Second Amendment: Anti-Ahmadi groups plan for September 7 anniversary

Published: September 2, 2013
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The current surge in anti-Ahmadi feeling is reminiscent of that atmosphere in 1974, says an Ahmadi. PHOTO: FILE

The current surge in anti-Ahmadi feeling is reminiscent of that atmosphere in 1974, says an Ahmadi. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Anti-Ahmadi groups are planning to hold up to 10 conferences in the first week of September to mark the passage of the Second Amendment to the Constitution on September 7, 1974, when Ahmadis were declared to be non-Muslims in Pakistan.

The day is celebrated every year by anti-Ahmadi groups, but the number of events planned in Lahore this year far surpasses previous years, said members of the Ahmadi community.

Ziaul Haq Naqshbandi, spokesperson for Tahaffuz-i-Namoos-i-Risalat Mahaz, said that he was heartened by how many groups were planning to mark the day. “Seeing the number of Khatm-i-Nabuwat conferences this year … it seems that the lovers of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) have joined hands against those trying to negate the concept of the finality of the Prophet. Soon, there will be a time when there is no room for apostates.”

These Khatm-i-Nabuwat conferences usually consist of various maulvis giving speeches calling for social boycott of Ahmadis, their removal from Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods, and even for their murder as a source of blessings from Allah.

Munawwar Ali Shahid, a member of the Ahmadi community in Lahore, told The Express Tribune that almost 40 years since the anti-Ahmadi riots that preceded the passage of the Second Amendment, this was perhaps the worst time for the community in Lahore.

Referring to the 1974 riots, he said: “We were boycotted, our worship places and houses were destroyed. All sorts of damage was done. The current surge in anti-Ahmadi feeling is reminiscent of that atmosphere in 1974.”

Shahid said that a number of trumped-up cases had been registered against Ahmadis at police stations in Lahore this year. He added that the security agencies should make sure that there are no hate speeches against Ahmadis at the conferences to be held in September. He said Ahmadis wished to live in peaceful co-existence with everyone.

September events

Posters and banners for the various anti-Ahmadi conferences are being put up across the city, particularly on the backs of rickshaws. The second annual Marzaki Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwat conference is to be held at Markazi Jamia Masjid Kanzul Iman, Johar Town, from 9.30pm on September 7. Organised by the Muhafizan Khatm-i-Nabuwat, the conference will feature Muhammad Azam Ali Naeemi as chief guest and Mufti Munibur Rehman, Allama Ghulam Rasool Qasmi and Dr Amir Liaqat Hussain as speakers.

The Difa-i-Sahaba and Difa-i-Pakistan Conference by the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (formerly known as Sipah-i-Sahaba) will take place on September 6 at Nasser Bagh from 11am. ASWJ chief Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi will address the conference. The other speakers will include Maulana Mufti Muhammad Hassan, Dr Khadim Hussain Dhillon, Maulana Abdul Raoofi Farooqi, Maulana Muhammad Muavia Azam and MPA Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti.

The second annual Tajdar Khatm-i-Nabuwat Conference is scheduled for September 7 at Aiwan-i-Iqbal after Maghrib prayers. It is being organised by the Fidayeen Khatm-i-Nabuwat Pakistan. Hafiz Khadim Hussain Rizvi will preside over the conference. Literature on the topic will be available at a 50 per cent discount.

A mehfil-i-naat will be held at Niazi Adda, Ashraf Pehalwan Chowk, after Isha prayers on September 2. It will be presided over by Hazrat Khawaja Soofi Muhammad Anwar Madni, who, according to the poster for the event, has the credit of painting the Gumbad-i-Khizra, the green dome of the Prophet’s (pbuh) tomb.

The Historic Azeemush Shan Khatm-i-Nabuwat Conference will take place at Jamia Ashrafia, Muslim Town, after Maghrib prayers on September 5. Among the prominent participants will be Maulana Abdul Majeed, Fazalur Raheem and Mufti Muhammad Hasan.

A Khatm-i-Nabuwat Conference will take place at Jamia Masjid Jamiatul Quresh, Janaz Gah, after Isha prayers on September 7. The participants will include Allama Raza-i-Mustafa and Dr Raghib Hussain Naeemi.

Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar Al Madni will give a special sermon after Friday prayers on ‘Why Ahmadis are outside the pail of Islam’ at Markaz Ahle Hadith, Allama Ahsan Hospital, Ghoray Shah Road. The sermon is being organised by Jamiat Ahl-i-Hadith.

A mehfil-i-naat on Jashn-i-Masoom (pbuh) will be held at Jamia Masjid Noori, City Railway Station, on September 5. It will be presided over by Pir Syed Muhammad Usman Noori, caretaker of the Dargah Chak Sada Sharif in Gujrat. Mufti Muhammad Ramazan Sialvi will also speak at the event.

A Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwat Conference will take place at 1pm on September 7 at Aroosa Banquet Hall, Shahdara Chowk. It is being organised by Tehrik-i-Tahaffuz Khatam-i-Nabuwat Pakistan and will be presided over by Sahibzada Hafiz Naseer Ahmed Qadri. Allama Hafiz Khan Muhammad Qadri will be among the speakers.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2013. 

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Reader Comments (13)

  • expaki
    Sep 2, 2013 - 1:48AM

    Mullah Ziaul Haq Naqshbandi, I am NO MORE EVEN A MUSLIM, BUT alike of you make me feel me MORE AN AHMADI.Being a Human, I STAND WITH ALL THOSE DEPRESSED by Fanatics of Pakistan

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  • jm
    Sep 2, 2013 - 2:17PM

    Biased media !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Water Bottle
    Sep 2, 2013 - 2:18PM

    @expaki:

    what is the meaning of this word ‘Naqshbandi’?Recommend

  • Litmus
    Sep 2, 2013 - 2:36PM

    I would request all Sane Citizens of Pakistan, the proceedings of the National Assembly session regarding the subject are now being made public and are available at the National Assembly library, check out what exactly happened and what the truth is….. Its about time i guess when the masses should know the reality

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  • Alif laila
    Sep 2, 2013 - 3:06PM

    This is a propaganda piece. Dont take it seriously.

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  • T R Khan
    Sep 2, 2013 - 3:37PM

    There is no compulsion in religion and all are free to choose freely their religion. All religions and all sects including Ahmadis should be free to preach their religious beliefs.Blasphemy laws should also cover religious leaders including Lord Krishna, Guru Nanak and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

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  • darbullah
    Sep 2, 2013 - 3:49PM

    Forget minorities, even muslims are not safe in the first theocratic state in this world.Recommend

  • Waseem
    Sep 2, 2013 - 3:56PM

    all these nonsense ideas are against the philosophy of Quid. he made this country for all, without any religious discriminations.

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  • abcde
    Sep 2, 2013 - 3:57PM

    Your representation of news is like someone Ahmdi or have a soft corner for them .they are more dangerous than nonmuslims . They are even against the pakistan. You dont have written that muslims khatem nabwat are group you have written anti ahmdi as ahmdi are something special very right people. Pl becareful about your iman.strong textRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 2, 2013 - 8:03PM

    @darbullah:

    “Forget minorities, even muslims are not safe in the first theocratic state in this world.”

    The reason that even muslims are not safe in Pakistan is because not even 1% of muslims follow even 1% of islamic teachings.

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  • unbelievable
    Sep 2, 2013 - 9:14PM

    I wonder how these people who react if another country targeted their religion in their Constitution? How the majority treats minorities tells you much about a people. Your oppression of minorities enshrined in your Constitution is one of the root causes for Pakistan problems – one of the prime reasons your less popular than even N Korea (and that’s a LARGE elephant in the room that Pakistani’s ignore).

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  • Noor
    Sep 2, 2013 - 9:49PM

    Oh dear…what kind of religious belief is it,where one can be convinced that he can attain heaven by killing someone ?!!Recommend

  • Fareed
    Sep 3, 2013 - 1:27AM

    Strange, the conference is not being held this time in Chenabnagar Muslim Colony ?!

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