UNDERSTANDING THE AHMADIYYA RELIGIOUS SECT (24.01.07)
There have been a lot of misconceptions about this religious group and a lot revolves around the obfuscation of the true tenets of this following. I will attempt to analyse some of the misconceptions that is being bandied about.
“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, (the official name of the community), is a contemporary messianic movement founded in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1839–1908), who was born in the small village of Qadian in Punjab, India.
1 The Ahmadiyya community is also referred to derogatorily by some as the “Qadiani” (or “Kadiyani”) community, a term derived from the birthplace of the founder of the movement. In 1889, Ahmad declared that he had received divine revelation authorizing him to accept the baya’ah, or allegiance of the faithful.
2 In 1891, he claimed to be the expected mahdi or messiah of the latter days, the “Awaited One” of the monotheist community of religions, and the messiah foretold by the Prophet Mohammed.
3 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad described his teachings, incorporating both Sufic and orthodox Islamic, Hindu, and Christian elements, as an attempt to revitalize Islam in the face of the British and American missionaries, proselytizing Christianity, and the resurgent Hindu awareness.
4 Thus, the Ahmadiyya community believed that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad conceived his new community as a revivalist movement within Islam and not as a new religion.
Members of the Ahmadiyya community (“Ahmadis”) profess to be Muslims. They contend that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad meant to revive the true spirit and message of Islam that the Prophet Mohammed introduced and preached.
5 Virtually all mainstream Muslim sects believed that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad proclaimed himself a Prophet of Allah, thereby automatically rejecting a fundamental tenet of Islam: Khatme Nabuwat (literally, the belief in the “finality of prophethood”— that the Prophet Mohammed was the last of the line of prophets leading back through Jesus, Moses, and Abraham). Ahmadis responded that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a non-law-bearing prophet and was subordinate in status to Prophet Mohammed; he came to illuminate and reform Islam, as predicted by Prophet Mohammed. For Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his followers, the Arabic Khatme Nabuwat did not refer to the finality of prophethood in a literal sense—that is, to prophethood’s chronological cessation—but rather to its culmination and exemplification in the Prophet Mohammed. Ahmadis believe that “finality” in a chronological sense is a worldly concept, whereas “finality” in a metaphoric sense carries much more spiritual significance.
The exact size of the Ahmadiyya community worldwide is unclear, though there are concentrations of Ahmadis in India, Pakistan, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Gambia.
6 Ahmadis have lived in what is present-day Bangladesh since the early 1900s.
7 Roughly 100,000 Ahmadis live in Bangladesh today. Violence towards the Ahmadiyya community in Bangladesh has occurred for almost two decades. The recent upsurge in the persecution of the Ahmadis can be understood as part of a gradual trend in Bangladesh away from the country’s secular roots toward more blending of religion and politics. This Islamization of government can be explained partially by examining the history of Bangladesh.
In 1971, Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, fought a liberation war to secede from its union with Pakistan, in order to protect its own Bengali language and culture. After a brutal nine-month war, the newly independent Bangladeshis created a constitution founded upon four guiding principles: nationalism, socialism, democracy, and secularism.
Starting with Prime Minister Mujibur Rahman in 1972, however, the role of Islam slowly began to increase in Bangladesh’s civil society and state apparatus. In 1977, the government replaced Article 12 of the founding constitution, which provided that the principle of secularism should be realized by the elimination of communalism in all its forms, with the assertion that the Muslim faith would be one of the nation’s guiding principles. In 1988, Bangladesh moved a step further away from its secular heritage when Islam officially became the state religion through an amendment to the constitution, Article 2-A, which reads: “The state religion of the Republic is Islam, but other religions may be practiced in peace and harmony in the Republic.”
While these constitutional amendments have set the tone for Bangladeshi society, the reversal of the constitutional prohibition on religious parties allowed for the reemergence of the Jama’at-e-Islami and for the formation of extreme religious parties, such as the Islamic Okye Jyote (IOJ). The religious parties were able to return to power despite arguing that nationalism is un-Islamic and the secession from Pakistan was unwarranted.
Sporadic attacks and threats against Ahmadis became more systematic in the early 1990s as Bangladesh returned to parliamentary government. The attacks began in earnest during the BNP government (1991-96), continued through the period of Awami League rule (1996-2001), and acquired renewed vigor as the BNP returned to power in 2001, this time in coalition with the J.I. and OJI.
Between December 27-29, 1991, the Khatme Nabuwat (K.N.), an Islamist organization dedicated to safeguarding the sanctity of the finality of the Prophet Mohammed, held a conference to organize activities aimed at banning Ahmadi religious practice and identity in Bangladesh.
8 As one Bangladeshi Ahmadi explained to Human Rights Watch, “the K.N. want the Ahmadis to leave Bangladesh. They have threatened that they would attack us if we do not surrender, if we continued to be Ahmadis.”
9 On February 5, 1992, Mahfuzur Rahman, the president of the Khilafat (“Caliphate”) Student Movement – an Islamist student group—led a public protest in the Noakhali district demanding that the Ahmadi community be declared non-Muslim.
10 The anti-Ahmadi conferences held by Khatme Nabuwwat and the Khilafat Student Movement sparked fresh attacks on Ahmadis. On February 29, 1992, several hundred people under the leadership of the Imam Council, a group of Imams from the Helatala and Niral mosques in Khulna, attacked an Ahmadi mosque and mission house on the Nirala Housing Estate in the city.
11 The group attempted to set fire to the buildings, stole and destroyed Ahmadi books, including Ahmadi copies of the Qur’an, and inflicted property damage on a charitable medical dispensary nearby.
12 The police near Khulna arrested eight of the group’s members, who had also planned to disrupt an Ahmadi congregation under the direction of a local imam.
13 The imam and members of the Jama’at-e-Islami Bangladesh condemned the arrests.
14 On October 30, 1992, a procession of more than 1,200 people launched a massive attack on the main Bahshkibazar Ahmadiyya complex in Dhaka. After ransacking rooms, burning hundreds of books, including many copies of the Qur’an, and looting the building of all valuables, the attackers detonated some thirty-five crude bombs in the building and set it on fire.
15 At least twenty Ahmadis were injured in the attacks and a total of twelve people were admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital with serious wounds. Police lobbed at least twenty-five tear gas canisters to drive the mob away from the burning complex.
16 The Dhaka police held the student wing of Jama’at-e-Islami Bangladesh, Islami Chhatra Shibir, responsible for the attack.
17 On November 27, 1992, a group of anti-Ahmadi protestors attacked and demolished an Ahmadi mosque under construction in Rajshani.
18 The mob looted all construction materials, including sand and bricks.
19 No police relief was provided for the Ahmadiyya community in Rajshani.
20 On December 24, 1993, K.N. Bangladesh held a conference in Dhaka to pressure the government officially to declare Ahmadis non-Muslims, to ban Ahmadi publications, and to remove Ahmadis from high-ranking government posts.
21 Prior to the conference, Maulana Ubaidul Haq, spokesperson for the organization, informed media outlets of the forthcoming visit of several prominent Ulema (religious leaders) from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and India.
22 He also indicated that Abdur Rahman Biswas, President of Bangladesh, would inaugurate the conference formally.
23 Professor Golam Azam and Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami (the incumbent State Minister for Industries), the President and the Secretary General of J.I. in Bangladesh at the time, formally expressed their support for the conference, stating their hope that the government would declare Ahmadis non-Muslims in order to show respect for the sentiments of the Muslim populations of Bangladesh.
24 The conference was held in two sessions with imams from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and India presiding over each session as scheduled, and representatives from J.I., the BNP, participating in the sessions.
25 Leaders at the conference announced that January 1, 1994 would be “demand day” in Bangladesh whereby all conference participants would press the government to declare Ahmadis non-Muslim.
26 New anti-Ahmadi organizations emerged on the scene in 1994-95. On March 30, 1994, The Bangladesh Times reported that the Bangladesh Khilafat Andolen and Islami Shasantantra Andolen, two extremist Islamist organizations, had joined J.I. in supporting a four-hour sit-in demonstration organized by K.N. to take place in Dhaka. The demonstrators, many of them carrying placards and sticks, raised slogans against the Ahmadis, calling them “kafirs” (disbelievers). In March 1995, a group of demonstrators attacked a central Ahmadi mosque in Dhaka. This time, secular activists and members of civil society strongly condemned the attacks.
27 While on tour in Bangladesh from Saudi Arabia, on February 28, 1997, the Chief Imam of the Masjid-e-Nabawi (the Prophet’s Mosque) in Medina, Saudi Arabia, Allama Dr. Shaikh Ali Bin Abdur Rahman Al Huzaifi, condemned Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his followers as “traitors…misleading others by their self-made and false Quranic commentary.”
28 On May 22, 1997, the K.N. once again held a large-scale public meeting, this one at Children’s Park in Dhaka.
29 Participants reiterated their demand to declare Ahmadis non-Muslims.
30 The meeting ended with a collective resolution making fresh demands on the government, including a ban on all uses of Qur’anic passages and Islamic terminology on Ahmadi mosques, a ban on the burial of Ahmadis in Muslim graveyards, and, for the first time, a ban on and confiscation of all Ahmadi publications, including Ahmadi copies of the Qur’an.
31 On July 7, 1997, members of Khatme Nabuwwat marched to the Parliament House in Dhaka to submit a formal memorandum of these demands.
32 Violence against Ahmadis in major cities outside of Dhaka began to appear in the late 1990s. On July 23, 1998, members of Touhid Jonota, another anti-Ahmadi group, attacked and destroyed a new Ahmadi office building inaugurated by the local government in Zhinaigati. Three police officers were injured in the attacks.
33 On January 7, 1999, the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, members of the Jama’at-e-Islami attacked an Ahmadi mosque in the Koldiar-Majdiar village of the Khushtia District.
34 Over fifty Ahmadis were injured in the raid, eleven of them critically.
35 Nearly a month after the Khushtia mosque attack, over a hundred Ahmadi families were forced to leave the surrounding villages after they were not allowed to pray in their mosque.
36 The families did not return to their village in Kushtia for six months. The U.S. State Department reported that an Ahmadiyya mosque in Kushtia was forcibly occupied by Sunni extremists in 1999 and remained under police control for about three years, preventing Ahmadis from praying in it. In August 2002, the Ahmadiyya community regained control of the mosque.
37 On October 8, 1999, a bomb killed six Ahmadis and injured severely several others who were attending Friday prayers at their mosque in Khulna.
38 In November 1999, Sunni Muslims ransacked an Ahmadiyya mosque near Natore, in western Bangladesh.
39 In subsequent clashes between Ahmadis and Sunni, thirty-five people were injured. Ahmadis regained control of their mosque and filed a criminal case against thirtypeople allegedly responsible for the conflict.
40 The case, however, was not pursued by local authorities.
41 On April 15, 2000, villagers at Kodda and Basudev, spurred by the twin attacks in Kushtia and Kulna, threatened to attack all Ahmadi homes in the area. Over fifty Ahmadis evacuated their homes and took refuge in the nearby Akhaura district after some thirty five Ahmadi homes were looted and vandalized.
42 On April 25, 2000, anti-Ahmadi activists burned down several Ahmadi homes, destroyed crops of Ahmadi farmers, and threatened the lives of the remaining Ahmadis in the village.
43 They also took over the Ahmadi mosque in the area, burning furniture and books, demolishing the structure, and flooding it with water as a symbolic gesture to “clean out the Ahmadis” from the village.
44 On June 24, 2001, members of K.N. attacked an Ahmadi mosque under construction in Jamalpur.
45 The mob destroyed the mosque’s walls and foundation as well as the house of an Ahmadi next door.
46 It then proceeded to attack the person who had sold the property upon which the Ahmadiyya mosque was being constructed.
47 Police arrested three members of the mob.
48 On October 15, 2002, a brawl broke out outside the Upazila Parishod
49 courthouse in Gajipur where a case was being filed against members of the Ahmadiyya community. Twelve Ahmadis were arrested and questioned in the incident for allegedly distorting verses of the Qur’an and certain Hadith (sayings of the Prophet Mohammed) in the translation of their texts.
50 Shortly after the arrest of the Ahmadis, a mob destroyed an Ahmadi house in the area.
51 On January 2, 2003, the K.N., led by its president, Maulana Ubaidul Haq, held another international conference in Dhaka. Prominent speakers from Egypt, India, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom introduced new fatwas calling for the excommunication of the Ahmadis in Bangladesh.
52 Leaders of K.N. vowed to introduce a bill in Parliament to declare Ahmadis non-Muslims. One Libyan leader at the event, Dr. Abdur Razzak, accused Ahmadis of being part of a British colonial conspiracy.
53 Shortly after the conference, Bangladesh Khilafat Andolen organized a protest procession led by Maulana Jafrullah Khan, who demanded that Parliament declare Ahmadis to be non-Muslim or risk future litigation and disturbance.
54 On February 1, 2003, the newspaper Doilik Inqilab reported that, at a gathering in Komina, Member of Parliament Maulana Delawar H. Saidee declared Ahmadis non-Muslims and called for a complete halt on all Ahmadi activities, describing the Ahmadiyya community as “satanic.”
55 The recent ban on Ahmadiyya publications also has a lineage: since at least the 1970s, Bangladeshi governments have frequently banned publications deemed offensive to Muslims. Such determinations have usually been made to appease extremist groups. For instance, in 1985, the government issued an order banning a book published by the Ahmadiyya community on the basis that it contained passages highly offensive to Muslims, who believe that the Prophet Mohammed is the last prophet of Allah. The order was unsuccessfully challenged before the High Court in 1993.56 The Bangladesh government behaved similarly in the case of Salman Rushdie’s book, Satanic Verses, banning it in 1989. It has also consistently banned books by the Bangladeshi feminist novelist Tasleema Nasreen. Also, in recent years, the government has banned several publications, including Radar and Satellite, which contained reports on human rights violations in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Persecution of the Ahmadiyya:
The Pakistani Model58
The Ahmadiyya community has long been persecuted in Pakistan. What has happened in Pakistan, of which Bangladesh was a part until 1971, is instructive in understanding the nature and potential objectives of those attacking the Ahmadiyya community in Bangladesh. The situation of Ahmadis in Bangladesh suggests a similar pattern of systematic persecution as in Pakistan and a similar trend toward the excommunication of all Ahmadis. Moreover, there exist clear and specific links between anti-Ahmadi organizations in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Since 1953, when the first post-independence anti-Ahmadiyya riots broke out, the relatively small Ahmadi community in Pakistan has endured persecution.59 Between 1953 and 1973, this persecution was sporadic but since that time it has been sustained. In 1974, a new wave of anti-Ahmadi disturbances spread across Pakistan. In response, Pakistan’s parliament introduced amendments to the constitution which defined the term “Muslim” in the Pakistani context and listed groups that were, legally speaking, non-Muslim. Put into effect on September 6, 1974, the amendment explicitly deprived Ahmadis of their identity as Muslims.60
In 1984, Pakistan’s penal code was amended yet again. As a result of these amendments, five ordinances that explicitly targeted religious minorities acquired legal status: a law against blasphemy; a law punishing the defiling of the Qur’an; a prohibition against insulting the wives, family, or companions of the Prophet of Islam; and two laws specifically restricting the activities of Ahmadis. On April 26, 1984, General Ziaul Haq issued these last two laws as part of Martial Law Ordinance XX, which amended Pakistan’s Penal Code, Sections 298-B and 298-C.
Ordinance XX undercut the activities of religious minorities generally, but struck at Ahmadis in particular by prohibiting them from “indirectly or directly posing as a Muslim.” Ahmadis thus could no longer profess their faith, either orally or in writing. Pakistani police destroyed Ahmadi translations of and commentaries on the Qur’an and banned Ahmadi publications, the use of any Islamic terminology on Ahmadi wedding invitations, the offering of Ahmadi funeral prayers, and the displaying of the Kalima (the statement that “there is no god but Allah, Mohammed is Allah’s prophet,” the principal creed of Muslims) on Ahmadi gravestones. In addition, Ordinance XX prohibited Ahmadis from declaring their faith publicly, propagating their faith, building mosques, or making the call for Muslim prayer. In short, virtually any public act of worship or devotion by an Ahmadi could be treated as a criminal offense.61
With the passage of the Criminal Law Act of 1986, parliament added Section 295-C to the Pakistan Penal Code. The “Blasphemy Law,” as it came to be known, made the death penalty mandatory for blasphemy.62 General Ziaul Haq and the Pakistani government institutionalized the persecution of Ahmadis as well as other minorities in Pakistan with Section 295-C. The Ahmadi belief in the prophethood of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is considered blasphemous insofar as it “defiled the name of Prophet Muhammad.”63 Therefore, theoretically, Ahmadis could be sentenced to death for simply professing their faith.
While Ahmadis consider themselves Muslims, their persecution is wholly legalized, even encouraged, by the Pakistani government. Ahmadi mosques have been burned, their graves desecrated, and their very existence criminalized. Since 2000, 325 Ahmadis have been formally charged in criminal cases (including blasphemy) for professing their religion.64 Between 1999 and 2003, the government charged scores of Ahmadis with blasphemy; several have been convicted and face life imprisonment or death sentences pending appeal. The offenses charged included wearing an Islamic slogan on a shirt, planning to build an Ahmadi mosque in Lahore, and distributing Ahmadi literature in a public square.65
As a result, thousands of Ahmadis have fled Pakistan to seek asylum abroad.”
By the Declaration:
2 In 1891, he claimed to be the expected mahdi or messiah of the latter days, the “Awaited One” of the monotheist community of religions, and the messiah foretold by the Prophet Mohammed.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad alienated the regular Muslims in defying the Koranic verse of the finality of the prophet Muhammed so “rejecting a fundamental tenet of Islam: Khatme Nabuwat (literally, the belief in the “finality of prophethood”— that the Prophet Mohammed was the last of the line of prophets leading back through Jesus, Moses, and Abraham). ”
Regular Muslims claim that the Ahmadis have blasphemed against the Koran and branded them apostates, i.e. “non-Muslims.”
Although Ahmadis use the slogan, “Love for All, Hatred for None.” the founder and subsequent caliphs have the following to say of regular Muslims, i.e. non-Ahmadis:
1. “Except for the children of Prostitute, whose hearts have been sealed by Allah, everyone else believes in me and has accepted me. (Mirza Ghulam Ahmad)
(Aina-e-Kamaiat-e-islam, Roohani Khazain vol.5 p.547)
2. “Allah has revealed to me that anyone to whom my message has reached and he has not accepted me, he is not a Muslim.”
(Letter of Mirza Ghulam to Dr. Hakeem Khan Patiaivi)
3. “I have Allah’s inspiration that he who does not follow you and will not enter your Ba’ith and remain your opponent, he is disobedient of Allah and His Prophets, Hellish.” (Advertisement inM’ayaar-ul-Akhyar by Mirza Ghulam p.8)
4. “It is our obligation what we do not consider non-ahmadis as muslims and do not pray behind them, because for us they have rejected one prophet (Mirza Ghulam) of Allah. This is a religious matter and no one has any right to do anything in it.”
(Anwar-e-Khilafat by Mirza Mahmood, Khalifa2. p.90)
What do Ahmadiyya (Qadianis) think of regular Muslims?
1. All non-Ahmadis are declared as Kafr (non-Muslims)
2. Marriage with non-Qadiani declared Haram.
3. Praying behind non-Qadiani declared Haram
4. Funeral Prayer for non-Ahmadi declared Haram.
Verification of all the above 4 statements is found in the link above.
Distinctive Ahamdi Beliefs
1. That the prophecies concerning the second coming of Jesus were metaphorical in nature and not literal and that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad fulfilled in his person these prophecies and the second advent of Jesus, was the promised Mahdi and Messiah.
2. That the Qur’an has no contradictions (or abrogations), and has precedence over the Hadith or traditions; i.e., that one verse of the Qur’an does not cancel another and that no Hadith can contradict a verse of the Qur’an. Hadith that appear to contradict the Qu’ran are not accepted by Ahmadi Muslims.
3. That Jesus, contrary to mainstream Islamic belief, was crucified and survived the four hours on the cross. He was later revived from a swoon in the tomb. Ahmadis believe that Jesus died in Kashmir of old age whilst seeking the Lost Tribes of Israel. Jesus’ remains are believed to be entombed in Kashmir under the name Yuz Asaf. Ahmadis believe that Jesus foretold the coming of Muhammad after him, which Christians have misinterpreted.
4. That Jesus Christ did not bring a new religion or law i.e. was not a law-bearing prophet but was last in the line of Hebrew/Israelite prophets who appeared within the dispensation of Moses akin to that of David, Solomon, Jeremiah, Isaiah etc.
5. That Jihad can only be used to protect against extreme religious persecution, and that Muslims have used Jihad as a tool for political opportunism.
6. That the “Messiah” and the “Imam Mahdi” are the same person, and that it is through his teachings, influence, his prayers and that of his followers that Islam will defeat the Anti-Christ or Dajjal in a period similar to the period of time it took for nascent Christianity to rise (300 years) and that the Dajjal’s power will slowly melt away like the melting of snow, heralding the final victory of Islam and age of peace.
7. That the history of mankind is split into seven epochs or ages, parallel to the seven days of the week, with periods for light and darkness and that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad appeared as the Promised Messiah at the sixth epoch heralding the seventh and final age of the world as a day in the estimation of God is like a thousand years of man’s reckoning (Quran:22:48). According to Ghulam Ahmad just as the sixth day of the week is reserved for Jumu’ah (congregational prayers) likewise his age is destined for a global gathering or assembly in which the world is to unite under one universal religion which according to him was Islam.http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Ahmadihttp://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Ahmadi
8. The two Ahmadiyya groups have varying beliefs regarding the finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that Muhammad brought prophethood to perfection and was the last law-bearing prophet and the apex of man’s spiritual evolution. New prophets can come but they must be subordinate to Muhammad and cannot exceed him in excellence nor alter his teaching or bring any new law or religion. The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement believes that Muhammad is the last of the prophets and no prophet, new or old, can come after him.
1. Ahmadis believe that Mirza Ghulam was the Messiah, i.e. the second coming of the saviour. (This is not acceptable to the regular Muslims nor to Christians.)
2. They do not concede that there are abrogations in the Qur’an. (This leads to endless arguments of the meaning of the Qur’an and its interpretations. i.e. rejecting verses in the Qur’an)
3. Only Hadiths that are compatible with the Qur’an is acceptable. Others are rejected. (This causes much disagreement with regular Islam.)
3. That there is only personal Jihad and militant Jihad does not exist.(This is contrary to what is actually happening with Islamic Jihad Martyrdom, terrorism.)
4. Those who reject Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as Allah’s prophet are Kafr, i.e. non-Ahmadis are Kafr. (Stated clearly in previous qluotations.)
5. Note that ‘The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement has a different view of the “Muhammed as the Seal of the Prophet” from “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
(This too leads to some confusion and Ahmadis have to be identified.)
This article may be edited at any future date.
A reply to a blog by elle:
“Ahmadiyya Religious Sect:
There have been many discussions and misunderstanding of this Ahmadi sect and some of their beliefs are posted here for the records. My comments are [text…]
[Ahmadiyya (Qadianis) believe they have a religion that supercedes regular Islam and have declared non-Ahmadis as Kafr (non-Muslims). The evidence is as follows:]
“(1) The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (the official name of the community) is a contemporary messianic movement founded in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1839–1908), who was born in the small village of Qadian in Punjab, India.
(2) In 1891, he claimed to be the expected mahdi or messiah of the latter days, the “Awaited One” of the monotheist community of religions, and the messiah foretold by the Prophet Mohammed. He claimed to have received a revelation through angels Teechee Teechee and Ail that he was
1) the Promised Messiah,
4) Messenger and
5)Second advent of Holy Prophet Mohammed PBUH, all in one, who has come again in the person of Mirza Ghulam A. Qadiani to propagate Islam. He was non other than a Holy Prophet (of Allah), and his family assumed the title of ‘Ahle Bait’ and his wife was addressed as ‘Umm-ul-Momineen’. His followers became Sahaba.
3) By the edit of Mirza Gulam Ahmad, all those who did not follow him or accept him as a prophet of Allah were out of the fold of Islam. Ahmadis were forbidden to pray behind a Muslim Imam, offer funeral prayer for other Muslims or intermarry with other Muslims, because everybody else was a Kafr except Ahmadis. He abrogated Jihad and declared that loyalty to the British Raj is the religious responsibility of every Ahmadi and whoever lifts a sword against them is disobedient to Allah and his Prophet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
[The most important edict pronounced by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was to declare all non-Ahmadis as Kufr, i.e. ordinary Muslims who did not accept Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a prophet of Allah were non-Muslims.
(All statements above are verifiable.)
The following was posted by me on myT Blogs and is here for future reference and safe keeping:
NON AHMIDIS ARE KAFIR by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
elle 26 Jan 2008 21:48
Dous 20:39 said, “I have never, ever heard an Ahmadi call a non-Ahmadi a non-Muslim or a Kafir. ”
Well, I recommend that you should study your sect tenets in greater detail. I have this:
1) “Allah has revealed to me that he who does not follow me and does not give me his oath of allegiance and remains in opposition is disobeying the will of Allah and His Rasul and is Jahannami (Hell)”
(Collection of posters. Vol. 3,p.275 Mirza ghulam Qadaini)
2) “This nis strange that you consider the person who rejects me and the person who calls me Kafir as two different pesons, whereas in the eyes of Allah he is the same type; because he who does not accept me is because he considers me a fabricator.”
(Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, Roohany Khazaen Vol.22.p. 167, Mirza Ghulam Qadiani
3) “All those Muslims who ndo not enter the fold of the Promised Messiah, whether or not they have heard of Messiah (Mirza Ghulam Qadiani) are considered Kafirs and are beyond the pale of Islam”
(Aeena-e-Sadaqat, p.9/35, by Bashir-uddin Mahmud.)
4) “Allah has revealed to me that the person who did not believe in me after having heard about me is not a Muslim.”
(Al-Fazl, Qadian, Jan 15, 1935 Al-Hudum, 4:24, Mirza Ghulam Qadiani)
5) “It has been revealed to me that the person who did not follow me and did not enter into my fold, is disobedient and as such, should be thrown to Hell.”
(Miyar-ul-Akhyar, vol 9 p 27 Mirza Ghulam Qadiani)
6) “It is incumbent upon us that we should not regard non-Ahmadis as Muslims, for should we offer prayers behind them, because according to our belief they deny one of the messengeers of Allah. This is a matter of Faith. None has any discretion in this”
(Anwar-e-Khilafat p 90 by Mirza Mahmood Ahmad Qadiani)
7) “Any person who believes in Moses but does not believe in Christ, or believes in Christ but does not believe in Muhammad or believes in Muhammad but does not believe in the Promised Messiah (Mirza Ghulam Ahmad),is not only a Kafir, but he is a confirmed (Pakka) Kafir, and out of the fold of Islam.”
((Kalimatu Fasi. p 110 by Mirza Bashir Ahmad Qadiani)
I could continue with many more. That is what I read, and my conclusions are based entirely on your Prophet Mirza Shulam Ahmad, and his successors. What am I to believe? What you have said here or what I find is stated on the Web? Perhaps you did not know as much as you thought you did.
The sanitized version of Ahmadi teachings only tells you what you need to know and not what you should know. But I am obliged to believe what I read from what I believe are authentic sources.
You can take it or leave it as you like. I happen to accept all the statements above as authentitic. Why would anyone lie about such statements that can be verified by deeper research. Even when requested, you present Caliph refused to present a copy of the Ahmadi Koran with the abrogated verses i.e. Militant Jihad, about the prophet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
These facts were apparently not known to you, and so you condemned my findings, but I have given you the source for you to investigate. I am sure you recognize all the Ahmadi Caliphs I have referred to above.