Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has asked the Saudi Arabian government to ban Ahmadiyas (Qadiyanis) from visiting Makkah and Madinah to perform Haj and Umrah (mini-Haj). Qadiyanis have been declared non-Muslims in countries like Pakistan and face persecution. The seminary's vice-rector, Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi, has alleged that many Qadiyanis from India "disguise themselves as Muslims" and visit Makkah to perform Haj and Umrah in a memorandum to Saudi ruler King Abdullah, the custodian of two mosques in Makkah and Madinah. "Stop them as they are misguided and may mislead other Muslims," said the memorandum.
Qadiyanis are the followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani (1835-1908), who declared himself to be imam Mahdi or the awaited imam that is also the faith of Muslims, and are scattered across the world.
he Ahmadiya movement is headquartered at Qadiyan near Amritsar. Their spiritual leader — Khalifatul Masih (successor of the Messiah) — Mirza Masror Ahmad is London based. Mainstream Muslim scholars believe that the Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet and, since Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed to be the Prophet's shadow and the awaited Messiah, he deviated from a basic principle of Islam and, therefore, he and his followers cannot be considered Muslims. The Mahdi and Messiah, Muslims believe, will not be self-declared.
The seminary reminded the Saudi monarch of an Organisation of Islamic Countries resolution that ex-communicated Qadiyanis from Islam in 1979. The seminary's letter to the Saudi king suggests a clause in the application forms for Haj and Umra where every applicant should be asked to declare that he/she believes that Mohammed is that last prophet.
The Original Memorandum can be accessed at Darul Uloom Deoband's Official website: