This is a post to me by an Ahmadi Muslims a few days ago.
In an article by Mr. Shahid Kamal titled ”The Ahmadiyya Chanda Fraud,” he claims that chanda is a ruthless tax and bid’ah, as well as several things which came to his mind. Instead of arguing with logic, Mr. Kamal has resorted to personal attacks against the jaamat. His website, as with similar websites, is full of mockery, abuse and lies.
As an Ahmadi Muslim, I have been encouraged since my childhood to develop a sense of sacrifice for the sake of Allah. I was told to help the poor. This develops maturity in children, which is why it encouraged in Islam. Financial Sacrifice serves as the basic foundation for infusing a spirit of sacrifice and love for the poorest sections of our society in children so that they grow up to be a helping hand for the society.
Mr. Kamal has many times in his article complained about paying chanda. Unfortunately, he resorts to emotional rants like ”that is bread from the mouths of hungry children. If these poor people aren’t the ones who are supposed to be helped as “deserving and needy”, then who are?”. One would assume from his words that Ahmadi children must be dying of hunger. As he seems to care a lot about these ”hungry children”, could he please point out where exactly they are? Since his experience is limited to England, perhaps just London, I wonder if Mr. Kamal would be kind enough to share with us where exactly these ”hungry children” are in London? If they do exist then I am sure that Ahmadis would be very ashamed that there are children dying from hunger right here in England and help them immediately.
Despite Mr. Kamal knowing full well that chanda is spent on things like building mosques, spreading the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat, helping the poor etc., he goes on to ask the curious question, ”but is it for the benefit of the membership?”. All Ahmadi Muslims know why they pay chanda. It is paid for the sake of Allah and not for our own monetary gain? Not a single Ahmadi can ever think of chanda money being spent on ourselves. So why is Mr. Kamal complaining? The reality is that any sincere servant spending in the way of Allah will ultimately be the beneficiary of Allah’s blessings.
I do not want to make this very long, but some people’s hearts have become like stones, they lean towards the world. The only thing they ever talk about is somehow gaining some worldly gain out of even religion. This is not the purpose or intention behind the payment of Chanda by Ahmadi Muslims. Ahmadi Muslims have accepted the Imam (AS) of this age; the same Imam who has established a Jamaat of righteous servants of Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) which is now spreading all over the globe despite all the evil designs made against it. Money is obviously needed to publish books in favour of Islam, translating the Holy Quran into different languages, etc. So the need for chanda is paramount. The question then arises that since the cultists on the Cult website are still waiting for the Imam Mahdi (AS) and Isa (AS), when they ever arrive, how would they spread their message? Will money come down from sky? Or will money grow on trees for their Imam and Messiah?
Allah knows best.
(* The Art of Misinformation: I am adding the below video which very neatly discusses the wider subject of financial sacrifice. Please also see my earlier post Al-Wasiyyat & Chanda: Are they Islamic?)