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Monday, May 31, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: May 30, 2010 Effects of Terrorist Attack Against Muslims

For Immediate Release

May 30, 2010        Contact: Waseem Sayed, Spokesperson 909-636-4397

Effects of Terrorist Attack Against Muslims

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community conducts mass funerals for the victims of May 28th Lahore Mosque terrorist attack

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community today laid to rest its 94 victims from the May 28 horrific terrorist attack at their two Mosques in Lahore, Pakistan. The Pakistan Taliban claims responsibility for this brutal attack with continued threats against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Pakistani Government officials remain silent in their apologies by not acknowledging the place of the attack as a mosque or referring to the members of this community as Muslims.

As Muslims who believe in the Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community within Pakistan remain under constant threats and attacks. The May 28 incident is the worst attack to date in Pakistan since the community was declared non-Muslim in 1974 and forbidden to practice their faith in a 1984 constitutional amendment. Countless members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA have suffered tragic loss of their relatives.

In the days since the vicious attacks, no local or federal government official has expressed a message of condolence to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. To the contrary, they stand by idle as banners and billboards remain in place today across Pakistan inciting continued murder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Despite such bloodshed, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has responded with continued advocacy towards peace. It maintains its adherence to the Islamic tenet that there is no place for violence of any kind since reverence for life is a part of Islam. The community has not retaliated in any manner nor held rallies or other demonstrations despite continual persecution. A massive letter writing campaign has begun requesting the US government to apply pressure on the Pakistan to repeal their blasphemy laws and ordinances within their constitution that justify the killing of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Christians and Jews. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has faced intense governmental and extremist persecution in Pakistan for nearly 40 years.

Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA states, “This is not an isolated incident, as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is continually targeted by the same extremists who attack the United States, and we would like to spread awareness of this issue and have our voices heard about the dangers of allowing such groups to continue these practices.”

Those wishing to support the victims’ families in Pakistan can make a charitable contribution to Humanity First USA in lieu of sending flowers.

About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist and fast growing international movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans over 190 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1921, is the first American-Muslim organization.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Islam of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Press Release 30 May 2010

Death toll rises to 94 following Lahore terrorist attacks

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 community officials.

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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Twin attacks on Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques leaves 95 martyred

Hundereds were seriously injured and wounded when terrorists entered two mosques in Lahore filled with people savagely killed scores of people and using AK-47 rifles and hand-grenades.  Three of suicide bombers blew themselves in Garhi Shahu mosque the main center for Lahore chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.  The massacare by these terrorists lated for more than two and half hours while authorities including police were late in response. 

It is to be noted here that Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is being severely persecuted since 1974 when their basic rights were taken from them on the pretext of being non-Muslims.  According to Pakistan's constitution Ahmadis can be killed without any cause and protection is provided to terrorists who kill Ahmadis or any non-Muslim for that matter using Article 195A, B and C of Pakistani Constitution. 

The latest attacks on Ahmadiyya Community shows that governments in Pakistan are not serious in tackling terrorism issue that has taken the whole world in its grip.  Such laws and interpretations are the root cause for exporting terrorism in countries like US, UK, France and Spain.

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