According to the Holy Bible “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew:5:39). Whereas the Qur’an says “Whosoever killed a person – unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land it shall be as if he had killed all mankind.” (Al-Maidah ch.5,V33). Christianity and Islam both are based on peace, equality, morality and faith. It is unfair to persecute and hate a society on the basis of false prejudice, stereotypes, and misconceptions. The capacity to feel and display moral outrage is a fair indicator of aliveness of a society.
What has religion done to deserve these stereotypes and misconceptions? It is true, killing does not bring honour to a family; it only brings shame and just shame. There is no such thing “Honour Killing” in any religion whether its Islam or Christianity. Honour Killing is simply a domestic abuse crime and criminal does not belong to any religion. According to statistics, people commit honour killings who belong to different cultures, not only Muslims. For instance, Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu, 25 of B.C born was murdered in 2000 and Amandeep Atwal, 17 was killed by her father in 2003. On Father’s Day in 2005 Robert Farquharson drove his Commodore into a dam near Whinchlesea near Geelong and his three sons drowned entombed in the vehicle. Let’s not forget, gay and lesbian honour killings in South America and elsewhere. Moreover, 47% increase in the UK in so called honour killings in the past few years. The media has portrayed Muslim women as insignificant people under cruelty, abuse and oppressed. Furthermore, many times women shown physically abused by men and are not given equal rights by the non-Islamic people who are sick and absurd. As the matter of fact, Islam had revolution the lives of women by replacing their rights and dignity more than 1400 years ago. In fact, women were considered full people under the Islamic Law, they had the opportunity to vote, own property, earn money, inherit, initiate divorce, control their wealth and received equal pay and respect as men did.
What have Ahmadis done to deserve this persecution in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? The contribution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to Pakistan is significant. Just like other Pakistanis, Ahmadis are very loyal to the country and they earned a good name for their motherland. The Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Abdul Salam and the first foreign minister Zafarullah Khan, were both Ahmadis. The latest hate speeches against the Ahmadiyya Community and threats hurled at them was witnessed in Rawalpindi’s Satellite Town. Thousands of people gathered near a Community Centre on the call banned militants outfits like Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and the Jama’at-ul-Dawa flaked by local leaders. They demanded not only the closure of the Ahmadiyya Community Centre but also that all ahmadis be expelled from Pakistan. The country’s Christian minority also came in for a shock when the hate rally’s meeting point, the Holy Family Chowk was rechristened as the Khatm-I-Nabuwat (Finality of Prophethood) Chowk. The threat against Ahmadis keep coming. The situation has created a hostile environment for the Ahmadis. They are being forced to flee from the area to protect their families. Jamaatud Dawa don’t want Ahmadis praying in their Rawalpindi Mosque. In a country, where in the eve of independence, Jinnah had proclaimed “You are free to go to your temples, mosques, or any other places of worship.” Ahmadis were barred from calling their places of worship “Mosques”. In Pakistan, a few questions remained unanswered regarding the religious, social and official persecution of Ahmadis, whether the anti-Ahmadis legislation is legal or not, whether it is in contravention of basic structure of the constitution that guarantees religious freedoms, whether parliament has a constitutional right to ascertain the faith of an individual or a community or not. Finally, it is our moral and intellectual bankruptcy that not a single individual has dared to legally address these anomalies that have pitted the entire state apparatus and society against one, small religious community.