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Enforced Apostasy: Zaheeruddin v. State and the Official Persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan


Conditions of Bai'at (Initiation) in the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, The Promised Messiah and Mahdi (Peace be upon him)

The initiate shall solemnly promise that he shall abstain from Shirk [association of a partner with God, for example, polytheism] right up to the day of his death.
That he shall keep away from falsehood, fornication, adultery, trespasses of the eye, debauchery, dissipation, cruelty, dishonesty, mischief and rebellion; and will not permit himself to be carried away by passions, however strong they may be.
That he shall regularly offer the five daily prayers in accordance with the commandments of God and the Holy Prophet [Muhammad]; and shall try his best to be regular in offering the Tahajjud (pre-dawn supererogatory prayers) and invoking Darood (blessings) on the Holy Prophet; and that he shall make it his daily routine to ask forgiveness for his sins, to remember the bounties of God and to praise and glorify Him.
That under the impulse of any passions, he shall cause no harm whatsoever to the creatures of Allah, in general, and Muslims, in particular, neither by his tongue nor by his hands nor by any other means.
That he shall remain faithful to God in all circumstances of life, in sorrow and happiness, adversity and prosperity, in felicity and trials; and shall in all conditions remain resigned to the decree of Allah and keep himself ready to face all kinds of indignities and sufferings in His way and shall never turn away from it at the onslaught of any misfortune; on the contrary, he shall march forward.
That he shall refrain from following un-Islamic customs and lustful inclinations, and shall completely submit himself to the authority of the Holy Quran; and shall make the word of God and the sayings of the Holy Prophet the guiding principles in every walk of his life.
That he shall entirely give up pride and vanity and shall pass all his life in lowliness, humbleness, cheerfulness, forbearance and meekness.
That he shall hold faith, the honour of faith, and the cause of Islam dearer to him than his life, wealth, honour, children and all other dear ones.
That he shall keep himself occupied in the service of God's creatures, for His sake only, and shall endeavour to benefit mankind to the best of his God-given abilities and powers.
That he shall enter into a bond of brotherhood with this humble servant of God, pledging obedience to me in everything good, for the sake of Allah, and remain faithful to it till the day of his death; that he shall exert such a high devotion in the observance to this bond as is not to be found in any other worldly relationship and connections demanding devoted dutifulness.

Gualtieri, supra note 19, at 123-124 (quoting Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Ishtehar Takmeel-e-Tabligh (1889)).
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