Hate speech: Conference calls for boycott of Ahmadis

Published: September 16, 2013
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Conference calls for boycottof Ahmadis: Participants were told to wage holy war against the community. PHOTO: SHAMSUL ISLAM

Conference calls for boycottof Ahmadis: Participants were told to wage holy war against the community. PHOTO: SHAMSUL ISLAM

LAHORE: 

Speakers at an anti-Ahmadi conference on Saturday vowed to expel all members of the Ahmadi community from the city.

The Radd-i-Qadianiyat Conference was held at Jamia Naeemia. The participants were told they had a duty to wage a holy war against Ahmadis. The audience which included a large number of students of the Jamia, vowed to wage ‘jihad’ against Ahmadis through their writings, speech, charity funds and corporal strength.

Maulana Ghulam Hussain Kiani, one of the speakers, said they would force Ahmadis to leave the city. “Their presence has polluted the city… their so-called places of worship are in fact centres of conspiracies against Muslims,” he said.

Kiani said that he had the ‘honour’ of ensuring the removal of Kalma Tayyeba from Darul Zikr, an Ahmadi worship place, at Garhi Shahu.

Advocate Badiuz Zaman, another speaker, told the participants not to befriend any Ahmadis. “Sharing utensils with Ahmadis is sinful,” he said, “Being friends with them is worse… the Holy Prophet (pbuh) disapproved of that.”

Zaman asked the participants to promise that they would do everything in their power to oppose Ahmadis in every way.

Stage Secretary Maulvi Muhammad Asghar urged the participants to take practical measures against the ‘blasphemers’. “How can you eat your meals in peace while there are Ahmadis living peacefully in your city?” he said. Asghar accused former Supreme Court Bar Association president Asma Jehangir of committing blasphemy, “That must be stopped at all cost,” he said.

Asghar also told the participants to stop consuming foods and beverages produced by Shezan. “They are made by Ahmadis. Buying these helps their movement against Muslims,” he said.

“There are 1,200 Ahmadis currently fighting for the Israel Defence Forces,” Asghar said, “They torture innocent Muslim Palestinians… Muslims shouldn’t even shake hands with Ahmadis.”

Sahibzada Syed Ibrarul Hasan Shah was also critical of the Ahle Hadith.

He said, “I don’t know why they think they are the ‘thekedars’ (guardians) of Khatam-i-Nabuwat … they don’t even have the proper respect for the Holy Prophet (pbuh).”

The head of Jamia Naeemia said that according to the law, Ahmadis could not call themselves Muslims or preach their faith. They could also not call their places of worship mosques, but did.

The state should take action against them for violating the law, he said. “All schools of Islamic thought agree that Ahmadis are not Muslims,” he said.

Several people recited poems insulting Ahmadis and their religious leaders.

Mufti Haseeb Qadri, another speaker, regretted the language and criticised the conference organisers. “There should be some difference between the language used in the streets and a conference in a religious seminary,” he said, “The speakers should not have used indecent language. They should have focused on the subject.”

Munawar Ali Shahid, a member of the Ahmadiya community told The Express Tribune that the Anti-Ahmadi campaign was making their lives difficult.

He said the community in Lahore feared for their lives. “Many Ahmadi businessmen have left the city… instead of curbing such hateful speech the government provides these people security,” Shahid said.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Kailash sethy
    Sep 16, 2013 - 9:39AM

    Sad to see that people are openly encouraging violence against other country men. For some enemy is every where and everybody.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 16, 2013 - 9:56AM

    So it is OK to persecute Ahmadis and drive them away, BUT then Muslims whine and cry when some western country bans the headscarf! Waah, Waah Waah
    So much for the religion of peace!!!!

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  • Gp65
    Sep 16, 2013 - 10:22AM

    I have some questions:

    1) which of the 5 pillars of Islam do the Ahmadis not believe in?

    2) If they are not true or good Muslims, is it Allah’s job to judge or Pakistani parliament?

    3) What did Jinnah have to say about this? Unlike secularism where there is no clarity about his views. He was very clear that if Ahmadi called themselves Muslims, they were Muslims. So when their vote was needed for Pakistan movement, they were Muslims and now they are not ?

    4) If today even Shias are okay with a law that declares Ahmadis non- Muslims, tomorrow if your parliament passes a law that Shias are non – Muslims will you be okay?

    5) Finally even if they are non- Muslims, why so much hate towards them?Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 16, 2013 - 10:41AM

    Look at the shameful silence of PTI and PML-N. Even MQM is silent. I never expected this from MQM though. Of course PPP will not say anything and we all know why.

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  • MUHAMMAD Shafique Adil
    Sep 16, 2013 - 10:46AM

    I am reminded the social boycott of Makkah’s Muslims between 8-10 Nabvi after reading this article. Makkah’s people were Happy to take this action but failed as a result. Insha Allah again these people will fail and the success will be with those who are provided help by God. We Ahmadis still have patience to Bear all that. And we pray may God guide them to the Right path. Aameen.

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  • Sad pakistani
    Sep 16, 2013 - 11:10AM

    Reading this makez me wonder what happens to all in Pakistan is so justified. You all desreve it!!!!!

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  • JS
    Sep 16, 2013 - 11:47AM

    This right here, is the visual disintegration of society. Woe be to him that hates others

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  • hassan tariq
    Sep 16, 2013 - 11:58AM

    what a shame! i wish all the speakers of this so called conference are jailed….these sort of things dont let us feel proud of our country

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  • Nasir
    Sep 16, 2013 - 12:53PM

    the only way for Pakistan to prosper is love for all and hatred for none.

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  • Sep 16, 2013 - 2:16PM

    Muslims claim that Islam is an ideology of love but Pakistan proves it contrary.

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  • mrs ahmed
    Sep 16, 2013 - 3:06PM

    @Raj – USA:
    yes i agree with you MQM has always been vocal on minority rights , why this silence now

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  • Weird
    Sep 16, 2013 - 3:13PM

    Pakistan would give 1930’s Germany a run for its money.

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  • Weird
    Sep 16, 2013 - 3:16PM

    It’s one of the ironies of history that Ahmedis were at the forefront of the Pakistani movement. An Ahmedi leader convinced Jinnah to lead the Muslim league, another authored the Lahore resolution, and they stoked communal tensions in Punjab.

    The fables tell us: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

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  • nisarchowdhari
    Sep 16, 2013 - 4:20PM

    When we start judging in matters of faith which are to be judged by the One Creator, then what is happening in Pakistan can be understood very easily.All man are created equal by the creator and are deemed His Khalifa on Earth and some of us have started judging who is a believer and who is a non believer.

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  • Saleem
    Sep 16, 2013 - 4:32PM

    The international community needs to put govt.of ‘land of pure’ on notice about this with the threat of severe sanctions if it fails to prtoect the life and property of the religious minorities.Recommend

  • xaeed
    Sep 16, 2013 - 5:07PM

    Dear Editor Tribune:

    What was wrong with my comments????
    or ARE you allowing only pro-ahmadi comments here?

    Seriously, i didnt write anything bad.

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  • zaheer AHMAD
    Sep 16, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Just like these conventions today the Pakistan people are paying. These extreamist mullahs destroyed our country economically and socially.

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  • Aamir
    Sep 16, 2013 - 7:59PM

    @Weird

    Khan Abdul Wali Khan, a great pashtun leader, son of Baccha Khan, leader of National Awami Party (defunct), and now known as Awami National Party, wrote in his book that Zafrullah Khan, and Ahmadi, was asked to write the Lahore Resolution. Just because he was an Ahmadi, it was decided not to declare this openly.

    Read pg 40-42.
    http://www.awaminationalparty.org/books/factsarefacts.pdf

    Since I moved to Lahore, Punjab, From Karachi, I have observed that there is open hostility aginst Ahmadis – More than Karachi. I talked to one of my colleague who is an Ahmadi and he said when ever PML N is in power, this hostiity increases.

    Let’s see if ET prints this.

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  • Sep 16, 2013 - 10:24PM

    All should be booked under sedition charges and put in jail for their remaining life.

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  • TTV
    Sep 16, 2013 - 10:54PM

    Disgusting. I’m not a practicing Muslim, but I will pray for safety of the Ahmedi community during this troubling time.

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  • Sep 17, 2013 - 12:35AM

    Pakistanis are full of hate. That is why they are in such a miserable condition. Hate begets hate. Allah will judge who is a muslim and who isnt. Not you dirty people who call yourselves muslims but incite people to murder your countrymen. Disgusting people you all are.

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  • Saira Niz
    Sep 17, 2013 - 8:07AM

    If only the same efforts were used to spread peace & solve the priblems of the society. These conference organizers should realize that there is a mighty power above them watching over & God will make sure to respond to such hateful messages. Ahmadis all around the world are spreading the peaceful message of Islam. To know more about Ahmadiyyat, visit http://www.alislam.org

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  • MMMT
    Sep 17, 2013 - 10:12AM

    Pakistani’s are facing difficult situations is only because they are the judges of other minorities, whereas Allah is the only one to decide about this instead of these so called muslim pakistani…

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  • Aysha M
    Sep 18, 2013 - 4:56AM

    @Raj – USA:
    Unfortunate that MQM has not been able to condemn the proceedings of this conference so far

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  • Observer
    Sep 18, 2013 - 7:47AM

    @Nazir Ahmed:

    “All should be booked under sedition charges and put in jail for their remaining life.”

    Can’t do that since these anti-Ahmedi guys are not breaking any laws. Pakistan’s laws clearly state that Ahmadis are not Muslims.

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  • O B Server
    Sep 18, 2013 - 8:00AM

    ET has reported:
    “Kiani said that he had the ‘honour’ of ensuring the removal of Kalma Tayyeba from Darul Zikr, an Ahmadi worship place, at Garhi Shahu.”

    So is this guy Kiani a Muslim? He takes pride in erasing Kalma Tayyeba! Naozoobillah.

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  • ahmad
    Sep 18, 2013 - 9:53AM

    Its simple commom sense. Can this hate based philosophy ever be rooted in Islam/religion. Simply no.
    It only proves Ahmadis are on right path.

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  • Raj - USA
    Sep 18, 2013 - 10:31AM

    @mrs ahmed:
    @Aysha M:

    It is indeed very unfortunate. MQM has educated leaders and they had been in the forefront on such issues in the past. My consolation is that MQM is the only party that has opposed the talks with talibans and earlier, many years ago, also they had offered their complete assistance to UK to fight the talibans.

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  • SYED
    Sep 18, 2013 - 12:53PM

    Hate speech is a breach of pakistani law.

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  • M. A. Kamran
    Sep 18, 2013 - 8:29PM

    So this is the twenty-first century Pakistan – the nexus of hate, bigotry and brazen lawlessness. Where is the state? Oh, sorry, it’s being treated for impotence.

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  • shahnaz Latif
    Sep 20, 2013 - 3:29AM

    Who is Muslim? The one who feel honord to remove Kalma or the one who wrote Kalma?

    Encourage hate, killing innocent people is the teaching of Islam?

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  • Aisha
    Sep 20, 2013 - 10:09AM

    Hate speech: Conference calls for boycott of Ahmadis (Sep 16)

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