Ahmadiyya convention faces heat
TNN 25 December 2009, 10:30pm IST
LUDHIANA: Muslims led by Shahi Imam Habib-ur-Rehman Sani protested against the annual convention being organized by the Ahmadiyya community in Qadian, district Gurdaspur, from December 26 to 28. Muslims from all across the state have joined hands against this meet, which according to them is a platform for converting Muslims.
Reportedly finance minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to attend the Salaana Jalsa (annual congregation) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community at its international headquarters in Qadian that lies in the Punjab’s border district of Gurdaspur. The Muslim community burnt the effigy of the finance minister on the Jagraon Bridge and blocked the entire traffic for over half-an-hour causing inconvenience to the commuters. The protesters demanded that the administration should cancel the seminar as it hurt their feelings. They alleged that the Ahmadiyya community indulged in bringing other Muslims to their fold, which was not acceptable to them.
It would be pertinent to mention here that this protest by the Muslim community follows the protest by radical Sikh organizations against Swami Ashutosh Maharaj on December 5. The swami had earned the wrath of the radical Sikh groups for allegedly preaching against their religion.
To control the situation, the police had to impose curfew in the city for three days in order to avert any mishap. During this protest one Sikh person had died while several got injured. While talking about their protest, Shahi Imam said that they were opposing the seminar as conversion of Muslims was not acceptable to them. He asserted that if this seminar took place they would start agitation at mass level.
Following the Namaaz on Friday, Muslims staged protest against this seminar. They also handed over a memorandum to the deputy commissioner, to be forwarded to the chief minister, Prakash Singh Badal. The protest was also organized in the Jama Masjids of all the districts in the state, including Moga, Amloh, Pathankot, Nawanshahr, Patiala, Phagwada, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Bathinda, Rajpura, Jagraon and Ajitwal.