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Saturday, February 21, 2004

Muslims persecute Muslims So says author Khan in the Wall Street Journal in his article on Bangladeshi and Pakistani persecution of the Ahmadiyya


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HOUSES OF WORSHIP

Different, Banned
Muslims suffer religious persecution at the hands of other Muslims.

BY AMJAD M. KHAN
Friday, February 20, 2004 12:01 a.m. EST

It is by now a truism, although a tragic one, that Christian minorities often suffer persecution in some Muslim countries. (Think only of the recent anti-Christian violence in Indonesia.) What is less well-known is the plight of non-Christian minorities.

Here, too, the story is often tragic. An especially telling example concerns members of the Ahmadiyya Community, a world-wide religious group whose suffering illustrates all too well the increasing political power of a militant perversion of Islam.Last month, the home ministry in Bangladesh--a Muslim country--banned "the sale, publication, distribution and retention of all books and booklets on Islam published by the Ahmadiyya." The ban marks a major victory for religious hardliners, who are eager to declare Bangladesh's roughly 150,000 Ahmadis to be non-Muslim.


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