“A fanatic is a man who does what he thinks God would do, if He knew the facts of the case“. So said Finley Peter Dunne, of the Chicago tribune.
Today, we have fanatics who know more than God does and therefore, do what God should be doing but does not. If it were not so serious, it would be funny that these fanatics are to be found in every faith, doing their evils in the name of God…the same God for all…but doing it to different people. That is the problem with fanatics, they do not understand their own religion as they should and the only cure they know for any transgression, is death.
Pakistani Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar, living in Ohio, decided to go, as he did so often and work free for a week in Pakistan as a cardiologist, in order to help the poor. The hospital is run by Qadianis (Ahmedis) and even though it provides free medical aid to the poorest of the people, the Pakistan Fanatics Inc., has declared treatment at the hospital to be “Haram” forbidden. Dr. Qamar stopped at a cemetery to pray for his relatives who are buried there and as he was leaving, two men drove up in a motorbike and put ten bullets in him. Dr. Qamar died right there (Pickerington doctor killed by gunmen in Pakistan). He is survived by three children and his wife, he died for the ultimate crime of being an Ahmedi which is punishable by death, in Pakistan. Continue reading
Recently, one of the e-mails to a list that I subscribe to, included a story of the brutal killing
of a couple of members of the Ahmediyyah sect, at the hands of fanatical Muslim villagers in Indonesia. It was a disgusting story of brutality and intolerance and even more disgusting was the reaction by those in authority whose jobs it is, to maintain peace and justice in the land.
Rather than seek to punish the perpetrators, the politicians and the judges decided to not antagonize the fanatics and showed extraordinary leniency towards the worst of the perpetrators, a teenager who smashed the skull of one of the victims, with a rock.
This teen was released within months and was greeted as a hero by his villagers…and in silence by the national leadership. It forced me to wonder what example had been set in that area, for the growing children and what example will be seen of Muslims, by the world that does not know the truth of Islam…as obviously, neither did these villagers and perpetrators.
Is the first resort to violence coming from generations of autocratic rule where any dissent is met by violence, where the thugs at the top, have the power to kill anyone with impunity and where Justice has no meaning? Continue reading
On May 28, a number of Muslim extremists attacked two Mosques
belonging to a Muslim minority sect generally known as “Qadianis” (hailing from Qadian) or Ahmedis (followers of Mirza Ahmed); they managed to kill at least 80 worshipers, using hand-grenades and automatic rifles before being killed themselves, blowing themselves up or, being captured.
Qadianis are probably the most persecuted group in Pakistan. They are discriminated against in jobs and killed with fair regularity and to most Pakistanis, the persecution of Qadianis is just another ho-hum event. Continue reading