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Alhamdulillah, the readership of this blog grows with each month. Ramadan has been a particularly blessed month in this regard – as in many other ways. The blog enjoys a modest, yet healthy following on twitter which is bursting with Ahmadis championing the dignity of the Jama’at. One such person felt compelled to send me the below post last night. May Almighty Allah bless him and all those individuals who are constantly e-mailing me dozens of messages literally every day. Such is the love that Ahmadis have for the Imam of the Age (‘alayhi al-salam). I would also like to add that after receiving hundreds of comments, articles, tweets, and e-mails I can honestly say that I have only received one single message which was inappropriate. The adab of the Ahmadi Muslims is quite extraordinary – May Almighty Allah bless you all.
By L Ahmed 08
I accidentally stumbled upon an anti-Ahmadi site a few months ago. At first it seemed like just another regular anti-Ahmadi website with hate-filled material, but then I read a few articles and it was clear that someone had done some research using historical articles. Well, to cut a long story short, I was still not convinced by the content. I decided to read some of the comments posted by visitors to the site and it was at this point that my journey to becoming a better Ahmadi Muslim began. The comments were full of hurtful and disparaging remarks about the Promised Messiah (as), my beloved Khalifa (atba) and his predecessors (May Allah be Pleased with them), all people dear to my heart. The comments also claimed that I, as an Ahmadi, was ”brainwashed” and should ”come back to Islam.”
Ultimately, by saying something so negative and rude against the person who I believe to be the Promised Messiah (as), they had already lost my attention. That alone was enough for me to not continue. But hey, I am a curioius person, and so dug a bit deeper. I was led to a video of some Maulvi and on the recommended videos section noticed other less than pleasing and disparaging clips from the same maulvi. Put bluntly, their strategy to convince me I was on the wrong path failed. They can call me ”brainwashed”, but they simply aren’t attracting me to come to their ”version” of Islam. Perhaps those kinds of phrases give the people on those sites some sort of a kick, but to me, it clearly tells me not to join their ”version of Islam” because that would mean that I am required to also hate others and call them and their Holy Personalities disgusting names. As an apparently ”brainwashed” Ahmadi, I simply do not have the capacity for this kind of hatred and bitterness. The reality is, however, that anybody can call me ”brainwashed”, but this doesn’t make it so – in fact, the ancestors of these people have been calling Ahmadis far worse for years.
Another question on my mind was: why are these people stressing so much over the Jamaat? Why not let Allah take care of it, if there is really something to be taken care of?Or better yet, instead of adopting hate and bitterness, why not try praying to Allah (the Almighty God believed in by the Muslims)? Was this their only way of demonstrating how Islam should be spread – I asked myself? As an Ahmadi, I look towards the Khalifatul Masih (atba) for guidance, and he keeps telling us to pray to Almighty Allah and that all our tears should be presented before the Lord of all the Worlds. Our Khalifa (atba) has never asked me to use the internet to write rude and disparaging remarks about non-Ahmadi Islamic societies or scholars. And let’s be honest about this – the amount of negative information that could draw upon in this regard is so much that it would make what they write about Ahmadis seem like nothing at all. Clearly, after being given the choice by Almighty Allah, I chose to stay right where I am in a Jamaat whose Khalifa (atba) guides me properly – in a wholly spiritually manner.
Another set of people I find difficult to understand are those who sometimes claim they are no longer Ahmadis, but choose to remain Ahmadis despite apparently loosing their faith in the Promised Messiah (as). Firstly, I would like to thank them for their continued service to the Jamaat during Jalsa duty and other events. Much appreciated, volunteers are always required. But in all seriousness, I know that sometimes they remain in the Jamaat due to family pressures, but guess what? When they meet their Creator, using the good old ‘family pressures’ excuse simply won’t fly. To me, this kind of behavior invites the title of ”munafiqin” (hypocrites) on them. But hey, I am not one to judge, they are the ones who claim to know more about Islam than ”brainwashed” Ahmadis – so let them decide. As for those few Ahmadi Muslims who are upset for whatever reason, well I can’t make you feel better or heal your wounds, but I know something that can. Read the Holy Quran, read the ahadith, read about our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW), read about Khulafa-e-Rashideen (ra), read about Promised Messiah (as), read about Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyyat. The Al Islam
website is full of all this information – make use of it. Ahmadis read the same Quran and the same Sahih Bukhari that all Muslims read.
Another issue which has me confused is that the anti-Ahmadis do not seem to be united in their beliefs – in fact, what exactly are their beliefs? Do they want me to become a sunni, shia, deobandi, etc? There is no set standard on what to follow if someone leaves the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Sometimes they advise that if we don’t like a non-Ahmadi Mosque then we should just hop to the next one until we find one we do like! That’s pretty uninviting to Islam if you ask me. Why can’t all Mosques spread the same message? Why do I need to hunt for a mosque which spreads the message that I would like to hear? Some non-Ahmadis still believe that Prophet Jesus (as) is alive up there and some that he is dead. Some believe that a Messiah is going to come in the later days and some believe no Messiah will ever come. Another question that follows on from this is: what comes next after they are done with the Ahmadis? Will they target Shias, Sufis, Ismailis? They should really clarify exactly what their intentions are and where they want ”brainwashed” Ahmadis to go – I’m a bit confused by them at the moment. It seems like I have good direction where I am and that they are in fact inviting me to jump into a frying-pan of divided groups. So for the moment, I’m pretty happy with what I follow and where I am, Alhamdulillah.
And so you see, I for one would like to thank the online anti-Ahmadis movements for making me a stronger Ahmadi Muslim. I really appreciate it. I have become a lot more diligent in my prayers and my prayers are full of suplications for the success of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Alhamdulillah, the majority of the credit goes to my beloved Khalifa (atba) and the amazing Ahmadi Ullama, but some definitely goes to the anti-Ahmadis for refortifying my wholehearted belief that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only community that follows Islam as it should be followed. They have allowed me to clearly see the contrast between light and darkness. So you see, continued activities and hate campaigns will only make my belief in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community stronger. I will continue to say no thank you to any version of Islam which forces me to spread hatred. Almighty Allah is watching everything they do and He is watching everything we Ahmadis do; and indeed He is the best of Judges. God Bless.
(The author of this post asked me to mention that he refrained from using any Qur’anic quotations and references as he knows that any anti-Ahmadi reading the post will follow the usual pattern of reinterpreting such references to support their own goals.