Some Muslims think that's not a Muslim Oscar win at all

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Mahershala Ali, who took home the Oscar for best supporting actor on Sunday for his role in Best Picture winner Moonlight, is being widely celebrated as the first Muslim to ever win an Oscar. But that win isn't being celebrated by all Muslims everywhere. Ali belongs to a minority sect in the religion that is viewed as heretical to other more mainstream strands of the religion.

Mahershala Ali is an Ahmadi Muslim. Ahmadiyya is an Islamic religious revival movement founded in India during the 19th century. Its faith is centered on the belief that its founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, is a promised messiah and prophet of Islam, but it is reviled in many countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. Pakistani Ahmadis are prohibited by law from identifying themselves as Muslims. In some countries they face persecution and bans on proselytizing.

Someone who shares Ali's beliefs could be officially banned from entering Saudi Arabia, face pogroms and segregation in Indonesia, and terrorized in Bangladesh.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Actors Mahershala Ali, winner of Best Supporting Actor for 'Moonlight,' Emma Stone, winner of Best Actress for 'La La Land,' Viola Davis, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for 'Fences,' and Casey Affleck, winner of Best Actor for 'Manchester by the Sea,' pose in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Best Actress: Emma Stone for La La Land

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Best Picture: Moonlight

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Best Actor: Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea


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Directing: Damien Chazelle for La La Land


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Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight - Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea written by Kenneth Lonergan
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Best Original Song: "City of Stars" from La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Music (Original Score): Justin Hurwitz for La La Land

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Cinematography: Linus Sandgren for La La Land


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Short Film (Live Action): Sing - Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy


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Documentary (Short Subject):The White Helmets - Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

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Film Editing: John Gilbert for Hacksaw Ridge


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Visual Effects:The Jungle Book - Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon

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Production Design: La La Land - David Wasco (Production Design) and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (Set Decoration)

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Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

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Best Short Film (Animated):Piper by Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer


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Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman directed by Asghar Farhadi (Not pictured -- posing on his behalf is former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi (L) and engineer/astronaut Anousheh Ansari)

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Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis in Fences


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Sound Mixing: Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for Hacksaw Ridge

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Sound Editing: Sylvain Bellemare for Arrival


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Best Documentary (Feature): O.J.: Made in America - Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

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Costume Design: Colleen Atwood for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


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Makeup and Hairstyling: Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson for Suicide Squad


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Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali in Moonlight


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Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, initially tweeted in praise of Ali's win as first the Muslim Oscar recipient before realizing he was Ahmadi, which prompted her to delete the tweet shortly after. Some on Twitter captured a screenshot before it disappeared.

Some disputed Ali's status as a Muslim, referring to Ali and Ahmadis as "Qadiani," a slur used in South Asia against Ahmadi Muslims. Dozens of posts were found using the term after Ali accepted his award.

Mahershala Ali spoke about his faith in January, when he accepted a SAG Award for the role of Juan in Moonlight. Ali converted to Islam from Christianity in 1999, and joined Ahmadiyya in 2001 after meeting members of the community in Los Angeles. There are an estimated 15-20,000 Ahmadi Muslims living in the United States.

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89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Dev Patel watches Jimmy Kimmel lift Sunny Pawar. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Singer/actor Justin Timberlake (L) performs onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Meryl Streep in the audience during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Dev Patel speaks to Andrew Garfield. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Shirley Maclaine and Charlize Theron present the best foreign language film. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Candy is delivered from the rafters to the audience. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Mahershala Ali accepts Best Supporting Actor for 'Moonlight' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Viola Davis accepts Best Supporting Actress for 'Fences' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander presents the award for Best Supporting Actor on stage at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actors Casey Affleck and Matt Damon (L) chat. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Producer Caroline Waterlow (L) and director/producer Ezra Edelman (R), winners of the award for Documentary (Feature) for 'O.J.: Made in America,' pose with physicist Katherine Johnson in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
A tourist brought into the Oscars as a surprise meets with Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala Ali at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Kate McKinnon (L) and Jason Bateman speak onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Singer/actor Justin Timberlake (R) kisses actor Jessica Biel while performing onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actors Viggo Mortensen and Ryan Gosling. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda performs onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Michael J. Fox (L) and Seth Rogen speak onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actresses Halle Berry and Meryl Streep. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actors Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actor Dev Patel (L), actor Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor/singer Auli'i Cravalho performs onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US singer John Legend waves after he performed at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actors Matt Damon and Mel Gibson. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Tourists brought into the Oscars as a surprise meet with nominee for Best Supporting Actress in 'Lion' Nicole Kidman (L) at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Sound editor Sylvain Bellemare (L) accepts Best Sound Editing for 'Arrival' from actor Sofia Boutella onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actor Andrew Garfield talks to a guest. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Meryl Streep in the audience during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US costume designer Colleen Atwood delivers a speech on stage after she won the award for Best Costume Design in 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Makeup artists Giorgio Gregorini, Alessandro Bertolazzi and Christopher Nelson accept Best Makeup and Hairstyling for 'Suicide Squad' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (L) appears onstage with (L-R) actors Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Kevin OConnell wins the Oscar for Achievement in Sound Mixing. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Sound editor Sylvain Bellemare accepts Best Sound Editing for 'Arrival' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Sofia Boutella (L) and Chris Evans speak onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Actors Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer speak onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs speaks onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Presenters Kate McKinnon (L) and Jason Bateman (R) pose with makeup artists Giorgio Gregorini (2nd from L), Alessandro Bertolazzi (C) and Christopher Allen Nelson (2nd from R), winners of the award for Makeup and Hairstyling for 'Suicide Squad,' in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor/singer Auli'i Cravalho performs onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Vince Vaughn speaks onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Candy is delivered from the rafters to the audience. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gestures. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
British actor Mark Rylance presents on stage the Best Supporting Actress award at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Hailee Steinfeld walks onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Emma Stone in the audience during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actor in 'Lion' Dev Patel delivers a speech on stage at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
British singer Sting performs on stage at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Alan Barillaro (C) and Marc Sondheimer accept the award for Best Animated Short Film from presenter Hailee Steinfeld. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Tourists brought into the Oscars as a surprise meet with nominee for Best Supporting Actress in 'Lion' Nicole Kidman (L) at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actresses Viola Davis and Meryl Streep. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Michael J. Fox (L) and Seth Rogen speak onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Host Jimmy Kimmel checks US President Donald Trump's twitter account on a giant screen at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Javier Bardem (L) and Meryl Streep speak onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US actress Jennifer Aniston (L) speaks with nominee for Best Supporting Actress in 'Lion' Nicole Kidman (C) next to Australian singer Keith Urban at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor John Cho (L) and US actress Leslie Mann address the audience at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
US actors Ben Affleck (L) and Matt Damon present the Best Original Screenplay award at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Jennifer Aniston addresses the audience at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles performs at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Casey Affleck accepts Best Actor for 'Manchester by the Sea' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Halle Berry walks onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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