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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 the case.

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.

The contents of this book (with some later revisions) have also been made available below:


  1. See photographs from the Case

  2. Report of the Judgment in the Cape Times newspaper

Case Judgment published in official Pakistan Cases Journal

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After the authorities in Pakistan realised the inclusion of this judgment, this issue was withdrawn on the instructions of the then government of President Zia-ul-Haq and republished without this judgment.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.