Ahmadis are viciously persecuted by Muslims in places like Pakistan and Indonesia. Oddly enough, while Ahmadis are fleeing Muslim lands in droves in order to escape persecution, they become some of the most vocal defenders of the claim that Islam is inherently peaceful when they reach the West. Ahmadis thus end up defending the ideology that gives rise to their persecution.
BBC—A British man jailed for "posing as a Muslim", has spoken for the first time since returning to the UK.
Masud Ahmad with his granddaughter
Masud Ahmad, 73, was arrested in Pakistan in November under blasphemy laws but fled while on bail.
The 73-year-old is part of the minority Ahmadiyya sect, who are considered heretics in Pakistan.
They were declared non-Muslim in 1974 by the Pakistan government because of their belief in a subservient prophet after Muhammad.
One of the restrictions on their religious freedom is that they cannot publicly recite the Koran.
Late last year, a young man posing as a patient visited Mr Ahmad at his homeopathy clinic in Lahore, before asking questions about religion.
"I have no business talking about religious beliefs when I am working, I am only here to help people. But he kept pushing the topic into matters about Islam", Mr Ahmad said.
The man then used a mobile phone to secretly film Mr Ahmad reading the Koran and called the police to have him arrested.
Educated in Britain, Mr Ahmad first came to the UK in the 1960s, where he set up his own watch repair business, before returning to Pakistan in 1982.
The grandfather-of-nine, now living with his children in Glasgow, was placed in a jail with other prisoners also charged under the country's blasphemy law.
He said: "It was a small cell, 8ft by about 12ft and within it a toilet. We had to sleep on the floor. The temperature was almost minus one degree in the night."
About 400 people protested outside the police station in which Mr Ahmad was being held, demanding to see him.
He said: "They were shouting and chanting, 'let us kill him, let us kill him'. But I wasn't scared."
Members of the Ahmadiyya community helped Mr Ahmad flee the country after he was granted bail at a third attempt. (Continue Reading.)