[Picture] Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali

This was the first photograph taken of Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali. He describes the events leading up to the photo being taken in his Friday Khutbah on 14th January, 1944, as follows:

“It was perhaps 1901 or 1902. I was living in Qadian and probably The Review of Religions had already started. The Promised Messiah called a photographer to have his photograph taken for inclusion in his books. … I cannot remember if any other group photo was taken but what I do recall is that by his bidding my photograph was also taken…. This is an ordinary event, but the strange thing, or what we can call God’s work, is that in the photo on the left side there is a hand holding a book, upon which is written, Quran Sharif. Where did it come from? At that time no one had in mind translating the Holy Qur’an. Hazrat Miza Sahib had entertained this desire for long …”

The photo and quote are courtesy of ‘The Hope Bulletin’ (Vol. 6:7), edited by Akbar Ibn Abdullah.

Anti-Ahmadism in India

Indians, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, must learn from the sectarian developments in Pakistan, and make every effort to stop any expression of sectarian prejudice in public contexts.

A few days back a small headline in the Urdu daily Munsif (Hyderabad) caught my eye: “The Worst Attempt at the State Level to Declare the Qadianis Muslim.” The text went on to report on what the dignitaries of an organization called Majlis-iKhatm-i-Nabuwwat Trust, Andhra Pradesh had said in the way of denouncing the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh. However, only one sentence in the report running to 18 lines communicated any sense of what the alleged “attempt and conspiracy” was: “In the textbooks for high schools the Qadiani sect has been included in the account of the many sects among the Muslims.” Then I received a mailing that brought to my attention a long note by Sultan Shahin entitled “Muslim Juhala threaten Mayawati government over Ahmadiya issue.” ) It included the full text of an item published in Hamara Samaj (New Delhi; 25 August 2010) that provided the information I needed:

“It is to be noted that on page 30 of Samajik Vigyan of Class X, in the chapter titled “Ahamdiyya Andolan”, the sect has been linked to Muslims terming it as a reformist sect. Not only that, on page 29, in the essay titled “Muslim Andolan” an attempt has been made to present Muslims as divided into various sects as Wahabi Andolan( Movement), Deobandi Andolan and Aligarh Andolan. It is to be noted that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was born in mouza Qadian in Gurdaspur district of Punjab (India) in 1839. He claimed to be a prophet in 1899 and died in 1908.”

Clearly, the only questionable feature in the report is the use of “Andolan” for “sect.” Continue reading

Blasphemy Law, Apa Nisar Fatima and Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam

Apa Nisar Fatima – the Jamaat e Islami legislator and mother to Ahsan Iqbal – sitting MNA from PML-N moved in 1986 the law that became known as Blasphemy Law. She then went to the Federal Shariat Court and got a judgment which stated that death penalty can be the only punishment for blasphemy.

It has been my considered view that roots of all Islamist terrorism and extremism in Pakistan can be traced back to Majlis-e-Ahrar- which as most of you are aware was famous for calling Pakistan “Kafiristan” and Jinnah “Kafir-e-Azam”. Islamist dictator General Zia- himself from an Ahrari family – deliberately strengthened the Islamist elements from Majlis-e-Ahrar and Jamaat-e-Islami and handed the state over to them.

Apa Nisar Fatima – it turns out – was also from a distinguished Ahrari family: She was the daughter of General Zia’s old family friend Chaudhry Abdul Rehman who was a famous Ahrar agitator. Continue reading

[Series] Part Three – Attitude of the Ahmadiyya Movement towards other sects

This is the third and final part of our series on the Lahori Ahmadis’. In part two we discussed in more details what our beliefs are and we answered the most common criticisms against us.

In this final part we will be explaining the attitudes of the Ahmadiyya movement towards other sects and communities and towards Government.

This series has been taken from ‘The Ahmadiyya Doctrines’ by Maulana Muhammad Ali.

As the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha’at-i-Islam, Lahore, is carrying on its work of the defence and propagation of Islam in different countries, and its members are now met with in most of the countries where there is a Muslim population and its mission work is carried on either through such members or by establishing regular missions, and as the community and its missionaries are sometimes misrepresented and occasionally misunderstood, I have thought it necessary to add a few words to clear up our position and to explain our attitude towards other communities and sects with whom we come in contact and towards the governments under which we live. Continue reading

[Video] Proof of The Holy Quran

Allah proves the teachings of the Holy Quran in many different ways. Hazrat Mirza sahib discusses a number of different ways in which the truth of the Holy Quran is proven. For example, one way is to compare the teachings of the Holy Quran with what we see in nature. We see that nature confirms what the Holy Quran says.


[Video] Allah or Priests

When faced with truth with which they disagree most people resort to saying that their elders and great men did not say these things. This is to raise them to the level of divinity. The only Being whose Commands cannot be questioned is Allah and if we say that someone else is above being questioned then you are implicitly raising them to the same status.

[Series] Part Two – Our Beliefs

This is the second of our three part series on the Lahori Ahmadi’s. In part one we briefly outlined what we stand for and today we will be explaining in more detail about our beliefs.

This series has been taken from ‘The Ahmadiyya Doctrines’ by Maulana Muhammad Ali.

The Ahmadis are called kafir by some fanatical Mullas. To remove all misunderstanding on this point I give below a summary of the beliefs we hold and leave it to the reader to see for himself whether a person holding these beliefs is a Muslim or a kafir (non-Muslim).

   1. We believe in the absolute unity of God. La ilaha illallah (there is no God but Allah) is the first doctrine of our faith. Continue reading

[Series] Part One – What We Stand For

This is a three part series being published over three days in which we will be giving a brief explanation of the beliefs and objectives of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha‘at Islam of Lahore and an invitation to all Muslims to join us in the cause of propagation of Islam.

This series has been taken from ‘The Ahmadiyya Doctrines’ by Maulana Muhammad Ali.

Part one answers the question of what we stand for, and we have neatly broken it down to the following eleven points;

1 A United Islam, in which no one is a Kafir who declares his faith in the holy Kalima. Continue reading

[Video] Hijra

The Muslim year starts from the day when the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) migrated from Makkah to Medina. Each religion begins its calendar with a momentous event, usually the birth of some personality. However, Muslims do not start their calendar, from someone’s date of birth, but an event with which Islam started to make progress in the world.

[Video] Universal Peace Federation

Tim Miller who is the Vice President of the European Chapter of the Universal Peace Federation joined our Friday Prayers, as a guest of Hazrat Amir.

He gave a short speech on his beliefs and the upcoming activities of the UPF including a conference to be held about the Ahmadiyyah community.

He was also presented with a copy of the Holy Quran by Hazrat Amir at the end of Friday Prayers.


[Video] Seeking nearness to Allah Part Three

In the second khutba Hazrat Amir discussed the things you should do to achieve nearness to Allah.

In this third and final khutba of this series Hazrat Amir discusses the “don’ts” for a Muslim. That is the things a Muslim must not do if he wants to achieve closeness to Allah.