FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 November 2020
AHMADI MUSLIMS JOIN IN REMEMBERING PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS GROUPS ON RED WEDNESDAY
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community stands in solidarity with persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their peacefully held beliefs this Red Wednesday.
Red Wednesday, this year being held on 25 November, is an initiative by the NGO Aid to the Church in Need whereby people express solidarity with those suffering and public buildings are lit up in the red, to denote the colour of martyrdom, in solidarity with suffering Christians around the world.
Ahmadi Muslims are acutely aware of persecution on grounds of religion and the suffering of Christians in many countries – as evidenced in the report by the Bishop of Truro and the recent report ‘Suffocation of the Faithful’ by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Often blasphemy laws are used to target religious communities, and followers of different faiths and beliefs are imprisoned under these unjust laws under false allegations.
In Pakistan Ahmadi Muslims have also seen an escalation of violence in the past few months with four Ahmadi Muslims murdered for their faith in the past four months alone – the latest being 31 year-old Dr Tahir Mahmood who was murdered at home last Friday in Nankana Sahib, Punjab.
National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community U.K, Rafiq Ahmad Hayat said:
“We welcome and support ‘Red Wednesday’ initiative. It is an opportunity to remember the horrific reality of religious violence and intolerance in our world. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Christians around the world facing persecution. Let us hope that soon individuals irrespective of their faith or belief can live in peace.”
Notes to Editors
Learn more about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK here www.LoveForAllHatredForNone.org
Media contacts are Mahmood Rafiq (firstname.lastname@example.org)