When, in the 1970s, Ahmadis approached the South Africa High Court seeking to protect their human rights and sought a declaration that they are Muslims, the Sunnis, after failing to have the case dismissed on technical legal reasons, withdrew from the case using the excuse that a non-Muslim court of government does not have the right to decide who is, and who is not, a Muslim.
To our great astonishment we now find Sunnis in the UK demanding that the British government declare Ahmadis to be non-Muslims. The reason is that in front of a Western audience they have to hide behind Lahore-Ahmadiyya beliefs and hide their own.
Please tell us Sunni friends what has changed that now allows a non-Muslim government to decide who is, and who is not, a Muslim?
The U.S. launched a campaign this week on Kickstarter — a crowdfunding website on which people around the world can donate to fund proposed projects — to help provide aid to Syrian refugees. All proceeds will go to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the leading international body on refugees.
It is staggering that a country that spends around $600 billion on its military would think it appropriate to launch a Kickstarter campaign to ask ordinary citizens to raise aid for the millions of Syrians who have been displaced as a direct result of US decisions in the region.
Having spent over $3 billion to bomb Syria in a year, you would think they could spend some of the federal budget to help those innocent civilians who have been left with nothing as a result, but as this abhorrent fund raising campaign shows, the US Government has its priorities all wrong.
Thousands of protesters have gathered in several Polish cities, as right-wing groups rallied against plans to resettle refugees in Europe while counter-protesters marched in solidarity with those seeking safety.
Around 10,000 right-wing protesters clutching the national flag assembled on the streets in the capital of Warsaw on Saturday, and chanted slogans including “Today refugees, tomorrow terrorists!“ and ”Poland, free of Islam!“.
Whilst the Polish Government has said it will only accept two thousand refugees over the next two years it has already allowed a private group to bring in 60 Christian families with the Prime Minister saying
Christians, subject to barbaric oppression in Syria, deserve today for a Christian country like Poland to react quickly and come to their aid.
This Christian only policy follows in the footsteps of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia whose Governments have annoumced a Christian only policy of settling refugees.
In the 1980s, during the period of Solidarity’s struggle against a Communist military dictatorship, over a million people escaped Poland, and were received and accepted in the West. And it wasn’t only the West that helped: During World War II, Iran took in over 100,000 Polish refugees fleeing the Soviet Union.
It seems that Poland has forgotten how in its time of need a Muslim nation was there to help, perhaps reflecting on this would help the Polish Government in accepting more than just two thousand refugees in the next two years. One can hope but in this age of rampant Islamophobia I highly doubt it.
Charles Darwin is porn – be careful! In November 2013 Turkey implemented an internet censorship system to keep out porn but at the same time it censored any mention of Darwin or evolution because, some argue, it is a failed theory.
The system has already attracted controversy: apparently it bans terms linked with the Kurdish separatist movement, and Reporters Without Borders has accused the Turkish government of “backdoor censorship”.
This is seriously concerning. Turkey is in many respects the most secular of Islamic countries, so it is sad and disturbing to see its government undermine science.
If the ‘Theory of Evolution’ is a failed theory then rather than censor any mention of it the evidence of it’s failure should be marshalled forth. When Muslims go to the West to study biology, medicine and genetics and they are faced with the ‘Theory of Evolution’ how will they respond if they have never heard of it?
Let us hope that other theories e.g. the Big Bang theory, Quantum theory, Atomic theory, theory of relativity and Einstein – the list is a long one, do not suffer the same fate! After all if the Divine Being is an absolute how can a theory of relativity be correct?
For some time now anti-Jamaat-e-Ahmadiya (Jaamat) activities have been escalating all over Pakistan and particularly in Lahore. The members of Jamaat have been mercilessly tortured and rebuked in public over fake and felonious accusations. They have been threatened physically and mentally tortured and now live in fear of their lives. They have even been harassed while offering funeral rites for their dead. In Lahore, the person leading these inhuman and illegal activities is Muhammad Hassan Mavia, the son of Hafiz Muhammad Suleman, commonly known as ‘Tooti’. He plays a prominent role in activities against Jamaat members and is the principal complainant in the fabricated cases against them. For this he has also launched a group whose job it is to watch and report on Jamaat activities and make malicious plans to entrap Ahmadis in bogus cases.
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 →
Shortly after the replacement of elected leadership (khilafat), open government and decisions by mutual consultation (shura) with monarchy the idea of jihad was distorted by the kings because it provided free or cheap soldiers for the battlefield. The exhortation “kill a non-believer and enter paradise” became a common slogan. The idea of jihad was used by these kings to expand their own empires. Interestingly, in many cases they were fighting other Muslims but it was still jihad, for example when Mughals invaded India large parts of it were ruled by Muslims! Continue reading →
The religious minority group of Ahmadis is under constant threat of religious hate crimes and no serious efforts have been initiated by the government to provide protection the community.
In the latest incident a member of the Ahmadiyya community was murdered after receiving death threats from an extremist group who is allegedly patronized by the Punjab provincial government. Mr. Naseem Ahmad Butt, 55, was shot dead by four men as he lay sleeping inside his house in Muzaffar Colony, Faisalabad, Punjab province. According to his brother Khalid Pervez Butt, at about 1am, the attackers entered by climbing over the walls. “The boys were between 20 and 25 years old. Three of them kept a watch on the door as one kicked my brother. When he was awake, the killer said “You are Ahmadi and liable to be killed”, Khalid told daily The Express Tribune.
Militancy in the name of Islam is tearing apart the World. The speaker here shows how the Promised Messiah saw the dangers of extremism and killing innocent non-Muslims in the name of Religion, and warned the Muslims against the perilous trends being exhibited a hundred years ago. The Promised Messiah declared that Jihad against the British ruling India was not permissible as they gave Muslims freedom of faith. Hundred years later, the speaker demonstrates how the British continue to show their generosity towards Muslims in the UK. The speaker concludes: ‘Live and Let Live’.