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  1. Who are the Ahmadi Muslims?

  2. We are Muslims who believe in the Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani (1835-1908) United States of America

  3. We are a rapidly growing sect of Islam Islam: Overview Islam’s composition Islam’s Origin: 610 A.D. Messenger: Prophet Muhammad Population: 1.3 billion worldwide World Center: Mecca, Saudi Arabia Spiritual Head: None Worldwide Growth of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Worldview of Islam by Country 190 countries Origin 1889 United States of America

  4. We are located in over 70 Chapters across the United States We operate and publish the longest running Muslim Journal in the United States, The Muslim Sunrise United States of America

  5. We promote Islamic values of Loyalty, Liberty, and Peace West Yorkshire transit bus, UK We live in over 190 countries around the world. Our members actively counter the voice of extremism in Islam and advocate interfaith dialogue and non-violence. United States of America

  6. We follow a single leader – the KhalifatulMasih* The Promised Messiah (1889 – 1908) KhalifatulMasih II (1914 – 1965) KhalifatulMasih III (1965 – 1982) KhalifatulMasih V (2003 – present) KhalifatulMasih I (1908 – 1914) KhalifatulMasih IV (1982 – 2003) We seek to revitalize Islam, reject violence, reject jihad by force, use religion for individual reform, promote education for all, embrace interfaith harmony and endorse a separation of church and state. Our slogan is “Love for All, Hatred for None” * Successor to the Messiah United States of America

  7. We are Muslims who serve humanity We donate 6-10% of our income to serve the impoverished through non-profit hospitals and schools. We contribute and volunteer through Humanity First – a worldwide disaster relief organization including US efforts for Katrina and Haiti. Noor Hospital, India Humanity First USA helping in Haiti Non-Profit organization founded by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Ahmadiyya School, Fiji United States of America

  8. We are Muslims who advance society. We herald the first Pakistani to win the Nobel Prize in Science. Dr. Abdus Salam (1926-1996) 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics United States of America

  9. We are Muslims who built the first Mosque in Western Europe. We published the first Qur’an with English translation and commentary. It was here in 1934 that Jinnah (the “father” of Pakistan) was persuaded to return and continue his efforts to form Pakistan even with great adversity among leaders in India and extremists in Islam. “The eloquent persuasion of the Imam left me no escape.” Muhammad Ali Jinnah 1934 Speech at the London Mosque Fazl Mosque (London Mosque), London UK United States of America

  10. We are Muslims who shaped Pakistan with the services of the First Foreign Minister, the President of the International Court Of Justice, the President of the UN General Assembly, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sir Chaudhry Zafrulla Khan (1893-1985) United States of America

  11. We are Muslims who shaped Pakistan through the service of the Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Finance, and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. M.M. Ahmad was arguably the most influential civil servant in Pakistan, with supervisory authority over all three ministries. During M.M. Ahmad’s service, Pakistan underwent rapid industrialization and growth. In 1967, President Ayub Khan appointed M.M. Ahmad as adviser to the new president and was given the rank of a Federal Minister. M.M. Ahmad (1913 – 2002) United States of America

  12. We defended Pakistan in the highest ranks of the military Major General Iftikhar Khan Janjuaknown in Pakistan as the hero of Rann of Kutch, as he was a brigadier in command of 6th Armored Division. Lieutenant General Abdul Ali Malikwas a Pakistan Army engineer officer and a high-ranking military general. He is a well known figure from the Chawinda tank battle during the 1965 Indo-Pakistani war. Lieutenant General Akhtar Malik was a distinguished war hero of the Pakistan Army in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965. United States of America

  13. “You are free; You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State.” Muhammad Ali Jinnah, August 1947 We are Muslims who supported Jinnah’s vision of a democratic and secular Pakistan. United States of America

  14. We have been fighting extremism in Islam for over 100 years and are experts on the origins and root causes of extremism 1866 – Taliban started in Deoband, India Six Clerics in Deoband start a Madrassa that spreads across Asia teaching: (1) a Muslim's first loyalty is to his religion, (2) Muslims should recognize religion as the only border, and (3) Muslims have a sacred right and obligation to go to any country to wage jihad to protect the Muslims of that country. Students were called “Taliban”. Today – the Taliban have created a known extremist political party called “JUI” 1941 – Maududi power - “Political Islam” Cleric Maududi starts the first political party of Pakistan – Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) opposed to Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan. Later, the Ahrar and Taliban join JI’s objectives: (1) establishment of a pure Islamic state, (2) governed by Sharia law (3) opposed to Westernization, (4) opposed to ideologies such as capitalism, socialism and secularism. 1866 1900 1941 1947 1900 - Ahmad rejects clerics’ Jihad Ahmad rejects the concept of violent Jihad with proof from Islam’s Quran and Hadith. Some radical clerics declare Ahmadi Muslims as heretics for not supporting the call to wage Jihad. 1947 – Jinnah’s “free” Pakistan wins Pakistan is formed with a democratic vision of freedom, secularism, and minority protection. Radical Islam fails to win significance Combating the ideology of the Taliban, Ahmad said, “…the prevalent tradition among the Muslims of attacking the people of other religions, which they call Jihad, is not the Jihad of Islamic Jurisprudence. It is against the clear instructions from God and His Messenger and is a grievous sin.” United States of America

  15. The Radicalization of Pakistan 1947 – Finality of Prophethood “TKN” Platform Maududi who opposed creating Pakistan faces diminishing support for “waging Jihad.” Jamaat-e-Islami and the Ahrar regrouped on a new political platform with broad appeal – a doctrine of “Finality of Prophethood“ called TahafuzeKhatam-e-Nabuwat (TKN) to appeal and unite a diverse Muslim base. Their claim was that Ahmadis were agents of the west abrogating (rejecting) Jihad and that Ahmadis insulted Islam by believing Ahmad was a Prophet. Masses joined the TKN platform for fear of being labeled as non-Muslim with the Ahmadis. This is how extremism spread so fast since 1947. 1947 1974 1953 1974 - Failure Bhutto’s power play reinvigorates “TKN” Following the 1973 oil crisis and realization that the Muslim World was trying to unite against the West, Bhutto hosted the 2nd Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Lahore. He positioned Pakistan on the Islamic World stage by nominating King Faisal to be the Khalifa and offered to defend the doctrine “TKN”. Within seven months Ahmadis were declared non-Muslim by 140 international Muslim organizations and by Pakistan’s NA. 1953 – Judge Rejects Extremism Crowds were stirred into riots against Ahmadi Muslims in Punjab. Thousands were injured and many killed. Martial Law was declared. A Federal Court Inquiry found Maududi, JI leaders, and the Ahrar responsible for inciting hatred and riots. They were sentenced to life in prison. Unfortunately, two years later Pakistan was pressured into releasing them by Saudi Arabia. February 22, 1974 OIC Yasser Arafat, Mujibar Rahman, ZA Bhutto, Muammar al-Qaddafi

  16. On September 7, 1974, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, supporting the Second Amendment to the Constitution, declared Ahmadis to be “non-Muslim” choosing an extreme political platform “TKN” that organized 72 sects of Islam against one. Defend Jinnah’s vision? or.. Cater to “Political Islam” for power? Bhutto’s Decision Lahore, Pakistan - February 22-24, 1974 Yasser Arafat, Sheikh Mujibar Rahman, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Muammar al-Qaddafi 2nd Organization of the Islamic Conference Z. A. Bhutto

  17. In April 1984, General Zia ul Haq’s government catered to extremists and played into anti-Ahmadi sentiment among “TKN” clerics by passing a law called Ordinance XX that criminalized Ahmadis for calling themselves Muslims. Ordinance XX carries the punishment of fine, imprisonment or death for acts deemed to be blasphemous. To this date, it is illegal for Ahmadis to call themselves “Muslims” or to call their places of worship “Mosques.” Under Ordinance XX, an Ahmadi that “hurts the feelings of the Muslim Majority” can be fined, imprisoned or put to death. “We will Inshallah persevere in our effort to ensure that the cancer of Qadianism is exterminated.” “[the] Government of Pakistan has taken various measures to deal with this problem. I hope that the whole Muslim world will take similar steps to crush this curse [Qadianism] with full force." General Zia-ul-Haq President of Pakistan August 4, 1984 Member of Jamaat-e-Islami Mohammad Khan Junejo Prime Minister of Pakistan August 4, 1985 United States of America

  18. Politicians Radicalize Pakistan “…Qadianis have been declared infidel in the constitution of Pakistan. Recently my Government banned the holding of Quadiani conference and Qadianis could not dare to hold the conference anywhere in Pakistan.” “…Qadianis were declared non-Muslims in my father's rule. How could I undo the great service my father did for Islam? My Government will not give any concession to Qadianis. They will remain as non-Muslims.“ Nawaz Sharif Chief Minister of Punjab International KhatmeNabuwwat Conf, Chicago November 22, 1989 Benezir Bhutto Prime Minister of Pakistan January 1989

  19. Pakistan’s claim to the United Nations false The United States has not previously linked Pakistan’s government- sponsored persecution and its abuse of minority rights with the conditions that breed extremism and terrorism. Pakistan routinely misleads the UN and the United States… Pakistan conceals state-sponsored persecution: “The government has no hostility towards the Ahmadis, nor are they persecuted or harassed in any way … In substance, the Ahmadis enjoy all the normal rights.” “There exists no plan, no campaign, official or otherwise, to persecute the Ahmadiyya Community.” - February 25, 1986 United States of America

  20. We are the only Muslims in Pakistan that are excluded from participating in the election process and must make a declaration of faith in the government issued passport. Declarations Page “I consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Quadiani to be an imposter nabi and also consider his followers whether belonging to the Lahori or Qadiani group to be Non-Muslim.”

  21. EXTREMIST We are Muslims who are targeted by the media (GEO TV) for ratings and entertainment Talk Show Quote on the 34th Anniversary of the 1974 Anti-Ahmadi Law: “people who held such beliefs (Ahmadis) were 'Wajb-ul-Qatl', that is ‘worthy of death’ Result: three Ahmadis murdered following this broadcast Program Hosted by Aamir Liaquat Hussain September 7, 2008 GEO TV United States of America

  22. We are Muslims who live among billboards advertising rallies dedicated to spreading hatred as a matter of policy… TahafuzeKhatam-e-Nabuwat “TKN” Ad Paid for by the Punjab Government Department of AUQAF (Religious Affairs) Slogan “Friendship with Mirzais (Ahmadis) is tantamount to rebellion against Huzoor [Prophet Muhammad] April 2009

  23. TahafuzeKhatam-e-Nabuwat “TKN” Hate Rally Badshai Mosque - Lahore “…the Qadianis’ progress cannot be stopped till the imposition of death penalty for apostasy. … attempts to revise the constitution to provide relief to the Qadianis, then an all out war will be launched against the government. We are Muslims who witnessed thousands in Lahore listen to Government officials promote a policy of violence in the name of political Islam. Paid for by Department of AUQAF Government Speakers President ZulfiqarKhosa (PMLN) from Punjab, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs HamidSaeedKazmi, Provincial Minister of AUQAF Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi

  24. We are Muslims whose children are arrested and held in jail for 6 months on false allegations of committing blasphemy. We live in a place where the police help settle scores and judges fail to intervene. They are either with the extremists or afraid of being targeted as “sympathizers” if they assist Ahmadi Muslims in judicial due process. February 2009 United States of America

  25. Police of Lathianwala Faisalabad August 2009 We are Muslims who watch Pakistani police (Punjab Elite Force) desecrate our Mosques on live television wearing shirts that read “No Fear.” We watch how this emboldens extremists to escalate persecution of our families.

  26. Lahore - May 28, 2010 Attack on two Ahmadi Mosques claiming 86 victims and over 100 injured We are Pakistani citizens who are massacred as a result of years of government policies.

  27. We are Muslims watching extremists brainwash Pakistan’s youth. “The mentality subconsciously instilled in young minds growing up in that society is that people with different views are bad and must be taken out.” Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah National Vice President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA Restoring laws that protect minority rights and removing laws that allow systematic persecution is the world’s best hope to curb the tide of a radicalized Pakistan. “No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt United States of America

  28. 19 243 Ahmadi Muslims Killed Per Year Ahmadi Muslims Killed In Total <-1974 1984-> We have lost 243 Ahmadi Muslims since the 1974 Amendment

  29. Despite persecution, we are Muslims for peace. “… there will be no improper reaction from any Ahmadi. Our salvation lies in our supplications to God Almighty and we believe that He has, and always will, help us … May Allah protect all good natured people from the evil acts of those opposed to peace.” Khalifatul Masih V Statement after May 28, 2010 Lahore Massacre

  30. His Holiness, Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V with Lord Avebury, London, UK Statement by Congressman Frank Wolf (VA), Chairman, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, in response to testimony by Amjad Mahmood Khan We are Muslims who work within our governments around the world to address terrorism and extremism in Islam by removing the very tools (e.g., Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws) that give extremists control over minorities and, subsequently, society as a whole. United States of America

  31. Sentiment emerging in Pakistan: “Enough is Enough” The May 28, 2010 Attack on two Ahmadi Mosques have prompted responses creating an environment conducive to change. ISLAMABAD: It was after an apparent hesitation and a bold initiative by some women that the National Assembly on Thursday (June 3, 2010) unanimously condemned Friday’s “barbaric massacre” of Ahmadis in Lahore. ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari signed on Thursday 3 June two recently ratified international conventions, adding Pakistan to the list of countries which have ratified all international conventions related to good governance, sustainable development and human rights. LAHORE: In a statement on Saturday June 06, 2010, in Lahore, Mr. [Nawaz] Sharif expressed commiseration toward the Ahmadi community, calling them ‘brothers of Muslims”. United States of America

  32. HR 764 calls for the repeal of Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws and the restoration of rights to minorities. So far, over 28 Members of Congress have supported HR 764 since October 2009. Contact Congressman Christopher Smith (NJ) to sign on today. We can no longer sit idle and wait for someone else to take action – calling on Pakistan to restore the rights of minorities will give those inside Pakistan the courage to make changes that serve to reduce radical Islam’s hold on society at large.

  33. “Redressing the plight of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is in America’s best interest.  … America must not be misled by Pakistan’s claim that democracy and freedom of religion exists. America’s war on terror hinges upon securing the rights of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.” Naseem Mahdi National Vice President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA Contact your Representative Support HR 764

  34. Presented by: Department of Public Affairs Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA To learn how you can help, contact mujeeb.ijaz@ahmadiyya.us (313) 737-3370 Also, visit: www.muslimsforpeace.org 06212010