Pakistan's Ahmadi Muslims: Attacked, Impoverished and Ghettoized -- Sightings (Ali Usman Qasmi)
Religion has the potential for good, but it can easily be used in destructive ways, especially when it becomes enmeshed in unsettled cultural dynamics. Minority religions, especially those that are offshoots of the majority faith can fall victim to persecution. Such is the case of the Ahmadi Muslim community in Pakistan. It wasn't until I arrived here in Michigan that I encountered the Ahmadi movement, and it has taken time to understand some of the dynamics at play. It's important to remember that concerns about the homeland often color relationships in immigrant communities. That is true in my community. In this essay published by Sightings Ali Usman Qasmi offers us a helpful look at the plight of the Ahmadi community in Pakistan, where it emerged at the end of the 19th century, and its expansion outside Pakistan. In brief, we learn something of the dynamics at play, and this can be helpful to us, thus I invite you to read and consider.