Aamir Liaquat Hussain has done it again. Yet another member of the Ahmadiyya (Muslim) community was killed in a small village, after two so-called Muslim scholars publicly reviled Ahmadis on television.
In this video, the Muslim leader, Syed Arif Shah Owaisi, said that the fitna-e-qadiyaniat (dissension caused by Ahmadiyya) is the biggest enemy of people of Pakistan. Everybody started clapping at this comment. Aamir Liaquat lauded the comment and other scholars joined in to show their support.
It’s ridiculous how religious feelings are flared in Pakistan and how irresponsible the TV channels have become in publicly airing such views. This is not the first time Aamir Liaquat Hussain has been involved in inciting anti-Ahmadiyya sentiment in the masses via his TV program.
In September 2008, Aamir Liaquat Hussain dedicated a whole episode in discussing Ahmadiyya beliefs in which scholars declared that ‘anyone who associated with false prophets was “worthy of murder”.’
Within 48 hours after his show was aired, two prominent leaders from the Ahmadiyya community were killed in Pakistan. Although Aamir Liaquat Hussain clearly distanced himself from the killings, the fact remains that his TV show has been spewing hatred against the Ahamdiyya community.
I strongly condemn attacks on the Ahmadiyya community and fully support the Ahmadiyyas all over Pakistan. In fact, as I had argued in one of my blog-posts earlier, I do not see why the finality of Prophethood should be such a big issue for Muslims all over the world. I am a firm believer in freedom of expression with regards to one’s religious beliefs and see no problem if members of the Ahmadiyya community believe Mirza Ghulam of Qadian as a Prophet of Allah. Whether such a belief is true or not is another debate. However, no one should be killed for holding such views. Pakistan is indeed a hotbed of religious intolerance and religious minorities are severely persecuted. Where is Allah when He is needed?