Sat, 2006-06-24 02:26
By Dr. Richard L. Benkin
New York, 24 June, (Asiantribune.com): According to Amnesty
International (AI) in a press release issued Thursday, “the lives of 22 Ahmadi
families living in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, are in grave danger” after
members of International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (KNMB), an Islamist
group, threatened them with death. In a message published in a prominent
Significantly, the daily that agreed to publicize the KNMB threat is Daily Inquilab—the same paper that had been in the forefront of attacks on pro-peace journalist, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury. It also provided an outlet for deliberate—and subsequently proven false—leaks about Choudhury’s case.
KNMB also announced that it would march on the Ahmadiyya mosque in an effort
to disrupt this week’s Friday prayers there. It is not the first attack on the
Ahmadis nor is it the first by KNMB. The Ahmadis are an Islamic sect claiming
200 million adherents. Many Muslims consider Ahmadis are heretics because they
believe that Mohammed was not the final prophet and was succeeded by Mirza
Ghulam Ahmad in the 19th century. They also differ from mainstream Muslims by
denying Haditha (or non-Quranic Muslim traditional texts), advocating a very
limited use of jihad, and affirming that Jesus was crucified on the cross. The
In 2004, KNMB—already identified in the press as “the anti-Ahmadiyya outfit”—declared war on the Ahmadis, saying, “Come, if you have the courage, defeat us in war…[5,000,000] jihadi Muslims will fight you until rooting you out of this land of [140,000,000] Muslims.” The group’s amir also threatened not to “spare anyone who supports the non-Muslim [Ahmadis].”
The pressures to ostracize Ahmadiyya further in
AI has raised concerns about ongoing persecution against Ahmadis and the government’s refusal to protect them. This included killing an Ahmadi preacher, the illegal house arrest of Ahmadi villagers, street agitations and unchecked anti-Ahmadi hate speech, and public rallies demanding Ahmadis to be declared as non-Muslims. A 2004 Bangladeshi government ban on Ahmadiyya publications is currently suspended by the High Court.
”How many more have to suffer before the government takes action?” An AI spokesman asked.
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