Assalamu ‘Alaikum Warahmat Allah Wabarakatuh,
Please find another post which was kindly sent in to me by an Ahmadi. Jazak Allah to him and the many others sending me in posts. May Almighty Allah bless you all for your very clear love for, and dedication to Islam Ahmadiyya.
الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على سيد المرسلين و خاتم النبيين محمد واله وصحبه اجمعين. هم السابقون ونحن بهم لاحقون هم القرن الافضل من كل قرن من القرون ونسأل الله لهم المغفرة وان يسهل ان نكون لهم تابعون. يا رب الكعبة والمسلمين اعطانا هٰذا سف العظيم مما هو في يد الكريم. اللهم امين! اللهم امين! اما بعد
I will confess I have never had much time for old wives tattling over teacups in front of the living room fire. Their garish and tawdry tales lit with the match of envy, fuelled with the coal of malice, and stoked with the poker of conjectural half-truths giving rise to little else but the soot of rumour – burning away more in their hearts than the fire in-front. Given the (shall we say) disingenuous presentation of the Ahmadi viewpoint by our friends on The Cult, I suspect foul play and exaggeration is never too far at hand whenever they announce a new “scandal.” Yet many a cloud has a silver lining and there is a blessing in this – for it does gift us the chance to consider the theological implications of sin within a prophetic community.
So we note The Cult has published, with all the professional ethics worthy of a News of the World staff office, three purported “scandals.” (1) There is an alleged scandal of some private messages from one MTA3 staff to another; (2) there is the alleged scandal that Waqf-e-Nau children have engaged in personal teenage antics which are unIslamic and (3) there is the allegation regarding a Qaid in the UK. Are these true? Going on the salacious nature of The Cult, I have my suspicions. Even were an element of truth to exist in any of them it would appear that much padding has gone on to exaggerate the effect. Take as an example the putative letter of anguish of an Ahmadi elder following on from the MTA3 scandal. Now for it to be genuine stretches credibility given that the honorific address “Hazoor Sahib” is simply not used and an Indo-Pak elder would say akhirat, not akhira. I could go on. But let us, for the sake of argument, accept these “scandals” and all the related sensationalist elements to be true. The question that arises is whether, in a divine community, the personal failures of individuals – individuals who while not leaders may hold office – undermines the truth of that religious community. Our erstwhile friends from The Cult seem to answer yes. Our erstwhile friends from The Cult seem to differ with Islam.
You see for all the lecherous and lascivious editorship of Shahid aiming to increase the prurience of his redtop, discerning Muslims of all persuasions will readily remember that even within the best of communities men have their lapses; there are failings and sins do happen. “Man was created weak,” the Quran declares. In a Hadith Qudsi, Allah (swt) says: ‘O son of Adam, even if your sins were to reach up to the clouds in the sky, and then you were to ask for My forgiveness, I would forgive you and think nothing of it.” (Nawawi) And the Prophet (sas) himself said: “Every son of Adam makes mistakes, and the best of those who make mistakes are those who repent.” (Tirmidhi) The argument that if the odd Ahmadi office bearer can be shown to have fallen below a moral standard at some point in his or her life, even if it was years ago, the entire edifice of Ahmadi Islam will crumble is as fraudulent and specious as they come. Perhaps in a forthcoming essay a contributor may wish to compare the Islamic position on the sinner who is alleged to have a personal and private failing with the gossiper who delights with unrestrained glee at his companion’s lapse. For now I suggest it will suffice to look to the very best of Prophetic communities. Did individuals from amongst the Sahaba (God be pleased with them), including those who were appointed to positions of responsibility, ever lapse – for if so the very foundation of Shahid’s argument will be shredded to pieces. Remember , the objective, dear reader, is never to (God forbid) cast aspersions on these most honourable of men and women ( most of the incidents related are found in the Sahihayn) but is so we that may learn something of human nature, something of human failure and something of repentance.
(1) So what then would our editor-in-chief Shahid have to say of the adultress in Sahih Muslim who was stoned to death for her crime which became public yet whose repentance was so true that the Prophet (sas) led her funeral prayer and uttered: فوالذي نفسي بيده لقد تابت توبة لو تابها صاحب مكس لغفر له “By Him in whose Hand my life is – she has repented such a repentance which had the bribed tax collector so repented he would have been forgiven;” (2) What of Abdullah al-Himar رض an open drunk, of whom the Prophet (sas) said: فولله ما علمت انه يحب الله ورسوله “Yet by God! How much I know that he loves God and His Messenger!” (Bukhari); (3) What of Hatib b. Abi Balta رض who betrayed the Muslim movements to the Quraysh yet was a man of Badr appointed to convey Islam to Mawqwaqis? What, Shahid, would your lurid publication have said of these? Remember that for an Ahmadi each one of these is a hero. Whatever occasional lapse they had was far outweighed by their righteousness. These were men and women who would repent and cry on their mistakes. These were men and women who would strive ever harder. These were men and women who would cover each other’s faults. These were not men and women but the best of men and women. Yet those, those on the Cult and their acolytes, men who wantonly exult in publicising the purported failings of others are men who, if loyal to the principle they claim to be upholding, would openly have slandered the Sahaba.
What! Can that be right!
A little is enough for those who can understand much.