Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Germany: Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at offers condolences for Berlin Attack


Ahmadiyya representitive said they were planning a service and prayers at the site at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, which he expected some 200 people to attend.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: Deutsche Welle (DW)
By Ben Knight | December 20, 2016

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The Muslim minority community Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, many of whom are Pakistani, released a statement early on Tuesday condemning the attack. "With horror, shock, and pain we have learned of the murderous attack on innocent people," the statement read.

"We consider ourselves a German community, we've been here since 1923, and so our first impulse is to express our sympathy like any other German organization," Ahmadiyya spokesman Mohammad Dawood Majoka told DW. "But of course there is always some pressure on us to distance ourselves, so we want to make it official and public."

The Ahmadiyya are often persecuted by extremists in Pakistan, and Germany was among the first countries to grant them asylum. Majoka said they were planning a service and prayers at the site at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, which he expected some 200 people to attend.

There are said to be around 45,000 Ahmadiyya in Germany, and a few hundred in Berlin, and Majoka added that he was certain that the suspect could not have been a member of his community, not only because it is a reformist organization whose teachings are "absolutely peaceful," but also because they keep a central registration system of all members.

"If it turns out he is Pakistani, it would feel we were being doubly persecuted - firstly at home in Pakistan, and secondly by being brought into disrepute by association."


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