Eid Milad-un-Nabi

‘Holy Prophet Muhammad Day’, marked only by Ahmadis in Lahore, in April 1908

I am repeating, with some revisions, an item I posted here in April 2008, on the centenary of the function that it refers to.

It is reported in Badr, 30th April 1908 (p. 6) that an Eid Milad-un-Nabi function was held at Ahmadiyya Buildings, Lahore. (This was close to the end of the life of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, and a few days before he arrived in Lahore from Qadian.)

The function is not called Eid Milad-un-Nabi in this report but Bara Wafat. This was the term used by Muslims in India in those days, meaning “death on the 12th”, referring to the death of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) on this day.

Below I translate the report, which is entitled Life of the Holy Prophet:

A respected friend reports from Lahore that, on the previous day, a Tuesday, on the occasion of Bara Wafat, and for the benefit of the residents of Lahore, a grandly organised lecture was held at Ahmadiyya Buildings, where houses of our Khwaja [Kamal-ud-Din] sahib are located. The ground was very large and was decked with a marque and other necessities. It had been widely advertised in the city.

The poem in praise of the Holy Prophet written by Huzoor [presumably meaning the Promised Messiah] was read out by brothers Abdul Aziz, son of Mian Chiragh Din, and Ghulam Muhammad. Maulvi Sadr-ud-Din gave an explanation of the Surah Fatiha with great zeal and pure sincerity, and went over the events of the life of the Messenger of God, may peace and the blessing of Allah be upon him. Then brother Dr. Mirza Yaqub Baig spoke on the life of the Holy Prophet in a fine speech. The audience included Hindus, Muslims and members of the Brahmo Samaj. All the leading men of Lahore who could come were in attendance. The whole gathering listened patiently and attentively to the highly effective speeches of these young men, who were preaching using this new technique and method, and they went away expressing much praise.”

This meeting was also reported in other newspapers and was generally much liked. Hence the newspaper Watan wrote:

Just as there was great regret that there were no arrangements in Lahore for holding this great occasion of remembrance, there was equal pleasure that on 14th April, corresponding to 12th Rabi-ul-awwal 1326 A.H., on behalf of the Anjuman-i Ahmadiyya Lahore a magnificent meeting was organised by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, lawyer, High Court. Capable speakers delighted the audience by telling them about the life of the Holy Prophet and his excellent and praise-worthy qualities. It is hoped that in future many people in Lahore will organise events for such a sacred remembrance.”

The newspaper Sada-i-Hind expressed a similar opinion.

Comment by Editor Badr: It is indeed essential that the general public should be fully informed about the life of the Holy Prophet. We cannot complain about non-Muslims when most Muslims themselves are utterly unaware of the life of their beloved master. When such ignorant people realise how much we owe to the Holy Prophet, they will themselves want to recite the Darood spontaneously. This is in fact the philosophy of Darood. But I do not consider it right to fix one particular day forever, like Bara Wafat, for this purpose.”

This idea was then taken up by other Muslims and led to the development of the Eid Milad-un-Nabi function.

This article was written by Dr Zahid Aziz and appears on the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement blog

Targeting of Ahmadis continues in Pakistan

As the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha drew to a close last week, it left a bad taste in the mouth of several Pakistanis when they heard that those belonging to the Ahmadi community were stopped from performing the ritual of animal sacrifice because they are “non-Muslims”.

According to a news report by Express Tribune, police raided a house of an Ahmadi man in Lahore, Punjab, and took him into custody. Police released him only after Ahmadi community elders intervened, giving written assurances that the man will not perform a sacrifice.

“We have slid towards the deep,” said rights activist and filmmaker Feryal Gauhar, quoting Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, blaming the government for not taking action.

“The spiral is rapidly spinning out of control. We are reduced to being passive bystanders to the tragedy that is being played out by forces of obscurantism,” she said.

To Pakistani journalist and rights activist Beena Sarwar the episode is reminiscent of Nazi Germany and the persecution the Jews faced. “It goes against the basic tenets of humanity and justice, and the Islamic principle of ‘to you your faith and to me, mine’.”

“Pakistan must, for its own sake, take a firm stand against any such vigilantism and witch-hunting and intrusion into citizens’ personal lives and faith,” Sarwar said.

The above is another example of the continuing persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan. Its members are arrested and threatened even for daring to believe that they are Muslims.

Original Source: IndexCencorship.org

Ahmadis are not Muslim

In Pakistan, most say Ahmadis are not Muslim

September 7 is a day of shame for Pakistan. That is the day when in 1974 the Pakistani National Assembly declared members of the Qadiani and Lahori branches of the Ahmadiyya Community to be non-Muslims. Every year rather than lament this disgraceful event it is celebrated notwithstanding the fact that since then intolerance has increased in the Pakistani society and sectarian violence has become the norm.

To mark the anniversary, several anti-Ahmadi organizations in Pakistan held conferences on Saturday night where speakers called for renewed efforts to isolate Ahmadis from public life, including banning them from working in government or military jobs.

The Pew Research Centre recently reported that in 2011, Pakistan earned the highest possible score on their ‘social hostilities involving religion index’.

The poll also found that a majority of Pakistani Muslims support the country’s blasphemy laws, which predate Pakistan’s independence in 1947 but have since been expanded. The laws, which carry a potential death sentence for insulting Islam, have been frequently invoked against Ahmadis…

Despite a consistent message from the members of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement (The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam of Lahore) that we do not believe that our founder Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was, or ever claimed to be, a prophet, we have been subjected to co-ordinated, consistent violence in an aim to suppress our peaceful message of Islam.


The struggle of religious minorities in Indonesia

…But the Ahmadis are not alone in their struggle to practice their faith in Indonesia.

Last week, a group of about 300 people from a variety of religious backgrounds staged a rally at Indonesia’s parliament, demanding that their rights as citizens to freely worship, a right enshrined in the constitution, be respected.

Muslims complain that there is false propaganda in the West to blacken the faith of Islam but when Muslims behave as described in the above BBC report what need is there for any false propaganda!

Ahmadis’ have no right to vote in Pakistan

Photo from warrickpage.com

a non-Muslim or Ahmedi cannot register to vote. Any Ahmedi or Qadiani found on the official electoral rolls would be summoned by the Revising Authority. Their appearance before this authority would be mandatory within 15 days of receiving notification. The person shall then be required to sign a declaration agreeing to the Finality of Prophethood on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). If the person refuses to sign the declaration, he or she shall be deemed non-Muslim.

Free, fair and democratic elections in Pakistan, unless of course as the above article shows, you are an Ahmadi.

The Real Issue is not Whether You Think Ahmadis are Muslims or Not.

By Raza Habib Raja

Some of my close relatives are Ahmadis and hence I have had the unique opportunity of observing them closely. Pakistan is a country where Ahmadis are hated and also subject to state institutionalised discrimination. And yet despite the open hatred which is shown to them, I have never had the opportunity of hearing any Ahmadi member of my family expressing hatred towards Pakistan or Muslims of other faiths. None of the Ahmadis I know has talked about resorting to violence against so called “real” Muslims of Pakistan despite the fact that they have been subject to violence themselves.

In Pakistan, Ahmadis were declared as Non-Muslim through second amendment. I have written against the second amendment and have also been in arguments with several of its supporters. The supporters of the second amendment have often come up with various defences ranging from supposed Ahmadi non-belief in the finality of the Prophet hood to collective wisdom of the absolute majority (second amendment was passed through majority).

However, one of the most vocal arguments given to me is that Ahmadis too think of all others outside their faith as Non-Muslim and on these grounds it is only fair and square that they should also be declared as Non-Muslim.

Although personally I have never heard it from any Ahmadi relative of mine but some of the people I know (those who belong to Sunni faith) stress that this is the case. A friend of mine pointed out to me that a certain Ahmadi relative of his had not offered Namaz-e-Janaza of his mother owing to the grounds that he construed her as an apostle.

I replied back by asking him to return the favour. If he thinks that Ahmadis are of the opinion that all outside their sect are apostles then it is ok for him to think the same about them. I clarified to him that my point is not that he should assume them to be Muslims but rather that the state has no right to declare someone as Non Muslim.

To put it simply , assuming if Ahmadis do indeed think of Sunnis or other sects as outside Islam, this does not still give you a right to actually legislate them as Non Muslim. All you can justifiably do in return is to just think the same of them. Once you make a law then you are actually giving material and tangible effect to your perception. Pakistan is a unique country where actually a man-made law has decided something which in principle is the prerogative of the Almighty alone.

And yes if tomorrow Ahmadis assume the majority and legislate someone as Non-Muslim, I will oppose that also and on same grounds.

Let me be clear here that there have to be certain limitations with respect to the majority concept in in a modern day democratic state. There are certain areas which should be simply no go areas with respect to legislation. In fact many of the modern democratic states try to have in place the mechanism to ensure that a majority on ethnic as well as religious lines is not able to impose its will on minority. For example, in America Bills of Rights echo the same principle and try to put limitations on what cannot be done by the state. In fact in USA, a thing like second amendment will be struck down by courts even if the super majority passes it.

So think whatever you want to about Ahmadis but you don’t have the moral authority to make absurd laws just because your perception of a Muslim is different and because you think that they also construe you as out of Islamic faith. Let Allah be the ultimate judge. Do not assume that power yourself. Remember that every privilege in this life comes with a responsibility. Majority comes with a responsibility that it will not be misused to deny others their rights. Let’s try to assume our responsibility.

Original article

[Video] A Day of Shame

A day of Shame: 7th September 1974 is celebrated in Pakistan as a great day – a day of great achievement. And what was that achievement? It was on this day that the National Assembly of Pakistan whose building was surrounded by the a mob which threatened to burn it down if Ahmadis were not declared non-Muslims, caved in. It decided that a group of Muslims who recite the kalmia, perform Islamic devotions and are for all practical purposes Muslim, are not so. So, it is no longer up to an individual to decide what his faith is. It was a very dangerous thing to do and a day of Shame for Muslims of Pakistan.

Pakistan Embassy claims that Ahmadis are safe in Pakistan

The following statement was issued by the Dep’t of Consular Affairs of the Pakistan Embassy;

If Mr Veerawit Tianchainan of the Thai Committee for Refugees Foundation has been quoted correctly, he is wrong to claim that members of the Ahmadiyya community “would be executed for their religious beliefs” if they were in Pakistan. Consistent with the spirit of Islam, the constitution and state laws of Pakistan respect the freedom of religion. There is no question of “execution” for being Ahmadi. Continue reading

Persecution of Ahmadis continues despite attacks

LAHORE: Persecution of Ahmadi community continues even after the worst ever attacks on their worship places in Lahore in May last year.

A few weeks back, a terrorist blew himself up outside an Ahmadi place of worship in Mughalpura area. The terrorist had been caught red-handed and released by police some time back.

Daily Times had, in December 2010, reported that a terrorist attack on the stated place or local Ahmadis in the area was likely, as a hate campaign had been launched against them by local hardliners and extremists. Continue reading

Jinnah considered Ahmadis as Muslims

As our anchors and TV channels commit national and logical suicide by referring to Ahmadi Mosques as “marakaz” and “Ibadgahs”, we must remind ourselves of the views of Quaid-e-Azam Mahomed Ali Jinnah who relied heavily on the Jamaat Ahmadiyya and its brilliant son Ch. Zafrulla Khan (whose younger brother was killed recently). Jinnah not only considered Ahmadis Muslims, but relied on them to provide the manpower and skilled intellectual force in his efforts on behalf of the Muslims of India. As a secular liberal Jinnah could not imagine how someone who considered himself Muslim could be called something else.

He said:
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Ahmadis save the honour of Islam

At the turn of the century India was a great platform for religious debate.
Seminars were organised at which each religion was asked to present its teachings. Sunnis failed to attend most such debates and it was left to Ahmadis to save the honour of Islam. This happened at the time of the Promised when his speech, later published under the title “Teachings of Islam”, was heralded at a great exposition of Islam. The same thing happened later on when it was left to Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali and Hazrat Khawaja Kamal ud Din to save the honour of Islam by brilliant exposition of its teachings, as admitted by even Sunni media.