The founder of Pakistan Mr M. A. Jinnah had respect for the Ahmadia community; what is more, he appointed Sir Zafaruah Khan the first Foreign Minister of his country in 1947. The Bangadesh’s media is to be commended for its accurate and unbiased coverage of the recent spate of violence against the Ahmadias. In particular, The Independent deserves appreciation for its courageous editorials condemning the unjust violence. Minorities everywhere need to be protected and, above all, made to feel at home. Perpetrators of violence forget that many Bangladeshis are minorities in the countries where they are either working or have settled down. So it is not a matter of minorities but being human. And in our case being a true Muslim, no matter what the sect is.
The members of the Ahmadiyya Community are required to illustrate in their daily lives all the social, moral and spiritual values inculcated by Islam. They are drawn from every walk of life and are practical men and women pursuing the whole range of beneficent activities according to the teachings of Islam. They do not reject the normal values of life and have set enviable examples of full, successful and highly beneficent lives. The distinguishing feature of their lives is co-existence of the moral and spiritual along with but above the material and physical, in personal, social and communal spheres. In this, the Community has faced severe opposition from Muslim clerics who wield substantial political influence.
The Ahmadiyya Jamaat (Community) was established in 1889 by Mirza Golam Ahmed in a small and remote village Qadian, in the Punjab, India. He claimed to be the expected Reformer of the Latter Days, the awaited one of the world community of religions.
I wish to thank you for your unbiased coverage of the recent violence against the Ahmadia Muslim Jamaat and Ahmadia Muslim Mosques in Bangladesh. Let there be sanity and tolerance
K M Salman Rahman