Tahir Ashrafi is a moderate and progressive cleric but a sinister campaign was launched to delegitimize him – by Raza Rumi

Tahir Ashrafi is a moderate and progressive cleric but a sinister campaign was launched to delegitimize him – by Raza Rumi


Raza Rumi writes: “It is time to engage with clerics like Tahir Ashrafi and get them to join the struggle for a moderate and progressive Pakistan. Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, Chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council (an apex body of country wide religious scholars) led a vigorous campaign on this issue and in my several meetings and conversations with him I was impressed by the remarkable clarity with which he stood by this non-Muslim child… Ashrafi is a brave exception but he also paid for it as a sinister campaign against him was launched to delegitimize him. It is never too late to remind the survival-obsessed civilian governments to institute some of these measures. More importantly, it is time to engage with thinking clerics like Ashrafi and get them to join the struggle for a moderate and progressive Pakistan”
– Raza Rumi, Director of Jinnah Institute, Editor of The Friday Times.

A version of this article appeared in The Friday Times November 23-29, 2012 – Vol. XXIV, No. 41

Urdu translation:

مولانا طاہر اشرفی صاحب ایک اعتدال پسند اور ترقی پسند عالم دین ہیں پاکستان کی ترقی اور فلاحی کے لیے ایسے بہادر، معتدل علما سے رابطہ رکھنے کی ضرورت ہے نفرت کرنے والے سازشی عناصر مولانا اشرفی کے خلاف جھوٹا پرا پیگنڈا کر کے ان کی شہرت کو نقصان پہنچانے کی کوشش کر رہے ہیں – رضا رومی، ڈائریکٹر جناح انسٹیٹیوٹ و مدیر دی فرائڈے ٹائمز


Video: Tahir Ashrafi’s hate speech against Ahmadiyya Muslims and incitement to violence against Shahbaz Bhatti Shaheed.

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199 responses to “Tahir Ashrafi is a moderate and progressive cleric but a sinister campaign was launched to delegitimize him – by Raza Rumi”

  1. This is same cleric who is promoted by Jaali Liberals and FCS. Try telling our Ahmadi brothers who are facing intense persecution that Ashrafi is “moderate”

    Rabid mullah mob attacks Ahamadiyya property in Punjab


    According to many media reports, the Islamist mob is backed by the brother of Tahir Ashrafi, chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council.

    File photo: A recent attack on an Ahmadi elderly women’s grave. Police
    provided cover and protection to the miscreants, held Ahmadis at bay.
    Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | Int’l Desk
    Source/Credit: Ahmadiyya Times Exclusive
    By Imran Jattala | April 28, 2012

    An Ahmadiyya prayers centre in Gulshan-e Ravi, Lahore, is attacked by some 200 Islamist clerics, it has been reported.

    Gulshan-e Ravi is an area in Lahore situated at the corner of the city near the Ravi River.

    According to the social media reports a few Ahmadis were gathered for worship at the prayer center when a gang of Islamist thugs broke into the place and threatened the lives and property of the Ahmadis.

    Witnesses say the police was called in to protect the Ahmadis, however, according to the Ahmadiyya spokesperson, Saleem ud Din, police arrested the Ahamdis for failing to honor the mob’s demands of ceasing the worship activity.

    No action has been taken against the intruders who broke into the Ahmadis private property, it was further asserted.

    Ahmadiyya spokesperson repeated that the Islamists are given protection by the state in vandalizing of the private property and harassment of the religious minorities.

    “The double standard of administration under the leadership of our dear caretaker chief minister @NajamSethi continues as it was in past,” wrote Saleem ud Din in his social media post.

    According to many media reports, the Islamist mob is backed by the brother of Tahir Ashrafi, chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council.

    Reportedly, Ashrafi and his brother are at the forefront of the current wave of witch-hunt against Ahmadis in Lahore and Ashrafi brother is the routine complainant in many cases registered against the Ahmadis in Lahore, including the recently reported case against Ahmadiyya publication, Al-Fzal.

    According to the Asian Human Rights Commission of Pakistan mulla Hasan Muawiya is known to have fabricated complaints against the Ahmadis.

    Tahir Ashrafi, usually touted as a ‘moderate’ mullah is the darling of a select group of liberals in Pakistan.

    Cleric’s well-wishers have claimed that Ashrafi is ‘a brave’ moderate, “but … a sinister campaign against him was launched to delegitimize him.”

    Ashrafi gained notoriety as a moderate when he issued a statement condemning the murder of Salmaan Taseer, the governor of the Punjab, Pakistan who was killed for defending a christian women on death row.

    Some say Ashrafi has a highly selective sense of ‘moderation,’ but “liberals were only happy to have found a mullah they could stand in their corner to hang their hats on.”

    “This is the real face of such moderate voices in Pakistan who endorse & openly condone hatred, vandalism & threats to innocent Ahmadis,” wrote Saleem ud Din.

    Saleem ud Din demanded that Caretaker CM Najam Sethi should look into the matter and provide adequate protection for Ahamdis.

    “We expect better from you, because we know you are not like the rest; so please do something & stop this witch hunt,” Saleem ud Din asked Caretaker CM Najam Sethi. “We know you are very busy but as per your own statement providing security is your responsibility; so is this what is provided?”

    “We understand you are very busy & don’t have time to meet a community of peaceful citizens but you could provide security,” Saleem ud Din said.

    — Rabid mullah mob attacks Ahamadiyya property in Punjab
    — By Ahmadiyya Times
    — By Imran Jattala. Follow on Twitter: @IJattala

  2. Imran Jattala ‏@ijattala 13h
    #SHAME MT @naeemshamim: There are some intellectuals who call Tahir Ashrafi ‘moderate & progressive’ Evry hate tweets tht comes confirms it!

    Xain Gardezi ‏@XainGardezi 4h
    @SunniShiaUnity @ijattala @naeemshamim Molana ashrafi is as progressive as Beiber is talented @Razarumi

    SabahatMS ‏@SabahatMS 12h
    . @Razarumi But Tahir Ashrafi supporters are quoting you to defend his progressiveness…your comments? @bangru2k pic.twitter.com/cRhya4m3od

    Mohammad Iqbal Khan ‏@jediknightkhan 9h
    Tahir Ashrafi is the most stereotypical looking mullah I’ve ever seen, who in their right mind would consider him a moderate?

    shaafi Sial ‏@Shafisial 12h
    “@ijattala: Tahir Ashrafi’s death threat to Shahbaz Bhatti Shaheed. Tahir Asharfi’s moderate side!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DagVAN_fR3E …” @TahirAshrafi

    Mohammad Taqi ‏@mazdaki 13h
    @takhalus the moderate cleric Ashrafi sahib was sandwiched between Sami Ul Haq & Gen Kayani

    Naeem Shamim ‏@naeemshamim 13h
    There are some intellectuals who call Tahir Ashrafi ‘moderate and progressive’ . Every hate tweets that comes confirms it ! #Pakistan

    Waqqar Azeem ‏@WaqqarAzeem 2h
    Caretaker CM @najamsethi is successful promoting the anti-Ahmadi anti-Shia legacy of his predecessor and benefactor Shahbaz Sharif.

    Shan Khaqan @shankhaqan
    Beware of the fake liberal thug who promotes a blatantly anti-Shia anti-Ahmadi cleric and then also sympathizes with Ahmadis and Shias.

    Shan Khaqan @shankhaqan
    Those who publish and humanize anti-Shia anti-Ahmadi clerics are neither secular, nor liberal. They are ISI-thugs and ASWJ-promoters.

  3. SabahatMS ‏@SabahatMS 12h
    . @Razarumi But Tahir Ashrafi supporters are quoting you to defend his progressiveness…your comments? @bangru2k pic.twitter.com/cRhya4m3od

    Raza Rumi ‏@Razarumi 12h
    @SabahatMS I am being given some superhuman powers to orchestrate all that is wrong with Pak minorities. Laughable and almost surreal.

    SabahatMS ‏@SabahatMS 11h
    @Razarumi That’s Pakistan… Survival guaranteed for the ugliest & the nastiest… Rest are Wajibul Qatal!

    Raza Rumi ‏@Razarumi 12h
    @SabahatMS It was written specifically in Rimsha Masih case&used by Ashrafi&those who wnt to defame me-My views on Ahmadi persecution clear

    SabahatMS ‏@SabahatMS 11h
    @Razarumi You should be careful what you say about these Mullahs! They can use you any way they like. #worsecreatures

    MAQ ‏@MAQWAQ 11h
    @SabahatMS @razarumi Jab bhi chahain ik Nai soorat bana laitay hain log
    Aik chehray perr kaeen chehray laga latay hain log

    2:47 AM – 29 Apr 13 · Details

    Zalaan-زالان ‏@Zalaan1 14h
    طالبان اور مذہب زومبیز کی طرح ہے جو انکے ہتھے چڑھتا ہے ویسا ہی ہو جاتا ہے ، رضا رومی بھی ویسا ہی ہو گیا

  4. Haseeb Anjum ‏@Babajees 2h
    @alibajwa @Razarumi Yes, LUBP wala guy also accused me of being a terrorist when I questioned 1 of his fake news. All his critics r taliban!

    Ali Abdullah Bajwa ‏@alibajwa 2h
    @Babajees LUBP’s credibility is worse than some of the British tabloids and that is saying something @Razarumi

    12:40 PM – 29 Apr 13 · Details

    Raza Rumi ‏@Razarumi 2h
    @alibajwa I was quite amazed to see how some self-styled champions of truth & fact

  5. The writer has expressed his personal views, wheras the facts are quiet different.
    Mr. Tahir maybe a cleric head but his tone and abusive language tell more abt him. See his tweets for yourself

  6. There is no doubt that Tahir Ashrafi has a past in which he endorsed terrorism but in recent past through closely watching him, I have no confusion in my mind that recently he had and he is playing his role to quite an extent to criticize all forms of terrorism.

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