Ahmadiyya sources and their Khalifa claim that #ahmadis are persecuted in #palestine, wherein in #Israel, #ahmadis are allowed full religious freedom. Nevertheless, in a recent edition of “this week with huzoor”, the Ahmadiyya Khalifa told the world that their is a Qadiani mission house in the West Bank, see at the 4:13 mark. Watch my video on this herein and my tik tok and instagram video.

#Ahmadis are not recognized as genuine Islamic by mainstream Muslims, faces persecution and experiences matrimonial restrictions imposed by local Sharia courts. Although no estimates are available, reports suggest that there may be “dozens” of Palestinian Ahmadi Muslims in the West Bank.

#Ahmadis have opened a mission house in Tulkarem, Palestine, which seems to be on the border of the West Bank and Israel. It is also a huge refugee area, thus, it seems that the Ahmadiyya movement is trying to get converts from this refugee camp area.

In terms of the Gaza Strip, Ahmadiya sources tell us that they have a  presence in major cities across the Gaza Strip, including the city of GazaKhan Yunis and Rafah.


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A civil war erupts in Syria and the French government had asked Maulvi Jalal ud Din Shams to leave, however, he refused, they then forced him to leave on 3-9-1928, they demanded that he leave in 24 hours, which he did. Maulvi Jalal ud Din Shams was ordered by his Khalifa to move to Haifa, he arrived 8 days later on 3-17-1928. He ends up travelling directly to a small town area called Kababir. It seems that the British government purposely worked on getting the Muslims of Kababir to convert to Ahmadiyya en-masse. It was the Odeh family, many of them have left Ahmadiyya by 2019.

The July-1928 edition of the ROR


Jalal-ud-Din Shams returns to Qadian, India on Dec-20-1931 (see ROR of Jan-1932). He got married and had two children. He was appointed the Secretary of the All- India Kashmir Committee, of which the Second Khalifah was elected President and Sir Muhammad Iqbal was a member. The Mission at Kababir continued with a new imam. In the ROR of 1932, Jalal-uddin Shams mentions hows Jews are taking over Palestine, firstly, the British Government was administering these lands and was allowing Jews to move in and buy land. The same British Government had helped Ahmadi’s in Israel and most likely led them to Kababir. Cement of Superior quality? From Kababir? Jalal-uddin Shams also mentions how there was a huge family business in Kababir in cement work. This seems to have been a multi-million dollar enterprise (by today’s standards). Register mentions this fact also, it seems that the family that owned this business was totally converted to Ahmadiyya before Shams left. However, Shams tells us that some Jewish people had bought and taken over this business. We are not sure of the implications of this quite yet.

Jalal-ud-Din Shams was instrumental in the building of the Ahmadi mosque at Kababir in 1931 (Masjid-e-Mahmud)(see ROR of Jan-1932). It was rebuilt in the 1970’s, two huge minarets were built. 


In the ROR of Jan-1932, the Ahmadi missionary (Jalal ud Din Shams), who has just returned to Qadian after serving 6 years in Syria, Palestine and Eygpt gives a report of state of Muslims and other religions in these lands. The total population of Ahmadi’s is Kababir is given at 500.

Jalal ud Din Shams’ photo appears in the ROR of Aug-1932, as well as about 50 people. This photo is from pre-1932.


Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta is mentioned in the ROR of Sep-1933, one of his letters was published in the Al-Fazl of Aug-10-1933 and also published in the ROR. He is working out of Egypt, Syria and Palestine. He claims to have held a debate with Bahai’s and Sunni Muslims. He even met the famous Shoghi Effendi (the leader of the Bahai’s and Abdul Baha’s grandson). Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta alleges that 8 people from Cairo, Egypt have converted to Ahmadiyya.

Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta’s missionary work in Egypt, Syria and Palestine (and modern day Lebanon) is mentioned in the ROR of Dec-1933. He alleges that 7 men have converted to Ahmadiyya, 4 of which who are from Cairo, Egypt. 2 from Lebanon and 1 from what seems like Palestine. Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta claims to have had 3 more controversies with the local Muslims. Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta claims that Muslims are afraid to debate Ahmadi’s. He claims to have confronted a Muslim named Shaikh Muhammad Al-Hafiz on the “Finality of the Holy Prophet’s Prophethood”. Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta claims that Syrian Muslims from the USA have written to him about Ahmadiyya and the arabic Ahmadiyya newspaper, Almobashirat.
Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta claims that a man named Sheikh Abdur Rahman Berja (modern day Lebanon) has sent him a report on his tabligh activities therein. An Ahmadi from Syria also mailed a report to Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta, who is working out of the Ahmadiyya temple at Kababir, Haifa, Palestine (modern day Israel). Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta reports that Ahmadi’s were beat up in Cairo. Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta also reports how 3 newspapers have mentioned Ahmadiyya after these fights, they are, “As-Siyyasat”, ‘Al-Ehram” and “Almanar”.
He also mentions how the mosque in Kababir hasn’t been opened yet. 

Palestine is mentioned in the ROR of Jan-Feb-1934.

In an official document presented to the Governor General of India, the Ahmadiyya Movement and the 2nd Khalifa claim to have many local converts to Ahmadiyya (See ROR of April-1934).

The ROR of May-1934 mentions how the Ahmadi missionary Maulana Abul Ata is working in the country and has secured converts.

The Dec-1934 edition of the ROR has a photo of the newly built mosque in Palestine. It also shows statistics about Jewish migration to Palestine. It shows how Jews have multiplied many times over.

The ROR of Dec-1934 spells his name as follows, Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta, and gives his letter/report which was written on Sep-10, 1934. Maulvi Abul Ata claims to have converted a man named Sayyad Ahmad Effendi Zehri and then engaging in debates with his wife, who is Christian. He also claims to have some Ahmadiyya literature published in Hebrew and he reports that he had a debate with a Jewish man in this connection. He seems to travel to Egypt as needed for tabligh work. He claims to have had a controversy with a man named Reverend Serjuis and challenged him through local newspapers like alkashkol. In another letter, he tells about an Ahmadiyya Press that has been setup as well as many other administrative offices. He also claims that the Ahmadiyya newspaper, “Albushra” will publish its first edition in January of 1935, it is an arabic only newspaper and will have circulation in Egypt, Syria and Palestine.

The ROR of Jan-1936 alleges that Ahmadiyya has centers in many countries of the world, these were all represented at the 1935 Jalsa at Qadian. They are as follows: England, America, Japan, China, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Java and Sumatra, Nigeria, Nairobi (Modern day Kenya), Afghanistan and Persia.

The ROR of Jan-1936 alleges that Ahmadiyya has centers in many countries of the world, these were all represented at the 1935 Jalsa at Qadian. They are as follows: England, America, Japan, China, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Java and Sumatra, Nigeria, Nairobi (Modern day Kenya), Afghanistan and Persia.

A photo of Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta appeared in the ROR of Sep-1936, as well as that of his successor, Maulvi M. Saleem. Maulvi M. Saleem is set to relieve Maulvi Abul Ata Allah Ditta in Egypt, Syria and Palestine. The ROR of Oct-1936 mentions Zionism and the plight of the Jews. They blamed the British government for the beef between Jews and Muslims in Palestine.

The photo


The Ahmadiyya Khilafat’s call for Muslim unity: The solution to Israel-Palestine issue

Al Fazl, 16 March 1939, p. 2

The 2nd Khalifa sent a telegram which was read out in both English and Arabic. Huzoor said:

“Extend welcome on my behalf to His Royal Highness, Amir Faisal, and delegations of the Palestine Conference and tell them that Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya is fully in their support and prays that Allah the Almighty may grant them success.”

“The Holy Quran has stated a prophecy in these verses, which is a similitude and a divine vision in regard to the Latter Days. In this, God Almighty has said that those belonging to the progeny of Davidas, or his followers (who are both Jews and Christians) will possess 99 per cent of the world’s power, and on the opposite, the followers of the Holy Prophetsa would only have 1 per cent. Even then, they [Jews and Christians] would conspire to occupy the remaining 1 per cent [from the Muslims] as well.

“The Holy Quran mentions the word kifalat […] The European people use the term, ‘Mandate’ for those countries which they have occupied after the recent war [World War II], and the meaning of ‘mandate’ is kifalat [authority]. Nowadays, the same word is being used for Palestine. So, in these verses, it has been told that Christians and Jews would demand from the Muslims to ‘hand over Palestine to us as well’. Now, President [Harry] Truman [of the USA] is sending telegrams that Jews should be allowed to settle in Palestine […].”

(Al Fazl, 31 October 1945, p. 2)

The 2nd Khalifa raised a pertinent question as to why countries such as America, Australia and England were not ready to let the Jews settle in their respective countries, despite having large areas [of land] in comparison to the area of Palestine.

In 1946, the 2nd Khalifa, saw a vision in which he was foretold by Allah the Almighty that a delicate time was coming for Islam and Muslims needed to unite for tackling that issue. He wrote an article, title Al-Inzaar (The Warning), wherein he mentioned his vision in detail and advised the Muslims in this regard. He stated:

“This divine dream has called our attention to the matter that a very delicate time is coming for Islam, and Muslims need to be united in worldly and political matters. And each person should prioritise unity above all other matters because the salvation of Muslims lies in this [unity]. This is a very difficult thing, not an easy one […]

“While narrating this divine dream, I advise each Ahmadi that they should call the attention of the Muslims in their respective circles that ‘your division will cause your destruction’. At this juncture, you [Muslims] should forget about yourselves, your thoughts and your parties and should strive to unite everyone who claims to be a Muslim for the protection of Islam, and should ignore all differences […]

“I believe that even now, if the Muslims gather for unity, instead of emphasising the differences, then the future of Islam will not remain dark.” (Al Fazl, 28 August 1946, p. 3)

“I believe that even now, if the Muslims gather for unity, instead of emphasising the differences, then the future of Islam will not remain dark.” (Al Fazl, 28 August 1946, p. 3)

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Then, during his Friday Sermon of 30 August 1946, he instructed the Jamaat to especially pray for the Muslim world. He stated:

“The circumstances faced by the Muslims nowadays are very bleak. The identity of the Muslims in places such as India, Palestine, Egypt, Indonesia is in severe danger […] So, all members [of the Jamaat] should especially pray in these days. The other Muslims [non-Ahmadis] should also be urged to start praying, as there is no other remedy for the Muslims. Until the Muslims step aside from worldliness and the pursuit of luxury and unite for offering all types of sacrifices […] success is impossible.” (Al Fazl, 10 September 1946, p. 2)


The Ahmadiyya Khilafat’s call for Muslim unity: The solution to Israel-Palestine issue

Two years later, when Israel was established on 14 May 1948, conspiracies regarding Palestine emerged openly and at that time, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra tried to awaken the Muslim ummah. He wrote a masterpiece, titled Al-Kufru Millatun Wahidah and called on all Muslims to unite as one.

He stated:

“The day which was prophesied by the Holy Quran and the ahadith hundreds of years ago; the day which was prophesied in the Torah and Gospels; the day which was told to be painful and dangerous for the Muslims has seemingly arrived. Jews are being inhabited in Palestine.

“America and Russia […] seem to be on the same page. And strangely, they both were united on the Kashmir issue as well […] It is strange that the disputes of Palestine and Kashmir have emerged at the same time […]

“So, I draw the Muslims’ attention towards this matter that they should understand this delicate time and remember that today, the saying of the Holy Prophetsa:

اَلْكُفْرُ مِلَّةٌ وَّاحِدَةٌ

“[kufr is one nation] is being fulfilled to the letter.”  (Al Fazl, 21 May 1948, p. 3)

He further stated:

“The Arab [world] knows that now, the Jews are considering throwing out the Arabs from the [land of] Arabia […] But do the people of Arabia have any strength [to tackle this]? Does this matter belong only to the Arab?

“Obviously, neither the Arabs have any strength for this competition, nor does this matter only belong to the Arabs.

“The question is not about Palestine; it is about Medina. The question is not about Jerusalem; it is about Mecca al-Mukarrimah itself. The question is not about Zaid [A] or Bakr [B]; it is about the honour of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa.

“The enemy has united against Islam, despite their [internal] disagreements. Will the Muslim [ummah] not unite despite the thousands of reasons for unity?” (Ibid)

Then, in regard to the impact of America and Russia, he said:

“The wealth of America and Russia’s plans and deceits, both are united against the poor Arabs.” (Ibid)

This article had a great impact in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and other Arab countries. Syrian radio stations aired its summary and many Arabic newspapers published its excerpts, including Al-Yaum, Al-Akhbar, Al-Nasr and Al-Urdan.

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A famous and respected journalist of Iraq, Al-Ustadh Ali al-Khayat Affendi stated in an article in his newspaper, Al-Anbaa‘:

“Foreign governments always try to spread hatred among the Muslims through slogans [of some other Muslims], and [they try to urge] some sects to stand for objecting Ahmadis and declaring them infidels […] A representative of a foreign country’s government, residing in Baghdad, called me for a meeting, and after appreciating my style of objection, for flattering me, asked me to start raising objections against the Qadiani Jamaat in my newspaper, in a hurtful manner, as much as possible, because this Jamaat was out of [the pale of] deen.

“This happened when, in 1948, a part of the Holy Land was divided and handed over to the Zionist government and the Israeli state was established. And in my view, the above-mentioned activity of the embassy was, in fact, the practical reaction of the two tracts, which were published by Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya during the same year when Palestine was divided.

“One tract was titled ‘Hay‘atul Umami al-Muttahidati wa Qararu Taqsimi Falastina’, in which those conspiracies of the Western colonial powers and Zionists were disclosed, in which it was planned to hand over the Palestinian ports to the Jews.

“The second tract was published as ‘Al-Kufru Millatun Wahidah’, in which the Muslims were advised to instil perfect unity.” (Akhbar Al-Anbaa‘ [Baghdad], 21 September 1954, with reference of Mujallah Al-Taqwa, September-October 1989)

So, from this reference alone, we can easily understand the impact of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II’s masterpiece and how he created great worry among the ranks of the anti-Muslim powers.

Had the Muslim ummah acted on his advice and called for Islamic unity, Muslims would never be in a situation in which they find themselves now.

On 12 December 1948, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra delivered a lecture at Law College Lahore, titled The Status and Future of the Islamic World in Light of the Current Situation. During the lecture, he stated that the Islamic world’s future was completely safe, provided the Muslims acted upon those ways of success which the Holy Quran had prescribed for us.

Huzoorra advised the Islamic countries to dispel their internal enmities and to make trade relations with each other. He added that the Holy Quran had declared tabligh as the best way for Islam’s progress, so the Muslims should pay attention to this. (Al Fazl, 14 December 1948, p. 2)


Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra stated in his speech of 28 December 1954:

“In the past, [the Muslims] had temporarily lost the occupation [of Palestine] twice as well and have lost it now too. And when we say ‘temporarily’, it necessarily means that the Muslims will again go to Palestine and will rule it. It necessarily means that the Jews will again have to leave it and it necessarily means that Allah the Almighty will enable the Muslims to defeat this whole order which is being established with the help of the UNO and America, and once again let the Muslims settle here […]

“So, I say ‘temporarily’ because there is a [Quranic] injunction ‘My righteous servants shall inherit the land’ [Ch.21: V. 106) […] So, the ‘righteous servants’ of God Almighty, the people of Muhammad Rasulullahsa, will surely go to this country [Palestine]. Neither can America’s atomic bombs and H-bombs do anything, nor can the help of Russia do anything. This is God’s decree, which will come to pass eventually, no matter how much power the world exerts.” (Anwar-ul-Ulum, Vol. 25, pp. 80-81)


Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadrh, after being elected Khalifatul Masih IV on 10 June 1982, sent a heartfelt message to Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, in which he urged everyone to pray for the Palestinian Muslims.

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First appeal for prayers by Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IVrh that appeared in the Al Fazl of 13 June 1982

He stated that there was a wound in our hearts that was getting more terrifying, deeper and painful by the day, and that was a result of the inhumane atrocities being carried out by Israel against the Muslim world.

He said that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh felt this grief severely during the last few days of his life and upon the mention of these oppressions, he would become so grieved that one could see the pain in his eyes.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh instructed the Ahmadis:

“So, I call the attention of all Ahmadis – men, women, elders and children – that they should supplicate to Allah with great fervour, that He may have Mercy on everyone who is associated with our master, the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa.” (Al Fazl, 13 June 1982)

Then, during his Friday Sermon of 8 March 1985, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh stated:

“Whereas the loyalty of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya to the interests of Islam and the Palestinian Muslims is concerned, it is not a hidden fact or a matter of recent times […] Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya had a deep connection with the Islamic interests of Palestine.

“Khulafa of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya cautioned the Muslims of Palestine from every danger, and kept them aware, and would present Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya for every possible help for them.

“And these matters are continuing even prior to the partition [of the Indian subcontinent]; even the Ahrari newspapers had to accept these facts. They have uttered from their mouths and written with their pens that ‘the love showed by Qadian’s Mirza Mahmud Ahmad Sahib[ra] for the people of Islam and the Islamic world, is found very less elsewhere.’

“There was a newspaper of the Ahrar, Zamzam, which was devoted to the opposition of the Jamaat […] wrote in its publication of 19 July 1942: ‘Under the current circumstances, the Khalifa Sahib has shown such righteous indignation for Islam with reference to Egypt and the Holy Land of the Hijaz that we are greatly indebted to him, and by expressing his concern, he has rightly represented the feelings of Muslims.’

“Now, look: if they [Muslims] ever found a spokesperson for the Muslims, he would be an Ahmadi. They considered the leader of Ahmadis to be the best spokesperson [of Islam].” (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Vol. 4, pp. 224-225)

Then, in his next Friday Sermon of 15 March 1985, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IVrh stated:

“Before the United Nations General Assembly made the oppressive decision to divide Palestine, who warned and cautioned the Muslim world, creating a commotion in the Arab and non-Arab countries alike? That passionate warning came from Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra!” (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Vol. 4, p. 231)

Huzoorrh continued by stating that Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra wrote a heart-rendering pamphlet and had it circulated in abundance, in which he stated:

“I tell you that today, neither is America your friend, nor is Russia your friend. They have formed a mutual conspiracy against Islam. They have forgotten their own enmities due to the enmity of Islam and have united. Does the Islamic world have any sense of honour? Do they not possess the love for Islam that would allow them to forget their animosity towards each other and unite?”

Huzoorrh added that when that decision of dividing Palestine was passed, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra wrote another article, describing the steps Muslims needed to take to help them in winning the lost battle again. (Ibid)


During his Friday Sermon of 11 January 1991, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh instructed Ahmadis to especially pray that Allah may guide the Muslim world. He stated that the Muslim countries should keep in mind the interests of the Muslim ummah as a whole, instead of only protecting their own interests. He added that if the Arab countries did not remove their internal differences, then there would be no peace in this territory and eventually, Israel would emerge as a bigger power than ever before, and no Arab Muslim power could ever think to act against Israel. (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Vol. 10, pp. 32-33)

Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa has also called the attention of the Muslim Ummah towards unity and regularly advised them that for removal of the ongoing miseries, Muslims must unite and face the opponents of Islam as a united front by forgetting all internal disputes.



A’s Moderate Muslims Threatened

A moderate Islamic sect has been labeled heretical by PA clerics, leaving followers open to persecution, murder.


Maayana Miskin , May 31 , 2010 1:25 PM | updated: 2:20 PM


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PA clerics

Israel news photo: Flash 90

The teachings of the moderate Ahmadiyya sect of Islam have been labeled apostasy by Palestinian Authority clerics, leaving its members open to persecution and even threats of murder. PA leaders have refused to step in, saying the status of the Ahmadiyya community is a matter for the courts to decide.

Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew news service spoke to Mohammed Sharif Ouda, head of the Ahmadi community in Israel, who discussed the problems facing Ahmadi Muslims in the PA and worldwide.

Ouda began with a brief description of Ahmadi beliefs. Ahmadi Muslims follow the teachings of Mirzam Ghulam Ahmad, who they believe was the Muslim messiah. Ahmad preached that Islam had been distorted, and urged his followers to return to what he taught was the true Islam – a peaceful Islam that renounces violence and defines “jihad” as a form of inner struggle, and not an armed struggle.

The PA clerics’ ruling on Ahmadi Islam poses a danger, he said. The penalty for apostasy in Islam is death, and while the PA has decided not to impose the death penalty on its Ahmadi residents, the decision to label them apostates puts them in danger nonetheless, he said. “They’re encouraging the cold-blooded murder of Ahmadis,” he charged.

Ahmadi believers living in PA-controlled areas have been beaten and have had their property destroyed, Ouda added. In addition, the apostate label means they can be stripped of their rights in court, he said. He gave an example of an Ahmadi Muslim from Shechem who was ordered to divorce his wife and give up his property.

Ouda said he had appealed to PA officials to defend the community, but in vain.

There is an Ahmadi community in Gaza as well. “In Gaza,” Ouda said, “the death penalty is enforced for various crimes, and members of the Ahmadi community hide their true beliefs.”

Ahmadi communities in Egypt and Pakistan face persecution as well, Ouda related. In Egypt, members of the community can be arrested simply due to their beliefs, while in Pakistan a Muslim cleric recently declared that non-Ahmadi Muslims may not so much as say hello to an Ahmadi.

Despite persecution, the Ahmadi movement is flourishing, and has followers in 190 countries, Ouda said, among them Germany, Canada, Britain, and the United States.

Palestinian court forcibly divorces ‘apostates’

Palestinian couple Mohammed, left, and Samah Alawneh talk to the Associated Press in their house in the West Bank town of Tulkarem, Sunday Jan. 16, 2011. For more than a year, the Palestinian couple belonging to a Islamic sect rejected by many mainstream Muslims endured insults from some their neighbors and even death threats while struggling to maintain a quiet existence in this West Bank town. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

By Mohammed Daraghmeh and Diaa Hadid

Associated Press / January 20, 2011

TULKAREM, West Bank—For more than a year, a Palestinian couple belonging to an Islamic sect rejected by many mainstream Muslims endured insults from some of their neighbors and even death threats while struggling to maintain a quiet existence in this West Bank town.

As word spread about them, things got worse. A local Islamic court branded them apostates and dissolved their marriage. The couple, Mohammed and Samah Alawneh, now live in legal limbo.

Their plight demonstrates the tensions between a still largely conservative Palestinian society and a Western-backed government expected by the international community to ensure democratic freedoms.

The government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is dominated by secular elites and frequently cracks down on hard-line Muslims connected to its militant Islamic rival, Hamas. The seat of Abbas’ government, the vibrant West Bank city of Ramallah, is dotted with bars, liquor stores and night clubs frequented by secular Muslims, although consuming alcohol is strictly forbidden in Islam.

At the same time, the Palestinian Authority — trying to build toward a state that would include the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip — has shown there are limits to its religious tolerance.

Late last year, Palestinian police arrested a self-proclaimed atheist blogger for insulting Islam in his posts, and the man is still in custody. The Alawnehs are members of the Ahmadi sect, an Islamic offshoot whose members are often branded traitors and face persecution in the Muslim world. Another couple — the husband is Ahmadi, the wife is not — is facing the same proceedings.

“It’s like we are still living in the Middle Ages,” said Mohammed Alawneh, 35. “They are deciding whether you are a believer or not. Whether you’ll go to heaven or hell — and whether you are an apostate.”

Followers of the Islamic Ahmadi Community are shunned by many mainstream Muslims because they recognize a 19th-century cleric as their prophet. A central tenet of Islam is that the Muhammad was the last prophet sent by God.

There are believed to be more than 4 million Ahmadis worldwide, most of them in South Asia but also with large communities in Africa and Europe. They frequently face isolation and persecution, particularly in Pakistan, where last year two of their mosques were bombed and 97 people were killed.

A few dozen Ahmadi converts live in the West Bank, whose 2.5 million-strong Palestinian population is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim, said the local Ahmadi leader, Sheik Mohammed Sharif.

Cases involving Ahmadis, who have lived in the West Bank in small numbers for decades, have rarely been pursued — until now, lawyers said.

The Alawnehs converted to the Ahmadi sect separately six years ago, marrying in 2009. Both faced insults and death threats from Muslim preachers when news of their conversions filtered out, they said. Mohammed’s family renounced them. Some of Samah’s colleagues at the university where she works shun her, though others do not.

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Then last year, a prosecutor in the local Islamic court, which regulates Muslim marriages, filed a complaint against them, accusing them of apostasy. They were found guilty in August, according to documents the couple showed The Associated Press.

The court forcibly divorced the couple by canceling their marriage registration, because they were no longer considered Muslims.

The Alawnehs say the complaint against them was initiated by Mohammed Alawneh’s first wife, who was upset by his decision to take another wife. Islamic law permits a man to have up to four wives.

The Palestinian Authority does not authorize civil marriage. All marriages must be registered with the government-funded Islamic courts or a Christian church.

That means that the couple have no chance of ever legalizing their marriage in the West Bank, said their lawyer, Gandi Rabai. The couple may go abroad to marry, but so far, they have chosen to try to battle the issue in Palestinian courts, believing it is their right to marry freely in the West Bank, Rabai said.

Expecting their first child later this year, they will not be able to register the baby with the Palestinian Interior Ministry — meaning the child cannot go to public school or qualify for medical care. The child will be scorned as illegitimate if they remain unmarried.

The Islamic courts are also pursuing a case against Maher Salahat, a 34-year-old married father of five who belongs to the Ahmadi sect. They accuse him of apostasy and seek to divorce him from his wife, who is a Sunni Muslim. The case is still being investigated, Salahat said.

Reem Shanti, the prosecutor who pressed charges against the Alawnehs, and other Islamic courts officials refused to comment.

Mahmoud Habbash, the Palestinian Authority’s Religious Affairs Minister, who oversees the courts, said he could not interfere in judicial affairs. Habbash said he had no solution to the couple’s legal dead-end over registering their marriage in the West Bank.

An appeals court canceled the initial decision on procedural grounds and sent it back to the lower Islamic court for a retrial that is to start later this month, said Sumud Damir, the chief prosecutor in the West Bank.

Palestinian government spokesman Ghassan Khatib said the Palestinian basic law, a forerunner to a constitution, guarantees freedom of expression and religious belief, but that the Islamic courts rule over civil issues such as marriage and divorce. There is no criminal punishment for being declared an apostate, he said.

In neighboring Israel, personal status issues like marriage and divorce also remain largely under the control of religious authorities.

The Alawneh’s lawyer, Rabai, said he has observed increasing Islamic conservatism among lower-tier civil servants. He said senior officials appear reluctant to openly challenge their decisions.

The Alawnehs said they would take their case all the way to the Palestinian Supreme Court. They said they feared a dangerous precedent has been set that could engulf not only people with unconventional religious views, but also the many non-practicing Muslims in the West Bank.

“If they open the door to declaring people apostates, anybody could accuse anybody,” said the young woman, her hair covered with a Muslim headscarf, her eyes widening in fear. “But I believe I follow the real Islam. They can’t break open my heart to see if I believe or not.”


Hadid reported from Ramallah, West Bank.

During his Friday Sermon of 23 November 2012, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“[…] Israel’s attack on the Palestinians is due to the differences and disunity among the Muslims. There is no Islamic country where all moral values are not being violated due to the religious or political differences, or where horrific stories of oppression against each other are not being created. As a result, in one way or another, we are witnessing oppression [by the Muslims] against each other […] It is my desire that Muslims come to their senses and be united.” (Khutbat-e-Masroor, Vol. 10, p. 719)


In February 2014, the Palestinian General Investigation Service in Hebron arrested 3 Ahmadi Muslims when they attempted to obtain permission in order to distribute leaflets related to their faith. Accused of inciting sectarian strife, they were referred to the General Prosecution for investigation. A court issued a decision to extend their detention pending investigation. Within a few days, the Palestinian police in Hebron arrested 8 more Ahmadi Muslims on the grounds of distributing leaflets. They all later appeared before Hebron’s Magistrates’ court that issued a decision to extend their detention to 15 more days.[7]

Then, during his Friday Sermon of 25 July 2014, Huzooraa stated that the Muslim countries did not have unity and consensus. The governments were oppressing their peoples. Not only was there a lack of unity, but there was also widespread oppression.

Huzooraa added that the result of this lack of unity and consensus was that non-Muslims also had the courage to do whatever they wanted against the Muslims and that was why Israel was now brutally killing innocent Palestinians. If there was unity among Muslims, then there would have been no such oppression. (Khutbat-e-Masroor, Vol. 12, pp. 453-454)

The owner of Rabwah times posts tweets which show that the Ahmadiyya jamaat has always supported Zionism. Backlash ensues. Even Saleem Mir chimes and disagrees with @Ehzan. @Ehzan goes back and deletes all of his tweets.

June—The Khalifa discusses Ahmadiyya in the West Bank on his weekly program, ‘This week with huzoor’.

Recently, during his Eid-ul-Fitr Sermon of 14 May 2021, Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa instructed Ahmadis to pray especially for Palestinians who are suffering a great deal. He said:

“Today, we must sincerely pray for the Palestinian people who are currently being subjected to grave cruelties. In recent days, when they went to pray in the Al Aqsa Mosque, they were brutally attacked and beaten by the state authorities. Similarly, they are being forced out of Sheikh Jarrah, a small neighbourhood, which is their own land.

“Certainly, Muslim countries should come together and play their role to protect the Palestinians and other Muslims who are being oppressed in the world. However, the Muslim world is divided and there is a complete lack of unity amongst the Muslim nations. Certainly, in this instance, the Muslim countries have failed to show the reaction they ought to have. They have given weak statements, whereas if they had all come together and given a united statement, it would have had a far greater impact and carried much more weight.

“May Allah grant sense and wisdom to the Muslim leadership. May He also give sense to the Israelis that they may refrain and withdraw from their injustices. Further, may Allah guide the Palestinians who are suffering from a lack of leadership, if there is any injustice from their side – though in reality, this is not the case. If they (the Palestinians) are using sticks they are being subjected to heavy missiles and sophisticated weaponry, which is something I have mentioned before as well. There is no comparison in terms of the force being used by both sides. We must, therefore, pray for the Palestinians. May Allah the Almighty better their situation and create the means for their freedom and may they continue to hold on to their rightful places and land that were allotted to them in the initial treaty.”

_____________________________________________________________________________________________Links and Related Essays

  1.  Maayana Miskin (May 31, 2010). “PA’s Moderate Muslims Face Threats”. Israel National News. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  2. ^ Emanuela C. Del Re (March 15, 2014). “Approaching conflict the Ahmadiyya way: The alternative way to conflict resolution of the Ahmadiyya community in Haifa, Israel”. Springer: 116.
  3. Jump up to:a b “Kababir”. Israel and You. Archived from the original on January 30, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Revital Hovel (August 28, 2012). “Muslim sect celebrates 25 years since Koran translated into Yiddish”Haaretz. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  5. ^ “Report on the Occupied Territories” (PDF). U.S. Department of State. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  6. ^ “Palestinian court forcibly divorces ‘apostates. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  7. ^ “PCHR is Concerned over the Arrest of Dozens of Civilians on the Grounds of Freedom of Opinion, Expression and Belief in the West Bank”. Palestinian Center for Human Rights. February 13, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015.

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