The Mulla – 2012

2012

Enormity of mullas’ mischief!

Three false criminal cases registered in quick succession with police against father and son

The Punjab Police at the service of sectarian bigots

Phalia, District Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab; February 2012:           Here is a story fit for archives as it describes in some essential detail the plight of Ahmadis in Pakistan in the year 2012. A future historian will find it useful to ascertain accurately the modus operandi of mullas in persecution of Ahmadis, the complicity of the police, the twilight role of the judiciary and the unsavory style of governance from the provincial capital. Those concerned with human rights in Pakistan these days will also find this report informative.

            Briefly, three criminal cases under the anti-Ahmadi law and other laws were registered with FIR No. 45/12, 71/12 and 72/12 in Police Station Phalia against Ahmadis in the month of February 2012. If declared guilty, Ahmadi accused could be imprisoned for seven years. The two main accused were arrested; the others had to flee.

            Phalia is a Tehsil town in District Mandi Bahauddin in the Punjab, located approximately 100 miles NW of Lahore.

            Sectarian mullas in Phalia had been scheming and agitating for some time to move against Ahmadis. Eventually they decided to act in the first week of February. Mullas often choose the holy day of Muslims, Friday for demonstrations and agitation because on this day the faithful assemble in mosques for the weekly congregational prayers, and are available for the mulla’s oration. Accordingly on Friday, February 3 they lashed out severely against Ahmadis and agitated their flock against alleged threats posed by them.

            The mullas simultaneously arranged one Bashir, and took him to the police station to lodge a complaint under Ahmadi-specific law PPC 298-C against Mr. Inayatullah Sabiri and his son Mr. Aamir Shahzad, for preaching. The police sent for the accused who presented themselves. The accuser stated there that the two Ahmadis had preached him Ahmadiyyat, told him that Ahmadis were better Muslims and offered him a residential plot and cash for conversion. The mullas demanded that the accused be arrested forthwith. The accused told the police that the complaint was fabricated, however if the mullas asserted their accusation on oath of the Holy Quran, they would give up their defense. The mullas refused to do that and insisted that the case should be registered simply on the basis of the statement of the complainant. The police official saw that the complaint was fabricated, so he told the parties to calm down, go home and maintain peace.

            The mullas were not willing to give up so readily. They assembled again along with their team of miscreants and decided to push the charge. To do so they picked up a fresh complainant, Saleem Changhar. Saleem is not even a permanent resident of Phalia, he is illiterate and member of a sort of gypsy clan. Saleem was lured by the mullas to affix his thumb impression on a written complaint against the two Ahmadis. He accused them of preaching Ahmadiyyat, offering him a 3-marla residential plot and taking him to Rabwah. “However as I am a true Muslim, I refused to convert”, mentioned the written statement. The mullas made up all this fabrication in a mosque.

            These clerics approached the police again, and warned them of consequences of refusal to register the case. They threatened to take out processions, block the roads and close down Phalia. Ahmadis remained aware of the situation in the town and the police station. They came to know that the police were wilting before the threats of religious bigots and were ready to register the case and make arrests. In the evening when they received a message from the police station to present themselves, they decided against offering themselves for arrests and fled from Phalia. The police registered the case against the two accused the same day, to the satisfaction of the mullas.

            The day after the next was 12 Rabiul Awwal, the birthday of the Holy prophet p.b.u.h. when the faithful come forth for celebration, but are at the disposal of the mulla in rallies and processions. The mullas availed this occasion to preach hate against Ahmadis. They garlanded their false witness, Saleem, mounted him on a truck as the celebrity of the day and named him the Mujahid Khatme Nabuwwat. In speeches, he was called “the moth (parwana) of the lamp of the End of Prophethood, a true Muslim who refused the great temptation of joining Qadianis”. The mullas urged their audience to rise against ‘Qadianis’, accused Ahmadis of insulting the Holy Prophet (Tauhin Risalat) and threatened that every Muslim will prove himself to be a Mumtaz Qadri (the governor’s murderer).

            Under these circumstances, the accused decided to avail temporary bail order from the High Court, to buy time. They were granted bail till February 17, which was to be reconfirmed in Phalia. February 17, being a Friday, was assessed big-risk in the town, so the accused approached the Session Court in Mandi Bahauddin for extension. The court granted one day’s extension. Accordingly the two accused had to present themselves in Phalia on February 18. As the mullas were closely following the developments and posed serious threat, the father and son decided to enter Phalia via different routes. Mr. Sabiri managed to reach the court and obtained bail till February 25. However the son came across a suspicious-looking group, so he fled back. Luckily Phalia courts were shifted well outside the town in the following days, so Mr. Shahzad also got his bail extended on February 20.

            During those days of freedom since February 3, the two accused decided to approach the complainant and seek his indulgence in favour of their ‘guiltlessness’. Saleem’s response was favorable. He presented himself before a magistrate in Lahore and admitted in a statement under section 164 that the mullas had filed a false case against the two accused. Also, as his wife and daughter had been taken in ‘care’ by the mullas, he filed a writ petition in the High Court against their wrongful confinement and requested their release. The Court accordingly sent its bailiff to Phalia, but he returned from half-way, perhaps in view of the threat posed by mullas. So the high court judge ordered the SHO Phalia to report to the court on February 20 along with Saleem’s wife and daughter.

            The mullas came to know of this, and were upset about having lost their false witness, and now his wife and daughter. So they conspired and prevailed upon the police to register a case on behalf of Saleem’s wife that her husband had been kidnapped by Ahmadis who had forced their entry into her house. The police obligingly registered this new fabrication, under PPC 365 with Saleem’s wife as complainant and, another case under PPC 365/511 on complaint of a ‘witness’. In both the FIRs, two other Ahmadis Mr. Tahir and Mr. Qaiser were also named as accused along with the two previous accused. These cases were registered only a few days before the SHO was required to proceed to Lahore with the two women.

            At Lahore, the judge handed over the two women to the applicant Saleem.

            The bails available to the two Ahmadi accused needed confirmation on February 25. Phalia had become too dangerous a place for the accused to appear in court, so they applied to be heard in Mandi Bahauddin. The bail was temporarily extended till February 28. On February 28, 2012 Addl. Session Judge Asghar Ali Shah heard the case of confirmation of the bails.

            At the time of court hearing, a big crowd of mullas and madrassah students entered the court room. The crowd was intimidating and the situation was fraught with risk. Defence lawyers were made to feel exposed to violence. The lawyer representing Saleem left the courtroom. During the hearing, the lawyers for the mullas chose to provoke the judge on religious grounds asserting that Qadianis were non-Muslims and were rebels of the Constitution etc. They demanded “on behalf of all Muslims that the bail application of Qadianis be cancelled”.

            The judge’s decision was cold and calculated. He confirmed the bail applications of the two accused in the first two cases i.e. those under PC 298-C and PPC 365, but did not confirm the bail for PPC 365/511 although this was only an auxiliary and additional case. It seems that this was done only to placate the mullas. This resulted in the immediate arrest of the Ahmadi father and son. They were driven to the prison.

            The 17th century philosopher and mathematician, Blaise Pascal, once observed that “men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it for religious conviction.”

          They applied to the higher court for bail which was granted to them in March 2012. However they have to face prosecution in a trial court.

Clash precipitated by mullas

Uncha Mangat, District Hafizabad; September 2012:          The situation is getting very tense here for Ahmadis for months. The police desecrated the Ahmadiyya graveyard here on August 17, 2012 and removed Islamic inscriptions from gravestones to placate the mullas.

            The mullas held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference here on September 26, 2012 after the evening prayers. This conference was extensively publicized through banners and posters. The local Ahmadis felt insecure, and conveyed their concern to the District Police Officer. He allowed the conference but ordered a ban on the entry of a rabid mulla Allah Wasaya to the district.

As expected, the speakers spoke against Ahmadiyyat and instigated the public against the Ahmadiyya community. The number of participants was not high as expected by the organizers.

            Two days later on September 28, 2012 they took out a procession after the Friday prayers. The police were present. The procession passed close to the house of an Ahmadi, Mr. Zulfiqar Mangat and shouted slogans. Mr. Mangat got offended and exchanged harsh words with the mullas. The police intervened and calm was restored but the communal tension remained, and the parties approached the police.

            The police called a few Ahmadis to the Police Station Kasoki on September 29, 2012. When the mullas learnt about the presence of Ahmadis there they laid siege to the police station and started pelting stones on the building. Some of them climbed to the roof and pelted stones from there. As a result three Ahmadis, Mr. Qaiser Humayun, Mr. Sikander Hayat and Mr. Shahadat Khan, who were present there, got injured. Two other Ahmadis Mr. Zulfiqar Mangat and Mr. Muhammad Arshad were also injured in this attack. The DPO called the Elite Force to secure the police station.

            In this backdrop the police charged Mr. Zulfiqar Mangat, his brother Munawar Ahmad Mangat, and Muhammad Arshad on the application of mulla Qari Muhammad Yusuf, under PPC 506/II with FIR no. 374 in police station Kasoki on September 29, 2012. They arrested two Ahmadis, Mr. Zulfiqar Mangat and Mr. Muhammad Arshad. The police also charged eight non-Ahmadis for attacking the police station.

            Ahmadis feel greatly disturbed and harassed as a result of the aggressive campaign of the mullas and the authorities’ reluctance to discipline them effectively.

The teen-ager falsely accused of blasphemy

Khushab (Punjab):     A school boy Rana Sajeel Ahmad was implicated by mullas in a fabricated accusation of blasphemy in December 2011. The school administration and the police co-operated with the mullas to placate them and had the boy charged under PPC 295-C.  Fearing for his life the family advised the lad to go into hiding. He and his father therefore did not present themselves to the police.

            The mullas would not allow their quarry to escape. They arranged two men to jump into the victim’s house at night on January 2, 2012. They found there only a brother of the accused and his mother in addition to a family of Shia friends who had come there to show solidarity and support. The unwelcome visitors forced the visiting family into silence and isolated the accused’s mother and brother to disclose the accused’s whereabouts. Having failed in obtaining the desired information they left but not before threatening them of dire consequences. In the meantime, the neighbours had woken up, so the intruders decided to flee.

            The mullas succeeded in raising the temperature of their agitation to boiling point, thanks to the laissez-faire attitude of the authorities. So the family of young Rana Sajeel Ahmad decided to whisk away their child beyond the reach of the unfair law. It must have been a very painful decision for them. His father, however, applied for bail before arrest.

            Mr. Abdul Ghaffar, Additional District and Session Judge Khushab heard the confirmation proceedings of the accused’s bail before arrest. He noticed that Mr. Hakim Jameel had not even signed the Admission Form in which he had allegedly entered his son’s religion as Islam. So the good judge dismissed his case in entirety and told the complainant to be mindful that the accusation should be verified first as valid. The judge judiciously admonished the complainant (while the accompanying mullas were listening) that his religion promoted love, fraternity and tolerance, so Muslims should set an example in these traits. He advised them not to start another agitation over the accused’s acquittal. The case against young Sajeel Ahmad remains open; while he has distanced himself from the police.

            Mr. Hakim Jameel is grateful for his deliverance. However the family is going to miss young Sajeel Ahmad for long and wait for the day when destiny would bring them together once again.

Later in the month of April 2012 a judge in Khushab issued his non-bailable warrants of arrest. The ORDER read: “Perusal of file is showing that after the issuance of non-bailable warrants, proceedings u/s 87/88 G.P.C. have already been initiated against the accused Rana Sanjeel Ahmad (sic) and on 16.01.2012 perpetual non-bailable warrants of arrest be issued against the accused for his arrest and appearance. Therefore, …            Addl: Sessions Judge, Khushab      Announced 06-04-2012.”

            The Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Khushab continues to distribute free hand bills produced by a mulla, Hafiz Muhammad Akram Toofani, that lists Ahmadiyya-owned businesses for total boycott and other consequences resulting from dealings with Qadianis who are ‘kafir’ of a type of its own; the store of Mr. Sajeel Ahmad’s father is listed therein as: Hakim Jamil Kiryana Store.

            The distributors audaciously gave their address on the leaflet: From: Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Khushab, 0334-4851962, 0300-6071331

Twice cursed: Trials of being labeled an Ahmadi and a blasphemer

Lahore; October 10, 2012:  The Express Tribune of Lahore issued the following story under the above title in http://tribune.com.pk/story/448710/twice-cursed-trials:

Despite being acquitted in a blasphemy case, Irshad’s life is that of a fugitive

Lahore: In year 2010, Mian Irshad* was acquitted in a blasphemy case by the Lahore High Court. Despite the court order, Irshad’s life has resembled that of a fugitive since then.

In 2004, Irshad – who had accepted the Ahmadi faith a few years back – was taken to a local cleric in his village in central Punjab by his father. Irshad’s father wanted him to revert back to Islam. The cleric tried to persuade him but to no avail. On Irshad’s refusal, the cleric then nominated him in a case under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Irshad tried to evade the police for a while but was told by his community elders to present himself before the authorities and fight a legal battle.

Life in prison

Leaving behind a wife and a toddler with the same family which ostracized him for converting, Irshad moved from one jail to another. Eventually, he requested the court to put him in a prison with better security because the militants in some prisons posed a threat to him.

He was then moved to a central jail, which had many criminals and terrorists but also enough security to keep Irshad and other blasphemy convicts safe.

During the confinement, Irshad said he avoided confrontation with prisoners who provoked him – many of whom were militants.

“Blasphemy accused avoid feuds because very cruel methods of beating were used, for instance hot oil was poured over people during fights; I escaped such beatings by keeping myself busy with chores, reading or staying with other blasphemy accused men.”

After six difficult years in prison, Irshad was proved innocent with the help of human rights organizations and the support of the Ahmadi community. The community helps its members through litigation when they are accused of blasphemy or charged under the Anti-Ahmadi Ordinance XX 1984 of the PPC.

Irshad is one of the 299 Ahmadi individuals who have been accused of blasphemy since April 1984, as per the data compiled by the Ahmadi community.

Family of the accused

Away from her husband, Irshad’s wife was living at the mercy of the relatives and villagers. Irshad’s wife Jamila said the family members and villagers did not treat her “like a human”. Eventually she was taken in by her parents till the time of her husband’s release.

“People only paid heed to what the cleric said, despite the fact that we had lived together in that village for years.”

Life beyond prison

Since Irshad’s acquittal, he has not stepped outside the town where he now lives. He supports his wife and two sons only through menial jobs because of a fatwa against him which bars him from working elsewhere.

Irshad’s case is a peculiar one as he is not just any non-Muslim falsely accused of blasphemy but an Ahmadi. He said that the only way he can support his family in a better way is by leaving Pakistan.

The Ahmadi community in Pakistan is not merely persecuted as a religious minority but is openly targeted across Pakistan. And in the current situation, where blasphemy accused or suspects are lynched openly, different incidents show that a blasphemy accused of the Ahmadi faith can either live a secret hidden life or leave the country.

This kind of hatred will destroy not only the targeted community but it will destroy Pakistan, said the Human Rights Commission Pakistan (HRCP) Secretary General I. A. Rehman. He added that the appeasement and fear of the state will haunt them and if they think that the extremist elements will not find them, then they are wrong.

*   The names of the interviewees have been changed by the reporter to protect their identities.

Written threat from a mosque

Lahore; March  2012:            Hafiz Abdul Aziz, the leading mulla of Jamia Masjid Anwar Madina is rabidly anti-Ahmadiyya. He wrote a threatening letter on his letter-head pad from the mosque and sent it to two Ahmadis of Lahore. It is reproduced here (Annex V to Annaul Report 2012). The mulla also posted anti-Ahmadiyya literature and pamphlets to many Ahmadis including the president of the local Ahmadiyya community in Sabzazar and his Working Committee. The threat letter was sent to Mr. Mubarak Ahmad Tishna of Bhati Gate and Mr. Muhammad Rasheed Kahlu of Sabzazar. It carried the following message:

“Warning

You are warned to leave this area, indeed Lahore within one month otherwise you will be responsible for whatever happens to you. The rest of your fellows are advised to abandon all their activities.”

            Authorities were informed of this and the local police were requested to register a case.

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?

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:

  1. Ahmadis propagate Islam which was not taught by Muhammad (PBUH) but by Mirza Qadiani.
  2. According to Qadianis, Muhammad the Prophet is not the Prophet recognized by Muslims, while Mirza himself is the Muhammad the Prophet (sic).
  3. Qadianis do not believe the Book revealed to Muhammad as the Quran, but to them the revelation received by the Mirza is the Quran.
  4. Qadianis are holding important posts in Pakistani government.
  5. Qadianis are outright rebels against the constitution as they do not register as voters in electoral lists.
  6. 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.

 

A Barelvi Khatme Nabuwwat Conference 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 Secretariat 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

A fatwa (edict) of the Saudi Imam in Makkah

The decay and decadence of the Muslim religious leadership is arguably represented in their central religious personalities and institutions. One of these is the Imam of the most central mosque Masjid Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

            Although this Imam Al-Sabil emphasizes unity and peace in his annual sermons on the occasion of the Hajj (Pilgrimage), he readily falls into the pit of obscurantism and bigotry when faced with a controversial issue. For instance.

            Abdur Rahman Bawa, a rabid anti-Ahmadi mulla of Pakistani origin, in order to store up further ammunition in his sectarian campaign, professedly posted this question to Imam Al-Sabil for a fatwa (edict):

            “I ask you for a Sharia fatwa regarding the Qadiani Jamaat (whose list of beliefs I enclose). Qadianis follow Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani who claimed to be a prophet after the Khatam an Nabiyyeen (P.B.U.H.). This group deceives some people in Europe through its Islamic prayers, places of worship and use of Islamic terminology. A declaration by you will suffice to shut up the Qadianis. You are requested to state the Sharia commandment, alongwith elucidation regarding this group.”

            Imam Al-Sabil replied in the following words: “Surely, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani claimed to be a prophet. He also claimed receiving revelation and he refused belief in such essentials of the Faith, which are obligatory. Ulama belonging to religious centres and Sharia colleges (Faqhi Idaron) of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have repeatedly warned against getting trapped in the net of Qadianis. They have asserted clearly that this group is outside the pale of Islam, and they have nothing to do with Islam. We have written a booklet on this issue: Al Fedahatil Jaliya fil Kashaf an Hal al Qadianiah (True story of a false prophet). It has been published in Arabic and Urdu. In this booklet we have placed the fatwas and resolutions issued by the ulama of Islamic countries. These urge (the Muslims) to beware of Qadianis, and explain the reasons of their un-Islam”.

            The Imam’s fatwa was extensively distributed in Multan and other cities.

            It would be appropriate here and would suffice (for Muslim readers) to quote a prophecy of the Holy Prophet of Islam:

            “Ali, may God be pleased with him, stated: So said the Prophet of Allah (PBUH), “A time will come before long when Islam will be there only in name, the Quran will exist only in words, mosques will be full of people but devoid of guidance, their Ulama will be worst creatures under the firmament – mischief will emerge from them and will arrive back to them.” Mishkat, Kitabul Ilm

            Our scrutiny of Imam Al Sabil’s fatwa is not misplaced. Based on this type of edicts, mullas quickly jump to the position that Ahmadis are apostates and hence (according to their interpretation of Sharia) Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed). In Pakistan, political parties like JI and JUI(F) etc moved an Apostasy Bill in the National Assembly in 2007 in which they entered a clause whereby an Ahmadi would be considered an ‘apostate’ and in para 7, the bill prescribed: “7. Punishment for apostasy  (1) If a male person makes the commission of apostasy offence, he shall be awarded death sentence.’”

            Earlier the Central Assembly (Markazi Shoora) of the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, Pakistan issued a two-page pamphlet in which it demanded:

            “All Ahmadis should be given a grace period of 3 days and invited to become Muslims like the 1.1 billion Muslims of the world. Those Ahmadi apostates, who do not become Muslims in these 3 days, should be made to stand in a line and should be killed. The killing of these apostates should not stop till the very last one of them has been killed.”

            Imam Kaba Al-Sabil can claim the credit to have acted to prove the truth of the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Catching the bull (read mulla) by the horn

Chiniot:           According to a report in the daily Waqt, Lahore of November 9, 2012, the DCO Chiniot, under the instructions of the Home Department Punjab banned the entry of 50 ulama and Zakirs (Shia clerics) in the district during the month of Muharram, in order to maintain peace. In addition, 23 ulama have been ‘gagged’ (Zuban bandi).

            Among the above 73 named ulama following mullas deserve special mention:

            Muhammad Ahmad Qadri, Abdul Ghafoor Haqqani, Muhammad bin Alam Tariq, Abdul Majid Nadeem, Masud Azhar, Abdul Ghafoor Taunswi, Zahidur Rashidi, Khadim Hussain Dhilon, Alam Tariq of Chicha Watni, Hussain Muavia, Akram Toofani, Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianwi; THE GAGGED ONES: Abdul Waris, Amanullah Shah, Binyamin Gohar, Muhammad Hussain, Shabbir Usmani, Ghulam Mustafa, Muhammad Mughira, Muhammad Yar.

            The above mentioned have one thing in common. They are routinely permitted to visit Rabwah, address rallies and indulge in abusive and provocative talk against Ahmadis. How is it that if they speak against Shias, that is not acceptable to the authorities, but when they speak sectarian slander against Ahmadis, that is acceptable. This is obvious discrimination that makes no sense.

            Forbidding all these mullas to enter the district or to gag them in the interest of law and order during Muharram is a befitting order; it should be done at other occasions as well when they assemble in Rabwah and other places for anti-Ahmadiyya programs.

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