The South Africa Ahmadiyya Court Case (1982-1985)
In 1982, a member of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement in Cape Town
filed a civil suit against certain bodies of the Muslim religious
leaders (principally, the MJC or Muslim Judicial Council) claiming
that he is a Muslim and entitled to all the rights of a Muslim,
but that these bodies are defaming him by branding the Lahore
Ahmadis as unbelievers and apostates, and are also
preventing him from exercising his rights as a Muslim because he
is a Lahore Ahmadi.
After three years of pre-trial submissions, and the final hearings
of the case in November 1985, the Lahore Ahmadis won the case. The
MJC had the assistance and support of the foremost anti-Ahmadiyya
Muslim religious leaders of the world, as well as leading legal
experts from Pakistan (including judges of the highest courts of
Pakistan), who went to Cape Town to fight the case, but they were
unable to defend their stand-point and eventually withdrew from
View here a presentation (pdf format) about this Case
The Ahmadiyya Case
In 1987, a book of 358 pages, entitled The Ahmadiyya Case, was published containing full details of the court case. Its pdf is available at this link.
of this book (with some later revisions) have also been made available below:
See photographs from the Case
- Report of the Judgment in the Cape Times
Case Judgment published in official Pakistan Cases
The judgment of this case was published shortly afterwards in Pakistan
in the March 1986 issue of the Pakistan Supreme Court Cases, a monthly journal containing selected latest judgments from
various Supreme Courts. This journal is published by permission
of the Government of Pakistan and the Supreme Court of Pakistan,
as stated above its title on the cover page.
After the authorities in Pakistan realised the inclusion of this
judgment, this issue was withdrawn on the instructions of the then
government of President Zia-ul-Haq and republished without this
judgment. However, copies of the original issue exist.
We present here the scanned image of this judgment as printed in
the original March 1986 issue of Pakistan Supreme Court Cases.
This print of the judgment in this journal is not always clear
to read. To read the text of the judgment please go to the link
given further above entitled The final judgment
of the court.
Maulana from South Africa misrepresents Case in 2008 interview with Pakistani newspaper
Maulana Mufti Zubair Bayat, President of the Jami‘at-ul-Ulama of the Natal province in South Africa, gave an interview in 2008 to a Pakistani newspaper in which he entirely misrepresented this court case. He claimed that it was the Ulama who took Ahmadis to court and won the verdict that they are non-Muslim.
See this link for the interview and our comments.