A deeply disturbing video1 is circulating on WhatsApp groups in which a Pakistani hate preacher calls for the extermination of the Ahmadi Muslims across the world.
In the deeply disturbing video, the extremist declares “jihad” against the already persecuted and ostracised peaceful Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He calls upon Muslims to “cut the tongue” and “strike down the hand” that interpolates the Holy Quran. He further urges Muslims to “crush the brain and “smash the heart” which “harbours rebellion” against it. “We will not rest until the last Qadiani is alive on the face of this earth,” the video says.
The video is entitled “Qadianiyyat (pejorative term for Ahmadis) distortion of the Quran is criminal”. It originated from a Khatm- e-Nabuwwat WhatsApp group created on the 24th of December 2022 and has some 615 members. Khatm-e- Nabuwat is an extremist anti- Ahmadiyya organisation which claims to protect the honour of the Holy Prophet of Islam but is consistently radical and hostile to Ahmadi Muslims. The WhatsApp group’s description states its aims as putting a stop to
‘Qadianiyyat’ and to “unveil” its “blasphemous face”. It ends with the slogan “long live Khatm-e-Nabuwwat” and “death to Qadianiyyat”.
The allegations against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s so-called interpolation of the Holy Quran is a long-standing and fabricated trope against the community. Ahmadi Muslims recite and follow the exact same Quran as the 1.7 billion Muslims around the world. They have made no changes to it. It is also an Islamic belief that the Holy Quran has divine protection and is free from interpolation, be that in the past, present or future. However, Pakistani extremist clerics ignore Islamic teachings and even basic human decency in order to defame, slander and falsify claims against the community.
Anti-Ahmadiyya rhetoric has escalated in the past few months in Pakistan with government authorities complicit in the mistreatment of Ahmadi Muslims. Raids have taken place in homes and offices of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Ahmadis from the town of Rabwah have been falsely charged with distributing an altered version of the Quran.
Human rights groups have repeatedly expressed their deep concern over the lack of attention to the serious human rights violations perpetrated against the Ahmadiyya community around the world and called on the international community to step up efforts in bringing an end to the ongoing persecution of Ahmadis.
On July 13, 2021, UN human rights experts expressed their deep concern over the lack of attention to the serious human rights violations perpetrated against the Ahmadiyya community around the world and called on the international community to step up efforts in bringing an end to the ongoing persecution of Ahmadis.
We once again strongly urge the international community to impress upon the Government of Pakistan to discharge any absurd cases against Ahmadis and release all held in custody and thus honor its responsibility to provide effective protection and freedom of religious practice to Ahmadis and that perpetrators of such vicious actions should be brought to justice, to bring its laws and practices in conformity with international standards as ordained by Article 20 and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 2, 18 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Article 25, 26.
English translation of the video which is circulating on WhatsApp groups in which a Pakistani hate preacher calls for the extermination of the Ahmadi Muslims across the world:
O Muslim! Step forward and strike down the hand that interpolates the Quran. Cut down the tongue that preaches the interpolated Quran. Crush the brain that makes the plans of interpolating the Quran. Smash to bits that heart which harbors rebellion against the Quran.
Come, O Muslims! Today we solemnly pledge to declare Jihad (Holy war) against Qadianis (pejorative for Ahmadis) – the criminals that carry out interpolation of the Quran, that we will not rest until the last Qadiani that is alive on the face of this earth, so that on the day of Judgment we are deemed successful in the sight of the Holy Prophet peace be upon him.