What is the real difference between the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect and other Muslim sects?

The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement thus proclaims the absolute finality of the prophethood of Muhammad and also states that anyone that claims to be a Muslim must be accepted as a Muslim. No authority as the right to expel another Muslim from the fold of Islam; otherwise that leads to an environment of hostility and hatred amongst Muslims and leads to extremely bad consequences.

 

With that said, the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement also emphasizes certain teachings of Islam that have come to be ignored or forsaken

Read the full article by Omair Raja here

What Are the Real Motives of Groups Like ISIS

Analysis of every terrorist attack suggests that religion is a mask for the real intention of controlling resources and land

Isis fighters

It is a common belief that groups like ISIS are motivated by their radical theology, a twisted version of Islam and their aim is for this “islam” to be forced on to the Worlds population. Robert Pape, a scientist from the University of Chicago, however believes that this is far too a simplistic view. Having studied every suicide bombing since 1980 (around 4600 in all) he has the data to back up his claims.

What 95 percent of all suicide attacks have in common, since 1980, is not religion, but a specific strategic motivation to respond to a military intervention, often specifically a military occupation, of territory that the terrorists view as their homeland or prize greatly. From Lebanon and the West Bank in the 80s and 90s, to Iraq and Afghanistan, and up through the Paris suicide attacks we’ve just experienced in the last days, military intervention—and specifically when the military intervention is occupying territory—that’s what prompts suicide terrorism more than anything else.

This idea is backed up by multiple reports of captured ISIS fighters who when interviewed had little or no knowledge of Islam. Pape argues, in detail, that our basic misunderstanding of the motives and objectives of groups like ISIS is why to date we have failed to stop them.

You can listen to the complete interview with Robert Pape below;

[Video] Fasting fosters real relationships

Mustaq Ali examines what non Muslims have said about Fasting and how it is a time which can truly foster real relationships.

He discusses how the month of Ramadan is the ideal time to embrace with your fellow man and jamaat members. It is a time to reinforce your relationship with the God that you say you believe in.

The Real Issue is not Whether You Think Ahmadis are Muslims or Not.


By Raza Habib Raja

Some of my close relatives are Ahmadis and hence I have had the unique opportunity of observing them closely. Pakistan is a country where Ahmadis are hated and also subject to state institutionalised discrimination. And yet despite the open hatred which is shown to them, I have never had the opportunity of hearing any Ahmadi member of my family expressing hatred towards Pakistan or Muslims of other faiths. None of the Ahmadis I know has talked about resorting to violence against so called “real” Muslims of Pakistan despite the fact that they have been subject to violence themselves.

In Pakistan, Ahmadis were declared as Non-Muslim through second amendment. I have written against the second amendment and have also been in arguments with several of its supporters. The supporters of the second amendment have often come up with various defences ranging from supposed Ahmadi non-belief in the finality of the Prophet hood to collective wisdom of the absolute majority (second amendment was passed through majority).

However, one of the most vocal arguments given to me is that Ahmadis too think of all others outside their faith as Non-Muslim and on these grounds it is only fair and square that they should also be declared as Non-Muslim.

Although personally I have never heard it from any Ahmadi relative of mine but some of the people I know (those who belong to Sunni faith) stress that this is the case. A friend of mine pointed out to me that a certain Ahmadi relative of his had not offered Namaz-e-Janaza of his mother owing to the grounds that he construed her as an apostle.

I replied back by asking him to return the favour. If he thinks that Ahmadis are of the opinion that all outside their sect are apostles then it is ok for him to think the same about them. I clarified to him that my point is not that he should assume them to be Muslims but rather that the state has no right to declare someone as Non Muslim.

To put it simply , assuming if Ahmadis do indeed think of Sunnis or other sects as outside Islam, this does not still give you a right to actually legislate them as Non Muslim. All you can justifiably do in return is to just think the same of them. Once you make a law then you are actually giving material and tangible effect to your perception. Pakistan is a unique country where actually a man-made law has decided something which in principle is the prerogative of the Almighty alone.

And yes if tomorrow Ahmadis assume the majority and legislate someone as Non-Muslim, I will oppose that also and on same grounds.

Let me be clear here that there have to be certain limitations with respect to the majority concept in in a modern day democratic state. There are certain areas which should be simply no go areas with respect to legislation. In fact many of the modern democratic states try to have in place the mechanism to ensure that a majority on ethnic as well as religious lines is not able to impose its will on minority. For example, in America Bills of Rights echo the same principle and try to put limitations on what cannot be done by the state. In fact in USA, a thing like second amendment will be struck down by courts even if the super majority passes it.

So think whatever you want to about Ahmadis but you don’t have the moral authority to make absurd laws just because your perception of a Muslim is different and because you think that they also construe you as out of Islamic faith. Let Allah be the ultimate judge. Do not assume that power yourself. Remember that every privilege in this life comes with a responsibility. Majority comes with a responsibility that it will not be misused to deny others their rights. Let’s try to assume our responsibility.

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[Podcast] Islamic rituals and real life

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In light of the recent riots in London the khutba explores how Islamic rituals such as prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage would prevent the occurrence of such disturbances.

They instill in people discipline and fellow feeling to help others in need. Islam also teaches that there are consequences to actions which need to be faced and unless we face up to this things will not improve.

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[Video] Islamic rituals and real life

In light of the recent riots in London the khutba explores how Islamic rituals such as prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage would prevent the occurrence of such disturbances.

They instill in people discipline and fellow feeling to help others in need. Islam also teaches that there are consequences to actions which need to be faced and unless we face up to this things will not improve.