I was kindly sent the below text to post here. It is written in reply to the talk ”Beware Deception of the Qadiani Cult” by Shaykh Sulaiman Ghani.
Each one hath a goal
I admit it: the fact that Ahmadi kids are called Bilal and Ahmad – massive sin, huge deception. Thanks be to Sulaiman Ghani, Shaykh of the era, Khadim of the Islamic principality of Tooting for clearing that up in a 23 minute ramble at Croydon that aimed to highlight the deception of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Admittedly this is not the first gem, the first golden nugget of information that the honoured Shaykh has given his adoring public. “God Almighty created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!” he declared in 2010 on Channel 4. What a wonderful way of explaining the Quranic wisdom regarding homosexuality. Why indeed would we need a God-inspired Messianic community when the ulema-e-karam have such a way with words. And correct me if I am wrong – is this not the same Shaykh that appeared on television a few years ago, in a serious reality tv experiment to civilise Western hedonism by encouraging a group of non-Muslims to abide by the Sharia in “Make Me a Muslim?”
So when Mr. Ghani speaks we should listen. And listen we had to as he ranted and raved about a few pieces of paper, brandishing Ahmadi leaflets with undeserving violence. Muslims for peace! Shock, horror – could there be a greater deception! Krishna as a prophet of God! But hasn’t Dr. Zakir Naik (of whom our Ghani is a carbon replica at least if you go by the staccato English, preference for those chapter and verse form of citation and unquestionable self-belief that his face must adorn the television screen) had to admit: “a person may say that perhaps they [Ram & Krishna] may have been the Prophets of God.” (see ilovezakirnaik.com). Nor is this thinking new: the medieval savant Mir Abd al-Wahid Bilgrami and the Mughal prince Dara Shikoh both saw within Hinduism the seeds of Islamic truth. As Ghani made an attempt to ridicule the Ahmadiyya community for understanding certain passages of the scripture in a metaphorical light, he looked all the more odd when he pointed to the Kalma, struggling while conceding that Ahmadi Muslims believe in that very kalma very very literally word for word. And the Shaykh truly bested himself with his own admission that often the Ahmadi Muslims present the very best picture of morality. Reciters of the kalma, upholding the highest of moral standards – but not Muslim? Bizarre indeed! But a question here. One can always wonder why those who belittle us – do not instead vie with us in our good works: marathon walks promoting the very best of Islam, meetings and conferences presenting the Prophet (sas) to non-Muslims and bus campaigns announcing that a Muslim need not be a terrorist – these are the Ahmadi contribution to social life.
وَلِكُلٍّ وِجْهَةٌ هُوَ مُوَلِّيهَا فَاسْتَبِقُواْ الْخَيْرَات
“And each one hath a goal toward which he turneth; so vie with one another in good works”
Yet those who have not the magnanimity of heart to acknowledge good, deprive themselves of that Quranic spirit. So Ghani denounces good, maddens when he hears the name of Ahmadiyya and raves in a mosque in the corner of South West of London – unable to rouse his congregation to compete in the soul-purifying competition that the Quranic imperative demands. But, wait, after the venting of fury, there was sadness…. “We see the Umma is in such condition…It means we have lost our way” he remarked, nearing the end of his monologue. Ah, yes! The admission. The cat is finally out of the bag…