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Islam and Sectarianism (13 Dec 2016 NewAgeIslam.Com)


An Attempt to Understand Ahmadiyyas



By Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

13 December 2016

We learn that the National Centre for Physics at Islamabad’s Quaid-e-Azam University will be renamed after Dr. Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s first ever Nobel Laureate. More likely, the Quaid-e-Azam University will be honouring itself and the National Centre of Physics by renaming the Centre after Dr. Abdus Salam.

Even so, there are some self-proclaimed religious authorities in Pakistan who are objecting to this on the grounds that Ahmadiyyas are not Muslim. Is this correct? Who is following the religion taught by the Holy Prophet? These people, or the Ahmadiyyas?

For Dr. Abdus Salam, his work as a scientist was entirely in obedience to the message of the Quran, and the injunctions of the Holy Prophet. He would say, “The Holy Quran enjoins us to reflect on the verities of Allah’s created laws of nature; however, that our generation has been privileged to glimpse a part of his design is a bounty and a grace for which I am my thanks with a humble heart”. He was referring, of course to the recent advances in the Theory of Relativity, and Quantum Theory, which give us a fresh insight into creation.

 During his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize, he quoted from the Quran;

 “Thou seest not in the creation of the All-Merciful any imperfection. Return thy gaze, seest thou any fissure? Then return thy gaze again and again. Thy gaze comes back to you dazzled, aweary.”

 Then he said, “This in effect is the faith of all physicists; the deeper we seek, the more is our wonder excited, the more is the dazzlement for our gaze”.

In a speech at UNESCO House, he declared, “As a scientist, the Quran speaks to me in that it emphasizes reflection on the Laws of Nature with examples drawn from cosmology, physics, biology, medicine as signs for all men. Seven hundred and fifty verses of the Quran, exhort believers to study Nature, to reflect, to make the best use of reason in their search for the ultimate and to make acquiring of knowledge and scientific comprehension, part of the community’s life. The Holy Prophet of Islam emphasized that the quest for knowledge and science is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman. He enjoined his followers to seek knowledge even if they had to travel to China in its search.”

 Dr. Salam remained a loyal and proud citizen of Pakistan, refusing offers of citizenship from Jordan, Kuwait, and Britain. Citizenship of Britain was offered along with a knighthood. Salam politely refused both.

How can anyone deny that Dr. Abdus Salam was a true Muslim? In contrast, except that they follow certain rituals, are the people ostracizing Ahmadiyyas following the teachings of The Holy Prophet?

In order to know more about the Ahmadiyyas, I checked them out on the Net. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of this sect is revered as a Masih, come to rectify faults that have crept into Islamic practices. It is true that in many ways, Muslims are being led astray by those who should be guiding them on the right path. New Age Islam also has the same mission in its own way. Surely this cannot disqualify Ahmadiyyas from being accepted as Muslims. Most of the opponents of Ahmadiyyas are those who seem to have gone astray. Even someone like Abubakar Baghdadi is accepted as a Muslim, though what he stands for is the complete opposite of what the Holy Prophet taught. Mainstream Muslims should rethink the whole issue and try to form an independent judgement about Ahmedis.

The head of the Ahmedis is called the Khalif. I listened to his Friday sermon delivered on 25th November 2016. It started with the Azaan. This was exactly the same as the Sunni Azaan. There was no mention of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Just the acknowledgement of Mohammed as the Messenger of Allah.

The sermon started with a verse from the Quran – Surah 4, verse 135. .

"O ye who believe! Be strict in observing justice, and be witnesses for Allah, even though it be against yourself or against parents and kindred. Whether he be rich or poor, Allah is more regardful of them both than you are. Therefore, follow not low desires so that you may be able to act equitably. And if you conceal the truth or evade it, then remember that Allah is aware of what you do."

The sermon elaborated on this theme, ending with the exhortation that all Ahmadis should set an example to the world, so that all may know what the Quran teaches. He presented the Quran as the solution to the problems the world faces, if it is followed in the true spirit.

We should be proud that such efforts are being made to raise the public perception of Islam, at a time when our clerics seem to be moving in the opposite direction.

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TOTAL COMMENTS:-   15


  • Sir: It is interesting to read various views on this subject. Notable among your readership, which includes people from all walks of life following Islam.
    None of them have mentioned and I am quite amazed, QURAN clearly states, there IS NO DIVISION IN ISLAM,No Shias,No Sunnis,No Salafais,no Ismalies,no Bahies,no Ahmadiyas and half a dozen others. Sadly all man made, sadly followed by our Ummah,such is the state of our religion,such is the plight of our Ummah.By the way I do admire your Newsletter, so civilised and yet so subtle. Are the people who read your publication able to catch on to what you are saying?

    By Syed Ali - 1/8/2017 9:53:09 PM



  • Dear hats off!

    This is great - you are adding good value. The words "each and every" should not be there. I hope when Gholam Muhiuddin Sahab puts it on face book - he will omit these two words and replace "each and every Ahmadi" with "the Ahmadis"
    Thanks.  

    By muhammad yunus - 12/15/2016 6:45:53 AM



  • Let alone the Ahmadiyas, even if people of other faiths choose to call themselves Muslim, they cannot be prevented from doing so.

    A person has a right to call himself whatever he chooses to call himself without any preconditions. A self appointed certifying body in matters of faith is repugnant to the letter and spirit of the Quran.

    The same holds good for what name people choose to call God by.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 12/15/2016 12:50:01 AM



  • “the people who take upon themselves to declare each and every Ahmadi non-Muslim and commit the religious carnage of killing innocent Ahmadis, preventing them from doing salat in mosques and even setting siege to their mosques, must be receiving their inspirations for these evil deeds from Shaytan"

    dear mr muhammad yunus

    the part of your comment i have underlined and bold-faced seems to me to be either a typographical error or that you have included an 'escape' clause.

    if it is a typo, it is of no import.

    but if it is not - then it's implications are huge. it then implies that there are SOME ahmadis who MAY be declared non-muslims.

    this could be disastrous for those SOME ahmadis. would that fit into your broader aim of countering their state sponsored persecution.

    fine print is sometimes more important than the main document. it is the disclaimers that operate more forcefully than the main body of the document. exception clauses are what generally define boundaries. 

    regards.

    By hats off! - 12/14/2016 10:38:07 PM



  • Dear Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab, Go ahead and put in your Facebook - but without any alteration whatsoever, though you may abridge it as follows: “the people who take upon themselves to declare each and every Ahmadi non-Muslim and commit the religious carnage of killing innocent Ahmadis, preventing them from doing salat in mosques and even setting siege to their mosques, must be receiving their inspirations for these evil deeds from Shaytan – Let us not forget, the Qur’an says: “…. do not follow in the footsteps of Satan; indeed he is a manifest enemy to you. (2:168). He only commands you to evil and indecency and that you should speak against God the things about which you have no (sure) knowledge.”(2:169)”
    By muhammad yunus - 12/14/2016 9:15:27 PM



  • Dear hats off!

    I am a Muslim and was born in a Sunni community.

    More precisely I am a human (insaan) and Muslim by accident - having been born to Muslim parents.

    Let us not discuss this any further - for there are far more important issues to discuss than my heritage. 

    By muhammad yunus - 12/14/2016 9:06:44 PM



  • Yunus sahib has put it very well. I hope he does not mind my putting his comment on Facebook.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/14/2016 1:26:47 PM



  •  Now you are giving certificate Woow
    By Mohd Abu Rayhan - 12/14/2016 10:11:53 AM



  •  @Mohith Kumar , Mohd Abu Rayhan why parhsuram ji fought with kshatriyas in which unlimited number of kshatriyas were killed . it is all the more pathetic that property and race based wars consumed more lives then so-called religion based wars
    By Iqbal Husain - 12/14/2016 10:09:23 AM



  • @Mohd. Abbu Rayhan Mahabharat is not about killing those who change religion
    By Mohith Kumar - 12/14/2016 10:08:36 AM



  • @Mohit Kumar. Can you tell about Mahabharat?
    By Mohd Abu Rayhan - 12/14/2016 10:08:07 AM



  • *Sahih al-Bukhari 9.84.57
    And the Messenger of Allaah has commanded us to execute the apostate:
    “Whoever changes his religion, EXECUTE him.”

    By Mohith Kumar - 12/14/2016 10:07:30 AM



  • dear mr muhammad yunus

    you have said "...my sunni community" in your comment on this article.

    who is a muslim and who is a sunni muslim?

    are they the same or they different?

    regards.

    By hats off! - 12/14/2016 8:30:53 AM



  • I have two comments:
    1. A parliament  or any body of Muslims cannot have any authority to declare anyone who says the Shahadah a kafir. God alone knows whether Ahmadi ideologues’ interpretation of the word ‘khatam’ in the verse as ‘seal’ (33:40) is correct or not. Even if it is incorrect, no Muslim body commands any religious legitimacy to declare the Ahmadis non-Muslim.
    2. I have come across some Ahmadi families and must say with Allah as my witness that I found them good devout Muslims – as good as any other Sunni Muslims among all my contacts in my Sunni community. So I  fear  that the people who take upon themselves to declare each and every Ahmadi non-Muslim and commit the religious carnage of killing innocent Ahmadis, preventing them from doing salat in mosques and even setting siege to their mosques, must be receiving their inspirations for these evil deeds from Shaytan – Let us not forget, the Qur’an says:
    “…. do not follow in the footsteps of Satan; indeed he is a manifest enemy to you. (2:168). He only commands you to evil and indecency and that you should speak against God the things about which you have no (sure) knowledge.”(2:169)
    I had also penned the following article more than five years ago.
    By muhammad yunus - 12/14/2016 6:25:42 AM



  • "Most of the opponents of Ahmadiyyas are those who seem to have gone astray.". . . . . Very true! Their religion is Takfirism, not Islam.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/13/2016 12:33:35 PM



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