Where are Ahmadiya leaders in India?

published on May 5, 2010

Muslim leader says US enemies should leave


AFP – May 4, 2010

WASHINGTON (AFP) A leader of the Ahmadiya Islamic minority on Tuesday implored US Muslims who would attack the country to leave, after a Pakistani-American was charged in a car bomb plot.
The Ahmadiya, who mostly hail from Pakistan and other South Asian nations, break with mainstream Islam by not believing Mohammed was the last prophet. They also advocate a separation of mosque and state.
Naseem Mahdi, the US Ahmadiya community’s missionary-in-charge, said that Muslims across the United States faced both economic and social ruin unless they spoke up more loudly against violent elements.
“We have to stand up and say that this is nonsense, this is not acceptable to us. If our loyalties are somewhere else, why should we be here and enjoy the benefits of this beautiful country?” he told a news conference.
He denounced US citizens who would attack the country as leading “hypocritical lives.”
“My advice to them is to be bold and leave and go and live in the land where their loyalties lie,” he said.
Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born US citizen, was arrested just before midnight Monday after trying to detonate a car bomb in crowded Times Square, according to prosecutors.
A criminal complaint said that Shahzad admitted training in lawless Waziristan, a holdout of Islamic extremist groups. Islamic hardliners have frequently targeted the Ahmadiya sect, which under Pakistani law is not considered Muslim.
The latest report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom found that Pakistan had “systematic, ongoing and egregious violations” of freedom of belief, including legislation against the Ahmadiya sect.

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