The on-going anti-Ahmadiyya hate campaign

One consistent precursors to ethnic cleansing and genocide is propaganda.  The disaster that was the holocaust had its roots in hate campaigns and propaganda of the 1930s and the massacres of the Rwandan genocide were made possible by the hate filled broadcasts of Radio Rwanda.  They resulted in catastrophe for the victims as well as the perpetrators.  The world community shared the disastrous consequences.  This process has occurred throughout history and is occurring again in Pakistan where anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda is dangerously prevalent.  If a tragedy is to be avoided, the anti-Ahmadiyya hate campaign going on in Pakistan deserves serious attention and needs to be stopped.

In view of the gravity of this development, a chapter entitled The Anti-Ahmadiyya Hate Campaign in Pakistan was included in last year’s annual report.  It is recommended reading for those who desire to know more on this subject.  Here the narrative is restricted to what has been going on in year 2011.

The mullas of Pakistan are the leaders of the anti-Ahmadiyya campaign.  They are able to wage this campaign freely with the cooperation of the state and discrete support of the politicians.  Their tools  include everything from sermons, leaflets and ubiquitous graffiti to the newspapers and the internet.  This campaign is relentless and nationwide, and the state either supports it or looks the other way.  An entire book would be needed to do justice to what is happening.  What follows is only a brief summary.

 

i.        Pamphlets

Printed material in the form of pamphlets, leaflets, and handbills are a cheap and effective way to spread the message of hate against Ahmadis.  These are given catchy and sensational titles and are dropped in any neighborhood where the mullas decide to create trouble.  Here are some example from recent pamphlets:

  • Countless Curses on Mirza Qadiani
  • A Call in the Name of Honour of the Prophet
  • Qadianis are Wajib ul Qatl
  • Muslims! Hearken the Cry of the Green Dome (the mausoleum of the Holy Prophet)
  • The only punishment for a blasphemer is death, as per Sharia.

Their content is hostile, slanderous and inflammatory, presenting a highly distorted version of the Ahmadiyya beliefs.  They are designed to generate hatred against the Ahmadis, urging the reader to do as much harm to them as possible.  For example:

 

Introduction to Qadianiat.  Qadianiat is a fake religion outside of Islam. It is a product of anti-Islam imperialist powers.  It is a gang of traitors, apostates and heretics.  Their object is to prepare the ground for establishment of another Israel to undo the very foundations of Islam with the help of these powers.  These people (Ahmadis) are busy day and night in loathsome conspiracies against our dear country.  In 1974, all the Muslims displayed unprecedented unity in forgetting their mutual differences, and succeeded in getting these deniers of the End of Prophethood declared a Non-Muslim minority.  The same quality of oneness, integration and ensemble is now required, once again, to put an end to this mischief.   It is a religious obligation of every Muslim to make an effort to crush this rebellion…

Markaz Sirajia, House No.5 Street No.4 Akram Park, Ghalib Market, Gulberg III, Lahore. Phone: 5712905, E-mail: markazsirajia@hotmail.com, http://www.khatmenabuwwat.org

 

O Muslim…… Every Qadiani is a robber against Islam and Muslims, but he is dressed as a policeman.  This robber of faith poses as a guardian of Islam.  Muslims, if you are related in love and faith to Muhammad, spend all your resources and strength to capture these thieves, otherwise these butchers will construct a slaughter house of Muslims all over (the world).

Servant of the Movement to Safeguard the End of Prophethood: Muhammad Tahir Abdul Razzaq.  B.Sc. M.A. (History).  Publisher: World Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Council, 124/24 Allama Iqbal rd, Shadab Colony, Garhi Shahu (Lahore) Phone: 0334-4090965 and 0321-4081955, http://www.khatmenubuwwat.org

 

Muslims, listen to the cry of the green dome.  O Muslims, Mirzais (Ahmadis), in collaboration with Jews and Christians have raised a storm of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) all over the world.  They are busy in the abominable business of replacing the Prophethood of Muhammad with that of the Mirza Qadiani and thus are fanning the fire of apostasy.  Alas, Muslims are still maintaining social relations with these robbers of prophethood.  When one talks of boycotting these Qadianis, some come up with the apology of human rights, and some start talking of tolerance…  O Muslim, your social mixing with these blasphemers could push you in their ranks on the Day of Judgment.  Even in this world, one who keeps company with a rebel is treated as a rebel.

Shubban-e-Khatme Nabuwwat, Lahore.  Phone 0321-7611895, 4571912, 8823953, 0333-4221287.  http://www.endofprophethood.com

 

Qadiani supporters will go to hell.  Qadiani snake is surely injured, but it is not yet dead.  The 1974 Amendment (II) by the National Assembly and the Anti-Qadiani Ordinance of 1984 have chopped off the limbs (dast-o-bazoo) of the profane body of Qadianism, but its jugular is still intact.              Friends, let’s ponder and deliberate deeply as to why despite our intense battle for a century, Qadianiat has not been shoved into the ditch of death…

Alami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, Peshawar.  Phone: 210800; 272767, 212839

Writers of these pamphlets use shameless and abundant lies.   Pretty much anything goes.  One egregious, even comically absurd example is a story from a tract about someone whose son was miraculously cured of disease after he had cursed Mirza Qadiani 20 times a day, 10 times in the morning and 10 times in the evening, for an entire month.  The pamphlet advises:

O my Muslim brothers and sisters, I am a witness to the fact that thousands had their problems solved by using the above prescription.  Childless mothers had children, the sick got well, jobless found jobs, many were acquitted from false criminal cases, innocent detainees were released, family quarrels got settled, people were relieved of heavy debts, students passed their exams with high grades, those under the influence of evil spirits were cured, parents who had lost children found them again and people facing dozens of various afflictions and problem were relieved.

Requesting your prayers, Masud Akhtar Naz M.A. (Ed) L.L.B Retired Headmaster

While Pakistani mullas bristle with righteous fury towards blasphemous cartoons published in foreign countries, they have no problem adorning their pamphlets with caricatures of the founder of Ahmadiyya community.  One of their pamphlets, entitled The Difference between Qadianis and Regular Infidels carries on its cover a sketch of a skull and bones burning in hellfire.  Another leaflet published against an Ahmadi of Badin, shows him as a dog.  It demands the Government of Pakistan to take action against him, or the people will be left with no choice but to do the needful on their own.  The leaflet is entitled Qadiani Must be Put to Death.  Some of these leaflets bear the instruction that the recipients should make copies for further distribution.

There are many pamphlets that call Ahmadis Wajib ul Qatl (who must be put to death).  The number of such pamphlets in circulation has increased.  Many specifically give the names, home addresses, and business locations of Ahmadis.  One pamphlet published in May 2011, has the names of 50 Ahmadis of Faisalabad; another, issued by the Majlis Ahrar Islam gives the full information of 36 Ahmadis of Pachnad.  A handbill produced by Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat and Shuban e Khatme Nabuwwat, Sargodha gives the names and workplaces of 41 Ahmadi businessmen.  Early this year the Anjuman Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Pakistan distributed a handbill in Toba Tek Singh.  It urged: O Muslim Brothers! Paradise must be earned by killing Anwar Butt, the x-ray technician, Maulvi Mansur and Khalid Mahmud the clerk as per the provisions of the Honour of Prophethood Act.  Finish off Mirzais and earn Paradise.  It declared Ahmadis as Zindique, placing them under the fatwa which declares that Zindiques must be put to death.  These leaflets proclaim Ahmadis as blasphemers, who are to be punished with death according to Pakistani law.

In Islamic literature there is a well known list of 101 holy names of God and similarly of Prophet Muhammad.  Clerics linked to Khatme Nabuwwat have produced and distributed a list of 101 names for the founder of the Ahmadiyya community.  The insults, curses and slander that make up this list are so vile that we find it unbearable to reproduce here.  The publishers of such works are utterly shameless, and they know that they have nothing to fear from a government that is supportive of discriminatory laws.

 

ii.       Urdu Press

The vernacular press has also played its own role in this campaign.  While far-right religious periodicals are only going about their sordid business when they stoke fires of sectarianism, regular press, however, is expected to be more responsible.  Unfortunately that is not the case.  When the subject is Ahmadis, the Urdu press of Pakistan has no compunction against giving inflammatory angle to news or highlighting demagogic and hateful speech.  They appear to compete in providing print space for such stories.  While this year’s statistics are still being compiled, last year, a few major Urdu dailies published in Lahore accounted for 1,468 news reports specific to Ahmadis.  The editors of these papers who like to pose as pundits of morality and righteousness, stand exposed as co-opted with the mullas in this campaign of breathtaking malice.  Here we reproduce translation of some headlines published this year.

Qadianis are the worst enemies of Islam – Maulana Ilyas (Chinioti)

                                                                                The Daily Musawat, Lahore; February 6, 2011

Qadiani place of worship in village 109 RB should be demolished. Maulvi Faqir Muhammad

                                                                                The Daily Aman, Faisalabad; February 9, 2011

Qadianis are tearing the Constitution to pieces – Ilyas Chinioti

                                                                The Daily Waqt, Lahore; March 19, 2011

Anti-Ahmadiyya ordinance should be implemented in Chenab Nagar. Blasphemers of the Quran, the Prophet and the Companions threaten world peace.  They promote disorder.  Muslims and Islamic institutions in Chenab Nagar should be protected by the police and administration – Khalid Cheema (of Ahrar)

                                                                 The Daily Ausaf, Lahore; March 28, 2011

The business of fake Prophethood should be banned in Pakistan, and Mirzais should be expelled from Pakistan.  Non-Muslim Qadianis, Ahmadis, Mirzais should be deported so that they may run their business in Qadian, India, Gurdaspur.  Maulvi Faqir Muhammad

                                                                                The Daily Aman, Faisalabad; April 5, 2011

Swat-like operation should be carried out in Rabwah

Khatme Nabuwwat Conference (in Jhelum)

We hear of 5 thousand Qadianis who entered Pakistan after receiving terrorism training in Israel

                                                                                The Daily Din, Lahore; April 8, 2011

The US, Israel and Qadianis are involved in terrorist activities. Maulana Abdullah Ludhianwi (of Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat)

                                                                                The Daily Jang, Lahore; April 2, 2011

Qadianis are conspirators; people should rise to rid country of American spies.  Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in Chicha Watni

The Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; April 9, 2011

Qadianis are working for an Akhand Baharat (United India).  Ataul Muhamamin (Ahrari)

                                                                                The Daily Waqt, Lahore; April 9, 2011

Qadianis are busy destabilizing Pakistan.  International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement

                                                                                The Daily Post, Lahore; April 25, 2011

There is no state writ in Chenab Nagar.  A Waziristan-like (military) operation is essential.  Khatme Nabuwwat Conference

                                                                The Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; May 15, 2011

Qadiani Dr. Abdus Salaam sold Pakistan’s nuclear secrets to the U.S.                          Majlis Ahrar

                                                                                The Daily Ausaf, Lahore; May 30, 2011

Qadianis are a detestable move to destroy the unity of the Ummah.  It should be undone by the state.           Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Conference (at Talha Gang)

                                                                The Daily Ausaf, Lahore; May 28, 2011

Qadiani gang is the worst enemy of Islam – Maulana Ilyas Chinioti

                                                                                The Daily Musawat; Lahore, July 25, 2011

Western civilization and Qadianiat are two great evils of present times. Professor Khurshid (of Minhaj ul Quran)

                                                                                The Daily Express; Faisalabad, July 5, 2011

Qadianis are agents of anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan elements

                                                                  The Daily Din, Lahore; August 5, 2011

Sharia penalty (of death) for apostasy should be imposed at the earliest. Maulvi Faqir Muhammad

                                                                The Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; August 10, 2011

Posting Qadiani teachers in educational institutions is a conspiracy against Islam and the government. Pir Atiq ur Rehman (former minister AJK)

                                                                The Daily Ausaf, Lahore; September 5, 2011

Non believers in Khatme Nabuwwat are Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be put to death). Ahle Hadith Youth Force

                                                The Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; September 20, 2011

Crushing the Qadiani mischief is important need of the hour. Syed Tahir Shah (Jamaat Ahle Sunnat)

                                                                The Daily Din, Lahore; November 1, 2011

With such provocative headlines circulating unchecked in the semi-literate society of Pakistan it would not be surprising if a general massacre of Ahmadis took place in Pakistan.

Incendiary news stories and op-eds appealing to meaner instincts are routinely published in the so-called respected press of the country.  The daily Nawa-i-Waqt which is a leading right-wing paper, reported on September 7, 2011 that during the 1953 anti-Ahmadi riots in the Punjab 30,000 men were killed by security forces.  A high level judicial inquiry however reported a total of 37 deaths only.  The monthly Al-Saffaat, a women’s periodical, listed all those who had murdered alleged blasphemers during the past 14 centuries calling them blessed Ghazi and Shaheed (heroes and martyrs).

The daily Pakistan published an op-ed on Khatme Nabuwwat written by Allama Awaisi which referred to the founder of Ahmadiyya as “a badd bakht (wretched) whose aim was nothing but submission to the British.  He was disloyal to his Holy Prophet (pbuh) and his religion, and sold his faith for a few pennies.”  He also wrote, “Such great liars claimed prophecy in all ages but the lovers of the End of Prophethood put these liars to sword and dispatched them to hell.”

Some major Urdu newspapers also publish a special issue on September 7 celebrating the anniversary of the constitutional amendment that declared Ahmadis non-Muslims in 1974.  In their attempt to appease the mullas, they sadly ignore the fact that the particular amendment goes against the principles on which Pakistan was founded; that it helps the extremists’ agenda; that it is tearing apart the social fabric of Pakistan.

 

iii.      Rallies and conferences

Public rallies are another tool of the mullas to spread hatred against Ahmadis, here is a brief overview of this activity, specific stories on some of the bigger events can be found in Chapter 7 of this report.  These events are organized to inflame base communal passions and motivate extreme actions.  Rallies are usually followed by processions that can quickly turn violent.  Surprisingly, despite their clear threat to law and order, authorities readily grant permission to clerics to hold such conferences.  Rabwah, which is the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Community and has ninety-five percent Ahmadiyya population, is not a place where the mullas can claim any natural right to assemble.  Yet they are permitted to hold a number of rallies there every year.  Unable to draw on any local support, crowds are transported from neighboring districts.  At times, these events continue for two or three days.  Clearly all this involves great cost, but then who is counting when the petro-dollars are plentiful!

The speakers at these rallies are adept at rousing crowd passion.  They use this rhetoric to further other agendas as well, as evident from this sample of statements made at a conference held at Rabwah on October 13 and 14, 2011, taken from various reports in the press:

  • Pakistani government should reply ‘Do More’ with ‘No More’(to US demands in the war on terror).
  • The country’s security is at risk by Qadiani network, not by Haqqani network.
  • Mumtaz Qadri (murderer of Governor Salman Taseer) is not the name of an individual; he represents the religious emotions of the Muslim world.
  • Friendship of Qadianis is more dangerous than their animosity.
  • Qadianis are destroying the pillars of Islam in the whole world under the guise of Islam.
  • Qadianis are liars and hell-bound.
  • The only cure for Qadianis: Al-Jihad, Al-Jihad
  • The future of Pakistan is linked with Khatme Nabuwwat.

This is based mostly on stories published in the Urdu press, in particular from the daily Jang of October 14 and the Nawa-i-Waqt of October 14 and 15.  The mullas also made the following demands, inter alia:

  • All Qadianis should be dismissed from the armed forces.
  • All literature published in Chenab Nagar (Rabwah) should be confiscated forthwith.
  • Qadianis should be forbidden to use the Islamic creed (Kalima) and other Islamic epithets.
  • Qadianis should be removed without delay from government services like CBR (revenue), embassies and education.
  • Minarets and niches in Qadiani places of worship should be demolished.
  • Entry forms to educational institutions should have an affidavit concerning Khatme Nabuwwat and denouncement of the founder of Ahmadiyya community.
  • Qadiani students declare themselves Muslims on the entry forms of educational institutes, which is against the law.  Action should be taken against them.
  • The declaration about the ‘End of Prophethood’ should be included in the forms for national identity cards.
  • All auxiliary organizations of Qadianis should be banned.
  • Qadiani religious endowments should be taken over by the state.
  • All barriers (installed for security purposes) should be lifted from Chenab Nagar.
  • The Islamists (Islamian) of Pakistan will powerfully resist any change to the blasphemy laws.
  • Shariah penalty for apostasy (death, according to the mulla) should be implemented.
  • The respected ulama are urged to deliver Friday Sermons in support of Khatme Nabuwwat and against Qadianism once every month.
  • Mumtaz Qadri should be set free respectfully.

Conferences like this are held all over the country.  Clearly, these are threat to law and order and the Government should stop them, yet in its calculus of compromises it finds it preferable to let them happen.  Not all rallies are reported, but this year there were rallies reported in Faisalabad, Lahore, Rabwah, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Jhelum, Nawab Shah, Larkana, Sargodha, Kharian, Chicha Watni, Nagar Parkar, Pachnand, Jamke Cheema, Chak 20, Ahmadpur Sharqia, Nabi Sar Road, Data Zaidka, Chak No. 170/10-R, Badomalhi, and Daddial AJK.

 

iv.      Stickers

Free supply of small size colorful stickers that can be easily pasted on doors, walls, vehicles, public places are also used to propagate anti-Ahmadiyya hatred.  The World Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Council, Lahore has produced a number of such 7×2 inch stickers.  Large quantities have been sent all over Pakistan for free distribution.  Listed here are some of their translated messages:

  • One who is friendly to Mirzais,  is a traitor to the Holy Master (p.b.u.h.)
  • O Muslim, when you meet a Qadiani, it hurts the heart of Mustafa (The Holy Prophet) under the green dome.
  • How will you, who drink Shezan juice produced by blasphemer Qadianis, justify seeking the blessed liquor of the holy fountain, from the Holy Prophet on the Dooms Day?
  • O Muslim, if you suddenly die while shaking hand with a Qadiani, say where will you end up?

As silly as the idea of going to hell for shaking someone’s hand is, many are influenced by these warnings.  There are cases of parents turning their children out of their homes and depriving them of their inheritance for joining the Ahmadiyya community.

 

v.       Organization

The anti-Ahmadiyya lobby is quite well-organized.  Most sectarian parties have their Khatme Nabuwwat wings whose sole purpose is to advance anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda and do their bit in spreading the hate campaign.

Some of these organizations are:

○        Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat

○        International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement

○        World Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Council, Lahore

○        Majlis Ahrar Islam

○        Shubbane Khatme Nabuwwat, Lahore

○        All Pakistan Students Khatme Nabuwwat Federation

○        Tajdar-e-Khatme Nabuwwat

○        Mutahiddah Khatme Nabuwwat Rabita Committee

○        Tehrik Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat

○        Pasban Khatme Nabuwwat

These organization have an elaborate grass roots structure.  Most of their dirty business is carried out by local and city branches.  The threatening letters sent to several Ahmadis in Faisalabad, mentioned earlier, was the handiwork of a local leader.  At this time, the World Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Council of Lahore leads in producing bulk of the circulating hate material.  They have an inventory of 111 different brochures and pamphlets for distribution.  They collaborate with Shubban-e-Khatme Nabuwwat to produce lists of Ahmadi names and addresses.  This is done openly and while claiming full credit, with their addresses and phone numbers proudly displayed on all printed material.  Donations are solicited through advertised bank accounts.

Many political parties also engage in anti-Ahmadi campaigns to promote their wider interests.  These include Jamaat Islami, Jamiat Ulama Pakistan, Jamiat Ulama Islam, Jamaat ud Dawa, Jamiat Mashaikh Pakistan, Sunni Tehrik, Hizb ut Tehrir, Tehrik Minhaj ul Quran, Jamiat Ahle Hadith, Tanzim Islami, Markaz Sirajia, Al-Rahmat Trust etc.  It is noteworthy that some of these parties are officially banned, but continue their activities in spite of the ban.

Other active anti-Ahmadi organizations include the Islami Jamiat Talaba, Anjuman Talaba Islam, Shubban Khatme Nabuwwat Students etc.  Some organization trade their wares behind false names including Mirzai Mukao Tanzim, Mutahidda Muslim Movement, Tehrik Fidayan Pakistan etc. The authorities are well aware of who they really are.

 

vi.      Miscellaneous

These organizations actively promote their hate-based agenda on many fronts.  A few of their methods are listed below:

a.         Training courses:  A three-week anti-Ahmadiyya course is organized at Chenab Nagar every year.  This year it was held from 9th to 29th July.  Volunteers were promised free board and lodging, books and stationary.  Some stipend was also assured. 

b.         Correspondence courses:  A 4-stage anti-Ahmadiyya correspondence course is available from P.O. Box 1347 Islamabad; phone: 0333-5126313, under the auspices of Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, Hazuri Bagh Road, Multan.  Tests are given at the end of each unit.  Leading questions ensure that students get appropriately indoctrinated in extremism; for instance:

Here the student is asked to supply the missing word:

  • One who poses to be a Muslim and displays his kufr (disbelief) as Islam is called _____. (Zindique)
  • A Zindeque is Wajib ul ________ (Qatl,  i.e. must be put to death.)

c.         Foreign branches:  Mullas of the End of Prophethood faction have established themselves in the United Kingdom.  They avail of the freedom of faith there (which they deny to Ahmadis in Pakistan), but only to promote sectarian hatred.  They produce Urdu leaflets and distribute them freely.  Their contact address is: Khatme Nabuwwat Academy London, 387 Katherine Rd, Forest Gate, London E7 8LT, United Kingdom. Phone: 0208 471 4434

d.         Movies:  Mullas propagate their extremism through movies as well. For instance, in April this year, a movie Aik Aur Ghazi (Another Hero) played in cinema halls around the country.  It was boldly advertized in newspapers in words:  Gustakh Rasool Ki Saza, Sar Tan Se Juda, i.e. Punishment of a blasphemer: Decapitation.  It was directed by Syed Noor, a prominent film director based in Lahore.  It is about a man called Yusuf ‘Kazzab’, who claimed to be a prophet and was eventually killed while in prison.

e.         Wall-chalking:  This is yet another method of promoting hatred against Ahmadis; it is cheap and effective.  No one bothers to stop these merchants of disorder from polluting the social peace and environment of a neighborhood.  Authorities just don’t seem to care, and the hate slogans remain on walls for years.   Among other places, extensive wall-chalking was done this year in Dahranwali, Nabi Sar Road, Pachnand.  Even Islamabad was not spared where Qadiani Wajib-ul-Qatl was seen at a number of places there.

 

vii.     Friday sermons

Fridays provide mullas with the convenient way to spread the message of hate against any group or individual.  The religious obligation of attending the Friday prayer service is taken seriously by Pakistanis in general.  They dutifully head to a mosque at least once every week and patiently listen to whatever sermon is delivered from the pulpit.  This provides the mullas, who lead these services, with a ready audience comprising vast majority of the male Muslim population of the country every week.  This is a huge opportunity for mullas, and they use it to their maximum advantage.  What they speak about is entirely up to them.  While they should really be concerned with the moral reformation of the masses, it turns out that is the last thing on their minds; they prefer narrow sectarian and political themes with a view to creating social unrest such that their fief and power may get enhanced.  Ahmadis are a usual target of their ire.

This year the leadership of the Khatme Nabuwwat organization urged all prayer leaders to deliver at least one Friday sermon per month on the issue of End of Prophethood.

 

viii.    Fresh policy initiatives in the hate drive

Although this campaign has been going on for decades, its intensity tends to fluctuate.  The religious leadership has decided in the recent past to intensify it and to take it to the next level.  Anti-Ahmadi propaganda is on the rise with a vast number of new and reprinted hateful literature being produced.  The amount of material consulted in making this article can be measured literally in kilograms.  One of the referenced brochures mentioned a print run of 8000 copies in two editions within two months.  This gives some idea of the quantum of hate-material published and distributed.

While the Quran makes no mention of any punishment for a blasphemer, the medieval prescription of death penalty has been so strongly championed by the present day mullas that it is accepted by the common man as completely Shariah authentic.  Furthermore, the clerics have successfully devised and implemented the strategy where the controversy of the End of Prophethood has been linked with the issue of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet.  This has been repeated so often that against all logic the two issues have become inseparable and thoroughly confused in the mind of the common man.  It is a very clever trick.  They hope that through this device they will justify the murder of Ahmadis.

Ahmadis are frequently described as Wajib-ul-Qatl by the mullas, which is troubling indeed, but more recently this ready threat to Ahmadi lives has taken a more dangerous turn.  There is a nationwide effort by the mullas to identify Ahmadi individuals to the public.  Printed leaflets now give their names, home and work addresses so that any freelancer who is seeking ‘Paradise and its seventy virgins’ may haply do the needful.  Those who make this call for murder do not shy from identifying themselves on these leaflets.  Authorities take no notice of this outrage.

This drive has even reached schools, colleges and universities.  Ahmadi students, boys and girls, have been targeted and forced to leave their institutions under duress; a sample case can be found in Chapter 2B.

 

ix.      Two letters

Translated below are two letters, one from a mulla and one from the head office of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan.

 

a.         Open letter of a cleric

 

Open letter to the Devotees of the End of Prophethood (PBUH)

 

Muslim Believing Brothers,

Assalamo Alaikum

 

I hope that you are all preparing for death in this transitory life, with complete faith.  Differences exist among people at all levels in the human society.  People are divided on the basis of social, economic, cultural, religious and moral norms. Likewise, there are stark differences in beliefs and modes of worship.  However, despite all these differences there is one dogma and practice that amounts to worship, that forms the foundation of our faith, that is common among all Muslims; and that is our faith in the finality of Prophethood of Hadrat Muhammad the Crown of the Universe, the Pride of Existence, the Cause of the Universe, the Leader of Prophets, the Pride of Humanity, the First and the Last Light, the End of Prophets and Messengers.  The true faith is, after the recitation of the Kalima, to be ever ready to sacrifice your life for the sake of our master Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) in total disregard of our life, property and honour, and rising above all considerations of worldly constraints, and organizational opinions and decisions.  There is need to accelerate this drive; therefore this humble self has undertaken the audacity to write this letter.

These days, it is very difficult to notice the difference between Muslims and Mirzais (Ahmadis) because Mirzais recite the same Kalima (Islamic creed), and they worship and say prayers the same way as Muslims.  However, they consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian as their prophet, while we Muslims consider Muhammad the Prophet of Latter Days (PBUH) to be our last prophet, and have full faith in that.  Mirzais offer heavy sums, beautiful wives and running businesses to mislead Muslims who are simple and weak in belief and mind.  A Muslim who becomes an apostate through their trickery, turns into a traitor to Islam, an enemy of Allah, and unfit to show his cursed face to Hadhrat Muhammad (p.b.u.h.). As per the law of Pakistan, he becomes a part of (non-Muslim) minority, and as per Quran he becomes an apostate, heretic and Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be put to death).  It is a pity that all mischief-mongers, miscreants and enemies of Islam stand united while we Muslims the true lovers are in disarray.  In fact, we revile those who tell the truth and persecute them by calling them miscreants.  Laws are formulated to hang those who tell the truth.  As per the law in force, Mirzais are not allowed to, 1. Call their places of worship ‘Masjid’, nor are they allowed to construct one, 2. Call for prayers (Azan), 3. Call themselves Muslims, 4. Term their religion, Islam, 5. Preach their faith.

Mirzais are worse than apostates; they are Zindique (heretics).  The Shariah does not permit any social relationship, greeting, business dealing, political relationship, matrimony, dining together, keeping company with them etc; it is all Haraam (forbidden).  All food items

prepared by Shezan, an entirely Qadiani enterprise, and distributed all over Pakistan, should be forbidden in Pakistan.  OCS courier service is also owned by Mirzais; all dealings with them should be forbidden.  The state should be mindful of its obligations to the Faith and should issue such orders that restrict Mirzais’ activities, their preaching should come to an end and their products should cease to come to the market.  Thereafter they should be officially invited to Islam.  If they sincerely recant, well and good; otherwise a disputation should be held with them and if they decide not to come to the right path, they should be dealt with according to the (Shariah) law.  This can be undertaken by the faithful district level officials. This will be indeed a novel initiative.  The DCOs and DPOs should get lists prepared of the Qadianis, by the Agencies and call them to their offices to invite them to Islam.  They can seek the help of a local ‘Alim (cleric) in this undertaking.  They can also issue orders to ban the supply of Shezan products in their districts, and the services of OCS courier company.  All that is needed is the power of Belief.  The following demands of Ulama Haq (the upright clerics) are as valid today as in the past:

○        Mirzais should be fired from all key posts, services and decision-making forums.

○        All social relations with Mirzais should be put to an end.

○        They should be forbidden to preach.

○        Their names should be entered in the minorities’ voter-lists.

○        An identity code should be entered for Mirzais in the national identity cards.

○        All denominations and religious parties of the Muslim Ummah should unite to destroy this mischief.

○        Politicians who support Mirzais should have their membership of the National Assembly, Provincial Assemblies and the Senate terminated.

Wassalam,

 

Humble servant:

 

Syed Muhammad Azhar Shah Bokhari,

Devoted to the End of Prophethood (PBUH) Lodhran

 

 

b. Letter to all the concerned high officials in the Punjab and in Islamabad, from the Director Public Affairs of the Ahmadiyya Head Office Rabwah, written on August 20, 2011

 

Nazarat Umoor E Aama

Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Rabwah (Pakistan)

Ph: 047-6212459                                 Fax: 047-6215459            E-mail: nuasaa@hotmail.com

 

Sir,

 

Subject:                Request to stop circulation of provocative hate literature

 

Jamia Usmania Khatme Nabuwwat, Muslim Colony, Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) has issued a folder containing a time table for fasting during Ramadan. It contains numerous anti-Ahmadiyya provocative writings. The writings urge Muslims to undertake extreme action against Ahmadis. Hate and prejudice is spread in the fair name of religion through this baseless written material. Ahmadis are thereby exposed to attack and aggression.

The folder also calls for financial support to the monthly organ of their organization, which is committed to anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda.

It is relevant to mention that the head of this organization, Qari Shabbir Ahmad Usmani is placed in the Fourth Schedule of the police record. He was General Secretary of the Sipah Sahabah, a banned organization. He is facing prosecution in court on criminal charges in FIRs 580 of 31 October 2006, 255 of 20 September 2002, 734 of 21 December 1994, 279 of 14 November 1986 and 245 of 26 October 1985, all registered in Police Station Chenab Nagar / Rabwah.

The monthly Sada-i-Khatme Nabuwwat that has been published for years is neither officially registered nor has permission from the authorities for its publication.

The time-table folder solicits contributions from the general public while according to government rules organizations are forbidden to collect funds without due permission.

We have kept the authorities repeatedly informed of this delicate situation but unfortunately no action is taken against these elements. This results in grave consequences.

It is a pity that these extremist blood-thirsty elements avail of the sensitive national situation and exploit religion to target a specific community, harming the country thereby. Such literature plays pivotal role in this scheme. Although all the decent folk condemn such activities, the negative role and support of the print and electronic media encourages these elements.

Since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX in 1984, two hundred and six Ahmadis have been killed through religious hatred. The serial killing goes on in 2011. A number of Ahmadis have been attacked this year.

Publication of this provocative literature (copies attached) despite the official ban calls for special attention of the authorities and corrective action by them.

Sincerely,

 

Saleemuddin

Director Public Affairs

Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) District Chiniot

 

 

x.       Conclusion

The anti-Ahmadi hate campaign is gaining further momentum and its effects are felt by Ahmadis all over Pakistan. This year, a greater number of Ahmadi communities were targeted in various cities, towns and villages compared to last year; even educational institutions have not been spared, and Ahmadi students have consequently suffered.  The authorities have been repeatedly informed of the worsening situation, but little effective action is taken against the sources and leadership of this well coordinated and deadly campaign that continues to intensify.

 

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