“In Pakistan both branches [of the Ahmadis] fell to persecutions, sanction by the state in 1984 with General Zia Ul-Haq’s Ordinance XX, which forbade Ahmadis of either branch from calling themselves Muslims, their religion Islam, or their temples mosques. Under penalty of law, they could not perform the call to prayer, pray in the manner of Muslims, quote the Qur’an or hadith, greet each other with “As-salamualaikum”, or recite the shahadah... In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, it was illegal for some people to say, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his Messenger.”

–Michael Muhammad Knight, Journey to the End of Islam.

Recently, a bloodthirsty mob torched an Ahmadi owned factory in the Pakistani city of Jhelum. There were no rallies in defence of Ahmadi neighbours, and social media was ablaze with their “heresies” instead of condemnation of persecution. Ahmadis identify themselves as Muslims. They allude to many Hadith that caution Muslims against takfir (excommunication) of those who recite the Muslim testimony and who pray facing Mecca.

It is true there are doctrinal differences between Ahmadis and other Muslims. But there exist so many differences between various Muslim communities, including the Shiis, Ismailis, Bohras, Sufis, Salafis and Sunnis. Each group attributes varying degrees of divinity and infallibility to their respective leaders and scholars. Then why do we have to point fingers and call each other kafirs?