But they are not "real" Muslims or so I am told

I am deeply saddened and pained by the news that at least 80 Muslims from the Ahmadiyyah sect were murdered in Pakistan by terrorists during Friday prayers.  This great loss of humanity should reverberate throughout the Muslim world, however it won’t likely even be mentioned.  Unfortunately, due to great ignorance and hypocrisy, my fellow Muslims who claim to be Sunni as I am don’t seem to think much of Ahmadiyyah’s.  What crime have they committed that could have possibly warrant the slaughter of so many men, women, and children?  What beliefs could they hold that are so “anti-Islam” that it could warrant decades of oppression, slaughter, and inhumanity by those who themselves ironically claim the title of “Muslim”?  Allah (swt) knows best.

I will not go  into depth about where my beliefs as a Sunni Muslim differ from those who belong to the Ahmaddiyyah sect, because it is not necessary.  These MUSLIMS bear witness to the ONE God, and bear witness to His Messenger Muhammad, upon whom peace and blessings are to be bestowed.  I happen to be of the opinion that since I don’t have the keys to paradise nor hell that it’s ultimately up to Allah (swt) to decide, but I seem to be in the minority.

I need not go into how many friends I have that are Ahmaddiyah who I claim as true friends and family, nor do I need to repeat my arguments in defense of their cause as I have in the past.  The important thing is that it is about time for Muslims to start being Muslims.  It’s time for Muslims to actually follow the Sunnah.  There is no way I could call myself Muslim and ignore the barbaric practices carried out by fellow Muslims.  There is no way I could ever believe that the Prophet (saw) would ever advocate terrorism and oppression against those who say they believe.

However, on we sleep.  On we idly sit by apathetic to the suffering wrought upon this group and many others.  Yet, our passions can easily be awoken if the French threaten to pass an anti-burqa law or someone draws a cartoon and calls it “Muhammad”. We have truly become a community of hypocrites.

What kind of backward people would turn a blind eye to murder, allow open persecution, dictatorship, and evil to exist in our lands yet never suffer a cartoonist to live without fear of death?

And we actually wonder why people mock us.  We actually wonder why they call us backward and barbaric.

I am thoroughly disgusted and am tired of  all the hollow statements from our so-called Muslim leaders who have much to say when it’s convenient and are silent when it is not.  The alphabet soup of Muslim organizations love to condemn actions when it’s politically expedient.  We love to call out artists and engage in a debate about free speech when we feel “disrespected”.  But where are these organizations, Imams, student associations, and other Muslim groups today?

They are silent.

Where is our government who loves to remind us that Pakistan is our ally yet are tight lipped concerning the persecution that the Pakistani government openly allows and sanctions through uncivilized and discriminatory laws?

I pray for all the victims of these terrorists and their families regardless of what sect they belong to, regardless of what they believe, regardless if Allah (swt) considers them Muslim or not, because it’s the human thing to do.  I pray that a day will come when Muslims act on the decree of Allah (swt) and actually be a model for all civilizations.  I pray for a day when no one will ever feel unsafe when they have Muslims for neighbors.

These Satanic actions must not only be condemned, but punished, legislated against, and openly debated.  If we sit back and allow this tyranny to exist and do nothing, we become part of the tyranny and are worthy of the hellfire.  How can we claim Islam as our religion and not try to stop these actions physically, verbally, or at least hate it in our hearts.

I call upon all Muslims and those of other faiths to speak out against the terrorism and oppression of the Ahmaddiyah community.  I call upon America’s citizens to contact our legislators and our President and let them know that we will not tolerate a Pakistani government that openly oppresses her citizens and creates an atmosphere that results in actions taken similar to those that occurred today in Pakistan.

Either we truly are believers or we are not.  At least be man or woman enough to admit it.  No drawing is more important than the murders of innocent men, women, and children right under our noses.  Where’s the fatwa against this crime?

I would like to believe that my fellow Sunni Muslims would echo my sentiments, but I’m already wise enough to know that I’m more likely to hear the sounds of crickets than I am to at a minimum hear or read a statement from one of our “leaders” or “organizations” condemning these crimes.  Unfortunately, my rose colored glasses were shattered years ago.

Here’s to holding my breath…..

My Allah (swt) reward, protect, and guide His true servants in these perilous times.

Pakistani Taliban attack two mosques in Lahore, target Muslim sect

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11 Comments

  1. Well said.  Any “so called Muslim” with any compassion in his heart will hate these acts of terrorism, or any other acts of terrorism that occur all over the world.  But I feel the same as you.  I seriously doubt any “Muslim” leader will stand up an condemn these heinous acts as unislamic… rather, many will secretly take joy in the perverted thought that they are doing a service to Islam.  Thank you for calling a spade… a spade.  May Allah bless you for your efforts and deeds.

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  2. Condemnations of terrorrism do not have an “exception clause” in it —-if you condemn terrorism—you do so for all human beings.
     I don’t know any Ahmadiya person—yet, I firmly believe they have a right to worship and follow their religion just as I have the same right to do so—-it is not for us to pass any judgements—-that is a matter between the believer and God.—-the Quran says so.
    Problems of sectarian hate do exist in our Ummah. However, this is a larger problem—one of “identity” and in various ways, everyone, eastern or western, is struggling with this in our new modernists, globalized, and often polarized world. (That is why, Islamic “puritanists” often holds appeal—because it oftentimes provides strong visual identity symbols.) —Ofcourse, this is not confined to Muslims—the French and others are also struggling with “identity”. Hopefully, this struggle will help us ALL realize we are of the same family, all are brothers and sisters—and this is really the only identity that we need.——–that we are all human beings, sharing planet earth. 
    The more each of us shares this message of siblinghood and unity, the better the world might be………

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  3. I am a born Ahmadi. Any killing, prejudice or discrimination causes me pain. The arguement of who is right and who is wrong is between the believer and their God. Their are 72 sects in Islam, and who knows how many sub sects, but no one but Allah knows which sect is correct.

    My young cousin, Mansoor Ahmed was killed, my uncle was killed, and many other family members injured. I cannot believe that terrorists call it JIHAD when going and disturbing prayers and killing. On a friday….surely they should have been in their ‘right’ mosque, reading their ‘right’ prayers…Do they think Allah will reward them for leaving their prayers to kill innocent believers who as a community, have a reputation of peace?

    Their has to be some action taken. I pray to Allah that leaders of other faiths intervene, and set down some rules. It is not a decision for a government to make weather someone is Muslim or not-it is between the believer and their God.

    I dont care if someone believes in Godzilla as their God, or the sun-god, or the moon-god, or no God. It is about time we learn to live as a society who accepts one another for the person they are rather than the beliefs they hold.

    May Allah help the families of the victims of this terrible attack. Ameen.

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  4. I think we regular everyday Muslims need to get more upset about these action. We need to take Islam back from the extremist and terrorist.

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  5. in a saying of the Holy Prophet (saw) it is said that when a child is born he is considered to be a human first, it is the parents and the society he lives in that make him a muslim or christian or a jew etc.
    in times like these with all our differences and misunderstandings we share one common belief: the belief in humanity, that we are all one and equal in our rights as HUMANS. you and i have no right to take that away from anyone. it is easier said than done if we call upon all muslims to sympathize with Ahmadis or condemn these atrocious acts because many Muslims have been brought up with the belief that Ahmadis are Non-Muslims and sadly but well thats the reality it might take more than 90 dead “kafirs”. i wont say to my brothers and sisters in Islam to accept Ahamdis as Muslims because we dont need the approval of anyone but ALLAH but what i would like to say is that  please do not close ur eyes on such major crimes and violence against HUMANITY because these people used to breathe the same air as you did and ate the same food as u did and loved their families and country just as you did.

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  6. Even sunni pakistani muslims view this as horrible an unneccasry.
    My dad is pretty hardcore, but he shook his head reading about this attack.

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  7. There is a dangerous practice in the ummah and decide who we think are the real Muslims and who are not.  As you say they testify that there is only one God and Muhammad is a messenger.  We welcome people into the faith once they say the shahada, but there are too many who are too full of judgments.  Only Allah can make such judgments.  We must not resist arrogant criticism of how we practice our faith.

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  8. This phenomena (the murder of one group by another for along religous lines) is a natural consequence of human beings defining themselves along religious lines.

    Human beings define themselves by their relationship with an in-group – this can be a member of a family, a religion a sports team or anything else pretty much.

    Once this occurs it becomes easy to view “MY” in-group as good, virtuous, better, etc. etc. and “YOUR’ in-group as evil, vicious, worse, etc. etc.  This is just human nature —  a by-product of our tribal heratige.

    What makes religion so dangerous is that it ties this psychological tendency to some of the most goofy&  rediculous stories, and then usese them to justify all kinds of shenanigans.

    So you get things like “they were not REAL muslims”  this is really just a way of saying “they were less virtuous than us because they belonged to a different group.”

    Murder can be easily justified at this point, since if the creator of the universe is going to burn them in hell, there is really no reason to treat them any better than he does is there?

    Of course once you HAVE an in-group that is formed around the idea that there is an invisible authority who wants you do do “X” or doesn’t want you to do “Y” it is easy to use the deity as a sock-puppet. 

    All a leader has to do is to put words into the God’s mouth and everyone will have to obey  in order to stay in the “in-group.”  In the case of leaving Islam, the punishment is death, so in the case of Islam, a leader can really get some political might out of this tactic.   Mohammad was just such a charlatan.

    These patterns of human behavior is one of the chief reason that atheists and secularists tend to take the postion that “religion is bad.” 

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  9. I couldn’t agree more, brother Robert. The whole situation is just too painful. May Allah guide the ummah of the holy prophet (saw). Keep up the great work, i’ll be a regular visitor from now on inshaAllah.

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