The Mulla – 2008

2008

 

Mullas get full support from the police

Kotri; May 16, 2008: Mr. Nasir Ahmad, Ahmadi of Bhitai Colony, Kotri (Sindh) married a widow (who has four children). On May 9, 2008 some mullas went to his home and manhandled him. They accused him of marrying a ‘Muslim’ woman. They forcibly took him to the police station. The police obliged the clerics by registration of a criminal case against Mr. Ahmad under the Ahmadi-specific PPC 298-C. In the FIR the cleric was not shy to mention that he is “a member of the Aalami Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat and an ex-Amir of the Jamiat-ul-Ulma Islam Fazlur Rahman Group”. Mr. Ahmad was arrested.

The FIR No. 201/08 was registered at P.S. Kotri, District Jamshoro, under section PPC 298-C on May 9, 2008.

Mr. Nasir Ahmad was released on bail one month after his arrest.

 

The NWFP governor is right

Lahore: The daily Dawn reported the following in its issue of September 23, 2008:

Suicide bombers coming from Punjab: Owais

Lahore, September 22: NWFP Governor Owais Ghani warned Punjab on Monday that militancy was gaining strength in its backyard.

…….

Mr. Ghani also warned against treating the insurgency in the tribal areas as a problem of the NWFP. “It will be ill-advised to think that the militancy will remain confined to NWFP. Militants’ activities have already shifted to the settled areas and Punjab and they have established strong links with south Punjab. It’s a national issue, a question of survival for (entire) Pakistan.” Later talking to Dawn, the governor said he had discussed the matter with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. He expressed the hope that the Punjab government would effectively handle the situation.

The governor did well to point his finger at south Punjab. Fundamentalist and extremist elements have flourished there for a long time, and they now exercise plenty of clout and freedom there. Unfortunately they have been helped in this by officials who perhaps have received no firm directions from Lahore to distance themselves from these elements. For example, in the Ahmadiyya context, from January to September this year:

  1. There has been anti-Ahmadiyya tension at Bahawalpur in January 2008, after a fiery sermon by a mulla on January 25.
  2. An octogenarian Ahmadi was booked under the blasphemy law PPC 295-B at Police Station Kabirwala, District Kahanewal on March 3, 2008 under pressure from clerics.
  3. The Ahrar Islam group held a sectarian conference in Chicha Watni on March 7, 2008.
  4. Mr. Rab Nawaz, a fresh convert to Ahmadiyyat was arrested by the police and charged under the Ahmadi-specific law PPC 298-C on May 27, 2008 in Dera Ghazi Khan.
  5. A 75-year old Ahmadi was arrested on charge of preaching, on behest of clerics, under FIR No. 168/08 at Sadr Chicha Watni on May 30, 2008.
  6. The tense situation for Ahmadi students of the Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur ensued in June.
  7. Eight Ahmadis were booked at Khanpur, District Rahim Yar Khan on June 23, 2008 under the Ahmadi-specific law PPC 298-B.
  8. The small Ahmadiyya Community of Jatoi, District Muzaffar Garh was harassed for weeks in May and June by mullas who enjoy the support of the local police. The DPO was not sympathetic to the victims either.
  9. Mr. Sher Muhammad, Ahmadi was subjected to a fatwa of Death by Mufti Ismail at Ahmadpur Sharqia, District Bahawal Nagar, in June. He had to change his residence along with his family, and moved to another city. The authorities failed to provide him with any security.
  10. A major violation of freedom of religion happened in Multan where an Ahmadiyya prayer center was vandalized by extremist elements.
  11. Hate propaganda goes on unchecked in the Medical College at Bahawalpur and the F. G. Girls Public School.

All this can happen only when extremist elements are supported by the authorities or when a clear signal is available to them that the state is not bothered by this display of religious vandalism. Thus, Governor Owais is right in what he says.

 

Consternation at Kunri

Kunri; August 27, 2008: There is a sizeable Ahmadi community at Kunri in District Mirpur Khas (Sindh); as such it remains within the sights of mullas. They come up with novel ideas to harass Ahmadis. So it was, in August as well.

There was an oil spill on the road. Some mischief-monger wrote the Kalima (Islamic creed) on the road with that oil. The mulla came to know of this, or he arranged it – one is not sure. But he surely used it to incite his flock against Ahmadis blaming them of the wrong. Mullas organized an angry procession and led it to the Ahmadiyya center where the mob stoned the building and damaged it. The police opted, as usual, to stay well clear. Ahmadis contacted the local leaders who asked the DPO to restore calm; as a result the police arrived and the mob dispersed. Some of the miscreants, however, subsequently targeted Ahmadis’ houses. Fortunately, Ahmadis escaped with no serious damage to their life and property. The police was posted later to guard the Ahmadiyya center.

The situation remained tense for weeks.

 

An edict of death

Ahmadpur Sharqia, District Bahawalpur:       Qureshi Sher Muhammad joined Ahmadiyya community a few years ago. Mullas decided to harass him. They approached his kin in June this year and agitated them against the Ahmadi. They took out processions against him in the town and raised slogans. Mr. Sher Muhammad went away for a few days. However, on his return, the mullas told him to recant and call bad names to the founder of Ahmadiyyat. He refused.

At this, Mufti Ismail issued a fatwa (edict) against him that he is a kafir (infidel) and Wajib ul Qatl (must be put to death). The Intelligence squad, rather than sending for the Mufti, sent for the victim and interviewed him. The press also published the fatwa. The mullas agitated the worshippers against him in their Friday sermons on July 4, 2008. The police, rather than protecting him, acted hostile.

Mr. Sher Muhammad and his family had to shift to Bahawalpur – temporarily, one hopes.

 

Tension in a Punjabi village

Chak 58/3 Tukra, District Toba Tek Singh:    During June and July mullas took steps to disturb the peace of Chak 58/3, that otherwise enjoyed blissful neglect of the self-proclaimed men of God.

Mullas visited the village at the end of May this year, and noticed the Ahmadiyya presence there. They followed it up by holding conferences in the villages around and the nearby town of Kumalya. They requisitioned official help through an application to the DCO. The agencies’ men came and made relevant enquiries. This was followed by a police-visit; they conveniently applied certain unlawful restrictions on Ahmadis.

The mullas then came again on July 25, 2008. They brought a camera to make a video of the Ahmadiyya place of worship. They were told by Ahmadis to stop it. So they went over to the next farm and asked for a place to hold an open-air conference. The farmer refused them the facility. They went back and sought help from the local vernacular press. They had meetings with religious bigots of Kumaliya, and planned to pull down the Ahmadiyya place of worship.

Ahmadis turned to prayers.

 

A fatwa from South Africa

South African Sunni mullas have a fairly long history of hostility towards Ahmadis. They went to the courts in 1986 to seek a verdict in a case regarding one burial of a (Lahori) Ahmadi in a Muslim graveyard. The court verdict was not to the satisfaction of these mullas, although they were provided legal and theological help from as far as Pakistan. Pakistani government and clerics (including Dr Ghazi, later a member of General Musharraf’s National Security Council) went out of their way to oppose Ahmadis in South Africa.

Recently, the so-called Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa published a Fatwa against “Ahmadis Qadianis”. It is interesting to note that immediately prior to the issue of this Fatwa, mulla Ilyas Chinioti (a resident of Chiniot in Punjab, Pakistan) had gone all the way to South Africa to participate in various functions and meetings of the Khatme Nabuwwat organization there. It is obvious from this that Pakistan mullas fly oversees to spread their mischief in distant lands. A story titled Disinformation campaign appears elsewhere in this  Report, regarding this Chinioti.

The fatwa carries the stamp of Majlis Ifta and is signed by its acting-president and the head of the fatwa department. Its contents and tone display extreme of religious bigotry and intolerance. It is a model of what a tolerant religious dispensation should not do. A few excerpts from the fatwa are reproduced below (sic):

  • They (Ahmadis) should NOT BE ALLOWED to enter the Masjids (Mosques) as well as All other prayer, religious and educational facilities of Muslims.
  • No Sheikh, Maulana, Imam or Muslim should officiate at ANY of their marriage ceremonies.
  • Intermarriages between Qadianis, Ahmadies/Lahories and a Muslim MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED. Such marriages are INVALID in terms of Shariah (Islamic Law).
  • Qadianis, Ahmadis/Lahories are NOT ALLOWED to serve as Legal Representative (Wakil) or witnesses in any religious matter.
  • A Muslim should not pray FOR OR ON Qadianis’ alias Ahmadis’/Lahories’ dead.
  • Anything slaughtered by Qadianis, Ahmadies/Lahories CANNOT be eaten NOR can WE eat from them.

etc.

Note the use of capitals and bold letters in the original. The wording and scope of the fatwa are amazing. It is this kind of thinking and action that brings disrepute to religion in general and Islam in particular.

 

Anti-Ahmadiyya conference and processions at Rabwah

Rabwah; March 20 and 21, 2008: As usual, the authorities permitted and facilitated anti-Ahmadi elements to hold a conference at Rabwah and take out a procession. The beneficiaries were Majlis Ahrar Islam, the notorious band who precipitated serious anti-Ahmadi riots in 1953 in the Punjab which could only be controlled by imposition of the first ever martial law in the country. The Ahrar claim that they had 10,000 martyrs killed by the police and the army in that agitation; however, an extensive investigation undertaken by a high level judicial inquiry disclosed that 37 men lost their lives at various locations before calm was restored. The truth-deficient and rabble-rousing Ahrar now hold a conference every year at Rabwah to commemorate their ‘10000’ martyrs. This figure was raised to 30,000 by some Ahrari mullas in their rhetoric two years ago, but they do not insist on that number yet.

The Ahrar were always a political party since their inception in early 1930s. It was an auxiliary organization of the Indian National Congress, and was rabidly anti-Pakistan and anti-Jinnah. They suffered rejection and disgrace in 1935 on the issue of Shaheed Ganj Mosque, in 1947 when Pakistan became a reality and again in 1953 when they precipitated anti-Ahmadiyya riots for political gain. They roamed in political wilderness for decades after 1953, but have surfaced again, as a party. As usual, they intend to fight the political battle mounted on the religious horse.

Their conference was held for two days. They had timed it to coincide with 12 Rabiul Awwal, the birthday of the Holy Prophet (peace be on him) to cover themselves in the garb of the noble anniversary. However, they spoke little on the virtues of the Prophet or even the ‘end of prophethood’. The cutting edge of their rhetoric was political and sectarian. Following extracts are produced from their own press releases as published by the dailies Jang of March 23 and ‘Pakistan’ of March 24, 2008, inter alia:

  • The US has destroyed the peace of not only Asia but the whole world by attacking Afghanistan.
  • The British imperialism promoted Mirza Qadiani to oppose Islam and to annul Jihad.
  • The US is a scientific robber – in fact the leader of robbers.
  • Our national situation is being made critical in pursuance of American agenda.
  • All the political and religious parties will have to work hard to rid the country of western imperialistic hold and to implement Islam here.
  • High cost of living, deteriorating law and order, violence, suicide bombings, state terrorism in Swat, Waziristan, Red Mosque and Jamia Hafsa have compromised the security of the common man. The army should be withdrawn from Waziristan, Swat and other areas to put an end to their problems through negotiations. Jamia Hafsa should be rebuilt and Maulana Abdul Aziz should be released.
  • Qadiani Auqaf should be taken over by the state.
  • Qadianis should be forbidden by law to use Islamic epithets and practices and to associate with Islamic creed.
  • Qadiani periodicals should be banned. Their places of worship should not look like mosques. The Qadiani Jamaat and its auxiliaries should be banned. The transmissions of the Qadiani TV channel should be shut down.
  • The Danish government should seek apology from the Muslim Ummah on this issue (of cartoons) and the government of Pakistan should break diplomatic relations with Denmark.
  • Shariah punishment of apostasy (death!) should be legislated, etc.

The mix of the mundane and the clerical is odd and amusing.

The same day these people took out a provocative procession through the streets and bazaars of Rabwah, and the mullas made fiery and slanderous speeches. Ahmadis had to exercise great caution, restraint and vigilance to avoid a clash. The procession comprised hundreds of slogan-raising men, 8 buses, 3 wagons, 4 cane carries, 40 rickshaws and 10 cars. It took hours to move from Kot Wasawa to College Road, Aqsa Chowk, Aiwan e Mahmud, onward to the Bus Stand.

Official circles claim to discourage sectarianism. It is for any one to assess whether the claim is genuine or bogus.

Mullas Ataul Mohaiman Bokhari, Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema, Ilyas Chinioti, Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, Aquil Bokhari, Muhammad Mughirah etc were prominent at the conference and the procession.

 

Conference at Chicha Watni

Chicha Watni; March 7, 2008: Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat (Ahrar Group) held their conference here in the memory of martyrs of the 1953 anti-Ahmadiyya movement, alleged to be 10,000; in fact their total number was 37, as meticulously assessed by the high level judicial inquiry.

The Ahrar are great performer on the stage. One of their great leaders, Afzal Haq, told them in his tome: “The common man has a weakness that he considers public lectures as entertainment, so if he finds a lecture deficient in jokes and pun he leaves; however if the speaker comes up with rhythmic prose in lyric form, the participants drown him in great applause, even without understanding him”. Ahrar continue to remember the trick taught by their maestro.

In this conference also, regarding the ‘end of prophethood’, they talked little on the subject but a great deal on national and international politics. According to the detailed report in the Nawa-i-Waqt of March 8, 2008 they said the following, inter alia:

  • After 9/11, greater number of people are converting to Islam all over the world including the US; and there is a greater interest in the study of the Quran and Sunnah. This is a cause of great concern to the world of the infidel (Alam-e-Kufr).
  • Globalization is introducing misguidance and strife in the whole world in the name of peace.
  • Qadiani mischief is the greatest of them.
    • We shall sacrifice all to protect the status of Prophecy (in the context of Danish sketches),  and the end of Prophethood.
    • The innocent blood of the (10000!) martyrs will certainly bear its own fruit.
    • Jamia Hafsa (at Islamabad) should be rebuilt and the Khatib of the Red Mosque should be set free.
    • Diplomatic relations with Denmark should be terminated and a joint course of action should be drawn by calling an emergency session of the OIC, etc.

 

Another Conference in the guise of End of Prophethood

Faisalabad; April 1, 2008: Clerics hold anti-Ahmadiyya sectarian conferences and call these Khatme Nabuwwat conferences. At these occasions they freely pursue their political agenda and indulge in rhetoric about their national and international political perceptions. These conferences not only provide fertile ground for internal strife, they agitate the common man on international issues.  Another one of such conferences was held, at Faisalabad by the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat in Peoples Colony. The daily Nawa-i-Waqt of April 2, 2008 reported its proceedings under a three column headline, and unabashedly printed their following comments and demands, inter alia:

–                      Anyone who is a friend of Qadianis is a foe of the Prophet of Islam.

–                      Qadianis are traitors to the cause of both Islam and Pakistan.

–                      All the ambassadors who represent countries where blasphemy is undertaken should be expelled.

–                      Ambassadors of Denmark, Holland and Norway etc should be thrown out.

–                      All the Qadiani periodicals should be banned.

–                      The constructed rooms of the Qadiani place of worship at Chak Nr. 84/GB should be demolished.

–                      The nine accused (Ahmadis) of Chak No. 79 G.B. mosque case should be arrested and sent to prison. In their charge sheet PPC 295-C (the blasphemy clause) should be added to the PPC 298-B.

–                      The unnamed Christian accused, of the Pakistan Bible Society Lahore, who preached Christianity and distributed Christian books at Faisalabad should be prosecuted.

–                      Jamia Hafsa should be rebuilt as ordered by the Supreme Court, and Maulana Abdul Aziz should be reinstated as Khatib of the Red Mosque, Islamabad after honorable release, etc.

It appears the clerics said little on the subject of ‘end of prophethood’; their press release and the ‘special correspondent’ truthfully makes no mention of that.

 

Another anti-Ahmadi conference permitted by authorities

Faisalabad: The daily Aman, Faisalabad published a detailed report on July 8, 2008 on the proceedings of a public conference held at Jamia Qasimia, Faisalabad, under the auspices of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Pakistan. The speakers, as usual, indulged in national and international politics at the occasion. First the headlines:

Increase in Qadianis’ activities in the country will not be tolerated.

World powers are conspiring against Islam, and Qadianis are involved in issues including Red Mosque operation and Waziristan.

Whenever there was a drive in favour of the Protection of End of Prophethood, people of monasteries (khanquahi) were in the battle field. Qadianis are condemning the Jihad.

Indignant people of Faisalabad played an important role; the Ulama and traders of Faisalabad have given a clear message by their unity over the End of Prophethood.

Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti, Shah Abdul Aziz, Maulana Muhammad Tariq, Naveed Masood Hashmi, Mufti Hameedullah Jan, Amir Hamza address.

As per details of the press report following was also said at the conference, inter alia:

  • The entire Millat Islamia should get ready for Jihad. The land of Pakistan will be cleansed of Islam’s enemies; for this, we shall have to strengthen the Jihadi forces.
  • The English, in order to denounce Jihad, prompted Mirza Ghulam Ahmad to falsely claim Prophethood. Through exhortations against Jihad, he conspired to damn this great obligation.
  • Earlier also, it was the Nishtar (Medical) College from where the great (anti-Ahmadiyya) movement got underway; now in 2008 again it is from the Punjab Medical College that the drive is getting launched.
  • We express our solidarity with the martyrs of Lal Masjid, and we salute them at the anniversary.
  • We are grateful to the DCO Faisalabad, the DIG Faisalabad and the district administration from the core of our hearts, and expect the DIG and DCO to play an important role in solving the issue of the Punjab Medical College.

The conference was also addressed by Hafiz Hussain Ahmad (ex-MNA), Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianwi (of Sipah Sahabah), and Maulvi Zahidur Rashidi.

 

Authorities again permit anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Rabwah

Rabwah: In keeping with their usual practice, the authorities permitted the mullas to hold a conference here on September 7, 2008 on the anniversary of the constitutional amendment that declared Ahmadis as Non-Muslims. The mullas converged from distant towns. They were all extremists, and many of them belonged to the ill-reputed Ahrar group. They did not arrange free transportation for their audience, so their numbers were limited to 250 people, a very poor showing by Pakistani standards.

Mulla Ludhianwi, who has occasionally faced arrest for his sectarian drives, stated that Jews and Christians have been the enemies of Muslims since the early days.

Maulvi Ilyas Chinioti MPA, who boasts of his intimacy with the PML (N) leadership, said that Qadianis are rebels against the law, and the penalty for rebellion is death.

Qari Usmani proposed the following resolutions, inter alia:

  1. (The state should) end ties with all countries guilty of blasphemy, including Denmark.
  2. There should be ‘religion column’ for Qadianis in the national identity card.
  3. Pervez Musharraf should be prosecuted for his role in the Lal Masjid episode (in Islamabad).
  4. The restrictions imposed upon Dr Qadeer should be removed.
  5. The government should take over the Qadiani Auqaf (religious assets and properties).
  6. All the (criminal) cases against Maulvi Abdul Aziz (of the Lal Masjid in Islamabad) should be terminated.

There were numerous banners at the conference site, including the following:

  • Implement Islam in the country through Declaration.
  • The mission of the martyrs of the Lal Masjid will continue.
  • Qadianis are traitors to the country and the nation (millat).
  • The declaration (authorization) of Qadiani periodicals should be cancelled.

Prominent mullas, who participated, included:

Ilyas Chinioti, Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianwi, Tahir Mahmud Ashrafi, Ahmad Ali Siraj (of Kuwait), Muhammad Yahya, Ilyas Ghumman, Rafiq of Faisalabad, Allah Yar Arshad, Badi-uz-Zaman advocate from Lahore, Zahid Mahmud Qasmi and Shabbir Usmani.

The daily Khabrain reported on September 9, 2008 that similar conferences at this occasion were held in Lahore, Chicha Watni, Chiniot, Karachi etc.

 

Yet another anti-Ahmadiyya conference permitted and held in Rabwah

Rabwah: October 30 and 31, 2008: With the permission of the authorities the mullas converged on Rabwah from all over Pakistan to hold a sectarian anti-Ahmadiyya conference here. Earlier this year major open-air conferences were held by clerics at Rabwah in March and September. There is no apparent reason for them to come all the way to Rabwah except provocation. It costs them money to transport their audience from other towns, but perhaps money is no problem, as the clerics manage to get donations from major foreign donors. Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the self-appointed spokesman for the Taliban is a regular advocate and participant of this annual event. The conference produced little except hatred, provocation, security concern, social unrest and politics, both national and international. The vernacular press spared plenty of space to reproduce the press-release of the conference organizers. The daily Jang, Lahore of November 1, 2008 reported the following excerpts from the speeches, inter alia:

  • The US aims at liquidating the Mujahideen, in the name of terror.
  • The US is using the language similar to the Soviets in Afghanistan. If the US gets a foothold there, it will affect the whole region.
  • 5000 key-posts in the country are occupied by Qadianis, Christians and Jews.
  • If the current policies continue, the NWFP will not remain in step with Pakistan.
  • Maulana Abdul Aziz (of Lal Masjid, Islamabad) should be set free forthwith; the Jamia Hafsa should be rebuilt, and all police cases against the Tulabah of Jamia Faridia should be withdrawn.
  • All political leaders including President Zardari should bring back their wealth from foreign banks to put an end to the financial crisis.
  • The religion-column should be added to the national identity card. Non-Muslims should be given identity cards of a colour different than that for Muslims.
  • Admission forms for all educational institutions should have affirmation regarding Safeguarding the End of Prophethood.
  • Pakistanis have to fight against the licentious culture of the West, etc.

Among those who attended and addressed the conference, the following should be mentioned:

  • Maulvi Fazlur Rahman (the JUI chief)
  • Liaquat Baloch (a heavyweight of JI)
  • Mufti Saeed Ahmad Jalalpuri (a rabid mullah from Karachi)
  • Mulla Alam Tariq (a brother of mulla Azam Tariq of the banned Lashkar Jhangvi)
  • Mulla Ahmad Mian Hamaadi (a full-time sectarian gang leader from Sindh)
  • Mulla Allah Wasaya [self-styled Shaheen (a bird of prey) Khatme Nabuwwat]
  • Mulla Aziz-ur-Rehman Jalandhry (excels in bad-mouthing others)

The participants were led from the stage to shout slogans, inter alia:

–                      Mirzaiat – Murdah bad (Death to Ahmadiyyat)

–                      Hang the blasphemers

–                      Long live the Crown and Throne of Prophecy

(It is interesting that the participants wished long life to the crown and throne of Prophecy in a conference that was called in the name of safeguarding (Tahaffuz) the End of Prophecy.)

The speakers sprang a surprise and came up with fresh ideas this time, in that:

  • There are six hundred Pakistani Qadianis that are enrolled in the Israeli Army; their aim is to facilitate the enemy state’s attack on Pakistan.
  • Qadianis indulge in despicable efforts to administer Chenab Nagar (Rabwah) on the lines of Israel.
  • Rejection of Qadianiat (Radde Qadianiat) should be made a part of the state schools syllabus.

The following is also noteworthy:

  • Maulvi Alam Tariq, the brother of Azam Tariq of the banned Lashkar Jhangvi arrived at the conference site at 3:00 A.M. and left immediately after speaking to the audience.
  • Maulvi Fazlur Rahman joined the conference after the Friday congregation. He arrived in style in a convoy of six vehicles. In his speech he told a deliberate lie that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani had declared himself to be planted by the English. He also fabricated the charge that the attacks on Islamic countries (Aalam-e-Islam) were a Qadiani conspiracy.
  • The release of Dr Abdul Qadeer was also demanded in the conference.

The local Ahmadiyya Community took adequate security precautions to protect itself against any incursion by these unwelcome visitors. Women were asked to stay indoors during these two days. Girl students were asked to miss the school. The authorities posted extra police personnel to discourage the mulla from creating disorder.

 

An inopportune convention at Lahore

Lahore: In the last days of 2008, Pakistan was faced with serious security threats and a grave internal situation in that the economy was crumbling and the people had come out in streets to protest power outages and interruptions in supply of gas. This rendered millions of hearths cold and homes dark. The mullas, however, unmoved by all that, chose to hold an anti-Ahmadiyya conference at Lahore, and some of the Urdu press reported it on the front page under a three-column headline.

The conference was organized by a mishmash of politico-religious interests that has assumed the name of Mutahiddah Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat Rabita Committee. Its main sponsors are Mulla Ilyas Chinioti MPA, Mulla Zahidur Rashadi, and Khalid Cheema of Ahrar Islam. The conference was held on December 28, 2008 in Hamdard Hall, Litton Road, Lahore. Jamaat Islami, as usual, got into this band wagon in search of political crumbs.

The daily Ausaf of December 28, 2008 reported the proceedings in some detail. Excerpts of its report on this ‘End of Prophethood’ conference:

  • The on-going military operation should be halted in the Tribal Area.
  • Action should be taken on the parliamentary resolution concerning American attacks in the tribal areas.
  • If Indians attack Pakistan, we shall punish them in a way that their future generations will remember it.

(By supposedly holding still more of such conferences. Ed.)

  • Pervez Musharraf, the killer of Benazir Bhutto, Akbar Bugti and the martyrs of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa should be hanged.
  • “The present day imperialists and Qadianis are busy in hatching conspiracies against Pakistan. Initially Ghulam Qadiani, then Pervez Musharraf tried to put an end to  Jihad”, said Hafiz Hussain Ahmad.
  • The government should ensure implementation of constitutional measures in support of the End of Prophethood dogma, adopted by the elected parliament and upheld in the supreme court decisions. It should not make the mistake of undoing the anti-Qadiani laws. Etc. etc.

Those who came to address this badly timed get-together included: Liaquat Baloch (JI), Abdur Rahman Ludhianvi (Jamiat Ahle Hadith), Abdur Rauf Farooqi (JUI S), Farid Piracha (JI), Hafiz Hussain Ahmad (JUI F) Ijaz Ahmad (Tehrik Insaf), Hamid ud Din Mashriqui (Khaksar), Zawwar Bahadur (JUP), Fazl Rahim (Jamia Ashrafia) and Ayub Beg (Tanzeem Islami). Foreign presence was indicated by Fayyaz Adil Farooqi of World Islamic Forum, London. Pir Ataul Mohaiman (Ahrar) presided over the conference.

It will be appropriate to quote here a judicial comment on Ahrar from the prestigious historical Report of The Court of Inquiry (Punjab Disturbances of 1953) p. 259:

“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.”

 

The true colours of the MMA (Mutahiddah Majlis Amal, a coalition party of political Ulama)

At the occasion of Election 2008, Pakistan Coalition for Free, Fair & Democratic Elections (PACFREL) published a booklet in Urdu titled “Non-Muslim Citizens of Pakistan. The role and responsibilities of Political Parties”. The booklet is a well-written document by Dr. Syed Jafar Ahmad. In its chapter 6, the author has quoted extracts from the election manifestoes of various political parties that are related to religious minorities. Hereunder are some extracts from the manifesto of the MMA or its constituent party, the JUI (from pp. 50-52):

“…The Jamiat ul Ulama Islam introduced amendments in March 1986 to its manifesto of 1969. Following three points concerning minorities were added to this amended manifesto:

  1. a. The minorities will remain entitled to the religious freedom, civil rights and availability of justice without discrimination and uniformly as accorded by Islam.
  2. b. Any Muslim who disassociates himself from the dogma of ‘the end of Prophethood’ will be assumed to have committed apostasy.
  3. c. Neither new sects, nor Apostasy will be permitted among Muslims, and Shariah penalty for apostasy shall be imposed.

The Jamiat stated its policy regarding minorities in the following six points:

  1. Laws proposed by the minorities to improve their community life will be promulgated so long as these do not run counter to national interest and do not hurt others’ feelings.
  2. No interference will be permitted in the religious and social affairs of minorities, however it shall not be permissible to preach and propagate against principles laid by Islam. In this context, action will be taken to make laws regarding the protection of the dogma of ‘the end of Prophethood’ in the context of Amendment II (1974) to the Constitution.”

In the above context we make the following observations:

  1. As for the Shariah penalty of Apostasy, the MMA sent an Apostasy Bill to the National Assembly in May 2007 whereby in its Section 7 it is written: (1) If a male person makes the commission of apostasy offence, he shall be awarded death sentence; (2) If the female person makes the commission of apostasy offence, she shall be put in prison till she tenders her penitence. The bill was received by the National Assembly without any comment and sent for the Standing Committee’s consideration. The leader of the House was Mr. Shaukat Aziz and the President of the ruling party PML (Q) was Mr. Shujaat Hussain at the time.
  2. This Apostasy Bill was proposed by the MMA and signed by 32 MNAs including Maulvi Fazlur Rahman, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Liaquat Baloch, Ms. Raheel Qazi etc. One of its two leading component parties was the JUI (F) whose manifesto contained the provisions listed above. The MMA was encouraged and facilitated by the Musharraf regime of ‘enlightened moderation’ in 2002 to win 59 seats in the National Assembly at the cost of the main stream political parties.

 

And then, leaders of Pakistan’s civil society and politics moan about the plight of their state! They should blame only themselves for the present state of the State of Pakistan.

 

The mulla attacks business

Lahore: Someone wrote an article in the ‘Bachon ka Islam’, an annexure to the daily Islam of June 8, 2008. In this, the writer urged the readers to stop buying homeopathy medicines from the named Ahmadi-owned manufacturing companies. It seems that the writer was money-motivated rather than religion-motivated as he included a non-Ahmadiyya manufacturer in the list – to beat the competition, regardless of his creed.

The hate-article had some effect. In Dera Ismail Khan they took it up as a campaign to boycott the listed firms. At Sargodha, a ‘pious’ buyer refused to pay up the Rs. 100,000 outstanding dues, and behaved badly with the supplier’s agent. At Qabula, a dealer refused to buy anymore medicines from the Ahmadi supplier, but was good enough to pay up the dues.

 

A pompous Khatme Nabuwwat Conference presided over by a former president of Pakistan, Rafiq Tarar

Lahore: Below we reproduce verbatim a press report by The News International of May 27, 2008. The Conference is noteworthy for its proceedings, participants, statements, resolutions etc. as it shows the direction in which the so-called religious right is leading the country unabashedly. We offer some comments, but first the report from The News:

Khatme-e-Nabuwwat Conference urges unity among Muslims

By our correspondent

LAHORE

SPEAKERS at the international Khatme Nabuwwat Conference Monday strongly condemned the growing anti-Islam conspiracies by Qadianis and called for complete unity among Muslims to counter enemies at a time when enemies all over the globe have joined hands to victimize Muslims in the name of war against terror.

The conference was organized by International Movement (IKNM) to mark the hundred years of successful countering of the menace of Qadiayaniat and to expose the conspiracies against Islam.

IKNM president Maulana Ilyas Chinioti hosted the conference. Various religious and political leaders from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Europe spoke at the conference. The first session was presided over by the former president of Pakistan Rafiq Tarar. The second session was presided over by JUI-S Senator Maulana Samiul Haq and addressed by MMA leader Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, IKNM secretary general from London Dr Ahmad Ali Siraj, Millat Islamia Pakistan leader Maulana Mohammad Ahmad Ludhianvi, religious scholar from Makkah Maulana Syed Rehmatullah, Maulana Mohammad Ahmad Makki, Tahir Abdul Razzaq, MQM Senator Abdul Khaliq Pirzada, Qari Tayyab Qasmi, and Liaqat Baloch.

Resolutions passed at the conference demanded all attempts to change the Islamic character of the constitution must be stopped, punishment of renegades should be fixed as per Islamic Shariah, Qadiani Auqaf should be confiscated and their periodicals should be banned, Qadianis on key posts in civil and military bureaucracy should be dismissed, principal of Jamia Hafsa and Lal Masjid Khateeb Maulana Abdul Aziz should be released and all cases against him should be withdrawn. Jamia Hafsa and 13 demolished mosques in Islamabad should be rebuilt, Jamia Faridia should be resumed and all measures restricting religious seminaries should be withdrawn. The resolutions also supported the lawyers’ movement for restoration of chief justice and other judges of the Supreme Court.

Addressing the conference, various leaders indicated that British colonists raised Qadiayaniat to counter the spirit of Jihad, and in present times modern colonists have raised chiefs of Muslim armies to serve the same purpose. They said the terrorism propaganda was aimed at victimizing Muslims and subduing their spirit of Jihad in order to pave the way for overpowering all Muslim countries. Various speakers who had arrived from Europe said that Qadianis had adopted a new method to spread their anti-Islam propaganda and had not only launched their own channels but were using other TV channels for their activities. Their activities were completely disguised under Islamic cover as hosts, speakers and programme contents looked exactly like Arab scholars and their style, but in between they poisoned the ears of the new generation by inserting their propaganda.

Maulana Ahmad Ali Siraj announced that that Khatme-Nabuwwat TV channel was being launched shortly to counter Qadiayanis activities. Senator Maulana Samiul Haq said the colonists had now fortified Qadiayaniat with military dictators to counter the spirit of Jihad.

Hafiz Hussain Ahmad asked the PPP leadership not to change the Islamic character of the constitution which was formulated by its founding father ZA Bhutto. He demanded the PPP leadership reject unconstitutional measures of a military dictator. He asked the Pakistan Army if it upheld the constitution of the country, then it should dissociate itself from the unconstitutional measures of a dictator and at least remove him from the Army House.

This conference was held at an official location, Aiwan-e-Iqbal in Lahore. Who authorized it, the Federal government should have taken notice. According to an earlier report in The News of May 23, 2008, mulla Ilyas Chinioti the organizer conveyed that he had invited to the conference inter alia: Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Raja Zafarul Haq, Senator Zafar Iqbal Jhagra etc. The invitees list betrays the group who is ever ready to conscript religion in the service of politics. Most of these chose wisely not to turn up except reportedly a PML (N) provincial minister who came at the end but chose not to address the audience.

The daily Jang of May 27, 2008 reported that Sheikh Muhammad Umar from Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Maulana Sanaullah from Nepal, Dr Saeed from Germany, Maulana Tayyab from England also addressed the conference. The Saudi Arabian participation was mentioned more often in the press. Among the locals present there, JI’s Liaquat Baloch, mulla Zahid-ur-Rashdi, Samiul Haq of JUI and a number of mullas from the notorious Ahrar were noteworthy. Samiul Haq urged: “Jihad should be waged continuously”. Alam Tariq, a mulla from a banned organization was more specific: “Jihad is essential against Qadianis”. The political content and emphasis of the conference is well-apparent from the above press report. All this was facilitated by the government of Punjab, now controlled by the PML (N). A more detailed press report is available in the daily Jinnah, Lahore of May 27, 2008.

It is noteworthy that the authorities forbade Ahmadis to hold a Jalsa in Rabwah on that very day, May 27, 2007, the date of Ahmadiyya Khilafat centenary.

 

Tension in Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur (Punjab): The Governor of NWFP has told the government of Punjab that they should be mindful of their backyard i.e. southern Punjab, which is now a centre of religious extremism and terrorism. Bahawalpur is an important city in the south of Punjab. The mulla’s activism against Ahmadiyyat is often a good yardstick to measure the extent of religious bigotry and intolerance in any area.

Religious and politico-religious organizations have started agitations in the Quaid-i-Azam Medical College and the Federal Government Girls Schools in Bahawalpur. Subsequent to the largely successful disruption they caused in the Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, they focused their attention on the medical college in Bahawalpur. They implemented an effective social boycott of Ahmadi students there. They put hate-posters on college walls in which they listed the names of Ahmadi students and a lecturer. They also put up the notorious Ahmadi-specific Ordinance XX of 1984 on college and hostel notice boards. The Principal had them removed and asked the heads of departments to suitably guide the students against sectarian activities. This was not appreciated by the mullas who took a delegation of clerics to the Principal and tried to intimidate him. Mulla Ishaq Saqi is a major agitator among the leaders of this mischief; he is the one who on one occasion toured the district and precipitated a grave incident at the Ahmadiyya mosque of Chak 192 Murad. The local vernacular press, as usual, provided ample space to the clerics’ propaganda.

The mulla also targeted the Principal of F. G. Girls Public School; she is an Ahmadi. The school has very good reputation and is the first preference of most parents for their children’s schooling. The mulla mounted a campaign of complaints against the principal which resulted in surprise visits and inspections by her superiors. She received hate mail and threats. Someone arranged a letter, ostensibly on behalf of the girl students, addressed to the Principal with a list of complaints against her. A copy of this letter was sent to the following organizations:

  1. Al Jihad Tehrik, Bahawalpur
  2. Markaz Jamaat Islami, Bahawalpur
  3. Tanzeem Jaish Muhammad, Model Town A, Bahawalpur
  4. Sadr, Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat, Multan
  5. Anjuman Tulabah Islam, Bahawalpur University

The above list is indicative of the initiators, dispatchers and sympathizers of the letter. In the letter, they linked the issue of Faisalabad college, the inflow of money from Denmark and England, preaching etc. – and other types of nonsense. The mulla’s aim is to harm the Principal; he does not care for the harm that will be done to the school that enjoys a great reputation partly due to her excellent leadership. She is of course worried about the situation.

The mulla is on the rampage. He is now waging a jihad against his own people and institutions.

 

Another calendar – but of a different kind

There is a mention of the Ramadan calendars in Rabwah, where simply for the use of words like Khilafat and Imam, the police registered criminal cases under Ahmadi-specific laws against numerous Ahmadis and arrested them. Now refer to another calendar; the contrast will show the nature and scope of the discrimination.

A Khatme Nabuwwat organization in the district of Toba Tek Singh issued a Ramadan calendar wherein 70% of the space was allocated to hate propaganda against Ahmadis. Readers were incited against Ahmadis in strong language. It listed 10 questions; the mildest of which was the first one; “Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani robbed the Healer of Doomsday (Shafi Mahshar – sic) (p.b.u.h.) of his finality of Prophethood – what has been your response?” One needs nerves of steel to translate the other questions. The companions of the holy founder of Ahmadiyyat have been called scoundrels (badmoash sathi). Muslims have been told that Ahmadis are infidels, cursed and apostates (kafir, mardud aur murtad). Marriage with them has been declared adultery. Ahmadis have been described as more dangerous than snakes and scorpions, and Muslims, who have friendly relations with Ahmadis, are told that dogs who bark at Ahmadis, are better than them.

This calendar obviously and blatantly violates section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code. However, no case has been registered against its publishers who had the audacity to print their address boldly in the centre of the calendar as:

Mohibban Khatme Nabuwwat Unit Chak No. 295 G.B. Berianwala,

Toba Tek Singh

 

Sectarian drive in District Khushab

Mitha Tiwana, District Khushab: The activists of Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat have targeted District Khushab for years. The notorious mulla Athar Shah who precipitated the Takht Hazara massacre in November 2000, was later appointed in District Khushab where he continued to spread hatred and unrest against Ahmadis.

Activists of the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat have been very active in Mitha Tiwana this year. They distributed hate literature against Ahmadis during November. They agitated against an Ahmadi teacher in the local Government High School, and distributed pamphlets and write-ups among the staff and school children.

One of these pamphlets is titled: “Qadiani masnuat ka boycott – Ek jazbati Naara ya Imani taqaza” i.e. Boycott of Ahmadiyya products – a mere agitational slogan or a genuine demand of faith? The pamphlet describes the case of some political rebels in the early days of Islam as apostates and reminds the reader that they were put to death for their claims to Prophethood. The founder of Ahmadiyyat is included in the pamphlet in the same category. The pamphlet is scandalous and provocative and is written in foul language. It mentions all the well-known Ahmadiyya houses of business in the country and urges the readers to boycott their products.

It calls all Ahmadis ‘robbers’, and urges termination of all interaction and social relations with them. In turn, the pamphlet offers the glad tidings that, “Allah will grant you the bliss of the holy drink from the fountain of Kauther in paradise from the blessed hand of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) and you will also receive his recommendation to be saved.” It reminds the reader that: “The first sign of one’s love for the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) of Allah is to hate his enemies.”

The publishers have boldly printed their address on the pamphlet as below:

Callers to Goodness: Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, District Office: Jame Masjid Abu Bakr Siddique alias Mian Bagar Wali, Lahori Gate, Jehlum Nagar, Purana Chowk, Khushab.   Ph. No. 0333- 9824871

The local Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat has mounted a hate-campaign against the Ahmadiyya community through schools and colleges also. They have printed hate material on leaflets and distributed it in educational institutions all over the district. In the most recent of these pamphlets the authors have tried to justify the rustication of all the Ahmadi students from the Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad. However, thereafter, it asserts that: “A Muslim, whatever his personal character and conduct, is always extremely sensitive about his love for the Holy Prophet, and admits no compromise whatsoever in this regard.” In order to arouse the reader’s hatred, the pamphlet goes on: “Qadianis are enemies of a Muslim’s faith. They corrupt the text of the Quran and Hadith to disassociate Muslims from their beloved Prophet (PBUH) and link them with Mirza Qadiani.” Excerpts from Ahmadiyya books are quoted out of context, to promote hate. Finally the pamphlet exhorts: “To safeguard the End of Prophethood and implement a social boycott of Qadianis is the foremost duty of every Muslim.”

This hate campaign has resulted in difficulties for Ahmadi students and teachers. The community leaders have turned to prayers to seek Divine protection against those who seek to persecute them.

Is the state prepared to act against these agents of ill-will and hatred, or will it suffice that its President attend the high level meeting at the UN, where finally the Secretary General had to say: “The challenge now is to go beyond the powerful words…”.

 

The Plight of Indonesian Ahmadis, and the Pakistani mulla

According to a press report in April 2008, Ahmadis in Indonesia faced a crisis situation. Not only they, as a religious community, were at risk of being ‘banned’ by the state, they suffered mounting hurtful attacks by mobs led by Islamist clerics. Ahmadiyya mosques were set on fire in Garut and Bogor, West Java, according to The Jakarta Post. An attack was mounted on their mosque at Parakan Salak village in Sukabami on April 20. At a meeting, a leader was filmed chanting “Kill Ahmadiyya! Kill! Kill! Kill!” In the face and threat of violence, Ahmadis had to flee from the village and seek refuge elsewhere, wherever they could.

Rather than controlling the extremists, the government went ahead with examining the proposal to ban Ahmadiyya. Apparently the ban idea was pushed by the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI), a semi-official group. The coordinating Board for Monitoring Mystical Beliefs in the Society, headed by Mr. Subroto, deputy attorney general for intelligence was also sympathetic to the idea. The proposal to ‘ban’ Ahmadiyya in Indonesia would have been a more far-reaching and tyrannical act than that in Pakistan where Ahmadis were declared Non-Muslims and restrictions were placed on their practice of religion under Ordinance XX. By the end of the month of April, the Ministries of Home Affairs, the Religion and the Office of the Attorney General had drafted the law regarding the ban. Indonesian human rights organizations and a number of high officials within the government were opposed to the ban considering it unconstitutional and wrongful.

The reaction of the vocal Pakistani mullas was that of glee and support to the anti-Ahmadiyya campaign in Indonesia. Mullas and Islamists, who have now become apologetic and show accord to the pacific and tolerant interpretation of Islam, kept mum over the issue. None of them had the moral courage to tell Indonesian peers that Pakistan had gained nothing out of the futile anti-Ahmadiyya drive, so would not they . The anti-Ahmadi mullas, on the other hand gave vent to their great satisfaction, and the vernacular press provided space to report their glee. These mullas assumed that the ‘ban’ already had been imposed. Qari Usmani of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement welcomed ‘the announcement of the ban on the Qadiani mischief and congratulated the Indonesian government over the praiseworthy act’ (Nawa-i-Waqt; April 28). The same daily quoted mullas Ahmad Siraj and Syed Inayatulla of Kuwait as “Any band that is traitor to Islam and the End of Prophethood is destined to suffer disgrace and infamy, while Islam is a religion of peace and harmony; there is no room in it for terrorism and sectarianism.” How these fools presume that they can fool the world by their hypocrisy! The notorious mulla Faqir Muhammad of Faisalabad went a step further and suggested to the Indonesian government that it should now expel Ahmadis from Indonesia, and in fact all the 51 Islamic countries should do that (Nawa-i-Waqt; April 23).

The daily Pakistan of April 27, 2008 quoted mulla Abdul Hafeez Makki as, “Soon, a delegation of the International Khatme Nabuwwat will proceed to Indonesia to convey its gratitude.” Mulla Abdul Hafiz Makki (of Makkah) invited mulla Abdur Rahman Bawa, the Director of Khatme-Nabuwwat Academy (in London) to a lunch meeting where the latter called for a ban in Pakistan on receiving transmissions from the Ahmadiyya TV channel (Nawa-i-Waqt; April 21, 2008).

The Jakarta Post. Com displayed on April 29, 2008 the following interview statement by Mr. Adnan Buyung Nasution, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council, (extract):

“Who is behind this? I am concerned that this is the influence from Saudi Arabia through hard line groups that come to our pesantren (Islamic boarding schools). They incite society to hate Ahmadiyya and demand the closing of this sect. I think this is in line with the way Pakistani military regime dissolved Ahmadiyya earlier (sic). I think law enforcers need to be tough on these groups. They can be charged with provocation and intimidation.” Extremism has interesting and far-reaching links.

According to a press report, an Indonesian court sentenced a 63 years old Musaddiq alias Abu Salam, to four years in prison on charge of being a false claimant of prophecy, amid great applause by 2000 agitators assembled at the court. The administrative and judicial trends in that country should be a cause of concern to Indonesians as well as the international community.

 

Anti-Ahmadiyya drive gained momentum in October

Lahore: The daily Pakistan, Lahore of October 14, 2008 published a news item under a three-column headline, reporting the schedule of a multi-party anti-Ahmadiyya planning meeting at Lahore on October 19, 2008. The daily’s headlines:

Qadianis’ heightened activities: meeting of religious parties called in October.

The meeting will deliberate upon the lobbying of higher circles and the efforts to sabotage hundred years’ Shariah, constitutional and legal achievements in the field of End of Prophethood.

Problems of MQM’s Altaf Hussain’s open support to Qadianis and imposition of still more Qadianis on key posts will be looked into.

The detailed story mentioned that:

  1. The meeting had been called by a. Zahid ur Rashidi of Pakistan Shariah Council, b. Mulla Ilyas Chinioti, the Amir of International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement and, c. Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema of Majlis Ahrar Islam.
  2. The invitees are:
    1. Jamiat Ulama Islam (JUI)
    2. Jamaat Islami (JI)
    3. The banned Millat Islamia (former SSP)
    4. Jamiat Ulama Pakistan (JUP)
    5. Jamiat Ahle Hadith
    6. Jamaat Al-Da’wa Pakistan (another name for the banned Lashkar Taiba; now banned after the Mumbai terrorist attacks)
    7. Khaksar Tehrik
    8. Pakistan Shariat Council
    9. International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement
    10. Majlis Ahrar Islam
  3. The proclaimed aim is to further promote the agenda of a joint effort of the religious parties and to re-organize the Khatme Nabuwwat movement on contemporary lines.

It should be noted that:

  • Parties that are officially banned for their terrorist activities were also invited.
  • All the invited groups favour the Taliban and the ongoing militancy.
  • All the invited groups thrive on sectarian activities and do not shun violence.
  • Majlis Ahrar Islam is the party that was anti-Pakistan prior to the Independence, and attempted great harm to the country in the 1953 agitation, as was concluded by the high level judicial commission in its “Report of the Court of Inquiry constituted under Punjab Act II of 1954 to enquire into the PUNJAB DISTURBANCES OF 1953.”
  • Mulla Ilyas Chinioti, MPA joined the PML (N) after his recent election to the Punjab Assembly; he claims close relations with PML (N) leadership.
  • This multi-party meeting was called when forces of terrorism and militancy pose a serious threat to the stability of the Pakistani state. The issue of the End of Prophethood is most likely a cover.

 

Disinformation campaign

Chiniot; November 16, 2008: Mulla Ilyas Chinioti is a son of the late Mulla Manzur Ahmad Chinioti who spent his entire life in opposition to Ahmadiyyat. The senior Chinioti claimed all the credit for success in persuading Mian Brothers of Lahore to change the name of Rabwah to Chenab Nagar. He used to boast that this change was the fruit of 30 years of efforts. Not all his efforts were, of course, bloodless. He died a few years ago, and now mulla Ilyas Chinioti has inherited his father’s mission which he pursues in the same manner and style. Disinformation is an important element of this. We quote below only the headlines of his statement that was published by the daily ‘Aman’ of Faisalabad on 16 November, 2008:

American Zionists and Qadiani monsters spread tampered versions of the Quran all over the world.

Alterations done to the Holy Quran. 44 chapters removed, as also various verses regarding Jihad and Faith.

Corrupted version of the Quran was published in the US, then delivered to the government of Kuwait for distribution.

The title of this corrupted version is Furqanul Haq. Chapters concerning Jihad and Faith have not been included in it.           Maulana Ilyas Chinioti

We are not in a position to comment on the authenticity of Chinioti’s statement, but it can be firmly asserted that ‘Qadiani monsters’ have played no part in it. His accusation is another one of his numerous lies.

The Aman reported that “Member of the Punjab Assembly, Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti disclosed all this to our correspondent on telephone, on return from his successful moralizing tour (Tablighee Daurah) of South Africa.”

 

A story from the national press

Lahore; July 12, 2008: The daily Ausaf printed a 2-column news item regarding an anti-Ahmadi activity. Its content, tone and intentions convey a number of messages regarding the poor health of the society. Translation:

The government should fire Qadianis from all important posts

Qadianis are involved in numerous conspiracies. Delegation of the Association will meet the Prime Minister.

Khushab (District Reporter)    A high-level delegation of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Pakistan will meet the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister of Punjab and other high government officials to inform them of Qadianis’ anti-state and anti-Islam activities. Muhammad Ejaz Shakir who is the Liaison Secretary of the International Khatme Nabuwwat (Punjab) and a member of the JUI (S) Shura further told the press correspondents that the Peoples Party government is overlooking such issues while the Quaid-i-Awam Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto won the Ummah’s acclaim by the historical achievement of having the Qadianis declared Non-Muslims. He stated that Indonesia has taken effective action against Qadianis and told them to either leave the country or accept Islam. Muhammad Ejaz Shakir said that meetings will soon be arranged with the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister Punjab and senior officials of the Religious Affairs ministry, and they will be informed of anti-state activities of Qadianis. He demanded (sic) that the government is aware of the Qadiani involvement in various conspiracies, blasphemy against the Prophet and the blasphemous cartoons. (The government) should follow the foot-steps of Indonesia in implementing anti-Qadiani measures, keep an eye on Qadianis, and fire them from all important posts.

 

Maulvi Faqir Muhammad – a souvenir of the 14th Century Hijrah

Faisalabad: Maulvi Faqir Muhammad is not an ordinary mulla; he is representative of a class, and calls himself Information Secretary of the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat. What he said recently and got printed in the daily Nawa-i-Waqt of April 23, 2008 is worth placing on record for posterity (full text):

Qadianis should be declared Non-Muslims and expelled from the country (mulk badar)

Maulvi Faqir Muhammad, Information Secretary of the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat’s (AMTKN) demand from the President of the Republic of Indonesia

Faisalabad (Special correspondent) Maulvi Faqir Muhammad, the Information Secretary of AMTKN expressed his support to thousands of Muslims in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, who demand that Qadianis, Mirzais and Ahmadis should be declared a Non-Muslim minority. He also demanded from the President of the Indonesian Republic that the followers of the fake prophet Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, deceased, should be declared Non-Muslims through the Parliament and then expelled from the country. He also demanded from the Secretary General of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference) that through a joint resolution of the 57 Islamic countries, Qadianis should be declared Non-Muslim, and this troublesome group should be expelled from each of these countries.

It is indeed rare that such a brazen and ribald proposal is made in public these days by any cleric anywhere in the world. The Holy Prophet of Islam foretold and expressed his condemnation in such strong terms about the latter-day Ulama (Kanz-ul-Ummal; p.190/7) that it is better not quote it here. However, a milder comment can be mentioned. Among the Punjabi Muslims it is an oft-quoted tradition that the wolves, when accused of having swallowed the boy Joseph (son of Prophet Jacob), offered that if they were guilty of that, they should be raised, on the Day of Reckoning, in company of  the Ulama of the 14th Century Hijrah.

 

Propagating hatred at Karachi

Karachi: Miscreants have become active in their anti-Ahmadi drive in some areas of Karachi e.g. Rafah-e-Aam Society. They have undertaken a hate-campaign through wall chalking and pamphlets.

In July  they came to the Ahmadiyya place of worship in the Society and wrote provocative and slanderous phrases on its main gate and the nearby walls. They wrote ‘latrine’ outside the place of worship and Qadiani: Kafir, Kafir etc elsewhere. When the worshippers arrived they felt very hurt about this defiling.

The opponents also distributed hate-promoting pamphlets like Faisala aap ke haath main hai. It mentioned, inter alia:

  1. 1. Cleanse your neighborhood of Qadianis.
  2. 2. Boycott the Qadianis, and thereby show your love for Allah and His Prophet (s.a.w.).
  3. 3. Mirza is cursed, evil and damned.
  4. 4. Boycott products of Shezan.
  5. 5. Let’s initiate a Jihad against Qadiani blasphemers and  defend Prophethood.

(Pass on this pamphlet to others to confirm your love for Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h.)

Aalami Tanzeem Hurmat Khatme Rasalat. Hurmat Rasul Force.

In view of this, Ahmadis had to become alert about their security. They posted guards at their places of worship. Women were told not to attend the congregations. They cancelled some of the community events, and took other essential precautions.

 

A mulla wields his brush with little concern to facts

The daily Jang, Lahore of February 2, 2008 volunteered its news space to a mulla, Allah Yar Arshad who was in prison a few weeks earlier for the mischief he regularly undertakes. He is the resident bully posted at Rabwah who makes his living through sectarian strife. The news:

The Annual report by the Qadiani spokesman is fabricated. Maulana Allah Yar Arshad

Chiniot (correspondent)    Maulana Allah Yar Arshad, a leader of the Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat and the Khateeb of the Jame’ Masjid Bokhari Chenab Nagar rejected the Annual Report of the Qadiani spokesman and said that to-date no Qadiani had even been bruised for his faith. Qadianis themselves violate the law. They arrange registration of criminal cases against themselves (with police) and then seek asylum in foreign countries thus bringing disrepute to Pakistan. The spokesman has fabricated the report; he should be prosecuted.

This mulla casually ignored the five Ahmadis murdered last year including the two doctors at Karachi. The murderer of Dr. Hameedullah has been arrested and found to be member of a  religious extremist organization. This mulla failed to notice that 22 Ahmadis had been booked, all in one case, for alleged blasphemy, and thus exposed to penalty of death or life imprisonment. He also conveniently forgot about a dozen cases that he had himself got registered with the police against Ahmadis. He is obviously a habitual liar whose statements are considered print worthy by the daily Jang that has the largest circulation in Pakistan.

 

Tension at Larkana

Larkana; June 6, 2008:          Mullas used the holy day of Friday to promote hatred against Ahmadis in the city. They held an open air conference for the purpose. Announcement for the conference was made throughout the city in advance, telling the population: “Qadianis are on the move. Join us to confront them.” An Ahmadiyya delegation called on the police chief and requested intervention. He sent for the two parties and advised restraint.

The opponents, however, held their conference anyway, wherein they were profuse in their slander and provocation. However no physical harm was undertaken by the participants.

 

Hate literature circulated by Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat

A four-page pamphlet, colored green has been printed and is being circulated by the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat. Its title is “Muslims, Listen to the cry of the Green Dome”. The pamphlet carries no print line, no address, and no name of the author. It is pure hate literature – of the worst kind.

The pamphlet is full of rhetoric, false propaganda, misquotations and incitement to violence. It urges its readers to apply a complete social boycott against Ahmadis. It exhorts Muslims not to buy from or sell anything to Ahmadis. It lists major businesses owned by Ahmadis in general and at Lahore in particular. It ends up with: “These are all the well-known Qadiani businesses. Boycott totally all these as also others in your area, and forbid others to avoid these cursed dealings.”

 

Tension in Chang (Sindh)

Chang, District Hyderabad: The small town of Chang is close to agricultural farms owned by Ahmadis. The local mullas became active there in August and September to foment religious hatred and prejudice against Ahmadis.

They arranged an open-air meeting (Jalsa) against Ahmadis at Chang. They invited a few Pushtun mullas to address the gathering. A number of minor clerics also participated. They delivered hate speeches against Ahmadis and tried to outdo one another in slander and calumny. Among other exhortations, the mullas urged the audience to:

  1. Have no dealings with Ahmadis.
  2. Avoid social relations with Ahmadis as otherwise their marriage bonds will no longer be licit.
  3. Strive against Qadianis, as their extermination is now more feasible after the departure of Qadiani Musharraf.
  4. Not allow Qadianis to build mosques, offer prayers or extend Salam etc.

Ahmadis’ assessment is that the public did not respond favorably to the mulla’s rhetoric. The local elders and the administration remain on good terms with Ahmadis.

 

Tension at Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur; January 27, 2008: It is learnt from non-Ahmadiyya sources that a mulla, Muhallah Arif, prayer-leader of the mosque in Kausar Colony Bahawalpur, was shot at by three unknown men riding a motor cycle. The mulla was hit in the neck and was admitted to the hospital in a precarious state.

The mulla’s colleagues and acolytes are pointing the accusing finger at Ahmadis. They have their odd reason. The mulla had delivered a fiery sermon against Ahmadis on Friday, January 25; ‘so it must be Ahmadis’, they insist absurdly. A few mullas issued a press release that was published by the local press, wherein they accused Ahmadis of the attack. This could be an effort by the culprits to derail the investigation. This ruse has been attempted successfully before in the past.

The police registered the FIR, but sealed it, while investigation is under way. Ahmadis felt concerned and under stress.

Bio-data of Hafiz Saeed (who was placed by the UN on Consolidated List for terrorism)

The United Nations reportedly has placed Hafiz Muhammad Saeed of Jama‘at Al Da’wa on the Consolidated List (concerning acts of terrorism).

The daily Khabrain in its issue of December 14, 2008 published the bio-data of Hafiz Saeed in some detail. As the Hafiz has been vocal on the Ahmadiyya issue in the past, it is appropriate to place on record a summary of this press report.

“Hafiz Saeed belongs to village Chak 126 South, Gamonwala of Sargodha. His father Kamaluddin was a prayer leader in the local mosque of Ahle Hadith.… Professor Abdullah Bahawalpuri was father-in-law of Saeed and the intellect behind Saeed’s organization. According to Professor Bahawalpuri, democracy amounted to Kufr (disbelief) and it was haram (forbidden) to cast votes.… Abdur Rahman Makki son of Bahawalpuri is a top leader of Al-Da‘wa; his sister is married to Hafiz Saeed, and Saeed’s sister is married to Makki.… Hafiz Saeed was an assistant professor in the Islamiat Department of the Engineering University (Lahore).… He set up an organization Mutahiddah Jamiat Ahle Hadith.… It is learnt that the land for the headquarters of Al Da‘wa at Muridke was purchased by a Saudi citizen Mahmud Ahmad Bahazaq.… Bahazaq is now incarcerated in a Saudi prison. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was detained many times after 9/11. After the ban on Lashkar Taiba in 2002, Markaz Da‘wa Irshad and Lashkar Taiba were named Al-Da‘wa. Prior to the ban, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was the Amir of Lashkar Taiba.… It is stated that two years ago Hafiz Saeed went to Saudi Arabia for Hajj, on a secret visit.”

It is important to mention that Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was a frequent guest speaker at anti-Ahmadiyya conferences in Rabwah, organized by the Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat.

 

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