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UK police investigate rape claims from Ahmadi accusing leader’s family

Leader's relative, Rabwa doctor accused of repeatedly raping her

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 29, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 weeks ago
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Posted: Dec 29, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 weeks ago

An Ahmadi woman’s accusations of “historic sexual assault” by her father and close family members of the global leader of the congregation are being investigated by the London police in a case that has reverberated around the globe in Ahmadiyya circles.

Thirty-six-year-old Nida Ul Nasser is close relative of the movement’s 5th spiritual leader Mirza Masroor Ahmad, and a grand-daughter of both the third and the fourth leaders through different lines. She was born in and lives in Britain, where Mirza Masroor Ahmad, also lives.

In July she filed a complaint to the London Metropolitan Police, which has confirmed that an investigation is ongoing. “On July 22, 2021, police received a number of allegations of historic sexual assault reported to have taken place in Wandsworth, Surrey and Dorset between 1987 and 2012. Detectives from the Met’s South West Public Protection team are investigating. A man has been interviewed under caution and enquiries continue,” the Press Bureau of the London Metropolitan Police told this reporter by email.

Nida has accused the spiritual leader’s brother-in-law Mahmood Shah, and Dr Mirza Mubashar Ahmad, an orthopedic doctor at an Ahmadi hospital in Rabwa and a relative of the leader, of raping her repeatedly during her four-year stay in Rabwa. She has also accused her own father of raping her repeatedly over a number of years when she was younger in the UK. She has accused Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad, the brother of the leader and head of the US Jamaat, of inappropriate flirtation at UK Jalsa Salana 2018.*

The controversy has shaken the top leadership of the 10 million strong and closely knit Ahmadiyya community spread across the globe.

Nida first went to the Jamaat’s leader five months with the allegations before she went to the London police, and repeatedly pressed them for a response. The spiritual leader called her on July 3, asking her not to make her accusations to anyone outside the family. She told him that if he was not taking any action within the Jamaat, she would go to the police. He said nothing would happen and people would forget it in a few days. Nida recorded their 44-minute conversation, conducted in Urdu, and it was posted on social media on December 11. If she spoke out publicly, he told her, she would face ex-communication. The Jamaat’s leadership has not challenged the authenticity of the video and Nida confirmed the recording is genuine.

Nida went to the police on July 22, 2021, when she called from her hotel room in London while quarantined after a recent visit from Pakistan. She told this reporter that she has provided police with 15 out of 322 emails of Mubashar and WhatsApp chats with Mahmood Shah to support her claims. Some sources in the UK Jamaat said that Luqman, Masroor and some other leaders of the Jamaat have recorded their statements before the police.

Rafiq Ahmad Hayat, speaking for the UK Jamaat over a WhatsApp message, said it is consulting with the UK law enforcement agencies to investigate the allegations. “Given the ongoing police investigation, I would request all Jamaat members to refrain from speculating or commentating on these issues or sharing or recirculating the audio recording whether within the Jamaat or externally.”

Fareed Ahmad, secretary of foreign affairs of the UK Jamaat, told this reporter over email that the matter is with the police and the Jamaat is cooperating with them. “A separate internal investigation is also taking place but a highly sensitive situation and the privacy rights of all involved mean we are unable to comment with any specificity on the matter while the investigations are ongoing,” he said.

Ahmadi leaders are telling members not to speak about the case, but Ehsan Rehan, the editor of Rabwa Times, an Ahmadi newspaper, tweeted: “I am shocked, ashamed and saddened by the recent claims of sexual abuse by a member of the Ahmadi community. I hope police launch a full investigation and bring the abusers to justice.”

A price to pay 

Nida moved to Rabwa in February 2017 to start teaching English at different Jamaat colleges, including Nusrat Jahan College, Nusrat Jahan Academy and Mariam Girls School.She also served as a public relations officer there.

After returning from Pakistan, Nida took admission at a university Media Studies program but since the audio leak, she has been unable to attend class and was granted an extension till March to submit her assignments.

Nida’s mother arranged her engagement with an Ahmadi man living in Serbia without her father’s permission. The date for marriage was decided, but then Nida’s father pressured the man to leave her by threatening to have him expelled from the Jamaat, said one of Nida’s friends in the UK. On March 1, 2021, Nida’s engagement was broken off, prompting her to share her sexual assault to her mother, aunt and her community head.

Nida is now living at an undisclosed location in London under police protection, after receiving threats. “My life is ruined. I suffered for almost two decades, and the Jamaat system is threatening me,” she told this reporter. “To hell with it if it cannot protect a helpless girl like me.”

A #MeToo reckoning?

While sexual abuse scandals have rocked the Catholic Church, and the #MeToo movement spread beyond Hollywood into religious groups from the Southern Baptist umbrella to Jewish synagogues and schools, most of the Muslim world has yet to experience the heat of an organized #MeToo movement. Still, there are many signs that women are increasingly finding the courage to confront sexual harassment and abuse within their own communities. One such attempt inside Islam began in Egypt as #MosqueMeToo in 2017. But while many survivors shared their narratives, those accused faced no legal consequences. Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss academic and philosopher, has been in the news since November 2017 when he was accused of raping two women. By October 2020, he was charged with raping five women.

Women in most Islamic societies who shared rape allegations suffered social stigma and pushback, a challenge that still discourages many victims from going public with their stories. In 2018, human rights activist Nadia Murad received the Nobel Peace Prize and became a leading voice creating awareness about sexual harassment and sexual violence in the Muslim world, encouraging more women to speak up about sexual abuses. Murad is an Iraqi Yazidi who was kidnapped, raped and held by the Islamic State for three months. She is now a UN ambassador for survivors of sexual violence and genocide.

A number of women of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya from different countries are raising their voices for Nida by associating their bitter experiences with hers on social media. Among them are Zahida Nisar from Germany, Arshi Malik from Pakistan, and some from the US under aliases to protect their identity. They are speaking at a social media platform set up by Toronto women Wajeeha Zafar and Affaf Azhar to keep a spotlight on Nida’s case. Other than speaking on a number of YouTube channels, Wajeeha and Affaf have set up an international WhatsApp group which has 241 members from around the world and from a variety of faiths. Many of those who belong to the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, as the congregation is known, use different names because of their fear of punishment, including excommunication.

“Nida’s case has strengthened the voice she has been raising to highlight the rape incidents in the Jamaat but no one was listening to her like many other women for many decades,” Affaf said. “Nida’s voice will encourage many other women of the Jamaat to come out with their horrible stories of victimization.” All of the above-mentioned women were born in Rabwa, a small town in Pakistan that has been the spiritual headquarters of the Jamaat since 1947. Ahmadis have been repressed in Pakistan and many have moved abroad. Toronto, London, Washington DC, and Frankfurt have become the bases for their congregation in the West.

The majority of Muslims, both Sunni and Shia, consider Ahmadis to be heretics, rejecting the claim of the Jamaat’s founder, Mizra Ghulam Ahmad, to be a prophet. Some of them, particularly from Pakistan, are using Nida’s case to further this view on social media.

*This story has been updated to indicate more clarity in the accusations, Jan 7, 2021.


Rana Tanveer is a journalist based in Canada. While working for Daily Times and The Express Tribune in Lahore, he became an expert on Islamism and the treatment of religious minorities, particularly the Ahmadiyya community. He was a 2014 fellow at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He can be reached @RanaTanver

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30 Comments

  1. G A Daud  December 29, 2021 8:44 pm/ Reply

    Nida is telling truth. I know her father’s reputation. I am one of the eye witness. Luqman took interest in girls. It is not mean that I am witness of any raping movement.

    • Mazhar  December 31, 2021 1:48 am/ Reply

      This cult is based on falsehood. Sexual perversion is their way of life. The present head of the cult was put on trial and punished in Pakistan for a sex crime. The lady is very courageous who has shown the real face of the cult to the world. I hope the ignorant followers shall now the worth of these thugs.

  2. AamAhmadi  December 29, 2021 8:52 pm/ Reply

    Very sad situation. But it was a need of the hour wake up call for the leadership which is concentrated in one family only for 100 years who consider themselves above the law and pretend to be Royal family who put gagging orders on common ahmadis while they themselves rule with an iron fist. Financial corruption is rife and sexual assaults go unpunished while simple having a mehndi or luddi before a marraige results in common ahmadis to be expelled from the Ahmadi community and then no one is allowed from with the community to speak to them or contact them resulting in severe mental trauma and sometimes leading to heart attacks as ahmadis usually have no friends outside the community. Every common ahmadi is appalled by what Nida has gone through and everyone wants reform and people like Dr. Mubasher to resign at the very least.

    • I am Ahmadi  December 30, 2021 12:30 pm/ Reply

      True.

      • Latif Mirza  December 31, 2021 3:09 am/ Reply

        Its a total disgrace how Nida has been dealt with by the jamat and how people are told to be quiet and not talk about this. All of these people should be held accountable from the top down.

    • An Ahmadi  December 31, 2021 3:08 am/ Reply

      Absolutely true!

  3. Armaghan  December 30, 2021 12:49 am/ Reply

    Nida may be right about accusing her father or close relatives. But her accusations about mirza masroor and syed mehmood ahmad shah, is false.

    • Talat Mansoor  December 30, 2021 9:59 pm/ Reply

      Do you have any proofs? Hand them over to police please.

    • AamAhmadi  December 31, 2021 1:47 am/ Reply

      Nida never accused Mirza Masroor, she was only asking him for help as he is her head of Ahmadi Jumaat, but she accused his brother Mirza Maghfoor, who is currently the leader of USA Ahmadi Jumaat, and 6 years older than Mirza Masroor (who lives in UK).
      Regarding Mehmood Shah, she says she has proofs in terms of 1000 whatsapp messages and 300 emails detailing the abuse.
      And as far as her own father Mirza Luqman, Nida has proof too, plus she has been telling her Counselor since a long time.

    • Ahmadi and disgusted  December 31, 2021 6:13 am/ Reply

      How in the world would you know? This is your biased speaking. Everyone the police should come to you, because you know this 100%. At the end of the day he is a man… all humans all fallible. Open your eyes. Only Allah deserves blind faith.

  4. Khurram Rana  December 30, 2021 2:36 am/ Reply

    This full of lie and hatred report generated by an exahmadi who have personal issues and now degrading the Ahmadiyyat.
    Appart from that, there are many technical and legal flaws in this self-made story.
    Alleged person is in Pakistan and so called victim is reporting to UK police?
    Moreover, there is no hotel quarantine requirement by UK government. How the lady put to quarantine in hotel? How she can called by the police during self-isolation period? However this act is legally misconduct and the police could face the court.
    Lastly, there are so many other evidences proving that this report is self fabricated and based of false information.

    • AamAhmadi  December 31, 2021 1:42 am/ Reply

      Dude what are you going on about?
      She is not an exahmadi, she is a double granddaughter of the 3rd and 4rth leaders of Ahmadiyya community.
      She lived in Pakistan for 4 years and taught at a school in Rabwah and hence the sexual abuse occurred in Rabwah during those 4 years. Mirza Maghfoor visits Rabwah, Pakistan a lot when he gets vacation from his USA ameer jamaat duties.

      Regarding your quarantine question – use your brain a bit. This call recording is from July 2021, when Delta variant was at its peak in UK and Pakistan and when she came back from Pakistan in July 2021, she had to quarantine in a hotel.
      She can call the police during the self isolation period as calling someone does not break the quarantine – there is no physical contact and you are more than 100 feet away from the other person- again – use your brain.
      The police and court are working together, and they don’t have any issues with someone calling them during quarantine or even from a hospital for that matter.

    • Ahmadi and disgusted  December 31, 2021 6:16 am/ Reply

      Khurram Rana: Umm no! You’re reaching!! You can barely type cohesively, don’t bother to try to understand the UK law.

  5. Resday Oilam  December 30, 2021 6:49 am/ Reply

    The entire leadership and the ruling family is complicit in this sex ring. Nida is only one of many victims that are subjected to sexual abuse by this family – both in UK and Rabwa Pakistan.

    • Rita  December 30, 2021 2:25 pm/ Reply

      Armaghan, How do you know the accusations are false?

      • Amir Khan  December 31, 2021 3:13 am/ Reply

        he does not know that – its a typical brainwash mentality – he will only see what he has been taught to believe. I believe in Islam but am now questioning the jamat in a big way. How can I follow people who try and hide this??

      • Mubarak  January 1, 2022 5:29 am/ Reply

        How one can know if the allegations are true or false?
        Now the matter is being investigated by UK Police, hopefully it will bring some closure to this case.

    • Mirza Ahmad  December 31, 2021 10:19 am/ Reply

      Actually these people are fearful of the spread of the community all over the world and jealous. They were and are looking for any flaws and weaknesses of the jamaat. There is nothing any truth in this fabricated story of the wrong type of people. Especially the mullahs are the ones who don’t have the answers of the arguments of the Ahmadiyya scholars. They are trying to spread the hatred against the jamaat.

  6. Rashid Mahmood  December 30, 2021 3:30 pm/ Reply

    Fabricated like many other stories against Ahmadiyya Muslims. A cheap stunt like Abdul-Rehman case.

    • Amir Khan  December 31, 2021 3:14 am/ Reply

      Wake up and smell the coffee you would not be saying this if it was your daughter sister or wife making the allegation.

  7. Reason on Faith  December 30, 2021 6:04 pm/ Reply

    Regarding the title, “Leader’s brother, Rabwa doctor accused of repeatedly raping her”, I didn’t pick this up from the leaked call. The Caliph’s brother in the USA seemed to be alleged by the accuser to have exchanged inappropriate text messages (over WhatsApp), but not actual rape.

    On that basis, the title is misleading. Of course, if I’ve not read between the lines, I’m happy to be corrected. We of course, don’t know the facts in this case, but I do think it’s important to at least convey what was said in the leaked call, accurately.

  8. N Din  December 30, 2021 9:44 pm/ Reply

    As the matter has been under UK police Investigation. So every body should wait for the out come of their investigation, before making any comments on the Issue. As per all media report this matter was brought in the attention of head of the community in March 2021. So I believe from the audio that Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Sahib had been doing investigation by the manners he felt deemed it necessary in a confidential manner. Since now matter is under Police investigation, as I know being an ordinary member, it is Jamma’at policy once any party decide to take matter in court of law. Then the system wait as it is expressed by UK Amir Jamm’at.

  9. NonKhandaanAhmadi  December 31, 2021 1:52 am/ Reply

    Rita, how do you know the accusation are not false?
    Go to Dr. Mubasher clinic in Rabwah, Pakistan and tell us how your experience was.

  10. AamAhmadiReformist  December 31, 2021 1:59 am/ Reply

    Are you serious?, Nida is the grand daughter of Mirza Tahir Ahmed (Faiza’s and Mirza Luqmans daughter), the third leader of Ahmadi jamaat. What is fabricated? She is currently under police protection in UK and there is a police investigation going on!
    She is even now an Ahmadi and belongs to the top leaders family! She taught in Rabwah at Nusrat Jehan School for 4 years when abuse in Rabwah, Pakistan happened.
    The abuse by her father Mirza Luqman occured when she was age 1 uphill today (for 35 years!). Why would she lie about her own father?, what does she have to gain?
    She is only trying to expose these characters that pretend to be holy and royal but behind the jinnah caps and the beards are predators and abusers who are corrupt. People like Dr Mubasher who runs a clinic in Rabwah and is head of Tahir heart hospital needs a watchdog!,
    What can a girl do if she is raped in Ahmadi jamaat?, no one listens to her, and the abusers are the judges themselves in the internal inquiry hence no justice for rape – victims.
    She says in the audio, there are many others like her. Plus she alleges Uzma Baji’s husband to have been murdered by her rapist (Mahmood Shah – Rabwah)

  11. Latif Mirza  December 31, 2021 3:00 am/ Reply

    The jammat is interested in one thing MONEY. We should be ashamed of ourselves that the people we look up to and follow hide this type of behaviour and do not want us to discuss it internally within the jammat. Clearly there is an issues which is being brushed under the carpet.

  12. I was here  December 31, 2021 9:52 pm/ Reply

    Another bunch of lies that will fade away with time. It is a failed effort of the reporters to fill the air in it.

  13. Allah ka banda  January 10, 2022 4:08 pm/ Reply

    I have no idea, these allegations are true or false, but one thing is very clear in this conversation that the so called KHALIFA is trying to hide the truth and not dealing the way it should be according to Islam. They claimed as Muslim but they are not at all. This is a cult, no doubt, apart from religious concepts all human beings either Muslim, or Ahmadis or any other religion should support the fair trial at least until the final result come out. We need to take this case on human ground. We need to be with victim, lets police investigate and come out with the realities.
    Please Ahmadi people open your eyes, find the truth and identify the cult. its a good chance and correct time to leave the cult!

    • Me  January 12, 2022 2:27 pm/ Reply

      So what?

  14. Aisha  January 14, 2022 11:23 pm/ Reply

    I don’t know if this story is true or false or is it being manipulated. If a person errs, why are you accusing his religion or sect? There is an enquiry going on. So wait instead of jumping into conclusion. I am an Ahmadi, i hv no reason to defend Mirza Masroor. If he is hiding the truth, then he is guilty. You guys better be concerned of what is happening in Saudi where there are rave parties, denuding women dancing etc. Which is worst tragedy, that ‘rapist’ or an ‘Islamic’ State in decline ? Tie your camel and put your trust in Allah, and let us mind our own business instead. It is not mirza masroor or any other muslim leaders who will answer for us when we die.

  15. Qudsia  January 21, 2022 3:53 am/ Reply

    I am 31 years old and have been sexually abused by male older cousins and two other male neighbours while I was living in Rabwah. This happened repeatedly until I was 9 years old which is when we left Pakistan to come to Europe. The older cousins kept contacting me through social media as I was growing up. The youngest one tried to get married to me too. I was disgusted and in tears, I was only 16. I said NO.

    I am telling this story as there are countless other women/girls out there with similar stories and they feel unable to speak up as there is no support or open dialog from Jamaat on sexual assault. Who the heck cares about Izzat?? If females are experiencing sexualt assault and rape, then there is a guaranteed predator and the predator needs to be shamed and NOT the victim! The victim is the HERO for making it through.

    We are told to cover ourselves as girls, however I ask what is the point? These filthy monsters will attack us no matter what. They deserve nothing but to undergo Castration or cut off their manhood. Even then I will not feel peace as they took away my innocent childhood and replaced it with foul memories that haunt me still to the day.

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