Stop celebrating Sadiq Khan’s victory, Pakistan, you have no right to celebrate

Published: May 11, 2016
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Sadiq Khan was sworn in as London mayor Saturday after being elected the first Muslim leader of a major Western capital, as the Conservatives defended attempts to link him to extremism during the campaign. PHOTO: AFP

Sadiq Khan the new Mayor of London. PHOTO: REUTERS Sadiq Khan was sworn in as London mayor Saturday after being elected the first Muslim leader of a major Western capital, as the Conservatives defended attempts to link him to extremism during the campaign.
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Sadiq Khan is now the mayor of London. There are countless reasons to celebrate this feat. On a personal level, it is indeed a great achievement for someone who was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. His father was a Pakistan immigrant and a bus driver who brought up Sadiq and his siblings in a council property. Imagine the son of that particular immigrant getting elected by a record mandate in London; it’s a truly superb moment. Congratulations to him for a truly remarkable victory.

But can every Pakistani and every Muslim personally feel proud over the appointment of the new mayor’s triumph?

I feel a louder word of applause and appreciation is due for the exemplarily tolerant and accepting people of London, a clear separation of the state from religion and the rule of law founded on equality and meritocracy. His victory substantiates the fact that anyone from any race and religion can hold an esteemed public office through a due democratic process. Last Thursday’s election is only one such example.

The timing of his selection is tremendous since religious extremists are busy tarnishing the image of Islam, Islamophobia is on a steep rise and uneasiness towards Islam has witnessed a gradual increase.

British Muslims, especially Pakistani expats, are rejoicing a rare moment of pride. Alongside the sentiments of accomplishment, some would think it is everyone’s right to vie for public office and to indeed become part of the democratic process; a fundamental right that no one can deprive them of.

Indeed, that is a common thought, or is it?

Well, the worth of this fundamental right, that most of us take for granted, dawns even brighter upon us when we read the following notice by the Election Commission of Pakistan,

“…Ordered vide its letter No. F.1(6)/2001-Cord dated 17 January, 2007 that the competent authority has been pleased to decide that separate supplementary lists of draft electoral rolls for Ahmadis/Qadianis for the electoral areas concerned…”.

Being a ‘competent authority’ when they are ‘pleased’ to separate voting lists for an already persecuted community in Pakistan. A few days ago, Pakistan’s Parliament hailed the extraordinary success of a ‘Pakistani’ who made the country proud. I deem Pakistan’s Parliament and its people celebrating Sadiq Khan’s victory rather hypocritical. Why do we want the best for ourselves and do not mind if others are deprived of even the basics? Why do we only scream when we are in the line of fire? Why can we happily see our own law usurping the rights of others?

In Pakistan, Ahmadis can cast their votes for federal, provincial and local elections but only on the condition that they must declare themselves as non-Muslim. This is something that no Ahmadi’s conscience consents to; and every Ahmadi of eligible voting age does so at the cost of foregoing the very right that millions of Pakistani Muslims in several non-Muslim countries enjoy without a spec of discrimination.

Imagine what would have happened if Muslims were denied to vote on Thursday?

Here in the UK, all of us have one vote which carries the same value. Our vote knows no religion, class or colour.

Scores have been booked for being allegedly disrespectful to religious personages of utmost reverence under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. On the other hand, revered leaders and practices of different faiths and sects are not just derided openly, but laws of the land condone such acts. It is not just Ahmadis now, but several Christians, Hindus and even Shias who have experienced despicable torture and murder. Properties of minorities are unsafe and it seems that the growing intolerance is increasingly legitimising the looting and ransacking of moveable as well as immoveable assets of these defenceless citizens of Pakistan.

Dalits of Mirpurkhas should not need to fight for their rights, nor should it be only Christians who must worry about saving historic church buildings in Lahore; rather every Muslim should do his utmost in protecting every oppressed person and his place of worship.

How many religious leaders regularly quote countless Quranic verses in defence of all religions and their places of worship in Pakistani mosques? The Holy Quran even instructs Muslims to protect places of worship of all religions. The Holy Quran legitimises only those wars that are in self-defence and for the protection of people of all faiths and their places of worship.

I do not know whether Pakistanis should take pride in saying that a person of ‘Pakistani’ descent has ascended to an esteemed public office in London. The one thing that defines this mayoral election result is the victory for equality, a fundamental teaching of Islam which the West puts to practice. Let us not even bring the name of Pakistan into it, or else critics will simply mock our naivety.

The repercussions for those classified as minorities such as Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus and other people in Pakistan are both psychological and physical. To be honest, I have a problem with using the word minority; shouldn’t every citizen of any country have the same rights as those of another?

Let us all celebrate this election through which a Muslim has won over a Jew in a predominantly Christian country; in a city which is truly a melting pot of all great religions, beliefs, no-beliefs, cultures and ethnicities. Do we not want to emulate, what brings peoples together rather than what divides mankind? Do we want to carry on turning a blind eye to what is in fact the golden thread of Islamic system of equity and justice, which others have employed to seamlessly sew their societal and political fabric?

I hope all those Muslims relishing the fruits of a just democracy start feeling equally passionate about their own countries to let common sense prevail and for its lawmakers to pass laws which are lawful and give a fair chance to all.

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Farooq Mahmood

Farooq Mahmood

The author is a Senior University Lecturer in London, a Chartered Management Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

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

  • Observer

    Equality comes from humanism, which is based on reason. Religion on the other hand is based on division and censor. Islam is on the extreme end of this spectrum.
    It doesn’t allow other ideas to compete against it. Secular democracies allow ideas to compete by discussion, debate and practical application, The democratic ideal assumes everyone is free to make their case and the best ideas win out in the end (similar to natural selection.) If you live in a system where there is only one idea it leads to stagnation and the stultification of minds and the oppression of any deviants from its totalitarian ethos. It can only sustain itself by threats of death for apostasy or prison and torture or the comical notion of eternal fire after death.
    That’s why countries with a majority of (fanatical) believers cannot come even close to Western countries, when it comes to tolerance and diversity.Recommend

  • Qasim

    Pakistan & all ummah has all the rights to celebrate Sadiq Khans victory in London. One days the enter world is going to be under the rule of Islam. Why not celebrate small victories.

    As far as Pakistan is concerned, the dream of Islamic rule is only going to be realized is we strongly hold the forts already captured. Pakistan is the strongest fort in the empire of Islam and loosing its governance to a kafir would be greatest sin of all.

    Jazak allah khair.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Western democracies are also not 100% secular but Muslims and Jews appeaser. Child rights and animal rights are not implemented on them. Western Democracy has also no answer to baby, love, rape and marriage Jihad by Muslims. Tolerance is seen as weakness by Muslims and diversity against Islam. There is hardly any cultural diversity left in SA since inception of Islam.Recommend

  • Muzaffar

    @Qasim………”One day the entire world would is going to be under the rule of Islam” you say.
    Keep on dreaming. Come out of your bubble and see how non-Islmic countries are progressing and Islamic ones down in the dumps. Forgetting the west for a while, take only the examples of China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Singapore. Your comment is absurd & made me laugh.
    What makes you think that we are better than “Kafirs” ? Aren’t we all humans and children of the same Creator? Shame on your comment.Recommend

  • Amin Amin

    I hope not! go figure it out!Recommend

  • Anka

    Your views are the reason why other countries have “islamophobia’ If Muslims are discriminated against for any reason then it it is injustice but if you kill them it is victory. For shameRecommend

  • gp65

    Ummm… Sadiq Khan is bound by UK constitution. HE cannot implement Shariah. How is this considered asLondon being under Islamic rule?Recommend

  • Syed Abid Hussain

    Sadiq Khan was not appointed rather elected. Also what gave you right to address Pakistanis in a Pakistani newspaper while you aren’t even a Pakistani any longer. So if you do not want the Pakistanis to celebrate achievement and honor of a fellow Muslim and fellow Pakistani origin person then please do not ever address Pakistanis as we did not invite you to talk to us.Recommend

  • Mian Faizan

    The writer at the has asked irrelevant question, I think He/She has forgotten that Pak is a Muslim state.Recommend

  • ek admi

    That’s really shameful QasimRecommend

  • Solo

    High class nonsenseRecommend

  • Aviator

    Keep dreaming. As if other “Kafirs”
    are not humans, created by the same Allah. Get out of your bubble & see outside Pakistan.
    Forgetting the west for the moment, take examples of South Korea, Japan, Singapore, China,
    Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, ALL are centuries ahead of Islamic countries who all are still In the dumps in this 21st: century.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    LOL, “Enter world is going to be under rule of Islam”!!!
    Probably not, since most of the world has moved forward in progress notably lacking in the Muslim world!Recommend

  • Chris Irvine

    HystericalRecommend

  • Mohammad Hamza Ali

    Wow! thats your argument, well done.
    Considering how intellectually weak you are, u may not even understand the sarcasm contained in this comment, therefore I’ve made it more visible to your hopeless brain.Recommend

  • Mohammad Hamza Ali

    Well said, sir!Recommend

  • Farooq

    what a silly article…only the burger class community is celebrating mayor victory. the common man in Pakistan has no idea what i mayor of London. he is just worried about 3 meals a dayRecommend

  • Bibloo

    This is so obvious,..it’s pathetic. This is written by a hindu
    under a Muslim name. How low can these hindu cyber
    warriors sink. Govt..paid drivel directly from Bharat.Recommend

  • PUSHKAR TYAGI

    I was not surprised on seeing the result of the poll. Enough said.Recommend

  • Bibloo

    Of course it is. It’s written by a hindu masquerading as a Muslim.
    Rather a BJP or RSS or Shiv Sena funded cyber warriors that scan
    the world’s papers, and spew their venom. To give Muslims a bad name. See, you got TOOK.
    It backfired. Makes Hindi look bad.Recommend

  • Bibloo

    Nope, That should be:-
    ‘ that’s really shameful,… Rahul.’Recommend

  • Bibloo

    Your wasting your ink. This is a phony comment,..Recommend

  • SHAH S

    Its really nice to read your note which shows your weak mindset. In every walk of life, there are Doers and Dreamers; Doers do what they have to do and after real detailed analysis and research taken steps prudently to accomplish their objectives and goals.. Reading your note shows you are a dreamer and it shows that you just “listen and react”, which does not help.. This is what the problem with your kind of Islam..”Listen and React”.. Your note shows that you never took time or made efforts to “Read, Analyse and Learn”.. That is Islam, and not the one you are glued to; Listening to various version of Quran from these uneducated bunch of brainless Mullahs makes your Adrenalin flow faster and you think all is well, and everything will fall into place when and how loud you howl like apes; Not good enough.. It is because of this attitude of yours, which makes the reasonable sensible individual think twice before even making social contact. Read, Analyse and Learn and stop this bad habit of Listen and React. Soon, very soon walkers on this path will fall;Recommend

  • Vish

    Not hysterical, just expressing what is the minds of most Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Parvez

    You have made a very valid point…..but lets step back a bit and dispassionately look at this…..Sadiq Khan’s parents are not Chinese or Dutch etc but from Pakistan. Obama’s father was a Kenyan and when he became President, the people in Kenya rejoiced…..it was an understandable reaction. So if some in Pakistan ‘ celebrate ‘ as you wish to call it, why can’t you be magnanimous about it.Recommend

  • FS

    We all get it. A lot to be improved in Pakistan and nothing is perfect. Thank you for the reminder and your lecture. That said, if a Pakistani or someone of Pakistani descent is successful anywhere in the world, be it politics, business, research, I think it’s normal to feel this way. The two things can be mutually exclusive! Eat a kit kat. Recommend

  • asif_rn

    “…the dream of Islamic rule … the forts already captured…Pakistan
    is the strongest fort in the empire of Islam and loosing its governance
    to a kafir would be greatest sin of all.”

    Please just don’t celebrate Sadiq Khan’s victory. You are precisely the person don’t deserve this. And why celebrate when you can’t provide such opportunities to others? It is the victory of tolerance that is not part of ‘your-type-of-islamic-kingdom/sheikhdom/empire’ – it is coming from those that are not biased systematically, and if there were doubts those should be gone by now.Recommend

  • Noreen

    Your statement itself exposes you as being as ignorant about Islam as it does about humanity and common sense. Recommend

  • Junaid

    Educate yourself sir. Each and every human has the right to address the problems with Pakistanis, irrespective of their nationality, religion etc.Recommend

  • Junaid

    Islam is secular. It differentiates religious rulings from state rulings. The form of punishment, the laws of taxation and others stuff to run a state are suggestions in Islam which are not mandatory to implement. There is no element of Islamic faith required to run a state. What Islam does ensure, however, is that no one is discriminated in an Islamic state on any basis (whether, race, religions, cast; it even gives right to animals). Which is exactly what secular means. So, an Islamic state is secular and unfortunately Pakistan is not Islamic state because its laws proudly discriminate Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus.Recommend

  • Syed Abid Hussain

    Thank you!Recommend

  • maynotmatter

    Chill teenager.Recommend

  • Talha

    May be if we have to have elect any Hindu or other region leader we have to amend our constitution which says only Muslim person can be our premier.Recommend

  • Bibloo

    No need for the sermon. this is a paid hindu commentator writing
    under a Muslim name.Recommend

  • LS

    So if was written by a Muslim from pakistan or SA would that change the constitution of England? If you cannot distinguish between the religion of a person (A private matter between him and his god) and the rule of law of a state… The only obvious thing is to observe who is lower… Also affirms why there cannot be any social progress. That comment of yours and the poll above are evidence enough…Recommend

  • Mahmood Malik

    Mahmood Malik
    Islam is a religion of tolerance and compassion. Quran as well as traditions amply demonstrate that. History has ample examples of Muslim compassion and tolerance for people of all faiths.. Unfortunately some extremists have tried to hijack Islam. True Islam promotes equality and rule of law. When a jew went to complain against a Muslim, Holy Prophet of Islam decided in favour of the complainant against the erring Muslim. Holy Prophet also asked Christian delegation from Najran to pray in their own way in Muslim mosque of the Prophet in Medina.Recommend

  • Mahmood Malik

    There is sarcasm in the article. Islam is for equality, love and compassion. The discriminatory and intolerant laws in Pakistan are not endorsed by Islam. They bring name to the peaceful religion of Islam.Recommend

  • Adil

    Even if we speak of the same religion, we can see that the creation of Bangladesh was one of the most selfish acts done by “The Islamic Republic of Pakistan”. A Muslim was elected from Bangladesh for the prime minister of Pakistan but one of our “greatest” leaders refused to accept him. Even though he wasn’t a non -Muslim. Which led to the eventual creation of Bangladesh. I’m pretty sure that Pakistan will never elect a minority for the position of prime minister as these Maylvis and even the public would condemn this, which is not right.
    We really need to soften up a little bit. Recently photos of mayor Sadiq were posted online in which he was in a Hindu temple *im sure everyone has seen them*, and I was shocked by the response of the people. Many of them condemned him saying things like, “he’s a Muslim he shouldn’t be doing this”. Well guys, he’s the mayor of London, England… Not Pakistan. What do you expect, he forces every lady to wear a hijab and every man to wear shalwar kameez. He is the mayor of a cosmopolitan city, he can’t simply favour one religion, sect or sexual orientation *which is mostly what is seen here in Pakistan*, he has to look after everyone. Pakistanis are taking their beliefs to the extreme and I’m telling you, this is not how the Muslims at the time of the golden Muslim eras would be like.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Gandhi Baba wanted party-less democracy. That is why he asked the ConAngrezis to dissolve their party in 1947. But Dilli Lutyen Coconut crowd wanted to be new Angrez or proxy of old Angrez. Result is 70 years of Divide & Loot rule by appeasing minority Semitic religions and desi castes. Gandhi also wanted only wise to get to vote.

    Today with technological advancement direct SMS based direct democracy is possible…no representation is needed who collude with each other to fool and loot the voters and tax payers. Evey Bill can be enacted by SMS voting and each vote weighed as per the marks in 3 exams on the issue prior to the voting. Educating the voters on each issue need to be state’s duty. If voter does not vote or gets good marks then the voter needs to be punished b heavy tax.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    As HinduSikh population, in what is left after majority Pakistanis ie Bangalis left the union, dwindled, so also sanity and economy in that western part. First came interfering in the matters of Afghanistan by helping Islam there in 1973. Then the Soviets were lured into Afghanistan on behalf of Anglos and then making Pakhtuns lose their 4 generations in futile wars.. exporting terrorism all over the world, esp to give India thousand cuts… Now it is total madness.. everybody is making every other being Kaffir and blowing themselves up…Recommend

  • Maryas

    A glaring contrast! Sadiq Khan was sworn in a few days after he was elected mayor! And in Karachi the people are still waiting for their elected mayor to take office more than a half year after they voted him in.
    The elected mayor of Karachi is not a shia, ahmadi, agha khani, christian, hindu or a jew!

    It is mind bogling! The divisions! Where are you heading to, country of my birth?Recommend

  • Maryas

    It is not only religion or sects Pakistani people are divided in. They are divided on sectarian, ethnic, social, tribal and almost all levels you can ever think of. They started discriminating against ahmadis during Z A Bhutto’s regime, the so-called enlightened liberal prime minister. Gen. Zia ul haq went some steps ahead. Now the whole society is corrupted by the poison injected into the nation during those times. Boosters of this poison are being supplied in by the likes of Corrupt Mullahs, Jahil on Line Aamir Liaqat (a TV host), Raja Pervez Ashraf (former prime minister) and many of the same ilk.Recommend

  • Mahmood Malik

    There is sarcasm in the article. Islam is for equality, love and compassion. The discriminatory and intolerant laws in Pakistan are not endorsed by Islam. They bring bad name to the peaceful religion of Islam.Recommend

  • Kamath

    Whoever you are, dear fellow! Great Britain had and even now has no constitution from ancient times. It is a monarchy yet a democracy. Please read a bit more about political systems of various countries! Please start with Googling!Recommend

  • Mian Faizan

    Brother I don’t know how have said that Islam is a secular.

    Islam is just a religion not a secular.

    I also don’t know how you do define SECULAR and secularism.

    Let me tell you Islam tells us the full code of conduct of life.

    It covers politics, economics, sociality, morality, Philosophy and Patriotism as well, any single aspect which comes to your mind is there, and its hermeneutics is there.

    Now let me tell you the term secular had been used in 1851 by the British writer George Jacob Holyoake, before that there was no any such term.

    Now if the term which has been introduced by Non-Muslim and most specifically by a Christian how that terminology could be for welfare of humanity.

    What I have learnt I my life from different Studies is, “Planning”, and I can quote a few examples in which planning and machination has destroyed the nations and has removed their names from the pages of history.

    1. You can read History of Muslim’s Spain.

    2. You can also read Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties as well.

    3. You can also read history of turkey, when the caliphate had been abandoned.

    4. And the last but not the least, and the youngest history, when Muslims were in Hindustan and how the British had invaded them.

    Every time different terminologies, concepts and system are introduced. People and specially Muslim are made fool. We so naively become fools. We can’t differentiate their overt and covert. And as a result we experience anarchy.

    The real beneficiaries are those who do introduced these kinds of terminologies and concepts.

    I hope you will have understood what I wanted to say.Recommend

  • Mian Faizan

    Islam has set some pre-requisites for being a Muslim.

    Now first let me tell you that Ahmadies are not Minorities they have been declared as Non-Muslims.

    What media propagates about minorities, that their rights are not being given, is totally wrong as I think (you might dis-agree with me).

    The celebration of holly (Hindu’s ritual) been celebrated by our PM with Hindu community in Karachi is enough proof that how much rights are being given to them.

    But unfortunately not even a single International TV channel or Radio channel has covered it.

    The official announcement of holiday on Diwale is also a proof.

    I think these facts are enough to show some positivity of Pakistan as well.Recommend

  • Junaid

    I think Islam is not “just a religion”. It gives a code of conduct for all aspects of life (which you agree with in your statements and kind of conflict with your earlier statement).

    Now what I understand from your arguments is that you think that the terminologies are the problem. I think you believe that whenever we adopt some terminology we also adapt that idea, which is true. But if that idea aligns perfectly with our principals then there is no harm in using that terminology. Secularism is just an English term which precisely defines to be:

    “indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations”

    Using this definition, a secular state asks its citizens to leave their faith at home when they come to govern. Or to restate it, a country’s laws should not be dictating religious obligations of a certain faith on all its citizens. We feel offended as Muslims to read this definition, but just see the harmonious environment it has created for everyone (including Muslims) in western countries. People are considered as citizens, not Hindus or Christians or Muslims. This is in fact the true vision of an Islamic state. Such that each person is credited due to his capabilities and not his religious associations.

    You may not want to use the term Secularism, but at least you should acknowledge that Islam gives equal rights to each person and Pakistan does not have such laws. Like, Ahmadies do not have the right to call themselves Muslims. This is a fundamental violation of freedom of religion. Can you give an example in the life of Prophet where he called someone a non-Muslim while that person claimed to be a Muslim? Who are we to take the responsibility of declaring people Muslims and non-Muslims then?Recommend

  • Mahmood Malik

    Definition of Muslim is given by Holy Prophet (PBUH) as under:
    “One who observes the same prayer as we do, faces the same direction (in prayer) as we do, and partakes from the animal slaughtered by us, then such a one is a Muslim concerning whom there is a covenant of Allah and His Messenger; so you must not seek to hoodwink Allah in the matter of this Covenant.” [Bukhari,
    Kitabus-Salat, Baab Fazl Istiqbal il-Qibla]
    Ahmadis come up to this definition. So they are Muslim.Recommend

  • Mian Faizan

    I was nodding my head while reading your reply but at the point I differed path is, where you said Ahmadis are not allowed to call themselves Muslims.

    Brother in my humble opinion, I think there are some pre-requisites for someone being called a Muslim.

    “Kalma” has two parts, first part “Wahdaniat” of Allah and second the Prophet Hood of Muhammad, Last prophet, now what do you think, do Ahmadis accept the “Khatm-e-Nabuwat”?

    You again said minorities are not given due rights, what I can once again, that you deliberately (I think, I might be wrong) don’t want to accept the realities.

    Yeah I do agree that there are certain laws which do undermine the minorities due rights but its completely bizarre to say that they are not given “full rights”. And one of the laws, I think, Blasphemy, should be overviewed for soft image of Pakistan.

    What it seems to me, Just an inane argument to say that minorities are not given due rights.

    One last point, you said that in West humans are treated as humans, not on the basis of religion, but here you completely ignoring the current situation of Muslims in west, you are ignoring Islamophobia.Recommend

  • Junaid

    If you agree with everything before then you should also agree that declaring someone a non-Muslim is not the responsibility of any government in the world. You have the right to consider Ahmadies non-Muslims at a personal level, but legislation of this belief at state level is just not acceptable.

    For example, Hindus might consider cows sacred enough not to be slaughtered at personal level, but, it seems absurd to create a law baring non-Hindus from eating beef. Taking a hypothetical situation, if a Shia state decides to declare Sunnis non-Muslim for whatever reasons they personally believe, would you approve of it? This is the analogous situation with Ahmadies legislated to be non-Muslims in Pakistan.

    Besides, I believe we should not be discussing whether Ahmadies are Muslims or not. That is absolutely not the point of argument. It is completely personal issue. The important thing is that we consider everyone as equal citizen and give them equal rights in state policies.

    As far as minority rights are concerned in Pakistan, we do not need to argue much, but, to read HRW reports each year. The litmus test for whether a country gives due rights to minorities is in what the minorities themselves claim. In Pakistan, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadies and now Shias, all claim they are deprived of their rights at social level. So, Pakistan fails this litmus test.

    On the other hand, the west passes this litmus test with flying colors. Muslims in UK, USA and Europe all enjoy rights not only at social level, but so much so, they are part of governments (like Sadiq Khan). I, myself, am a first hand witness to this equality here in Germany. Last week, in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, the first Muslim woman speaker for parliament was elected. This is significant, since there is an air of tension related to the refugee crisis here in Germany, with hate groups targeting Islam at every possible chance. But, the people have reacted positively. Islamophobia is true, but the west itself is at the forefront at fighting against it.Recommend

  • Mahmood Malik

    Pre-requisites to call someone Muslim have been laid down by Holy Prophet (pbuh).One is kalima shahada.This requires testimony that there is none worthy of worship except Allah. Second testimony required is that Muhammad (pbuh) is Prophet of Allah.
    Ahmadis believe in this kalima. The word “last” doesn’t appear in kalima. Ahmadis believe in Quran to be the last Book of Allah and Islam as the most perfect religion. Not an iota can be added to Quran nor deleted therefrom. Ahmadis believe Holy Prophet (pbuh) to be “Khataman Nabiyeen, the Seal of Prophets, as laid down in Holy Quran.
    That’s a difference of interpretation. All sects of Muslims differ from each other in interpretation one point or more. That’s how sects were formed.
    Yes there is Islamophobia in western countries in some quarters but majority are tolerant. Moreover there is rule of law. No laws are made that discriminte against any particular religion, belief or faith. State doesn’t sanction discrimination or persecution. Freedom of faith is a fundamental right and part of UN Human Rights Charter.

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  • Sara Khan

    if a person does a suicide blast who has been living in the west for decades like the orlando attack couple the media is quick to link it up with pakistan and its role in shaping their mind set then why cant we celebrate if a guy whose roots are also pakistani when he gets elected as mayor !! double standared western mediaRecommend