Do not mistake my silence.. I am an Ahmadhi but I am not a coward!
by Farhat Mahmood
On May 28th 2010, I was discussing the events of the day with my husband. In the discussion I brought up a point which I thought was minor in relation to the loss of life, but I wondered how long it would take to cleanup and rebuild the two mosques that were attacked. I was quickly encouraged by my husband that “We are Ahmadhi Muslims and there will inshallah be Juma prayers in the same place the very next Juma”. Later I learned that on the very evening of the attack, Isha prayers were held in that very mosques’ courtyard. Imagine the determination and courage of these survivors, who were praying on the very spot where a couple of hours ago, they had witnessed horrors beyond belief, and the place that was still flooded with the fresh blood of their fathers, their sons, and their brothers.. This is a tall order for any human being. With this zeal, the cleanup effort was completed of the mosques, within a couple of days by the community, and the mosques have been brimming with worshipers ever since, more so than before. People have told me that you may only find a few bullet holes if you look carefully, to even see any evidence of that tragic day. The evidence is only left on our hearts.
Then there is the story of the young man who helped carry bodies of his fellow ahmadhi brothers one by one until he finally came to the body of his father. This man did not rush to find his father, but carried out his duty until he came upon his father, and then even after finding him, he continued to carry on collecting the bodies of the dead.
Then there is the story of the courageous survivor, who was able to tackle and capture one of the terrorist attackers. The terrorist was wearing explosives that he was trying to detonate, and this man threw himself on this terrorist and prevented him from killing many more. This in itself is a very exceptional event in these types of attacks, and in the beginning the police tried to take credit for the rare time a terrorist was captured alive. This ahmadhi hero survived, but many others like him, who also tried to save their fellow brothers died doing so. There are so many examples, that a book can be written on the courage of the people during that ordeal.
On May 28th, the world was witness to the atrocities against Ahmadhi muslims. But as we all know now, this horrific event is just one event in the systematic genocide of the Ahmadhis in Pakistan. Even if ahmadhis want to raise the issue of their humanitarian rights peacefully in Pakistan, they are muted out by the government and the media. As a result of all this , if you do not see ahmadhis rioting, burning flags, looting or even demonstrating, do not think they do not possess the courage to stand up for themselves. They do not resort to violence or any action that can lead to violence because they are a peaceful, peace-loving and law-abiding community, who has immense faith and trust in God. To God alone they plead. Their energies are not wasted in hate and violence, but in constructive ventures of life. And besides all this hardship, yes they are a patriotic people too.
While the terror attacks were still going on, a Juma sermon was given by the supreme head of the Ahmadiyya community in London, in which he presented a remarkable example of composure, calm and strength. There was no anger, no words of hate or revenge from the pulpit. Only the guidance to be patient, abide by the law, and to pray. This is true courage. Ask the Mullahs of Pakistan to show similar courage if they can…