Persecution

Press Report

46 PRESS REPORT MARTYRDOM OF DR ABDUL QADEER DETAILS PERTAINING TO DOCTOR ABDUL QADEER’S MURDER IN PAKISTAN FOR HIS FAITH: Dr. Abdul Qadeer of Qazi Ahmed, Nawabshah, Sind, Pakistan, a respectable member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who had been the President of the local Ahmadiyya Community for 3 5 years was shot dead at 3 p.m. on 2nd August 1989, by an unknown person, while he was reading the Daily Alfazl in his clinic. According to details received here, he sent his assistant out to fetch some medicine. Shortly after, a bearded man was seen entering the clinic, who shot Dr. Abdul Qadeer at close range with a carbine. He was rushed to the local hospital but did not survive. This horrific and abhorrent attack is one of the series of such attacks on the lives of Ahmadi Muslims in the region in recent years. The fact is that the Ahmadiyya Community has suffered greater loss of life in this area than in any other part of the country. It is believed that some bitter opponents of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are behind these systematic attacks and murders. Their names are: MauM Abdul Karim Bearwala Distt. Larkana, Sind; Mr. Muhammad Sadiq Untar of Sukhe Munahejo, Nawabshah, Sind; Maulvi Dost Muhammad, Iman Railway Station Mosque, Nawabshah; Doctor Ilahi Baksh Sumro, Nawabshah; and Maulvi Ali Muhammad of Qazi Ahmed, Nawabshah. Dr. Abdul Qadeer was born in 1924, in a small village Talwandi Ghunglan, near Qadian, Punjab, India. His father Maulvi Rahim Baksh was a Companion of the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian. After passing the Matriculation Examination in 1938, he joined the army and remained in service up to 1945. He left military service at the call of Hazrat Khalifat—ul—Masih n and dedicated his life for the cause of Islam and Ahmadiyyat. He came to Qadian and took admission in Jarnia Ahmadiyya, the Training Institution for Student Missionaries. After the partition of India in 1947, the Institution moved to Ahmed Nagar near Rabwah Pakistan. Later he was called to Rabwah to receive medical training in Fazl-e-Omar Hospital. REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 47 After completion of the training he was posted in Sind Province where he served for five years. He worked so tirelessly that he fell critically ill. He was, therefore, relieved from his duties and went to his home town Nawabshah in Sind. He remained under treatment for a long time. Afrer recovery he started his own practice at Nawabshah. He was very sympathetic to patients. He always gave free medical advice and treatment to the poor and needy. Due to his selfless services he was very popular in the whole area. He was an active preacher of Islam and was keen to propagate the message of Ahmadiyyat under all circumstances, He also took part in the financial sacrifices and contributed towards the Centenary fund, Tehrik Jadeed, Waqf Jadeed, Buyoot—ul-Hamd schemes and towards the building of Waqf Jadeed Hall, Mahmood Hall and Ansarullah Hall etc. He had great love for the Promised Messiah and his Khulafa, and used to write to The Head of the Ahmadiyya Movement asking for prayers. During the present hostilities against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan, he received many death threats , but he loved the Community he was serving, so much, that in disregard to the advice of some of his well-wishers that he should leave the area, but he preferred to stay there. He has left a widow, a daughter and four sons after him. May God enable the survivors to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude and shower His choicest blessings on the martyr’s soul..— Ameen. For further information please contact: Rashid Ahmad Chaudhry, 16-18 Gressenhall Road, London SW18. Phone 01 870 8517 (Ext 147)