Yet again, the title of this blog is justified by a clever bit of ”Misinformation” I came across on a couple of sites. Let us first look at the post title they used:
”Ahmadiyya: Propaganda, Deception and Censorship”
Deception…Censorship – surely this must be something earth-shattering?. And if there isn’t enough controversy already: ”this information comes from a document which is an apparent ”LEAK.”
I am no novel writer, so back to reality. I scrolled down to see that the whole post centred around an ”unverified” document which said two things, namely:
1. If you want to write on behalf of a particular association, you should first have your note proof read by that association (that sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? The juicy part must be in the second point – right?); and
2. If you want to submit something on your own behalf, you are free to do so as you like, but the proofing service is available if you are unsure about your facts or want help with your spelling and grammar etc.
Still waiting for the juicy bit – yep, me too – but that’s all folks, there is nothing more. And then, as if the blogger is completely oblivious to the content of the letter, he concludes:
”A simple question arises: How can a group that claims to respect and promote freedom be allowed to actively curtail the freedom of speech of its own membership?”
Now let us dissect this whole ”Deception and Censorship” dichotomy for a moment. The author, as inferred from his post, seems to advocate that an individual can write on behalf of someone else without the knowledge or permission of that person or organisation. The simple question which arises in my mind is: ”Please approach Al-Azhar, Zaytuna (Tunis, or California if you like), The Saudi Fatwa Council, Daar al-Isha’at (Pakistan), Qayrawan (Fez) etc etc etc., and let me know if they agree to you writing anything you like as a representative of their organisation with no prior permission?”
But hey, what do facts and reasonableness have to do with anything when someone can just write, ”Ahmadiyya: Propaganda, Deception and Censorship” and put whatever they want below it?
Another little piece of food for thought: ”How is it that I sit here typing away, as a private and individual Ahmadi, if I am censored from doing so.” This blog is my own personal endeavour and so I begin sentences with ”I think” and ”this is my opinion.” I do fully accept though, that if I want to write something on behalf of an association, any association, I should first seek their permission. Or is that not how we do things as Muslims these days?
And Allah knows best.