Through the course of this week, multiple atrocities have been committed. A man was killed for eating beef, while another was killed for trying to enter a temple. Both the unfortunate incidents took place in India. Both atrocities deserved limelight as both were clear violations of human rights.

These events obviously managed to get a lot of attention not only from Pakistanis, but from Muslims worldwide. The peaceful Muslims of the world suddenly became advocates of freedom for everyone to practice whatever religion they want to without any social pressure.

Pakistanis in particular were seen to be criticizing how the Indian government has failed to grant the Muslims in India their rights and how Hindu extremists ought to be dealt with for attacking and making life difficult for helpless Muslims. All these demands are justified. Nothing in the world should stand in the way of an individual being able to live his life according to how he wishes, provided his actions don’t harm anyone else.

Nobody should be killed for offending someone’s religion. Nobody should be barred from entering a temple, mosque, church or synagogue by anyone since God’s homes are nobody’s property. Similarly, nobody should be banned from showing his or her devotion to God – any God.

Not so long ago, a ban was sought to prevent members of the Ahmaddiya community from slaughtering animals on Eid. Since the Constitution of Pakistan has excommunicated members of the Ahmaddiya community from Islam, all sorts of preposterous issues have risen. From punishing members of the community for reading the Quran to declaring them ineligible to go for Hajj, all sorts of discrimination has taken place against them in Pakistan.

Near Eid-ul-Azha, several reports of how people, with help from the police, made it difficult for members of the Ahmaddiya community to purchase and slaughter sacrificial animals emerged. While my opinion on sacrificing animals to please God isn’t very orthodox, the thought that people were fighting over who gets to please their God sounds like something second graders would do. The idea that a petition was filed with the Lahore High Court to ensure that no members of this community would be able to sacrifice animals is just a sickening example of when religion brews hatred amongst people.

According to a representative of the Ahmaddiya community, last year, a man’s house was raided prior to Eid and he was arrested only to be released on the condition that he would not sacrifice the animal he had bought on Eid. The police, which is supposed to protect the citizens of Pakistan, ends up harassing them instead.

The whole debate regarding the Ahmaddiya community makes God a very commercial entity. It’s almost as if a certain group has copyrights to pleasing God and that anyone else who tries doing the same becomes eligible to get punished. The sad part is that our legal system actually promotes this by marginalizing the Ahmaddiya community. The worst part is that this community was once very much part of Pakistan and was conveniently made a minority. Imagine becoming a minority, an outcast in your own homeland.

It’s funny how the Pakistani community is the first to create a fuss whenever the rights of any Muslim minority in the world get violated, yet it continues violating the very basic right to respect, dignity and honour that every individual has. The legal system, the law enforcement agencies, the community members all side against a community that simply wishes to be able to openly follow its beliefs. Their homes are raided, their graves destroyed, their dignity crushed. All in the name of God.