US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson alleged on 16 August that religious freedom was under attack in Pakistan, where more than two dozen people were on death row or serving a life imprisonment for blasphemy. He said the Pakistan government had marginalised the Ahmadiya community and refused to recognise them as Muslim. “It is my hope that the new prime minister and his government will promote interfaith harmony and protect the rights of religious minorities,” said Secretary Tillerson while releasing the annual US report on religious freedom for 2016.
The West is not in a position to lecture Muslims regarding those who do not believe in the foundations of the state, yet choose to be citizens of it. Despite the concept of the Islamic Ummah holding a great deal of importance in Islam it did not however make it the basis for citizenship (At-Taabi’iyyah) within the Islamic State. So, unlike the secular state, Islam only stipulated as a condition, loyalty to the State from the one holding the citizenship, rather than belief in the creed of the state. The possessor of the Taabi’iyyah includes everyone who resides in the Daar of Islam and in the Islamic State on a permanent basis whether he is Muslim or non-Muslim. Everyone possessing the Taabi’iyyah is from the subjects of the Islamic State and they are those whom the State is not permitted to differentiate between in matters of Hukm (Rule and governance) and in regards to the looking after of the affairs. For that reason the Muslim living outside of the Islamic State does not enjoy the rights of the one who carries the Taabi’iyyah (citizenship) of the Islamic State whilst the non-Muslim residing within the Islamic State enjoys the rights of the Taabi’iyyah (citizenship). This applies to the Christians, Jews, Mushrikeen and the Ibn Murtadeen (progeny of the Apostates), such as Qadianis (Ahmadiyya). Allah (swt) said:
وَإِنْ أَحَدٌ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ اسْتَجَارَكَ فَأَجِرْهُ حَتَّىٰ يَسْمَعَ كَلَامَ اللَّهِ ثُمَّ أَبْلِغْهُ مَأْمَنَهُ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَوْمٌ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
“And if any one of those who associate partners with Allah (swt) seeks your protection then grant him protection so that he may hear the speech of Allah. Then deliver him to his place of safety. That is because they are a people who do not know” (Surah At-Taubah 9: 6).
Compare Islam’s treatment of those who retained their religion under the #IslamicState from the Indian Subcontinent to Africa, to the Western treatment of the original inhabitants of the Americas, who were massacred and then confined to “reservations” within their own lands of origin.
Furthermore, Islam provides for the practice of the religion in a way that the secular Western state never has. Allah (swt) said:
لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ
“There is no compulsion in respect to the Deen. Verily the right path has become distinct from the wrong path” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 256).
In the words of the German Orientalist Sigrid Hunke said in ‘The sun of the Arabs shines over the West’: “The Arabs did not force the conquered peoples to embrace Islam and so the Christians, Zoroastrians and Jews who met with the most heinous and terrible forms of religious intolerance before Islam, were now all permitted and allowed without any obstacle or hindrance to practise the rituals of their religions. The Muslims left for them their houses of worship, monasteries, clergymen and Rabbis without bringing the least of harm to them.
Does this not represent the highest degree of forbearance? Where has history narrated the like of these acts? And when has this occurred (in history)?” Compare this to the treatment of the Muslims in the West, who face persecution for covering their heads, growing beards, praying and fasting.
Central Contact Committee Wilayah Pakistan