The Life of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad passed away on the 26th May 1908. We look at his life and ask: What else was the Messiah and Mahdi promised to the Muslims going to do? Also, what Muslims were told by those who stayed behind after Uhud also applies to Ahmadis’.

Life and Death Crowd Control in Mecca


Planned for completion in 2017, the Abraj Kudai will be the biggest hotel in the world—12 towers, 10,000 hotel rooms, 70 restaurants, four helipads, a shopping mall, and a bus station. Five floors are said to be reserved for the exclusive use of the Saudi royal family; the merely wealthy will have to make do with standard accommodations. It’s a decidedly odd, neoclassic addition to the site.

This year we witnessed one of the deadliest stampedes during Hajj for many years. Beyond the construction of the above hotel (I would personally describe this new hotel as everything that Islam stands against) the Saudi authorities have turned to some of the Worlds best architects and designers to try and keep people safe during a time when up to three million people converge on Mecca.

Click here to read more about how they are trying to transform the region.

The normal life in Gitmo

Soldiers looking out to sea

Gitmo is the best posting a soldier can have. There’s lots of fun to be had here.”

Life for detainees might very well be hell at the Guantanamo Bay facility but it seems like life for the soldiers, posted there to run the facility, is full of home comforts and days out topping up their tans.

Photographer Debi Cornwall, who previously in her career was a civil rights lawyer, was given permission to go to Guantanamo in her capacity as a photographer for the Associated Press. But rather than take the usual photos of dull greyed hallways and shackles attached to walls of decaying prisons, she decided to show the other side of the facility.
A saluting Ronald McDonald
A bowling alley

From a brightly lit bowling alley to shops stacked full of all the soldiers favourite beers to that ‘great’ American Ronald McDonald looking down and saluting, the pictures show a side of the facility which most would never have believed.

Debi Cornwall hopes that these photos will remind American taxpayers that they’re funding a prison in violation of human rights.

You can see all the photos right here

‘Free a neck’ for a better life

This article is from the ‘The Better Life’ magazine Nov 2014 issue

Decapitation is separating the head from the body. Beheading is intentional decapitation with an axe, sword, knife, wire, or by a guillotine. From 1351 until it was abolished in 1870 it was a legal punishment in England for persons convicted of high treason. The condemned were occasionally forced to watch as others had their necks chopped off before them. Even Kings and Queens were beheaded.

In 1536 Queen Anne Boleyn and in 1542 Queen Catherine Howard were beheaded. Queen Jane Grey was beheaded in 1554, aged 16. In 1587 Mary Queen of Scots’ neck was chopped three times before her head was held up while saying “God save the Queen.” Walter Raleigh discoverer of the Pitch Lake was beheaded in 1618 and King Charles 1 in 1649.

Beheading is not a form of capital punishment in Islam. It was condemned by the Prophet Muhammad (s). On the contrary, freeing of the neck (tahreer raqaba) is the Qur’anic punishment for unintentional man-slaughter. [4:92]

Freeing of the neck (fakku raqaba) also means removing a person from physical slavery or from the enslavement of debt, ill health or other restricting situations. In Arabic, the verb from raqaba (neck) also means respect, building self esteem or making someone raise their head high once again after challenging circumstances. [9:10]

The Qur’an in Chapter 90 – al-Balad (The State) lists freeing of the neck as the first requirement for building the Islamic State which is an uphill task. [90]

While each person should be more concerned with spiritual than material matters, it is by looking after another person’s material welfare that one’s own spiritual development is achieved. The material world is expanded that each soul be perfected. [90:6-7] Piety requires believing, praying and spending of health, wealth or knowledge. [2:3]

Allah says: We develop humans to be the most excellent. [95:4] It is therefore not important what religion we are in. But it is important what religion is within us. It’s not what we do in religion that matters – what rituals we perform. What matters is what religion does to us. How much it determines our personal self development.

Wrong religion from whatever source, gives us ceremonies to save us from the effects of our sin. But the Qur’an assures us that good deeds drive away evil deeds. [11:114] And if we repent and do good deeds Allah will change our evil deeds into good ones. [25:70]

Murders so dominate the news media that it leaves little room to show how to develop excellence in human beings. But at every Jumu’a sermon there is the opportunity – to recite to them His messages and purify them, and teach them the Book and Wisdom. [62:2] Every Friday it is obligatory to explain the Beauty of Islam as a religion of peace and to show how Prophet Muhammad (s) changed his society and established the Islamic State as a free, God-fearing and non-violent society.

The Prophet Muhammad’s (s) burning desire was to change the ways of his people. He could not – until the Qur’an was revealed to him. With this Book he changed the world’s worst people from barbarism to civilization. Claiming Prophethood, he lost his social status. He was mocked, driven into exile, and pursued to be put to death. Friends became foes. Increased opposition only brought about in him perfect patience and endurance [14:12]

What worldly purpose did he seek? After victory the Prophet Muhammad (s) hoarded no gold for himself, built no palace, no audience hall. He had nothing of kingly pleasure and comfort. He built no huge temples, churches or statutes for himself or his religion. He created no dynasty to succeed him. He left nothing but the Divine teachings he received: Allah invites to the abode of peace [10:25] and his example in following them. This was his Islamic State.

This article was published on behalf of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha’at-i-Islam Trinidad & Tobago

Life is worthless in Gaza

This is one of the most powerful and upsetting things I have read recently from someone living life in Gaza.

I have always thought that those who resort to violence or those who go as far as exploding themselves are sick and inhuman. But now I know how it feels to have nothing to lose but your worthless life. I know how it feels to be so desperate that you literally cry from disappointment when you actually wake up in the morning, and to spend the night before asking God for a last favor … to take your life because you’re just too cowardly to take it yourself. Gaza is no longer a city or a territory. It is a disease. It is an unbearable pain, an un-treatable wound. Gaza is the opposite of life, but at the same time far beyond death

As the Israeli and Egyptian Governments continual closure of borders make life in Gaza ever more unbearable Pam Bailey wonders ‘where have all the activists gone?’.

Life After Death

In this podcast Dr Hameed Jahangiri from USA is conducting the memorial services for his departed friend Dr Shakeel Khan. He explains the process of human evolution beyond physical death as told in the Holy Quran.

How to lead a good life

We read from Mulfoozat Volume 7, where the Promised Messiah continues to describe how one may meet a ‘good’ end to one’s life. One must keep the company of the righteous so that they inspire in his heart the fervor to do good, obey Allah and serve humanity.

Palestine in 1896

The above is an interesting film released by Lumier Bros. on Youtube which depicts life in Palestine for its people in 1896.

The footage shows a time when Palestinians of all faiths lived and worked side by side in harmony.

University Life for Muslims

Every year thousand of Muslim students gleefully receive their A Level results and then spend the Summer looking forward to the next chapter of their education, at Universities across the country.

But not only is this something to look forward to, but for Muslim students it brings its dilemmas and potential distractions.

Inshaal has just finished his first semester at University and he talks about the challenges Muslims face and how he has found life adapting to this unique environment.

Life After Guantanamo

Barack Obama, the US president, still has not made good on the promise to close Guantanamo Bay prison that he signed on his first full day in office.

Since then, US Congress has raised the political price of transferring detainees – even those held without charge and already cleared for release. And the president has refused to pay it.

In this episode of Fault Lines, we travel to Yemen to meet men formerly detained at Guantanamo Bay.

Have they been tempted to “return to the battlefield”, as Congress warns? Did years of detention, isolation and torture make them want to seek revenge against the US? And how are they rebuilding their lives?

We also meet the families of some of the men still detained and on hunger strike as they continue their fight for a life after Guantanamo.

Fault Lines asks why US government officials have kept these men imprisoned for years, knowing that most of them could not be charged with a crime against the US. And we find out what the consequences of the US’ policy of indefinite detention have been.

Shia, Ahmadi, Hindu? Then Run for Your Life

Forbidden from calling themselves Muslims, Ahmadi children are expelled from school once their religion is discovered. Just a hint may be enough to destroy a career. Knowing this, the school staff at a high school in Mansehra added the word “Qadiani” to the name of an Ahmadi student, Raheel Ahmad, effectively eliminating the boy’s chances of getting a university education. The same school also held an anti-Ahmadi programme, distributing prizes to winners.

Even dead Ahmadis are not spared: News had reached the Khatm-e-Nabuwat that Nadia Hanif, a 17-year-old school teacher who had died of illness 10 days ago, was actually an Ahmadi but buried in a Muslim graveyard in Chanda Singh village, Kasur. Her grave was promptly dug up, and the body removed for reburial.

The above article spells out the tragedy that is todays Pakistan.