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Sectarian Hatred Reaches Britain as Muslims Picket Ahmadi Mosque.

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Anti-Ahmadi Hate in Britain.

Sunny Hundal has raised this issue.

Picket of Ahmadi mosque in scunthorpe by group of muslims saying Ahmadis “worse than pigs” . being shared by Sunny Hundal.


LondonA new Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque in Scunthorpe is approved by North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee on February 10th. (Ahmadiyya Times)

The passage of the plans came amidst objections from few non-Muslim neighbors whose concerns were based around parking issues, a local newspaper Scunthorpe Telegraph has reported.

Startling, however, was a joint objection organized by the various groups of Sunni Muslims from the area mosques and madrasas who first filed with the planning committee complaining about the design of the Ahmadiyya mosque, claiming its high prominence “will create tension.”

“We have also received a letter of objection on behalf of the five mosques in North Lincolnshire,” said Phil Wallis, head of planning. “They said there is not enough car parking to cope with the events and the design is very prominent and will create tension.”

Further shameful scene was created when a handful of Muslim youth appearing to be of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian dissent, but some in long Arab garbs, showed up on location and attacked the current mosque location and then joined with non-Muslims to protest the building plans for the new Ahmadiyys mosque.

The Muslim protesters were loud and rowdy; and some Muslim men with long beards and missing mustaches were seen even waiving “NO TO MOSQUE!!!” banners.

Sunni Islam is an umbrella term for many factions of Muslims including, Wahabi, Deobandi, Brelvi, Ahl-e Hadith and others and they collectively find Ahmadiyyas heretic because of the latter’s stand against the concept of a violent Jihad.

It’s impossible not to notice the heart-felt tone of the Ahmadiyya Times.

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslims welcome UK Parliamentarians’ call to end persecution of religious groups in Pakistan. (15th February).

Pakistan: Christian Appeals Death Sentence For Blasphemy (15th Februrary).

The story of the Ahmadis is a reminder that Islamist hatred and genocide in the Middle East are part of a much wider problem.

For the five million Ahmadis, religious persecution has been particularly severe and systematic in Pakistan, which is the only state to have officially declared that Ahmadis are non-Muslims.[9] Pakistani laws prohibit the Ahmadis from identifying themselves as Muslims, and their freedom of religion has been curtailed by a series of ordinances, Acts and constitutional amendments.[10] When applying for a Pakistani passport, Pakistanis are required to declare that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was an impostor prophet and his followers are non-Muslims.[11]

As a result, persecution and hate-related incidents are regularly reported from different parts of the country. Ahmadis have been the target of many violent attacks by various religious groups in Pakistan.[12]Madrasahs of all sects of Islam in Pakistan prescribe reading materials for their students specifically targeted at refuting Ahmadiyya beliefs.[13]

As a result of the cultural implications of the laws and constitutional amendments regarding Ahmadis in Pakistan, persecution and hate-related incidents are regularly reported from different parts of the country. Ahmadis have been the target of many attacks led by various religious groups.[14] All religious seminaries and madrasahs in Pakistan, belonging to different sects of Islam, have prescribed essential reading materials specifically targeted at refuting Ahmadiyya beliefs.[15]

In a recent survey, students from many private schools of Pakistan expressed their opinions on religious tolerance in the country. The figures assembled in the study reflect that even among the educated classes of Pakistan, Ahmadis are considered the least deserving minority in terms of equal opportunities and civil rights.The teachers from these elite schools showed lower levels of tolerance towards Ahmadis than their pupils.[16]

Another example is Abdus Salam, the only recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics who identified as a Muslim. For his mere allegiance to the Ahmadiyya sect, he had been ignored and excommunicated. There are no monuments or universities named after him. The word “Muslim” has been erased from his grave stone.

Wikipedia. Persecution of Ahmadis.

Secularism means freedom for all religions in a common framework of human rights based law.

Secularism is the enemy of religious sectarianism: a reason why many persecuted and minority groups support secular liberty.

Secularists condemn the importation of religious hatred against the Ahmadis.

We stand with our Ahmadi sisters and brothers against the bigots.



Written by Andrew Coates

February 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

7 Responses

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  1. It is happening in Indonesia:

    “This debate on whether Muslims can peacefully coexist with those of different faiths is precisely why the world looked optimistically to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s leadership following the latest rogue action by the regent of Bangka, who threatened to force the conversion of all 29 Muslims of the minority Ahmadi sect or expel them from the island. I can only hope that Indonesia, a nation with the largest concentration of Muslims in the world, will lead the way. The world is watching, Islamophobia is rising, and the behavior of Indonesian Muslims is under scrutiny.

    Members of the Ahmadi community in Bangka, most of whom are indigenous to the island, are waiting anxiously for their fate after having faced months of threats, harassment and intimidation from the local administration. The Ahmadiyah community preaches “Love for all, hatred for none” and identifies as Muslim.”

    More here http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/06/indonesias-growing-religious-intolerance-has-to-be-addressed

    LibDem MP Tom Brake has raised it in Parliament. Shamefully, Australia has failed to use its leverage with the Indonesians.

    Paul Canning (@pauloCanning)

    February 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm

  2. I blogged on this because there was a story about this bigotry in London a few years ago.

    Worshippers told at Tooting Islamic Centre to boycott Ahmadiyya shops. 2010,

    hmadi shopkeepers face financial ruin after clerics demanded a boycott of their shops.

    Imam Suliman Gani, of the TIC, admitted he personally pleaded with the owner of the Lahore Halal Meat in Tooting not to sell his business to an Ahmadi man.

    He said: “Since the Qadianis are routinely deceptive about their religion, there was a potential risk of Muslims being offered meat that wasn’t necessarily halal.

    “Can you imagine the uproar in the Jewish community if it was found that a shop selling purportedly kosher food was not doing so?


    “In his first interview about the hate campaign being waged against the Ahmadiyya community in south London, Tooting MP and shadow Justice Secretary, Sadiq Khan, talks to Omar Oakes about what has happened and what he is doing to stop it escalating.

    Is there a hate campaign going on against the Ahmadiyya community?

    “If you read the [Ahmadiyya’s allegations of hate crime] dossier, it’s not just in Wandsworth, but in Walsall, in Birmingham, in other parts of the country, there is clearly a campaign to incite hatred against this group of people. Whether that crosses the criminal threshold, that is for the police.”


    Andrew Coates

    February 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm

  3. Where are all the left-led counterprotesters? Are they only interested in defending Muslims from Islamophobic UKIP types and not from other Muslisms?


    February 16, 2016 at 10:45 pm

  4. is this youtube cartoon video racist or islamophobic in your opinion:


    February 17, 2016 at 12:09 am

  5. From Facebook posting,

    “he mid 1980s witnessed anti-Ahmadi riots in Bradford which received national press coverage. Refusing to recognize the movement as an Islamic group the Bradford Council of Mosques in 1985 organized an opposition campaign against the Ahmadi. Individual Muslims, influenced by relatives and leaders arriving from Pakistan, made threats against those who should have been regarded as fellow Muslims. Events came to a head when the Ahmadiyyat organized a Religious Founder’s day in Bradford Central Library. A large mob, led by local Mullahs, marched through the city centre, intent on disrupting the meeting. Stones were thrown, threats made and at least one window was broken. The police, fearing an escalation of violence, instead of arresting the trouble-makers, brought the Meeting to an end and led those attending the meeting to safety through a back door of the Library. Opposition to Ahmadi was also seen in the protest of Orthodox Muslims over the Global Village Book. In 1996 the local Council, and the Council for Voluntary Services, decided to publish a Directory, entitled “Global village Guide to Bradford”, of black and other minority community groups in the Bradford Metropolitan District. Due to apparent diplomacy, and temerity in facing the opposition of the larger Main-stream Muslim community, the official involved in compiling the Directory placed the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in the section entitled “other” faith groups, rather than in the section for “Muslim”. Due to objections raised by the Ahmadi the Directory was withdrawn although having already been sent to over 200 organizations in the city. This hostility towards the Ahmadi is still an issue within the city. Naseem Bajwa, Imam at the Ahmadi mosque on Leeds Road, expressed his concern about how many of the attenders at his mosque have been threatened by other Muslims, their cars have been vandalized and how some have even been beaten up.” MUSLIMS IN BRADFORD, UK
    Background Paper for COMPAS, University Of Oxford
    By Dr Simon Ross.

    It is said that George Galloway received crucial backing from these same anti-Ahmadi forces in Bradford.

    If it’s possible he’s now gone down even lower in my estimation.

    Andrew Coates

    February 17, 2016 at 6:18 pm

  6. Can’t say I’m surprised. What the open-borders left doesn’t want to grasp is that whomever you let into your country often brings serious baggage with them, culturally and politically, as the gang rape/sexual assault incidents on New Year’s Eve in Cologne showed:

    Pakistan is notorious for anti-Ahmadi violence, up to and including killings. For more information, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Ahmadis#Pakistan

    Of course this does not mean that most people in/from Pakistan condone much less participate in such atrocities, but it does mean something has to be done either to screen out the ones that do from entering the country and/or integrate them properly into a democratic and pluralist political order. Maybe refusing to issue permits for these kind of lynch mob marches is the way to go in cases like this, I don’t know.


    February 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

  7. Personally, I’d like to see the Ahmadi form of Islam decreed to be the only one acceptable in the UK. With immediate effect.


    August 10, 2016 at 4:36 pm

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