Assalamu ‘Alaikum Warahmat Allah Wabarakatuh
A brother who presented himself to me in an e-mail as ”Ibne Khalid”, sent to me a timely, insightful, and well written post which he kindly asked me to publish on this blog.
May Almighty Allah bless him and the growing regular commentators visiting this blog – the daily visits continue to grow at a very humbling rate! Again, may Almighty Allah bless you all.
Post by Ibne Khalid
I am a Muslim who has accepted Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) as the Imam Mahdi and Promised Messiah as all Muslims have been commanded by our holy master Rasoolullah (saw). Though I was born into an Ahmadi Muslim family, I only started studying Islam at the age of 14, and by the time I was 15 I was fully convinced of the truthfulness of the Jama’at after studying their beliefs and comparing them to the alternative.
I have noticed that each and every accusation the opponents of the Jama’at make may easily also be made against Islam as a whole, so ultimately if any one of ‘The Cult’ themselves really thought about it and applied the same logic and narrow mindedness to their own Imaan in Islam, I fear they could easily lose their Imaan in Allah and Islam altogether (may Allah protect us).Anyway, what I really want to talk about are the beliefs of ‘The Cult’. Whenever a discussion takes place on beliefs, it almost always centres around the beliefs of Jama’at Ahmadiyya, but I would be interested in knowing what are the beliefs of ‘The Cult’ rather than knowing what they don’t believe. I know that they are calling us away from belief in Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) as the Promised Messiah, which is fine, however in my opinion it is not sufficient to say that they are calling us to Islam, because the question then arises what interpretation of Islam do I need to follow to not be branded a Kafir? If I become a Shia will they still consider me a Muslim? What if I become a Sufi or Deobandi or Brelwi etc? There has to be at least one group out there that they call Muslims or at least not call Kafir? So which group of ‘Muslims’ are we being called to by ‘The Cult’?
If they say that you don’t need to join any group, but just leave the Jama’at, then they are forgetting the clear message of Rasoolullah (saw) when he said “those who die without recognising the Imam will die an ignorant death” (I couldn’t find the exact reference but it’s a well known Hadith). We the members of the Jama’at Ahmadiyya (rightly or wrongly) have recognised somebody as the Imam of the Age, so at least we may say that we have attempted to follow what Rasoolullah (saw) instructed us. So I’m assuming that to be called away from this belief, ‘The Cult’ have found the ‘true’ Imam of the Age to whom they are calling us to, so I would like to know who that is. ‘The Cult’ may laugh off this question if they wish, but they should know that I for one and millions of others will not abandon our Bai’at unless a better guide than Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) and his Khulafa is brought forward for this day and age.
If what they say is true, that by following Jama’at Ahmadiyya I am participating in Kufr, then I don’t want to end up ‘jumping from the fire into the frying pan’ so to speak. Therefore this question is vital. If I want to avoid an ignorant death then I must join a group that practices Islam in the correct way. Therefore, if ‘The Cult’ are on the right path, I need an answer to my question at least so I can analyse how their Aqeeda is superior to the one I currently hold…I think that’s a fair request don’t you think? So perhaps ‘The Cult’ can give us a list of which groups practice an acceptable interpretation of Islam?. If however, they can’t answer this then that means they themselves don’t know what they are calling us to, so how can they know for certain that they are calling us to Islam?
Wassalam, Ibne Khalid