The Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims

This All Party Parliamentary Group has been set up to promote the interests of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK and abroad. The Community is one of the most persecuted groups in the world simply on grounds of its faith.

In Pakistan, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only religious community to be targeted by federal laws on grounds of its faith. The state plays a pivotal role in denying Ahmadi Muslims their basic religious freedoms. The persecution faced by Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan is well documented and has been entrenched within the Pakistani state and society for decades.

In Pakistan, Ahmadi Muslims are legally prohibited from calling themselves Muslims, they cannot practice their faith as Muslims, cannot vote and are persecuted from the cradle to the grave. In particular, Ahmadis are declared ‘wajbul qatl’ (deserving to be killed) publicly by clerics and the state condemns Ahmadi Muslims to three years imprisonment for their faith under the Anti-Ahmadi laws, and to death under blasphemy laws.

The persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan is a case of the politicisation of religion by extremists. Legislation has entrenched the persecution and discrimination of Ahmadi Muslims in law. This has emboldened extremists (for example groups such as the Majlis Ahrar, the Jamate Islami and the Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat) that have used these laws as a pretext to kill Ahmadis in Pakistan.

As a result, extremists have had an open hand and regularly transmit or publish hate messages, death threats and even hit lists of Ahmadi Muslims declaring that killing of an Ahmadi is a noble act.

The same hatred, on varying scales, can be seen spreading from Pakistan to other countries, including Indonesia, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to name a few.

Wider Impact

The impact of extremism is now spilling over to the UK. A stark example of this can be seen in the 2016 murder of Asad Shah, an Ahmadi Muslim shopkeeper, who was murdered in broad daylight on the streets of Glasgow simply on grounds of his faith.

In the UK, we have also seen the use of media outlets such as satellite television and the internet where religious extremists are openly airing hate speech against the Community.

Such intolerance must not be allowed to take root in Britain and the wider world today.

For further information about religious persecution against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, please visit:

www.stopthepersecution.org