At a gathering of Islamist extremists near Washington, D.C. last weekend, speakers from Maryland, Virginia, Texas and Pakistan railed against America calling it the “land of infidels.”
The keynote speaker, Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi, a visiting imam from Pakistan who is the principal of an Islamic seminary in Faisalabad, told a group of about 100 that “ignorant infidels” need to be forced to accept Islam.
“They are ignorant and there is no need for dialogue with them. God has given them two options, one is the holy book and one is the stick, and if one does not accept the holy book, they have to be forced,” he said.
The conference was held at the Holiday Inn Express in Springfield, Virginia, and organized by two U.S.-registered charities, Idara Dawat-O-Irshad and Khatme Nubuwwat Center, both of which enjoy IRS tax-exempt status.
Ludhianvi, who in the past issued fatwas against women using cellphone and wearing high heels in public, noted, “The biggest threat that Islam is facing today is the disruption of the family system, for which they [the West] are urging women to go out of their homes.”
Conference speakers also used their platforms to denigrate Ahmadiyya Muslims, whom they contend are heretics. Booths that were set up for conference participants handed out literature against Ahmadiyyas calling them infidels and the “greatest enemy of Islam.”
Ludhianvi stated that Ahmadiyyas are worse than Jews and Christians and advocated using the American justice system to outlaw the faith altogether.
“Have all Muslim lawyers died? Why can’t they learn and understand U.S. laws and then go present their case in front of the judge and explain that Qadianis [Ahmadiyyas] are disrespecting Islam?”
“Islam is our faith and they [Ahmadiyyas] are portraying their religious beliefs as Islamic beliefs…it should be made criminal for them to do so,” he continued.
Ahmadiyya Muslims eschew jihad and believe a prophet came after Mohammed, whom they believe was the messiah. This prophet, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, said he came to reform Islam and renounced jihad, declaring it against Islamic beliefs.
Pakistan passed a constitutional amendment declaring Ahmadiyyas are not Muslims and instituted blasphemy laws against them, forbidding them to recite the Quran or call their places of worship mosques. Due to these laws, many Ahmadiyyas were gunned down in Pakistan, including American cardiologist, Mehdi Ali Qamar, who was volunteering at a heart institute in Pakistan built and funded by the Ahmadiyya communiy.
Mehdi, who was an assistant professor of cardiology at Ohio University, was with his wife, one of his three sons and his cousin paying respects at a grave when he was shot 11 times by two people on a motorbike.
Also at the conference, the imam of the Noor Mosque in Springfield, Virginia, Shazad Hussain, accused the Ahmadiyyas of joining with the British to stop Muslims from “fighting jihad and committing bloodshed.”
Ahmadiyyas were not the only sect to which the conference-goers objected. Shiite Muslims were also on their radar, with event moderator Omar F. Khan, a teacher at the Idara Dawat-O-Irshad charity, vociferously explaining why Shiites were considered infidels.