LAHORE: Faisalabad police on Sunday, the first day of Eid al-Adha, arrested three men belonging to the Ahmadiya faith, for having “damaged Muslim feelings” by offering animal sacrifices during the religious festival.
The men were arrested just after a first information report (FIR) was filed against five people, Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya Pakistan spokesman Saleem ud-Din told reporters.
The FIR, registered at Thikriwala Police Station, said the complainants were present at a mosque after Eid al-Adha prayers when they learned from verified sources that residents of the Ahmadi community were sacrificing animals inside their homes.
“The complainants then reached the area and climbed the roofs of nearby houses, only to find that members of the Ahmadiyya community were sacrificing a goat in one place while the other members were cutting the meat of another animal in another place” , says the report. said.
“The Islamic feelings of the plaintiffs and other Muslims have been hurt by this and [the complainants] recorded a video that can be presented as evidence,” he added.
“By performing a ritual in accordance with Islamic beliefs and presenting themselves as Muslims despite being Ahmadis, they have committed a recognizable offence, according to the belief of the Muslim ummah, and this has seriously hurt Muslim feelings,” the authorities said. complainants in the report.
Saleem ud-Din said the slaughter was carried out within the compound of a house and not in a public place. “The community is persecuted,” he said.
Pakistan’s five million Ahmadis claim that the faith’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was a messiah.
Laws, passed since the 1970s, prohibit Ahmadis from describing themselves as Muslims or practicing fundamental Islamic practices such as the call to prayer or the construction of minarets at their places of worship, which they are prohibited from doing. call mosques.