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Author: Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadra, 4th Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Description: Murder in the name of Allah is a general review, with special emphasis on the subject of freedom of expression in Islam. This book is a reminder that purpose of any religion is the spread of peace, tolerance, and understanding. It urges that meaning of Islam - submission to the will of God - has been steadily corrupted by minority elements in the community. Instead of spreading peace, the religion has been abused by fanatics and made an excuse for violence and the spread of terror, both inside and outside the faith.
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In this book, the author deals with an issue that has lamentably marked humankind's religious history. Relying on a wide range of interviews he conducted throughtout Pakistan, Antonio R. Gualtieri relates the tragic experience of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Their right to define themselves as Muslims has been denied by the Govt. of Pakistan acting in collusion with orthodox Islamic teachers. Ahmadis have been beaten and murdered. They have been jailed, hounded from jobs and schools, their mosques sealed or vandalized, for professing to be Muslims and following Islamic practices. This book records their testimony of Harassment and persecution resulting from their loyalty to their understanding of God and HIS revelation.
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Plight of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

An Introduction

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat (Community) is a religious organization, international in its composition, with established communities in 160 countries in all the five continents. At present, its total membership exceeds 30 million worldwide, and the numbers are increasing rapidly day by day. This is the most dynamic denomination of Islam in modern history.

The Ahmadiyya Jamaat (Community) was established in 1889 by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad External Link open in new browser Window (1835-1908) in a small and remote village Qadian, in the Punjab, India. He claimed to be the expected Reformer of the Latter Days, the awaited one of the world community of religions. The Movement he started is an embodiment of the benevolent message of Islam-peace, universal brotherhood, and submission to the Will of God in its pristine purity. After the demise of Hadrat Ahmad, the Community elected its head, as the Khalifatul Masih, i.e. Successor of the Messiah. Now Hadrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad External Link - Opens new browser window is the Supreme Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat as Khalifatui Masih IV.

Convinced of its divine mission of revival of moral and spiritual values in human society, the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, within a century, has reached far corners of the earth, Wherever the Jamaat is established, it endeavors to exert a constructive influence of Islam through moral rejuvenation, social projects, educational institutes, health services, Islamic publications and construction of mosques, despite being bitterly persecuted in some countries. Ahmadi Muslims have earned the distinction of being law-abiding, peaceful, persevering and loyal members of the communities and countries in which they reside. Some of them have earned international distinction for outstanding services. Among them are late Sir Mohammad Zafarulla Khan who was President of the 17th General Assembly of the UN and later the President and Judge of the International Court of Justice, at the Hague, and Dr Abdus Salam, the 1979 Nobel Laureate in Physics.

The Movement was created under Divine guidance with the object to rejuvenate Islamic moral and spiritual values. It encourages interfaith dialogue and diligently tries to correct misunderstandings about Islam. It advocates peace, tolerance and understanding among followers of different faiths. It firmly believes in and acts upon the Quranic teaching:

‘There is no compulsion in religion’. It strongly rejects terrorism in any form and for any reason.

The members of the Ahmadiyya Community are required to illustrate in their daily lives all the social, moral and spiritual values inculcated by Islam. They are drawn from every walk of life and are practical men and women pursuing the whole range of beneficent activities according to the teachings of Islam. They do not reject the normal values of life and have set enviable examples of full, successful and highly beneficent lives. The distinguishing feature of their lives is co-existence of the moral and spiritual alongwith but above the material and physical, in personal, social and communal spheres.

In this, the Community has faced severe opposition from Muslim clerics who wield substantial political influence. The mulla has little representation in the parliament, but as keeper of the pulpit, he has extensive potential for mischief and disruption of law and order. Various governments, democratic as well as military, have succumbed to the temptation of appeasing the Mulla who has an insatiable appetite for persecution of Ahmadis. Consequently, Mr. Bhutto, the Prime Minister, amended the country's Constitution in 1974 to impose non-Muslim minority status upon Ahmadis. In 1984, General Zia, the dictator President, promulgated the notorious anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX, whereby Ahmadis were deprived of their religious freedom. It also gave an open cheque to the administration, the Mulla and anyone else who needed it, to legally persecute members of this docile and peace-loving community. Ahmadi-specific and other religious laws, like the Blasphemy Law, have taken their heavy toll. Ahmadis continue to be subjected to harassment, loot, arson, assault and murder ever since. They are perhaps the only community in the world who has decided not to respond violence with violence. They hope to create a better world through their suffering, forbearance and supplications.

Important Historical Dates (Relevant to Persecution)
14 Jul 1903
Martyrdom of Sahibzada Abdul Latif in Kabul
Serious agitation by Majlis Ahrar Islam in India
Violent agitation by Ahrar. Anti-Ahmadiyya riots in the Punjab
10 Mar 1954
Murderous assault on Hadrat Khalifa-tul-Masih II at Rabwah
07 Sep 1974
Second Amendment made to the Constitution, declaring Ahmadis as Not-Muslims, after extensive Anti-Ahmadiyya riots all over the country
10 Nov 1981
Islamic Ideology Council advised the Federal Government of Pakistan that a Muslim joining Ahmadiyya Community should suffer mandatory punishment of death for apostasy
26 Apr 1984
Anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX promulgated by General Zia. Sections 298B and 298C added to the penal code, opening floodgates of tyranny.
30 Apr 1984
Hadrat Khalifatui Masih IV departed from Pakistan being unable to perform from there his functions as the Supreme Head of the Community
11 Oct 1985
Ordinance XX incorporated in the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution
5 Oct 1986
Blasphemy Law promulgated. Section 295C added to PPC. A major escalation in tyranny.
Anti-Ahmadiyya bloody riots at Nankana and Chak Sikandar
Feb 1999
Name of Ahmadiyya headquarters town Rabwah changed forcibly to Nawan Qadian, then to Chenab Nagar
Persecution of Ahmadis continues unabated
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