The mullah and the police perturb young girls
District Narowal; March 21, 2004: Ahmadi young girls from the Ehdipur area a small ‘deck’ for the purpose of sound amplification. A mullah, Qari Afzal could not tolerate Ahmadi girls exercising a routine freedom, so he telephoned the DSP and the police SHO of Baddomallhi. The powerful SHO arrived promptly and taking the course of least resistance ordered the girls to not only switch off the ‘deck’ but also to stop the program. He agreed, with some reluctance, to permit them to partake community lunch; but no more. Thus came to end a harmless program and an outing of little girls.
Later the Superintendent of Police came to know of the incident but decided to maintain discreet silence. He treated this enormity as a blip event.
The camouflage of Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat (Association for safeguarding the End of Prophethood)
Rabwah: The Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat (MTKN) is well-known for its commitment to the Anti-Ahmadiyya cause. What is less known is its ploy to use a religious slogan in the service of the mullah’s political and mundane ambitions. The MTKN apparently enjoys total immunity from accountability for whatever is said or undertaken under its cover. The mullah makes full use of this allowance and promotes his agenda from the MTKN’s platform that otherwise he feels constrained at other occasions and forums. The audacity of the mullah and the permissive attitude of the government are both phenomenal under the cover of Khatme Nabuwwat. The content of MTKN activities is so heavily and brazenly loaded with politics, national as well as international, that it becomes glaringly apparent to any observer that the MTKN’s real object is political rather than religious.
In the month of September 2004 the government allowed the MTKN, as usual, to hold conferences in the Ahmadiyya headquarters town of Rabwah on 7 September and 9, 10 September. Although part of their anti-Ahmadiyya rhetoric was printed in the vernacular media, a great deal that was highly inflammatory against others was deliberately withheld. However, all that was said openly must have been recorded by concerned agencies and is available on cassettes with all those who have some interest in the proceedings of the MTKN conferences. English translation of a few quotes is given below as sample:
On 9/11 attacks
“……..five days from today is the 11th September that will remain an epoch-making day for the humanity till the Doomsday. On 11th September, 19 youth changed the course of world history by accomplishing the great inspiring mission against the US, the enemy of mankind.”
(From a speech on September 7, 2004 at the MTKN Conference at Rabwah)
Iraq, the US, the Khatme Nabuwwat
“About Iraq, we were mistaken. America entered (there). But now we shall not let such things happen. Now, God willing, the flag of Khatme Nabuwwat will be hoisted on the White House. God willing, by the year 2040, the flag of Khatme Nabuwwat will be flying high all over the world.” (From the fifth speech at the MTKN Conference held on 9/10 September)
General Musharraf and the Prime Minister
“Allah accepted His Prophet’s prayer and cut that Pervez (the king of Persia) into pieces. Now you too, raise your hands and pray to God that may He cause havoc to those who divided the Islamic Ummah into many parts, and pray that may He cause him to be humiliated and disgraced, and may He cause him to suffer death.
“Oh ye Muslims! Turn the pages of history. Today, people like ‘Chokhar Aziz’, as it is Shaukat Aziz, people like ‘Chokhar Aziz’ have come to power. His father was the Qadiani who opened fire on 10,000 Muslims in Lahore. We offered sacrifices. We did not create this country for vice and carnality.
“We shall continue to call you a Qadiani till the time you declare and announce that Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani was a non-Muslim, a liar, the Dajjal, an apostate, and infidel and is out of the pale of Islam – also his community is non-Muslim and nothing but falsehood. His family is non-Muslim. Say that:
“My father was a non-Muslim. He was a liar, Dajjal, and was an apostate. He was a dog bound for hell. We shall never call you a Muslim till you say these words”.
(Maulvi Khalid A. Siraj on 7th September at Rabwah)
The Blasphemy Law, the US and the UK
“Another trial is coming for the lovers of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) i.e. Shoukat Aziz has been appointed to change the Blasphemy Law. There will be no restrictions on anybody who speaks against the Holy Prophet (PBUH). But we should make it clear that till the time these slaves of the Prophet i.e. the religious parties, are there in Pakistan, we will not let the blasphemy law change, God willing. And we will not let him live who barks against the Holy Prophet.”
(14th speech on 7th September 04)
The President, the Prime Minister and the Muslim League
“If Musharraf believes himself to be a Muslim, then why are they organizing a conspiracy against the Muslim ulema, and ulema are being martyred. Qari Noor Mohammad was arrested and martyred by the dogs. There were two hundred and eight signs of injury on his body. These raids which are being made on madrassahs, and 3 thousand people are given in American custody. I don’t deny your claim to be a Muslim. May be, that you are a Muslim, and so is Shoukat Aziz. But practically that is not the case. Whenever Muslim League came to power, they behaved hypocritically towards Muslims. Dead is Khwaja Nazim Uddin, and so will be you. So, O, Pervez Musharraf and Shoukat Aziz, refrain from hypocritical behavior of the former Muslim League rulers. The slogan of the Quaid-e-Azam was “What is meant by Pakistan? La ilaha illal lah (there is none worthy of worship except Allah)”, but Muslim League of these very people, that is Pakistan Muslim League, whose head is Ch. Shujaat and in the Punjab it is Ch. Pervaiz Elahi, have nothing on there lips but the “uniform”. Has this uniform been of any benefit to any one? Has the uniform brought an end to abduction for ransom, unemployment and robberies?”
(From speech by Maulana Gilani, an MNA of the Mutahiddah Majlis Amal, at the MTKN Conference, Rabwah)
The ‘Mujahideen’ of WANA
“When Jihad started against the Soviet Union, the Muslim tribes of WANA also took part in it and resisted the advance of the Soviet Union. Now, at the hands of Americans these Mujahideen are suffering a great massacre. These tribes are Pakistanis and they are Muslims. If such provocative incidents continue occurring, they will increase hatred.”
(From speech by Moulvi Abdul Ghafoor Haideri at the MTKN Conference at Rabwah)
More about WANA and Pakistan Army
“I must talk about Pathans in the end. WANA is a neighboring area of ours, where they confounded (the army); it was gratifying. Once in a meeting, a Pathan stood up in front of General Sultan, and inquired from him, ‘What do you want us to do?’ General Sultan replied ‘We want you to handover Mujahideen to us.’ The Pathan on hearing this said, ‘We would not hand over mujhahidin even at the cost of our lives.’ Is it not commendable and heartening? So chant the slogan, ‘Allah-o-Akbar’. The Pathan continued, ‘How could we be shameless like you, as you have handed over your guest Maulana Zaheer to America, even removing all the clothes from his body. We can have our bodies cut into pieces and are ready to sacrifice our children but, by the Lord of Muhammad – we will not hand over the people who are our guests to you’.
“These oppressors, despots and gangsters opened fire at them. They set up blockade at them. They cut off supply of water and power. Small children cried in pain, and animals were killed.
O Muslims, it is the army that is committing atrocities against their own unarmed Muslims.
O Allah, either guide this army to the right path or show us the day of their destruction and humiliation.”
(From speech by Maulvi Khalid Ahmad Siraj of the MTKN, on 7 September 2004 at Rabwah)
General Secretary’s observations on the MMA, the USA, Al Qaeda and Jihad
“America has played a vital role in calling Jihad, terrorism. One hundred and forty million people of Pakistan ought to proclaim that Pakistan must not be an ally of America. Now, again the police are raiding places on false reports. Wherever a religious scholar is found, he is arrested. Waziristan is bombed. People involved in this conspiracy are very obvious now. The government claims to arrest many foreigners, and claims the arrested to be Arab terrorists. Then the government claims the presence of terrorists in Afghanistan. Be ashamed of what you say. Somebody asked me, ‘Moulana, you are accused of being a terrorist. What is the reason?’ I said, ‘How could you call me a terrorist? Al Qaeda people who were trained by Americans are now branded as terrorists because they are against them.’
“What about the generals of Pakistan? Aren’t they involved in terrorism in the name of peace? General Musharraf said to me that they were training a squad against terrorism. He asked me to join hands with him. I asked him not to be so shameless. We are the slaves of the master, Muhammad; we, complying with the instructions of our master, will stand against this slavery. You concede them to be your masters, but we will never do that. We will continue the Jihad and the holy war against them.”
(From speech of Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, MMA, at Rabwah in the MTKN Conference on September 10, 2004 at 16.45hr)
Thousands of participants were transported from other towns to Rabwah by the organizers of these conferences. Also on open sale were the CDs that promoted Osama bin Laden and Jihad. These preached Jihad against Americans and Iranians. The present day rulers of Pakistan, the leaders of Northern Alliance and the Shi’ites in general are also targeted in these CDs, and are treated with great contempt.
These conferences were attended among others by Abdul Malik MNA (MMA) of Mansehra, Hafiz Idrees the Deputy Amir of Jamaat Islami Punjab, Maulvi Abdul Ghafur Haideri, the Deputy General Secretary of JUI and an MNA from Baluchistan. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman said inter alia, “General Musharraf tells us to forego Jihad in Afghanistan and undertake Jihad Akbar…. The US and the UK intend to occupy the mineral wealth of Muslims…. Some American teams have gone over to Saudi Arabia (with a mission) to erase some verses from the Holy Qur’an, but we will not allow that to happen…. General Musharraf, one hundred and forty million people of Pakistan demand the Islamic system in the country; you are committing murder of the Constitution; you are creating a crisis in the country; you are guilty of murder of democracy…”
All this and more was said at the Conference held in the name of End of Prophethood. Shouldn’t someone reexamine whether the MTKN is a religious organization or a political forum? Who is financing it? (It must have cost millions to host these conferences at Rabwah.)What are the covert activities of its leaders? To allow slander and provocative conduct on the basis of anti-Ahmadiyya consideration is immoral and unlawful, but to permit the Jihadi and violent politics from this platform is indeed ill-advised and suicidal.
The Mansehra leaflet
Mansehra (NWFP): The district of Mansehra and its adjoining districts have been hotbed of anti-Ahmadiyya activities since long. Ahmadis of this area have suffered great persecution, especially whenever mullahs ruled the NWFP. Many Ahmadis had to flee from this area. Now that the MMA rules the province, Ahmadis are again under great pressure while the clerics of Khatme Nabuwwat add more fuel to the fire. Below we print copy of a leaflet distributed by the Youth Force of Majlis
Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat
Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Youth Force, Mansehra
You know that we are determined to exterminate Mirzais from Hazara, nay, from Pakistan. We have already done away with Mirzais from Data, a village of Mansehra and turned them out. In the same way, we shall not rest till they have been expelled from (entire) Hazara. Some of these Mirzais from Data are facing prosecution under the Blasphemy Law here at Mansehra. So, we shall not rest till we force them rejoin us, or we warn them of all sorts of consequences as we shall spare nothing in dealing with disbelievers of the Holy Prophet (peace be on him).
So, we make an appeal to all Muslim brethren to help us in this virtuous drive to cleanse Hazara of all Mirzais.
General Secretary Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat
Lahore; May 2004: International Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat (end of prophethood) Committee Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore recently issued a pamphlet in Urdu language and distributed it liberally. They also produced its English translation that is reproduced below verbatim, as in original:
Voice of Islam
The finality of prophet hood is a basic concept of Islam, and no Muslim can date (sic) bargain on this issue. In the present era this faith has developed to be the most important faith of Islam, since Qadianiyat is after the simple mankind for misleading from this faith. This plant sown by the English themselves wants to keep the Muslims astray from the Holy War (Jihad) through their falsehood and deception. To keep away from the Holy War (Jihad) the founder of Qadianiyat had himself said:-
O Muslims now forget about the Holy War (Jihad)
Bloodshed and Holy War is now unsacred for Islam
In these days the Qadiani mutiny is most dangerous for Muslim race, because they are attacking on Islam while staying within the sphere of Islam and calling themselves as Muslims; and keeping the simple mankind away from Islam on the name of Islam.
Therefore! It is our duty to fight against these English scoundrels and should tightly lay a siege around them.
One Mabroor Ahmad Qadiani resident of Iqbal Town is a part of this chain who is busy in spreading Qadianiyat under the shed of NGOs and social works and despite being warned again and again he is still busy in his scorned aims. That is why it now has become obligatory, for those who love the candle of prophet-hood’s finality, to cut out the way of this infidelity. According to the collective decision by all Muslim nobles Qadianis are traitors and they must be killed. Now Islam requires us to step forward and finish this infidelity.
Yes! This is our responsibility to completely boycott Mabroor Ahmad Qadiani and his family. Remember that any one dealing with them is an infidel, the one who doesn’t take them as an infidel is an infidel himself and the one who keeps any kind of relation with them is an absolute infidel.
Come, step forward! O’ Muslims! O’ life sacrificers of Islam! O’ the lovers of prophet-hood’s finality! Get ready for this Holy War (Jihad) and play your role. Qadianis must be killed: this is the time to sacrifice for Islam.
From: International prophet-hood’s finality Committee Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore
Seal Seal of CH. JAMAAT ALI ATTESTED
Distt Courts, Lhr. Pakistan Signature
Advocate High Court Ch Jamaat Ali, Adv
District Courts, Lahore
Following is particularly noteworthy in the above pamphlet:
1. It accuses and censures Ahmadis for deviating from the mainstream understanding of Islamic Jihad.
2. It asserts that Ahmadis are apostates and thus they must be killed, and that Islam ‘requires us to step forward and finish this infidelity.’
3. It names an Ahmadi, Mabroor Ahmad in particular; and finally urges the readers to play their role, kill Qadianis, as this is the time to sacrifice for Islam.
The Committee has boldly printed its name and location at the bottom of the pamphlet. The English version is attested by a notary public whose name and address is given on his seal. The President of Pakistan in his recent article for the press powerfully urged the people to pursue the path of Enlightened Moderation. This Khatme Nabuwwat Committee, however openly motivated the people to commit murder in the name of religion, an act forbidden by the law of Pakistan. The occasion unfortunately did not show that President and his officials are serious in implementation of his policy and in enforcing the law of the land.
Adding filth to Lahore
Mustafa Abad, Lahore: Mullah Muhammad Hussain of Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat has become hyperactive in his drive against Ahmadiyyat. Distributing hate literature and pasting posters is a part of his activity. The stickers boldly give the address of their origin as: Tehrik
Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat – Markazi Jame Masjid Hanafia Farooqia, Gulistan Colony, Mustafa Abad, Lahore.
Two specimens are given below for the reader to draw his own conclusions.
(Translation) How the one, who drinks Shezan (mango juice) bottled by Qadianis, the blasphemers of the Prophet, will dare ask for the Holy Fountain Drink from the Doomsday Intercessor (Muhammad the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of God be on him,) at the Doomsday Assemblage?
(Translation) O Mussalman, if you (suddenly) die while shaking hand with a Qadiani, what will be your doom?
The poster concerning the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya Community is too foul and nauseating to be reproduced here. It defies description. However, the authorities conveniently overlooked this enormity.
Large scale provocation through propaganda
Islamabad: Leaders of the government often make reassuring statements that all steps would be taken to curb sectarianism and to rid the country of the evil of sectarian strife. These statements are frequently published in the press. However, it appears that either these statements are hollow rhetoric or the authorities have instructions to be selective in their implementation. At least, that is the experience of the Ahmadiyya community.
For instance, highly provocative anti-Ahmadiyya literature is being freely distributed and circulated in Islamabad, the federal capital. The false propaganda goes on in high gear elsewhere as well. The community has collected a part list of 31 folders, pamphlets and booklets that are in circulation. It may be worthless to give here the entire list, however, it would be useful to give here some of their ‘titles’ to give an idea of the tone and malice of these circulars:
- 1. Admonitory end of Qadianis
- 2. Qadianiyat – a plant, planted by the English
- 3. Mirza Qadiani, a hereditary traitor
- 4. The Cursed one
- 5. ‘Aasteen ka Samp’ that is, Qadiani snakes
- 6. When 1200 companions laid down their lives in the way of End of Prophethood
- 7. Mirza Qadiani’s letter to Mirza Tahir, from hell
- 8. Our graves are waiting for us
- 9. The defiling of the Kalima by Qadianis
- 10. Mirza Qadiani – a thief
- 11. Rise, you Muslims. Qadianis are corrupting the Quran
- 12. Qadianis, a terrorist organization
- 13. (Mirza,) Servitor of his wife
These pamphlets are illustrated with highly insulting and abusive caricatures. Some of these are too offensive for reproduction or description. A milder one shows a huge cobra with the title ‘Mirza Qadiani, a hereditary traitor.’
In Faisalabad again
Gangapur Chak 591/GB, District Faisalabad: Faisalabad is a major city of Pakistan and is one of those districts where anti-Ahmadi activists have struck a number of times in the past. There is also a considerable presence of Ahmadis in the district, and they make sure that district authorities are kept informed of the opponents’ activities that endanger communal peace. Nonetheless, it has often happened that the authorities, under the dubious pretext of political and religious compulsions, failed to take preventive action. Encouraged by the official inaction, anti-Ahmadiyya operatives undertake all kinds of excesses while their gangsters committed murders. The history of Ahmadis’ persecution in this district is significant and recurrent.
There is a pattern in the activism of Ahmadi-bashers. Under the guidance of some mullahs of the Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, they choose a target and start agitating. Initially the agitation does not appear to merit particular concern, so the authorities do not attend to it. They even let it simmer, but then it gains momentum. Soon the authorities find that the agitation has gained political and religious mass, so they consider it a hot potato and adopt a laissez-faire attitude. Situation then goes out of hand, and results in some grievous loss to the Ahmadiyya Community. Developments in Chak 591/GB were planned accordingly
Hakim Manzoor was the treasurer in the local main mosque of non-Ahmadis. For some reason, they removed him and appointed in his place the father of Rao Abdul Waheed who is the Na’ib Nazim of the local union council. Rao Abdul Waheed is related to the president of the local Ahmadiyya Community. So, here was a link that Hakim Manzoor and his patrons could exploit to redress their political situation. And they did so vigorously. The space in this report does not permit a detailed description of all the developments; only a brief mention is made here.
Hakim Manzoor sought support from the Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, and after a meeting with them, demanded that the new Working Committee of the mosque undertake an oath regarding the Finality of Prophethood. This turned their internal politics into a communal issue. Those who did not like the new treasurer and nurtured old political grudges linked their dispute with Ahmadiyya issue and raised the level of conflict. They used the local one-room library for their purpose. They started distributing anti-Ahmadiyya hate literature. They urged the villagers to implement social boycott of Ahmadis. They even told them to stop drinking Shezan mango juice, as an Ahmadi family owns the company that produces the brand.
At the end of March, there was the by-election for the local Nazim. Ahmadis cannot contest, nor can they cast their votes; still Ahmadiyyat was made one of the major election issues, and the anti-Ahmadiyya lobby asked for and received full support from their sponsors and mentors at the district level. But the voters rejected their candidate. They lost face and their temper.
Thereafter, this gang turned their guns on Mr Khalid Mahmud who had become a convert to Ahmadiyyat one year ago. They put tremendous religious and social pressure on him to recant. He resisted for a few weeks, but could not bear up with coercion and threats, and apparently recanted. But who knows his real beliefs?
The agitation continued from the mosque and the library. They claimed support from Faisalabad city and far-away Multan, headquarters town of the Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat. They distributed provocative literature and held open-air meetings. Ahmadis kept their friends and liberal elements informed of the developments, and hoped that the mischief of the mullah and the unprincipled political panderers would not turn into a storm. With great difficulty, Ahmadis managed to contain the evil of the situation.
A mention in the press
Lahore; January 2004: The weekly Friday Times has a regular column, known for its satire:
Nuggets from the Urdu press (review). It made the under mentioned entry in its issue of January 6-22, 2004.
The above exposed a good deal of mullah Chinioti, the Khatme Nabuwwat organization he leads, the daily Nawa-i-Waqt and the Islamic Ideology Council, a constitutional body at Islamabad.
Working Committee of World Pasban Khatme Nubuwwat reorganized
Lahore; January 22, 2004: The daily Awaz, Lahore reported, quoting a press release of the World Pasban Khatme Nabuwwat (World Organization of the Guardians of the Finality of Prophethood) that the senior member of the organization, Manzoor Ahmad Chinioti (an ex MPA) was nominated Acting Amir of this body. Also Pir Suleman Munir (of Kuwait), Dr Ali Ahmad Siraj (of London), Zafar Iqbal Zafar (of Germany) and Maulana A Rehman Qureshi (of Arab Emirates) will be Deputy Amirs. Ghulam Mustafa Hasan (member Rabita Alam Islami, of Saudi Arabia), Malik Fayyaz Haider (of U.S.A), Aslam Kalyanwi (of Canada), Mufti Abdus Salam (of England), Maulana Muhammad Hashim (of Bangladesh), Muhammad Abdullah (of Norway), Hafiz Muhammad Rafiq (of Indian-held Kashmir) and Sahibzada Lala Rashid Ahmad (of Pakistan) were made members of the Working Committee… … … The meeting made and approved important decisions concerning defense of the Blasphemy Law, the Anti-Qadiani Ordinance, the dogma of the Finality of Prophethood and to resist the pro-Qadiani actions of the government, according to the report.
In another report, a few days later, the Daily Express, Faisalabad reported in its January 24, 2004 issue that Maulana Manzoor Chinioti made the following observations in a sermon: “Qadianis and Christians are converting to Islam in large numbers worldwide; the debriefing of our nuclear scientists is not a good omen for the country as it is exposed to danger from the U.S; the U.S. is opposed to the integrity of Pakistan…; Qadianis as well as other non-Muslims should be registered separately as non-Muslim voters.” It is obvious that mullah Chinioti pushed his national and international agenda under the cover of Khatme Nabuwwat. Who are his donors? – he has little financial resources in Pakistan. In the past, he was a frequent visitor to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
(P.S. Mullah Manzoor Chinioti has since died.)
Mullahs constrained, but for other reasons
One of the few occasions when the authorities take the threat posed by clerics very seriously is the month of Muharram. At this occasion, the government openly issues lists of the Ulema to the press, naming the mullahs who are forbidden to visit other districts in Pakistan or to leave their districts of residence. Often these restrictions apply for three months. The government makes no secret that these individuals are being so directed in the interest of communal peace. A large number of these ulema remain active on anti-Ahmadiyya front for the rest of the year. However, they avail full freedom of mischief and extremist exhortation against Ahmadis.
According to the daily Nawa-i-Waqt of February 26, 2004 the Federal Interior Minister quoted the number of such Ulema as 500. He declared 19 districts as sensitive for this purpose. The lists included the well known anti-Ahmadi clerics such as Manzoor Chinioti, Zahidur Rashdi, Abdul Sattar Tounsvi, Masood Azhar, Zahid Qasmi, Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi, Abdul Khaliq Rehmani, Khadim Hussain Dhalon, Ali Sher Haidri, Khuda Bakhsh, Abdul Rahim Naqshbandi, Taj-ud-Din Haidri, Qari Jan Mohammad, Shamshad Hussain Sulfi, Aurangzeb Farooqi, Muhammad Akram Toofani, Abdul Majid Hazarvi, Abdul Majeed Nadeem, Allah Yar Arshad, Allah Wasaya of Multan, Shabbir Hussain etc.
It is relevant to mention that while the Government of Pakistan considers these clerics dangerous to the security of even the neighboring districts and restricts their movements, the UK and some West European governments routinely give some of them visas to visit their countries on nefarious missions.
It is also fair to ask that if these mullahs are so dangerous in Muharram, why not keep them on leash for the rest of the year as well when they remain busy in the same kind of harmful activity?
The Khanewal situation
For months, anti-Ahmadi mullahs had taken to propaganda and agitation in Khanewal. They organized an ‘Anti-Qadiani Course’ in the Jame’ Masjid, and collected funds for the purpose. Qazi Hussain Ahmad and Maulvi Fazl ur Rehman of MMA, during their visit to Khanewal on December 19, 2003 added fuel to the fire. Posters and pamphlets were produced and distributed to arouse public hate against Ahmadis. These urged common Muslim to implement total social boycott of Ahmadis. A statement therein admonishes the believers in these words:
“O Mussalman, when you meet a Qadiani, it hurts the heart of Mustafa (the Holy Prophet) under the green dome (in his grave).” (Translation)
The mullah agitated that Ahmadiyya mosque should not look like a mosque, nor should the Ahmadis be allowed to assemble there for worship, nor use a sound-amplifier device etc. They threatened the government of ‘Direct Action’ if their demands were not met. The police made its inauspicious visit to the Ahmadiyya mosque, in response to the mullah’s agitation.
A Conference in Tando Allah Yar
Tando Allah Yar, district Hyderabad; January 17, 2004: Mullahs of the Khatame Nabuwwat Organization assembled at Tando Allah Yar and held a conference. They spoke extensively to promote intolerance, religious hatred and communal discord. Although the theme of the conference was declared as ‘Eminence of the Quran’, the speakers spoke little on this subject. Instead, they lashed out at the Ahmadiyya Community. Their speeches were highly abusive and their slogans provocative. The mullah, as usual called for a total boycott of Ahmadis. He promised paradise as the reward. One of them urged Ahmadis to rejoin the fold of Islam or remain prepared for brutal action. Mullahs were identified as 1. Mian Muhammad Ahmad 2. Muhammad Isa Abuzar 3. Muhammad Arshad. They were escorted by guards, armed with Kalashnikovs.
Ahmadis were advised by their elders to remain at home and not respond to any sort of provocation. They did, as told.
Khatme Nabuwwat Conference at Rabwah
Rabwah: Although Ahmadis are forbidden to hold their traditional peaceful annual conference at Rabwah, the mullahs are free to assemble at this Ahmadiyya town many times a year and deliver the most hateful and provocative speeches to their audience who are transported here from other towns and villages. According to press reports, one such conference was held here on May 4, 2004. Excerpts from the speeches and banners:
- Qadianism is a replica of Judaism, aimed at weakening the Muslims. Qadianis’ identity cards should be of a different color.
- Listen Americans – We are your death
- Qadianis are not infidels; they are apostates (to be put to death).
- The government should take over Qadianis’ endowments and charities.
- Religion of the holder should be entered in identity cards. The color of identity cards of non-Muslims should be different.
- The conference declared solidarity with the oppressed Muslims of Iraq and demanded the Government of Pakistan to take a tough stand on the Iraqi issue and to condemn the mass murder of Iraqis by American imperialism. The Conference made a strong protest to the Ministry of Education against eradication of Jihad and Khatme Nabuwwat doctrines from the curriculum.
- Qadiani places of worship should not look like mosques.
- The declaration (permission) of all Qadiani periodicals including (the Ahmadiyya Daily) Alfazl should be cancelled.
- The Qadiani community and its auxiliary organizations should all be banned.
The Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; May 5, 2004
- Maulana Aziz-ur-Rehman Khurshid stated, “We are the successors of martyrs of Khatme Nabuwwat and also the successors of martyrs of Afghanistan, the Taliban”.
- Maulana Abdun-Naeem Nomani stated that the government intends to convert the Islamic Republic of Pakistan into a base of American interests.
- The crowd shouted the slogans:
The crown and throne of Khatme Nabuwwat – Long live
Death to Mirzaism
Whoever is a friend of the U.S., is a Traitor, a Traitor
The Daily Jang, Lahore: May 5, 2004
It would be noted that the mullah uses the Khatme Nabuwwat platform in the name of religion but promotes his political agenda there from.
Sectarian strife promoted with government’s nod
Rabwah: The anti-Ahmadiyya Majlis Tahaffuz Khatame Nabuwwat was permitted to hold its conferences in Rabwah on September 7 and again on September 9 and 10, 2004. It is relevant to mention that in this Ahmadiyya headquarters town the non-Ahmadiyya population is only nominal. Almost all the participants to these conferences are transported from other towns. It is also worthy of mention that for the last twenty years, the government has not allowed Ahmadis to hold their traditional annual convention in their own town. The slander and provocation undertaken by mullahs in these conferences is beyond description, and the authorities are in full knowledge of this. These clerics turn on their loudspeakers to full volume and disturb the peace of the town. They distribute leaflets that are not fit to reprint. This time again, five mullahs walked through the local bazaar and, from 0730 to 0800, distributed leaflets bearing picture of the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya Community but with such profanity and provocation added that we are unable to reproduce it in this report. This pamphlet was distributed in the bazaar where the offices of the Nazim, the DSP and the magistrate are located. Ahmadis informed the police, but no action was taken against the miscreant mullahs.
The mullahs spoke unspeakable language against the Ahmadiyya community and its respected leaders. It is not intended to report these vulgarities here, however a sampling of some of their intentions, demands and remarks are mentioned below that are material, but not obscene:
“Islam demands that an apostate must be killed. So we may not be driven to follow this command as the only solution to tackle the Qadianis.
“I demand on behalf of this conference to pass a law that a person who does not believe in Jihad or holds Qadiani beliefs in this regard, be not recruited in Pak Army, and all Qadianis holding any office in Pak Army should be expelled as they are deniers of Jihad.
“Either a column for religion should be added to the computerized identity cards, or Muslim and non-Muslim identity cards should be given different colors in order to ensure religious distinction according to the Constitution”.
(Speech No. 5 in the Conference)
“Every terrorist activity in the world today has Qadiani hand behind it”.
(Mullah Ilyas Chinioti son of the late Manzur Chinioti in the conference on September 7, 2004)
“Depart from here with the determination of exterminating every Qadiani wherever he may be.”
(Mullah Abdul Rahim Rahimi at this MTKN conference)
“In the 1953 Movement, they (Ahmadis) were kicked. They were kicked again in 1974, and in 1984 their Khalifa was sent into exile. If a (fresh) movement is launched now, they will be thrown into the sea”.
(Mullah Allah Wasaya at the Conference)
“At present only 1000 Qadianis are employees with the government (of Pakistan). All sorts of steps have been taken to remove Qadianis from the (local) court, the post office, the railway station of the city.”
(Tenth speech at the Conference)
“Mirzais have been declared a non-Muslim minority. Death is the penalty for apostasy, and an apostate must be put to death.”
(Qari Manzur Hussain at the Conference)
“The presence of Qadianiyat is a poison in the body politic of Pakistan”. Maulvi Ramzan Alvi (The Daily Jang: Sept 8, 2004)
“Conspiracies are going on to create a Mirzael, a Qadiani state, in Pakistan. Qadiani history is replete with treachery towards Muslim”. Abdul Hafeez Makkee, the Central Amir of the MTKN
(The Daily Khabrain; September 9, 2004)
“It was stated in the Khatme Nabuwwat Conference that despite their superficial differences, all Muslims are united on the issue of extermination of Qadianis.”
(The daily Pakistan; Sept 9, 2004)
“All religious parties are ready to undertake all kinds of legal and constitutional steps to put a stop to illegal activities of Qadianis.” Maulana Fazl ur Rehman, of the MMA
(The daily Nawa-i-Waqt; Sept 11, 2004)
Stickers in District Sialkot
Bhadal: Hate-promoting anti-Ahmadiyya stickers were in wide circulation in the area during July. These have been affixed on buildings, houses, poles etc. Translation of some of these is given below:
- One who is friend of a Mirzai
Is a traitor to the Master (PBUH)
- O Mussalman, when you meet a Qadiani, you hurt the heart of the Mustafa (PBUH) (buried) under the green dome. Those who drink from the bottle of Shezan, produced by blasphemers of the Prophet, how will they seek the holy drink from the Intercessor (PBUH) on the Doomsday?
- Mussalman, if you happen to die while shaking hand with a Qadiani, tell me what will be your doom?
The stickers were issued by: the Lions of Islam, Naqsh Lasani Nagar, Gamtala Rd. Shakar Garh, Narowal.
A hurtful pamphlet
District Jhelum: A very hurtful, hateful and provocative anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlet was circulated in District Jhelum. Its contents are not fit for reproduction here. The writer is self-styled Dog of Medina (sage Medina), Sajid Hussain.
Filth in the zoo
Lahore: In the month of January, an Ahmadi, during his visit to the city zoo, went to the rest room for toilet facilities. There he noticed extremely insulting and derogatory anti-Ahmadiyya stickers that were commensurate with the filth of the environment. He complained in writing to the zoo management, and sent a copy of his complaint appropriately to the Governor, the Chief Secretary and the Home Secretary who are responsible to promote religious peace and harmony in the province. If Lahore stinks of extremism and religious hatred, one can well imagine the state of the rest of the province. The sticker is too revolting to be reproduced here.