The task that today confronts a member of Majlis Ansar Sultanul Qalam (MASQ) is a great one. It is, therefore, imperative that each member understands the impetus placed upon them to accurately describe to the world the immaculate beauty of Islam.
During the early period of Islam, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and his blessed Companions (ra) were forced to take up arms, as an act of self-defense, against oppressors who sought to diminish the light of Islam.
In 2013, Muslims are faced with a similar group of antagonists, seeking to do away with Islam. Rather than to strike Muslims down with their swords, they have successfully utilised a vast myriad of communication apparatus to shape the growing and prevalent negative perception of Islam.
Once limited to the publication of books, newspapers and magazines, the hate-filled opponents of Islam now make astute and effective use of social media networks, online publications, mobile applications, virals, podcasts and a whole host of other technology-based mediums.
As these apparatus form the favoured arsenal of today’s antagonists, the following wisdom and guidance of the Imam Mahdi, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), is well worth pondering over:
You should know it well that this is not the time to go the battlefield for religious purposes. The battles that were fought during the life time of the Holy Prophet, sallallaho alaihi wa sallam, were not meant to convert the non-believers to Islam by force; these battles were fought by the Muslims to defend themselves. When the Muslims were inhumanly tortured and turned out of Mecca and many Muslims had become martyrs, it was then that God commanded them to fight back; this definitely was a defensive measure. Now the times have changed. There is peace everywhere; it is with the pen that Islam is being attacked. That is why it is necessary that the pen should be used to rebut the attacks. God the Almighty says in the Holy Quran that you should make preparation to defend yourselves with the same kind of weapons as the opponents happen to use.
Think of the preparations that the opponents of Islam are now making. They are not lining up the armies. They are publishing magazines and books. We also should, therefore, pick up our pen and answer their attacks with magazines and books. It is not expedient that the prescription (treatment) and the sickness should be at variance. If the treatment does not conform with the sickness, the consequence is bound to be unprofitable and harmful. (Malfoozat Vol. 8, pg. 20)