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Ahmadi Muslims mourn death of four Community members, including two female minors and an unborn child

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns in the strongest terms the July 27, 2014 terrorist attack on Ahmadi Muslims in Gujranwala, which is in Pakistan’s Punjab  province. The targeted attack resulted in the deaths of Mrs. Bashiran Bibi (55), and her granddaughters Hira (7) and Kainat (8 months). A pregnant Ahmadi Muslim was injured and later miscarried her unborn child

In this targeted attack extremists set approximately ten homes ablaze. Local police were present but did not act to stop the act of terrorism, nor did they clear a path for the fire department to put out the blaze. The victims died of smoke inhalation and suffocation.  This unprovoked attack is yet another example of how the authorities in Pakistan are aiding the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims, permitting extremists to continue attacks with impunity.

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Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar, a U.S. citizen and cardiologist, traveled from Columbus, Ohio to provide free cardiac care to the needy           

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA today mourns the tragic passing of American physician and humanitarian, Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar.  On May 26, 2014, Dr. Qamar, a 50-year old U.S. citizen and married father of three, was on Day 2 of a three-week medical mission in Rabwah, Pakistan, when militant extremists gunned him down in front of his wife and two-year-old son.  Dr. Qamar was murdered because he was a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

In 1974, Pakistan passed a constitutional amendment declaring Ahmadi Muslims to be “non-Muslim.” In 1984, Pakistan passed anti-blasphemy and anti-Ahmadi laws criminalizing religious practices of Ahmadi Muslims, which are punishable by fine, imprisonment or capital punishment. To date, militant extremists have murdered hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan with impunity.

“Today, Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar, an American physician on a humanitarian mission has fallen victim to an unspeakable act of terrorism,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “Pakistan’s state-facilitated persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has emboldened militant extremists to engage in horrific acts of violence against Ahmadi Muslims and other religious minorities. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community implores Pakistan to abide by international human rights commitments, repeal all hate-filled anti-blasphemy and anti-Ahmadi laws and provide adequate security and police protections for vulnerable religious communities. 

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For Immediate Release:                                         
March 24, 2014      

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns attack on a Hindu dharamshalla and temple in Pakistan

American Muslims stand in solidarity with Hindu Americans to champion universal freedom of religion and protection of all houses of worship

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA decries the recent arson attacks on a Hindu dharamshalla and temple in Larkana, located in Pakistan's Sindh province.  These attacks are the antithesis of Islam, which champions peace and tolerance for all. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community denounces any attempt to justify such barbaric attacks.     

"As Muslims, we are obligated to protect all places of worship, irrespective of the denomination to which they belong:  Hindus, Christians, Jews or Muslim, they are all worthy of equal respect and protection," said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community calls on Pakistan's government to apprehend those responsible for these attacks and take stronger measures to rid Pakistan of the scourge of extremism. Our prayers and sympathies are with our Hindu brethren in Pakistan and around the world."                                                                           

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American Muslims stand in solidarity with Jewish Americans to condemn religious violence and extremism in all its forms           

 

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns in the strongest terms the April 13th attacks on two Jewish centers in Kansas City, which left three dead. Ahmadi Muslims offer their sincere prayers and condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom.

“As Muslims, we have regard for all humanity: Hindus, Christians, Jews, or Muslim - they are all our fellow brothers and sisters in humanity,” said Wasim Malik, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mourns the loss of our fellow human beings. Our prayers and sympathies are with our Jewish brethren.”

As Muslims who believe in the Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, Ahmadi Muslims loudly condemn all such acts of violence and proclaim that these heinous acts have no place in a civil society or any religion. Thus, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community implores all Americans to continue efforts of tolerance and bridge building to further help prevent future acts of violence.

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First Bi-Partisan Muslim caucus will focus on the issue of global persecution of Ahmadi Muslims and other religious minorities

 

For the first time in Congressional history, the U.S. House of Representatives has formed a bipartisan caucus to work on the global issue of human and civil rights of Ahmadi Muslims. U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) will co-chair the new “Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus”. Both representatives are strong supporters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and past recipients of the "Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award" at the Community’s annual U.S. convention.

“Ahmadiyya Muslims face persecution, human rights, and religious freedom abuses in countries around the world for simply practicing their faith,” said U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier during the official launch ceremony on Friday, February 28,2014, “In the United States, we all have basic freedoms, regardless of religious background, that are enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Religious intolerance is a worldwide threat that we must all diligently speak out against.  I am proud to be co-chair of Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus and will use this position to educate Congress and the public about the religious intolerance the community faces both here and abroad.”

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