Ahmadis have been persecuted in Pakistan for many years now, and it seems like the situation is only getting worse. Religious extremists, with the support of the authorities, have been trying their best to make life as difficult as possible for Ahmadis. Recently, the city of Sialkot in Punjab has seen a violent attack on two historic Ahmadi buildings, Including Masjid Mubarak, which is of particular importance, as it was used by the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him. This mosque has been standing for over a century. The second attacked building was a house close to the mosque (belonging to late Hakim Hasaam Ud-din). During the time the Promised Messiah was in Sialkot, this was the house he lived in, and so both of these properties were of special importance to the community.

The attack happened on the 23d of May at night time, when around 30 people arrived at the house and began destroying the top floor. Not long after, they were joined by a mob of anti-Ahmadis, who shouted violent slogans and joined in with the attack. They then went to Masjid Mubarak, where the group went onto the roof and began destroying the mosque minaret, door, and other parts. What is perhaps more shocking is that this entire series of violent events was cheered on by 600 or so supporters from the streets below.

The Holy Quran states in Chapter 2 verse 115 “And who is more unjust than he who prohibits the name of Allah being glorified in Allah’s temples and seeks to ruin them? For them is disgrace in this world, and a great punishment in the next.” This Quranic order could not be any clearer, and it is surprising to see how a divine injunction can be completely violated by those who claim to be champions of Islam. The same individuals who claim they follow the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, yet there is not a single example of the Holy Prophet ever damaging a place of worship, as all places of worship belong to Allah. We can clearly see how far from the true teachings of Islam some Muslims of today are. The Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, is the best example to look at in every aspect of life, and in this case as well. What the attackers did was completely contrary to His example as well as the example of his Caliphs and the beautiful teachings of Islam.

This shocking event is made even more so by the fact that it happened during the holy month of Ramadan. The month when evil inspiration is locked up and the gates of heaven are opened. The month of mercy and forgiveness. It is sad to see how, instead of seeking forgiveness and the pleasure of Allah the Almighty, they are destroying Allah’s house.
In terms of our response as Ahmadi Muslims, our beloved Imam, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih the Fifth, may Allah strengthen his hand, has made it clear.

Huzoor said in the Friday sermon on the 25th of May 2018 that our response should be, “I only complain of my sorrow and my grief to Allah” [Chapter 12 Verse 87]. Huzoor said, “Even though we have an emotional attachment to the buildings, our true relationship with the Promised Messiah, May peace be upon him, requires not only to protect the buildings, but to act upon his teachings, to cling to the institution of Khilafat after him, to fulfil the conditions that make us deserving of the gift of Khilafat, to improve our standards of worship, to obey Allah’s commandments, and to strive to raise our levels of obedience.”