded some 20,000 square kilometres of its 796,095 square kilometres to various terrorist-insurgent conglomerates.
Ideological safe-haven: Since 1979, state and society have been providing ideological space for extremists to operate. The culprits here include the mosque-madressah twins, the media and the primary school curriculum.
Financial safe-haven: Money being raised locally finds its way into the terrorist infrastructure plus money coming in from Saudi Arabia, other Arab countries, India and Iran.
Political safe-haven: Since 1979, some mainstream political parties have been co-opting parties with extremist ideologies. This in effect has been providing political safe-havens to terrorist-insurgent conglomerates.
Manpower safe-haven: In 1947, there were 189 madressahs in Pakistan. The number now stands at 28,982 with more than two million students. Not all madressahs but a minority acts as the provider and protector of terrorist manpower. And then there are some 20,000 ‘foreign fighters’ residents of territories ceded; 5,000 Saudis, 4,000 Uzbeks and Chechen, 3,000 Yemenis, 2,000 Egyptian, 2,800 Algerians, 400 Tunisians, 300 Iraqis, 200 Libyans and 200 Jordanians.
Roots: This is the part of the tree which ‘attaches it to the ground and is typically underground…conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibres’. Religious extremism is the root cause of terrorism. The state has long been using religious extremism as an instrument of Pakistan’s foreign policy (providing incentives and protection to the mosque-madressah infrastructure) and then society has long supported and tolerated the unregulated mosque-madressah infrastructure.
On top of that, Pakistan’s 260,903 educational institutions with 41 million students have long been ‘preaching’ instead of ‘teaching’ whereby at the primary school level we have ‘curricula of hate’, not much different from what is being taught at the madressahs.
What we recently saw at the Army Public School were the leaves. What we see in terms of bomb blasts and suicide attacks are also leaves. Operations Rah-e-Haq, Zalzala, Sherdil, Black Thunderstorm, Rah-e-Nijat, Rah-e-Shahadat and Zarb-e-Azb are doing two things: cutting down the leaves and trying to bring an end to physical safe-havens.
To be certain, merely cutting down the leaves will not get us very far – the stem and the roots would have to be taken care of as well. General Sharif is bent upon burning down the leaves. PM Sharif’s plans also revolve around the leaves. Military courts are all about the leaves. Who will then take care of the roots?
The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad. Email: email@example.com
A Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Jaranwala
Jaranwala, District Faisalabad; December 13, 2014: The Bar Council of Jaranwala held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference at Tehsil Courts here on 13 December 2014. A retired Judge of Lahore High Court, Nazir Akhtar also participated in it. This is the individual who is notorious for his public statement: “There is no need of any law to punish a man who is guilty of defiling the name of the Holy Prophet, and anyone who commits blasphemy against the Prophet can be dispatched to hell.” (The daily Jang; Lahore, September 5, 1999) Approximately 70 people attended the conference which lasted for two hours. Speakers used abusive and derogatory language against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community in their speeches. They quoted out of context references from the writings of the Promised Messiah and shouted anti-Ahmadiyya slogans. An announcement was made by the Bar Council at the end of the conference: “If Advocate Shafique Ahmad, the Qadiani renounces Qadianiat and accepts Islam, we will give him our seat.” Apart from some religious bigots, hardly anyone took the conference seriously.
Hate speech against Ahmadis
Faisal Town, Lahore; November 29, 2014: The Khatme Nabuwwat organisation held a conference here on 29 November 2014. It started at 5:30 p.m. Approximately 20 persons were present. A mulla, Irfan Mahmood Barq addressed and incited them against Ahmadis. He spoke foul language against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and said that every Qadiani should be killed with canon fire. “Qadianis are hell-bound and cursed. They do not believe in the Holy Prophet, and their maulvis misguide others every week and induce them to join their community,” he added.
Anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Hafizabad
Kot Shah Alam, District Hafizabad; December 9, 2014: Opponents of the Ahmadiyya community held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference here. A local mulla, Saleem Ahmad Sialvi was in the forefront. Publicity leaflets were distributed in all nearby villages urging people to attend. Quite a number of people showed up at the conference. All the speakers used insulting language against the Ahmadiyya community and its holy founder, and incited the participants against Ahmadis. The police and the administration had been informed in advance, and policemen were present to prevent a riot.
Great mischief afoot
Rabwah; December 28, 2014: According to a press report in the daily Jang, Lahore, Majlis Ahrar Islam and Tehrik Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat intend holding a conference in a mosque in Rabwah on 12 Rabiul Awwal (Birthday of the Holy Prophet). According to this report the organizers expect a large number of bands (Qafiley) from all the four provinces and Azad Kashmir to attend this conference. Syed Ata-ul-Mohaiman Bokhari, based in Multan, will preside over the rally.
Following is noteworthy in this context:
- Ahrar are the infamous party who precipitated severe anti-Ahmadi riots in the Punjab in 1953. The worthy judges of Lahore High Court who held inquiry in those riots placed the following on record in their historical report:
“The conduct of the Ahrar calls for the strongest comment and is especially reprehensible. We can use no milder word for the reason that they debased a religious issue by pressing it into service for a temporal purpose and exploited religious susceptibilities and sentiments of the people for their personal ends.” p. 259
- Ahrar suffered great disgrace then, but have resurfaced in recent years. As before they use their age-old tactics under the guise of ‘Khatme Nabuwwat’ to re-establish themselves.
- After the recent Peshawar tragedy, the civil society and apparently the state too intend to suppress the evil of sectarian violence. Mullas aim to blunt this measure, through the loopholes of Holy Prophet’s birthday, Honour of the Prophet, End of Prophethood etc.
- The question is why a Multan-based organization be allowed to assemble in a town so far as Rabwah, District Chiniot to celebrate a religious occasion?
- Also why should non-Ahmadi bands and groups from all over Pakistan assemble in Rabwah where 95% population is Ahmadi?
- They have declared in press (the daily Al-Sharaq; December 28, 2014) that they “will take out a huge procession unlike any previously (faqid-ul-misal); it will sortie from Masjid Ahrar, and the Ahrar and Khatme Nabuwwat leaders will address the Qadianis at Aqsa Chowk and Evan Mahmud and extend them the usual offer to join Islam.”
Ahmadiyya central office in Rabwah has sent a letter to all relevant authorities urging them to take preventive action, especially these days when national, political and religious environment is heavily polluted and greatly sensitive.
Obviously these clerics have malafide intentions and plan to foil state and society’s restrictions on sectarian mischief. It is thus a test case for the authorities to show that their thunders are not for media consumption only; they mean business.
An anti-Ahmadi training course
The daily Al-Sharaq International of June 20, 2014 reported that the annual Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Course would commence on June 23. The daily’s District Reporter reported from Chiniot that this course would be held in Muslim Colony of Chenab Nagar (Rabwah).
Maulana Ghulam Mustafa, the central cleric stated that the participants have to be high school graduates, and they would be provided papers, pens, boarding and lodging, cash stipend and a set of selected books. Those who pass the exam at the end would be awarded certificates, while the position-takers would get additional books and cash awards according to the daily Al-Sharaq.
Some times back there were confirmed intelligence reports that at the end of such a course, volunteers from among the participants were recruited for terrorist attacks on Ahmadi persons and properties.
The daily Islam published on June 29, 2014 a report on the Prize Distribution ceremony held at the end of this course. According to this report approximately 275 participants undertook this course.
In that ceremony the chief guest, Maulana Abdul Majeed Ludhianwi advised the students, the faculty and the guest ulama, “If clerics wish to rule (the country), their spoken words and actions should not be contradictory.” A mountainous requirement!
Agitation in District Hafizabad
- An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was organized in Karyala by the opponents of the Ahmadiyya community. The opponents pasted hateful stickers in the town and urged the public on loudspeakers to participate in the conference.
- An opponent of the Ahmadiyya community came to the pharmacy of Qazi Nazar Muhammad and threatened him with harm. He demanded that Ahmadis who drive motor-rickshaws should have a green flag on their rickshaws so that they could be identified.
- Jamaatud Dawa (a banned religious outfit) held a Jihad fi Sabilillah (Jihad in the way of God) conference in Hafizabad on February 16, 2014. It was greatly advertised in the city. The mullas spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community and incited the audience against Ahmadis.
End of Prophethood conference in the UK
The ultra-right wing daily Islam, Lahore published a lengthy report in its issue of September 11, 2014, titled: Britain – Annual Khatme Nabuwwat conference… thousands participated.
It reported that the conference was held on September 7, 2014 in the central mosque in Birmingham. Leading ulama and religious scholars from Pakistan and other countries participated. Two sessions were held in which the audience numbered ‘thousands’ (sic). [We are unable to confirm this claim as these people are prone to exaggeration.]
The speakers who addressed the conference said many things. Among these they said the following as well, according to this report published in the daily Islam:
- Maulana Aziz Ahmad (Pakistan) said: (By your participation) you people have proven that Muslims can tolerate a lot but cannot tolerate the minutest slight against the Holy Prophet, and that you are ever ready to sacrifice yourself in the way of his honor.
- Maulana Abdul Razzaq Iskandar (from Karachi) said: Today, human society has reached the end in intellectual disorder and mental anarchy is widespread in the West, Europe, Britain and among peoples following the western ways.
- Hafiz Ahmad Hussain (JUI in Pakistan) asserted that the constitutional amendment (No. II) should be accepted by Qadianis and the European countries. They talk of doing away with this amendment; we shall never allow these efforts to succeed.
- Khalid Mehmud (from Pakistan) said: People are talking of a change and revolution these days; we’ll have to keep a watch lest our constitution is affected in the process and the Amendment (regarding Ahmadis) is annulled.
- Mufti Khalid Mahmood said: It is regrettable that the Deniers of the End of Prophethood have not accepted the Amendment and continue to act traitors against the Constitution, the country and the nation.
- Maulana Abdul Ghafur Haidari (JUI minister in the federation) praised “the few ulama in the National Assembly who have formed a formidable barrier against any change in Islamic provisions in the Constitution. They resist the efforts to undo its Islamic provisions and Islamic identity by mutilating it.” etc. etc.
In addition to the mullas mentioned above following were also mentioned by the daily in its report as those who addressed the audience:
Fazl ur Rahim Ashrafi (Lahore); Mahmud ul Hassan (UK); Farooq Sultan (Denmark); Suhail Ahmad (Croydon); Negeen Ahmad (London); Abdul Hadi Al-Umar (i) of Jamiat Ahle Hadith; Farooq Alavi (JI, in UK); Muhammad Ahmad (Germany); Ghulam Rabbani Afghani (Jamaat Ahle Sunnat); Saeed Ahmad; Najeeb Ahmad; Muhammad Ayub; Khalil ur Rehman Gordashti; Amdad ullah Qasimi; Ashraf Ali; Ibrahim; Abu Bakr; Usman; Abdul Rahim; Abdul Rashid Rabbani; Muhammad Aslam. Almost all are of Pakistan origin.
Hate mail through SMS
An Ahmadi community official received a series of hateful SMS messages on his cell-phone, from an unknown caller using phone #0334 6383468. Some of these messages are mentioned below as sample (translated from Urdu):
- If you see a snake leave it alone, but if you see a Qadiani anywhere, crush his head.
- Pakistan government should exterminate Qadianis from the beloved homeland.
- Kick the Qadianis out of the country; they are terrorists.
- Qadianis are a part of Al-Qaeda; they are involved in terrorism in the country, in league with Al-Qaeda.
- Qadian dog – Qadiani dog; Deceiver
- My friend, you worship a fake Imam Mahdi. The true Mahdi is still to appear. You people are committing Kufr; you are Kafirs (infidels).
- All Qadianis are liars; they worship a false Mahdi. Qadianis, fear God and convert to Islam.
- Qadianis are in league with Al-Qaeda, and are damaging the country like white-ants.
Although the government leaders decry sectarianism and extremism in their public pronouncements, they conveniently and routinely allow anti-Ahmadi mullas to hold open-air conferences in Rabwah, the Ahmadiyya headquarters town and elsewhere. The authorities know that the rabble-rousing mullas promote only hatred and religious violence, but do little to discourage these clerics. This has been going on for years – it happened this year as well, despite a democratic government that claims commitment to fair governance and equality for all.
The hate campaign goes on not just through such rallies but also in print media. The vernacular press has no qualms publishing blatant anti-Ahmadi statements of the clerics. The mullas publish hateful anti-Ahmadi books, brochures and leaflets as well as stickers for free distribution – even in schools.
Referring to the Ahmadiyya situation in Rabwah, International Humanity and Ethical Union conveyed to the UNHRC in 2010: “Need we remind the Council and the Government of Pakistan that it was government and media support for expressions of hatred that led to the Nazi Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda.”
Reportage: End of Prophethood rallies at the occasion of Second Amendment anniversary
September 2013: On 7 September 1974, the Pakistan state, under the charge of Mr. Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto, the powerful PPP prime minister of Pakistan, pushed through the Second Amendment to the constitution that imposed Not-Muslim status on Ahmadi citizens. It opened the flood-gate of persecution against Ahmadis. The mullas and the vernacular media celebrate the event every year. This year, for their own reasons, the clerics gave added importance to the anniversary and held celebrations all over the country through the whole week, and held events in Europe as well. Their activities in Pakistan are reported here in brief.
A Press Report
The daily The Express Tribune of Lahore in its issue of September 9, 2013 published a report on the rallies held in Lahore and Chenab Nagar (Rabwah). It is reproduced below, as an input from an independent source.
Speakers call for isolation, banishment of Ahmadis
Khatm-i-Nabuwwat groups celebrate passage of anti-Ahmadi law in 1974
Rana Tanveer, Lahore: Several clerics called for further persecution of the Ahmadi community at conferences held on Saturday night to mark the 39th anniversary of the passage of the Second Amendment, which declared Ahmadis to be non-Muslims.
The speakers branded Ahmadis enemies of Pakistan, called for their social and economic boycott, and demanded that they are banned from taking up any government or military jobs. The Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya had asked its members to stay away from the gatherings and be extra careful in their movements on the day. Though provisions exist in the Pakistan Penal Code declaring hate speech to be a criminal offence, they have rarely been invoked. According to Section 153-A of the PPC, whoever by words, either spoken or written promotes or incites, or attempts to promote or incite, on grounds of religion….disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious groups… shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine.
Johar Town (Lahore)
At the Markazi Khatm-i-Nabuwwat conference in Johar Town, Ruet-i-Halal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman said that he and his followers were prepared to make sacrifices for Khatm-i-Nabuwwat. He alleged that Ahmadis were involved in ‘suspicious activities’ and serious measures were needed against them.
Dr Amir Liaqat Hussain, of Geo TV fame, defended Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. He said that the Ummah needed to unite in support of the laws. He said that they would not allow any amendment to the laws.
Maulana Muhammad Azam Naeemi said there was a need to mobilize the common man against Ahmadis. Maulana Raghib Husain Naeemi termed Ahmadis and their leaders stooges of the West.
Pir Muhibullah Noor, caretaker of Baseerpur, said that Ahmadis should be banished from Pakistan. He told the audience that if they truly loved the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), they would not let Ahmadis live their lives freely. Allama Raza-i-Mustafa said Ahmadis should be chased till death. Justice (retired) Mian Nazeer Akhtar said that the time for speeches against Ahmadis was over and it was now time to do something practical. He said everyone should play their role against Ahmadis to tighten the noose around them.
The participants in the conference passed a resolution demanding a ban on Ahmadi publications and legal action against their publishers; the removal of all Ahmadis from government jobs, government sponsored celebrations of September 7 at a national level, and for the introduction of a new oath of office for holders of important posts affirming that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the last prophet.
Chenab Nagar (Rabwah)
The 26th annual International Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Conference, organized by the International Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Movement was held in Chenab Nagar, whose population is mostly Ahmadi. The speakers at the conference made derogatory remarks about Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya leaders and blamed them for terrorism in Pakistan. Jamiat Ulama-i-Islam (JUI) Secretary Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi said it was time to pounce on Ahmadis. He called them apostates and said that they deserved extreme steps.
Allama Muhammad Younas Hasan said that a “massive search operation” should be launched across the country to identify all of them. He said that he and his followers were willing to make any sacrifice for their cause. He said all sects of Islam were united in their opposition to Ahmadis. He said that Muslims should boycott Ahmadis socially and economically to make it harder for them to live in Pakistan.
Maulana Qari Shabbir Ahmed Usmani said that the struggle against Ahmadis would continue till its logical end. He said all Ahmadis and their leaders should convert in order to gain Allah’s blessings.
Maulana Asadullah Farooq demanded a ban on Ahmadis joining the armed forces as they were traitors.
Speaking at a conference at the Idara Talimat-i-Islamia, Jamaat Ahle Sunnat leader Nazim Allama Riaz Hussain Shah said that lessons about Ahmadis should be put in the schools syllabus. He praised those who had launched the campaigns against Ahmadis in order to get them declared non-Muslims via the Second Amendment.
Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwwat Vice Ameer Maulana Sahibzada Aziz Ahmed, addressing a conference at Jamia Ashrafia, said the Ahmadi population in Pakistan was a security risk and they should therefore be banished.
JUI-F General Secretary Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said that the appointment of an Ahmadi as advocate general in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa was unacceptable. He said that the government must withdraw his appointment, or they would launch a movement.
Abdul Lateef Yusuf the new KP advocate general, held a press conference last Friday where he said he was not an Ahmadi and accused the JUI-F of running a campaign to “smear” him.
The Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in Rabwah
The report given above mentions this conference, however we have additional important details that deserve to be mentioned and kept available in archives.
The conference was held under the auspices of Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat in the so-called Muslim Colony of Rabwah. Its opening session started at 12:20 and the proceedings went on till 5.a.m. the next morning. The speakers in the 1st and 2nd session included the mullahs: Shabbir Ahmad Usmani, Farid Piracha of JI; Ata ul Muhaiman Bokhari; Ilyas Ghumman of Sargodha; Saifulla Chishti of Faisalabad; Abdul Rehman Tabassum and Fahimul Hasan Thanvi of Lahore.
These mullas, inter alia, asserted that End of Prophethood dogma is basic to the unity of the Ummah and it has produced a cadre of such dedicated volunteers that are ever ready to present their chests for bullets aimed at them. Qadianis are a worldwide terrorist organization. …Anjuman Ahmadiyya was Rs 129 billion (over a billion dollars) in default of taxes to the state. …September 7 should be also celebrated as Defense of Pakistan Day. …,” they said.
The night session was presided over by mulla Abdul Hafeez Makki (of Mecca). Following mullas were among the speakers: Ahmad Ali Siraj of Kuwait; Amir Hamza of the banned Jamaat Daawa; Ilyas Chinioti a PML-N, MPA; Abdul Qayyum Zaheer of Jamiat Ahle Hadith; Aziz ur Rehman Hazarvi; Shah Nawaz Farooqi; Tahir Abdul Razzaq; Fida Siddiqui; Asadulla Faruq; Gulzar Azad; Yahya Marth; Yunus Hasan; Shafaat Rasul Nuri; Yasin Siddiqui; Shafaat Ali; Riaz Faruqi; Iftikharulla Shakir and Shabbir Usmani.
These speakers told the audience that Qadianis are supported by Crusaders and Zionists. Qadianis and their cursed progeny are busy in putting an end to motivation of Jihad. The object of their creation by the British was to put an end to the motivation for Jihad. The entire Jihadi worldwide movement is at war against the evil of Qadianism…. Qadianism is not a religion; it is a network of terrorism with Chenab Nagar (Rabwah) as its centre. … It is our duty to crush Qadianism. … We shall fight for the honour of the Prophet till the last drop of our blood, they said.
Following resolutions were moved, inter alia:
- This assembly strongly condemns the dreadful tyranny and excesses against the Muslims all over the world, including Burma, Egypt, Syria and Palestine.
- The territorial and ideological defense of Pakistan calls for a ban on the activities of Qadianis. They should be fired from all key posts.
- The Govt Nusrat Girls College, Nusrat Girls High School, both of Chenab Nagar (Rabwah) should be renamed after Syeda Aisha Siddiqa and Syeda Fatima tuz Zohra, as Nusrat Jehan was the name of the wife of Mirza Qadiani.
(Note: Both these institutions were established by the Ahmadiyya community, but were later nationalized by a PPP government. These have not been reverted to Ahmadi ownership despite government policy to hand over the nationalized schools/colleges back to their original owners.)
- Column of religion should be added to the national identity card or the cards should be coloured differently on the basis of religion in order to meet the legal and constitutional requirements regarding religious identity.
- The Sharia penalty (of death) for apostasy as advised by the Islamic Ideology Council should be imposed.
- This rally appeals to the Khateebs, Ulama and Mashaikh countrywide, to allocate one Friday sermon per month to the glory of End of Prophethood and the rebuttal of Qadianism.
- We demand that authorities should secure (mahfuz karna) Quranic verses displayed in Qadiani places of worship.
- This conference demands from the government that affidavits concerning the importance of the End of Prophethood and the infidelity (kufr o irtidad) of Mirza Qadiani should be entered therein (school entry forms) along with a column of religious identity.
- We demand that the government include lessons on Khatme Nabuwwat in the curriculum so that the future generation is well versed in the End of Prophethood and the Honour of Prophethood.
- Qadianis’ periodicals continue to spread poison against national laws and the World of Islam. Their ‘Declarations’ (permission) should be cancelled.
- Unarmed, innocent Egyptian people are being tyrannized by the violence of the national military. We strongly condemn this lamentable barbarity and demand of the international community to take note of this reign of terror against the Egyptian people.
- Islamic Sharia should be imposed in this country that came into being in the name of Islam. Interest banking should be abolished from here.
- The KPK government has appointed Latif Yusufzai as its Advocate General. He is Qadiani; we demand his removal. (Note: Mr. Yusufzai has told the media that it is a smear campaign against him; he is not a Qadiani.)
Anti-Ahmadi rallies across the country
This year the number of Khatme Nabuwwat rallies in Pakistan in September exceeded all previous records of this anniversary. We have received reports of 71 events; more than a hundred could be the actual total. Following data is significant:
Big rallies were held at the following locations:
- Karachi: Gulshan Chaurangi; Jame Masjid Bilal; Hotel Paradize; Ittehad Town; Orangi Town (2); Baldia Town, Rizvia Society; Garden West; Jame Siddique Akbar; Raza Library; Gulshan Iqbal
- Lahore: Jamia Ashrafia; Aiwan Iqbal; JAH Centre; Jame Masjid Al-Quresh; New Muslim Town; Chowk Shad Bagh; Johar Town
- Cities: Jhang; Mirpur; Bahawalpur (2); Faisalabad (3); Gujranwala (2); Sialkot; Toba Tek Singh; Hafizabad; Narowal; Hyderabad; Sukkur (3); Chiniot; Peshawar; Jhelum
- Towns: Tando Adam; Wazirabad; Rabwah; Ferozwala; Pir Mahal; Gakhar Mandi; Kamalia; Mirwali; Khurarianwala; Shahdara
Following parties and groups organized these rallies:
Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat; International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement; IJT; JUP; JUI; Jamaat Ahle Sunnat; Shubbane Khatme Nabuwwat; Sunni Tehrik; Fidayane Khatme Nabuwwat; Anjuman Naujawanan e Islam; Pakistan Ulama Council; Sunni Ittehad Council; Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith; Tehrik Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat; Ahle Hadith Youth Force; Minhajul Quran Ulama Council; Pakistan Shariat Council; Jamiat ASWJ; Pakistan Ulama wa Mashaikh Council; JUI (S); Al-Quran Universal; Majlis Ahrar Islam; Mohafazane Khatme Nabuwwat; Idara Tabligh Talimat Islami; KN Lawyers Forum
In these rallies a great deal was said as at Rabwah (reported above), however, following was also stated, and reported in the press:
- Qadianis are enemies of Islam and Pakistan. Even to talk to them is un-Islamic: Azam Naeemi
The daily Jang, Lahore; September 9, 2013
- All discussions are over; non-believers in Khatme Nabuwwat are outside the pale of Islam: Mufti Munib ur Rehman
The daily Jang, Lahore; September 9, 2013
- I offer my life for End of Prophethood: Aamar Liaqat (TV fame)
The daily Jang, Lahore; September 9, 2013
- Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto was a great hero (for his role in Amendment II regarding Ahmadis): Qari Saeed Ahmad
The daily Jinnah, Lahore; September 8, 2013
- The mischief of Qadianism is poison for national security: Maulana Azam Tariq
The daily Dunya, Faisalabad; September 8, 2013
- Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto is a martyr in the cause of Khatme Nabuwwat: Qari Saeed Ahmad
The daily Jinnah, Lahore; September 8, 2013
- Implement boycott of Qadiani products: Allah Wasaya in Peshawar
- Qadianis are promoting disorder in Baluchistan: Hamid Raza
The daily Jinnah, Lahore; September 8, 2013
- Qadiani manipulations gave birth to the Kashmir issue: Report from Faisalabad rally
The daily Nawa-e-Waqt, Lahore; September 8, 2013
- Non-believers deserve no respite: Sahibzada Qasim
The daily Khabrain, Lahore; September 10, 2013
- From Day-1 Qadianis are anti-Pakistan and they support a united India: Amanullah Niazi
The daily Express, Faisalabad; September 9, 2013
- Qadianis are traitors to the Millat and Pakistan: Awais Noorani
The daily Riasat, Karachi; September 6, 2013
- Supporters of Qadianis are also outside the pale of Islam: Mufti Hamadi
The daily Nawa-e-Waqt, Lahore; September 9, 2013
- Pir Muhibullah Noor, caretaker of Baseerpur, said that Ahmadis should be banished from Pakistan. He told the audience that if they truly loved the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), they would not let Ahmadis live their lives freely. Allama Raza-i-Mustafa said Ahmadis should be chased till death. Justice (retired) Mian Nazeer Akhtar said that the time for speeches against Ahmadis was over and it was now time to do something practical. He said everyone should play their role against Ahmadis to tighten the noose around them. …
Jamiat Ulama-i-Islam (JUI) Secretary Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi said it was time to pounce on Ahmadis. He called them apostates and said that they deserved extreme steps. …
Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwwat Vice Ameer Maulana Sahibzada Aziz Ahmed, addressing a conference at Jamia Ashrafia, said the Ahmadi population in Pakistan was a security risk and they should therefore be banished.
The Express Tribune, Lahore; September 9, 2013
- Boycott Qadiani students in educational institutions. They should be expelled from schools. Do not enroll Qadianis in Punjab University. Those who are already there, should be rusticated: ATI
- Ahmadis are Wajib ul qatl (must be put to death): Sardar Leghari
- Qadianis mosques centers should be demolished. If the authorities do not do that, we shall do that ourselves: resolved in Sadar Lahore Cantt.
- We know all Qadiani (important) persons and their centers. You will soon know what will happen: stated in Sadar Lahore Cantt.
- Qadianis have no right to live in this country: Omar Mumtaz Awan
Malign intentions disclosed in a conference in Lahore Cantt
This report is particularly significant as it is from the capital of the Punjab, the largest province of Pakistan, which is ruled by none other than the younger brother of the country’s prime minister.
A conference was held on September 6, 2013 in the mosque Jame Manzoor ul Islamia, Sadar Lahore Cantt. Asim Makhdum information Secretary JUI, Asadullah Ashfaqi president of International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement Punjab, Yunus Hasan provincial general secretary and Abdul Hafeez Chaudhry of Idara Paigham Rahmat ulil Aalameen spoke at the rally.
Representatives of Deobandi, Barelvi, Ahle Sunnat and Ahle Hadith sects participated in the rally.
The speakers talked of their resolve to put a stop to Qadianis’ activities with force. Qadianis’ mosques and centers will be eliminated; if the authorities do not do that, the lovers of the Prophet (PBUH) will accomplish this task, they said. “We know Qadiani centers and their people; you will soon come to know what happens to them. All plans are ready,” they threatened. The Khatme Nabuwwat lawyers have charted their plan of action; it will be implemented soon. The mullas declared Ahmadis to be Wajib ul Qatl (must be put to death).
Mulla Omar Mumtaz Awan took out a rally at 3 p.m. He paid tribute to Mr. Z.A. Bhutto for pressing the legislation through the National Assembly that declared Qadiani mischief to be non-Islamic. ‘Qadianis are Wajib ul Qatl; they have no right to live in this country,’ he asserted.
The rally shouted anti-Ahmadi abuse profusely.
Mr. Shahbaz Sharif’s residence and office are not far from where all this was happening.
Two-day anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; October 24-25, 2013: There is no justification to allow mullas to hold anti-Ahmadiyya conferences in Rabwah where 95% of the residents are Ahmadis. Mullas assemble here from all over the country to insult Ahmadis and threaten the peace of the city. The authorities are requested every time to disallow such conferences in Rabwah, but they oblige the mulla. On the contrary, Ahmadis are not allowed to assemble in their own town for even sports tournaments.
Another anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held in Rabwah on 24, 25 October, 2013 in the Jamia Masjid Muslim Colony. The attendance was sizeable – up to 9000 men. Mullas who spoke in the conference were, Fazlur Rahman, Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haidari, Azizur Rahman Jalandhari, Abdul Malik, Tahir Ashrafi, Allah Wasaya, Abdul Majeed Ludhianvi, Pir Nasiruddin Khakwani, Abdullah Bhakkar, Pir Ji Abdul Hafeez Raipuri, Abdul Ghafoor of Taxila, Muhammad Ismail Shujja Abadi, Sahibzada Khalil Ahmad, Haji Abdul Rasheed, Mufti Muhammad Rashid Madni, Zubair Ahmad Zaheer, Amjad Khan, Mufti Kafayat Ullah, Ziaullah Shah Bokhari, Dr. Abdul Sami, Mufti Muhammad Tayyab, Abdul Hameed Lund, Dr. Liaquat Ali, Mufti Muhammad Usman, Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai, Ilyas Ghumman, Dr. Deen Muhammad Faridi, Syed Salman Gilani, Muhammad Ajmal Qadri, Abdul Hameed Lund, Abdul Waheed Qasmi, Muhammad Usman Malki, Ihsanullah Farooqi, Masood Ahmad Somro, Shafiqur Rahman, Noorul Haq, Mujeebur Rehman Qureshi, Muhammad Riaz, Abdul Ahmad, Hasan Abbasi, Abdul Rashid Sial, Mukhtar Ahmad, Muhammad Khalid, Muhammad Arif, Muhammad Qasim, Mohammad Zahid Wasim, Muhammad Tayyab Farooqi, Abdul Razzaq, Muhammad Anas, Muhammad Ahmad, Muhammad Shahid, Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Ilyas, Muhammad Iqbal and Shamsuddin.
All of the above spoke filth against the Ahmadiyya leadership. They left no stone unturned to provoke the audience against Ahmadis.
All major vernacular dailies reported the conference in detail. The daily Jang, dated October 26, 2013 printed in bold headlines:
The country’s security is in great danger by Indian Qadian, not by Taliban: Ulamae Karam
Qadianis in important governmental posts are conspiring against the country, they must be fired: Maulana Fazlur Rahman
The mullas availed the occasion to peddle their national and international political ware. They said the following which are translated from their own press release published in the dailies Jang and Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore of October 26, 2013, inter alia:
- The government must put a stop to drone attacks, quit the Crusaders’ war and have a dialogue with the Taliban.
- The UN should take notice of drone attacks; the delay in dialogue with Taliban amounts to pushing the country to destruction: Maulana Fazlur Rahman and others
- This conference strongly condemns inhuman cruelty practiced against Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
- We demand that Pervez Musharraf and all others be brought to justice in court, who handed over the nation to imperialists for a few dollars.
- Foreign agencies are involved in suicide attacks, sectarianism and sabotage in the country to promote anarchy and political instability.
- The entire state has become a hostage with Qadianis and other small minorities.
- The Qadiani mischief was created to be Israel’s agent, to promote Zionist political interests; it is trained by European powers.
(Note: Ahmadiyya community was formed 59 years before Israel was created.)
- The entire Millat, the Shariat and indeed the entire humankind revolves around the dogma of End of Prophethood.
- The demand to declare Mirzais (Ahmadis) Non-Muslims was made by the Muslim masses in the light of the thoughts of Allama Iqbal and the Quaid-i-Azam.
(Note: It is a fact of history that in June 1944 the Quaid-i-Azam did not allow a proposal to be tabled by mulla Badayuni in a Muslim League session that Ahmadis, for being non-Muslim, should not be allowed membership of the Muslim League.)
Following resolutions were adopted and demands made on the government by the rally, inter alia:
- We fully support the dialogue and diplomatic approach to Taliban.
- We see the hand of Qadianis in the on-going extremism and terrorism in the country.
- We demand from all the Nikah Registrars that the declaration regarding faith in the End of Prophethood and the apostasy of Mirza Qadiani be signed by the bride and the bridegroom at the time of the Nikah. The government should include such certification in all Nikah forms.
- Admission forms to public and private educational institutes should contain certification regarding faith in the End of Prophethood and the apostasy of Mirza Qadiani.
- Qadiani terrorist organizations namely Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya (Association of Ahmadi youth), Tehrik Jadid, Ansarullah (Association of Ahmadi men above forty years of age), Lajna Imailla (Ahmadi women’s association), Atfalul Ahmadiyya (Ahmadi children’s association) should be effectively banned and all their assets in the country and abroad should be confiscated.
(Note: Tehrik Jadid (Anjuman) was initially established in pre-Partition India in 1946, under Act XXI of 1860 and is tasked to propagate Ahmadiyya teachings all over the world.)
- Lessons on End of Prophethood should be part of school syllabi which should be Islamic rather than secular.
- The ownership of roads and playgrounds in Chenab Nagar should be transferred to the (official) TMA.
- Arms’ depots in Chenab Nagar should be destroyed.
- In the light of anti-Ahmadiyya ordinance the Qadiani press should be sealed, publication of Qadiani dailies and magazines be stopped and the declaration (official permission) of their daily Alfazl should be cancelled.
Extensive security measures were adopted. The police provided full support. Various slogans were shouted in full throat including Qadianiat Murdah Baad (Death to Qadianiyat). Anti-Ahmadi books were on sale in a book stall. The rally had its Information Center, Parking, Food and Water Supply, a Traffic Plan, Free Dispensary, etc.
All the 9,000 participants were provided free food. All other expenses were also on the house. THE QUESTION: From where the mullas get the money for this extravaganza?
Hate speech: a press report fit for archives
Conference participants were told to wage holy war against the Ahmadiyya community
Lahore; September 16, 2013: The daily The Express Tribune published the following report from Lahore, the capital of the Punjab where Mr. Shahbaz Sharif is the chief minister; he is younger brother of Mr. Nawaz Sharif the prime minister of Pakistan. The report and proceedings are almost typical of what has been permitted to go on routinely in this huge province, for years. It deserves to be placed on record in entirety.
Hate speech: Conference calls for boycott of Ahmadis
Lahore: Speakers at an anti-Ahmadi conference on Saturday vowed to expel all members of the Ahmadi community from the city.
The Radd-i-Qadianiyat Conference was held at Jamia Naeemia. The participants were told they had a duty to wage a holy war against Ahmadis. The audience which included a large number of students of the Jamia, vowed to wage ‘jihad’ against Ahmadis through their writings, speech, charity funds and corporal strength.
Maulana Ghulam Hussain Kiani, one of the speakers, said they would force Ahmadis to leave the city. “Their presence has polluted the city… their so-called places of worship are in fact centers of conspiracies against Muslims,” he said.
Kiani said that he had the ‘honour’ of ensuring the removal of Kalima Tayyeba from Darul Zikr, an Ahmadi worship place, at Garhi Shahu.
Advocate Badiuz Zaman, another speaker, told the participants not to befriend any Ahmadis. “Sharing utensils with Ahmadis is sinful,” he said, “Being friends with them is worse… the Holy Prophet (pbuh) disapproved of that.”
Zaman asked the participants to promise that they would do everything in their power to oppose Ahmadis in every way.
Stage Secretary Maulvi Muhammad Asghar urged the participants to take practical measures against the ‘blasphemers’. “How can you eat your meals in peace while there are Ahmadis living peacefully in your city?” he said. Asghar accused former Supreme Court Bar Association president Aasma Jehangir of committing blasphemy, “That must be stopped at all cost,” he said.
Asghar also told the participants to stop consuming foods and beverages produced by Shezan. “They are made by Ahmadis. Buying these helps their movement against Muslims,” he said.
“There are 1,200 Ahmadis currently fighting for the Israel Defense Forces,” Asghar said, “They torture innocent Muslim Palestinians… Muslims shouldn’t even shake hands with Ahmadis.”
Sahibzada Syed Ibrarul Hasan Shah was also critical of the Ahle Hadith.
He said, “I don’t know why they think they are the ‘thekedars’ (guardians) of Khatam-i-Nabuwwat … they don’t even have the proper respect for the Holy Prophet (pbuh).”
The head of Jamia Naeemia said that according to the law, Ahmadis could not call themselves Muslims or preach their faith. They could also not call their places of worship mosques, but did.
The state should take action against them for violating the law, he said. “All schools of Islamic thought agree that Ahmadis are not Muslims,” he said.
Several people recited poems insulting Ahmadis and their religious leaders.
Mufti Haseeb Qadri, another speaker, regretted the language and criticized the conference organizers. “There should be some difference between the language used in the streets and a conference in a religious seminary,” he said, “The speakers should not have used indecent language. They should have focused on the subject.”
Munawar Ali Shahid, a member of the Ahmadiyya community told The Express Tribune that the Anti-Ahmadi campaign was making their lives difficult.
He said the community in Lahore feared for their lives. “Many Ahmadi businessmen have left the city… instead of curbing such hateful speech the government provides these people security,” Shahid said.
Report from Karachi where an Operation is under way
Orangi Town, Karachi; November 4, 2013: The SSP, an organization banned for terrorism, held a conference ‘Jalsa’ here on Bijli Nagar Rd. It started at 19:30 and continued till late at night. In addition to the local leader of Sipah Sahaba, Maulvi Aurangzeb Farooqui also addressed the crowd. This sectarian rally was aimed at spreading hate and violence against Ahmadis.
One of the speakers said, “Never forget the laws related to Khatme Nabuwwat. Islam ought to be imposed in this country. Rise, and put an end to infidels. Follow the example of Hazrat Umar. We urge the government to expel Qadianis from the country; otherwise we will undertake this task. Legislate the law to hang the blasphemers, otherwise we and our youth will do that. We’ll get killed and we will kill. We shall not step back and this struggle will go on. Those who plan to neutralize us should come forth and see in Karachi that everyone is following the footsteps (misaal) of Sahabah. Pakistan is ours and will continue to remain ours.”
Poems were sung and speeches were made; all these aimed at promoting violence. Shots were fired in the air by the trainees and SSP activists in a nearby street. This place is close to the Momin Abad police station. Apparently no action was taken to put a lid on this boiling expression of violence and extremism.
This location is close to the local Ahmadiyya mosque. A number of Ahmadi residents have been target-killed here in the recent past.
Some youth of this locality had gone somewhere during the past few months. They’ve come back. They appear to have attended a training camp somewhere. Since their return, anti-Ahmadi recee activities have gone up. It is a cause of great concern to Ahmadis in the neighborhood.
On November 8, 2013 Mr. Irfan ul Hasan Azhar, Ahmadi was walking home in Orangi Town at about 1 p.m. when a duo of pillion riders intercepted him. The man on the back-seat had his face covered; he held Mr. Azhar by the neck from the rear, and asked him the whereabouts of the Kiyani family. (Three members of this Ahmadi family have already been target-killed.) Mr. Azhar attempted to hit him with his fist. The scuffle attracted the attention of passers-by. This prompted the thugs to drive away.
A rabid rally
Wara, District Larkana; December 12, 2013: Local Deobandi mullas held a big anti-Ahmadi conference in their mosque. They had invited some mullas from not only Sindh but Bahawalpur as well. The conference started at 10.a.m. and ended at 2 p.m. The speakers used foul and provocative language against Ahmadis.
One of the mullas, Abdul Ghafoor Haidari told the audience that, “Ahmadis are American agents and are confirmed Kafirs.” Another declared, “Ahmadis are Wajibul Qatl (must be killed). I shall bear all the expenses of any Muslim who kills them, and assure him release within a month.” He also talked of a ‘Qadiani’ he had got arrested but the local elders and a JCO took money from Qadianis and got him released. “Cursed be the Muslim who maintains any relationship with Qadianis,” said another.
Hateful pamphlet distributed in Sargodha
Sargodha; January 2013: Shubban-e-Khatme Nabuwwat of Sargodha, a branch of the Khatme Nabuwwat Sargodha, located in Lakkar Mandi, published and distributed a two-page hateful anti-Ahmadi pamphlet. Its message is not only provocative, it provides addresses of 77 Ahmadi businesses and professionals for the implied action. It lists inter alia Ahmadi doctors, practicing lawyers, industrial units owned by Ahmadis and even a few government officials. The pamphlet is in clear violation of Pakistan Penal Code 153-A. The authorities apparently have taken no action against the mullas responsible for this illegal act that promotes inter-communal hate and violence.
Similar tract was published in Faisalabad. It also listed Ahmadiyya businesses and addresses of Ahmadi professionals. The authorities took no action. Subsequently numerous incidents of anti-Ahmadi violence and persecution happened in that city and the district. The mullas seem to have noticed that the authorities took no notice of such violations of the law, so they repeated that crime in Sargodha.
On this pamphlet’s title page is printed: Every drop of blood is dedicated to the honour of the Prophet. Following edict is posted at the end of the 77 listed addresses:
Fatwa: On the basis of heretic beliefs and writings, the ulama of all schools of thought of Muslim Ummah have proclaimed Mirzais (Ahmadis) infidels and heretics. All the terms with Mirzais, such as sharing happiness or grief, business, relationships, in fact any kind of relationship is illegitimate. And whoever maintains a link with them is a transgressor, sinful and deserves hell, and he himself is an infidel who considers them Muslim.
At the end of the pamphlet there is the following note:
Note: There is a famous hospital of Qadianis (Tahir Heart Center) in Chenab Nagar. To visit any doctor of this hospital for check up and get treatment from there is religiously forbidden. It is a sin of the highest degree.
Despite the above (or perhaps because of the above) the pamphlet carries the following assertion on its cover:
“None in the Khatme Nabuwwat caravan is a bigot. (But) One who is without conscience (bey-zamir) is not a fellow-traveler of the Prophet.”
The pamphlet introduces the Shubban-e-Khatme Nabuwwat as a youth organization established by mulla Akram Toofani in 1981.It invites desirous elements from other colleges and universities to establish its branches there by contacting the management at Phone Nrs. 0336-6154445, 048-3710474, 0315-4900666 and 0300-8651074. Mulla Toofani (whose name literally means Typhoon) is a resident of Sargodha, and is routinely forbidden by authorities to enter other districts during the month of Muharram.
The publishers have provided the following phone numbers on the tract for contact:
0300-9606593, 0321-6024664; 0300-8651074; 0301-6729986 and 0300-8651074.
If the authorities fail to follow up the above leads of these sectarian bigots who propagate violence, they cannot escape the responsibility if violence erupts.
Outrageous disinformation about Ahmadis
Lahore; July 14, 2013: The daily Jang, Lahore published a news item in 2-columns, reported by its Special Correspondent. Its translation:
“Qadianis play major role in spreading anarchy in the country: Majlis Ahrar Islam
Lahore: (Special Correspondent) Mahr Azhar Hussain Vance declared in a statement that Qadianis have depots of modern weapons in Chenab Nagar (Rabwah). These weapons are used in acts of terrorism in the country. He stated that Qadianis play a major role in spreading anarchy in the country. Qadianis holding key posts continue to disclose national secrets.
“They are working as Jewish, Israeli and Indian agents. These Israeli agents are promoting themselves in Europe by spreading disorder in the country. The authorities should take note of apostatizing activities of these Mirzais.”
While mullas are known for their practice of deceit and deception, it is strange that the leading national newspaper should publish their rubbish without any qualm or query.
Pakistan Ulama Council to celebrate an anti-Ahmadi week
The Publicity Department of the Pakistan Ulama Council has announced a week of activities, 1 to 7 September, ostensibly in defense of the honour of Hazrat Isa and the Imam Mahdi.
According to the announcement the week will be celebrated all over the country to ‘expose Qadianiat’. The central leadership of the Council will address conferences in Spain, Belgium and Holland from 1 to 10 September.
The Ahle-Islam were reminded that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani who was not only a traitor to the dogma of End of Prophethood, but also insolent (Gustakh) to Hazrat Isa, insolent to Imam Mahdi, insolent to Hazrat Ibrahim and insolent even to God and His prophets, how could he be called a Muslim? (sic)
It is noteworthy that while the whole world is clamouring for religious tolerance and harmony, these mullas are agitating the common man over a false and fabricated issue and are travelling all the way to Europe to disturb the communal peace there.
Pakistan Ulama Council is headed by mulla Tahir Ashrafi who enjoys state support.
Mullas permitted sectarian activities in Rabwah
Rabwah; January 25, 2013: In view of the bitter experience of the past, the Ahmadiyya central office in Rabwah requested the authorities in writing to stop the rallies and processions planned by mullas in Rabwah on the occasion of 12 Rabiul Awwal, the birthday of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.). Some extracts are translated below:
“Three main rallies are taken out in Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) on the occasion of 12 Rabiul Awwal. One of these starts from Masjid Bukhari of Muhalla Darul Fazl. It goes to the Aqsa square via the bus stand. There highly provocative language is used against the Ahmadiyya community. On its way back to the bus stand it stops at two or three places and the speakers speak profanity against the Ahmadiyya community. It ends at the bus stand raising anti-Ahmadiyya slogans. The second procession starts from Kot Wasawa, a suburb of Chenab Nagar. It reaches the Aqsa Square via the Degree College. The speakers badmouth there the elders of the Ahmadiyya community instead of speaking on the merits of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). They raise anti-Ahmadiyya slogans. The rally ends at the bus stand. The third rally starts from a suburban area of Chenab Nagar, Khichian. It also reaches the bus stand via Aqsa Square. Participants join it from nearby areas of Ahmad Nagar and Chiniot.
“At the occasion of 12 Rabiul Awwal, these hostile activities are allowed since long. This year the same is expected. In the backdrop of country’s sensitive religious and political situation, the state of law and order, even a slight provocation could make the situation worse.
“Ninety-five percent population of Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) is Ahmadi who is denied their freedom of expression; on the contrary the above mentioned elements are routinely allowed to indulge in anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda. This situation is an open threat to law and order. It is also worth mentioning that most of the participants in the rallies are brought from outside under special arrangements and they are allowed to badmouth the locals openly.
“In these circumstances you are requested to take appropriate precautionary measures in advance. Firm assurance should be given by the mullas before they are granted permission. In addition to appropriate security measures their proceedings should be recorded also.”
Regrettably, as before, the authorities allowed the mullas to converge on Rabwah. They did not fail to indulge in hateful activities to hurt the feelings of the local Ahmadi population. As usual the mullas availed of the rallies only to insult the locals. They disturbed the life of a whole town where they had no right to assemble. Children could not go to their schools and markets remained closed. They spoke not on the theme of the anniversary but spread sectarian hatred and posed a threat to the law and order in Rabwah whose residents had to remain on guard.
Hostile conferences in violation of law
Rawalpindi; January 29, 2013: Anti-Ahmadi opponents succeeded last year in depriving the Ahmadis of Rawalpindi of their right to worship in congregation. They had held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference on January 29, 2012 in a square next to Ahmadis’ place of worship, Ewan-i-Tauheed, and later named the square, “Khatme Nabuwwat Square”. A year later they again held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference at the same location. It was publicized through banners and posters throughout the city by Sharjeel Mir, the leading anti-Ahmadiyya figure.
This conference started at 7 p.m. Approximately 300 men attended it. A dozen mullas made venomous speeches there against the Ahmadiyya community. The local Amir of Khatme Nabuwwat faction, Maulvi Mushtaq was among them. They declared Ahmadis infidels and Wajibul Qatl (must be killed). One mulla called Ms. Aasma Jahangir a Qadiani and threatened agitation if she is appointed caretaker prime minister. Sharjeel Mir said, “According to law Qadianis cannot worship in congregation. According to Islam they are apostates and Wajibul Qatl (must be killed). (sic) I’ll see to it that Qadianis are expelled from this location.” He demanded from the administration to seal Ewan-i-Tauheed, the Ahmadiyya centre. This conference lasted till 01:00 a.m. past midnight.
This conference was in gross violation of the law of the land, PPC 153-A. The police were present, but seemed to be happy with this violation as it affected only a marginalized community. The events of Karachi and Quetta, caused by sectarian bigots were of little education to the Punjab government.
Faisalabad; February 14, 2013: Anti-Ahmadi mullas held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Mustafabad in Karim Nagar area of Faisalabad. They spoke venomous slander against the Ahmadiyya community. The conference was presided over by Mufti Muhammad Hussain. Qazi Kausar Hussain, Allah Wasaya and Muhammad Ilyas were the main speakers. One of them declared Ahmadis Wajibul Qatl (must be killed) and another urged the audience to implement a complete social boycott of Ahmadis. They announced holding of another Khatme Nabuwwat conference on April 18, 2013.
Kotri, District Hyderabad; February 12, 2013: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held in the mosque of Ahle Hadith in Labour Colony, Phase III, Kotri. It was organized by mulla Muhammad Khubaib. Mulla Rahmatullah was called from Karachi to address this crowd. He spoke venomously against Ahmadis and indulged in slander against the elders of their community. He urged the audience to implement a complete social boycott against Ahmadis. He declared Ahmadis Wajibul Qatl (must be killed).
Golra; March 11, 2013: Opponents of the Ahmadiyya community held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in this town that is adjacent to the federal capital. It was addressed by Pir Jalalud Din Gilani, Nizamud Din Jami, Syed Riaz Hussain Shah, Babar Awan etc. Speakers spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community. Following was said, inter alia:
- If a Qadiani (Ahmadi) is not loyal to our Holy Prophet (PBUH), how can he be loyal to our country? A notice is taken of any contempt of court, but no action is taken here against contempt of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)!
- An international TV channel of Khatme Nabuwwat is urgently needed. Its head office should be in London. The well-off are requested to donate generously.
- No prophet is ever a slave; so the Mirza cannot be a true prophet as his name was Ghulam Ahmad (slave of Ahmad).
- A reporter admired Mulla Shabir Usmani (of Khatme Nabuwwat mosque in Muslim Colony Chenab Nagar, Rabwah) in that he had established a centre of Khatme Nabuwwat in Chenab Nagar. Mulla Shahid felt jealous and retorted that he had been deceived: Shabir Usmani suffered from a heart attack and he went to a Qadiani doctor; he should have preferred death to a treatment by a Qadiani doctor. His children were being taught by Mirzai (Ahmadi) teachers, and he indulged in buying and selling to Mirzais.
This conference was attended by approximately five thousand participants, five hundred of them were women. A number had come from Jhang, Multan and Muslim Colony.
G-9, Islamabad; March 15, 2012: Mullas held another Khatme Nabuwwat conference in the Jamia Masjid and madrassa Zulqarnain in Sector G-9 in the capital. The police intended to disallow the conference but allowed it after receiving assurance through phone-calls from an anti-Ahmadiyya centre in Golra that the proceedings will be peaceful. The police readily agreed.
Qari Saleem Naeemi shouted insults against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community. Another mulla Syed Hashmi who had come from India also spoke against the Ahmadiyya community. Approximately 250 participated in the conference. Most of them were madrassa students who kept on raising anti-Ahmadiyya slogans during the conference.
The sectarian extremism displayed in the conference was unworthy of the capital, and the police should not have permitted the event in the first place.
Mianwali Sindhwan, Sialkot; March 1, 2013: Anti-Ahmadi mullas held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference here in Jamia Masjid Gumbad Wali. Mulla Allah Wassaya came from Multan to address it. There were other mullas too. They indulged in slander against the Ahmadiyya community. A few samples from their rhetoric:
- A Muslim even if sinful, of loose character, adulterer or drunken, is still much better than a Qadiani.
- Thanks to the butchers who refused to slaughter animals offered as sacrifice by Qadianis on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha
- Remove the Quranic verses and Islamic inscriptions from the gravestones of Ahmadis’ graves, as Ahmadis have no right to Quranic verses.
This conference lasted till midnight.
Anti-Ahmadiyya banner in Dunyapur
Dunyapur, District Lodhran; April 2013: Mullas of Aalami Tahaffuze Khatme Nabuwwat Pakistan put up anti-Ahmadiyya banner in Dunyapur. It conveyed:
All Ahle Islam (Muslims) are informed that The Interactive Learning System, Model Town, Dunyapur is the educational institute of Qadianis (Mirzais). Do not educate your children in this institute and save the faith and Hereafter of your children.
From: Aalami Tahaffuze Khatme Nabuwwat Pakistan (Dunyapur)
Anti-Ahmadiyya conferences and Friday sermons
Rahim Yar Khan; April 23, 2013: A natiya [to describe the merits of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in poetry] conference was held here by the Majlis Tahauffuze Khatme Nabuwwat. However, availing the opportunity, mulla Allah Wassaya indulged in anti-Ahmadiyya rhetoric. He also mentioned the disinterment which was undertaken a few days earlier in Chak 133-P of District Rahim Yar Khan by the district authorities under the pressure of the mullas. This rally was attended by approximately 400 participants, mostly madrassa students.
Chiniot; March 22, 2013: Mulla Amir Hamza (a leader of Tehrike Hurmate Rasul Pakistan) delivered Friday sermon in Markaz Madina, Faisalabad Road, Chiniot. He leveled scandalous allegations against the Ahmadiyya community and its founder. He left no stone unturned to provoke the audience against Ahmadis. “The Mujahideen will soon tear India to bits through God’s help, and will raise the flag of Islam all over the world, including Qadian,” he bragged.
The blasphemous banner
Ahmadpur Sharqia, District Bahawalpur; May 10, 2013: Those hostile to Ahmadis displayed a blasphemous banner in front of the Ahmadiyya mosque on which filthy language was written against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community. Ahmadis met the police to complain. The DSP and the SHO were helpful and arranged the removal of the hateful banner.
Saith Colony, District Okara; May 14, 2013: A mulla spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community in the Ahle-Hadith mosque and provoked the audience against Ahmadis. “The only punishment of an apostate is death …. Who will come forward and punish the followers of a fake prophet, if the authorities do not do that? Ahmadis are wajib-ul-qatl (must be killed). The Apostasy law was implemented in the days of Khilafat Rashida and apostasy was made punishable with death. We urge the government to have this legislated in the (National) assembly,” he bellowed.
Bhibrana Qasmi Colony, District Jhang; May 30, 2013: A session of Dars Quran-o-Hadith was conducted here. It commenced at 9:30 p.m. and lasted until 2 a.m. Four speeches were made. The first was about the merits of the Holy Quran, while the rest of the three speeches were full of slander against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community.
Anti-Ahmadiyya hate-provoking banners
Sheikhupura; September 7, 2013: Anti-Ahmadiyya extremist elements displayed hate-provoking banners, at prominent places in the city. Some of these are translated below:
- The historic decision of 7 September 1974: The Islamic World achieved this great triumph through the sacred blood of martyrs of Khatme Nabuwwat.
From: Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat, Sheikhupura
- 7 September 1974 calls for complete boycott of Qadianis, the deniers of Khatme Nabuwwat, the enemies of Islam.
- Through the great decision of 7 September 1974, Islam won and the Qadiani infidelity lost. The historic decision of 7 September 1974 was the result of great struggle of the leaders of the Ummat.
- On 7 September 1974 the elected government of Pakistan constitutionally declared Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, the accursed and the false claimant of prophet-hood and his followers non-Muslims due to their hidden beliefs. We pay tribute to that Assembly: (From: Anjuman Tajran Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat and Jamiat Ulamae Islam)
This year the opponents of Ahmadis planned extensively celebrations on September 7. A great deal of publicity was undertaken. Week long or 10-day programs were organized for this purpose. A number of conferences and processions were organized to incite the public against Ahmadis throughout the county.
Seven anti-Ahmadi conferences in one town
Daska, District Sialkot; September 2013: Opponents of Ahmadiyyat held daily conferences, seven in all, in Daska, District Sialkot. Intense hate-language was used against Ahmadis. The audience was incited against Ahmadis. They were urged to implement a complete social boycott of Ahmadis. The mullas declared Ahmadis Wajibul Qatl (must be killed) and urged the participants to report to the police station if they found any Ahmadi indulging in Islamic practices or using epithets.
Anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda in high gear in the provincial capital of the Punjab
Lahore; April 2012: The anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat faction became very active in Lahore in weeks prior to a major rally planned for April 21. A lot of activity was noticed in Tajpura, Shalamar, Gulshan Park, Miskeenpura; the most affected was Mughalpura.
In Mughalpura, half a dozen youth were seen at 2 a.m. pasting anti-Ahmadiyya posters on walls and throwing leaflets in homes. The students of Madrassah Jaffri in Zainul Abideen mosque were tasked to visit homes in daytime to tell the residents that Ahmadis are kafir and wajib-ul-qatl; boycott them, do no business with them; they should be finished off (khatam kar dein). The mosque organized a one-day course to that end. On April 9, they held an elaborate Khatme Nabuwwat conference in this mosque. Stalls were set up outside where anti-Ahmadi literature was available for sale and free distribution. Food was served, free of cost to the participants of the conference. The speakers used abusive language against Ahmadis. One of them minced no words: “Qadianis are Kafir, they are wajib-ul-qatl (must be killed); their killing is an act of great reward (sawab).” The youth attending the rally were made to declare on oath: We dedicate our lives to defend the Divine faith so as to uproot Qadianiat. The participants were told by a mulla that Ahmadis are enemies of both Islam and the country; they shall not be tolerated; Muslims, move into action and finish off Qadianis (Mussalmano, maidan-e-amal mein utar aao aur Qadianion ko khatm kar do); they are apostates and outside the pale of Islam. The audience were told of the major conference scheduled for April 21 in Shalamar Chowk and were urged to attend it.
Ghazi Abad in Tajpura, Lahore is a stronghold of the banned Sipah Sahaba. These people are rabidly anti-Ahmadiyya. The Sunni Tehrik and Ahle Hadith are also committed to anti-Ahmadi agenda. They held conferences in the Tajpura area on April 13 and 14.
In Shalamar area, they held a conference on March 21 to herald the big event on April 21. They held another rally on April 14 in which a few dozen youth on motor cycles paraded the banners for the big conference. They put up a major poster in front of the Ahmadiyya mosque in Shalamar Town.
The mullas were active in Gulshan Park too to publicize the rally of April 21. They undertook wall-chalking and pasted posters in the area. They held a meeting in the Fatehgarh sector to plan anti-Ahmadiyya activities.
In Miskeenpura mosque, the mulla gives anti-Ahmadiyya sermons (daras) every day after the early morning prayer (fajar). The 21 April conference was publicized in Baghbanpura too.
The Ahmadiyya Community Lahore informed the city administration of all the above, and urged them to take preventive action. However, the authorities have their own perspective on the matter. Ahmadis took some self-defence measures as permitted by law and propriety, and turned to God for protection through weekly fasts and extra daily prayers.
An intensive hate campaign in a Lahore neighbourhood
Rahmanpura, Lahore; May 2012: Opponents of the Ahmadiyya community distributed hateful posters and pamphlets in which they pointed out Ahmadi businessmen of Township and College Rd. with names and addresses, and urged the public to stop dealing with them. They attempted to leave no stone unturned in their provocative drive against Ahmadis.
In the pamphlet that listed Ahmadi businessmen, they asserted:
“Mirzais (Ahmadis) are distributing their literature of apostasy and infidelity through-out the world. Every Mirzai, individual or business, donates a specific amount for this drive of infidelity and apostasy. This year Mirzais allocated a vast sum of 2.06 billion rupees for this loathsome mission. So, every Muslim who trades with Mirzais or uses their products supports them financially in their worldwide anti-Islam and anti-Muhammad campaign. O’ Muslim, ponder: if a Muslim is delinked from the Green Dome through your financial indiscretion, would your link continue with the Prophet of Madina (P.B.U.H.)? So, for God’s sake stop this accursed practice, and stop the others too.”
They also attached the following fatwa with this offensive poster:
“All sections of the Muslim world (Deobandi, Barelvi, Ahle Hadith) have decreed that Qadianis are Zindique (heretics), infidels and apostates. So, having any social or economic relations with them like participating in their events of sorrow and happiness, exchange of greetings, friendship, cordial relationship, their company, trading with them, to be employed by them, and to buy their products are all haram (forbidden by the Sharia). The one who maintains a relationship with them is depraved, wrongdoer and liable to the punishment in hell. One who thinks Mirzais are Muslims, or calls them better than Muslims is himself the worst infidel. (This decree contains signatures of 1500 renowned ulama of the time).”
First such a list of Ahmadi businessmen was compiled and distributed in towns far from this capital. Having seen that the authorities do not react to this grossly unlawful and incriminating act, the mulla is emboldened to indulge in that forbidding act inside the provincial capital itself.
Such is the protection to minorities offered by the government of the Punjab.
Open-air rallies and hate campaign
Promoting enmity between different groups, etc.: Whoever, (a) by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or incites, or attempts to promote or incite, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence. language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities; or (b) commits, or incites any other person to commit, any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities or any group of persons identifiable as such on any ground whatsoever and which disturbs or is likely to disturb public tranquillity; or (c) organizes, or incites any other person to organize, and exercise, movement, drill or other similar activity intending that the participants in any such activity shall use or be trained to use criminal force or violence or knowing it to be likely that the participants in any such activity will use or be trained to use criminal force or violence or participates, or incites any other person to participate, in any such activity intending to use or be trained to use criminal force or violence or knowing it to be likely that the participants in any such activity will use or be trained, to use criminal force or violence, against any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community or any group of persons identifiable as such on any grounds whatsoever and any such activity for any reason whatsoever cause or is likely to cause fear or alarm or a feeling of insecurity amongst members of such religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine.
Pakistan Penal Code 153A
This year this chapter is bulkier than of any previous year. It shows that anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda has become much more intensive. The law quoted above is violated openly all over the country every day. What is said by rabid sectarian bigots is almost unbelievable. It can be asserted with confidence that the propaganda in Nazi Germany against their targeted communities was not more venomous and evil. In Pakistan, the mulla is free to openly state that Ahmadis are Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed). By this he means that any Muslim has the license to kill an Ahmadi anytime. This language is rare in any civilized society in the 21st century. The surprising thing is that the big explosion has not happened – yet. However if it does happen, it should surprise no one. The virile propaganda goes on even in Islamabad. Mullas, who are otherwise banned to enter District Chiniot at the time of Muharram or are gagged by the authorities, are facilitated to converge on Rabwah routinely three or four times every year. It is all mind-boggling.
Ahmadiyya produced drink banned by lawyers in Lahore
Lahore: The daily The Express Tribune published the following report in its issue of February 11, 2012 (Excerpts):
Barred: Lawyers ban drink on court complex
LBA bans Shezan drinks, vows tough action against those found buying or selling Qadiani-owned products on premises
By Rana Yasir
Published: February 11, 2012
Lahore: The Lahore Bar Association (LBA) has banned Shezan drinks from subordinate court complexes and vowed tough action against those found buying or selling Qadiani-owned products on court premises.
The decision was reached on Thursday at the LBA’s bar room in the LDA plaza following a motion by Advocate Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry, president of Khatme Nabuwwat Lawyers Forum (KNLF).
LBA President Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told The Express Tribune that more than 100 lawyers unanimously voted for the ban on Shezan drinks for being the product of Ahmadis. The house also vowed to ban other products at a later stage.
Zulfiqar said that the association had launched a campaign to ensure a complete ban on Shezan drinks in subordinate court canteens etc. He said that he had constituted a team to enforce this decision. He added that strict action would be taken against canteen owners found selling Shezan drinks in subordinate courts.
KNLF President Advocate Choudhary said the LBA president had directed LBA Vice President Rana Javed Bashir Khan to coordinate enforcement of the ban in sessions courts, district courts, banking court, special court, Aiwan-i-Adl, in Model Town and Cantonment courts.
Several canteen owners, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the decision would hurt Ahmadi lawyers. They said it was far from clear how such initiatives will promote the welfare of the lawyers’ community.
Speaking with The Express Tribune Advocate Asma Jahangir said the resolution was condemnable. She said that it was also against the law. All lawyers are equal members in the LBA irrespective of their religion, she added.
She said if some lawyers did not like the product they could stop using it but not enforce bans.
It will be relevant to quote here a report from the daily Insaf, Lahore of February 20, 2012 that published the remarks made by KNLF in Insaf Forum at Lahore (Excerpts):
- Qadianis who have robbed the belief system of Muslims have yet to accept the reality of Pakistan.
- We shall not permit the sale of Shezan, Danish and Swedish products in courts’ premises including Evan-i-Adal (in Lahore).
- It is our mission to get Shezan products banned.
- Qadianis have committed letter substitution (tehrif) in the translations of the Holy Quran (sic), so as to misguide Muslims.
- Christians and other non-Muslims live peacefully in dear Pakistan and freely propagate and practice their religion; if Qadianis accept their minority status and stop following Islamic liturgy, we shall have no objection against them.
- Qadianis are Zindique (i.e. whose recantation is unacceptable and they must be put to death).
Note: The lawyers’ community in Lahore has allowed themselves to be hijacked by the president of the Khatme Nabuwwat Lawyers Forum (KNLF). But KNLF is not alone in this; last year, a section of the lawyers’ community volunteered to shower rose petals on Mumtaz Qadri, Governor Taseer’s assassin. It is the society in general about which Saroop Ijaz commented in the same newspaper four days earlier in the following words:
“A society cannot persecute and witch-hunt one community while being tolerant or progressive in any basic sense of these words. In our society, the clichéd and over-cited words of Martin Niemoller of “First they came…” are throbbing and piercingly animate.”
This happened in the capital, Islamabad
Islamabad; September 7, 2012: The mullas proposed and the authorities approved holding a Khatme Nabuwwat Conference on September 7, 2012 in the legendary Lal Masjid. Everyone knows that End of Prophethood is made out as a sectarian and highly controversial one-sided issue by the mulla, while the clerics and the state make sure that Ahmadis are not allowed even a whisper in their own defense. Having said that we report only brief highlights of what the mullas chose to say on that day in the well-known Lal Masjid to thousands of the exploitable audience.
- Mulla Aziz-ur-Rehman said, “We reaffirm today that we shall offer every sacrifice until our last breath, but we shall not allow any hurt to the honour of the Prophet.”
- Mulla Zahur Alvi, Khatib Masjid Imdadia F-6/4 said that Qadianis are terrorists.
- Mehtab Abbasi, editor daily Ausaf stated that great sacrifices were offered in Tehrik Namus Risalat 1973-74. (In fact the entire unrest was anti-Ahmadiyya.)
- Maulvi Amir Siddiqui (Khatib G-6 Markaz mosque) said that Lal Masjid has always been in the lead of Islamic movements. People ask why the Lal Masjid and Madrassah Hafsa were attacked; it is because they upheld Islam.
- Maulvi Allah Wasaya said that the Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat will continue until the Dooms Day.
- Maulvi Shafiq-ur-Rehman said that one who changes his parentage is not a legitimate son; Qadianis are not legitimate as they have changed their father (God forbid).
- Pir Luqman Hazarvi said, “Mirza discredited the Jihad and called it terrorism, (dehshat gardi). Qadianis, listen: Jihad will continue…. We are not terrorists, but we’ll sacrifice everything for the honour of the Prophet. If this law is repealed, everyone will become a Qadri.”
- Qari Khurshid of Jamia Faruqia, Rawalpindi said, “Anyone who seeks proof of (continuation of) prophethood is a Kafir… . The US government has written a letter to Pakistan to provide protection to Qadianis. The US is a terrorist (state); if this law is tampered with on its behest, the government will be responsible for any unrest (fitna) that ensues.”
- Allama Abdul Aziz Hakim (Ahle Hadith) was of the opinion, “If we want an end to the rule of American agents, we shall have to induct (cleric) dignitaries and religious parties in the government.”
- Maulvi Abdul Haq (JUI Punjab) recommended that such rallies should be held more often.
- Maulvi Shams said that Pakistan was based on Islam, and Islam was based on End of Prophethood.
- Mufti Kafayatulla (JUI) asserted that this mischief (of Ahmadiyyat) will be completely wiped out (Is fitney ka nam-o-nishan mita diya jaiga).
- Maulvi Ata ur Rehman (MNA of JUI) said that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was on the pay roll of the British; our leaders put an end to this fitna in 1974.
- Maulvi Tahir Ashrafi told the government to be mindful and not to disturb the status quo.
- Qari Mushtaq Ahmad (Khatme Nabuwwat, Rawalpindi) warned, “If Qadianis protest in Satellite Town (over the restrictions on their worship) we shall destroy their center (Imarat ki ek eint nahi miley gi); we should celebrate the entire month of September every year.”
- Maulvi Samiul Haq expressed the opinion, “Blood was shed unjustly in the Lal Masjid; we feel ashamed coming here.”
- Maulvi Abdul Waheed Qasmi (Khatme Nabuwat, Islamabad) said that no change in PPC 295-C shall be tolerated. He demanded immediate release of Mumtaz Qadri (Governor Taseer’s murderer).
- Maulvi Abdul Aziz offered that the mosque was at the disposal of all, be they Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat or the (banned) Sipah Sahabah.
AT the end of the session, loud and angry slogans were raised against Ahmadiyyat.
Apart from the Lal Masjid, anti-Ahmadi sermons were delivered in 12 different mosques in Islamabad. Their content was slanderous and hateful. A sampling of statements made therein is given below (leaving aside the tirade and the bad words):
- The imperialists recruited Qadianis as paid agents after 1857 (the Mutiny). (Note: Ahmadiyya Community was not founded till 32 years later.)
- Prove your Islam by sacrificing your lives.
- Qadianis are involved in terrorism.
- Shias believe in 12 Imams. Shias, Qadianis and Hazara Walas – all are apostates.
- Implement a complete boycott of Qadianis – social, business, personal, all.
- There shall be no prophet after the Holy Prophet; there is no need for one – the Ulema have been given the (great) task instead of the prophets.
- Boycott this fitna (of Qadianiat), and boycott their (industrial) products.
The sermons and rallies of September 7 were preceded by a preliminary conference in the Lal Masjid on September 1, so the authorities knew what was forthcoming.
The authorities may permit all the above, but from here it is only a small jump to a repeat of the events of July 2007 of the Lal Masjid where the mullas killed a colonel.
Still more extremism in the capital
I-8/1, Islamabad; August 31, 2012: A mulla delivered a sermon against the Ahmadiyya community on Friday. He declared Ahmadis to be the greatest mischief of this time. He declared Ahmadis Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed) and urged the audience to implement a complete social boycott of them. He announced that a conference will be held in Lal Masjid on September 7, 2012. The title of the conference would be, ‘The great triumph of the Muslim World of 7 September’ as Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims by the state on September 7, 1974. Leaflets concerning the conference in Lal Masjid were distributed among the worshippers after the Friday sermon.
G-7, Islamabad; September 14, 2012: The mulla of the G-7 mosque delivered a very offensive sermon against Ahmadis. He spoke against the founder of the community and agitated the audience against the Ahmadis. He said, “The denier of Khatme Nabuwwat and claimant of the false prophethood Mirza Ghulam Ahmad blasphemed against our Holy Prophet (PBUH) and we remain silent! What happened to our sense of honour? Why don’t we boycott them and initiate a Jihad against them … You should rise against them in Jihad and exterminate them …”
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An anti-Ahmadi conference scheduled in Rabwah for September 7, 2012
Rabwah: As per newspaper reports, communalists scheduled a conference in Rabwah on September 7. At such occasions the organizers and participants come from outside and pose a serious threat to the peace and law and order of this town. Following is noteworthy in this context:
- These conferences promote nothing but hatred and communal discord.
- Their primary object is provocation and aggression.
- The participants are transported to Rabwah from other towns. Their expenses are paid, and they come for mischief and fun.
- For the duration of the rally, the business and even private schools close down in Rabwah. Women are advised to stay at home.
- The Ahmadi citizens have to remain on guard to defend themselves against any violence.
- Participants take out processions, shout slogans, make offensive speeches and gestures in public. They roam into residential areas and make provocative visits to Ahmadiyya worship places.
- The authorities shamelessly disallow Ahmadis to hold a conference in Rabwah, while they allow the outsiders to assemble in this town on questionable grounds.
The Director Public Affairs, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, Rabwah wrote a letter to all the relevant authorities conveying his serious objection and reservations on this scheduled event and urged them to disallow it. “God forbid, if an infelicitous incident happens on account of this rally, its responsibility will surely lie with its participants and the administration. Last year too we made you a similar request to forestall the mischief of this event, but unfortunately nothing positive materialized,” he wrote.
End of Prophethood Day – in Rabwah and elsewhere in the country
September 7, 2012: On September 7, 1974, the national assembly, under the control of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto declared Ahmadis a non-Muslim minority. This day has since been annually celebrated by mullas, and occasionally by People’s Party leaders. When striving for votes, they remind the religious lobby that it was they who took this historic decision.
This year also mullas converged on Rabwah to celebrate this day. They came here as a token of manifest provocation, which as majority they continue to claim as a right from all governments, military as well as democratic. They indulge in violations of civic and political norms, but the weak state lacks courage to deny them intrusion into Rabwah where the non-Ahmadis’ presence is less than 5% of the population.
Rabwah: A two-day rally was permitted here by the authorities. It was held in madrassa Jamia Usmania Khatme Nabuwwat, Muslim Colony. A large number of clerics turned up to address a small crowd. The organisers had invited leaders of Pakistan Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Pakistan Shariat Council, Tehrik Hurmat Rasul, Majlis Ahrar Islam, JUI, Jamaat Islami, JUP, Jamaat ud Dawa, Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, Jamaat Ahle Hadith, Wafaq ul Madaras, JU Azad Kashmir, Tanzim Ahle Sunnat, Tehrik Madah Sahabah, Difa Pakistan Council etc. Some of these organizations are banned, while others comprise members who are former members of organizations banned for terrorist activities.
Here, we reproduce only a sample of what the speakers said on this occasion:
- Maulvi Ata ul Muhaiman Bokhari urged the audience not to go to Qadiani doctors for treatment. “Bhutto was right in declaring them Non-Muslims, Qadianis are the greatest mischief (fitna) of the present age”, he said.
- Qari Yaqub Sheikh said, “Whosoever claims Prophethood, will have his head cut through our Jihad.”
- Mulla Ilyas Chinioti said the Income Tax Department has levied a heavy tax on Qadianis. If they do not pay up, it will be considered defiance of the Pakistani constitution.
- Mulla Shabbir Usmani uttered abuse and insults against the founder of the Ahmadi community.
- Mulla Ahmad Siraj demanded that there should be a ban on referring to Qadianis as Ahmadis.
- Mulla Abdul Rahman Shah of the US said that the modern Satan had imposed pure cultural and doctrinal aggression on the Muslim Ummah; this has ushered in the most delicate period for the Ummah.
Qari Shabbir Usmani moved the following resolutions, inter alia, and had them passed in the conference:
- We condemn American drone attacks and Nato forces actions in FATA and our border violations by them. We express utmost grief and hurt over the killing of innocent persons by suicide bombers.
- Qadianis should be removed from all civil and military posts forthwith.
- A religion column should be added to CNICs, or different colour be allocated to Muslims’ cards and religious distinction as required by the constitution and law should be ensured.
- There should be an effective ban all over Pakistan on the Qadiani TV channel, MTA.
- Entry forms to all educational institutions should have an affidavit regarding the End of Prophethood and Kufr of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
- The school syllabus should contain lessons and material on Khatme Nabuwwat so that young generations are well-educated on the honour of the Prophet (Namus Risalat).
- Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya owes income tax of Rs one trillion, 46 billions, 320 million to the state for years 2011 and 2012. Qadianis offered to pay up Rs. 320 million. However, all must be recovered.
- All religious and Quranic epithets should be removed from Qadiani places of worship and secured by the authorities.
- A complete ban should be imposed on Ahmadiyya Youth, a terrorist organization (sic).
- The Nusrat Girls High School and the Girls College (in Rabwah) should be renamed Aisha Girls School and Fatima Girls College, as Nusrat was the name of Mirza’s wife.
- There should be a ban on Qadianis’ activities.
- Qadiani press in Chenab Nagar should be shut down. Permission given to them for publishing their periodicals should be withdrawn.
- Sharia should be imposed in Pakistan and the interest-based system should be outlawed.
- Umar Farooq, Deputy District Agriculture and Malik Zahur, Agriculture Assistant posted in Lalian should be transferred as they are Qadianis.
What is reported above was repeated in a number of cities and towns in Pakistan. The vernacular press in the Punjab reported conferences, meetings etc in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Chiniot, Sialkot, Narowal, Pak Pattan, Chicha Watni etc.
The vernacular press published Special Editions on this day; the dailies Jang, Nawa-i-Waqt, Ausaf, Pakistan, Din, Express, and Khabrain were among these. The daily Pakistan, Express, and Din held Forum discussions at this occasion. The daily Nawa-i-Waqt published the following photos of the End of Prophethood ‘celebrities’. Socialist Bhutto’s company is noteworthy. The mullas eventually teamed up to have Mr. Bhutto hanged by an Islamist dictator.[frame align=”center”][/frame]
In Islamabad, the Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat demanded an annual national holiday on September 7.
The daily Dunya reported on September 8, 2012 the statement of mulla Fazal Karim, MNA and Chairman of Sunni Ittehad Council: “Non-believers in the End of Prophethood are rebels of Islam and traitors to Pakistan.”
Ahmadis in Pakistan have turned to prayers in the face of these outbursts of obscurantism and reaction.
Still another Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; 4 and 5 October, 2012: Not content with a big End of Prophethood rally in Rabwah in September 2012, the mullas and politico-religious parties held here another major 2-day open air conference. It was a big occasion – approximately 10,000 participated. Almost all of them had come or were transported to Rabwah from outside. The authorities authorized holding this rally and provided the official support. What was stated at the occasion and passed as resolutions are noteworthy.
- Almost all the speakers used very spiteful language against Ahmadis and their elders.
- The first sign of love of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) is social boycott of Qadianis.
- Implement a boycott of all products produced by Qadianis.
- Mulla Ayub Saqib of Daska threatened that if the authorities do not demolish the minarets and niches of Qadiani places of worship in Sialkot, then Muslims would occupy these places.
- A small minority (Ahmadis) are indulging in poisonous propaganda abroad against the nuclear Pakistan as such they should be fired from all posts in the energy sector, said Qazi Ehsan Ahmad.
- Qadianis are the greatest enemies of Muslims.
- If Qadianis write the Kalima (Islamic creed) on their houses, have it removed.
- We shall tolerate no amendments in the Blasphemy laws.
Among a host of speakers who addressed the crowd following deserve special mention:
- Syed Munawwar Hassan, the Amir of Jamaat Islami came from Lahore. He said that it was time to promote the spirit of Jihad. The U.S. now stands defeated.
- Dr. A. Q. Khan (nicknamed The Merchant of Menace) addressed the rally through telephone. “Muslims are ready worldwide to stop the anti-Islam forces. We shall have to join hands to support the cause of End of Prophethood”, he said.
- Mulla Ata ur Rehman MNA, a brother of Maulvi Fazl ur Rehman (of JUI), also addressed the rally. “Conspiracy is developing to delete the word ‘Islamic’ from the name of the country. Other than a Muslim, no Jew, Christian or Hindu can be given the office of the President or Prime Minister in Pakistan”, he said.
- Maulvi Abdul Khabir Azad, the Khateeb of the Badshahi Mosque Lahore, who is a paid government servant was among the mullas who joined the rally.
- Mulla Aziz ur Rehman Jalandhri delivered the Friday sermon and stated that this government is an agent of the U.S. and the Jewish lobby.
According to the daily Al-Sharq, Lahore of October 6, 2012, following resolutions were adopted and demands made on the government by the rally, inter alia:
- The conference demands from the government that Mr. Mumtaz Qadri, the lover of the Prophet (who assassinated Governor Salman Taseer) should be released honourably. The President should announce the remittance of his punishment.
- This rally condemns the brutal treatment by the U.S. of Pakistani Dr. Aafia Siddiqui in incarceration, and demands that the government should fulfill its national obligations with regard to her release.
- The Sharia penalty (of death) for apostasy should be imposed as recommended by the Islamic Ideology Council.
- The madrassas must retain their autonomy. Unfair police cases against the Ulama and religious activists should be withdrawn, and they should be released forthwith.
- Admission forms to public and private educational institutes should contain certification regarding faith in the End of Prophethood and the apostasy of Mirza Qadiani.
- Qadiani terrorist organizations namely Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya, Tehrik Waqfe Jadid (sic), Ansarullah, Lajna Imailla (women’s association), Atfalul Ahmadiyya (children’s association) should be effectively banned and all their assets in the country and abroad should be confiscated.
- Anti-state activities of Qadianis should be put to a stop. A quota should be specified for their share in public services. Qadianis should be fired from all posts in the departments of Education, Health and Trade.
Logistics and miscellaneous
- Extensive security measures were adopted. The police provided full support.
- Various slogans were shouted in full throat including Qadianiat Murdah Bad (Death to Qadianiyat).
- Anti-Ahmadi books were on sale in a book stall.
- The rally had its Information center, Parking, Food and Water Supply, a Traffic Plan, Free Dispensary, etc.
- All the 10,000 participants were provided free food. All other expenses were also on the house; THE QUESTION: From where the mullas get the money for this extravaganza?
Grueling situation in KP
Sarai Naurang, Laki Marwat: The mullas held an anti-Ahmadi rally here on January 17, 2012. Six days later they shot dead in the bazaar Mr. Daud Ahmad, a well-known Ahmadi. The extremist elements celebrated the death as ‘thanks giving’.
Thereafter, mullas held a big rally again on February 8, 2012 in which they harangued the crowd with provocative anti-Ahmadi speeches. They declared that another rally would soon follow on February 12, and from then on Ahmadis would be forcibly converted to Islam.
A non-Ahmadi reliable friend intimated to Ahmadis that threats to them were real, and they could face major harm. As Ahmadis had only a small community in the town and resided in an isolated locality, they were vulnerable to the intimated attack. Under the circumstances, they decided to flee from their homes.
It is an unbearable situation, and reflects very poorly on the state of law and order in the district.
Hate promoting pamphlet in Khushab
Khushab; February 2012: Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Khushab circulated a hateful pamphlet. It carried the name of the mulla, Akram Toofani. It contained two pages; the first carried the heading: “Some thought-provoking issues about Qadianis”, and second “The doctrine of Khatme Nabuwwat, and the reality of Qadianiat?”
The first page asserted, “Remember there is a great difference between the infidelity (kufr) of Qadianis and other infidels … the only way to eliminate them is to boycott them completely, otherwise one would surely be deprived of the intercession of the Holy Prophetsa on the Doomsday.”
The pamphlet lists the enterprises and businesses owned by Ahmadis including their addresses. In all, thirteen businesses were identified. Publishers gave the address and phone numbers of the sponsors in bold at the bottom, as follows:
From: Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat Khushab
0300-6077954 and 0300-6071331
This exercise was undertaken in Khushab after Faisalabad and Sargodha. The mullas noticed that the authorities took no action against the publishers, so they think that they would surely get away with this outrage elsewhere too.
Mullas permitted sectarian activities in Rabwah
Rabwah; February 5, 2012: In view of the bitter experience of the past, the Ahmadiyya central office in Rabwah wrote to the authorities to stop the rallies and processions planned by mullas in Rabwah at the occasion of 12 Rabiul Awwal, the birthday of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.). At this occasion the mullas commonly use abusive language against elders of the Ahmadiyya community and create a serious law and order problem.
Regrettably the authorities again allowed the mullas to converge on Rabwah. They did not fail to indulge in hateful activities to hurt the feelings of the local Ahmadi population. Essential details are given below.
A conference started in a nearby village Kot Wasawa at 10 a.m. People from outside Rabwah participated in it. Approximately 3000 participated. The speakers mostly targeted the Ahmadiyya community, instead of describing the character of the Holy Prophetsa to the audience. This conference lasted till 2:30 p.m. Thereafter they formed a procession and reached Evan-e-Mahmood, headquarters of the Ahmadiyya youth organization, through Aqsa Square using the main roads of Rabwah. There, mullas Kafeel Bukhari, Muhammad Mughira, Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema and Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari spoke slander against the Ahmadiyya community. The rally ended at 5 p.m. at the bus stand.
As usual the mullas availed of the rally only to hurt the feelings of local Ahmadis. They disturbed the life of a whole town where they had no right to assemble. They spoke not on the theme of the anniversary but spread sectarian hatred and posed a threat to the law and order in Rabwah whose residents had to remain on guard and exercise vigil.
Situation is bad in Nawab Shah, Sindh
Nawab Shah, Sindh; March, 2012: Anti-Ahmadiyya activism in Nawab Shah is at peak. Recent murders of two Ahmadis in Nawab Shah are the clear evidence of the plight of the persecution of the helpless Ahmadiyya community here. It is learnt that Sipahe Sahaba, JUI and Khatme Nabuwwat factions are behind this campaign. A few other major incidents are mentioned below:
- Radde Qadianiat (rebuttal of Ahmadiyyat) course was held in Masjid Kabeer on Station Road. This is a centre of Deobandi mullas and it serves as the district headquarters of Khatme Nabuwwat organization. As a result, partial social and business boycott of Ahmadis is in place.
- An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held by the Khatme Nabuuwat faction in the same mosque on March 16, 2012. This conference was addressed by Maulvi Abdul Majeed of Multan (the Central Amir of Khatme Nabuwwat), Abdul Ghafoor Qasmi, Maulvi Ijaz Mustafa (Amir Khatme Nabuwwat of Karachi chapter) and Senator Khalid Somro (JUI). The speeches as usual were hateful and the people were agitated against Ahmadis.
- Opponents of the Ahmadiyya community wrote, “Now you are not safe, O’ blasphemer of Muhammadsa” with a chalk on the outer wall of the residence of Mr. Muhammad Akram Athwal, the president of Ahmadiyya community Sakrand, district Nawab Shah. The same warning was written on the house of his brother, Mr. Azam. The threats greatly disturbed the two families.
- Rana Muhammad Ashfaq, the local president of Ahmadiyya community Kot Qazi, district Nawab Shah was buying some fruit in the market when someone said in a loud voice pointing at him, “He must be dealt with firmly.” Mr. Ashfaq decided to leave the place.
- Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhatti is an Ahmadi doctor in Bandi, district Nawab Shah. He received a threatening phone call on March 16, 2012 in which the caller laughed and said, “Sleep, your days are over; this is your last day.” The next day he received an SMS: “YOU ARE FINISH” (sic).
The Administration was informed of all these incidents.
Severe Hostility in District Narowal
Malhoke, district Narowal; March 2012: The local mulla got rabid in his hostility of the Ahmadiyya community in Malhoke, district Narowal. He held a conference in the local mosque in which the attendance was high. He provoked the participants against the Ahmadiyya community and urged them to kill Ahmadis and implement a strict social boycott against them. He succeeded in activating even women who gathered in front of the house of an Ahmadi woman, the head of local Ahmadiyya women chapter. They called her ‘infidel’ and told her to come out to face them. They beat up a local non-Ahmadi woman who used to come to her house. Even children harassed her. One of her relatives was stopped by these urchins who threatened him with death if he were found on that street again.
This situation is indeed very grave for Ahmadis here.
In the federal capital, too
Islamabad: Malik Muhammad Munawwar is an Ahmadiyya community office-bearer in Islamabad. He owns a tailoring shop in the Super Market of Sector F-6. On the morning of February 20, 2012 he found the words, “Qadiani (Ahmadi) Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed as per Sharia)” on his shop. Other shop-keepers were contacted and they all condemned the hateful inscription.
The police were informed.
Heightened sectarian activism in a Karachi neighbourhood
Gulzar Hijri, Karachi; April 2012: The situation is tense here for Ahmadis. The local Khatme Nabuwwat chapter is very active against them. Activists produced stickers of Khatme Nabuwwat Zindabad (Long-live Khatme Nabuwwat) and pasted them all over the area. The center of these activities is Bilal Mosque which is situated next to the County Garden and the graveyard of Scout Colony. Fifty-two Ahmadi families reside here.
Khatme Nabuwwat faction distributed sets of five anti-Ahmadiyya books in all the non-Ahmadi homes of the area. The anti-Ahmadi fatwa was also framed and displayed at a prominent place in County Garden. Banners were put up for the conference of May 7, 2012. It was an organized campaign. The authorities did nothing against these hostile activities.
An Ahmadi family in the area went out for the day. On their return they found that someone had poured a chemical through their door locks and they were unable to unlock them. They protested and made a complaint to the local union. The union took no action. It seems it is supporting the anti-Ahmadiyya elements. A provocative Friday sermon was delivered in Bilal mosque in which the audience were made to take a pledge to boycott Ahmadis and not buy anything from Ahmadi shopkeepers. They also announced action against those who sympathized with Ahmadis.
A noteworthy sectarian/political conference in Chicha Watni
Chicha Watni, District Sahiwal, Punjab; May 4, 2012: Majlis Ahrar Islam, a politico-religious party that gained widespread notoriety in the 1953 anti-Ahmadiyya riots, have established a major office in Chicha Watni where it holds a conference every year in the memory of ‘10,000 martyrs of the Khatme Nabuwwat Movement’. A high-level judicial commission established soon afterwards, however, counted no more than 37 rioters killed by law enforcement agencies in the entire Punjab.
At this occasion a special article on Chicha Watni was published in the daily Pakistan on May 6, 2012, while the news report of the conference was carried by the vernacular media, as usual.
According to the article in the daily Pakistan: “Chicha Watni’s history is loaded with its wholesome role in the field of safeguarding the End of Prophethood. Majlis Ahrar Islam is continuing the great campaign that precipitated the (anti-Ahmadiyya) events of 1953, 1974 and 1984…. Chicha Watni is considered as the source of anti-Qadiani news and reports…. The credit for this goes to the General Secretary of Majlis Ahrar, who is active on this front since his school days…. He is well-versed in the art of indoctrinating the youth through the media, briefing the high-ups and lobbying (for a campaign). … He is the joint convener on the platform where Majlis Ahrar Islam, International Khatme Nabuwwat, Pakistan Shariat Council, JUI, JI, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith, JUP co-operate.”
The report in the ‘Pakistan’ carried the following special mentions:
- Syed Ata ul Mohaiman Bokhari, the Leader (Quaid) of Ahrar stated that the greatest terrorist (dehshatgard) and usurper (ghasib) in the whole world is the U.S.
- The only purpose of the NATO supplies is to kill Muslims. These supplies and their supporters are murderers. We uphold and support the Defense of Pakistan Council in their campaign against American aggression and NATO supplies.
- Madrassahs and mosques have produced Maulvis and Hafiz (those who momorize the Quran) that are present all over the world; they can never be eliminated.
- The Punjab Assembly passed the resolution in favor of compulsory education of the Quran, it is now essential to move it in the form of a Bill.
- The least committed of Muslims in the world is also ever ready to sacrifice his life for the honour of the Prophet.
- Qadiani agents have penetrated the ranks of PPP, PML (N) and PTI.
- The US ensured that Pakistan is economically paralyzed. Qadianis, the Jewish proxies, were promoted during the Musharraf era.
- Syed Kafil Bokhari stated that as per Quran and Sunnah and the Consensus of Muslims (Ijma‘) the punishment of blasphemy is death (sic).
- Anyone who claims ‘prophecy’ like Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani is an apostate, and the Islamic punishment of apostasy is death (sic).
- The Quran is establishment of the Rule of Allah (Hukumat Ilahiyya).
- As recommended by Islamic Ideology Council, the Sharia punishment of apostasy should be implemented, and the anti-Qadiani ordinance should be effectively enforced all over Pakistan including Chenab Nagar.
- We demand that NATO supplies must not be restored and the government should delink itself from the worldwide conflict waged in the name of American ‘war on terror’.
Note: The daily Jang reported this additional quote from the same rally: “The sweet smell of the blood of Afghan martyrs is reaching here as well.”
Only a benign fool will accept that these conferences are meant to promote only the dogma of the End of Prophethood.
And the Sunni ulama!
Lahore: It seems that the Sunni ulama (the Barelvi school) are no longer content with the general impression that they are relatively more tolerant and less violent. They assessed that they were losing ground politically to the Deobandis and Salafis. A consensus developed among the majority to ride the bandwagon of religious extremism and political adventurism. Earlier the Sunni Tehrik decided to declare itself a political party. Last month the Ulama and Mashaikh conference in Lahore decided to gear up for the forthcoming election. Ahmadis have faced active hostility consistently from the activists of Sunni Tehrik for months in the Punjab and Sindh.
The daily Samaa, Lahore, of May 10 printed a report on a rally held in Shalimar Chowk, Lahore by the Sunni Ulama Federation on the theme of Khatme Nabuwwat (End of Prophethood) and Tahaffuz Namus Risalat (Safeguarding the Honour of the Prophet). The news carried the following headline.
We shall tolerate no theft (naqabzani) in the (house) of Khatme Nabuwwat and Tahaffuz Namus Rasalat (Safeguarding the honour of the Prophet)
- Qadianis occupying key posts should be removed forthwith.
- The nation salutes Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri for his sacrifices. The campaign for his (the Governor’s assassin’s) release will go on until the end.
- The blasphemer Terry Jones (of US) who defiled the Quran should be soon sentenced to death for hurting the feelings of billions of Muslims.
- We shall spare no sacrifice over the Khatme Nabuwwat and Tahaffuz Namus Risalat.
- The conference demanded pinpointing the assassins of Dr. Sarfaraz Naeemi and the bomber of the Data Ganj Bux attack; Mumtaz Qadri should be released forthwith, honourably.
The sectarian virus in Islamabad
Islamabad; June 2012: It appears that the high council of mullas under the umbrella of Khatme Nabuwwat organization that hails from JUI, JI, SSP, the Taliban, MYC, PDC, and different factions of the Khatme Nabuwwat (End of Prophethood) associations, decided upon, inter alia, a vigorous anti-Ahmadiyya hate campaign all over Pakistan. It has been going on in Lahore for months. Now it is underway in Islamabad, the federal capital.
Opponents of Ahmadis pasted hate stickers at many locations in bazaars, markets and even sub-sector shops. Sectarian literature in the form of pamphlets and booklets was distributed too. These call for social boycott of Ahmadis, ban of Ahmadi industrial products and murder of Ahmadis through edicts of Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed).
The administration were informed of this development and urged to take preventive action.
A laissez faire attitude by the authorities will certainly produce an end result similar to that of the Lal Masjid whose fallout continues to hound not only the residents of Islamabad but also the entire country.
Hostility in Sindh
Gambat, District Khair Pur; July 2012: A madrassa is set up here by opponents of the Ahmadiyya community. They are very active on the anti-Ahmadiyya front. They managed to implicate Ahmadis under PPC 295-C and PPC 298-C fabricated cases in the past. They published an anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlet in which the public is urged to implement a social boycott of Ahmadis. It is in Sindhi language. Its English translation is given below:
“O Muslims, The Prophet of Allah is calling you. For God’s sake listen carefully and act accordingly. Qadianiat is a cancer for Islam. This group, in the guise of Islam is busy in attacking the faith of innocent Muslims with aim to apostatize them, thus doing great religious, political, economic and social harm to Muslims. Qadianis are spending billions of rupees for this objective. Any Muslim who deals with Shezan, OCS and their other enterprises, rebels against the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The love of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the symbol of our faith, means of his intercession and it leads to the lake of Kausar in paradise. This love requires a complete boycott of the enemies of the Prophet (PBUH) and their products to prove yourselves to be the true lovers of the Prophet (PBUH). It is the joint decision of the Muslim Ummah that to give or take or trade with Qadianis is forbidden by Sharia.”
The pamphlet lists major industrial and trading enterprises owned by Ahmadis.
Provocative and offensive literature
The Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Kunjah in the Punjab published a calendar of Ramadan timings; it was funded by Ejaz Medical Store. Most of the space on the calendar was allocated to highly objectionable propaganda against Ahmadis. An edict on it described Ahmadis as ‘Infidels in state of war, and heretics (Kafir maharib aur Zindique)’, implying that they must be killed, anytime, by anybody. It is reproduced at Annex VIII to Annual Report 2012.
The Director of Public Affairs of the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, Rabwah sent a copy of this calendar with a covering letter to all the concerned federal and provincial authorities. Extracts:
“The contents of this calendar provoke the public to extreme action against Ahmadis over baseless allegations. Publishing such provocative and hateful material has only one object – promotion of religion-based hatred and prejudice. This leads to aggression against Ahmadis and is the cause of murders and assaults on Ahmadis as well as registration of fabricated criminal cases against them.
“Although, all decent and sympathetic citizens view these provocative and hateful activities with disgust and condemn them, the miscreants undertake these activities deliberately and purposefully to undermine the security of the society in the name of religion. Print and electronic media put in their support to these negative aims.
“Since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance of 1984, 218 Ahmadis have been killed by extremists, and hundreds others have been subjected to assaults.
“In these circumstances of hostile activism, the authorities are requested to take special notice and take appropriate action.”
Hostility by lawyers
Bahawal Nagar; February, 2012: A mulla, Muhammad Ismail Shujabadi was present during the elections of the local Bar Association. The winning party held a meeting after the elections. A lawyer asked the mulla, “Is it permissible to eat and drink with Ahmadis?” The mulla replied, “Leave alone eating with them, even their crockery should be segregated.” As Ahmadis had voted against the newly elected president, he declared this opinion to be the first resolution of the Bar, and directed the segregation of crockery.
Hostility in Sahiwal
Sahiwal; February, March 2012: The mullas took up propaganda against the district president of the Sahiwal Ahmadiyya community. The town administration had decided to build rain water drainage in front of the houses. People were asked to reduce their outer walls to the actual boundary of their houses. None obeyed this instruction except the Ahmadiyya president who had already made some allowance to that end.
The mullas targeted the Ahmadi and published news in the daily Khabrain of February 17, 2012:
“Qadiani interrupted the construction of road through illegal encroachment on the road.”
These mullas of the Khatme Nabuwwat faction gathered in procession on March 5, 2012 at 8 a.m. in front of the Ahmadi’s residence. The police were informed by the Ahmadi president. At this occasion the local reporter of the daily Khabrain arranged chairs, marquee and tea for the mullas at his house located a few houses away from the Ahmadi’s house. Later the administration ordered demolition of the outer wall. A few mullas were designated to oversee the demolition. This action was Ahmadi-specific, as no other resident was made to demolish his outer walls.
The mullas then announced a big Khatme Nabuwwat conference in the ground of Sahiwal city municipality on April 7, 2012.
An open circular in deliberate violation of the law
Islamabad; April 2012: Khanqah Sirajiah located in District Islamabad circulated a pamphlet issued by the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat. The pamphlet contains a greatly distorted version of the character of the founder of Ahmadiyya community, and also the following letter written by mulla Faqir Muhammad Khan of the Khanqah Sirajiah, to the clerics; (translation):
“The most respected ulama; May your grandeur increase. Peace be on you and the blessings of Allah. You know that Qadianis, Mirzais remain covertly busy in apostatizing the Muslims. I appeal to your grace, in the name of Allah, to spare at least 10 to 15 minutes of your sermon, at least once every month on the subject of safeguarding the dogma of End of Prophethood, and also expose the cursed face of Qadianis and Mirzais to the youth. Having performed this duty, we shall become entitled to the Divine reward. I hope that you will favourably consider (this plea).
Faqir Muhammad Khan, Khanqah Sirajiah”
This pamphlet is in clear violation of PPC 153-A that carries a penalty of imprisonment for five years and a fine. The Ahmadiyya office has sent a copy of the pamphlet to relevant authorities. Apparently no action was taken against the mulla.
Hostility in Sahiwal
Sahiwal; April 2012: Ahrar declared their plan to hold a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Sahiwal on April 7, 2012. They publicized the conference through banners, posters and stickers and invited the population to join the rally. The high level of publicity was indicative of their sinister designs.
In the Sahiwal area, Ahrari mulla Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema is quite influential. He remains fully occupied in anti-Ahmadi activities. His rhetoric in this field is unmatched these days for slander and mendacity. For example:
History is loaded with incidents of Qadiani community murdering its own members: Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema
The daily Ausaf, Lahore; February 21, 2012
Dr. Salam conveyed to US the model of Pak nuclear plan. The Qadiani Dr. was awarded Nobel award due pressure of the Jewish and Zionist lobby, and not on merit: Khalid Cheema
The daily Ausaf, Lahore; March 21, 2012
Anti-Ahmadiyya Friday sermons
Apparently there is a change in anti-Ahmadi rhetoric policy. In the past the mullas used to speak against Ahmadis in occasional rallies and conferences. Now, in addition, they speak on this subject in their Friday sermons as a matter of routine. The central Khatme Nabuwwat organization has been exhorting them to that end for some time.
Chak no. 646 GB, District Faisalabad; August 17, 2012: A mulla came over from Jaranwala and delivered a Friday sermon in the local mosque of Ahle-Sunnat. He used obscene language against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and urged the worshipers to implement a social boycott against Ahmadis. He urged them to have an FIR registered if Ahmadis act like Muslims. He told them to rise in Jihad against Ahmadis as they were Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed). Anti-Ahmadi pamphlets and stickers were also distributed among people after the Friday prayers.
Shaukat Abad, District Sheikhupura; August 10, 2012: Qari Asrar of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat mosque delivered a hostile Friday sermon on August 10, 2012. His sermon was full of hatred against Ahmadis. He incited the audience against Ahmadis whom he called traitors, and declared them Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed).
District Gujranwala; August 17, 2012: A mulla delivered anti-Ahmadiyya Friday sermon in Kachi Pumpwali. He tried his best to incite the public against Ahmadis. He used hateful language against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and misquoted him to arouse his audience.
Anti-Ahmadiyya organizations became very active in Alipur Chatha area during the holy month of Ramzan. They pasted a hostile sticker at the main-gate of the Ahmadiyya place of worship. Some miscreants poured a chemical in the lock of the main-gate of the Ahmadiyya mosque so that it would not open. A political group is supporting these miscreants. They moved around the Ahmadiyya place of worship during prayer-times and disturbed the peace of the worshipers.
Chicha Watni – a hub of sectarian mischief
Chicha Watni is a town in District Sahiwal in the Punjab. Mr. Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema, a prominent leader of the disgraced Majlis Ahrar Islam lives here. The famous Munir Commission that held a detailed judicial enquiry into the causes and events of the 1953 anti-Ahmadi riots in the Punjab placed the following observation on record in the Report: “The conduct of the Ahrar calls for the strongest comment and is especially reprehensible. We can use no milder words for the reason that they debased a religious issue by pressing it into service for a temporal purpose and exploited religious susceptibilities and sentiments of the people for their personal ends.” (p. 259) Sixty years later Mr. Cheema and his soul-mates are holding up the Ahrar flag and the unworthy modus operandus of exploiting “religious susceptibilities and sentiments of the people for their personal ends.”
During September this year sectarian clerics held a meeting in Chicha Watni and decided to forcibly take over Ahmadiyya properties. They took to maintaining a recce of the movement of Ahmadi notables. They decided to hold an Ashra (10-days vigil) of Khatme Nabuwwat. In those days there was a fight among two non-Ahmadi groups from Chak 9/11-L, however the mulla party fraudulently named one Basharat Ahmad (Ahmadi) as one of the accused. The mullas had it published as ‘news’ that Ahmadis had attempted to forcibly shave off the mulla’s beard. Later, the same newspaper published a denial of the entire story.
Ahmadis of Chicha Watni were advised to exercise caution.
An elaborate anti-Ahmadiyya plan, for a town in District Khanewal, Punjab
Kabirwala, District Khanewal; October 2012: Pasbane Khatme Nabuwwat, one of the numerous organizations that thrive on the issue of End of Prophethood, launched a major campaign against Ahmadis in Kabirwala. They published a pamphlet with scheme to promote their anti-Ahmadi aims and to seek public support. Its main points are translated here:
- Total social boycott of the Qadiani mischief: a) To contact every trader to awaken his sense of honor, educate him on the condemnable Qadiani aims and strongly motivate him to boycott products manufactured by Qadianis, b) To locate agency-holders of products produced by Qadianis and stop them from dealing in these, c) If any trader or agency-holder does not boycott Qadiani products then to launch a campaign in public for his boycott.
- Pursuit of Qadianiat in every street and corner: a) To prepare lists of Qadiani houses street-wise to stop Muslims’ relations with Qadianis, to awaken their religious honour and protect them from poisonous germs of Qadianiat. b) To locate Qadianis’ places of work and job, to monitor their activities, to keep an eye on them so that they do not influence any Muslim.
- Installation of notice boards in mosques: To install Pasbane Khatme Nabuwwat boards in all mosques of the city to weekly educate people on doctrinal references regarding ‘end of Prphethood’ from the Quran, Sunnah and the research done by Ulama.
- Installation of pana-flexes of Pasbane Khatme Nabuwwat in business centres: To install beautiful pana-flexes of Pasbane Khatme Nabuwwat in business centres and squares of the city so that people may know that the lovers of Khatme Nabuwwat are active here, and further to mortify and hurt the enemies of Khatme Nabuwwat through arousing their jealousy.
- Holding public rallies: To conduct a program of conferences in all major mosques of the city every month on the issue of Khatme Nabuwwat, to which local as well as outsider ulama will be invited to incite sense of religious honour in the public.
- Quarterly magazine of Pasbane Khatme Nabuwwat: To start a quarterly magazine in which articles will be published based on the Holy Quran, traditions of the Holy Prophet and writings of religious scholars in order to make Muslims aware of the need and importance of the Khatme Nabuwwat and to convey the awareness of condemnable objectives of Qadianiat at the door of the people.
- Establishment of Khatme Nabuwwat Academy: Founding a Khatme Nabuwwat Academy is the need of the time. Short courses will be conducted here for students of madrassas, schools, colleges and for all others who belong to different walks of life.
- A Khatme Nabuwwat library: There is no public Islamic library in Kabirwala. Provision of such a library is necessary. The books written by Muslim scholars about Khatme Nabuwwat and others which stimulate sense of religious honour will be available here in large numbers. Annual membership of the library will be operative.
- A Pasban Welfare Trust: Qadianis and capitalists and landlords who subscribe to other false ideologies rob poor Muslims of their faith and put them on the path of apostasy. Pasbane Khatme Nabuwwat will stop them. If God wills, all means will be provided to build up poor Muslims financially, bear educational expenses of poor Muslim students so that they may protect their faith and have a bright future.
- All Pakistan annual Khatme Nabuwwat Conferences in Kabirwala: To hold every year All Pakistan Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in Kabirwala, invite elders of the Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat and other Deobandi Ulama to raise public awareness of the dogma of Khatme Nabuwwat. InshAllah (If God wills)
The above statement merits high marks for planning; it will surely strengthen the Kabirwala Pasban’s case to demand huge funds to build an academy, establish a library and start a welfare trust. But from whom, and what is the original source of the expected funds?
A bidding to kill
Laki Marwat, KP; September, 2012: The finance secretary of the Aalami Majis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Norang in District Laki Marwat, KP issued a two page anti-Ahmadi pamphlet with reference to September 7, 1974 when Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims through a constitutional amendment. He used bad language against Ahmadi leaders in the pamphlet which ends in bidding the readers to indulge in violence, in these words:
“Whoever indulges in blasphemy against the Prophet (PBUH) whether he is Musailma the liar, a Qadiani or Pervezi, will be tackled whole-heartedly, and will be sent to hell, or we ourselves shall be seated on the high chair of martyrdom.”
This caller to bloodshed, Haji Ibrahim Adhami of Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat has given his phone numbers as: 0302-5575928 and 0312-5575928. He is apparently a comrade-in-arm of Malala killers – only on a different front.
Hostile Khatme Nabuwwat conferences
Larkana; October 18, 2012: Mullas held an End of Prophethood conference here. It was greatly publicized. It was held in Nazar Muhallah where Ahmadis also reside in numbers. The organizers chose the venue of the conference close to the Ahmadiyya place of worship. A publicity van took several rounds of the area until evening prayers on October 17. The rally started after the evening prayers on October 18. Khalid Mahmood Soomro, a leader of JUI (F) from Larkana attended the conference. He declared Ahmadis Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed) and provoked the public to kill Ahmadis for alleged blasphemy. Mulla Allah Wasaya of Multan also attended the conference. All speakers spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community. This conference ended at 02:00 in the morning.
Ahmadis informed the authorities in advance and remained on guard.
Amir Park, District Gujranwala; October 18, 2012: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held here by Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat in Noor Mosque. Their aim was to provoke Ahmadis. Ahmadis live in this area in significant numbers. This conference started after the evening prayers and was attended by approximately 250 men. Speakers indulged in badmouthing leaders of the Ahmadiyya community. They published a pamphlet with the portrait of the founder of the Ahmadiyya community on it and blasphemous writings against him. This pamphlet was thrown at the feet of the people who were exiting from the venue of the conference, and indulged in beating it up with sandals. Copies of this obnoxious pamphlet were also thrown in the yard of the Ahmadiyya mosque of the neighbourhood.
Hostility in District Khushab
Quaidabad; February 2012: The anti-Ahmadiyya activism is high in Quaidabad these days. Two opponents, Athar Hussain and Gulshan Mochi are in the fore-front of this campaign. Another opponent, Umar Khayam, a member of Tahrik Minhajul Quran and a close relative of the local MPA led a rally against the Ahmadiyya community and agitated the participants against Ahmadis. Also a lot of posters containing anti-Ahmadiyya inscriptions were distributed in the bazaar. An anti-Ahmadiyya calendar was also published and distributed in the area.
Mounting hostility in Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Mirpur, AJK; March 2012: Pir Atiqur Rahman an MLA of JUP remains very active on the anti-Ahmadiyya front in AJK. He sponsored anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwat conferences at various locations in the district. His anti-Ahmadiyya hateful statements were published in the vernacular press. A sample:
“The increasing activities of Qadianis will not be tolerated. Qadiani are a non-Muslim minority, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani and his followers are accursed and apostates; they can live in the Muslim state as infidels, but we will not allow them to live here in the guise of Islam.”
Mahmoodabad, Jhelum; March 2012: Mullas took undue interest in the private affairs of an Ahmadi family here and gave it a religious twist to foment agitation. They threatened to lead a procession against the Ahmadiyya community but were dissuaded after the intervention of some nobles of the area.
They, however, held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in close vicinity of the Ahmadiyya mosque. Some miscreants threw ordinary fireworks in its courtyard. Mullas used abusive language against the Ahmadi elders and instigated the public to violence against Ahmadis. Approximately 600 men attended the conference.
Ahmadis had to remain on guard to ensure security. The administration and the police were informed.
A Khatme Nabuwwat rally in Mirpur Khas
Mirpur Khas, Sindh; May 2, 2012: Mullas of Khatme Nabuwwat held an anti-Ahmadiyya conference in the mosque of Shahi Bazaar. They narrated fabricated stories to amuse their audience. One of the mullas said that Ahmadis are now leaving Ahmadiyyat by droves and accepting Islam. He told them that in Sialkot a Murabi (Ahmadi religious teacher) lived in the house of an Ahmadi. The landlord recanted and expelled the Murabi from his house. He further stated that there is an Ahmadiyya mosque in Quetta which is closed for the last 25 years. Another mulla told them that Ahmadis are now killing one another. Their numbers are increasing rapidly in America and Germany. He told them that Sahibzada Abdul Latif (the renowned Ahmadi martyr in Afghanistan) had recanted and become a Muslim.
At the end they resolved that they could be friends to beasts of the deserts and jungles but could not make peace with Ahmadis. They took a pledge from the audience to implement a complete boycott of Ahmadis.
Hateful propaganda by a PML(N) MPA
Chiniot: MPA Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti who is a member of the ruling PML(N) issued a 4-page hateful pamphlet in response to a suggestion made by some members of the US Congress that anti-Ahmadiyya laws should be repealed. Mr. Chinioti is a mulla who was initially a member of JUI, but was accepted in the PML (N) when it formed the government in the Punjab in 2008.
Chinioti produced this pamphlet using all his skills in provocation, misquoting, fabrication, duplicity etc. For instance:
- Ahmadis propagate Islam which was not taught by Muhammad (PBUH) but by Mirza Qadiani.
- According to Qadianis, Muhammad the Prophet is not the Prophet recognized by Muslims, while Mirza himself is the Muhammad the Prophet (sic).
- Qadianis do not believe the Book revealed to Muhammad as the Quran, but to them the revelation received by the Mirza is the Quran.
- Qadianis are holding important posts in Pakistani government.
- Qadianis are outright rebels against the constitution as they do not register as voters in electoral lists.
- They do not believe in Jihad.
Mulla Chinioti finally recommended in his pamphlet that all facilities offered to Qadianis abroad should be withdrawn and the Christian nations should declare them Undesirable (napasandida) and impose all bans on them.
The Director of Public Affairs of the Ahmadiyya Community sent a general letter to all concerned to take appropriate action against the pamphlet and its author. He mentioned that in a sectarian unrest in Chiniot, the situation could be controlled only after hundreds were arrested; as such mulla Chinioti’s provocation could precipitate further unrest in this sensitive city that is only 10 kilometers from Rabwah, the Ahmadiyya center.
Anti-Ahmadiyya hate campaign through SMS
Bhakar, Punjab; February 2012: Anti-Ahmadiyya elements launched a campaign on mobile phones through SMS to activate the common people against the Ahmadiyya community. The following SMS was picked up in Bhakar area (translation):
“Ahmadis cannot call themselves Muslims according to the constitution and law. They are not allowed to call their worship places mosque; they are forbidden to propagate their religion. Ahmadis are conspiring to have this law repealed. We have to safeguard the dogma of the End of Prophethood. Forward this message to all your contacts so that this law may become well-known and Ahmadis fail in their conspiracy.”
Distribution of anti-Ahmadiyya offensive literature in District Khushab
Rabwah; March 14, 2012: Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat Khushab circulated hateful pamphlets in the district. One of these carried the titles, names and addresses of Ahmadi-owned businesses. Identical lists were circulated earlier in Faisalabad and Sargodha. As the authorities failed to take due notice of this monstrous drive, the extremists indulged in attacks that resulted in serious injuries to two Ahmadis in Faisalabad. The Ahmadiyya central office therefore wrote a letter to all the relevant federal, provincial and district authorities and informed them of the hateful drive in Khushab. The letter concluded: “In view of the said circumstances, the reported anti-Ahmadi activists, and the campaign to indulge in extremist action against the listed Ahmadi businessmen, the authorities are requested to take due notice and appropriate action.”
Ahmadiyya Office was not informed of any action taken.
Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab; 8, 9 March 2012: Anti-Ahmadiyya activities are on the rise these days throughout Pakistan. Hate-provoking conferences are the most favourite means with the extremist leadership.
Such conferences were held in Rahim Yar Khan in southern Punjab on 8, 9 March, 2012 at three different places by the Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat. These were widely publicized through ads and banners. Mulla Allah Wasaya who was specially invited and several other mullas addressed these conferences; they used foul language and provoked the audience against the Ahmadiyya community.
A hostile conference in District Hyderabad
Sanjarchang, district Hyderabad; May 4, 2012: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held here in a local madrassa. It was attended by 500 participants, most of them outsiders. Maulvi Allah Wassaya, Saleem Ullah Jan and Azizur Rahman spoke to the audience. Allah Wassaya spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community, provoked the public against Ahmadis and took pledge from them to boycott Ahmadis completely.
Chak no. 10/3-L, Ahmad Pur Sial, District Jhang; July 2, 2012: Opponents of the Ahmadiyya community announced a major conference here, and invited participants from all around. The response, however, was poor. The speakers incited the participants against the Ahmadis, as a result of which some people stopped dealing with them. The mullas used very bad words against Ahmadi leaders.
The agitators enjoyed the support and encouragement of local revenue officials.
Sialkot; August 12, 2012: Some mullas gathered near the houses of Ahmadis in Muhallah Ram Garh in Mahr Town, installed a tent, gathered a few people and started an anti-Ahmadiyya rally at 4 p.m. They spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community and leveled baseless allegations. They declared that one who works against Ahmadis is rewarded with the pleasure of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). They also declared that those who befriend Ahmadis are rebels of Islam. The police arrived at about 6 p.m. and stopped the mullas from hateful speeches. At this the mullas started speaking on merits of Islam and Ramadan, and terminated the rally before Aftar.
A Barelvi Khatme Nabuwwat Conferecne in Lahore outskirts
Kala Shah Kaku, Lahore; September 30, 2012: Barelvis seem to have firmly decided that they would not like to be left out in the political cold from the bonanza apparently buried under the soil of ‘honour of the Prophet’, ‘end of prophethood’ etc. They held a big rally in their International Secretariate Kala Shah Kaku, GT Road, Lahore, under the banner of the Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, Punjab.
Although their leadership took the line of speaking against violence, but bigotry and extremism was overflowing in their speeches all along. Highlights:
- We shall sacrifice all for the love of the Prophet.
- We shall declare Jihad against the U.S. if it does not stop patronizing the blasphemers.
- Qadianis are traitors and rebels to Islam.
- The U.S. should hand over the blasphemers to Muslims.
- Europe and the U.S. are scared of (Muslims’) sentiments for the love of the Prophet.
- Faith in the End of Prophethood is the basis of Islam.
- Qadianis are involved in the unrest in Balochistan.
- Qadianis should be disallowed to use Islamic names. OIC is a dead horse, etc.
Following leading mullas addressed the crowd:
Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Sahibzada Fazl Karim, Mufti Munibur Rehman, Raghab Husain Naeemi, Mian Nazir Akhtar (a former High Court judge), Pir Riaz Hussain, Mazhar Saeed Kazmi.
Source: The daily Khabrain, Lahore; October 2, 2012
Brelvis hold another anti-Ahmadi conference – in Shahdara
Shahdara, Lahore; October, 2012: The daily Ausaf reported that Tehrik Fidayan Khatme Nabuwwat held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference here. Wajid Ali Shah Gilani presided over the session. Among those who spoke, Pir Ashraf Rasul MPA (of PML-N), Justice (R) Nazir Akhtar and Mufti Haseeb Qadri were prominent. Highlights:
- The Justice (R) demanded that death penalty for apostasy should be enforced in Pakistan, and Qadianis should be banned entirely.
- The central Amir demanded the rulers to break all diplomatic and trade relations with the U.S.
Sargodha; February 2012: Activists of Khatme Nabuwwat put up banners in front of the shop of Mr. Khizar Hayat, the president of the local Ahmadiyya community in Thethri, Sargodha. Most of these displayed absurd accusations against the Ahmadiyya community. They also announced a Khatme Nabuwwat conference on Friday. Mr. Hayat informed the police of it. On Friday the mullas started quarrelling about their precedence in addressing the crowd. The police had to intervene. The conference ended in fiasco.[frame align=”center”][/frame]
Brief but perturbing reports from all over
Layyah; February 10, 2012: Khatme Nabuwwat, Layyah announced holding anti-Ahmadiyya conferences in the Karnawali mosque on February 10, 2012 and another in Makki mosque, Chowk Azam the next day. A number of mullas were programmed to address. A few mullas from Rabwah had also been reportedly invited.
Tando Adam, Sindh; March 17, 2012: Several mullas from all over Sindh participated in a conference here in March 17, 2012. Ahmadis were declared Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed as a religious duty) and masses were urged to kill Ahmadis. A similar convention was also held on March 10, 2012.
Chowk Data Zaidka, district Sialkot; March 23, 2012: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held in Chowk Data Zaidka, district Sialkot. It is held annually by Fidayyane (devotees) Khatme Nabuwwat. Qari Muhammad Afzal Bajwa organized it. The attendance of the conference remained thin despite its wide publicity through banners, wall-chalking and ads. Only madrassah students attended it. The mullas used foul language against the leaders of the Ahmadiyya community and demanded from the government to ban the Ahmadiyya community and mention of ‘Qadiani religion’ in the voter lists of Ahmadis etc.
Rahim Yar Khan; April 7, 2012: An anti-Ahmadiyya annual Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in Rahim Yar Khan on April 7, 2012. Mulla Ilyas Chinioti was the only mulla who took the trouble to come to Rahim Yar Khan. Mulla Chinioti spoke against the Ahmadiyya community and provoked the public against Ahmadis. The attendance of the conference was thin, approximately 200. The rally was wound up early due lack of public support.
Azad Kashmir; April 8, 2012: Pir Atiqur Rahman, MLA and president of Jamiat Ulema Azad Kashmir organized a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in New City, Azad Kashmir. The Pir used foul language against the leaders of Ahmadiyya community. Despite the wide publicity for this conference only 200 men participated. The majority of them were madrassa students. The Pir is very active on the anti-Ahmadiyya front. He organizes such anti-Ahmadiyya conferences at different places and issues anti-Ahmadiyya statements in the vernacular press regularly.
Mandwal, district Rawalpindi; April 8, 2012: Deobandi mullas held a big anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat conference here. Approximately three thousand men of the nearby ten villages attended the conference. It started at 8 a.m. and lasted until 7 p.m. It was chaired by Qazi Haroon Rasheed, the cleric of Jamia Masjid of Judges Colony, Islamabad. The audience were provided two free meals. Qazi Abdul Rasheed, General Secretary Wafaqul Madaris and a mulla from Chakwal spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community. They displayed a disfigured portrait of the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and provoked the audience against Ahmadis. They openly declared Ahmadis to be Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed) and urged the public to boycott them completely. All this happened only a few kilometers from the capital of Pakistan.
Kakhawali, district Sialkot; April 8, 2012: The followers of Sultan Bahu (a saint) hold a conference annually in the main mosque of Ahle Sunnat here. This year they invited a few mullas including Faizul Hasan and Faisal Nadeem. They targeted the Ahmadiyya community, declared Ahmadis non-Muslims and urged the audience to boycott them socially.
Goth Jam Khan; district Larkana; April 12, 2012: Anti-Ahmadiyya opponents organized a conference in Goth Jam Khan. It was widely publicized. It was held on April 12, 2012 and lasted till 1:30 a.m. the next day. The usual obnoxious language was used by the mullas against the Ahmadiyya community, and participants were provoked against Ahmadis.
Sialkot; May 19, 2012: An anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in the Wapda Ground. It was presided over by Prof. Sajid Mir, a Wahabi leader. He agitated the audience against the Ahmadiyya community and told them numerous ways to counter Ahmadiyyat. Some other mullas also addressed the crowd and indulged in hate-mongering and slander.
Pachnand, District Chakwal; May 2012: Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat remained very active against Ahmadis in this area for months. They pasted anti-Ahmadiyya provocative posters on walls in the town. Ahmadis were advised by their elders to withhold their response, and not touch or tear away the hateful posters.
Uch Sharif, District Bahawalpur, July 2012: Mr. Abdul Rasheed, the president of the local Ahmadiyya community is facing a menacing situation here. A former member of Lashkare Taiba, Mujahid Hussain, opened a shop of auto mechanics close to Mr. Rasheed’s business in the market. Mr. Hussain boasts of his participation in the Jihad in Kashmir. He started a hate campaign against Mr. Rasheed in the market. Mr. Rasheed has been earning his livelihood there for the last eighteen years and nobody ever complained against him. However now he feels threatened.
Three men came to his shop on July 7, 2012. They misbehaved with him, spoke against the Ahmadiyya community and tried their best to provoke him. He, however, maintained his calm and provided them no excuse to invoke the anti-Ahmadiyya law. They threatened him of legal action for ‘posing’ as a Muslim. One of his neighbours and his assistant helped him out of this situation and sent him home. It was learnt that his opponents planned to take out a procession after Friday prayers and implicate him in some fabricated police case.
Hirabad, District Hyderabad; July 2012: Anti-Ahmadiyya stickers were pasted in Hirabad, District Hyderabad. These conveyed this message:
“The Holy Prophet (PBUH) backs up one who works against the mischief of Mirzaiat.”
This sticker and another with the inscription of “Qadiani House” were pasted on an Ahmadi’s house. They added to it an obnoxious remark against the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya community.
Pachnand, District Chakwal; September 2, 2012: A huge anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held here. Mullas of Deobandi faction, Jamaat Islami, Tableeghi Jamaat and Ahrars from Mianwali, Chakwal, Attock, Khushab and Jhelum participated in this rally. They converged on the venue of the conference in processions, shouting slogans, carrying banners etc. A few thousand people mostly outsiders attended the conference. Mullas spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community. The local people generally disliked the heightened activity and termed it a mischief aimed at disturbing the peace of the locality.
Chak 646 GB, Jaranwala; September 2, 2012: A Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in Chak 646 GB, Jaranwala on September 2, 2012. The conference started at 12 p.m. and lasted an hour. The police were present. The speakers spoke against Ahmadis. One of them said, “Bhutto declared Mirzais non-Muslims in 1973; no relations of any sort should be maintained with them.” The clerics incited the audience against Ahmadis. The police were present.
Toba Tek Singh; September 3, 2012: A Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in this district town. People from all over the district participated. Twenty-seven mullas addressed the crowd. They spoke mostly against Christians. Ahmadis remained vigilant and on guard against any threat to their security.
Sargodha; September 6, 2012: The eighth International Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in Sargodha in Masjid Gol Chowk. This was attended by Mulla Ilyas Chinioti, Qari Waheed Ahmad, Maulvi Nadeem Qasmi, Maulvi Shabbir Qasmi and Akram Toofani. Approximately 3000 men participated in it, most of them were madrassa students. All the mullas spoke against the Ahmadiyya community and agitated the audience over perceived and fabricated disputes.
Sialkot; September 7, 2012: Mullas held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in the open ground of Wapda Office, Sialkot. It was greatly publicized through banners and wall-chalking. Approximately 2000 men attended the conference; majority of them came from nearby villages. Mufti Muneebur Rahman, a mulla on government pay roll, presided over the session. The mullas spoke venomously against Ahmadis.
Sargodha; September 13, 2012: A procession was led by mullas against some statement of the U.S. ambassador. The participants forcibly had the shops and markets shut down. They burnt tyres on the roads. Some mullas spoke against the Ahmadiyya community as well. They got hold of a man who was making a video of the procession, beat him up and announced that he was a Qadiani (Ahmadi), although he was not an Ahmadi.
Bhawana, District Jhang; September 16, 2012: Opponents of Ahmadiyyat held a conference here in the name of ‘Reformation of the society’. It was presided over by a mulla Ghulam Ahmad. Last year also he presided over a rally here. He spoke bad words against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community. Another mulla Mughira came over from Chenab Nagar (Rabwah). He also bad-mouthed the Ahmadis.
Hazara Division; September 2012: Mullas Allah Ditta and Allah Wasaya delivered anti-Ahmadiyya sermons at various locations in Hazara Division. A procession was taken out in Abbotabad in which a booklet against Ahmadis was distributed free among the public. Anti-Ahmadiyya Friday sermons were delivered in Abbotabad, Hari Pur, Hattar and Tarbela on September 7. These activities were widely publicized in local newspapers as well.
Peshawar; September 2012: Opponents of Ahmadis are very active in this city also. They distributed anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlets in different parts of the city. They published baseless allegations and provoked the readers against Ahmadis. They urged the public to implement a complete social boycott of Ahmadis.
They also pasted anti-Ahmadiyya stickers in local transport, markets and shops. These stickers contained hateful inscriptions against Ahmadis.
They have planned to conduct anti-Ahmadiyya courses fortnightly.
Mr. Mubarak Ahmad Awan, an Ahmadi who is 65 years old, received a threatening letter which conveyed him, “Abandon your beliefs and recant. You are being informed in advance.”
Kotli; September 2012: District Kotli was mentioned repeatedly in our reports last year. This year, the mullas took up the Ahmadiyya issue again, with reference to September 7.
On September 7, 2012 a few mullas made provocative anti-Ahmadiyya speeches in various mosques of this town. In his Friday sermon, a mulla at the mosque of a local college announced the fatwa (edict) that Ahmadis were Kafir and Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed). The notorious Pir Atiq-ur-Rahman held an anti-Ahmadi rally in Goi on September 8.
Next week, the Pir had two anti-Ahmadi news items published in the local press. These were half-truths, and were fabricated to incite the public against the Ahmadis.
Stickers and leaflets were widely distributed in Kotli to incite hatred against Ahmadis. The president of the district Ahmadi community is a lecturer at the local college. When he went to his classroom on September 19, 2012, he found anti-Ahmadi stickers on the board, the dais, the walls etc. He disregarded them, tutored the class, and thereafter reported the matter to the principal, who visited the location and took away the objectionable scraps.
Call for massacre in Faisalabad
In a pamphlet issued jointly in June 2011 by Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat and All Pakistan Students Khatme Nabuwwat Federation, Faisalabad, Muslims were urged to kill Ahmadis in the open as a pious act of holy war (Jihad), that would entitle the killers to the status of martyrs and ensure them a place under the Holy Prophet’s flag on the Day of Judgment in the Hereafter. The pamphlet provided a list of approximately fifty Ahmadi prominent persons and business houses giving their addresses. The pamphlet gave the names of the issuing organizations, their cell phone numbers and e-mail address. These people are well-known to authorities. Translation of the front page of the pamphlet is placed at Annex IV to Annual Report 2011.
The issuance and distribution of this pamphlet caused great anxiety and sense of insecurity among the local Ahmadis and deep concern among the community in general. The track record shows that religious extremists at Faisalabad tend to follow up their threats to Ahmadi individuals, and commit murders. Faisalabad has been a hotbed of anti-Ahmadiyya activities for some time. Authorities have rarely acted vigorously against local perpetrators of hate and promoters of bloodshed. As a result, during the past years, well-known Ahmadis were targeted and murdered here only for their faith. These were:
Dr Abdul Qadir Sheikh Ashraf Pervez
Mr. Wasim Ahmad Butt Sheikh Masood Javed
Mr. Hafeez Ahmad Butt Sheikh Asif Javed
Dr Shamsul Haq Tayyab Mr. Nasir Ahmad
Sheikh Nazir Ahmad
Mr. Maqsood Ahmad
Mr. Abdul Waheed
Mian Laiq Ahmad
The four mentioned above in the second column were killed in 2010. The city administration and police are well aware of the organizations that promote and organize anti-Ahmadiyya sectarian vigilantism.
Subsequent to the distribution of this pamphlet, Ahmadiyya central office conveyed its text and the community’s concern to high political and administrative authorities. Elders of the local community met senior police and administration officials in Faisalabad. The Commissioner expressed sympathy but advised the community delegation to arrange self-protection.
It is relevant to mention that only a few weeks earlier, two Ahmadis of Zubair Colony, Faisalabad were sent identical threat letters by the same organization, signed by its Amir, Maulvi Hafeez Turabi (It is reproduced at Annex VIII to Annual Report 2011) The letter requires the addressees to recant, accept Islam, or face death. The Amir wrote that their families and children were also on the hit-list. “Your names and addresses have been forwarded to Lashkar Jhangvi, Taliban, Jaish-e-Muhammad and other religious organizations for further action if you do not accept Islam. You have our open permission to show this letter to any intelligence agency or police station to obtain security. You will not be spared. We hope that you will quit Ahmadiyyat and accept the shield of Islam to save you from all the hazards of this life and the Hereafter;” the letter elaborated. The letters carried the following address:
Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat
22-Co-operative Bank Building inside Circular Road, Faisalabad: Phone 2633522
‘Law and order’ is a provincial subject, however, the federal government’s high offices and agencies are also in a position to actively engage the district and regional authorities and require them to take effective action.
The Faisalabad police registered an FIR regarding the pamphlet. They detained one person although he was little-known. The FIR, however, was registered under a diluted clause PPC 295-A which is relevant only to insulting religious beliefs, it does not deal with incitement to murder – a major serious crime. Compare this to how they proceed against Ahmadis; last year, in response to the demand of a raucous crowd, the administration in Kotli, AJ&K registered a case against seven Ahmadis under eight PPCs, 295A, 341/342, 147/148, 149/337A and 296 in FIR No. 79, and arrested them. The Khatam-e- Nabuwwat leaders in Faisalabad seem to have powerful sympathizers who come to their help promptly and effectively.
The media took notice of this event. Some of their actions are listed below:
- The Express Tribune printed the news prominently on June 9, 2011.
- The BBC broadcast ‘Live’ interview of an Ahmadi on June 9, on this subject.
- The daily Dawn published this news in some detail on June 12.
- The News International published a big article on this issue on June 19, 2011.
- The Daily Times wrote an editorial on June 15, 2011: “Hate-crimes against Ahmadis”, and urged “strict measures against the bigots”.
- A day before, on June 14, 2011, the Daily Times published an op-ed by Afnan Khan titled: Terrorists chalk out plan to target Ahmadis.
The Asian Human Rights Commission issued a statement as Immediate Release, AHRC STM- 077-2011 on June 11, 2011 and gave it the heading: Pakistan: Extremists openly plan to kill hundreds of Ahmadis – government turns a blind eye.
The incident received mention as far as Sweden where a question was raised in the Parliament to its Foreign Minister.
Despite this open and serious threat to an entire community, of which the print media took ample notice, the political authorities did not come forth with a response in public, as if threat to Ahmadis is kosher in Pakistan
The authorities registered an FIR in this case which enabled them to indict one or two individuals only. But what about their organization? In what way is it different than other terrorist organizations? If others are banned for promoting and supporting terror, why not the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat?
Sure enough, a few weeks later, the religious bigots struck and murdered an Ahmadi, Mr. Naseem Butt, in his home in Faisalabad at about 1 a.m. on September 4, 2011. Mr. Butt had no personal vendetta against anyone; he was killed only for his faith. The casual attitude of the police towards the leadership that initiated the pamphlet in June must have encouraged them to commit murder. The Express Tribune commented on this murder the next day, “The Punjab government’s record of protecting Ahmadis has been dismal”. Three weeks later, another Ahmadi a teacher was target killed in broad daylight in his school in Farooqabad, not far from Faisalabad.
The politicians in power do not run short of words in support of human rights and peace, however. See, what they say in public:
CM (Chief Minister Punjab) wants genie of extremism bottled.
The daily Dawn, Lahore; May 15, 2011
The fight against terrorism cannot be fought without a battle against extremism, and we will have to reverse this tide from all sides, not just by military means – Rehman Malik (The Federal Interior Minister)
The Newsweek Pakistan, January 13, 2011
Foreign Powers are not responsible for terrorism in the country, it is religious extremists. Khurshid Shah (Federal Minister of Religious affairs)
The daily Din, Lahore, April 21,2011
Well, if they mean what they say, what action did the provincial and federal authorities take against those extremists who openly instigated murder of Ahmadis in Faisalabad – and committed murder, for faith only? None.
The felons printed their identity, address and phone number on the pamphlet. They threw down the gauntlet to the state, and the authorities wilted.
Note: Copies of the pamphlet, its translation the listed Ahmadis are available in the Monthly Report of June 2011 at www.persecutionofahmadis.org
Hate campaign in educational institutions
Islamabad: G-10 and G-11 are the sectors of Islamabad where mostly flats and students’ hostels are located. Members of Tablighi Jamaat instigate the youth against Ahmadis after prayers in the mosques there. After the incident of the murder of Governor Taseer, some youth of Sector E-9 in Islamabad were reported to have said that they would like to kill Ahmadis. This is the sector where officials of security agencies reside.
A debate took place in Bahria University on the subject of death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of Governor Taseer. Students, male and female, of post-graduate level took part in it. It is a pity that very few students spoke in favour of the judicial decree, while majority of them spoke in defence of Mumtaz Qadri. Many of them expressed their conviction that they would have themselves killed such a ‘blasphemer’.
Kotli, AJK; October 2011: Prof. Mahmood Ahmad is the district president of the Ahmadiyya community in Kotli, AJK. He teaches in the post-graduate college in Kotli. He noticed anti-Ahmadiyya inscription on the classroom board, rostrum and found a few pieces of papers with inscription like “Qadiani Infidels (Kafir)”, etc. He ignored these hate messages, held the class and left the classroom. Mr. Tasawwar Ahmad, his son attends the same class. His class-mates harassed him and called him an infidel. Later they beat him in the classroom on October 3, 2011. He received many injuries.
The on-going anti-Ahmadiyya hate campaign
One consistent precursors to ethnic cleansing and genocide is propaganda. The disaster that was the holocaust had its roots in hate campaigns and propaganda of the 1930s and the massacres of the Rwandan genocide were made possible by the hate filled broadcasts of Radio Rwanda. They resulted in catastrophe for the victims as well as the perpetrators. The world community shared the disastrous consequences. This process has occurred throughout history and is occurring again in Pakistan where anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda is dangerously prevalent. If a tragedy is to be avoided, the anti-Ahmadiyya hate campaign going on in Pakistan deserves serious attention and needs to be stopped.
In view of the gravity of this development, a chapter entitled The Anti-Ahmadiyya Hate Campaign in Pakistan was included in last year’s annual report. It is recommended reading for those who desire to know more on this subject. Here the narrative is restricted to what has been going on in year 2011.
The mullas of Pakistan are the leaders of the anti-Ahmadiyya campaign. They are able to wage this campaign freely with the cooperation of the state and discrete support of the politicians. Their tools include everything from sermons, leaflets and ubiquitous graffiti to the newspapers and the internet. This campaign is relentless and nationwide, and the state either supports it or looks the other way. An entire book would be needed to do justice to what is happening. What follows is only a brief summary.
Printed material in the form of pamphlets, leaflets, and handbills are a cheap and effective way to spread the message of hate against Ahmadis. These are given catchy and sensational titles and are dropped in any neighborhood where the mullas decide to create trouble. Here are some examples from recent pamphlets:
- Countless Curses on Mirza Qadiani
- A Call in the Name of Honour of the Prophet
- Qadianis are Wajib ul Qatl
- Muslims! Hearken the Cry of the Green Dome (the mausoleum of the Holy Prophet)
- The only punishment for a blasphemer is death, as per Sharia.
Their content is hostile, slanderous and inflammatory, presenting a highly distorted version of the Ahmadiyya beliefs. They are designed to generate hatred against the Ahmadis, urging the reader to do as much harm to them as possible. For example:
Introduction to Qadianiat. Qadianiat is a fake religion outside of Islam. It is a product of anti-Islam imperialist powers. It is a gang of traitors, apostates and heretics. Their object is to prepare the ground for establishment of another Israel to undo the very foundations of Islam with the help of these powers. These people (Ahmadis) are busy day and night in loathsome conspiracies against our dear country. In 1974, all the Muslims displayed unprecedented unity in forgetting their mutual differences, and succeeded in getting these deniers of the End of Prophethood declared a Non-Muslim minority. The same quality of oneness, integration and ensemble is now required, once again, to put an end to this mischief. It is a religious obligation of every Muslim to make an effort to crush this rebellion…
O Muslim…… Every Qadiani is a robber against Islam and Muslims, but he is dressed as a policeman. This robber of faith poses as a guardian of Islam. Muslims, if you are related in love and faith to Muhammad, spend all your resources and strength to capture these thieves, otherwise these butchers will construct a slaughter house of Muslims all over (the world).
Servant of the Movement to Safeguard the End of Prophethood: Muhammad Tahir Abdul Razzaq. B.Sc. M.A. (History). Publisher: World Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Council, 124/24 Allama Iqbal rd, Shadab Colony, Garhi Shahu (Lahore) Phone: 0334-4090965 and 0321-4081955, http://www.khatmenubuwwat.org
Muslims, listen to the cry of the green dome. O Muslims, Mirzais (Ahmadis), in collaboration with Jews and Christians have raised a storm of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) all over the world. They are busy in the abominable business of replacing the Prophethood of Muhammad with that of the Mirza Qadiani and thus are fanning the fire of apostasy. Alas, Muslims are still maintaining social relations with these robbers of prophethood. When one talks of boycotting these Qadianis, some come up with the apology of human rights, and some start talking of tolerance… O Muslim, your social mixing with these blasphemers could push you in their ranks on the Day of Judgment. Even in this world, one who keeps company with a rebel is treated as a rebel.
Qadiani supporters will go to hell. Qadiani snake is surely injured, but it is not yet dead. The 1974 Amendment (II) by the National Assembly and the Anti-Qadiani Ordinance of 1984 have chopped off the limbs (dast-o-bazoo) of the profane body of Qadianism, but its jugular is still intact. Friends, let’s ponder and deliberate deeply as to why despite our intense battle for a century, Qadianiat has not been shoved into the ditch of death…
Alami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, Peshawar. Phone: 210800; 272767, 212839
Writers of these pamphlets use shameless and abundant lies. Pretty much anything goes. One egregious, even comically absurd example is a story from a tract about someone whose son was miraculously cured of disease after he had cursed Mirza Qadiani 20 times a day, 10 times in the morning and 10 times in the evening, for an entire month. The pamphlet advises:
O my Muslim brothers and sisters, I am a witness to the fact that thousands had their problems solved by using the above prescription. Childless mothers had children, the sick got well, jobless found jobs, many were acquitted from false criminal cases, innocent detainees were released, family quarrels got settled, people were relieved of heavy debts, students passed their exams with high grades, those under the influence of evil spirits were cured, parents who had lost children found them again and people facing dozens of various afflictions and problem were relieved.
Requesting your prayers, Masud Akhtar Naz M.A. (Ed) L.L.B Retired Headmaster
While Pakistani mullas bristle with righteous fury towards blasphemous cartoons published in foreign countries, they have no problem adorning their pamphlets with caricatures of the founder of Ahmadiyya community. One of their pamphlets, entitled The Difference between Qadianis and Regular Infidels carries on its cover a sketch of a skull and bones burning in hellfire. Another leaflet published against an Ahmadi of Badin, shows him as a dog. It demands the Government of Pakistan to take action against him, or the people will be left with no choice but to do the needful on their own. The leaflet is entitled Qadiani Must be Put to Death. Some of these leaflets bear the instruction that the recipients should make copies for further distribution.
There are many pamphlets that call Ahmadis Wajib ul Qatl (who must be put to death). The number of such pamphlets in circulation has increased. Many specifically give the names, home addresses, and business locations of Ahmadis. One pamphlet published in May 2011, has the names of 50 Ahmadis of Faisalabad; another, issued by the Majlis Ahrar Islam gives the full information of 36 Ahmadis of Pachnad. A handbill produced by Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat and Shuban e Khatme Nabuwwat, Sargodha gives the names and workplaces of 41 Ahmadi businessmen. Early this year the Anjuman Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Pakistan distributed a handbill in Toba Tek Singh. It urged: O Muslim Brothers! Paradise must be earned by killing Anwar Butt, the x-ray technician, Maulvi Mansur and Khalid Mahmud the clerk as per the provisions of the Honour of Prophethood Act. Finish off Mirzais and earn Paradise. It declared Ahmadis as Zindique, placing them under the fatwa which declares that Zindiques must be put to death. These leaflets proclaim Ahmadis as blasphemers, who are to be punished with death according to Pakistani law.
In Islamic literature there is a well known list of 101 holy names of God and similarly of Prophet Muhammad. Clerics linked to Khatme Nabuwwat have produced and distributed a list of 101 names for the founder of the Ahmadiyya community. The insults, curses and slander that make up this list are so vile that we find it unbearable to reproduce here. The publishers of such works are utterly shameless, and they know that they have nothing to fear from a government that is supportive of discriminatory laws.
ii. Urdu Press
The vernacular press has also played its own role in this campaign. While far-right religious periodicals are only going about their sordid business when they stoke fires of sectarianism, regular press, however, is expected to be more responsible. Unfortunately that is not the case. When the subject is Ahmadis, the Urdu press of Pakistan has no compunction against giving inflammatory angle to news or highlighting demagogic and hateful speech. They appear to compete in providing print space for such stories. While this year’s statistics are still being compiled, last year, a few major Urdu dailies published in Lahore accounted for 1,468 news reports specific to Ahmadis. The editors of these papers who like to pose as pundits of morality and righteousness, stand exposed as co-opted with the mullas in this campaign of breathtaking malice. Here we reproduce translation of some headlines published this year.
Qadianis are the worst enemies of Islam – Maulana Ilyas (Chinioti)
The Daily Musawat, Lahore; February 6, 2011
Qadiani place of worship in village 109 RB should be demolished. Maulvi Faqir Muhammad
The Daily Aman, Faisalabad; February 9, 2011
Qadianis are tearing the Constitution to pieces – Ilyas Chinioti
The Daily Waqt, Lahore; March 19, 2011
Anti-Ahmadiyya ordinance should be implemented in Chenab Nagar. Blasphemers of the Quran, the Prophet and the Companions threaten world peace. They promote disorder. Muslims and Islamic institutions in Chenab Nagar should be protected by the police and administration – Khalid Cheema (of Ahrar)
The Daily Ausaf, Lahore; March 28, 2011
The business of fake Prophethood should be banned in Pakistan, and Mirzais should be expelled from Pakistan. Non-Muslim Qadianis, Ahmadis, Mirzais should be deported so that they may run their business in Qadian, India, Gurdaspur. Maulvi Faqir Muhammad
The Daily Aman, Faisalabad; April 5, 2011
Swat-like operation should be carried out in Rabwah
Khatme Nabuwwat Conference (in Jhelum)
We hear of 5 thousand Qadianis who entered Pakistan after receiving terrorism training in Israel
The Daily Din, Lahore; April 8, 2011
The US, Israel and Qadianis are involved in terrorist activities. Maulana Abdullah Ludhianwi (of Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat)
The Daily Jang, Lahore; April 2, 2011
Qadianis are conspirators; people should rise to rid country of American spies. Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in Chicha Watni
The Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; April 9, 2011
Qadianis are working for an Akhand Baharat (United India). Ataul Muhamamin (Ahrari)
The Daily Waqt, Lahore; April 9, 2011
Qadianis are busy destabilizing Pakistan. International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement
The Daily Post, Lahore; April 25, 2011
There is no state writ in Chenab Nagar. A Waziristan-like (military) operation is essential. Khatme Nabuwwat Conference
The Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; May 15, 2011
Qadiani Dr. Abdus Salaam sold Pakistan’s nuclear secrets to the U.S. Majlis Ahrar
The Daily Ausaf, Lahore; May 30, 2011
Qadianis are a detestable move to destroy the unity of the Ummah. It should be undone by the state. Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Conference (at Talha Gang)
The Daily Ausaf, Lahore; May 28, 2011
Qadiani gang is the worst enemy of Islam – Maulana Ilyas Chinioti
The Daily Musawat; Lahore, July 25, 2011
Western civilization and Qadianiat are two great evils of present times. Professor Khurshid (of Minhaj ul Quran)
The Daily Express; Faisalabad, July 5, 2011
Qadianis are agents of anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan elements
The Daily Din, Lahore; August 5, 2011
Sharia penalty (of death) for apostasy should be imposed at the earliest. Maulvi Faqir Muhammad
The Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; August 10, 2011
Posting Qadiani teachers in educational institutions is a conspiracy against Islam and the government. Pir Atiq ur Rehman (former minister AJK)
The Daily Ausaf, Lahore; September 5, 2011
Non believers in Khatme Nabuwwat are Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be put to death). Ahle Hadith Youth Force
The Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; September 20, 2011
Crushing the Qadiani mischief is important need of the hour. Syed Tahir Shah (Jamaat Ahle Sunnat)
The Daily Din, Lahore; November 1, 2011
With such provocative headlines circulating unchecked in the semi-literate society of Pakistan it would not be surprising if a general massacre of Ahmadis took place in Pakistan.
Incendiary news stories and op-eds appealing to meaner instincts are routinely published in the so-called respected press of the country. The daily Nawa-i-Waqt which is a leading right-wing paper, reported on September 7, 2011 that during the 1953 anti-Ahmadi riots in the Punjab 30,000 men were killed by security forces. A high level judicial inquiry however reported a total of 37 deaths only. The monthly Al-Saffaat, a women’s periodical, listed all those who had murdered alleged blasphemers during the past 14 centuries calling them blessed Ghazi and Shaheed (heroes and martyrs).
The daily Pakistan published an op-ed on Khatme Nabuwwat written by Allama Awaisi which referred to the founder of Ahmadiyya as “a badd bakht (wretched) whose aim was nothing but submission to the British. He was disloyal to his Holy Prophet (pbuh) and his religion, and sold his faith for a few pennies.” He also wrote, “Such great liars claimed prophecy in all ages but the lovers of the End of Prophethood put these liars to sword and dispatched them to hell.”
Some major Urdu newspapers also publish a special issue on September 7 celebrating the anniversary of the constitutional amendment that declared Ahmadis non-Muslims in 1974. In their attempt to appease the mullas, they sadly ignore the fact that the particular amendment goes against the principles on which Pakistan was founded; that it helps the extremists’ agenda; that it is tearing apart the social fabric of Pakistan.
iii. Rallies and conferences
Public rallies are another tool of the mullas to spread hatred against Ahmadis, here is a brief overview of this activity, specific stories on some of the bigger events can be found in Chapter 7 of Annual Report 2012. These events are organized to inflame base communal passions and motivate extreme actions. Rallies are usually followed by processions that can quickly turn violent. Surprisingly, despite their clear threat to law and order, authorities readily grant permission to clerics to hold such conferences. Rabwah, which is the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Community and has ninety-five percent Ahmadiyya population, is not a place where the mullas can claim any natural right to assemble. Yet they are permitted to hold a number of rallies there every year. Unable to draw on any local support, crowds are transported from neighboring districts. At times, these events continue for two or three days. Clearly all this involves great cost, but then who is counting when the petro-dollars are plentiful!
The speakers at these rallies are adept at rousing crowd passion. They use this rhetoric to further other agendas as well, as evident from this sample of statements made at a conference held at Rabwah on October 13 and 14, 2011, taken from various reports in the press:
- Pakistani government should reply ‘Do More’ with ‘No More’ (to US demands in the war on terror).
- The country’s security is at risk by Qadiani network, not by Haqqani network.
- Mumtaz Qadri (murderer of Governor Salman Taseer) is not the name of an individual; he represents the religious emotions of the Muslim world.
- Friendship of Qadianis is more dangerous than their animosity.
- Qadianis are destroying the pillars of Islam in the whole world under the guise of Islam.
- Qadianis are liars and hell-bound.
- The only cure for Qadianis: Al-Jihad, Al-Jihad
- The future of Pakistan is linked with Khatme Nabuwwat.
This is based mostly on stories published in the Urdu press, in particular from the daily Jang of October 14 and the Nawa-i-Waqt of October 14 and 15. The mullas also made the following demands, inter alia:
- All Qadianis should be dismissed from the armed forces.
- All literature published in Chenab Nagar (Rabwah) should be confiscated forthwith.
- Qadianis should be forbidden to use the Islamic creed (Kalima) and other Islamic epithets.
- Qadianis should be removed without delay from government services like CBR (revenue), embassies and education.
- Minarets and niches in Qadiani places of worship should be demolished.
- Entry forms to educational institutions should have an affidavit concerning Khatme Nabuwwat and denouncement of the founder of Ahmadiyya community.
- Qadiani students declare themselves Muslims on the entry forms of educational institutes, which is against the law. Action should be taken against them.
- The declaration about the ‘End of Prophethood’ should be included in the forms for national identity cards.
- All auxiliary organizations of Qadianis should be banned.
- Qadiani religious endowments should be taken over by the state.
- All barriers (installed for security purposes) should be lifted from Chenab Nagar.
- The Islamists (Islamian) of Pakistan will powerfully resist any change to the blasphemy laws.
- Shariah penalty for apostasy (death, according to the mulla) should be implemented.
- The respected ulama are urged to deliver Friday Sermons in support of Khatme Nabuwwat and against Qadianism once every month.
- Mumtaz Qadri should be set free respectfully.
Conferences like this are held all over the country. Clearly, these are threat to law and order and the Government should stop them, yet in its calculus of compromises it finds it preferable to let them happen. Not all rallies are reported, but this year there were rallies reported in Faisalabad, Lahore, Rabwah, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Jhelum, Nawab Shah, Larkana, Sargodha, Kharian, Chicha Watni, Nagar Parkar, Pachnand, Jamke Cheema, Chak 20, Ahmadpur Sharqia, Nabi Sar Road, Data Zaidka, Chak No. 170/10-R, Badomalhi, and Daddial AJK.
Free supply of small size colorful stickers that can be easily pasted on doors, walls, vehicles, public places are also used to propagate anti-Ahmadiyya hatred. The World Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Council, Lahore has produced a number of such 7×2 inch stickers. Large quantities have been sent all over Pakistan for free distribution. Listed here are some of their translated messages:
- One who is friendly to Mirzais, is a traitor to the Holy Master (p.b.u.h.)
- O Muslim, when you meet a Qadiani, it hurts the heart of Mustafa (The Holy Prophet) under the green dome.
- How will you, who drink Shezan juice produced by blasphemer Qadianis, justify seeking the blessed liquor of the holy fountain, from the Holy Prophet on the Dooms Day?
- O Muslim, if you suddenly die while shaking hand with a Qadiani, say where will you end up?
As silly as the idea of going to hell for shaking someone’s hand is, many are influenced by these warnings. There are cases of parents turning their children out of their homes and depriving them of their inheritance for joining the Ahmadiyya community.
The anti-Ahmadiyya lobby is quite well-organized. Most sectarian parties have their Khatme Nabuwwat wings whose sole purpose is to advance anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda and do their bit in spreading the hate campaign.
Some of these organizations are:
○ Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat
○ International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement
○ World Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Council, Lahore
○ Majlis Ahrar Islam
○ Shubbane Khatme Nabuwwat, Lahore
○ All Pakistan Students Khatme Nabuwwat Federation
○ Tajdar-e-Khatme Nabuwwat
○ Mutahiddah Khatme Nabuwwat Rabita Committee
○ Tehrik Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat
○ Pasban Khatme Nabuwwat
These organizations have an elaborate grass roots structure. Most of their dirty business is carried out by local and city branches. The threatening letters sent to several Ahmadis in Faisalabad, mentioned earlier, was the handiwork of a local leader. At this time, the World Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Council of Lahore leads in producing bulk of the circulating hate material. They have an inventory of 111 different brochures and pamphlets for distribution. They collaborate with Shubban-e-Khatme Nabuwwat to produce lists of Ahmadi names and addresses. This is done openly and while claiming full credit, with their addresses and phone numbers proudly displayed on all printed material. Donations are solicited through advertised bank accounts.
Many political parties also engage in anti-Ahmadi campaigns to promote their wider interests. These include Jamaat Islami, Jamiat Ulama Pakistan, Jamiat Ulama Islam, Jamaat ud Dawa, Jamiat Mashaikh Pakistan, Sunni Tehrik, Hizb ut Tehrir, Tehrik Minhaj ul Quran, Jamiat Ahle Hadith, Tanzim Islami, Markaz Sirajia, Al-Rahmat Trust etc. It is noteworthy that some of these parties are officially banned, but continue their activities in spite of the ban.
Other active anti-Ahmadi organizations include the Islami Jamiat Talaba, Anjuman Talaba Islam, Shubban Khatme Nabuwwat Students etc. Some organization trade their wares behind false names including Mirzai Mukao Tanzim, Mutahidda Muslim Movement, Tehrik Fidayan Pakistan etc. The authorities are well aware of who they really are.
These organizations actively promote their hate-based agenda on many fronts. A few of their methods are listed below:
a. Training courses: A three-week anti-Ahmadiyya course is organized at Chenab Nagar every year. This year it was held from 9th to 29th July. Volunteers were promised free board and lodging, books and stationary. Some stipend was also assured.
b. Correspondence courses: A 4-stage anti-Ahmadiyya correspondence course is available from P.O. Box 1347 Islamabad; phone: 0333-5126313, under the auspices of Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, Hazuri Bagh Road, Multan. Tests are given at the end of each unit. Leading questions ensure that students get appropriately indoctrinated in extremism; for instance:
Here the student is asked to supply the missing word:
- One who poses to be a Muslim and displays his kufr (disbelief) as Islam is called _____. (Zindique)
- A Zindeque is Wajib ul ________ (Qatl, i.e. must be put to death.)
c. Foreign branches: Mullas of the End of Prophethood faction have established themselves in the United Kingdom. They avail of the freedom of faith there (which they deny to Ahmadis in Pakistan), but only to promote sectarian hatred. They produce Urdu leaflets and distribute them freely. Their contact address is: Khatme Nabuwwat Academy London, 387 Katherine Rd, Forest Gate, London E7 8LT, United Kingdom. Phone: 0208 471 4434
d. Movies: Mullas propagate their extremism through movies as well. For instance, in April this year, a movie Aik Aur Ghazi (Another Hero) played in cinema halls around the country. It was boldly advertized in newspapers in words: Gustakh Rasool Ki Saza, Sar Tan Se Juda, i.e. Punishment of a blasphemer: Decapitation. It was directed by Syed Noor, a prominent film director based in Lahore. It is about a man called Yusuf ‘Kazzab’, who claimed to be a prophet and was eventually killed while in prison.
e. Wall-chalking: This is yet another method of promoting hatred against Ahmadis; it is cheap and effective. No one bothers to stop these merchants of disorder from polluting the social peace and environment of a neighborhood. Authorities just don’t seem to care, and the hate slogans remain on walls for years. Among other places, extensive wall-chalking was done this year in Dahranwali, Nabi Sar Road, Pachnand. Even Islamabad was not spared where Qadiani Wajib-ul-Qatl was seen at a number of places there.
vii. Friday sermons
Fridays provide mullas with the convenient way to spread the message of hate against any group or individual. The religious obligation of attending the Friday prayer service is taken seriously by Pakistanis in general. They dutifully head to a mosque at least once every week and patiently listen to whatever sermon is delivered from the pulpit. This provides the mullas, who lead these services, with a ready audience comprising vast majority of the male Muslim population of the country every week. This is a huge opportunity for mullas, and they use it to their maximum advantage. What they speak about is entirely up to them. While they should really be concerned with the moral reformation of the masses, it turns out that is the last thing on their minds; they prefer narrow sectarian and political themes with a view to creating social unrest such that their fief and power may get enhanced. Ahmadis are a usual target of their ire.
This year the leadership of the Khatme Nabuwwat organization urged all prayer leaders to deliver at least one Friday sermon per month on the issue of End of Prophethood.
viii. Fresh policy initiatives in the hate drive
Although this campaign has been going on for decades, its intensity tends to fluctuate. The religious leadership has decided in the recent past to intensify it and to take it to the next level. Anti-Ahmadi propaganda is on the rise with a vast number of new and reprinted hateful literature being produced. The amount of material consulted in making this article can be measured literally in kilograms. One of the referenced brochures mentioned a print run of 8000 copies in two editions within two months. This gives some idea of the quantum of hate-material published and distributed.
While the Quran makes no mention of any punishment for a blasphemer, the medieval prescription of death penalty has been so strongly championed by the present day mullas that it is accepted by the common man as completely Shariah authentic. Furthermore, the clerics have successfully devised and implemented the strategy where the controversy of the End of Prophethood has been linked with the issue of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet. This has been repeated so often that against all logic the two issues have become inseparable and thoroughly confused in the mind of the common man. It is a very clever trick. They hope that through this device they will justify the murder of Ahmadis.
Ahmadis are frequently described as Wajib-ul-Qatl by the mullas, which is troubling indeed, but more recently this ready threat to Ahmadi lives has taken a more dangerous turn. There is a nationwide effort by the mullas to identify Ahmadi individuals to the public. Printed leaflets now give their names, home and work addresses so that any freelancer who is seeking ‘Paradise and its seventy virgins’ may haply do the needful. Those who make this call for murder do not shy from identifying themselves on these leaflets. Authorities take no notice of this outrage.
This drive has even reached schools, colleges and universities. Ahmadi students, boys and girls, have been targeted and forced to leave their institutions under duress; a sample case can be found in Chapter 2B of Annual Report 2012.
ix. Two letters
Translated below are two letters, one from a mulla and one from the head office of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan.
a. Open letter of a cleric
Open letter to the Devotees of the End of Prophethood (PBUH)
Muslim Believing Brothers,
I hope that you are all preparing for death in this transitory life, with complete faith. Differences exist among people at all levels in the human society. People are divided on the basis of social, economic, cultural, religious and moral norms. Likewise, there are stark differences in beliefs and modes of worship. However, despite all these differences there is one dogma and practice that amounts to worship, that forms the foundation of our faith, that is common among all Muslims; and that is our faith in the finality of Prophethood of Hadhrat Muhammad the Crown of the Universe, the Pride of Existence, the Cause of the Universe, the Leader of Prophets, the Pride of Humanity, the First and the Last Light, the End of Prophets and Messengers. The true faith is, after the recitation of the Kalima, to be ever ready to sacrifice your life for the sake of our master Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) in total disregard of our life, property and honour, and rising above all considerations of worldly constraints, and organizational opinions and decisions. There is need to accelerate this drive; therefore this humble self has undertaken the audacity to write this letter.
These days, it is very difficult to notice the difference between Muslims and Mirzais (Ahmadis) because Mirzais recite the same Kalima (Islamic creed), and they worship and say prayers the same way as Muslims. However, they consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian as their prophet, while we Muslims consider Muhammad the Prophet of Latter Days (PBUH) to be our last prophet, and have full faith in that. Mirzais offer heavy sums, beautiful wives and running businesses to mislead Muslims who are simple and weak in belief and mind. A Muslim who becomes an apostate through their trickery, turns into a traitor to Islam, an enemy of Allah, and unfit to show his cursed face to Hadhrat Muhammad (p.b.u.h.). As per the law of Pakistan, he becomes a part of (non-Muslim) minority, and as per Quran he becomes an apostate, heretic and Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be put to death). It is a pity that all mischief-mongers, miscreants and enemies of Islam stand united while we Muslims the true lovers are in disarray. In fact, we revile those who tell the truth and persecute them by calling them miscreants. Laws are formulated to hang those who tell the truth. As per the law in force, Mirzais are not allowed to, 1. Call their places of worship ‘Masjid’, nor are they allowed to construct one, 2. Call for prayers (Azan), 3. Call themselves Muslims, 4. Term their religion, Islam, 5. Preach their faith.
Mirzais are worse than apostates; they are Zindique (heretics). The Shariah does not permit any social relationship, greeting, business dealing, political relationship, matrimony, dining together, keeping company with them etc; it is all Haraam (forbidden). All food items
prepared by Shezan, an entirely Qadiani enterprise, and distributed all over Pakistan, should be forbidden in Pakistan. OCS courier service is also owned by Mirzais; all dealings with them should be forbidden. The state should be mindful of its obligations to the Faith and should issue such orders that restrict Mirzais’ activities, their preaching should come to an end and their products should cease to come to the market. Thereafter they should be officially invited to Islam. If they sincerely recant, well and good; otherwise a disputation should be held with them and if they decide not to come to the right path, they should be dealt with according to the (Shariah) law. This can be undertaken by the faithful district level officials. This will be indeed a novel initiative. The DCOs and DPOs should get lists prepared of the Qadianis, by the Agencies and call them to their offices to invite them to Islam. They can seek the help of a local ‘Alim (cleric) in this undertaking. They can also issue orders to ban the supply of Shezan products in their districts, and the services of OCS courier company. All that is needed is the power of Belief. The following demands of Ulama Haq (the upright clerics) are as valid today as in the past:
○ Mirzais should be fired from all key posts, services and decision-making forums.
○ All social relations with Mirzais should be put to an end.
○ They should be forbidden to preach.
○ Their names should be entered in the minorities’ voter-lists.
○ An identity code should be entered for Mirzais in the national identity cards.
○ All denominations and religious parties of the Muslim Ummah should unite to destroy this mischief.
○ Politicians who support Mirzais should have their membership of the National Assembly, Provincial Assemblies and the Senate terminated.
Syed Muhammad Azhar Shah Bokhari,
Devoted to the End of Prophethood (PBUH) Lodhran
b. Letter to all the concerned high officials in the Punjab and in Islamabad, from the Director Public Affairs of the Ahmadiyya Head Office Rabwah, written on August 20, 2011
Nazarat Umoor E Aama
Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Rabwah (Pakistan)
Ph: 047-6212459 Fax: 047-6215459 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Request to stop circulation of provocative hate literature
Jamia Usmania Khatme Nabuwwat, Muslim Colony, Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) has issued a folder containing a time table for fasting during Ramadan. It contains numerous anti-Ahmadiyya provocative writings. The writings urge Muslims to undertake extreme action against Ahmadis. Hate and prejudice is spread in the fair name of religion through this baseless written material. Ahmadis are thereby exposed to attack and aggression.
The folder also calls for financial support to the monthly organ of their organization, which is committed to anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda.
It is relevant to mention that the head of this organization, Qari Shabbir Ahmad Usmani is placed in the Fourth Schedule of the police record. He was General Secretary of the Sipah Sahabah, a banned organization. He is facing prosecution in court on criminal charges in FIRs 580 of 31 October 2006, 255 of 20 September 2002, 734 of 21 December 1994, 279 of 14 November 1986 and 245 of 26 October 1985, all registered in Police Station Chenab Nagar / Rabwah.
The monthly Sada-i-Khatme Nabuwwat that has been published for years is neither officially registered nor has permission from the authorities for its publication.
The time-table folder solicits contributions from the general public while according to government rules organizations are forbidden to collect funds without due permission.
We have kept the authorities repeatedly informed of this delicate situation but unfortunately no action is taken against these elements. This results in grave consequences.
It is a pity that these extremist blood-thirsty elements avail of the sensitive national situation and exploit religion to target a specific community, harming the country thereby. Such literature plays pivotal role in this scheme. Although all the decent folk condemn such activities, the negative role and support of the print and electronic media encourages these elements.
Since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX in 1984, two hundred and six Ahmadis have been killed through religious hatred. The serial killing goes on in 2011. A number of Ahmadis have been attacked this year.
Publication of this provocative literature (copies attached) despite the official ban calls for special attention of the authorities and corrective action by them.
Director Public Affairs
Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) District Chiniot
The anti-Ahmadi hate campaign is gaining further momentum and its effects are felt by Ahmadis all over Pakistan. This year, a greater number of Ahmadi communities were targeted in various cities, towns and villages compared to last year; even educational institutions have not been spared, and Ahmadi students have consequently suffered. The authorities have been repeatedly informed of the worsening situation, but little effective action is taken against the sources and leadership of this well coordinated and deadly campaign that continues to intensify.
Anti-Ahmadiyya open-air rallies
Pakistani mullas remain engaged in the never-ending campaign to promote hatred and violence against the Ahmadiyya community. In this drive, holding open-air rallies and conferences is their favorite activity. These rallies cost little and are well-attended. Speakers make highly provocative and incendiary speeches and exhort the participants to extreme action. Ahmadis are described as Wajb ul Qatl, which is a call to murder by vigilante action.
Such rallies are held all over the country. Big city mullas notorious for inflaming crowds make special appearances to address these gatherings. This year, anti-Ahmadi rallies were held in remote towns and villages thus spreading the message of hate further in the land. A number of times each year they converge on Rabwah, a 95% Ahmadi town, with crowds brought from other towns. Leaders of right leaning political parties looking for press coverage also show up and do their bit in showing solidarity with the extremists against a beleaguered community. On the other hand, Ahmadis are not allowed to hold their traditional annual conference in Rabwah, the community centre.
Authorities know it very well that these sectarian and extremist events are used to incite violence and pose a threat to law and order, yet they allow such conferences to be held and refuse to take any action against those who openly violate the law of the land. As a consequence of this relentless campaign several assaults occur every year against Ahmadis. Since the promulgation of anti-Ahmadi laws in 1984, two hundred and seven Ahmadis have been murdered.
Two-day provocative conference in Rabwah by anti-Ahmadiyya mullas
Rabwah; October 13 and 14, 2010: Mullas of the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, (an anti-Ahmadiyya organization) held their two-day annual conference in Rabwah instead of holding it at their headquarters in Multan which is 260 kilometers away from here.
Such conferences are permitted regularly in Rabwah where the non-Ahmadis population is only 5% of the total.
This conference at Rabwah poses a great threat to the law and order of the town. The administration allowed the conference despite the fact that the Ahmadiyya central office wrote a letter to all the concerned local, provincial and federal authorities requesting them to disallow this sectarian conference in Rabwah by outsiders.
Mullas from all over Pakistan gather here annually. Mostly Deobandi and Wahabi mullas and a few Brelvis participated. Mulla Ata-ur-Rahman of JUP (brother of Maulvi Fazlur Rahman) also attended the conference. Maulvi Muhammad Hussain, Mohibullah, Azizur Rahman Jalandhri, Allah Wasaya, Zahid ur Rashdi, Ahmad Mian Hamadi, Mufti Muhammad Hassan, Alam Tariq (of the banned SSP) etc were among the speakers; most of them are otherwise forbidden to leave their districts during Muharram when the government shows zero tolerance to any threat to law and order.
As usual, the speakers made abusive and slanderous speeches against the founder and leaders of the Ahmadiyya community. They spoke even against Ch. Muhammad Zafrullah Khan, an Ahmadi and the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan, who was very close and dear to the Quaid-e-Azam, the founder of Pakistan.
In these conferences, the mullas are free to say what they like, regardless of facts. Later, the press-release by their publicity men repeats the rhetoric for public consumption in the country. For example, the following statements were published in the vernacular press:
- Pakistani government should reply ‘Do More’ with ‘No More’.
- European countries should also declare Qadianis a non-Muslim minority.
- The country’s security is at risk by Qadiani network, not by Haqqani network.
- Mumtaz Qadri (murderer of Governor Taseer) is not the name of an individual; he represents the religious emotions of the Muslim world.
- Friendship of Qadianis is more dangerous than their animosity.
- Qadianis are destroying the pillars of Islam in the whole world under the guise of Islam.
- Qadianis are liars and hell-bound.
- The only cure for Qadianis: Al-Jihad, Al-Jihad
- The future of Pakistan is linked with Khatme Nabuwwat.
This report is based mostly on stories published in the vernacular press, in particular from the daily Jang of October 14 and the Nawai Waqt of October 14 and 15. The mullas made the following demands, inter alia:
- All Qadianis should be dismissed from the armed forces.
- All literature published in Chenab Nagar should be confiscated forthwith.
- Qadianis should be forbidden to use the Islamic creed (Kalima) and other Islamic epithets.
- Qadianis should be removed without delay from government services like CBR (Revenue), embassies and education.
- Minarets and niches in Qadiani places of worship should be demolished.
- Entry forms to educational institutions should have an affidavit concerning Khatme Nabuwwat and denouncement of the founder of Ahmadiyya community.
- Qadiani students declare themselves Muslims on the entry forms of educational institutes, which is against the law. Action should be taken against them.
- The declaration about the ‘End of Prophethood’ should be included in the application forms for national identity cards.
- All auxiliary organizations of Qadianis should be banned.
- Qadiani religious endowments should be taken over by the state.
- All barriers (installed for security purposes) should be removed from Chenab Nagar (Rabwah).
- The Islamists (Islamian) of Pakistan will powerfully resist any change to the blasphemy laws.
- Shariah penalty for apostasy (death, according to the mulla) should be implemented.
- The respected ulama are urged to deliver Friday Sermons in support of Khatme Nabuwwat and against Qadianism once every month.
- Mumtaz Qadri should be set free respectfully.
One can get a fair idea of the motives of these mullas in the light of above demands.
The maximum attendance was recorded on Friday – approximately 8000. The audience were transported from out of Rabwah in buses, wagons, cars and rickshaws. Meals were served lavishly. One wonders about the source of funds for all these huge anti-Ahmadiyya rallies.
Such conferences are a great disturbance for Ahmadis in Rabwah. As precautionary measures the schools were closed, women were advised to remain at home, markets remained closed, and hundreds of citizens remained alert to defend the town and its people against a possible attack by participants of this conference. The authorities also had to remain vigilant. The state and society were exposed to great risk by allowing the mullas to assemble at Rabwah where they have no rational claim to converge.
Following mullas participated:
Akram Toofani, Abdul Latif Ashrafi, Muhammad Amjad Madni, Mumtaz Ahmad Kalpar, Muhammad Ismail Shujjabadi, Qazi Ihsan Ahmad, Ziauddin Azad, Azizur Rahman Sani, Faqirullah Akhtar, Abdul Hakeem Naumani, Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, Muhammad Hussain Nasir, Tajammul Hussain, Muhammad Ishaq Saqi, Muhammad Tayyab Farooqi, Muhammad Zahid Waseem, Mufti Muhammad Khalid Mir, Abdul Naeem, Muhammad Arif, Ghulam Mustafa, Ghulam Rasool Deen Poori, Abdul Sattar Haidri, Abdul Sattar Gormani, Abdul Khaliq, Muhammad Khubaib, Muhammad Iqbal, Abdul Wahab Jalandhri, Abdul Razzaq Mujahid, etc.
Hostile rallies in Rabwah
Rabwah; February 16, 2011: Rabwah has always been in the crosswire of the mullas. They are at liberty to provoke 95% of the town’s population. They regularly hold conferences in Rabwah, take out processions through the main markets and make hateful speeches using provocative language against the Ahmadiyya community. Mullas from outside Rabwah participate in these conferences and disturb the peace of the city.
One such occasion is 12 Rabiul Awwal (the birthday of the Holy Prophetsa). Mullas now take out several processions in Rabwah every year on this day. Ahmadis request the authorities to stop them from such activities, but to no avail. This year again Ahmadiyya central office wrote to the authorities to prohibit such rallies, but they allowed the mullas to once again gather in Rabwah and threaten the peace of the town. A report of these processions is placed below.
The first procession on February 16, 2011 started from Masjid Bukhari at 09:00 hr. Approximately 300 men from the Muslim Colony and Chiniot participated in it. This procession used the main road of Rabwah and reached Aqsa Square. Qari Muhammad Yameen addressed the participants there. On their way back to the Bus Stop they halted in front of Aiwan-e-Mahmood and Mulla Ghulam Mustafa addressed the crowd. Thereafter it stopped in front of the Post Office and Mulla Masood Sarwari and Mulla Hafiz Umair addressed them.
The second procession was led by the son of Maulvi Mushtaq of Khichian. They gathered at the Bus Stop and held a conference there which lasted three hours. Approximately 700 people participated in the conference. Afterwards at 13:00 hr. they went to the Aqsa Square in the form of a procession and dispersed. This procession comprised seven tractor trolleys, one bus, four cars, forty motorcycles and five rickshaws.
The third procession was led by Majlis Ahrar. A conference was held in the mosque of Majlis Ahrar in Kot Wasawa, in Rabwah at 10 a.m. This continued for five hours and approximately three thousand participated. They took the form of a procession and reached in front of the Aiwan-e-Mahmood via Aqsa Square. There Mulla Mughaira, Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema and Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari spoke against the Ahmadiyya community. They used highly slanderous and provocative language against the Ahmadiyya leaders. They also criticized the government regarding Raymond Davis and Aasia Bibi. They demanded from the government more vigorous anti-Ahmadiyya measures. This procession ended at the Bus Stop at 17:30 hr. It used the main roads of Rabwah and comprised 10 buses, 18 coasters, 30 cars, five tractor trolleys and 40 rickshaws.
All markets in Rabwah remained closed due to these un-welcome guests, and all Ahmadis remained vigilant against any unforeseen development. Women were advised to stay at home. Men were directed to stay clear of the procession.
Another Khatme Nabuwwat conference
Rabwah/Faisalabad; May 2011: The Director Public Affairs, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya wrote the following self-explanatory letter to authorities (translation from Urdu original):
Subject: Khatme Nabuwwat Conference of 12 May in Saleemi Chowk, Faisalabad
Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Faisalabad has announced holding a conference, in Al-Fath Ground, Saleemi Chowk, Faisalabad on May 12, 2011. A propaganda drive is on in the district for maximum participation. Big banners and posters have been displayed in conspicuous locations.
Past experience shows that such programs are meant to target Ahmadis and to urge the common man to take extreme action against members of the Ahmadiyya community. Hatred and prejudice is spread in the sacred name of religion by indulging in fabricated and filthy accusations. Holding this conference on May 12, in these sensitive times, may precipitate extremist action.
In fact, accusations against Ahmadis have no basis; an Ahmadi cannot even think of committing such outrages. Every Ahmadi, by the grace of Allah extends the utmost respect to the Holy Prophet of Islam. This respect is the basic and essential part of every Ahmadi’s faith.
Although, every decent Pakistani dislikes such nefarious and provocative activities and condemns them, some miscreants would like to promote their selfish aims through conspiracies in the name of religion.
In the past, we have forewarned the authorities on such occasions repeatedly, however, unfortunately, no action is taken against these miscreants. This results in serious incidents against members of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat.
Since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance in 1984, 205 Ahmadis have been murdered for their faith on account of these discriminatory laws and religious hatred. Such murders continue to take place. Many Ahmadis have been injured in murderous attacks. Authorities are requested to take notice and effective action in the stated circumstances.
Director Public Affairs
Another provocative conference to be held in Rabwah by mullas
Rabwah: The Director of Public Affairs, Ahmadiyya headquarters wrote the following letter to federal and provincial authorities on August 18, 2011 (translation):
Nazarat Umoor E Aama
Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Rabwah (Pakistan)
Ph: 047-6212459 Fax: 047-6215459 E-mail: email@example.com
Subject: Appropriate action regarding Khatme Nabuwwat Conference to be held on September 07, 2011 in Muslim Colony Chenab Nagar/Rabwah
I wish to draw your attention to an important and sensitive issue. According to press reports, anti-Ahmadi elements have announced a program to hold a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Chenab Nagar/Rabwah on September 07, 2011.
Ahmadis in Rabwah, where 95% of the population is Ahmadi, are not allowed to hold their annual conferences and other programs, but their opponents are regularly facilitated to transport vigilantes from outside to Rabwah, hold conferences, take out processions, abuse Ahmadi leaders on loudspeakers, indulge in insulting acts, make mischief and create a threat to law and order.
Such a conference is again planned this year for September 07, 2011 which raises a threat to law and order in this town. As in the past, it is most likely that many incoming participants will be from organizations that are otherwise banned by the government of Pakistan. These bands emerge from the Muslim Colony, loiter through the residential areas, and attempt provocation near Ahmadiyya places of worship. All this can lead to some nasty incident. This conference also provides an opportunity for this kind of undesired happening.
In view of the grave situation prevailing in the country, it would be appropriate to disallow this conference, and provide no official support to its sponsors. However, if decided otherwise, the participants should be made to use only main roads, refrain from eve-teasing, slogan-raising, improper use of sound amplifiers and posing a threat to the town’s law and order through hateful sectarian speeches.
God forbid, if there is a disturbing incident, the responsibility will be that of the participants of the conference and the authorities. Last year also, you were requested likewise to disallow the conference but unfortunately we received no positive response.
We hope that you will take appropriate action to maintain peace in the town. This delicate issue deserves your priority attention and action.
Director Public Affairs
Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) District Chiniot
PS. The authorization was not revoked. Report of this conference is given below.
Anti-Ahmadiyya annual conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; September 7, 2011: A one-day ‘International Khatme Nabuwwat Conference’ was held at Jamia Usmania, Muslim Colony, Rabwah. This conference is held annually. Mullas avail this occasion for slander, provocation and making brazen demands.
This conference was allowed by the authorities despite a request by the residents of Rabwah to disallow it. It started at 12:00 p.m. on September 7 and lasted till 3:15 a.m. next day. Five sessions were held in all. The attendance initially was 200 – 300, however in the last session it rose to 1400.
Twenty-two mullas addressed this rally. They all spoke against the Ahmadiyya community. They promoted hatred, animosity and used obnoxious language against the leaders of the Ahmadiyya community. The sessions were chaired by Maulvi Abdul Hafeez Makki from Saudi Arabia and Ahmad Ali Siraj from Kuwait. Some of the prominent clerics who addressed the crowd:
- Maulvi Muhammad Kafayat Ullah, MPA KP
- Ghulam Fareed Paracha, General Secretary Jamaat Islami
- Maulvi Zahidul Rashidi
- Qari Shabbir Usmani, Faisalabad
- Maulvi Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari, Multan
- Qari Zawar Bahadur, General Secretary JUP
- Maulvi Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Lahore
- Maulvi Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti, MPA Chiniot
- Maulvi Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi, SSP, Jhang
This conference was given great publicity in the vernacular press.
The resolutions adopted were those that violated accepted norms of human rights and international covenants. They included the following, inter alia:
- A ban should be imposed on Qadianis’ activities.
- Add column of ‘Religion’ to the national identity card.
- Block the Qadiani MTA (TV channel).
- Implement Sharia as proposed by the Islamic Ideology Council.
- Change the name of Nusrat Jehan Girls College and School to Aisha Siddiqua, as Nusrat Jehan was the name of the wife of the Mirza (Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian).
Note: These institutions were built and established by Ahmadis, but were nationalized by Z.A. Bhutto regime.
- The respected Ulama are urged to issue weekly statements in support of Khatme Nabuwwat and against Qadianism.
- Quranic inscriptions written on Qadiani places of worship should be expunged.
- Entry forms to educational institutions should have an affidavit concerning Khatme Nabuwwat and denouncement of the founder of Ahmadiyya community.
- Government should bind Qadianis not to use the title of Islam.
- The school syllabus should include the subject of End of Prophethood.
- Qadiani religious endowments should be taken over by the state.
- Ban the Qadiani newspapers and magazines.
- Dismiss all Qadianis from the government services and the army.
Ahmadis of Rabwah had to take appropriate precautions. They closed down the bazaar, the educational institutions and asked their women to remain at home. The law enforcement agencies also remained vigilant.
Demands at a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in AJK capital
Muzaffargarh; April 21, 2011: Tehrik Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Azad Kashmir issued posters that it would hold its conference in the University Ground of Muzaffarabad on April 21, the Khatme Nabuwwat Resolution Day. They mentioned it in the poster that the President of the state, the Prime Minister and all political leaders (sic) would also attend. The poster carried the following demands, inter alia:
- April 29 should be celebrated officially in Azad Kashmir as Yom Khatme Nabuwwat and should be declared as official holiday.
- Qadianis should be registered in Azad Kashmir as Non-Muslims with a separate identity.
- Qadiani centers of apostasy that look like mosques should be destroyed without delay.
- Qadiani daily, their TV channel MTA and all their literature should be banned.
- A list of all Qadianis in government service should be promulgated, and those in the Education Department, in particular, should be fired.
- All marriages between Qadianis and Muslims should be declared null and void.
- Qadiani employees in the Neelum Jhelum Project should be fired, and the dismissed Muslim employees should be re-appointed.
Such demands were made in a forum to be attended by the President and the Prime Minister AJK. This is not surprising as these high state functionaries have in past years attended these conferences where such conscienceless demands were made to them by the mullas who organized these conferences.
A hostile conference in District Layyah
Karnanwali, Layyah; February 25, 2011: Firebrand mullas assembled in the Karnanwali mosque to hold an anti-Ahmadiyya open-air meeting (Jalsa) on the holy day of Friday. It has now become routine with Muslim clerics to schedule their agitational and political meetings and processions on Fridays as all practicing Muslims have to congregate in mosques for the weekly prayer.
Mullas were invited from far-off locations to address the crowd. Maulvi Ata-ul-Momin Bokhari of Majlis Ahrar was prominent among them. They used foul language against the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. The meeting continued after the Friday prayers, and culminated in a rally.
Mullas were spiteful against the founder of Ahmadiyyat. They agitated the audience against Ahmadis and urged all young men to prepare themselves for Jihad. They alleged that Ahmadis had assembled all sorts of weapons in Chenab Nagar, and the authorities were not bothered about it. They chanted the slogan, “One who is a friend of Mirzais, is traitor to Muhammad (PBUH).”
The event was in clear violation of the law, PPC 153-A, however the authorities took no action against these agents of hate and discord.
Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Jhelum
Jhelum; April 6, 2011: A major Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in Syed Zamir Jafri Stadium, Jhelum on April 6, 2011. People reached there in numbers from different places like Mirpur (AJK), Chakwal, Rawalpindi, Gojar Khan etc. They raised anti-Ahmadiyya slogans while entering the city. This conference was advertised through banners and posters in the city.
As usual, loathsome language was used by the speakers against the Ahmadiyya community. Several allegations like, Ahmadis are agents of Israel; 600 Ahmadis received training from the Israel army and are now recruited in the Pakistani army; Ahmadis are traitors of Pakistan, etc were made to infuriate and provoke the audience against Ahmadis.
Speakers demanded from the Government a Swat-like operation in Rabwah. They alleged that Ahmadis indulge in terrorist activities. They said that they would willingly shed their blood for the dogma of Khatme Nabuwwat. Approximately 5000 men participated in the conference. It started at about 22:00 and ended at 03:45 in the morning.
A conference in Chicha Watni
Chicha Watni; District Sahiwal; April 2011: Anti-Ahmadi elements held their annual conference here in the memory of the ‘Martyrs’ of Khatme Nabuwwat Movement 1953. The event was organized by Majlis Ahrar Islam who were amply discredited for their leadership and role in the 1953 riots.
The number of ‘martyrs’ is quoted by the speakers, frivolously, ranging between 30,000 and 2,000. They have become conscious now, with experience, of the need for an agreed figure, so those who are discrete often quote the figure of 10,000 martyred in 1953. However, the high level judicial inquiry that was held soon after the riots, counted the number of the rioters who died in various cities of the Punjab, as 37.
The conference was attended by Ata ul Muhaiman Bokhari, Hafiz Husain Ahmad and Zahid-ur-Rashidi among others.
Following are some of the statements and demands made in the conference:
- Qadianis are playing a key role in destabilizing the country.
- The writ of the state is being challenged in Rabwah. A (military) operation like that in Swat should be carried out in Chenab Nagar.
- Sharia penalty for apostasy (death, according to the mulla) should be imposed.
- Security should be provided to Muslims working in Rabwah.
- Qadianis who do not accept the constitutional verdict of their non-Muslim status should be tried for treason. Etc. etc.
Tension in Nagar Parkar
Nagar Parkar, District Mithi (Sindh): There is a sizable Ahmadiyya presence in Nagar Parkar. A computer institute owned by an Ahmadi provides training facilities to all-comers, and non-Ahmadi Muslims and non-Muslims avail of this facility. Mullas do not like this, so they planned anti-Ahmadi agitation.
On Friday, May 13 the mullas had the bazaar shut down and took out anti-Ahmadi protest rally after the Friday prayers. The procession headed for the Ahmadiyya Center. They stopped at the Centre for 15 – 20 minutes and used invectives against the founder of Ahmadiyyat. The crowd burnt effigies of two Ahmadis and dumped the burning waste in the Ahmadiyya compound. They called Ahmadis Kafir, apostates, Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be put to death).
The participants demanded that the computer centre and the mission house should be closed down. The niche in the Ahmadiyya mosque should be demolished and the Kalima should be effaced. Ahmadis should be expelled from Nagar Parkar. They attempted to damage the mission house but the police stopped them.
The procession composed approximately 250 men. It was led by Hafiz Gujjar, Haji Allah Bux and Dr Aurangzeb of the Civil Hospital. A Sindhi language newspaper ‘Ibrat’ covered the procession and the rally in a report. Ahmadis felt unsafe.
Again on May 23, 2011 mullas along with civil society led a rally ostensibly against narcotics. Approximately 200 individuals participated. One of the speakers at the rally was Jumma Khan, who is the mulla of the main mosque of Mitthi. He spoke less on narcotics and more on Ahmadiyyat. He urged the audience not to visit the Ahmadiyya hospital, and provoked people in general against the Ahmadiyya community.
Sectarian activities in Nawab Shah
Nawab Shah, Sindh; May 2011: Qari Arshad, the district president of Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat is very active on the anti-Ahmadiyya front. He provokes people against the Ahmadiyya community.
He conducted an anti-Ahmadiyya course in his mosque for three days (May 1 – 3, 2011). He invited a few mullas from Multan for this course. A Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held here on May 3, 2011 after the evening prayers. Three mullas, Allah Wasaya, Ismail Shujja Abadi and Mian Hamadi spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community in this conference.
It is relevant to mention that a number of Ahmadis have been murdered for their faith in the past in Nawab Shah. Activities as those of Qari Arshad precipitate such acts of homicide.
Sectarian agitation in District Chakwal
Pachnand, District Chakwal (Punjab): At the local Lorry Adda (Bus Stop), the mulla gave anti-Ahmadiyya sermons almost daily after the morning prayers during May. His speeches were venomous and provocative.
Anti-Ahmadiyya handbills, posters, SMSs and hateful propaganda were circulated in the Pachnand area. The Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat held a big conference at the Lorry Adda mosque on May 26, 2011. It was attended by a big crowd. The mullas incited the public against Ahmadis.
Earlier, on May 22, anti-Ahmadi mullas held an open-air conference in Pachnand. They spoke slander against Ahmadis, urged the audience to boycott them, and distributed among them a list of Ahmadis’ home addresses.
They held again a Khatme Nabuwwat rally at the local Lorry Adda on September 18, 2011. This rally was extensively advertised through banners and posters. It was shown to be held on the occasion of the graduation of (a few) madrassa students, but in fact, the aim was to use the occasion to spread anti-Ahmadi hatred and to incite the participants to implement a social boycott of Ahmadis. Approximately 400 men participated.
The rally was attended by an ex MPA of PML(N), Mulla Abdus Sattar of JI, Mulla Ata Ullah Bindialvi and other clerics. They used venomous language against Ahmadis and urged the audience to implement a social boycott against them.
The social environment was polluted against the Ahmadiyya community consequently in that area, and Ahmadi children faced problems in schools. As a result seven Ahmadi children were expelled from their schools.
Anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Faisalabad
Faisalabad, June 2011: Ahmad Raza, chairman of the All Pakistan Committee Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat organized a conference in the Jame Masjid Gol in Ghulam Muhammad Abad, Faisalabad. As usual, this sectarian disruptive event was scheduled after the Friday prayers, on June 17, 2011. The attendance was plenty, as expected.
Mulla Gulzar of the Jamia Qasmia said the opening words. Thereafter Murshad Ahmad Raza harangued the public for almost two hours in a speech full of hate and slander against Ahmadis and their respected elders. It was a tirade of accusations, instigation, provocation and muck.
No action was taken against the mullas by the authorities although they openly and repeatedly violated the law of the land PPC 153-A on ‘promoting enmity between different groups etc’.
Slander in District Sialkot
Jamkey Cheema, District Sialkot; May 26, 2011: Anti-Ahmadi agitators distributed provocative posters in the bazaar a few days ago. Hafiz Nasim, a local mulla arranged a sectarian meeting after the Isha prayers on May 26, 2011. Special arrangements were made for the youth to attend. The attendance was approximately 100.
After the meeting, the participants burnt an effigy of the founder of Ahmadiyyat, on the road.
Open-air conferences are the usual means through which people are harangued in Pakistan on different issues. These cost little and are easy to manage. These are called Jalsa in Urdu. A few such events are briefly mentioned below:
Green Town, Lahore; June 4, 2011: A Seeratun Nabisa (Conduct of the Holy Prophet) conference was held in Bagarian Chowk, Green Town, Lahore on June 4, 2011. This conference was extensively advertised through banners and posters in the area. It started after the evening prayers and lasted till 4 a.m. Approximately 250 people participated while nine mullas addressed them. Although it was Seeratun Nabi conference where the magnificent example of the Holy Prophetsa should have been mentioned, but hardly a word was said on the subject. The occasion was used to provoke the public against the Ahmadiyya community and to promote militant Jihad in the society. Mullas used highly provocative language against the Ahmadiyya community and anti-Ahmadiyya rhymes were sung after every speech. Mullas urged the public to support Jamaat Dawah financially and to offer a son for Jihad from each family.
It is worth noting that this conference was organised by the Jamaat Dawah which is a banned terrorist outfit. The police was present, while armed guards of the Jamaat Dawah were also on duty. Jihadi literature and CDs containing Jihadi songs were sold openly at the conference.
Mustafa Abad in Faisalabad: Mulla Allah Wasaya was the guest speaker in a conference here on February 17, 2011. He used foul language against the founder of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, and declared that those who had social relations with Mirzais were not fit to be called Muslims. The day before he spoke in a similar conference in Madrassah Muhammadiyya and delivered the same message.
Chak 20 Gagh, Shorkot; July 10, 2011: Mullas held a Milad Mustafasa (birthday of the Holy Prophetsa) conference. Two mullas, Naseeruddin Naseer from Shorkot and Yasin from Khanewal attended the conference. Yasin took the anti-Ahmadiyya line in his speech. He criticized the personality of the founder of the community and indulged in invective against him. He told the audience that Ahmadis were apostates and Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed). He urged the public to kill Ahmadis to express their true love for the Prophetsa. This conference started at 9 p.m. and lasted till 2 a.m.
Shorkot has a history of anti-Ahmadiyya events. Such conferences are held here regularly and public is harangued against the Ahmadiyya community.
Ahmadpur Sharquia, District Bahawalpur: A Khatme Nabuwwat Jalsa was held here on May 22, 2011. The attendance was approximately 800. The mullas used highly provocative invective against the founder of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, and distributed hate literature among the participants, most of them outsiders; only a few locals participated.
Larkana, Sindh: Mullas of Deoband faction held a Seerat-un-Nabi conference in Nazar Muhallah at night on June 23, 2011. Not many attended, as it is mostly Ahle Sunnat (Barelvis) and Shias who live in this area.
The mullas started narrating the history of Ahmadiyyat since 1947 and urged the people to implement a social boycott of Ahmadis. The speakers used bad names for the Ahmadiyya leadership and indulged in foul language. The locals did not like the event and confronted the organizers with their objection that the Jalsa was organized to praise the person of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), instead it was Qadianis who were being bad-mouthed. The people told the management of the Jalsa to stop the noise, go home and never return.
Nabi Sar Road, District Umar Kot: Clerics of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat held a Jalsa here on May 16, 2011. Its proceedings started at about 10 p.m. and went on till 02:30 a.m. Approximately 1000 persons attended. There were numerous speakers, but one, Maulvi Pir Ayub Jan Sarhandi spoke rabidly against the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. He agitated the audience and urged them on oath to boycott Ahmadis. He objected in particular to the word Haji (a title for the one who has performed a pilgrimage to Makka) on an Ahmadi’s signboard “Dr Haji Nasir Ahmad Zahid.” A few miscreants accordingly defaced the signboard. In addition, they left a threat letter for the doctor.
Chowk Azam Chobara, Layyah: Ahle Hadith clerics have opened a centre in Chowk Azam Chobara in Layyah and started an anti-Ahmadiyya campaign. They held their first Jalsa on June 21, 2011, wherein they stated that Qadianism was a cancer. They urged the audience to implement a social boycott of Ahmadis.
One Professor Tahir ul Qadri (not the Brelvi scholar) is leading this campaign in Layyah.
Goth Yar Muhammad, district Nawab Shah; July 19, 2011: Deobandi mullas led an anti-Ahmadiyya rally in Goth Yar Muhammad in which they abused the Ahmadiyya community and raised anti-Ahmadiyya slogans. Later they gathered in the Madina mosque, Sakrand and held a meeting. They targeted some local Ahmadis and made plans to get rid of them. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Somro, the head of Deobandi mullas, was also there. The mullas are very active in this area and remain busy inciting people against Ahmadis.
Sargodha; October 6, 2011: A Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in Sargodha on October 6, 2011. This year this conference was extensively advertised through banners and posters. Last year ten thousand men attended this conference; this year attendance was expected to be twice as many, but it was half the previous year’s numbers. This conference has become a big business. Rs. 500 to 1000 was charged from all the shopkeepers. Some traders were given the task of producing banners and posters.
The rally started at 10 p.m. and lasted till the dawn prayers. Majority of the audience were madrassah students. As usual, it was an anti-Ahmadiyya conference. Mr. Shakeel Ahmad, an Ahmadi trader and owner of Zafar Book Depot received three SMS on his mobile phone, in which he was threatened of murder. The police were informed about it. A heavy contingent of police remained vigilant during the conference.
Chowk Data Zaidka, Distt. Sialkot; March 9, 2011: The annual Khatme Nabuwwat conference of Madrassah Jamia Islamia Ferozia was held here on 9 March. Mullas and boys from neighbouring villages participated in numbers in it. Mullas used foul language against the Ahmadiyya community to provoke the public. The Ahmadiyya community is well-established in this area since long and the mullas have deliberately chosen this spot as the new anti-Ahmadiyya front. They addressed open-air conferences and distributed anti-Ahmadiyya literature.
Chak no. 170/10-R, Distt. Khanewal; March 25, 2011: A conference was held in the mosque of the Ahle-Sunnat here. Three mullas addressed the crowd. Mulla Abdul Majeed Chishti used slanderous and provocative language against the Ahmadiyya community and declared them Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed).
Badomalhi, District Narowal; September 7, 2011: A Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held here by Sunni Itehad. Several mullas including Hanif Rabani of Rawalpindi, Qari Muhammad Afzal of Data Zaidka and a son of Sarfraz Naeemi from Jamia Naeemia Lahore also participated. The speakers agitated the audience and used insulting language against the leaders of the Ahmadiyya community. The rally started at 8 p.m. and ended at 4 a.m. Anti-Ahmadiyya literature was distributed among the 3000 audience.
Kharian; August 2011: Mullas held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference here on August 15, 2011. They availed of the occasion to jointly approach the police against an Ahmadi educator and have a criminal case registered against him in an FIR. The Ahmadi, Mr. Yusuf Ayaz owns a school in the Ahmadiyya Mohallah. The children are taught the Quran and Hadith in addition to the normal syllabus. Mullas made it the basis of their complaint. The formal complainant is Ghazi Saqib Shakil who has remained behind bars for his involvement in the murder of a Christian. Since his release, he has become an activist of the Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat.
Daddial, AJK; 23 October, 2011: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held here by Sunni Ittehad Council. The daily Ausaf of October 24, 2011 published its report; extracts:
Sunni Ittihad Council will not desist from any sacrifice for the honour of Prophethood – Pir Attiqur Rahman, Sahibzada Fazal Karim
If the U.S. is not confronted, the colonial powers will persist in their obnoxious activities.
… The president of Jamiat Ulamae Jammu wa Kashmir and MLA (sic) of Azad Kashmir government Pir Atiqur Rahman, the successor at Faiz Pur Sharif said, “Mirzais are liars, and liars always incur God’s curse. Our battle is against these people and will continue forever.”
… Pir Sayyed Muhammad Mahfooz Shah Mashadi, president of the Central Jamiat Ulamae Pakistan said, “The laws of safeguarding the Khatme Nabuwwat and the honour of Prophethood are universal in nature.”
… Munazzam Ali Alhaj Jameel said, “September 7, 1974 was the boon-day for the Islamic world. International preacher of Islam, Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani became the defender of Khatme Nabuwwat and played a vital role in declaring Qadianis and Lahoris non-Muslims.”
20 Gagh, district Jhang; November 13, 2011: An anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held here. It started at 10 a.m. and went on till 5 p.m. Many mullas from Sargodha and Multan beside the local mulla Ali Sher spoke against Ahmadis.
Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore; October 22, 2011: The administration of the local mosque claimed to be tolerant but it seems that they have joined the race in support of extremism. Mulla Muhammad Umer is the administrator of this mosque. He organised the first Khatme Nabuwwat conference in this mosque and vowed to hold it every year. The speakers spoke against the Ahmadiyya community and its leaders. They urged the participants to boycott Ahmadis.
Anti-Ahmadiyya conferences in Lahore: With reference to 12 Rabiul Awwal, the birthday of the Holy Prophet p.b.u.h., mullas addressed conferences and rallies in many locations e.g. Jame Masjid Tauhid Ganj Shah, Jame Masjid Hanifia Faruqia, Ganj Bazar Mughalpura etc. They availed of the occasion to speak against the Ahmadiyya community and declared them Wajib-ul-Qatl. They urged their audience to boycott Ahmadiyya products.
Kallarwala, district Sialkot; October 24, 2011: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held here by the Khatme Nabuwwat organization. It was chaired by mulla Sher Ali Shah. Mulla Ilyas Chinioti and a few others spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community. The rally started at 8 p.m. and continued till 4 a.m. They declared Ahmadis Wajibul Qatl (must be killed) and urged the audience to boycott Ahmadis.
Kotli, AJK, October 2011: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held in the play-ground of Boys College, Tatta Pani. It was chaired by mulla Arif Gilani.
Kot Malik, district Sheikhupura; November 19, 2011: An anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held here. It was widely advertised. Mulla Badi-uz-Zaman and one Irfan Mahmood Barq spoke against the Ahmadiyya community. They incited the public against Ahmadis and told them to implement a complete social boycott against them. Approximately 250 men attended the conference. The mulla said that they have been trying to eradicate Ahmadiyyat for the last 100 years but have not succeeded.
Attock; September, 2011: The situation is getting worse for Ahmadis in this district for the last few years. Clerics are active in agitating the people against the Ahmadiyya community. They have been holding Khatme Nabuwwat conference annually for the last three years. This year this conference was scheduled for September 18. This conference was advertised through banners and posters in markets and residential areas. Abusive language has been used against the Ahmadiyya community at these occasions. Officials only attend these rallies, report and maintain their records, but take little action to spare the masses of their evil.
Ravi park, district Lahore; December 10, 2011: Aalami Majlis Tahaffuze Khatme Nabuwwat held an anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Ravi Park, Lahore. It started at 7 p.m. and lasted till midnight. The attendance was approximately 300. Mulla Muhammad Ilyas Ghuman presided over the conference. The speakers used offensive language against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and instigated the audience against the Ahmadiyya community. Hateful pamphlets were also distributed.
Sargodha; September, 2011: A provocative booklet, “Difference between Qadianis and other Infidels” of 24 pages, written by mulla Yousuf Ahmad Ludhianvi was distributed in Sargodha.
Bahawalpur; September, 2011: A one page pamphlet was widely distributed in schools and colleges in Bahawalpur to agitate young students against the Ahmadiyya community. This created difficulties for Ahmadi students. The title of the pamphlet is:
Friend of a Qadiani – Muslim or Infidel?
It contains the text of a decree signed by seven mullas including Deobandi, Barelvi and Ahle-Hadith mullas. It ordains that one who has any relation with Ahmadis is outside the pale of Islam, and Muslims are duty-bound to boycott such a person.
Mr. Abdul Sattar Eidhi, the renowned Pakistani humanitarian was reviled by extremists for his contacts with the Ahmadiyya community. The community awards annually someone who has rendered outstanding humanitarian services anywhere. This year this prize was awarded to Mr. Eidhi. He could not be personally present at the ceremony in London to receive this award, however he sent his representative and a video message for the occasion. Religious bigots in Pakistan took exception to that. A pamphlet on this subject was also widely circulated in district Bahawalpur. The pamphlet denounced Mr. Eidhi for considering Ahmadis as Muslims. He was warned to abstain from such interaction in future, otherwise he would lose the cooperation of the Muslim community.
Sargodha; October, 2011: Mr. Khizar Hayat, Ahmadi owns three shops in district Sargodha. Ufone company painted his shops with their advertisements. They also painted on these locations the Kalima (Islmaic creed), MashAllah (What God wills!) and WaAllah hu Khaiurur Razeqeen (God is the best provider). These Islamic phrases did not please the local mulla Abdul Rahman. He called the police and wanted them erased from Mr. Hayat’s shops. The police obliged.
Allama Iqbal Town; May2011: Anti-Ahmadiyya activists dropped pamphlets in the houses of Ahmadis in this area. Highly provocative language had been used in these pamphlets. This activity was noticed particularly in the Kamran Block of Allama Iqbal Town. Mr. Abdul A‘ala, an Ahmadi of this area received threatening text messages on his mobile phone. These text messages carried the e-mail and mobile phone numbers of the sender as well.
Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore; October, 2011: An insulting pamphlet against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community was distributed in different houses of Allama Iqbal Town.
Similarly, large size posters inciting the public for the murder of Ahmadis were pasted on walls by the side of Walton Road. This road leads to Defence, a posh area of Lahore. The poster carries the phone numbers of the instigators.
Township, Lahore; December 2011: Anti-Ahmadiyya activities are on the rise in Township, Lahore. Following incidents happened:
- Unknown men undertook indiscriminate firing at the Ahmadiyya place of worship here.
- A school boy went to take some food from a vendor in the recess time during school hours. The vendor refused to sell him eatables for his being a Mirzai (Ahmadi).
- On December 7, 2011 an Ahmadi boy was playing cricket. A player of the other team started beating him during the match saying that he was a Mirzai. He was rescued by other players.
Defence Housing Society, Lahore: Anti-Ahmadi activists distributed another hateful, provocative pamphlet in this area. They also pasted it at several places.
Faisalabad; June 2011: A planning and action meeting was held at the residence of Muhammad Uman Baoo in Mustafa Abad (Karim Nagar), Faisalabad on June 2, 2011, after the Isha prayers.
Apart from a few local residents other participants came over from Madrassahs.
They chalked out a plan of action against the local Ahmadiyya community. It included violence in addition to propaganda, threats, wall-chalking, distribution of hate literature etc.
DURING THE YEAR 2010, as in the previous years, the hate campaign against Ahmadis was unrelenting with telling effect. The 28th May massacre of Ahmadis in their Lahore mosques came as no surprise to those who have followed years of state-sanctioned propaganda against this community. Since 1984, Ordinance XX promulgated by General Zia, has forbidden Ahmadis from defending themselves. This one-sided campaign of hate that has been waged throughout the country is now over a generation old. Although most Pakistanis would come across it in their daily lives, yet they may not know its full scope and impact. This article seeks to briefly examine it.
The Ahmadiyya interpretation of Islam seeks to promote spiritual reformation in a non-violent and apolitical context. It is therefore anathema to the extremists because it undermines their agenda: every person persuaded by Ahmadis is in fact one less recruit in their wars of delusion. The extremist leadership, otherwise known as the Mullas, is quite aware that there is nothing really provocative in the Ahmadiyya religious position, so they have allowed themselves a free license to spread falsehood about the Ahmadiyya community. To this end, they have taken the “defense” of the doctrine of Khatme-Nabuwwat (End of Prophethood) as their marquee cause. Only a very narrow view of this doctrine is considered acceptable to the mullas in Pakistan, any deviation from which can render one legally a non-Muslim. It is alleged that Khatme-Nabuwwat and thereby Islam itself is under grave threat by Ahmadis and needs to be defended at all costs. Over the years, this message has been spread in a highly provocative fashion, arousing average Pakistani Muslims to doubt Islamic and patriotic credentials of Ahmadis. Since neither is true, the fire lit by this hate campaign needs constant fuel to keep it going, requiring new lies about the nature of Ahmadiyya community. The mysterious hand of the community is alleged to be behind every misfortune that strikes the country, be it economic or political or, bizarrely, even a natural disaster. Profanity about the community is common currency, used not just by the mullas from their pulpits, but also by talk show hosts on country’s private television networks and by state officials in their media pronouncements. They make no secret of their ultimate designs: in a statement, Pir Atiq ur Rehman, a prominent mulla as well as a minister in AJK, said, “Ahmadiyya evil is a poisonous snake; it is essential to crush its head”. (The daily Kashmir Express, April 14, 2010).
In the past the mullas had to work to secure the support and commitment of the State in their anti-Ahmadiyya campaigns: once in 1974 and the second time in 1984, but after 1984, however, the state has also co-opted Islamic religious leadership—presumably to augment the state’s Islamic credentials and to gain an endorsement from religious authorities. After the state gave them the green signal, the mullas were free to implement their hateful drive without any fear of consequences. Almost all religious parties, most of which are deeply involved in politics, established their Khatme-Nabuwwat wings—another name for their anti-Ahmadiyya activities. It is under this cover that the mullas enjoy the freedom to violate not only the law of the land but also accepted norms of societal behaviour. Concepts of religious tolerance, national unity, human fraternity mean nothing to them; ends justifying the means is their guiding principle.
Mullas spread hatred against Ahmadis by all possible means. They do that at the pulpit, at conferences, in newspapers, on radio and television, by distributing tracts, flyers and pamphlets; through bumper stickers, yard signs and sidewall posters. They inflame religious sensibilities by decrying imagined insults to the person of the holy founder of Islam by Ahmadis. They issue edicts in the name of Islamic law, promising lustful bliss in the afterlife to those who would die for their cause—they do just about anything that will whip up their followers to a frenzy of uncontrollable religious madness. Armed with these human time bombs, mullas then hold the entire society its hostage. With every cycle of violence against minorities they emerge with more power while the civil society is left diminished and that much cowed. Actually, it can be argued that they never let Pakistan’s civil society develop enough to recognize rights of a minority as a priority.
A brochure titled ‘Love of the Seal of Prophets’ issued by Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat (MTKN) urges the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: “Qadianis [a derogatory term for Ahmadis] are apostates and heretics. You must declare them Wajibul Qatl [must be killed].” It also warns Ahmadis: “Listen, O you who have rebelled against the End of Prophethood, we will not leave anyone alive in this land who blasphemes against the Holy Prophet.” A poem circulated by Al Quran Universal, Lahore Tehrik urges Muslims to murder Ahmadis: “Defending the honour of the Prophet is a duty, a debt. Wake up O Muslims and put an end to the Qadiani disease.” The type of insults hurled at the founder of the Ahmadiyya community are of the street variety. The mullas also urge social and economic boycott of Ahmadis. In a calendar published World Tahaffuz Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Council for year 2010 CE/1431 AH the page for March conveys: “Being in company, eating or drinking, buying or selling and visiting Qadianis on happy or sad occasions is Haram (forbidden in Shariah law)”. On top of its last page it says: “The only cure of Qadianis: Al-jihad; Al-jihad”.
In this campaign the mulla commandeers both nationalism and national prejudices. One of the stickers commonly distributed conveys: “Qadianis are rebels to both Islam and the country.” (Dr. Iqbal) In Iqbla’s days the country was India. Ahmadis are lumped together with the other objects of popular hatred, the Jews and the Hindus. A sticker issued by Shabban-e-Khatme Nabuwwat quotes Dr. Qadeer, ‘the Benefactor of Pakistan’, saying: “There is not the slightest doubt that Mirzais (Ahmadis)… in collaboration with the Jews, are working to sabotage Pakistan’s atomic program and the country’s technological development.” A pamphlet issued with money donated by one Alhaj Muhammad Hussain Gohar makes an imploring and compelling plea to Muslims in these words: “O Muslim. Enough have you slept… Wake up, now. Enough have you been looted… Now beware and fight against the enemies of the Prophet. Revive the great tradition of your forefathers… Rise flying the standard of jihad… Rise with the passion of martyrdom… Move like a wind storm, proceed like a flood. Sweep away the evil tree of Qadianiat with your torrent and keep declaring in your roar: ‘I write with heart’s blood these red words: after the Prophet the Hashemite, there is no prophet.’” After being exposed to provocative rhetoric for over a generation, if Pakistani Muslims have spared the ‘Qadianis’, it does them credit. The mulla surely has bent backward to precipitate an Asian holocaust. This campaign of mahyem and murder is not waged anonymously, it is fully owned by its sponsors with their names and addresses printed right on the hate material itself.
Such rousing calls are displayed on banners and billboards, often in public squares of major towns and large villages. For instance, the MTKN Youth Wing, Ferozwala, put up a huge hoarding with the following appeal: “We appeal to you to shun the worst branch of infidelity and the worst enemies of Islam (the Mirzais and Qadianis) and not allow your children to mix with them either. Whoever interacts with them will find himself on the Day of Judgment deprived of Holy Prophet’s intercession.” It was not removed till it had claimed at least one victim. On the morning of January 5, 2010, Professor Yusuf, an Ahmadi, was murdered in the same area by a team of two killers. It was only when a correspondent of a prestigious newspaper, the Daily Times, was seen taking pictures of the billboard that the police persuaded MTKN to remove their posters.
Mullas urge their followers to implement a full religious, social and economic boycott of Ahmadis. To facilitate the boycott, they publish lists of Ahmadi businesses and products. One of their favorite targets of wrath is a nationally popular brand of juices, the Sehzan group. They urge everyone to boycott this company, yet amusingly, it is not uncommon for them to be seen enjoying some of these products themselves. Ironically, many non-Ahmadis and Ahmadis who, for other reasons, are interested in doing business with Ahmadis find these lists quite useful. Samples from the above mentioned material in circulation against Ahmadis is placed here.
Here it is worth mentioning that most mullas while prone to work up a lather of righteous indignation on the slightest perceived insult to their own faith, happily employ the most shameless street language against those held sacred by others. Blasphemy, it seems, can only be suffered by them. It does not remotely occur to them that others are also humans and may have actual feelings.
A tract issued by the MTKN, carrying full address of the publisher, concludes with: “All Ahmadis should be given a grace period of three days and invited to become Muslims like the one billion Muslims of the world. Those Ahmadi apostates who do not become Muslims in these three days should be made to stand in a line and be shot. The killing of these apostates should not stop till the very last one of them has been done with.” No action was taken by the authorities against the publishers.
In their campaign of hate, mullas have been helped by higher institutions of the state, for example, the Islamic Ideology Council. The Council is on record to have opined: “In case a Muslim should join Ahmadiyya Community, such a person shall be an ‘apostate’ liable to suffer mandatory sentence of death.” (Letter dated 10 November 1981, to the Federal Government)
Mullas have found willing partners in the print and electronic media. In the print media, it is the vernacular press that, with an eye on sales, goes out of its way to give them space. A survey at the beginning of 2009 showed that in the previous year Urdu papers published in Lahore alone carried 1033 “news” items concerning Ahmadis—mostly incriminating, of course. The daily Nawa-i-Waqt carried 465 such items in the same period. The daily Jang, which claims largest circulation stood second, and the Daily Express was at a close third. Here are a samples of headlines in 2010 (translated):
- Qadianis should be expelled from the country – Maulvi Faqir Muhammad The daily Aman, June 10, 2010
- Qadianis are a threat to the defense of Pakistan and national security. The late Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani was a great blasphemer and his followers are the worst non-Muslim minority. Penalty of apostasy is death. Khawja Mehboob Ilahi of Aziz Sharif. The daily Khabrain, October 5, 2010
- Military operation should be undertaken in Chenab Nagar (Rabwah) – (Mulla) Zahid Qasmi. The daily Waqt; October 26, 2010
It is noteworthy that the Urdu newspapers tend to publish just about anything the mulla says about Ahmadis, irrespective of how preposterous, odd, crude or improper the utterance may be. The traditional gurus of press ethics keep their peace.
A relatively fresh entrant in this field is the electronic media. Nadeem Piracha in an op-ed in the daily Dawn titled Smug Thugs, wrote, “Some channels give an open floor to what are quite clearly mad men who unabashedly spout hatred and violence in the name of religion and nationalism.” On September 7, 2008, on GEO TV’s highly watched religious show Aalim Online the invited experts discussed Ahmadis in the context of Jihad and Islamic obligation to kill them. The very next day, assassins killed Dr Siddiqui in Mirpurkhas, and the following day Seth Yusuf the leader of the Ahmadiyya community in the district of Nawab Shah was also murdered. More recently, on June 16, 2010, only two weeks after the Lahore massacre, Express News channel aired an anti-Ahmadiyya special on the popular show “Point Blank with Lucman” in which three rabid mullas spent almost an hour spouting hatred against Ahmadis. The anchor, Mr Mubasher Lucman, cursed the founder of Ahmadiyya Community and led the discussion in the direction of apostasy, which according to the panel was punishable by nothing short of death.
In this campaign the politicians partner the mullas, both directly and indirectly. In fact, opinion varies as to who is the senior partner. General Zia, the President of Pakistan, showed the way as early as 1985 when in his message to the Khatme Nabuwwat conference held in London on August 4, he conveyed, inter alia: “We will Insha Allah (God wiling) persevere in our efforts to ensure that the cancer of Qadianism is exterminated.” His prime minister, Mr Junejo, had no qualms about following the president’s lead, and stated: “Government of Pakistan has taken various measures to deal with this [Ahmadiyya] problem. I hope the whole Muslim world will take similar steps to crush this curse with full force.” (The daily Nawa-i-Waqt, 28 November 1985) Many years later, even the well-known Ms Benazir Bhutto, according to a billboard put up in Lahore by her political party, the PPP, on April 11, 2009, stated: “Mirzais are non-Muslims in the Pakistani constitution. There will be no change in this democratic constitution.” Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the current chief minister of Punjab perhaps distinguished himself on this score. On July 1, 2009, he presided over a meeting of religious leaders purportedly to give a united front against terrorism in the country. Ironically, the joint declaration issued at the conclusion of the conference was counter-productive to its stated aims: “Faith and the Prophethood of Khatm-an-Nabiyeen Muhammad (PBUH) and love, obedience and association with him is the basis of our religious identity, collective life and national solidarity. Unfailing certainty in his end of Prophethood (Khatme Nabuwwat) is an integral part of our faith. It is our religious duty to safeguard the honour of Prophethood (PBUH). Anyone who is guilty, directly or indirectly, openly or by implication, of even minor insolence to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is an infidel (Kafir), apostate (Murtad) and must be killed (Wajib-ul-Qatl).” (Emphasis provided) It is noteworthy that according to mulls someone designated Wajib-ul-Qatl can be dispatched by any Muslim without the need to inconvenience the police, magistrate or the hangman. No wonder the killers of May 28th chose Shahbaz Sharif’s capital for their massacre.
The bar and the bench have also made their contribution to this unworthy cause. The Supreme Court in its 1993 decision set a precedent that the show of commitment to the Kalima (Islamic creed) in any way by an Ahmadi “would amount to defiling the name of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him.” Earlier, a Deputy Attorney General (of Pakistan) urged before the Federal Shariat Court in 1986: “Death is the penalty for those who do not believe in the finality of Prophethood, and in Islamic countries it is a heinous crime. It is not necessary that the government should take action, but on the contrary any Muslim can take the law in his own hands.” (UNDOC E/CN.4/1986/SR.30 at P.15) This law officer reminds one of an op-ed by Fasi Zaka in the Express Tribune of August 24, 2010. He gave it the title: Pakistan’s Human Cockroaches, and wrote, “[The only way to get change is by] raising your voice to contradict people who advocate death for others, no matter who they are speaking of. To internalize that murder of any kind, for anyone is wrong. Sounds easy? Well just try it.”
It is not that the Pakistani law permits religious hate mongering. It does not. Pakistan Penal Code clause 295-A is explicit. For “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feeling of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs” calls for imprisonment up to ten years, or with fine, or with both. However, the application of this law is very selective. The state machinery, the police, the judiciary have almost never applied this law to the members of the majority religious groups. The state promotes culture of selective impunity by prosecuting the minorities according to whims of the mulla. Unpleasant, but true.
This selectivity prevails not only in the realm of application of this law, its tentacles are wide spread and extend to nearly every aspect of the civil society. Laws specific to Ahmadis forbid them to explain or defend their theological position. So, how to convey the truth? There is no way. Alexander Solzhenitsyn was closer to truth about Pakistan than his own country when he said, “In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the state.”
The result? You reap what you sow. It is a misconception that since the Ahmadiyya community is small, so the hate campaign must also be of little consequence. The issue involves a major principle which is being violated. <Is this the principle: When the state starts taking sides in religious matters it has dire consequences?> The state continued to yield to the mulla in his violence and extremism against Ahmadis during the last 36 years, and the results are there for all to see. The mulla now poses a threat not only to Pakistan but to the region, and by extension, to the world. Some savants can peep deep into the future: in 1984 when General Zia promulgated the anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX, Hadrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the fourth head of the Community, called it a “potential threat to world peace” and wrote a brochure with that title.
December 31, 2010