The leaflets which call on Muslims to ‘Kill Ahmadis’ were found at the Stockwell Green Mosque in London. The Mosque which is affiliated with Muslim Council of Britain and serves as the UK headquarters of AMTKN (Aalmi Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm E Nubuwwat), an organization which targets Ahmadi Muslims.This comes just days after the Muslim Council of Britain issued a statement saying Muslims should not be forced to accept Ahmadis.
The BBC reported that the leaflets, written in English, were found arranged in piles on a desk next to a shoe-rack, the usual place to display literature in mosques.The leaflets describe Ahmadis as “apostates” and demand that they convert to mainstream Islam within three days and if they refuse “they deserved to die”.
Mosque Trustee Toaha Qureshi who was awarded an MBE in 2009 said he had never seen the leaflets before and suggested they were fake or left there maliciously. The UK Charity Commission lists Qureshi as a trustee of AMTKN and Stockwell Mosque is listed as the office for AMTKN.
It is not the first time the Stockwell Mosque has been accused of promoting acts of terror, Similarly in 2011 the Mosque was accused of promoting violence against the Ahmadis.
The incident comes in the wake of the killing of Ahmadi shopkeeper Asad Shah, in Glasgow last month, which according to police was “religiously prejudiced”. 32-year-old Tanveer Ahmad from Bradford admitted to Shah’s murder and afterwards issued a statement saying he killed Shah because he disrespected Islam.
The Ahmadiyya believe that their sect founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was the foretold Mahdi, or Messiah but mainstream Muslims consider their beliefs to be heretic. In 1974 Pakistan amended it’s constitution to declare Ahmadis as non-Muslims, In 1984, Pakistan’s penal code was amended yet again to prohibit Ahmadis from “indirectly or directly posing as a Muslim.”
Reacting to the revelations people took to twitter to voice their opinions which resulted in ‘ Kill Ahmadis ‘ trending on UK Twitter.