No 'Qurbani' for you: Police stop Ahmadis from ritual sacrificing in Lahore

City police told Ahmadis that the sacrifice was an Islamic ritual and that Ahmadis were not Muslims.

Web Desk October 17, 2013
City police told Ahmadis they could not perform the ritual sacrifice since they were not Muslims. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Lahore police stopped various members of the Ahmadi community in Lahore from slaughtering animals as part of 'Qurbani' ritual on Eidul Azha, proclaiming that the ritual of animal sacrifice was an Islamic injunction whereas Ahmadis were not Muslims.

The Express Tribune learnt that police from the Islampura Police Station directed Tahir* in Sanat Nagar not to sacrifice his bull, which he had bought and tied in front of his house a day before Eid.

At the direction of police, Tahir had to remove the animal from his house.

On the same night, Hanjarwal police raided the house of Ahmad* at Sabzazar and took him to the police station, where he was detained for two hours. When his family members reached the police station, officials agreed to release him, but not before he provided a a written assurance that he will not perform the sacrifice meant to remember the Prophet Ibrahim's (AS) tradition of presenting Ismail (AS) for sacrifice, said one of Tahir's family members.

Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya spokesperson Saleemuddin, while talking to The Express Tribune, said all of this was too much for the Ahmadia community in Lahore.

He said that the police, instead of providing security to the citizens, was meddling in sectarian issues and supporting hardliners.

*Tahir and Ahmad are fabricated names to protect the identities of the victims.


Renate Chaudry | 7 years ago | Reply

To be honest, as a European, I find the whole business in Pakistan pathetic and embarrassing. I feel sorry for those good people who have to live in such circumstances, oppression and prejudice. Many years ago I would have liked to visit, but not now! Shame on you who are responsible for giving Pakistan such a bad name in the world.

MAK | 7 years ago | Reply

Now what more you can expect. First, Ahmadis were declared as non Muslims by the state, which was not its job to decide anybody's religious affiliation and now it has started interfering in individual's personal matters as well. I think its high time that the silent majority of the country should come forward and play their due role, otherwise get ready for even more of this but remember, if it is not controlled even now, it may spread among more sects and communities.

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