On February 10, 2012 The Lahore Bar Association (LBA) has banned the most popular Shezan Drinks following a campaign led by more than 100 Khatme Nabuwat Lawyers Forum (KNLF) for being the products of Ahmadis. It is frightening that a so-called ‘educated community’ of professionals could take a decision such as this. This action takes discrimination against the Ahmadiyya Community to new heights. Ahmadis have through the decades been subjected to violence in all kinds of different forums whether it is through physical acts such as murder or other means intended to prevent them from occupying a place as equal citizens in society. By this move, it is also certain to hurt Ahmadi Lawyers who practice in the court of law in Pakistan. A law abiding Pakistani can only wonder if the Khatme Nabuwat Lawyers, Jamat-e-Islami, banned terrorist organizations and mullahs of this plot imagine that sipping the ‘offensive’ drink will in some way contaminate their minds, or alter beliefs or do not like this drink, they can simply stop using it, but they should not enforce bans based on religious hatred and discrimination.
The Peace loving, law abiding Ahmadis, internationally regarded, live by the motto “Love for All, Hatred for None,” and have no history of engaging in violence. Because Ahmadis do not fight back, they are an easy target for Muslim extremists who have been taught they will go to heaven if they murder someone who practices the Ahmadiyyat faith. There are millions of practicing Ahmadi Muslims worldwide, with established branches in 190 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The Ahmadiyya Community was founded in 1889 by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who believed in universal brotherhood, opposed violence as a means of advancing religion, and strongly rejected Bigotry, Hatred and all forms of terrorism. Ahmadis believe that everyone has the right to follow the religious philosophy they adhere to.
In 1974, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto declared Ahmadis a “Non-Muslim Minority”, thus publicly labelling them as second-rate citizens. In 1984, Pakistani military dictator General Ziaul Haq proclaimed the notorious anti-Ahmadis Ordinance XX. After these two brutal amendments in the history of law of Pakistan, hundreds of Ahmadis have been subjected to looting of property, desecration of mosques and murder attempts and more than 3,500 have faced court persecutions due to their faith. The Ahmadis fares no better in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, where there have been more murders in the last three years.
In May, 2010 in Lahore, sectarian terrorists assassinated 86 Ahmadis while they were gathered to worship at the Dar-ul-Zikar Mosque. It reminds me beautiful pretty injured face of Noor Fatima, a 4-years old girl who was at the Garhi Shahu mosque on May 28th was injured on her left cheek, but she survived. In an interview with a video team she stated that bad people (ganday log) threw broken glasses at her. She prayed that God would restore the fans and the carpet of the (Dar-uz-Zikr) mosque. When asked whether she would like to go the mosque again, she gave a firm nod in the affirmative.
Regardless of faith or identity, we cannot remain deaf to their silent cries. Ahmadis must denounce the founder of the Ahmadiyya community if they apply for a national identity card or passport in Pakistan. They are denied entry to colleges and access to jobs. On January 29, 2012 a big gathering of more than 5000 people mainly from Tahaffuz Khatm-e-Nubuwat, Jamaatul Dawa, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Sipaha Sahaba was held outside the Ahmadiyya Community Centre. Ahmadis have been forced to leave during the recent systematic genocide from the militant religious groups. The knives which inflict these wounds are carried by groups dedicated to spreading intolerance and campaigning against the minorities. People of Ahmadiyya Community are good, peaceful, law abiding and their faith like all religious believers – is a central part of their identity. It is firm hope that the international community recognizes its duty to protect the rights of all people to believe according to the dictates of their hearts, their minds and their consciences, and that the silent permission of persecution by the absence response, the attitude of indifference quickly comes to an end.