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Islam and Sectarianism

Situation of Minorities in Bangladesh Is a Human Rights Issue
Tasmiah Nuhiya Ahmed

The status of minorities all over the world has demonstrated a pattern of discrimination and insecurity. Bangladesh is no exception. Violent attacks on religious minorities in Bangladesh prompted popular protests at home and abroad, and the minority communities think that it is an attempt to force them to leave the country as in 1971.They fear that the extent of the dreadfulness of attacks on the minorities might exceed what they had seen in 2001...

Ahmadis Follow All Articles Of Faith and Practices of Islam; In Addition They Owe Allegiance to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

They opened themselves to the allegation that they do not believe in the finality of the Prophet as the last Messenger of God. They claim MGA was sent to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace just as it is predicted in Islam but they have never questioned the finality of the Prophet’s word. There are four million Ahmadis in Pakistan and 10-20 million around the world....

 

To Wilfully Use Religious Sentiment for Worldly Gain Is Now Firmly Part of Pakistan’s Political Culture
Pervez Hoodbhoy

For them this is a slippery slope leading down to the unthinkable: a day when Ahmadis would be accepted as normal citizens of Pakistan. The backlash came from within PTI and from without. The strongest pressure to dismiss Atif Mian came from right-wing and centre-right parties — JUI (F), PML-N, MMA and JI. But even the nominally secular ANP, which lost hundreds of its members to Taliban suicide attacks, hit its political opponent with a religious club....

Naya Pakistan or the Same Old Bigoted Pakistan?
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

Today, it is an Ahmadi; tomorrow it could a Shia. Yet another day it can be the Sufis. There is a problem at the ideological foundation of Pakistan itself. The country will continue to create enemies out of its own people, till the time it actively confronts its past. Pakistan today needs to dialogue with the ghosts of Jinnah and Iqbal and perhaps tell them unequivocally that they were wrong in ways in which they conceptualised Islam as the ideological bedrock of the state of Pakistan....

Ahmadis of Pakistan: Nobody Should Have the Right to Define or Categorise Who Is A Muslim and Who Is Not
Ishtiaq Ahmed

People have wondered how an economist enjoying the respect of his peers worldwide could be denied inclusion simply because of his faith in Ahmadiyyat. Those who argue that it is consistent with the constitution and laws of Pakistan which describes them as non-Muslims assert that they should not claim to be Muslims. If they accept their status as non-Muslims, they can enjoy all those rights and protections which other minorities are entitled to according to the Pakistan constitution....

Discrimination against Ahmadis Emblematic of Pakistan’s Deeper Psychosis of Identity
Husain Haqqani

I have run into many Pakistanis with PhDs, including some who work for the World Bank, who argue in favour of Pakistan’s constitutional discrimination against Ahmadis. “Why don’t they just acknowledge that they are not Muslims, then they can live in Pakistan, like Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Parsis,” one of them once asked me....

 

Let Us Hope That the Pakistani Leadership's Abandonment Of An Ahmadi Economist Is The Last Such Incident
Kaswar Klasra

Radical Islamists took to the streets of Pakistan on September 1, to protest Prime Minister Imran Khan's appointment of former Princeton University scholar Atif Mian, a minority Muslim of the Ahmadiyya faith, to the Economic Advisory Council (EAC). Demanding that Mian be removed from the EAC, a key forum that advises the prime minister on economic issues, demonstrators threatened to lock down Pakistan's major cities, including Islamabad, its capital....

 

Today It Might Be Shias, Christians and Hindus, Tomorrow It Can Be You and Me
M Khudadad Chattha

A Pakistani waited for his flight to move thousands of miles away from home. This moment was anything but insignificant. Leaving behind his hometown and a promising career in the Police was the hardest decision of his life. He clearly wanted to stay. But it is hard to stay when you, your family and your whole community is being butchered by militants. His batch mates would soon be promoted to senior ranks in the police. And he would soon start a new life as an Uber driver in New York City....

Unceremonious Removal of Ahmadi Economist Shows the End of Meritocracy in Pakistan
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Allama Iqbal, the renowned Muslim philosopher, was an admirer of the founder of the Ahmadi movement and is rumoured to have joined it for a while as well before turning viciously vehemently and vociferously against it. Maulana Azad, the great Islamic scholar, considered the Ahmadis to be “Ghulat” i.e. a group that has transgressed the boundaries of divine faith but nonetheless is reported to have mourned the death of the founder of the Ahmadi movement....

 

Ahmadi Community In Pakistan: Can Pakistan Unlearn What It Has Learnt Over Decades?
Syed Kamran Hashmi

They wanted to live as a minority, take the insults, experience what people from smaller communities go through, and face the humiliation, the expletives, the religious decree awarded against their own faith. Similarly change can only come to Pakistan with action, with resistance against tyranny; the time to win a debate on social media, the time to call spades a spade without a follow up is gone. It is now the time to walk the talk, to act, to show, to rise up....

Disloyalty Will Be Harshly Punished Is the MbS Message to Saudi Sunnis and Shias Alike

Well-to-do Shias praise Prince Muhammad for ridding Awamiyah of a slum infested by gun-toting criminals, drug-dealers and a Shia cult, called the Shirazis, which appealed to landless peasants in Eastern Province. Some Shirazis took up arms and called for the death of the Al Sauds after their rabble-rousing preacher, Nimr al-Nimr, was executed in 2016...

 

Having no legal recourse the family of the victims grope in the dark to recover their loved one, the awaits answers  that aren’t forthcoming why was their loved one taken away without any charge what was his/ her crime? Where is he now? The irony of the tragedy is that the heirs of those who are presumed dead after remaining disappeared for many years, demand to see at least the dead body or the grave of their son/ father/ husband to have some semblance of emotional closure; to put an end to the agonizing hope of seeing their loved one ever again....

 

Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement Gaining Wide Traction
Aima Khosa

Their iconic red cap is now commonly sold in Karachi and the city’s Pakhtuns feel somewhat more secure – or at least better heard – after PTM’s campaign for justice for Naqeebullah Mehsud. However, it is as yet unclear as to how Pashteen plans to ensure the longevity of his project without moving towards a party organisation which brings with it an infrastructure and a more widespread, rooted presence that the PTM desires....

 

Government of Pakistan’s Attempt to Crush All Voices in Gilgit Baltistan
S. Binodkumar Singh

Furthermore, as per 2018 Order, the “Government of Pakistan may, if it deems necessary to acquire any land situate in Gilgit-Baltistan for any purpose, require the Government to acquire the land on behalf, and at the expense, of the Government of Pakistan or, if the land belongs to the Government, to transfer it to the Government of Pakistan on such terms as may be agreed mutually”....

 

Pakistan’s Electoral Conflict Does Not Lie either in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s Message or the Ahmadiyya Community
Peter Gottschalk

During Ghulam Ahmad’s life, Islamic scholars expressed disapproval with other scholars or individual Ahmadis. However, in 1947, after Pakistan was established as a separate Muslim homeland, some Islamic scholars publicly attacked the theology of the Ahmadis. Various politicians harnessed the controversy to their nationalist politics....

 

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA Continue To Suffer Under Sweeping and Indiscriminate Military Operations
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Despite unqualified support and immense help from the tribal elders and communities in the war against terrorism, Islamabad has demonstrated little concern for the safety and development of the tribal regions. The populations of KP (including erstwhile FATA) continue to suffer under sweeping and indiscriminate military operations, largely executed through haphazard bombings and artillery attacks on populated areas, which has brought ruination to the entire region and its populations.....

 

Pakistan’s Ahmadi Muslims: Imran Khan Ran on Slogans for Justice, Now Is the Time to Prove It with Actions
Qasim Rashid

If Khan intends to buck history, he must stop acquiescing to extremism. Notwithstanding the blood on his hands for supporting the Taliban as they killed thousands of Pakistanis — including scores of Ahmadi Muslims — you will never hear Khan affirm his support of Ahmadi Muslims. When asked whether he supports Ahmadi rights, he has responded that he “supports all rights.”...

What is the link between my faith and my vote? In 1974, Ahmadis were declared non-Muslim through the second amendment in the constitution of Pakistan. As if this wasn’t enough, General Zia-ul-Haq infamously issued Ordinance XX, worsening the plight of Ahmadis by depriving them of the right to profess, practice, and propagates their faith. As a consequence of this ordinance, Pakistani Muslims had to take oaths denouncing Ahmadiat....

Islamabad Needs To Reduce the Coercive Military Presence and Stop the Rights Violations in Balochistan
Malik Siraj Akbar

The carnage in Balochistan can be understood by considering the long history of separatism in the province, the resentment against the federal authorities for denying its people their proper share of resources and opportunities, and the failed strategy of the Pakistani military to use repression and to encourage and use Islamist groups and militants to crush Baloch nationalist rebels and politicians....

 

Blackness Is Inextricably Linked To Islam but Racism within the Muslim Community Has Seen the Centrality of Blackness Eroded Over the Centuries
Aina Khan

"Islam is part and parcel of African history and it has been for over a thousand years. In today's society, Prophet Ibrahim's wife Hajar, who was Egyptian, would have been considered black," he says. "The rites and pilgrimages we have in Islam in terms of Hajj (pilgrimage) were built by the participation and the efforts of a black African woman. Before Islam was accepted in Saudi Arabia or any Arab societies, Islam was first established in Africa. The first [journey] was to Abyssinia, where Muslims established the first community where they could practice Islam freely."...

 

The New Syria Is Smaller, In Ruins and More Sectarian

A new Syria is emerging from the rubble of war. In Homs, which Syrians once dubbed the “capital of the revolution” against President Bashar al-Assad, the Muslim quarter and commercial district still lie in ruins, but the Christian quarter is reviving. Churches have been lavishly restored; a large crucifix hangs over the main street. “Groom of Heaven”, proclaims a billboard featuring a photo of a Christian soldier killed in the seven-year conflict. ...

 

Arab Spring: A Contest between Liberalizing Forces and Sectarian Islamist Groups
Seth J. Frantzman

Several forces conspired to exploit the passions of the Arab Spring to forever change the region. Iran and the Islamic State competed for the hearts and minds of increasing sectarian conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. Some 40,000 extremists, from around the world, many of them transiting through Turkey to Syria, joined ISIS....

 

All Minorities in Pakistan Are At Risk
Khaled Ahmed

The killers who took the life of Charanjit Singh in Peshawar were not persuaded by Pakistan’s “foreign enemies” to commit the evil deed. He was killed by Pakistanis nurtured on the ideology that subliminally refuses to accept non-Muslims in the “castle of Islam”. The Christian church in Pakistan, still conscientiously educating Muslims in their charity-run schools and colleges, has endured massacres of its impoverished flock who sweep the roads of Pakistan....

 

For Pakistan, the Persecution and Marginalization of Ahmadis Never Mattered
Imad Zafar

The persecution and marginalization of the Ahmadi community is actually a crime by both society and the state. It seems we as a society need DNA surgery in order to get rid of the hatred and extremism in our genes toward the faith and beliefs of others....

 

Real Legacy of the Great Prophet (pbuh): Hold Fast Together and Let Nothing Divide Ummah in the Face of Sectarianism
Murtadha Gusau

There is a need to address the dangers and evil consequences of Muslim sectarianism in our country and everywhere in a peaceful, sane, healthy, and rational way. We have to create Muslim communities that are equally open to everyone; Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani, Ebirra, Igala, Kanuri, Nupe, Bassa, Okun, Kaje, Kurama, Arago, Eggon, Tiv, Idoma, Ogori, Birom, White, Black, Latino, Arab, Pakistani, Indian, Asian, African, low income, high income, educated and undereducated etc. This is the real legacy of the great Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (Peace be upon him). This is the picture of non-sectarian Islam....

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