HEAD OF AHMADIYYA MUSLIM JAMAAT RESPONDS TO TERRORISTS ATTACKS IN LAHORE
Earlier today two mosques belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Lahore were attacked by terrorists. The mosques were the Baitul Nur Mosque in Model Town and the Darul Zikr Mosque in Gharishaw.
Although it is not yet clear what the exact numbers are, it is being reported that dozens of Ahmadis have been killed, many more injured. Ahmadi witnesses are saying that the mosque is covered in blood.
The attacks are the culmination of years of un-policed persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, which is a minority sect in Pakistan. In 1974 legislation was passed that declared Ahmadis to be ‘non-Muslim’ and
in 1984 further legislation was passed in which the practice of the
faith was outlawed. At regular intervals since then Ahmadis have been
attacked but today’s attack is the most cruel and barbaric. All Ahmadis,
who are based in 195 countries, are peace loving and tolerant people
and yet they are continually targeted by extremist factions.
During his Friday Sermon at 1pm today the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat condemned the terrorist attacks.
His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Today two our mosques in Lahore were attacked by extremists. At the moment we do not have full details of what has happened. It is clear though that a number of our Ahmadis have been
killed and many others have been injured.
These people had merely come to the mosque to offer their Friday prayers and yet became victims of a heinous terrorist attack. May God grant patience to the bereaved and elevate the status of those
who have been martyred.”
Further details will be issued by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat at regular intervals.
UPDATE – May 28th
In response to the terrorist attacks that took place at two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore earlier today, His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has issued the following statement:
“The terrorist attacks that occurred today at two of our mosques in Lahore were completely barbaric and alien to all forms of humanity.
These attacks took place in mosques which are places of worship and at the time of the Friday prayers which all Muslims know is a holy and sacred time. No true Muslims could ever countenance such
attacks, such cruelty and such barbaric behaviour. No form of terrorism
has any place in Islam and thus those who were behind these attacks may
justify their acts in its name, but let it be clear they are Muslim only
in name and never in deed.
The situation in Pakistan is extremely grave. For decades Ahmadi Muslims have not been able to live in peace, in fact they live their lives in constant danger. In 1974 Ahmadi Muslims were declared
‘non-Muslim’ by the Government of Pakistan and then ten years later the
infamous Ordinance XX was adopted which criminalised all forms of Ahmadi
worship and the practice of its faith.
These laws effectively legitimised the exclusion and persecution of our Jama’at in Pakistan. Ever since, extremists have taken advantage and targeted Ahmadis. Despite this cruelty Ahmadis have
remained loyal citizens of Pakistan and have never shown any form of
At this time we do not know the full extent of what has happened. However it is clear that dozens of Ahmadis have been killed and many others have been injured. I pray that Allah may grant patience
to all those who have been left bereaved and grant an elevated status in
Paradise to those who have been martyred. May God restore to health
those who have been injured.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at is a peace loving true Muslim Jama’at. Thus 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. No terrorist and no government
can ever stop the progress of our Jama’at because it is a Divine
May Allah protect all good natured people from the evil acts of those opposed to peace.”
Ahmadis have turned towards God with patience
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat confirms that thus far 94 Ahmadis have been martyred in the terrorist attacks that took place in Lahore two days ago. Some media outlets, particularly in Pakistan are wrongly
claiming that the figure is less. The number of those who have been
seriously injured is more than 125.
27 people died at the Baitul Nur Mosque in Model Town, the remaining fatalities occurred at the Darul Zikr mosque in Garhi Shahu.
The deceased include Judge Munir Ahmad Sheikh, the Amir (President) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Lahore; Major General Nasir Ahmad, the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Model Town; Mr Mahmud Shad, a
missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat and a number of other senior
The majority of those martyred have been taken to Rabwah where more than 90 graves have been dug at the community’s graveyard. The martyrs are being buried in groups and thus far over fifty burials have taken
place. Plans for a large scale burial of all the victims at one time
were abandoned due to security concerns.
As a mark of respect market traders and other shops in Rabwah have remained closed since the attacks.
The Press Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Abid Khan said:
“It is not only the family members of the deceased who have been left bereaved but in fact every Ahmadi the world over is feeling great sadness at this time. Despite what has happened no Ahmadi
has taken to the streets in protest; no Ahmadi has displayed anything
but patience. We, under the guidance of our spiritual leader, Hadhrat
Mirza Masroor Ahmad, have instead turned towards God and prayed for the
victims, for their bereaved relatives and for the long term peace and
prosperity of Pakistan. We will continue with this example no matter
what is thrown at us in the full certainty that God is with us and
always will be.”
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