Many Muslims despise Ahmadis. The Ahmadiyya community is a sect that originated in the late nineteenth century, based on the teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. They believe in all five pillars of Islam, and all six articles of faith, which would seem to place them in the Sunni category.
There's just one catch. Ahmadis believe that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the "Promised Messiah"--the second coming of Christ. Muslims therefore justify killing Ahmadis by pointing out that Ahmadis believe in a prophet after Muhammad. The problem with this condemnation is that all Muslims believe in a prophet after Muhammad. That is, all Muslims believe in the return of Christ (which occurs after Muhammad's death).
The real difference, then, between Ahmadis and orthodox Muslims, is a dispute about end times prophecy. Ahmadis believe that Christ has already returned, while orthodox Muslims believe he hasn't yet returned.
Notice that this relatively minor difference is enough to send Muslims into a violent rampage against Ahmadis. Ironically, this attack occurred at the beginning of Indonesia's "Interfaith Harmony Week."
INDONESIA--Disturbing video has emerged of a bloody religious mob attack in Indonesia that killed three members of a minority Muslim sect, showing extremists beating and stoning their victims to death.
The incident, involving more than 1000 Muslims who stormed a house in West Java yesterday to stop the minority Ahmadiyah Islamic sect from holding worship, has been condemned by the government and rights activists.
Footage of the attack - which came at the start of "interfaith harmony week" in the mainly Muslim country - shows police doing nothing as scores of Islamic fanatics go berserk with stones, knives and sticks.
Shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) and "kafir" (infidel), the mob brush aside a lone police officer and launch a sustained attack on the house, as a small group of Ahmadis try briefly to defend the property.
Defenceless and half-naked Ahmadi men are then shown being beaten and stoned to death in the mud outside the house. Their bodies are pelted with stones and desecrated as members of the mob laugh and take pictures.
Throughout the attack police are either absent or standing amid the mob doing nothing to intervene, with the exception of a lone police officer, who is seen attempting to stop people beating and stoning one of the dead men, but he is ignored. (Read more.)
***UPDATE*** In the comments section, Damon added a link to some of the more graphic footage. This video is sickeningly violent, so watch at your own risk.