The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement
The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement by Declan Henry
Considered heretical by orthodox Muslims, followers of the Ahmadiyya Movement suffer a life of persecution and vilification. Award-winning writer and Islam expert Declan Henry highlights their tragic story and calls for an end to their victimisation.
Ahmadiyya Muslims are rejected by all other Muslims across the world because of major theological differences originating in their beliefs about the Prophet Muhammad. In Pakistan, they are routinely subjected to persecution, imprisonment and torture. Many are also murdered.
Declan Henry was invited to Pakistan in December 2022 to spend time with Lahore Ahmadiyya Muslims – who are a splinter group within the Ahmadiyya Movement. In Lahore, he interviewed dozens of these Muslims who spoke candidly about their daily struggles as well as their conviction in their faith and their hopes for the future. In this book, he provides a succinct account of the beliefs of Lahori Ahmadiyya Muslims and highlights the enduring hatred and persecution they face in Pakistan (and other parts of the world).
Containing a short biography of the group’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, this meticulously researched literary work also offers glimpses into how the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement – although small in number – live their lives with great dignity, strength and determination while believing passionately in their truth.
This compelling book by Declan Henry uncovers the rich historical tapestry of Lahori Ahmadiyya Muslims while shedding light on the harrowing persecutions they’ve endured. A gripping testament to the indomitable spirit of a community often overlooked, it’s a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of faith, resilience, and the pursuit of justice.
Anthony Harvison Publicist, Palamedes PR
This is a splendid introduction to the essentials of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam. Declan Henry's slim but readable volume provides a general overview of this Islamic denomination championing a rational and rehabilitated faith. The author's juxtaposition between the Qadian and Lahore wings of this Indian-originated religious sect highlights the imperative for reform and revitalisation within contemporary Islam. This is recommended reading for anyone interested in modern Islamic discourse.
Dr Taj Hargey, Founder of the Oxford Institute for British Islam (OIBI)