Is Hamza Ali Abbasi the only one brave enough to broach the ‘Ahmadi question’ on TV?

Published: June 14, 2016
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The actor and social activist questioned the oppression of Ahmadis. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Pakistan has a complicated relationship with one of its most bankable stars, Hamza Ali Abbasi. For we might love putting him in the line of fire for his over-emphatic, often ill-informed, posts on Facebook; the TV serials he stars in climb up the TRP charts like a pro.

Courting controversy is then Hamza’s forte, after all, they say no publicity is bad publicity and Hamza’s getting his share aplenty. Often pointed out for his extreme ideas, borderline hypocrisy and “liberal bashing” on his very active Facebook page, Hamza has circled himself with a group of like-minded people online; most dwelling upon the same page as himself.

Lately, however, there has been a shift in the paradigm. If you follow Hamza Ali Abbasi on Facebook (which I do, for educational purposes if nothing else), you might have seen a gradual shift in the tone of his posts lately. Not that he doesn’t like to play in the extreme garden every now and then – but on the whole his posts seem to have taken a more balanced stance.

This is welcome, of course, apart from the fact that it angered many of Hamza’s loyal fans, who subscribed to him only because of his stern ideology, and many spiteful comments were seen from the same people who previously sided with Hamza in his merry bashing-spree. And that is how Abbasi perhaps ruffled the feathers of both the worlds in the wrong way. The left was already wary of his open hatred towards it, and the right just realised the slipping away of an ideologue it had been clinging on to with violent fervour.

And the most recent episode in the whole saga is a little disconcerting to be honest. Hosting a Ramazan transmission on a private TV channel currently, all hell was let loose as Hamza, very boldly, ventured into the area none dare to. A very composed and articulate Hamza brought up ‘the Ahmadi question’ in his show, which is something we should all be asking instead of brushing it under the carpet. He asked the religious scholars on his show whether the state has a right to label any group of people as kafir (something the ‘seculars’ have been asking for ages).

Moreover, he went on to highlight the abuse faced by the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan, questioned why they weren’t guaranteed their rights and also lamented on how people label the person standing up for Ahmadi rights as an Ahmadi too. Sounds vaguely relevant to many of us, but Hamza took it to another level altogether.

This is the issue we should be tackling in the holy month of Ramazan, of questioning the abuse of certain communities in a country where there’s an overwhelming majority of those adhering to the religion of peace.

Social activists and many prominent individuals hailed Hamza Ali Abbasi for his stance. In all fairness, when was the last time someone on our national TV was bold enough to raise a voice for our marginalised communities? The likes of Amir Liaquat Hussain would rather promote violence against the same. The last time a debate of this nature entered our national narrative, it was by the late governor Salman Taseer, and all of us know what became of that. In the same way, Hamza’s feat didn’t go down too well with many people either.

Social activists and many prominent individuals hailed this step of Hamza Ali Abbasi.
Photo: Screenshot

You know there’s a problem with cosying up to extremism. We think the den is warm and secure, but it’s only for as long as we follow the fanatic rituals blindly. There’s no space for a learned debate therein, no discourse whatsoever. One wrong move, and you’re an outcast. Junaid Jamshed is the prime example and was given a rude awakening.

Social media, since the show aired, has been firing hateful propaganda towards Abbasi. The relatively polite keyboard warriors are content on claiming he’s lost his mind or denouncing him as a Yahoodi agent, but there are pages burning with warnings of all sorts of dangerous repercussion, including one reminding him of the fate of Salman Taseer.

All this has forced Hamza Ali Abbasi to put a clarification video on his page, emphasising that all he vouched for was basic human rights and nothing else. It’s sad to see that this is the society we’ve built, where something as innocuous as this can lead to death threats. It’s even sadder to realise that people like Hamza Ali Abbasi, now the victims, might have themselves helped shape this society into what it is today.

Junaid Jamshed was always vocal against ‘secular’ ideals. But guess where he flew off to for refuge when his homeland turned vindictive towards him on charges of alleged blasphemy? The secular land of London! Lesson – it’s never okay to spew hatred against any idea, any notion; you never know when reality decides to take a dive at you!

But when all is said and done, this is the moment to support Hamza Ali Abbasi. For encouraging the debate on basic rights and taking the lead. He plans on broaching this sensitive topic again on the last day of his transmission. We hope he does, and will be waiting for it. In the meanwhile, cut down on hate speech wherever you can, report the pages threatening Abbasi and laud him for all his bravery and resolve.

I might not agree with you on a lot of things, Mr Abbasi, but for this alone, you deserve all the appreciation in the world. More power to you!

Asif Nawaz

Asif Nawaz

Asif Nawaz is a doctor from Abbottabad who's either traveling or writing while not procrastinating. He tweets as @asifnz (twitter.com/asifnz)

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

  • ammar

    “Lately, however, there has been a shift in the paradigm”

    Because the largest minority community (yes Shia community) is realizing the fact that it is now their turn to be labeled as non Muslim by the majority. That is why this basic question is once again been raised “whether the state has a right to label any group of people as kafir” ?

    The very tiny liberal community had been trying to raise this question for quite some time but were fail to make any dents. But now big Shia community coming on board soon liberals are going to get a big boost.
    Shia community is 20% of the Pakistan population. At this point this awareness is probably only limited to the educated and intellectuals of Shia community. They are much more united than any other Sunni groups. Hopefully they will understand the importance of this quickly.Recommend

  • Keyboard Soldier

    Hamza is either very brave and incredibly stupid or very stupid and incredibly brave.

    He is a newbie in the “Game of Islamists,” and needs to tread lightly in the land of the jihadis.Recommend

  • Engr.Sajjad

    if he do such act he should be punished…Recommend

  • SNLDallas

    As an Ahmadi Muslim, I Thanks to Hamza Abbasi. A Muslim lady requesting everyone to kill Hamza Ali Abbasi and claiming that she is the true follower of Islam. May Allah save Islam from wrong followers, who are the worst enemy of Islam. Please follow the true teaching of Holy Quran and Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammad peace and blessing of Allah upon him)Recommend

  • Nasir Jadran

    This shows how a whole generation has been deliberately mislead to the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, politicians, religious clergy, and other state-actors are responsible for such extremism of people of Pakistan. Yet wasting fire power in Zarb e Azab and other places in Pakistan, why not tackle the root cause of this extremism and crack down on such extremist elements who want to kill someone because he/she is debating on educational level. Here National Action Plan is failed miserably by armed forces as well. Incompetent politicians were inevitable to fail NAP but this wasn’t expected from well funded budgetary army. Let’s see if anyone in Armed Forces has guts to vindicate Ahmadiyya Apartheid!!

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  • ITouchTheFuture

    I thank Dr. Nawaz for shining a light on a critical issue — the bizarre reaction of the religious right to any reminder of the oppression of Ahmadi Muslims and other minorities in Pakistan. Prior to his musings, that topic of oppression was brought to the fore by the renowned personality Mr. Abbasi, who does not seem to be fazed by the subsequent withering diatribes and whispers against him. More power to both of them!

    Pakistanis need to wake up to the fact that their nation’s practices vis-a-vis Ahmadis, carried out in the guise of Islamic precepts, are actually grotesque perversions of true Islamic teachings. Whoever pronounces the Kalima becomes a Muslim, and no one can dispute his/her sincerity — such is the crystal-clear inference that follows from all authentic narrations of Hadith and Sunnah. (Recall the famous incident involving a Muslim’s killing of an avowed enemy who uttered the Kalima in heated battle, but was killed anyway. Recall the scathing scorn, sorrow, and anger the Prophet (p b u h) heaped upon the errant Muslim!) Yet, since 1974, Pakistan persists in calling Ahmadis non-Muslim!

    In the same vein, it seems to me like a story from “Alice in Wonderland” (the deranged Queen of Hearts episode) when I realize that the existence of the Ahmadi community is essential — a required premise — for an applicant to get a Pakistani passport! After all, one cannot be a certified whip-flailer in the absence of a whipping-boy!

    I pity the nation of Pakistan! It undergoes agony after agony at the hands of the very same extremists it has nurtured for the past five decades, yet refuses to recognize the evil it has sown!Recommend

  • Fahim

    According to constitution of Pakistan you are not muslim. Problem in Pakistan that laws are present but not executed unless there is a powerful person behind.
    Ahmedia non-muslims would have faced justice problem in Pakistan due absence of law like any other Pakistani. If you have seen Quran then you may find that Hazrat Muhammad (sawaw) is Final prophet. He has completed prophet (positions) & no NEW prophet can come. Recommend

  • Asad

    Ahmadi Muslim?
    When you don’t consider Prophet Muhammad as the last Prophet?
    I am not bashing you, its just a question.Recommend

  • http://about.me/asimkh Asim Khan

    Pakistan is a country which got separated from Hindus and become Muslim Islamic state as Pakistan. The country which is home of different religions people but the rule of law should be Islamic or Sharia as its Muslim state. if someone is not muslim which is declared as by religious people then he/she should respect the country laws. Its as same as Middle east countries (Saudia,Oman or UAE). if someone is not Muslim and he/she goes against islamic laws then he/she should be punishable.

    As pakistani live as Suni, Shai and other groups, its best to stay as Pakistanis and abide Islamic Laws of the country. But you cant give protection to someone who goes against Islam or Muslims in Pakistan. Hamza Ali Abbis is just an actor and not Islamic scholar and he should respect the country laws and must know and educate himself first before educating others about Islam and Sharia laws of state.

    Unfortunately, in islamic tv programs there is no criteria for anchors who conduct these shows thats why you come across such programs which divide people and give rise to extremism or islamicphobia.Recommend

  • Xyz

    Amazing to read the comments! How passionate people are about passing judgment on others, on poking their noses into people’s personal beliefs and their very personal relationship with God. Is that really what being a Muslim is and if it is not then how do you call yourself a Muslim?

    When would you guys learn that acceptance is way more godly than rejection, that an embrace is more godly than a punishment, that every particle in universe exists by God’s will while you so openly reject those creations. And you call yourself a Muslim?Recommend

  • Syed A. Zafar

    Thanks for your sensible thoughts.Recommend

  • ammar

    Constitution cannot define someone’s faith. What if tomorrow constitution says Shia is non Muslim. Will you be ok with it
    ?Recommend

  • Muhammad Asif Nawaz

    I love your comment, the last para especially. Thank you for saying this!Recommend

  • Muhammad Asif Nawaz

    Thank you for your time and worthy comment!Recommend

  • Syed A. Zafar

    You said it right, but dear, what is the use of playing flute in front of buffaloes. Didn’t we read holy
    Quran? It says: “their hearts are sealed. It is sad, but true that such people
    are not capable of thinking and acting right. They are the same who cry, agitate and make it an issue
    of human rights violations when in India and some other countries Muslims are treated, persecuted,
    oppressed and killed in the same manner. It is double standard and a slap on the beautiful teachings
    of Islam. I really wonder what happened to the intelligence, common sense and conscience of the law
    makers, judicial pundits, true religious scholars, military mights and human rights organizations of
    Pakistan and the world, why they are not willing to take a firms and proper stand against such inhuman
    practices and blasphemy laws of Pakistan which are designed to crush and eliminate certain ethnicities
    and communities of Pakistan who are proven loyal and able citizens of Pakistan? “Mazhab naheen sikhaata
    aapas mein bair rakhna” (religions do not teach hatred). The simple solution to today’s world problems
    in general and Pakistan in particular is: “Love, justice and one standard for all” That is what Islam stands
    for. Extremists of all kinds and sides including religious and liberal extremists! Please do not mislead,
    misrepresent and pollute humanity, Islam and Pakistan. My salute to all those who are for common sense,
    humanity, harmony between nations, religions and culture and love and justice for all. That is what it takes.

    “Zameer-e-insan agar sadaa day, toe sadaaqateni aankhein kholtee hain, khuda bhee zameen pay utar
    kay apnay bundon koe dhoondhta hai, aur Qasr-e-insaaf bhee goonjtaa hai” (it takes conscience).Recommend

  • SNLDallas

    Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) is the last Law bearing prophet of God. Holy Quran is the last revealed book by God. Islam is the last religion sent by Allah.. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that God sent Mirza Ghulam Ahmad within the fold of Islam (he did not bring any new religion), to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and re-institute morality, justice and peace. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community continues to spread Islam’s true teachings of moderation and restraint with compassion, patience and prayers, in the face of bitter opposition from the Muslim world.
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  • Nasir Jadran

    Pakistan was not created as an Islamic republic. The founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah subscribed to progressive Muslim state not a theocratic Islamic state as it has become now. Qaid e Azam responded to a question saying this when the question was asked to hi about what kind of a country you are creating on the basis of religion. Religious goons after his death declared unconstitutional Objectives Resolution as they couldn’t do it during the life time of Qaid e Azam. Recommend

  • Nasir Jadran

    Asad, this is the problem that even Muslims don’t know truly about their own religion. First, finality of Prophethood Ahmadis do believe that the Holy Prophet SAW is the last law bearing prophet and the Holy Quran is the last law giving book. Ahmadis accept their founder as the Ummati Nabi as stated by the Holy Prophet SAW, that when a day will come Islam’s nothing will be left at that time a person or many persons among the people of Salman the Persian will revive it in latter days. Secondly, for educational purposes, Where does in the Holy Quran it says that those who do not believe in the finality of the prophethood are non- Muslims? Show me one verse of the Holy Quran in this regard. Thirdly, non-Ahmadis Mullahs use a Hadith that Holy Prophet SAW said that there is no prophet after me. Although this not mentioned in any of Sahih Bukhari or Sahih Muslim and it is mentioned in one of the weak hadiths which all Muslim Ulema prior to the times of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad subscribed to. Let’s suppose if we accept this Hadith even then it doesn’t mean that there is no literal prophet after me as Holy Prophet said there is no prophet after me it could also mean no law bearing prophet after him Umati can be a prophet as the Holy Quran says in Surah Nisa that those among you who will do righteous God will make them Prophets, Siddeeqs, Shaheed and Salih. Since as a true Muslims we all believe that their is no contradiction in the teachings of the Holy Quran and the actions of the Holy Prophet then we have to accept that no law bearing prophet will come after Holy Prophet SAW.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Islam will kill you for leaving it,but also kill you for calling yourself Muslim.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Pakistan itself is a grotesque perversion.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Strange indeed is an Ahmadi.Insists on being a Muslim,whom Muslims not only reject,but will kill for calling himself one.There are many other religions(true religions) that will take him into their fold happily,and treat him as a human,and give him full rights to practice as he seems fit,and live as an equal human being.But I do know and understand that Mullah will still kill him for being apostate,and kill whosoever converts him in the bargain.Recommend

  • siesmann

    I am sure Christians,and indeed any other “true” religion will take those 20 % happily into their fold(you have to guarantee them(converts and converters) safety though,you must know(definitely) the Mullah’s indecisive mind -they only need a hint of a reason to kill),and whosoever else you would like to call non-Muslim(I am sure mullah won’t be wanting in this endeavor). And surely I expect that you will pull out the tablighi hordes out of other countries that allow this to be preached.Recommend

  • siesmann

    that’s stupid and bigotedRecommend

  • aslam

    Abbsi is touching very sensitive issue, which had been settled by the parliament. I request not to play with fire. people are often driven by their emotions. please be careful.Recommend

  • Fahim

    1) I know a lot of Qadianis/Ahmedis in Pakistan who call themselves muslims & having all muslim festivals. They are not killed.
    2) We also take him in our fold happily.
    3) I support to treat him/her as a human,and give him full rights to practice as he seems fit,and live as an equal human being.Recommend

  • Fahim

    Constitution can’t interfere in someone’s religion in his personal matter. But every right to define what Islam is according to wide consensus among Muslims. No I won’t be ok if Shia declared as non-muslims.Recommend

  • Nasir Jadran

    Fahim question is does anyone has a right (state or other ulemas)to declare a person or a group of people non-Muslim? The answer lies in the practice of Holy Prophet Saw, he never said or declared anyone non-Muslims not even munafiqeen such as Musailma Kazab. So who are Pakistani Mulllahs in front of our beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad Saw? And which constitution is superior than the practice or sunnah of Holy Prophet of Islam Saw and the Holy Quran? Constitution are just papers made by men. It can be amended and abolished per need of the time as it has happened many times before. A constitution which cannot provide justice to all of its citizens has no right to be implemented. This is my take on it.Recommend

  • Nasir Jadran

    Some how I get the feeling that your comment resembles Gene Heckman’s dialogue in a movie Enemy of the State!! :-)Recommend

  • Alm757

    I applaud Hamza you are a brave man. I watched the video, and noted the answer given by a Maulana Sahib that Islamic scholars discussed the Ahmadi’s Issued and recommended to Govenrment who Implement this order. This took me back 2000 years, when a similar stage was set by the than Scholars against a Prophet of Allah and recommend the than government to put the Prophet of Allah on Cross (Saleeb). Don’t you think history repeated and these so called Ulema adapted a similar action? Allah Almighty have seen all what has been adapted by these Ulema, He is the One who will bring the Truth on the Day of Judgment. May Allah give Wisdom to the people of Pakistan to speak Truth.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Good for you.Now convince your mullah of that.Recommend

  • Ashmuji

    Where does the word “NEW” come into the equation. Either he is the last on earth, or he not. New has nothing to do with it. New is neither mentioned in the Quran in reference to Holy Prophet (sw) being ‘Khatamun Nabiyeen’ nor in in any of the Kalimas. This addition of the word ‘new’ has been added to deceive people. Btw, no authentic Quran translation translates the Arabic” Khatman Nabiyeen” as last prophet. All use the word “seal”.
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  • Fahim

    Khatam meanings according to dictionary are complete, close, conclude, round off, wrap up, wind up, or seal. Nabiiyeen means persons who have Nabowat. So in short perons who have Nabuwat are complete or sealed by Muhammad sawaw.Recommend

  • Fahim

    They all know it and practice it. Problem is law & order maintenance in Pakistan. Powerful supress weak But soon it will be over. Things are getting better in PakistanRecommend

  • Ashmuji

    All Hamza has done is asked the question “why is there a need for any government to interfere in a theological issue?” He is not advocating Ahmadies are right. If a bigoted mullah believes l am a non-Muslim, so be it. I would profoundly disagree with him and happy to debate him, but the government needs to stick it’s nose out of it. That’s what happens around the civilised world – alas not pakistan. And that is the point Hamza Abbbasi is making. No more nor less. But in Pakistan, The public join in the witch hunt. How sad?

    The mullah tabka has brought about ruin to this one wonderful land of ours, and the kaum and its politicians are hell bent on quickening its downfall by allowing its mullahs to continue breeding hatredRecommend

  • Keyboard Soldier

    Pakistan was created out of a failed concept called the two nation theory.

    An ironically-funny fact is that one of the biggest promoters of the hate-filled two nation theory were the “Ahamedis.” Now the same community is bearing the brunt of the Wahhabi mullahs.

    The only people safe in Pakistan are the Wahhabis or the Deobandis. The rest are either disposable-Kafirs.Recommend

  • Salman

    I wish Abbasi get a very good shutup call or this thing will be a never ending thingRecommend

  • SaanSi Addicted

    Why don’t you Ahmadiyya guys keep your twisted logic to yourself. Basic human rights are ofcourse for every human being regardless of the religion etc. But the right to be called as a Muslim is not a basic human right. You need to earn it first by your faith and then actions. If you don’t believe in Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as the last and final prophet (and Im aware of all of your stupid twisted logic), then your are not a Muslim. This is the faith of “Jamoor” muslims and thats how it is. If you don’t wana follow it, then no one is stopping you to leave the country and go somewhere else. No more arguments (Full stop).Recommend

  • SaanSi Addicted

    @nasirjadran:disqus Why don’t you Ahmadiyya guys keep your twisted logic to yourself. Basic human rights are ofcourse for every human being regardless of the religion etc. But the right to be called as a Muslim is not a basic human right. You need to earn it first by your faith and then actions. If you don’t believe in Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as the last and final prophet (and Im aware of all of your stupid twisted logic), then your are not a Muslim. This is the faith of “Jamoor” muslims and thats how it is. If you don’t wana follow it, then no one is stopping you to leave the country and go somewhere else. No more arguments (Full stop).Recommend

  • Fahim

    As said above that Qadiani community are facing a lot of problems. I heard that mob attack their houses and tear down Qurani ayats and Bismillah about 2 years back. Same for some traders having Qurani Ayats labelled in their shops. Allah, Rasool sawaw and Quran are for all. Keeping all religious difference apart, humanity first.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Who has forced PEMRA to ban this very show(discussed above) ,if is not Mullahs?Mullah can’t even tolerate discussion of persecution of a community.Recommend

  • Qaiser

    Very disappointing to see these self-proclaimed liberals digging out what is settled. Of course it is for the state to regulate the religious affairs.Ahmadies are not Muslims and that is settled. People like Hamza will never discuss how Ahmadi community is one of the richest in Pakistan by doing business. Clearly, their business success doesn’t reflect any uniform oppression. Yes, there are isolated incidents, type of which is recorded against minority groups in all countries. Such incidents are condemnable but not the representative of status quo. Recommend

  • James Caan

    Please do not compare Jesus Christ with Mirza Ghulam Ahmed…..Either you guys should follows what Muslims say or run with your own religon with Mr Ghulam Ahmed as your prophet…Morally & Ethically you should not mix the two.Recommend

  • Agha

    Apparently by your logic you would be fine with sunnis labeled as non muslims in Iranian constitution. After all they sunnis should also follow the country;s laws there, isn’t it? And if you aren’t fine with it, i suggest you take a good look in front of the mirror.Recommend

  • Liaka Ahmad

    Then no one should be okay with calling Ahmadi’s non Muslims, right? Recommend

  • Liaka Ahmad

    What act has he done? Recommend

  • Liaka Ahmad

    There’s one thing that needs to be understood. Us Ahmadi’s will call ourselves Muslims weather someone likes it or not. I applaud Hamza for asking such a great and valuable question which not many have had the strength to ask. No doubt it is a risky question for him, which is understandable. I do believe that the new generations will extinct this Kafir notion because they will contemplate this issue. Recommend

  • Tahira Tahir

    The vast majority of Muslims believe that Hazrat Esa (as) will return to the Earth in the latter-days. Was he not a prophet? If so, then according to this belief, would he not be the last prophet? Ahmadi Muslims believe that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) is Khataman-nabiyeen, the Seal of the Prophets, and the greatest of all prophets who has ever lived. We also believe that he (saw) is the last law-bearing prophet and that no new shariah can come after him. We believe that in the latter-days, Hazrat Esa (as) would not return to Earth because as the Holy Qur’an has said, all messengers have passed away, and it is not possible for someone who has died to return to the Earth centuries later. If it was possible for a person to be raised to heaven and then return to Earth, then that honour should have been reserved for our holy master, Muhammad Mustafa (saw). For this reason, Ahmadis believe instead that an ummati prophet would be sent by Allah in the latter-days, who would come in the spirit of Jesus (as) to revive the true teachings of Islam. This is the main difference which divides Ahmadi Muslims from other Muslims. The question is, does such a difference warrant the abusive treatment that Ahmadis receive in Pakistan today? The Holy Prophet (saw) says that whoever recites the kalima is a Muslim. Ahmadis recite the same kalima, so why are we not considered Muslims by the state of Pakistan? Perhaps more honest people in Pakistan should do some soul-searching and look at the way minorities are treated in Pakistan. Things need to change.Recommend

  • kiran

    It is important to rise above prejudice and accept people of all beliefs as equal human beings, for that is the basic teaching of Islam. Fraternity and brotherhood is the soul of Islam. Islam doesn’t allow hatred then why do people claiming to be Muslims declare others heretics, and call for their murders. Have they not read translation of the Holy Quran? They do not know that killing a person is a former of shirk the greatest sin in Islam. Had rat Muhammad was the most peaceful man, and these extremists calling others heretics are a threat to the peace of the world. Recommend

  • kiran

    Islam doesn’t give right to anyone to declare others (karma goh) kafir.Recommend

  • R.j Adnan

    In this day and age it should not be about having courage to stand up but to actually be well aware and know the difference between right and wrong. He should not be the only one to say this, it should be all of the public knowing what the religious clergy and government have implemented is indeed wrong.Recommend

  • Alm757

    Saan Si.. , once I asked a Sunni Muslim scholar and Imam about faith of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed of Qadian denying Oneness of Allah Almighty, or denying Prophet hood of Muhammad(Swa) or denying his belief on five pillars of Islam, You will be surprised that, that learned scholar and Imam could not find any thing in Mirza Ghulam Ahmed about his belief against Islam. He was perfect lover of Muhammad (swa) and claimed that the status he got was only by following the footsteps of Muhammad (swa) and by guidance of Allah Almighty. Say the Truth, Act Truly, Be Righteous.Recommend

  • Noah Rahman

    You guys made it so in Pakistan under current implementation of law and Constitution you don’t get all fundamental basic human rights unless you are Muslim. What do you expect from people then?Recommend

  • Noah Rahman

    I hear Zafrullah Khan was a big fan of the Objectives Resolution.Recommend

  • Sadiqa

    Hamza only asked whether the government should be deciding who is Muslim, and who isn’t. Is this what his fault was and they banned him from Ramazan show. He only raised question about Human rights and blasphemy law.
    Everyone knows that talking about Ahmadi community is very sensitive issue but Hamza had the courage to speak out in clear words”who will provide the justice for Ahmadi community”.
    Vast majority in Pakistan support Ahmadi community but afraid to speak out in public. Hamza is one of them. I applaud not only for Hamza but also for those who supported his question on Ahmadi’right on social Media. May Allah help and guide Muslim nations and Muslim scholars to understand the true teaching of Holy prophet (saw)- who taught us to be commpassionate, merciful and forgiving -Ameen! Recommend

  • Ahmad Shah Durrani

    Hamza
    Ali Abbasi wants to reignite the Qadiani issue repeat the violent
    events of 1953 and 1974 in 2016 that may be ten times more deadly so
    that he can defame Pakistan, Islam and Muslims. Who is manipulating
    Hamza Ali Abbasi ?Recommend

  • Sadiqa

    Hamza also asked whether the government should be deciding who is Muslim, and who isn’t. Is this his fault? Talking about human rights and blasphemy law. He just talked about “who is responsible to provide justice to Ahmadi community in Pakistan”. It is time that persecution of Ahmadi community should be resolved. May Allah help and guide Muslim nation and Muslim scholars to understand the true teaching of holy prophet(saw)- who was commpassionate, merciful and forgiving -, Ameen!Recommend

  • Nazima Mansoor

    As a Ahmadi muslim , I really appreciate your courage to ask so called Mulas this question. As a citizen of Pakistan. We have no right. We accept it But sorryyyyyyy to say as everyone can see so obvious no one has any right to say anything in this country. How as a Muslim you can rule the world??? Think about itRecommend

  • Khan

    This is no bravery. Stupidity !Yes.Recommend

  • Muslim

    Please explain for info of us all illiterates how the man from Qadian left this world?Recommend

  • Khan

    Qadianis are so well established in ISRAEL? I am sure some one from Qadian will come up with some ‘logic’.Recommend

  • Fahim

    Who has forced PEMRA to Ban Allama Kaukab Noorani and another host ?Recommend

  • Fahim

    Is it not clear that black is black, white is white, water is water, fire is fire, a book is a book, a pen is a pen, a man is a man, a woman is a woman, a child is a child, a Jew is a Jew, a Christian is a Christian, a Buddhist is a Buddhist and a Muslim is a Muslim? Of course it is! Then why is this any different?Recommend

  • Ot

    Let alone how hamza raged the controversy.
    My simple question to everyone defaming Pakistan .. Can you talk about holocaust in west..
    Though it has nothing to do with relegionRecommend

  • Rubina Shakir

    Well done Hamza.
    After all these years of silence a person like Hamza has mustered the courage to stand up against the unjust laws against Ahmadis. In our society truth is suffocated and no one can speak against these so called mullas.But this courageous man knows that saying the right kalima infront of zalim huqmran is the real Jihad.Recommend

  • Alm757

    James Caan:: Mirza Ghulam Ahmed has several similarities with Jesus (Eissa). Mirza Ghulam Ahmed came after 1400 of Prophet Muhammad, whereas Jesus also came after 1400 years of Moses, Jesus was the follower of Moses and came to revive the Judaism, Mirza Ghulam Ahmed was also the follower of Prophet Muhammad and came to Revive the religion Islam, Jesus was condemned and rejected by the Pharoses (religious authorities of Judaism) similarly Mirza Ghulam Ahmed who claimed Messiah of this age rejected by Ulema or religious authorities. Please go to alIslam.org and read “Jesus in India” you will find more similarities. May God Almighty give you wisdom to find the TRUTH?Recommend

  • siesmann

    I am baffled as to why Ahmadis wish to remain in this intolerant religion. Mullah won’t stop hunting you until you are exterminated.Better join some humane religion(which is all others except Islam),and let Mullah find another sect to hate and kill.Recommend

  • siesmann

    so daily killing of Ahmadis is not defamation of Islam,Muslims and Pakistan.Muslims are the worst defamers of Islam.And only persons(if they be so called) who manipulate are Mullahs,as is clear from your state of mind.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Nobody believes these cliches about Islam any more.Mullah who commits and makes other Muslims commit all these atrocities and inhumane acts knows Quran better than you.Recommend

  • siesmann

    You mean the new generation that is taught to hate Ahmadis in textbooks,schools , mosques and Madrassas. Tough luck !!Recommend

  • Shafi M.

    Islam is being hajacked, first terrorists and now Ahmadis. While all citizens of Pakistan has same human rights, Ahmadis need to be honest and understand that law simply bans them from misguiding others and calling themselves muslims. THEY aren’t Muslim because they dont believe in Prophet Muhammad Sallalhu Alihe Wasallam as the seal of prophethood. Recommend