Qadianism (Ahmadiyyat) in the News
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent
The Decision to Change the Name of "Rabwah", Pakistan
November 25, 1998
On Tuesday, November 11, 1998, the patriotic members of the Punjab Assembly,
including both members of the treasury and opposition groups, unanimously
approved a historic resolution to change the name of the city of Rabwah.
This move came almost after 50 years of tireless effort by Muslim scholars
and Pakistani personalities and following a wave of pressure by the courageous
people of Pakistan. American Muslims would like to extend their appreciation
and congratulations to the fair-minded and truth seeking people of Pakistan.
Rabwah, a town located almost 90 miles South West of Lahore, in Tahseel Chiniot,
District Chang, was established in 1948, on land obtained from the British
Colonialists, by the then head of the Qadiani movement, Mirza Bashiruddin
Mahmood. Qadianis had declared the city to be the worldwide headquarters
of their movement and had spared no expense to give it the appearance of
an independent government, complete with Finance and Information Bureaus.
This was an illegal Vatican-style state, within the State of Pakistan, where
Muslims were intimidated from entering and barred from building their schools
and places of worship. This abuse of divine rights of Muslims at the hand
of Qadiani leaders continued, until the year 1974, when their stronghold
on power inherited from the British was finally loosened and they were declared
to be a non-Muslim minority.
The word “Rabwah” is mentioned in the holy Quran, chapter The
Believers, verse 50, in reference to Prophet Eisa [Jesus](peace be upon
him) and his honored mother, Mary(may Allah be pleased with her), when Allah
recounted their migration in the following words:
And We made the son of Mary and his mother as a Sign: We gave them both
shelter on Rabwah (higher ground), affording rest and security and furnished
(The Holy Quran, Al-Mo'menoon, 23:50)
Muslim scholars and researchers have identified this place to be somewhere
in the holy land.
However, Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood misappropriated this term to offend the
religious belief of Muslims, draw a parallel between the migration of Eisa(pbuh)
and his group from Qadian, India, to Rabwah, Pakistan, and deceptively lend
support to his father’s claim that he had been the Messiah, Eisa(pbuh), whose
return was foretold by the last Messenger of Allah, Muhammad(peace be upon
Since Qadianism has been exposed as a non-Muslim faith by all Muslim scholars
and in accordance to irrefutable teachings of Quran and hadith, its followers
have no right to misuse the religious epithets of Islam, abuse and ridicule
the religious rights of the Muslims, and deceive the uninformed. The name
of Rabwah needed to be changed to end a dangerous and deceptive misinterpretation
by Qadiani missionaries and spare future generation of Muslims from the deceptive
arguments of Qadianis drawing a parallel between their invented city and
the site mentioned in the holy Quran.
It is interesting to note that following this purely internal decision, Western
Media, a few vocal “human rights” advocates, and Qadiani spokespeople expressed
their disapproval of this resolution by the representatives of the people
of the sovereign state of Pakistan. If this issue, as they assert, is of
no importance and consequence, then we should all wonder why they have even
bothered to ridicule and offend the people of Pakistan. This unfair
objection has only served to further expose their bias against Islam and
the People of Pakistan and reinforce the idea that many of the so called
“news” and “human rights” organizations are unjustly used as Political tools
to mock and attack Islam and the believers.