A group of angry Islamic fundamentalists have destroyed a mosque belonging to the persecuted minority Ahmadi community. The mosque had been closed a few years ago by the local authorities in order to avoid violence by extremist Muslims. No casualties were reported as the mosque was empty. A video has surfaced showing an angry mob demolishing the mosque.
The mosque is more than a century old and it is said that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of the Ahmadi sect visited it in the nineteenth century. The core teachings of Ahmadiyya sect are based on Islam. But, they also incorporate teachings of other traditions of the world including Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Unlike other Muslims, they believe that Buddha, Krishna, Rama and Confucius were also the prophets of God.
UK @foreignoffice @ukinpakistan has repeatedly called for Pakistan @CMShehbaz to protect all communities & faiths -yet last night we again see a frenzied mob destroy a beautiful&historic mosque in #Sialkot -the tragedy of the continued persecution of #Ahmadi #Muslims @alislam pic.twitter.com/IzmzGrNvXH
— Lord (Tariq)Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) May 24, 2018
As a result of their tolerant nature, they have been the target of Islamic fundamentalist violence since Pakistan’s independence. In 1953, anti-Ahmadiyya riots erupted in Pakistan killing hundreds of innocent Ahmadi Muslims. Later, in 1974, following another anti-Ahmadiyya violence, the Pakistani legislation declared Ahmadis as kafirs and their religious practices were criminalized. Violence against Ahmadis have only increased since then and they are the most persecuted ethnic minority in the country.
The anti-Ahmadiyya sentiment has spread across the globe into various Islamic countries. In Belarus, Ahmadis are banned from practicing their faith openly, while Saudi Arabia bans them from entering its territory or performing Hajj. In other Islamic countries, such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Egypt and Indonesia, Ahmadis are repeatedly discriminated and even face violence for adhering to their faith. They are often accused of insulting Islam by incorporating aspects of other faiths and religions.