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My Take: New Year’s resolution – don’t get murdered
A man cries as he prays at the graves of the victims from the May Lahore attacks against Ahmadiyya community mosques July 14, 2010 in Chenab Nagar, Pakistan.
January 5th, 2013
04:00 AM ET

My Take: New Year’s resolution – don’t get murdered

Editor’s Note: Qasim Rashid is a national spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. Follow him on Twitter @MuslimIQ.

By Qasim Rashid, Special to CNN

(CNN)–My New Year’s resolution is to not die for my faith. I’d hoped that 2012 would bring a revolution among Muslims and Muslim-majority nations to free oppressed minds.

Yet I find myself still waiting to not die.  That’s the “curse” of being an Ahmadi Muslim in too much of the Muslim world.

Ahmadi Muslims believe Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) is the long awaited messiah and Mahdi the Prophet Mohammed foretold, sent to unite mankind and establish peace. But this isn’t an evangelical piece, so please, keep reading.

Instead of peace, 2012 brought increased persecution in which vigilante murder, unjust arrest and outright discrimination against Ahmadi Muslims continued. A new type of persecution also increased, from which even death is not an escape.

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On December 3, armed extremists destroyed 120 graves belonging to Ahmadi Muslims at a cemetery in Lahore, Pakistan. When I condemned the attack on Twitter, the response from some was just as ignorant. “You’re an infidel! Stop calling yourself a Muslim!” “You’re causing Fitna (or chaos) stop with these infidel beliefs!” Across Pakistan, Europe, Indonesia—and yes, even here in America—this is reality for Ahmadi Muslims.

I get it.

Some Muslims aren’t thrilled that Ahmadi Muslims believe the messiah has come because they expect Jesus, son of Mary, to literally descend from heaven. Ahmadi Muslims believe the Quran is clear that Jesus died a natural death many years after surviving the crucifixion.

But this isn’t about persuading anyone to believe us. Instead, it is about confronting Fitna’s actual source and recognizing the biggest poison for Muslims worldwide: religious bigotry.

Sometimes that bigotry is peripheral. The other day I tweeted a quote from Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison praising the head and Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, “… under (your holiness’) leadership the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been a true blessing for us here in the United States." Like clockwork I lost a dozen followers.

Sometimes that bigotry is disguised as a compliment. “You’d be such a good Muslim, if only you weren’t a Qadiani,” someone once told me in person. Qadiani is a pejorative for Ahmadi Muslims.  The “compliment” reeks of patronization, is actually an insult, and ignores the shocking possibility that perhaps I am a “good Muslim” because I am an Ahmadi Muslim.

Sometimes that bigotry is direct. “You Qadiani mother--er! You will burn in hell for your beliefs! You godd- Jewish agent I’ll kill you!”  No comment.

The above religious bigotry I can handle. When some of the above sometimes turns to death threats, I can only foolishly hope my wife doesn’t find out. (She has this funny thing where she doesn’t want her husband brutally murdered. I know I know, women!)

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But sometimes that bigotry is full-blown state-sanctioned persecution and violence. Like in certain Arab states where Ahmadi Muslims are incarcerated and deported for the crime of being an Ahmadi Muslim. Or like in Pakistan where simply claiming Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is the messiah is a criminal offense warranting capital punishment for the use of derogatory remarks in respect to the Prophet.

No exaggeration—as we lawyers like to say—that’s the black letter of the law. Fortunately, no Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan has been executed for this crime, yet. But is it anything less than an execution when the Taliban murders 86 Ahmadi Muslims in broad daylight and the police, who admitted to knowing of the attack beforehand, look on from afar?

Look, I’m not looking for special treatment. Nor do I want sympathy. But I do want one thing for the sake of humanity: That Muslims condemn all forms of religious bigotry—peripheral, patronizing, direct and violent. While this simple request is what’s right, some turn a deaf ear, despite Prophet Mohammed's pluralistic example.

Ahmadi Muslim Islamic Sect has appealing message for U.S. politicians but has global enemies

Mohammed championed religious equality in the Charter of Medina he signed with Jews. He assured protection of religious freedom in his letter to Christian monks at St. Catherine’s Monastery. He also afforded all Arabs carte blanche forgiveness when peacefully retaking Mecca—on the single condition that religious freedom reign free. Even Prophet Mohammed's rules of war were specifically designed to protect, not persecute, religious freedom.

Every Ahmadi Muslim, Shia Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’i, Sikh, atheist, agnostic, pagan—and the list goes on—has that fundamental human right to religious freedom. Establishing that right creates the peace and mutual respect we all ostensibly want.

I say ostensibly, because when it comes to religious freedom in too much of the Muslim world, I’m still waiting to not die. I’ll continue to wait, alongside millions, until Muslims recognize religious bigotry for what it is—a cancer—and expel it from their midst. Yet, my in-box will reflect that this simple plea has, for some, fallen on deaf ears.

Well, I guess I better not slack on my New Year’s resolution.

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (687 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Freedom is not free.

    January 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
  2. Jim

    Now Pakistani Sunni Muslims massacred Shiites – over 100 Shiites were blown up in Quetta. Pakistanis also butcher Ahmadi. Early last century, people were not very sensitive to the plight of Jewish people in Germany. And they left it up to Germany to figure it out how best to treat their own Jewish people. That was a very insensitive position – that was neither a moral nor a practical position. Treatment of Jews by Germany spilled over its borders and the whole world paid the price in many subsequent wars. Pakistan can not be allowed to treat its Ahmadi people in such a terrible way. The rest of the world needs to take a decisive and strong action to prevent persecution of peaceful and innocent Ahmadi people in Pakistan.

    January 12, 2013 at 4:49 am |
  3. MyNewYearsRes_BecomeMoreReligiouslyTolerant

    ok
    i've decided – after soul searching
    and observing my and other's reactions
    to these religious blog news on CNN
    learning more about religion from this alone
    and about the mideast
    than from anywhere else in my USA educated life
    i need to be more tolerant of others having religious based governments
    THAT is what is confusing me – that religion are governments are not seperated
    that is hard for much of USA population to understand perhaps
    it is for me
    i think you would have to actually live in a society like the mideast to truly understand it
    i mean – actually be part of the society
    the religious part is truly offputting – since most in USA seperate church and state
    like – church is for faith and imagination and celebration and family and community involvement
    and state is for protection and education and health and infrastructure, etc., for all
    it is hard to be serious about religion – when the serious side of society is state
    it is hard to see religion being the serious side of enforcement – and the state enforcing the faith based side of society
    egad – doesn't god get lost in all that?

    January 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • MultiDisciplinaryChurchs

      most churches represent the community in which it is found in many respects
      if the community is multi-disciplinary in it's religions – then multi-disciplinary churches, as well as many other churches of all kinds, can be found
      there are real differences in the religious atmosphere and realities in the USA compared to the Mid-East
      the seperation of church and state is taken fairly seriously – and – from what i have seen so far – is a good thing for most

      January 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • MultiDisciplinaryChurchs

      most churches represent the community in which it is found in many respects
      if the community is multi-disciplinary in it's religions – then multi-disciplinary churches, as well as many other churches of all kinds, can be found
      there are real differences in the religious atmosphere and realities in the USA compared to the Mid-East
      the seperation of church and state is taken fairly seriously – and – from what i have seen so far – is a good thing for most here in the USA

      January 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  4. Smoke Trees

    Muslims need to learn about deodorant. It is an item civilized human being apply externally to the arm pit region in order to avoid body odor.

    January 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  5. PeaceFulSolutions

    ok – here's a peaceful solution from my not so mid-east wisened mind:
    If the amahdi's have a different prophet than the muslims – than call yourself by a different name – that does not include muslim in it. What are the actual consequences of that? Can NONmuslims be citizens of Pakastan? Do NonMuslims get treated like second hand citizens in Pakastan? Do Amahdi Muslims currently treat non-muslims in Pakastan as second-hand citizens? If so – then do you think this treatment of others who are non-muslims as second-hand citizens is the right way to think and act? the reasoning continues from there ...

    January 7, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • Reasonable1

      "Do NonMuslims get treated like second hand citizens in Pakastan?".
      = Much worse than that. They are being butchered in Pakistan.
      Please read the article.

      January 7, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • justathought

      in USA religious groups that hold a strong non-violence creed – like the Quakers – do exist.
      these are distinct religious groups that choose to live apart (more of less) from the main of society in order to keep their non-violent life style and sequestered religious training intact. They still occassionally suffer from violent attacks upon them – like other children in this country unfortunately do when at school – but they are allowed to live as they please – and probably would have no trouble getting a passport and yes – they might have that they are a quaker on their headstones – but if they were a christian quaker – they could say that too. The mideast is not USA in this respect – again – why would USA have the answers for this dillemma? Pakastanis need to deal with their own government in order to shape it into something that is sustainable for all its people in accordance with the world in which they live. The USA is vastly different at this point in time in this respect – although if you look further back in history – there might be more peaceful solutions – i do not know.

      January 7, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Jim1

      Quakers differ in some of their beliefs. However, they are free to pursue their beliefs in America. In the first 100 year, Rhode Island had 36 governors who were Quakers. Today, some Quakers own very large businesses and are flourishing. Quakers never had to denounce their beliefs just to get a passport. On the other hand, Ahmadi do not even have basic human rights in Pakistan where they are relentlessly persecuted.

      January 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Jim1

      Early last century, people were not very sensitive to the plight of Jewish people in Germany. And they left it up to Germany to figure it out how best to treat their own Jewish people. That was a very insensitive position - that was neither a moral nor a practical position. Treatment of Jews by Germany spilled over its borders and the whole world paid the price in many subsequent wars. Pakistan can not be allowed to treat its Ahmadi people in such a terrible way. The rest of the world needs to take a decisive and strong action to prevent persecution of peaceful and innocent Ahmadi people in Pakistan.

      January 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • thoughts

      I think the thing that gets me the most about what you keep saying Jim – is that you think the rest of the world should solve this problem for the amahdis – like for the jewish – which started wwii

      wwiii is not an impossibility about this time in history is my thought – and it seems that right now the mid-east keeps pushing the world to jump in – especially USA – and I for one – do not want to see that happen. Why can't you go to your government and demand change like India is doing right now? Why do you need the rest of the world to get involved?

      January 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
  6. Sane Person

    People killing other people over their fairy tale beliefs. Worst part is, they didn't even choose these beliefs based on any real reason, they are just believing what their parents taught them to believe. And now they're going to die for it. Religion... sigh.

    January 7, 2013 at 7:35 am |
    • Reasonable1

      Those killing others should be punished harshly. Everyone should be free to believe in what they want. Those denying them their rights are the Islamic ultra right wing people who wouldn't let women and minorities have any rights. There are many Islamic governments who deny others to exercise their basic freedom and human rights. Well, in history is any guide, Islam and human rights don't mix very well.

      January 7, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  7. thoughts

    i remember now seeing this one movie with mid-east people drama in it – don't remember to much about the movie except this one scene of men in mid-east dress advancing in protest in mass upon these soldier guards over something these people in mass thought was rightfully theirs (a freedom from violence was one of these things they thought was rightfully theirs). This mass of men with no weapons would keep walking up these soldiers – and the soldiers kept beating up the ones in the front – and the mass of men kept advancing without fighting back – just letting the soldiers beat them.

    i don't remember how it ended – i think i turned the movie off – could stand to watch too much of it – but they were mid-east men against mid-east men – and they took the beatings – in mass – and non-violently. wish i could remember what movie that was.

    January 7, 2013 at 12:01 am |
    • Jim

      The condition of Ahmadi Muslim in truly appalling. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan denies the basic human rights to Ahmadi people. In applying for a passport or a national ID card, all Pakistanis are required to sign an oath declaring Mirza Ghulam Ahmad to be an impostor prophet and all Ahmadis to be non-Muslims. Because he was an Ahmadi, the word "Muslim" was erased from the gravestone of the Nobel prize winning theoretical physicist Abdus Salam. These are egregious violations of very basic human rights.

      January 7, 2013 at 7:18 am |
  8. Robert De La Ross

    I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, Rich45.ℂOM

    January 6, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
  9. Amy

    Islam is Judaism 3.0 blending the Hebrew stories with Arabic culture and other pagan beliefs.
    I prefer the Ahmedis much more than other Islam sect, they had a much more peaceful outlook on life
    and interpretations of the Quran.

    January 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  10. Mohammad A Dar

    Jim, my friend, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad , prophet or no prophet, was Indian, and that is more than enough for any Pakistanis to kill his followers, wise up and get the hell out of place where you can't practice your religion freely, like Dalai Lama

    January 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • Jim

      The plight of Ahmadi Muslim is truly heart breaking. There are Islamic countries such as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which deny the basic human rights to Ahmadi people. In applying for a passport or a national ID card, all Pakistanis are required to sign an oath declaring Mirza Ghulam Ahmad to be an impostor prophet and all Ahmadis to be non-Muslims. Because he was an Ahmadi, the word "Muslim" was erased from the gravestone of the Nobel prize winning theoretical physicist Abdus Salam. These are egregious violations of very basic human rights.

      January 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Jim

      Ahmadis are harassed by schools, universities and teachers in Pakistan's Punjab province. The harassment includes social boycott, expulsions, threats and violence against Ahmadi students by extremist students, teachers and principals of the majority sect. There is a lot of leverage civilized countries have over these Islamic countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia in terms of economic aid. The NATO and UN should take up the cause of Ahmadi muslims. Sunni Muslim countries need to be stopped from butchering the peaceful Ahmadis.

      January 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • thoughts

      I am sure in some type of aestetically peaceful way that this prophet(s) will forgive you for saying such a thing to get these pieces of identification that you may need to peacefully conduct your life in accordance with their precepts and your beliefs of the same. you just have to forgive yourself – if you can't – than peacefully try to change your government – but don't ask USA to do it for you – not if you want it done peacefully and for your own benefit. does that make sense?

      January 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
  11. Jim

    The new and modern prophet, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, reformed Islam and made it superior by eliminating jihad. Prophet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad clearly showed that he was superior to the primitive prophet Mohammed. This fact has angered the Sunni Muslims, who want to deny the Mirza Ghulam Ahmad his important place in history as the true reformer of Islam. Sunni Muslims are expressing their anger in the only way they know of: oppression of minority by violence and injustice.

    January 6, 2013 at 9:55 am |
    • thoughts

      well – if amhadis do not believe in jihad – than how did this prophet propose to reform muslims who do believe in jihad (and / or violent jihad). How did he instruct his followers to make change without violence? How do you plan to face the violence against your nonviolence – with more violence after your backs get pushed to the wall one too many times?

      January 6, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • thoughts2

      they are applying violent jihad then – to enact understanding of the need for violence in response to their violence as a means to control their violence, and as a natural defensive reaction to their violence – flight or fight – they will make you leave – one way on another – which is what they probably want to begin with.

      so – how do you stay – and not fight?
      is it possible?
      if not – then they win – for you too employ violent jihad to enact a change to non-violence
      (you do if you expect the USA to come to your rescue – because that is what would happen in USA – police / military / and / or militia would solve the probelm – with violence).
      why do you ask USA for help? do you think USA has a patent on – nay – even a history of – turning the other cheek?

      January 6, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • An Ahmadi

      I will like to point out three things No 1. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) have told us that the superior Jihad is against oneself, the task of reforming oneself. The other Jihad has always been inferior to this and only allowed in periods of extreme persecution and then again only in defense ( I know this is not the view propagated by political Islamists but it is true). No 2. the Holy Prophet (PBUH) prophesied that the Messiah will end warfare and fighting. No.3. Never in any words spoken or written or any gesture has the Promised Messiah (A.S) ever proclaimed that he is superior to The Holy Prophet (PBUH).

      January 6, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Jim

      @ Thoughts – You are clearly trying to justify violence as a response for violence. However, Ahmadi never committed any violence against your kind of violent Sunni Muslim people. So, why are you trying to justify violent revenge when there was no violence by Ahmadi against your Sunni Muslims? Sunnis are terrorizing Ahmadi, whereas Ahmadi are being true to their modern prophets teachings and are not retaliating against their Sunni oppressors.

      January 6, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Jim

      @ Thoughts2 – Have you heard of a fine American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King? Probably not, because you seem to be too busy trying to justify violence like those founders of Al Qaeda, Sunni Muslims. The arguments you came up with are the primary reasons why Islam is viewed as a violent religion. Your arguments try to nullify all the good work done by the Ahmadi Prophet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad to take the violent jihad out of Islam like a malignant cancer and transform it from a primitive, violent version into a modern and respectable religion.

      January 6, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • thoughts3

      seriously?
      i am not advocating violence in any way – read it again with an eye for someone asking why the USA is being lamated to about the muslims problems between sunnis and amahdis in mid east. i didn't even know amahdis existed – or had this problem until i read this article – altho i have heard the term sunni mentioned before – i have not been following along to closely.

      chill

      i simply want to know how the 'newer' muslim phrophet (don't even know his name) taught his followers how to change the concept of violence as a means for jihad and/or self-defense into something that isn't violent (if that is what he did – i do not know except for this conversation). What did he preach as the logical – workable solution to this gentleman's worries about being murdered for believing him (the new prophet) in the first place???

      January 6, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • Jim

      @thought3 – The new prophet taught peace and non-violence. And he wanted Islamic people to give up the failed jihad ideology. Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King followed the path of peace and non-violence - they succeeded and are remembered for their victories.

      January 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • thoughts4

      martin king advocated for change
      unfortunately – this has not always been non violent
      and the courts fights consistently to get people not to be prejudiced
      and discriminatory – when even they themselves are the same
      prejudicial and discriminatory
      because ... that is the way people are.
      so – what does the prophet Amhadi teach how to enact change in non-violent ways?
      and how to react to violence with non-violence?
      you can have a court system that is supposed to deal non-violently with solutions to these dillimmas
      but mostely it is entertainment and laughable in it's core justice to begin with
      humans are human
      so how does the newer muslim prophet propose to become more than human in response to violence and as a tool for enactment for change – if necessary?
      why do the muslims actually ask the USA for help in resolving these issues for them? because of martin luther king?
      you need a court system that works for that – and the USA is stilling working out the kinks on that one ...

      January 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
    • Akira

      The new and modern prophet, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, reformed Islam and made it superior by eliminating jihad. Prophet "Mirza Ghulam Ahmad clearly showed that he was superior to the primitive prophet Mohammed. This fact has angered the Sunni Muslims, who want to deny the Mirza Ghulam Ahmad his important place in history as the true reformer of Islam."
      All right, obviously it's not reformed at all, as there are many disagreements...leading to violence...
      This is what happens when groups question the beliefs of others, even when it is within the same religion...and again, it has been going on since belief systems were enacted.
      You, yourself, just called the Sunni's beliefs inferior; you don't see where that may cause strife?
      Do the peaceful Ahmadi's deserve to be slaughtered for their beliefs? Of course not, nobody does.
      But it is precisly this atti tude of "my prohet is better than your prohet" that causes these conflicts in the first place; and the bloody conflicts will continue...

      And before you start patronizing me, I do not condone violence of any sort.

      January 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • Jim

      You seem to want to ignore the success of peace and seem to suggest that violence will win, not peace. Well, I have to admit that there were Americans like Martin Luther King who took the non-violent approach. We also have Americans who prefer your approach and try to bring peace in Pakistan using drones. When you look at Ahmadi oppression by these Sunni terrorists, it seems that somebody has taken your advice and pounding some sense into Sunni oppressors using modern technology like the drones.
      In any case, the jihadi thinking of primitive form of Islam needs to stop. Either it can be done by following the modern prophet's non-violent and reformed Ahmadi path. Or, take your advice and use a violent path which uses modern technology like drones.
      Modernization will happen. Which path would you take?

      January 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • Akira

      I am not ignoring anything.
      You seem to ignore that when belief systems clash, violence invariably happens.
      So there are peaceful Muslims; very worthy indeed.
      It will take a little longer than a mere one hundred years of a "new prophet" ideology to erase 1000 years of the "old profit's" ideaology.
      Christianity has had its share of religious wars between factions of the same faith; there are still conflicts between the factions.
      Why on earth would you think that Muslims be any different?
      And of COURSE peace is the better path over violence; however, when one faction knows that their opponent will not fight back, the opponent is going to get mowed down.
      Do you expect that the people who believe their way is the true way to say, "oops, my bad?"

      January 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • thoughts5

      it seems to me that you are purposely misunderstanding what is being said in this conversation.
      you condone drone attacks – i did not
      i simply imply here that you are defensive – and projecting your own violent urges on others – perhaps

      you seriously misunderstand me
      sorry
      so ... what is the PRECISE way to peaceful resolutions in this amhadi /sunni conflict per the phrophet amahdi? what is it for the phrophet muhhammad? maybe the true answer lies in the middle between the 2?

      January 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • Akira

      Thought, I believe that Jim is a poe, and that his information has been directly lifted from this article...I'm not going to give him any further attention, as I believe he is being deliberately disingenuous.

      January 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Jim

      It is very simple. Old Islamic ideology MINUS violent jihad is equal to the modern Ahmadi belief. Violence is not a part of Ahmadi beliefs. Ahmadi want to practice their beliefs. When Sunni Muslims try to kill Ahmadi for being non-violent, the donors of Pakistan need to step up and use the aid as a leverage to stop this oppression of Ahmadi by Pakistanis.

      January 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Akira

      Obviously it's not that simple, since the proponents of the old ideology are not accepting it.
      Since you feel you have the answers, Jim, might I suggest a trip to Pakistan to help those people who believe the old ideology along?

      January 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  12. thoughts

    well
    just thinking about these wars in the muslim / mid-east world
    over religious differences (which may reflect mental states in many ways)
    in a world where most realize that
    living in the present moment is best way
    to happiness and being in the moment in non-strife and awareness
    through the teachings of masters such as found in the buddhist, taoist, zen, etc., etc., etc. spriritually based practices of religious like thought and teachings, etc.
    that to ask these scientifically educated populace whom have access to vast amounts of knowledges and understandings on the internet, etc. to believe in past beliefs that perhaps gave basis and inspiration to that which followed – but is not the end all of all times or knowledges – and is thus – non self-sustaining in a belief that does not encompass growth of knowledge and understanding of all truths and being as it is or could be – is to not respect the intelligence and minds and personage of even themselves – not to be disrespected nor disrespectful in any way – only to point out that perhaps too much is asked to put others into the cloak of blind faith and adherance to the past that disregards the realities of the present and the potential of the future ... so you try to live in the past – and destroy your present and your future – where is the intelligence in that – and why do people continually fear monger or allow to be fear – mongered into this destructive vision of the future based upon the past? The mideast has problems in their environment that have shaped who they are in terms of societies – like earthquakes, flourid, and lithium, etc., etc., etc. ....... they have got to educate themselves to who they really are – in comparison to others who live in other environments – and see that there are differences – if based nothing else on the environment in which they find themselves in – if nothing else. look at yourselves – understand the true nature of your problems – and live in accordance with the nature of your environment ... do you want to be us or you, and why do you want us to decide for you?

    January 6, 2013 at 4:32 am |
    • Jim

      Living in present moment is the best way. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad tried to transform the primitive and violent Islam into a more peaceful form for modern day.

      Ahmadis hold that Muslims have erred with regard to the rights of creation for they, unjustly raising the sword and calling it Jihad, have misunderstood the concept and purpose of jihad in Islam.

      That's right. Ahmadi do not preach jihad. This makes them a target for attack by Sunni Muslims.

      Modern form of Islam (Ahmadi) is far more peaceful than the primitive form of Islam (Sunni) which is filled with violent jihad.

      January 6, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • thoughts

      then it seems – from first thought – that it is up to the newer generations to help the older generations understand and live a more peaceful form of co-existance – if indeed that is their stake in the muslim community – a different understanding of jihad that is more peaceful than their ancestors planned for. if you can succeed – you might be able to help the usa cope better with its outdated perspectives on warfare and violence as well. good luck!

      January 6, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  13. Jim

    Ahmadis are harassed by certain schools, universities and teachers in Pakistan's Punjab province. The harassment includes social boycott, expulsions, threats and violence against Ahmadi students by extremist students, teachers and principals of the majority sect. There is a lot of leverage civilized countries have over these Islamic countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia in terms of economic aid. The NATO and UN should take up the cause of Ahmadi muslims. Sunni countries need to be stopped from butchering the Ahmadis.

    January 6, 2013 at 12:52 am |
    • End Religion

      One hit wonder, your 5 minutes are up.

      January 6, 2013 at 2:15 am |
  14. Jim

    The plight of Ahmadi Muslim is heart wrenching. There are Islamic countries such as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which deny the basic human rights to Ahmadi people. In applying for a passport or a national ID card, all Pakistanis are required to sign an oath declaring Mirza Ghulam Ahmad to be an impostor prophet and all Ahmadis to be non-Muslims. Because he was an Ahmadi, the word "Muslim" was erased from the gravestone of the Nobel prize winning theoretical physicist Abdus Salam. These are egregious violations of some basic human rights .

    January 6, 2013 at 12:41 am |
    • Jim

      In Bangladesh, fundamentalist Islamic groups have demanded that Ahmadi Muslims be “officially” declared to be infidels. Ahmadi have become a persecuted group, targeted via protests and acts of violence.
      It is about time someone did something to stop this religious persecution of Ahmadi Muslims.

      January 6, 2013 at 12:45 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Unfortunately, bad stuff happens to those in the wrong cult. Get over it – it is the way of religion.

      January 6, 2013 at 12:45 am |
    • Jim

      Wrong cult? How could you say such a thing? Ahmadis are the victims here. Are you a Sunni Muslim. That would explain your thoughtless comment. The point is that there are countries like Pakistan which are passing laws to persecute a set of people just because of their religion in this days and age!!

      January 6, 2013 at 12:55 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Any other believer's cult is the wrong cult. . .

      January 6, 2013 at 12:57 am |
    • Jim

      You can continue calling other people's beliefs wrong cult. However, it is clear that Ahmadi is a modern form of Islam which is much more tolerant compared to the narrow minded old Islamic beliefs. Their prophet is also a relatively modern who brought in some much needed reforms. The more I read about it, it sounds like a real religion, which is much superior compared to the old Islamic text.

      January 6, 2013 at 1:25 am |
    • End Religion

      religion = cult
      there is no "right" one.

      January 6, 2013 at 2:15 am |
    • Akira

      I don't suppose, Jim, that it ever occurred to you that Sunnis consider Ahmadi's the wrong belief, hence, all of the infighting?
      I don't condone the madness, and I agree the persecution must stop, but this has been going on since there have been belief systems put in place.
      I don't see it ending any time soon.
      I wish the author luck.

      January 6, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  15. Reality

    For a simple, safe, peaceful and quick solution to the ignorance that is in all forms of Islam, see The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths on p. 1.

    January 6, 2013 at 12:05 am |
  16. Ray

    Freedom of conscience is one of the fundamental rights of humans enshrined in the Qur'an; it is therefore, absurd for anyone to suggest that Islam allows putting people to death just because they convert to another religion.

    Even a casual reader of the Qur'an will not fail to be impressed by its emphasis on the freedom of conscience as a cornerstone of its moral structure. To cite a few verses as follows:

    [There shall be no compulsion in religion. Distinct has now become the right way from [the way of] error: hence, he who rejects the powers of evil and believes in God has indeed taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way: for God is all-hearing, all-knowing] ( Al-Baqarah 2:256)

    [If it had been your Lord's will, all who are in the earth would have believed. Will you, then, force the people to become believers?] (Yunus 10:99)

    [And if they surrender themselves unto Him (i.e. God), they are on the right path; but if they turn away – behold, thy duty (O Muhammad,) is no more than to deliver the message: for God sees all that is in [the hearts of] His creatures.] (Aal `Imran 3:20)

    [Hence, pay heed unto God, and pay heed unto the Messenger, and be ever on your guard [against evil]; and if you turn away, then know that Our Messenger's only duty is a clear delivery of the message [entrusted to him].] (Al-Ma'idah 5:92)

    [But if they turn away [from thee, O Prophet, know that] We have not sent thee to be their keeper: thou art not bound to do more than deliver the message [entrusted to thee] .] (Ash-Shura 42:48)

    I should further state that all of the moral teachings of the Qur'an are based on the notion of moral responsibility, which entails the freedom of choice. Therefore, to state that one must be put to death for choosing to disbelieve would only undermine the entire moral edifice of the Qur'an.

    Furthermore, the Qur'an does not allow anyone to harm those who are leaving in peace, no matter what religion they hold on to. This principle has been clearly stated in the Qur'an as follows:

    [Thus, if they let you be, and do not make war on you, and offer you peace, God does not allow you to harm them.] (An-Nisaa' 4:90)

    In pursuance of this policy, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) issued clear directives to his soldiers never to disturb those who are engaged in any form of worship. The policy of living and letting others to live is firmly enshrined in the following verses:

    [Say: O disbelievers! I do not worship what you worship, Nor do you worship what I worship. ... to you your religion, and to me, mine.] (Al-Kafirun 109:1-3, 6)

    January 6, 2013 at 12:01 am |
    • Ray

      These are the words of God, no matter what you believe in they should surrender you to Human conscience ! Please do not listen to this person who prays that he wont get murdered, Muslims that follow the true path of our beloved prophet dont kill, the Al Quida's and Bin Ladens of the world were no different from the crusaders or the nazi hitlers, Hitller was a christian, we dont label all christians Nazis, come on this 2012, there will always be extremists who ruin the image of a faith, but were smarter than this? or are we ?

      January 6, 2013 at 12:09 am |
    • Reality

      What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the Pentagon?

      And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

      The koran, mohammed's book of death for all infidels and muslim domination of the world by any means.

      Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

      Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

      Until then, no muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

      Just some of the offending passages in the koran -->>>

      http://www.muslimaccess.com/quraan/arabic/005.asp et al

      "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)

      "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

      "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

      "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

      "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

      "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

      "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

      "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

      "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

      "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

      "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

      "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

      "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

      "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

      "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

      January 6, 2013 at 12:10 am |
    • Jim

      @Ray – You are saying that Qran does not specifically tell the Sunni Muslims to kill Ahmadi Muslims. However, I am not sure why the Sunnis Muslims still do it so ruthlessly. It's a fact, and you can look it up. Ahmadi Muslims are being butchered in Pakistan. Pakistan's former president Zia Haq brutally persecuted Ahmadi Muslims. Zia Haq made specific laws to make the life of Ahmadi Muslims miserable in Pakistan. So, why do Sunni Muslims brutally butcher Ahmadi if Qran does not ask them to as you mentioned in your message?

      January 6, 2013 at 12:29 am |
    • followthemoney

      pakastan receives aid – needs warfare to keep aid flowing???

      if there is conflict – the money will continue to flow in – even if it is conflict between muslim sects?

      or do muslims really not have the ability to be religiously open minded?
      what is the sunni's point of view?

      January 6, 2013 at 2:01 am |
  17. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    "The Two Universal Sects

    They all err—Moslems, Jews,
    Christians, and Zoroastrians:

    Humanity follows two world-wide sects:
    One, man intelligent without religion,
    The second, religious without intellect. "

    Al-Ma'arri
    , born AD 973 /, died AD 1058 / .

    Al-Ma’arri was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[1][2] He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth."

    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/resalat-al-ghufran#ixzz1lI6DuZmZ and http://www.humanistictexts.org/al_ma'arri.htm

    "Death's Debt is Paid in
    Full

    Death's debt is then and there
    Paid down by dying men;

    But it is a promise bare
    That they shall rise again. "

    Al-Ma'arri

    January 5, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
    • Jim

      Everyone has the basic and inalienable right to religious freedom – including the Ahmadi Muslims. Sunni Muslim are terrorizing and killing these Ahmadi Muslim people and denying them their right to religious freedom. The Sunni Muslim terrorists have made the situation is so bad that an Ahmadi Muslim has to resort to making a new year resolution just to stay alive. The Sunni Muslims are terrorizing Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and even Shiite muslims and Ahmadi muslims. This genocide needs to be stopped.

      January 6, 2013 at 12:15 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      As long as there are idiots that believe in mythical gods, there will be religious genocide.

      January 6, 2013 at 12:27 am |
    • wteff

      when i see posts like these – i automatically skip past them – like – if i read them i will somehow be absorbed into the negativity of some evil travesty of comaparison between a vast illusion of delusionary emotional strife over something that makes no sense unless you put yourself into this weird evil feeling trance of blind confusion and negative understand – i don't know – it's a weird a feeling though – tried to read it – just to see if that feeling had changed any on this post – and it hadn't – just thought i'd share that ..............

      January 6, 2013 at 3:46 am |
  18. Jim

    Sunni Muslims need to be stopped from carrying genocide of peaceful Ahmadi Muslims. Nobody deserves to make a new year's resolution just to stay alive from the murderous Sunni Muslims.

    January 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
    • Me3

      Oh, shut the fvck up already!! You sound like a fvcking parrot! Bawk!

      January 6, 2013 at 12:22 am |
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