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In this book, the author deals with an issue that has lamentably marked humankind's religious history. Relying on a wide range of interviews he conducted throughtout Pakistan, Antonio R. Gualtieri relates the tragic experience of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Their right to define themselves as Muslims has been denied by the Govt. of Pakistan acting in collusion with orthodox Islamic teachers. Ahmadis have been beaten and murdered. They have been jailed, hounded from jobs and schools, their mosques sealed or vandalized, for professing to be Muslims and following Islamic practices. This book records their testimony of Harassment and persecution resulting from their loyalty to their understanding of God and HIS revelation.
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The Heavenly Decree is the English translation of Asmani Faisala by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as) and the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at. It is addressed to his contemporary ulema, specially Miyan Nadhir Husain Dehlawi and Maulawi Muhammad Husain of Batala who had issued a fatwa of heresy against the Promised Messiahas and declared him a non-Muslim, because he (the Promised Messiahas) had claimed that Jesus Christ had died a natural death and the second coming of Masih ibni Mariam (Jesus Christ) is fulfilled by the advent of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas. Because (by the time the book was written) the ulema had refused to debate this issue with the Promised Messiah, he invited them, in this book, to a spiritual contest in which the question whether someone is a Muslim or not would be settled by Allah himself on the basis of four criteria of a true believer as laid down by Him in the Holy Quran. He also spelled out the modus operandi of this contest and fixed the period of time frame within which this contest would be decreed by Allah. He declared that God would not desert him and would help him and would grant him victory.
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NA condemns killing of Ahmadis
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NA condemns killing of Ahmadis
By Raja Asghar
Friday, 04 Jun, 2010
Stating that 'Islam does not permit attacks on minorities but instead seeks to protect all human life as sacred', the resolution called for a thorough investigation and bringing militants who carried out the attacks to justice. - APP Photo
Stating that “Islam does not permit attacks on minorities but instead seeks to protect all human life as sacred”, the resolution called for a thorough investigation and bringing militants who carried out the attacks to justice. – APP Photo

ISLAMABAD: It was after an apparent hesitation and a bold initiative by some women that the National Assembly on Thursday unanimously condemned Friday’s “barbaric massacre” of Ahmadis in Lahore.

It initially appeared that the brutal gun attacks on two places of worship, which killed about 90 people and wounded 105 others, would find no mention on the opening day of the lower house’s budget session as had happened in the Senate a bit earlier, for fear of possible ire of hardline Anti-Ahmadi religious groups.

But PPP’s former information minister Sherry Rehman would not let it go like that and called for an immediate attention to her two adjournment motions on the most deadly attack on the Ahmadi community and the Israeli commando attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on Monday after Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Amad Khan informed the house of Pakistan’s diplomatic moves against the Israeli action.

Immediate support for her move came from three more women members — ANP’s Bushra Rehman, MQM’s Khushbakht Shujaat and PPP’s Farah Naz Ispahani — while some men from both the treasury and opposition benches also jumped into the discussion before agreed resolutions on the two issues were drafted and adopted unanimously as substitutes for the adjournment motions.

One of them, moved by Ms Rehman, called the Lahore carnage “barbaric massacre” and a “coordinated act of terrorism” that it said represented a “serious challenge to the writ of the Constitution in Pakistan”.

Stating that “Islam does not permit attacks on minorities but instead seeks to protect all human life as sacred”, the resolution called for a thorough investigation and bringing militants who carried out the attacks to justice.

The other resolution, moved by PML-N’s Zahid Hamid, described the Israeli attack on the aid flotilla as “an act of aggression and state terrorism” as well as a “crime against humanity” and asked the government to seek intervention by the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Conference and the United Nations to get the Israeli blockade of Gaza lifted.

At the beginning of the proceedings, PPP’s re-elected member Jamshed Dasti came to the house in style, seemingly dismissing the shame of being found to have been elected in the first instance in February 2008 with a fake graduation degree and evoked “jiay Bhutto” slogans from supporters in a visitors’ gallery as he and another newly elected party member from Punjab, Asghar Jatt, took oath as MNAs.

Mr Dasti wore a band on his forehead inscribed in Seraiki language with “Asan qaidi takht Lahore dey” (we are prisoners of Lahore’s throne) and a black band on his left arm to protest at alleged excesses against him by the PML-N’s Punjab government.

Some other members also appeared targeting the Punjab government in their speeches about the Lahore attacks for allegedly ignoring intelligence reports about militant threats to Ahmadis.

PML-N chief whip Sheikh Aftab Ahmed dismissed the allegations, saying “terrorism is on the rise in the whole of Pakistan”, not only in Punjab, and was a national problem.

PPP’s chief whip, Labour and Manpower Minister Khurshid Ahmed Shah, said his party did not want to politicise the issue of terrorism and wanted it to be fought by all together.

But he said he had no objection to a demand by Mr Dasti for a house committee to investigate his charges of victimisation by the Punjab government and would like the PML-N to be its part.

However, PPP’s Nawab Yousuf Ali Talpur, who was chairing the proceedings, gave no ruling on the demand before adjourning the house until 10am on Friday.

The house business advisory committee decided before the sitting that the national budget for fiscal 2010-11 would be presented on Saturday and approved on June 28.

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