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The Heavenly Decree is the English translation of Asmani Faisala by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as) and the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at. It is addressed to his contemporary ulema, specially Miyan Nadhir Husain Dehlawi and Maulawi Muhammad Husain of Batala who had issued a fatwa of heresy against the Promised Messiahas and declared him a non-Muslim, because he (the Promised Messiahas) had claimed that Jesus Christ had died a natural death and the second coming of Masih ibni Mariam (Jesus Christ) is fulfilled by the advent of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas. Because (by the time the book was written) the ulema had refused to debate this issue with the Promised Messiah, he invited them, in this book, to a spiritual contest in which the question whether someone is a Muslim or not would be settled by Allah himself on the basis of four criteria of a true believer as laid down by Him in the Holy Quran. He also spelled out the modus operandi of this contest and fixed the period of time frame within which this contest would be decreed by Allah. He declared that God would not desert him and would help him and would grant him victory.
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Pakistan is headed for a clerical tsunami: analysts
Express Tribune, Pakistan
Pakistan is headed for a clerical tsunami: analysts
By Salman Siddiqui
Published: February 6, 2011
Clerical Tsunami

KARACHI: Pakistan is heading towards a faith-based ‘clerical tsunami’ and a bleak future dominated by radical clerics is dawning upon, unless people stand up to the challenge and fight back. This was the warning delivered by a panel of senior analysts at the Karachi Literature Festival.

Pervez Hoodbhoy lashed out at the ‘liberal elite’ who don’t venture out of their posh housing societies to see the reality and ‘the mass of discontent’ all around us. He said one doesn’t have to go too far to see the messages being broadcast from the mosques in the country and warned that Pakistan would become a faith-based theocratic state.

“The question now is what kind of a theocracy it would be,” Hoodboy said, reminding everyone that even if religious groups from various sects unite in the pursuit of power, eventually they too would fight among themselves.

He said that even though it may seem that rival religious groups are united over the blasphemy law in the aftermath of Salman Taseer’s murder, “we’ve seen that the Deobandis and the Barelvis are ready to kill each other (on any given opportunity).”

Zahid Hussain sounded an upbeat note and said he believed that a miracle was still possible. He said it was depressing that the state wasn’t taking any steps to stop the fundamentalists from broadcasting their twisted messages and gave the example of a recently held rally in Lahore addressed by leading religious figures, who openly said that there would be more Mumtaz Qadris.

He lambasted the government. “Instead of taking any action, our own Interior Minister Rehman Malik went on air to say that he too would have shot someone dead if he/she committed blasphemy.”

Blasting the government for its ‘criminal silence’, Hussain said he believed the majority of Pakistanis don’t subscribe to the extremists’ narrative. “What is happening is that people are just giving up very easily.”

Khaled Ahmed said the writ of the state was vanishing increasingly from many areas, including Balochistan and tribal areas, pointing out that “there are no go areas even in parts of interior Sindh and Karachi.”

Ahmed Rashid said Pakistan missed out on two important opportunities to bring about a complete change in its policies. The first was in 1992 when the Soviet Union collapsed.

“The biggest event we missed was globalisation,” he said, adding that the Pakistani ruling elite, including Nawaz Shairf and Benazir didn’t capitalise on the message of that era in order to progress.

He said the end of the cold war passed by Pakistan without any noticeable changes in policy because we were too focused on our own internal power struggles.

Rashid said the second chance was after 9/11. “After 9/11, the message was clear that Pakistan can no longer continue to use militant groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad for its purposes.”

He said Pakistan’s entire national security paradigm has been bogged down by its India-centric policy, where instead of competing in trade and technology, we continue to indulge in an arms race.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 6th, 2011.

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