Ahmadi rights: No grounds for a burial

Published: November 4, 2010

The police were nice enough instead to act as an escort throughout the exhumation.

Politics is a dirty business, be it at any level. Add religion to it and it makes a messy mix.

On Sunday night, the body of an Ahmadi citizen was exhumed from a graveyard near Bhalwal, because the graveyard was a Muslim one.

The police harassed the family until they acquiesced to the demand.

There are only two Ahmadi families in that area, but they have lived there for decades. According to the brother of the deceased, their elders were also buried in the same graveyard. But this time around, the clerics in Sargodha decided that they did not want a graveyard of their faith ‘polluted’.

Religion is supposed to be something between you and God, even when you are alive. Thus, people who do not give the living that freedom are wrong, but to continue hounding a person based on their religion even when he is dead is detestable. But have we heard a single condemnation from any of the politicians or the religious leaders on the outrage? No. Why? Because commenting on anything that has to do with religion (if it is against what ‘they’ believe) is shunned like playing with fire. There is no way you can leave unscathed if you dare speak up.

As far as I know, the Quran doesn’t say anywhere that a Muslim is ordered – or even allowed – to disturb a dead man’s peace, even if he is not a Muslim-even if a non-Muslim is buried in a Muslim cemetery!

According to the police, they did so because they were afraid that unless they did what the clerics had asked (read: told) them to do, there would be a law and order situation. If you think it is strange that the police bend so easily to the whims of clerics, please don’t be. We live in a country where religion was infused into politics with such skill that even decades later, no one dares to spoil the fancy ‘finish’. If anything, everyone wants to add a cherry on top. The Hudood Ordinance and blasphemy laws are just two glaring examples of no-go-areas. If you need recent examples, then the unanimous condemnations of Nawaz Sharif – who ‘mistakenly’ called Ahmadis our brothers after the attack on their worship places in Lahore – and Nilofer Bakhtiar – for suggesting that there was nothing wrong with selling alcohol at TDCP motels – should help job your memory.

Just on Monday, there was a rally taken out by some religious parties at The Mall, which brought the city to a halt, Now usually, whenever there is a rally or a protest there, the police are willing to impose Section 144, but on Monday, they did not. The police were nice enough instead to act as an escort throughout. The reason? They did not want to be on the ‘wrong side’ of religious leaders. It’s fairly simple, really. Just like George W. Bush spelled it out: either you are with us or you are against us (and honey, you do not want to be against us). Why would they want to be? They can slap you with a fatwa and declare you worthy of being killed.

Keith Olbermann, an MSNBC anchor, wrote in August about the Ground Zero ‘mosque’ and appealed to Americans not to fall victim to “prejudice and religious intolerance and our greatest enemy: stupidity, exploited by rapacious politicians.” In the same column, he wrote how he interprets Pastor Martin Niemoller’s ‘Then they came’: “But Niemoller was not warning of the Holocaust. He was warning of the willingness of a seemingly rational society to condone the gradual stoking of enmity towards an ethnic or religious group, warning of the building-up of a collective pool of national fear and hate, warning of the moment in which the need to purge, outstrips even the parametres of the original scape-goating, when new victims are needed because a country has begun to run on a horrible fuel of hatred — magnified, amplified, multiplied, by politicians and zealots, within government and without…Niemoller was not warning of the holocaust. He was warning of the thousand steps before a holocaust became inevitable. If we are at just the first of those steps again — today, here — it is one step too close.”

Aatekah Mir-Khan

Aatekah Mir-Khan

A senior sub-editor for the Lahore city pages of The Express Tribune

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • BushraS

    Brilliant! loved it Aatekah, especially how you ended it. Our nation has become so hypocritical; we will question American idea of freedom when they debate whether to let a mosque be build near Ground Zero, but we will (at the very least) turn the other way when our minorities are killed/harassed. I really liked Keith Olbermann’s quote. Thank you for sharing it with us. Recommend

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel

    Might is Right!Recommend

  • http://abbasiworld.blogspot.com Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi

    Religion is a matter between you and God as long as your actions do not affect any other person. If you perform your Salaat on time, it is the matter between you and God and if you do not, it is still a matter between you and God.
    But it become MUCH more complicated when other people get involved. You have father, mother, brother, sister, friends, relatives, neighbors and so many more that cannot be listed easily. Who gets influenced by you, who knows? If I am a great speaker, win speeches and ends up having a couple of young and aspiring speakers as admirers, they will certainly want to know me better and learn from me and no matter what I do, even the smallest of details can make greatest of impacts. If they discover that not just I am a great speaker but also a devoted Muslim, there is a great chance that a positive religious impact will be made on them. Similarly if I casually declare to them with a smile “Yaar main Jummay Jummay wala Namazi hoon”, this may as well put a negative religious impact on them. They might start considering religious practice of Salaat as time waste when aspiring to be bigger and better.
    This simple example is meant to tell how much knowingly or unknowingly a person can impact someone else, even when the matter is between him/her and Allah. As long as matters remain between the Allah and His follower, the deeds and believer’s own. But if they impact anyone else, knowingly or unknowingly, the matter gets out of that realm and does not confine between you and Allah any longer.
    I, for one, am not a religious scholar and despite my fairly competitive knowledge, I find myself inadequate to give “Judgments” on religious matters. If Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims, it was done by people who are much more knowledgeable and informed Islamic scholars in the past century and it didn’t occurred overnight, the whole process took decades.
    Whether Quran tells us or not, whether Ahadith tells us or not if non-Muslim can be buried in graveyard of deceased Muslims is a question for a scholar and not self-declared scholars on social blogs. Whatever relevant references are in Quran and Ahadith that support these actions, they’ll provide them. If there are not, then simply post your findings.
    The crux of the matter is, no matter how much you like or dislike something based on sentiments and common knowledge, if it is about religion and religious practices then be sure to check them out from informed authorities before passing your own judgement because religion requires faith and belief and even if you don’t want, your views WILL affect people one way or the other when they read your post.Recommend

  • Ghufran

    This nation is in such an intellectual declination that they have no sense of religion or humanity. here, the weak suffers the mischiefs of the stronger, it will take years to educate this nation in all aspects no matter religion or civics.Recommend

  • Anon

    @BushraS:
    Yes Bushra S. It strikes a cord that does not stop ringingRecommend

  • Farid Malik

    What I am astonished is the audacity of the people.

    Their mental stature. To dig a grave. How do they expect to be the righteous people of God.Recommend

  • Babur

    Nicely written. Have to partially agree with Wasio too. Religion is a complicated field with its own experts. The credibility of those experts may be questionable sometimes but sad truth is that we have gotten so used to taking religious matters into our own hands that we’ve become intoxicated with its nuisance value and forgetting the essence and spirit of religion in the process. Hence the “helpless” policemen at the mercy of condemning fatwas. 
    Your enraged sentiments are justified and one step too close is absolutely right. I’m no authority on religion but my question to all those ‘enlightened’ grave molesters out there is this: Was Abu Jahal one of the biggest enemies of Islam or not? And was Hazrat Khafija(RA) not one of the most favored wives of our beloved Prophet(PBUH)? If so, then why in the name of all that is Holy doesn’t anyone do something abt Abu Jahal’s grave in the cemetery called Jannat-e-Mualla in Makkah Mukarrama where incidentally Hazrat Khadijah(RA) is also resting eternally?? 
    Maybe the Abu Jahals of this world look after their own. ;) Recommend

  • Majid Urrehman

    Qadyaniis are always whining about their rights in Pakistan. They are declared non-muslims. Problem creates when they don’t accept this fact and try to pretend as Muslims. First of all we should ask them why they buried their dead in a Muslim cemetery? Recommend

  • Amna Mela

    Excellent article. Couldn’t have said it better. Recommend

  • http://www.kashifmd.wordpress.com Kashif Chaudhry

    Well written.. @ Majid; There are many places where Ahmadi Muslims have shared the graveyard with other fellow Musims in a village, chosing a rotten corner of land for their own. It was not until recently that the Mullahs thought this pollution must stop and bodies exhumed. Shehzad’s body is the 30th to be exhumed since 1984. Ahmadi dead have no rights just as the living dont.

    ‘Love for All; Hatred for None’ is the motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Movement. The Mullahs it seems have the reverse motto. Recommend

  • Amaar

    Great article!

    We need more on the plight of Ahmadis in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Amaar

    @Majid Urrehman

    Suppose that you are declared Non-Muslim by a parliament. The next day you are told to behave like a Non-Muslim. How does it feel?Recommend

  • Zain Khan

    Aatekah, the article you have wrote and examples you have quoted, I do’t agree with you.

    Qadyanis are Non-Muslim and they cannot buried their died in a Muslim cemetery.

    If you want to allow as you are trying in your post in this way Christian, Jews, and Muslims cemetery should be same..?Recommend

  • http://bakedsunshine.wordpress.com/ Shumaila

    Brilliant post. From scrawling kaafir across coffins to killing minorities and now exhuming the dead – we’re such a lovely, tolerant, accepting nation aren’t we? And the commenters here supporting the action don’t even have the excuse of lack of education for their mentality. I am fairly sick of the way people continue to discriminate, pass judgment on and execute punishments on the minorities of pakistan. Prejudice of all sorts makes me sick, but religious prejudice is simply disgusting – especially from those that claim their religion ‘promotes peace’.Recommend

  • Anoop

    A country made for Muslims, ruled by Muslims and a Muslim cannot even declare he is a Muslim, let alone burial rights.Recommend

  • Roasting

    @Majid Urrehman: Ahmadi’s have been declared non-muslims not by God or a Prophet but by men. These are the very same men who have polluted the whole nation with beliefs that defy logic and reasoning. Islam is a simple religion, it is a religion of peace and when you bring corrupt elements like maulvi’s into this, it will only create havoc. It is not up to man to decide who is Muslim and who is not. When a man recites a kalima with his heart that alone should be proof of his beliefs.Recommend

  • Amer

    This is getting old now! Yawns! Recommend

  • Majid Urrehman

    @Roasting: All over the world in all religions one cannot submit oneself to a particular religion until one does not qualify for it, the practitioners of that religion won’t let you enter. A Hindu named Majid Urrehman cant say he is a Muslim until he does not qualify for it. And for this, believing in oneness of Allah and ending of prophet-hood at Muhammad PBUH is must.Recommend

  • http://www.kashifmd.wordpress.com Kashif Chaudhry

    @ Majid – Who is a Muslim and Who Isn’t – Read my article here – http://www.examiner.com/islam-in-jersey-city/defining-a-muslim-is-the-pakistani-constitutions-s-definition-islamic

    I am not going into a debate on this forum, but let it be clear that the Holy Prophet [pbuh] has defined a Muslim in clear terms and no where is the ENDING of prophethood a criteria. If there is such a criteria, feel free to comment under the article.

    According to the Pakistani Constitution, even you stand a non-Muslim. Did you know? Read my article to find out the details.. I do not have much time right now..

    Peace.Recommend

  • Ali Khan

    What you know about quran.
    What you know about Murtad?
    go and read quran first before writing this stupid article.
    Non muslims will be burried in non muslims graveyard and muslims will be burried in muslims graveyard.
    Do christians get burried in jews graveyard, or hindu get burried in christian graveyard.

    What people like you do to get some cheap popularity,

    May allah either give you hadith or if people like you doesn’t have hadith in your life than curse of allah on you.Recommend

  • Arif

    I will request you to open the book name Quran.
    Read it. Read about Murtad in Surah Taha, Read about Murtads in Hadiths.
    Who is Murtad? What is the punishment for murthads.

    Please don’t misguide muslims by writing such articles. mostly the ahmadis and quadnis (both Murtads) will be commenting good on this post.Recommend

  • sarah.elahi

    @Ali Khan:
    yes, in fact, people of different religions HAVE been known to share graveyards. cemeteries are not routinely segregated by faith and islam does not require burial to take place in separate, “islamic” graveyards. would you rather have a separate plot of landed allocated to the two ahmedi families in this village to bury their dead? i have a feeling you would object to that as well, since non-muslims would be usurping “muslim” land.
    people can be muslims. pieces of earth can not. Recommend

  • parvez

    Our religious thought process is fast turning fascist. The moderate values and true spirit of Islam is being deliberately sidelined and this highly intolerant aggressive stance is being adopted and propagated. Sadly religion is being used in the most deplorable ways by people who’s agenda is anything but pious.Recommend

  • Tilsim

    @Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi:

    It doesn’t take a Phd in religion to realise that disturbing a body in the grave is wrong when the intention for that disturbing is that people who are alive have a doctrinal difference with that person. What has happened to peoples’ senses. Have they no basic morality left?

    In many places in the world muslims and non-muslim are buried side by side. Think about it. Why should they not be?? – because some guy in Pakistan gave a fatwa about it? Shame on us all who think in this way.Recommend

  • Abid Khan

    I don’t understand the point; when they are declared non-muslims not only as per the constittution of Pakistan but also due to their faith. How come they are allowed to bury their dead in a muslim graveyard at the first instance. Isn’t a common sense?

    Will u allow tomorrow any hindus or christian to bury their deads in a muslim graveyard.
    In no country of the world there is common graveyard for the followers of different religions.Recommend

  • Humanity

    @Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi:
    For your information, the decision to declare Ahmadis as non-Muslims took decades of hate and intolerant propaganda of the people who masquerade as ulema.

    While the state-certified Muslims assert their right to dig open the graves of other, the rest of the world moves on to pursue bigger and better goals.

    Things are getting ready to get wilder in Pakistan. It is time people restore sanity and humanity instead of drawing lines to divide the nation. The country is going towards a point of no return, where not even this carcass of Islam will remain.

    While the people fight over graves, the poli-tics are divvying up the real pie behind closed doors. Check out “$260 billion gold mines going for a song, behind closed doors” on thenew(dot)com(dot)pk(slash)03-11-2010.

    And while people blow each other up in the name of religion, the country’s very survival is at stake. Check out “Winds of Change from ‘Holly Land’” on PakTeaHouse(dot)wordpress(dot)com. I quote a couple of comments from the article to present the reality on ground in plain and clear words. I hope people will see that Pakistan was molested as an infant and hence it has become the monster adamant on destroying itself. The soul of the poor country needs healing!

    The cure to the problems is your hands. No body can fix the problems, unless the nation finds the courage and integrity to face the reality and deal with it boldly and honestly. People must realize that hatred has consumed the very soul of this nation. The constant denial will not make the demons go away. People must rise up and reject bigotry and hatred. Otherwise, this nation is not far from total obliteration. Neither God nor the world cares for the people who are unwilling to change their ways of destructions. This a battle each citizen has to fight, if you want to survive.

    “Tahir November 4, 2010 at 8:25 am
    We, as a nation face embarrassment every day…..why ?
    Feroz Khan November 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm
    @ Tahir
    Why?
    The simple reason is because we, as a nation, have developed a habit of moaning and complaining and we refuse to accept the responsibility for our actions. We will continue to suffer one disaster after another till we decide to firmly tackle the root cause of this problem.
    We are not prepared to accept reality that religion is the cause of all that ails us. We are not prepared to look reality squarely in the eye and make the hard, bitter and painful choices, which scream for a decision.
    The religion of Islam may be all the beautiful and noble things, which we can keep claiming about it but the simple truth is that religion/Islam has been mutated and twisted into a personification of ugly hatred and intolerance and that there is no other option left, but to permanently seek its removal from politics, the public sphere, and to limit its role in society to that of an individual choice.
    Blaming the mullah is ignoring the problem. Mullah did not bring religion into the politics, but it was we, the educated elites, who forced religion into politics from the very inception of our country’s existence. It was a whiskey drinking Liaquat Ali Khan, who enshirined religion into the politics of Pakistan and not the mullahs.
    What prevented us from saying “no” to the religious right? It was our own moral cowardice to stand up for Pakistan, which has brought us to this sorry pass. Mullah is not be blamed in this matter and for he only exploited the opportunities, which we provided.”
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  • Humanity

    @Majid Urrehman:
    Do you know what your name means?

    Rehman (the Gracious) is a name of Allah. It is derived from the root Rahima meaning one who shows mercy, who is kind and good, he forgives.Rehman combines the idea of tenderness and goodness. Rehman denotes mercy comprehending the entire universe. In other words, Rehamn means one who bestows mercy without being asked. “Bin maange dene wala”

    Now go figure who you are and what you believe in. Allah have mercy on you Majid Urrehman !!Recommend

  • Abdul Aziz

    An excellent article and a courageous effort to write on a subject which could be used to malign any writer. May Allah reward the writer. However, I wonder if men in Pakistan are more scared of the ignorant coming after them than our women. When Ahmadiyya mosques were attacked by terrorists and atrocities committed, at that time also it were the women members of the national assembly who spearheaded the motion to condemn the act. The male members simply were shamed into agreement by the honorable ladies. Bravo Pakistani sisters. Let us pray that our assemblies are filled with ladies and men listen to them. May be we shall have more attention paid to our problems of corruption, bigotry, dishonesty, etc. etc. than digging graves and running around Christians and jews with begging bowls. I have been living in the West for 30 years and never seen so much ignorance shown to real problems by these Christian and Jews, while hounding helpless minorities, as is obviously happening in Muslim countries, especially Pakistan. How strange! We still keep shouting ‘Allah loves us and hates them’. Does Allah not see their deeds and ours?Recommend

  • Humanity

    Shabaash Aatekah. Thanks for being human! Bigotry must be eradicated, one heart at a time. There must be more humane folks around us to join the cause of human rights and human dignity. The sane voices must become a loud thunder that would drown the drum beat of hatred coming from the pulpit. We must join hands as humans to stand up against oppressions and to fight against the real enemies, poverty, ignorance, greed, disease, and corruption.

    Pakistan came into being because of the blood and sweat of the people who followed Quaid’s vision of a free homeland where a civil society would live with peace and harmony. We owe it to the blood of the real martyrs who gave us a land to call our own. Their sacrifice must not go waste. If they could create the country, we can join forces to breathe life back into it, to make it whole and healthy, a land fit to make humanity proud.

    The calls for restoring sanity and human dignity must start to echo in each corner of the country. Our actions must reflect respect for humanity. To make a kind, gentle nation we must become kind and gentle. The people are hurting all over. They seem to find no way out of their miseries. They fall prey to the self-glorifying clerics looking for a way out of their sorrows.

    Start to hold hands so that the citizens know they are not alone and if united, they can change their destiny! I have faith there are people in this land who will step forward to turn the Quaid’s vision into a shining reality. Godspeed!Recommend

  • http://abbasiworld.blogspot.com Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi

    @Tilsim:
    My point wasn’t about disturbing graves but about passing judgement without verification from religious experts and finding out if they CAN be buried or not. I have no words to describe disturbing graves event.

    @Humanity
    First of all mixing the matters up will not help. It wasn’t propaganda that led to declaration of Ahmadis as non-Muslims, there were several debates, knowledge competitions and what not that finally drew out lines between the two groups (Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis) and took nearly 4 decades when they were declared non-Muslims. I am not interested in going into details of who is wrong and who is right. I have personal experiences that have put highly negative impressions of Ahmadis as well as experiences that showed them in good light. Even I can pass judgement right now based on what I know and what my family has gone through individually and collectively, but as I said I am not an authority on religious matters and these are best left to those who have the necessary knowledge and information.
    Also I can suggest to you to not to make a molehill out of a mole by comparing such incidents with government level corruption which is an entirely different topic. If you have points that are relevant to the topic then please share but not to unnecessarily bulge your post with stuff that will ultimately waste time instead of providing any valuable information.Recommend

  • maulabus

    @ali khan

    ali khan wrote “What you know about quran.”

    Yes i know about Quran that “there is no compulsion in religion (al baqara)
    you asked “What you know about Murtad?”
    Ahmadi’s Are muslims by the Grace of Allah and spreading Islam all over the world and believe in oneness of Almighty Allah and Hazrat Mohammad SAW as last Prophet. so no way to say Murtad.
    ali you wrote “Do christians get burried in jews graveyard, or hindu get burried in christian graveyard”.
    dear Ali hindus do not buried but they burn their died ones and this is practice in all over the India. please go and correct your knowledge then declare Ahmadis MURTAD. (actually you and your mullahs a kafir making machine i do not mind)

    ali you wrote “May allah either give you hadith or if people like you doesn’t have hadith in your life than curse of allah on you.”
    **what do you mean by this. I think you need hadayt. May Allah give you wisdom to read original teachings of Islam and Quran.
    *

    Aatekah

    Well done. Bravo. Keep writing————- May Allah give you power**
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  • Tahir Butt

    Wonderful write up !
    Keep up the good workRecommend

  • Alm757

    For Ali Khan and/or those have similar thoughts
    This is a nice and open minded article
    Ahmadies are worshippers of Allah Almighty the creator of this universe and believes in One-ness of Allah and His messenger Muhammad (swa), and always submit to will of Allah Almighty. Allah is the one who will judge on the Day of Judgment who is Muslim & who is not. All those who called themselves Muslims should read Quranic Verse 2:114 (including Bismillah) about the Faith, and judge yourselves who will decide the Faith You as AN AHL-i KITAB also comes under same catagory.. As commented by Ali Khan regarding Jewish graveyards don’t allow non-Jewish burials either, so Muslims of this age following the footstep of Jewish people. Remember Jewish people rejected the claim of Prophet Eissa as Messiah of the age, so also following their footsteps Muslims of this age rejected the Claim of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed of Qadian as Promised Messaih and Mahdi of this age thus fulfilling the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (swa) that Muslims will follow the Jewish tradition Jewish has 72 sects so also Muslims divided in 72 sects. Remember you will be answerable to Allah Almighty God will be the Judge not WeRecommend

  • jari

    @Abid Khan:
    yes FYI, in US we share common graveyard. in here US there is so much religious diversity, if US government starts to build the graveyard for each and every faith there will be more graveyards in each city than people. Recommend

  • jari

    I would congratulate Ms Atekah Mir Khan who took the courage to write such an article. Ahmadies are losing each right of being a human being in Pakistan: they have no voting rights, they have no right to say Assalam=o-Alaikum, no right to call their mosque a mosque, no right to say prayer, no right to perform Hajj, no right to hold their national gathering. Even on may 2010, 80 Ahmadies lost their right to live. Now it is the burial right which is also gone. This is ironic, grave, God is the only one who can take care of this. God even does not allow this type of attitude towards a nonhuman. Complete silence of the government and police and media and also of so called chief justice who takes self notice of every little things, is unthinkable and unimaginable in any civil societies. Prophet Muhammad ( SAW) was sent to reform men and make savages a human being, but we have reverted back to savages. Leave to God Almighty, who is knower of seen and unseen and He knows who is right and wrong. Nothing can be done about our dear country at this time. Recommend

  • Saad Durrani

    @jari:
    Ahmedis are classified as non-Muslim,. like all Pakistanis, they have voting rights and like every Pakistani (Muslim or non-Muslim) they have a right to say Salam. They are free to practice their religion, no one is stopping them and they were doing that exactly for a number of years. However, they have Jamaatkhana for communal worship and like every Pakistan, they deserve a right to buried on the ground.Recommend

  • maulabus

    look at the constitution of Pakistan
    *

    this is totally against islam and
    teachings of Holy Prophet Who came to
    propagate islam not make people Kafir

    *
    The Gazette of Pakistan
    EXTRAORDINARY
    PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY
    ISLAMABAD, THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 1984

    PART 1

    Acts, Ordinances, President’s Orders and Regulations including Martial law Orders and Regulations

    Government of Pakistan

    MINISTRY OF LAW AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS
    (LAW DIVISION)

    Islamabad, the 26th April 1984

    No. F.17 (1) 84-Pub. The following Ordinance made by the President is hereby published for general information.

    ORDINANCE NO. XX OF 1984
    AN ORDINANCE

    to amend the law to prohibit the Quadiani group, Lahori group and Ahmadis from indulging in anti-Islamic activities:

    WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the law to prohibit the Quadiani group, Lahori group and Ahmadis from indulging in anti-Islamic activities:

    AND WHEREAS the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action:

    NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the Proclamation of the fifth day of July, 1977, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:

    PART I – PRELIMINARY
    1.

    Short title and commencement.
    (1)

    This Ordinance may be called the Anti-Islamic Activities of the Quadiani Group, Lahori Group and Ahmadis (Prohibition and Punishment) Ordinance, 1984.
    (2)

    It shall come into force at once.
    2.

    Ordinance to override orders or decisions of courts.
    The provisions of this Ordinance shall have effect notwithstanding any order or decision of any court.

    PART II – AMENDMENT OF THE PAKISTAN PENAL CODE
    (ACT XLV OF 1860)
    3.

    Addition of new sections 298B and 298C, Act XLV of 1860.
    In the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860), in Chapter XV, after section 298A, the following new sections shall be added, namely:
    “298B. Misuse of epithets, descriptions and titles, etc., reserved for certain holy personages or places.
    (1)

    Any person of the Quadiani group or the Lahori group (who call themselves ‘Ahmadis’ or by any other name) who by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation;
    (a)

    refers to, or addresses, any person, other than a Caliph or companion of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him),as ‘Ameerul Mumineen’, ‘Khalifa-tui-Mumineen’, ‘Khalifa-tul-Muslimeen’, ‘Sahaabi’ or ‘Razi Allah Anho’
    (b)

    refers to, or addresses, any person, other than a wife of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as ‘Ummul-Mumineen’
    (c)

    (c) refers to, or addresses, any person, other than a member of the family (Ahle-bait) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as ‘Ahle-bait’; or
    (d)

    refers to, or names, or calls, his place of worship as ‘Masjid’;
    shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.
    (2)

    Any person of the Quadiani group or Lahori group (who call themselves Ahmadis or by any other name) who by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, refers to the mode or form of call to prayers followed by his faith as ‘Azan’ or recites Azan as used by the Muslims, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine.
    (3)

    298C. Person of Quadiani group etc., calling himself a Muslim or preaching or propagating his faith.
    Any person of the Quadiani group or the Lahori group (who call themselves ‘Ahmadis’ or by any other name), who, directly or indirectly, poses himself as Muslim, or calls, or refers to, his faith as Islam, or preaches or propagates his faith, or invites others to accept his faith, by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representations, or in any manner whatsoever outrages the religious feelings of Muslims, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.”Recommend

  • shy

    Being an ahmadi in I.R,P is difficult task due to clerics n society.Recommend

  • maulabus

    @saad durrani wrote and i qoute

    Ahmedis are classified as non-Muslim,.
    like all Pakistanis, they have voting
    rights and like every Pakistani
    (Muslim or non-Muslim) they have a
    right to say Salam. They are free to
    practice their religion, no one is
    stopping them and they were doing that
    exactly for a number of years.
    However, they have Jamaatkhana for
    communal worship and like every
    Pakistan, they deserve a right to
    buried on the ground.

    mr saad you are absolute right

    really ahmadis have right to say
    salam —– but when they do so they
    have face 298 c. but they have right
    to say salam
    yes they are free to practice their
    religion —— but when they do so
    they have face 298 c
    yes they have right to buried like
    every pakistani—- but when Ahmadis
    buried in grave yard Mullahs exhumed
    from the grave yard——- but no
    problem they have right to bury.

    Saad Durrani please come out of utopia and and ——–Recommend

  • Humanity

    @Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi: You wrote:
    @Humanity
    First of all mixing the matters up will not help. It wasn’t propaganda that led to declaration of Ahmadis as non-Muslims, there were several debates, knowledge competitions and what not that finally drew out lines between the two groups (Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis) and took nearly 4 decades when they were declared non-Muslims. I am not interested in going into details of who is wrong and who is right.

    One needs no knowledge competitions that take decades to determine who is or is not a Muslim. There are several ahadith that corroborate the fact that the Holy Prophet (SAW) advised who ever claims to be a Muslim should be counted as one. You, however, seem to believe the ulema are more knowledgeable than the Rasul(SAW). You surrender to their self-proclaimed authority to overrule the Prophet’s verdict and allow them to judge for you who is or is not a Muslim. You even see no issue with the fact that these ulema have entitled themselves to passing a judgment that is only Allah’s prerogative. There are no details to be sorted with lengthy knowledge competitions other than these facts, which made made clear over 1,400 years ago which will hold true till the end of time.

    Your personal experiences and the nefarious vendettas of the ulemas are irreverent. Go figure the foundations of your belief. End of this discussion.

    May Allah guide us towards humility and grant us the courage to shatter the idols of our own ego and arrogance.Recommend

  • http://abbasiworld.blogspot.com Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi

    @Humanity:
    Thank you but I am already firm on my foundations. I am a proud Sufi and I don’t give a damn to what others think and do. I know my path and I walk it proudly. The only difference is that I don’t pass religious judgements because I am indeed unworthy to do so and relevant authorities with proper subject knowledge are best answering source. Even I can start quoting Ahadith here to prove my points and Alhamdulillah I know enough for my sake and belief that I can rest my case unchallenged but as I said before, I am no authority over religious knowledge and subject matters.
    As for bundling all Ulema into one “Talibanized” definition is the height of ignorance and hate, I have no comment or reason to even care to reply. For those who don’t even have the shrewdest idea of the term Ulema or what type of Ulema’s are found in Pakistan, I can expect no other behavior from you or the likes of you.
    Go and kill each other on the basis of religion for all I care, I rest my case.Recommend

  • Abdul Aziz

    @Ali Khan:
    Ali Khan Sahib, perhapse you have never visited Europe or America. There are plenty of Muslims buried into Christian graveyards and the Christian residents of the communities have never exhumed Muslim dead bodies or even objected to their burial. Could we Muslims not learn a lesson in tolerance from these non-Muslims if not from the Quran?
    As regards the people, whom you call knowledgeable, who declared Ahmadis non-Muslim, please read the opinion of General Zia-ul-Haq, who in your opinion also should be very knowledgeable, about those people. He called them corrupt, drunkards, greedy and God knows what. The fact is that it was a political decision based upon an individual’s desire to garner the support of a section of people. Unfortunately the same people had him hung unceremoniously. True, nobody can thwart Allah’s plans.Recommend

  • Humanity

    @Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi:
    “I, for one, am not a religious scholar and despite my fairly competitive knowledge, I find myself inadequate to give “Judgments” on religious matters. If Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims, it was done by people who are much more knowledgeable and informed Islamic scholars in the past century and it didn’t occurred overnight, the whole process took decades.”

    God introduces Himself to us, in the Quran as “Rabb ul aalameen” Lord of all the worlds and that He introduces His messenger Muhammad to us as “Rahmatun lil aalameen” Mercy for all the worlds.

    God and His Messenger are for the universe and for all humanity. Informed scholar or not, no one should have the audacity to claim monopoly or assert “copyright“ on God or His a Messenger and go about judging who is or is not a Muslim. To do so is sacrilege, without a shadow of doubt. No human with a conscience can erase Kalima or punish others for reciting Kalima. No God fearing person can even imagine to dig open the graves, because he judges the deceased to be non-Muslim.

    Those who claim monopoly and copyright ownership of God and His Messenger and choose to judge on behalf of God, better contemplate the fundamentals of their belief.

    Peace!Recommend

  • pinks

    Excellent article, very well written,,,keep it upRecommend

  • atif

    its true that non-muslims cannot be buried in muslims cemetry, very true. But as muslim we must have soft corner for humans also (for muslims as well as muslims), there are some boundaries which we cannot croos as muslim, but as far as dead bodies are concerned, once they are burried, they must not be dig and transfer them into another place, becasue it will ruin the sanctity of humans (especially women). we say ourselves muslim but we are not true. we donot obey our religion by ourselves, but when thing comes against our belief we become mad, and just want to prove the other wrong. but our religion is not hard as it is shown and taught to us.,,,,,,,,,,,,so leave them where they are burried and donot let them to burry their dead bodies in muslim cemetry thats it, no issue.Recommend

  • atif

    and remember one thing all of you, Our Last Prophet (PBUH) first prove himself as best human then started to preach Islam by his actions, moral values, kindness, respect for everyone, truth etc, even then when he was not told that he is Messenger Of Allah. so first we need to be good human then muslim.Recommend

  • Tauseef Ahmad Khan

    So sad what is happening to Ahmadis. The Pakistani mullahs won’t let them be in peace even after their death and many in Pakistan would cheer at this heinous act. This appalling condition has arisen because of systematic brainwashing of Pakistani people who are ignorant of their religion by the mullahs.
    My message to Pakistani people: please read the Holy Qur’an with translation. That will open your eyes. Don’t listen to someone just because he claims to be a scholar. Read and make up your own mind. Recommend

  • BinYamin

    @atif:

    its true that non-muslims cannot be buried in muslims cemetry, very true.

    Please enlighten me how and since when? I have failed to get an appropriate answer as to why anyone belonging to any religion, cast or creed cannot be buried in public graveyard unless the graveyard is on a property owned by an individual, Trust or Association. Almost all the graveyards in Pakistan are located on the property of the Government which is reserved for burial. What law (Sharia or otherwise) restricts burial on the basis of religion?

    If it is so painful then first the Government should be asked to allocate separate graveyards for Ahmadis then start objections.

    I believe, in Pakistan, only Ahmadis are forced to buy land for their graveyards and they do. Then too Qabza groups led by mullahs grab fair piece from the properties fully paid and owned by them. Chenab Nagar, Mureedke and Faisalabad are example of forceful Qabza by mullahs. Its such a shame.Recommend

  • rukun

    im ashamed of this kind of behavior. you know at this point in time, muslims world over are kind of at a low point. and this isnt helping Islam at all.

    we read about how govt establishments stood to gain from sunni shia differences over the years. i just cant help thinking if this version 2.0 of their operation ‘lets not let the country settle or we wont have any jobs’Recommend

  • jari

    @Saad Durrani:
    FYI, we cannot vote in Pakistan, My first vote that I casted was in US. we are required to sign the document saying Mirza Ghulam Ahamd is false prophet. due to this we have opted not to vote. just recently Musharaf took the courage to make joint electoral for all but later from the pressure of mullahs he made an ordinance to make separate electoral for Ahmadies only. we are the only one who have separate electorals. even christians, hindus everybody can vote with everybody else. this is the fundamental theft on our right as a pakistani ciitizen. as far as Assalam-o-Alaikum, is concerned, pakistani Jails are filled with many Ahmadies just for saying Assalam-o-Alaikum to other nonAhamdi muslims. and several bridegrooms have been jailed and sentenced for writing Bismillah hirahman Niraheem. Just read the human right commisssion reprot on this. Recommend

  • Fuad

    This is nothing new.
    Just read the Munir Enquiry Report 1953.Recommend

  • Aamir

    I am deeply sad, both as a Muslim and as a Pakistani. This is just pathetic and what is even more pathetic is the fact that many here are trying to ‘defend’ the action of the state. I bet they don’t even know the translation of what they read in their prayers.

    Islam clearly says there is no compulsion in religion, then WHY is it that a STATE has the right to declare someone Muslim or not.

    FYI: The Ahmadis from other nationalities go perform Hajj and Umrah on regular basis. So for those MULLAHS who want to stop them from entering the Holy Kaa’ba, try it now :)Recommend

  • Khan

    @Majid Urrehman:
    Whinning about their rights? If the situation flipped, and you were persecuted for reading the kalima, killed based on your beliefs, I am sure you would also “whine”. Islam teaches tolerance, love, and respect of other faiths. It’s about time Pakistan’s government and its mullahs followed it. Recommend

  • Majid Urrehman

    @Khan:
    Read and reread my post. Once done…again read my post. May be you will understand what I’ve wrote.
    BTW do you know any religion which does not teach tolerance, love, and respect of other faiths?Recommend

  • Mehmood

    @Majid Urrehman:
    I have no words for you u mr majid except.. mental sickness. Is there any mark on land?
    Is there any mark is made by Prophet of Islam or Islamic traditioins?
    Does Islam is a name of brand like Coca Cola?
    I really feel shame when i see this kind of mentallity of people…Recommend

  • Mubashir Chaudhry

    @Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi:

    I can’t believe people are still using “religious books” as a guide to create lwas for todays society. That’s what we have been doing for milenia (and in Islam’s case, for 1500 years) and as a result have 72 sects all of whom scholars read the same Quran and declare others belonging to a different sect as non-muslims and infidels.

    Wake up guys……..when the ancient (and i do mean ancient) religions were introduced, there were no just laws. Mankind have moved from living in caves and forests, to cities and socities. We have laws now. Religion haas been used and will always be used to judge other people and not yourself. I

    Mubashir Chaudhry
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  • abdulaziz khattak

    “As far as I know, the Quran doesn’t say anywhere that a Muslim is ordered – or even allowed – to disturb a dead man’s peace, even if he is not a Muslim-even if a non-Muslim is buried in a Muslim cemetery!”
    There are loads of other things in the Quran, which you might not know. If you knew them, would you follow them in letter and spirit?
    The liberal lot quickly brings up verses from the Quran that ‘fit’ their arguments. Has it occurred to you that you cannot leave a verse and follow the other at you whims???Recommend

  • Nobody

    @Arif:
    Muslims are not misguided by these articles exposing the current plight of Pakistan, they are misguided by our illiterate and hate-mongering maulvi’s. The people who are here supporting the idea of exhuming a body once it has been buried simply astound me. This is the type of thinking that’s pulling Pakistan into a black pit, and I’m ashamed to think some of our people can find a justification for disrespecting a dead soul like this. Recommend

  • Nobody

    @abdulaziz khattak:
    I agree that sometimes liberals can find verses to fit their argument, BUT so do most other groups whether they’re moderate or extreme. The uneducated, illiterate maulvi’s in our country find verses to “fit” their ideals (no matter how much of a stretch it is) and ignore the rest as it does not suit them. So you can’t blame only liberals for such behavior. If anything, atleast most liberals argue accepting each person’s individual interpretation of Islam/other religions (live and let live), extremists do no such thing (my way or the highway, highway=off with your head). Recommend

  • abdulaziz khattak

    @Abdul Aziz:
    One thing you should know is that anyone who doesn’t believe in the finality of Prophet (SAW) is not considered Muslim. So if a person sticks to his beliefs, why should he be adamant on being called what he isn’t.
    The Ahmedis are called Ahmedis, Qadianis, Mirzais, etc. But they don’t fit the category of Muslims.
    The mullahs don’t make these rules. They are divine and can’t be altered.Recommend

  • Shani

    Yes i agree with the “Qadiani whining” thing, they should stop whining and start killing people or digging up stuff so that they can stand in the same line as these jahil mullahs that are inciting people to kill humans.

    sarcasmRecommend