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December 8th, 2018

Message from Muslim in Portugal

A message was received at one of our websites on 5 December 2018 from a Muslim brother in Portugal, which we reproduce below with his permission.


I am a Twelver Shia Sufi Muslim. I am also an Islamic scholar and researcher of Islam and its sciences. I am also a researcher of Christianity, Hinduism, world history, international politics, and Neoplatonic Philosophy.

But I am first and foremost a Muslim, a true monotheist, and I do not ascribe partners to Allah Ta'ala.

And my sole authority is the Holy Quran, though I accept those Hadeeth attributed to Prophet Muhammad that match with the Book of Allah, Subhana-hu wa Ta'ala.

Now, the purpose of this letter is just to salute you and commend you. I consider you as 100% Muslims and it would be an honour to perform Salah behind an Imam of yours and to eat meat slaughtered by you.

I know with some degree of certainty the differences between your Movement, the Lahore Ahmadiyyah Movement (LAM), and the Ahmadiyyah Muslim Community (AMC).

You believe, like the Sunnis and the Shias, that Muhammad (saw) is the last Prophet sent by Allah Tabarak wa Ta'ala to all Mankind and so you belong to Mainstream Islam.

Regarding the AMC, they believe that Muhammad (saw) is the final Law-giving Prophet, the final major Prophet and the final Messenger. But they believe in the possibility of very small prophets belonging from the Muslim Ummah, who are totally submitted to the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad. These very small prophets they call “Ummati Nabi”.

Though I reject the AMC’s concept of “Ummati Nabi”, I also consider them as Muslims, and I would have no problem to pray behind them and to eat the meat they slaughter.

My justification for accepting the AMC as Muslims is the following:

If we were to consider the AMC as non-Muslims because they believe in the false concept of “Ummati Nabi”, then we would have to consider the Wahhabis as apostates and mushrik because they wrongly ascribe to Almighty Allah, hands, feet, face, and so on, while Allah is neither matter nor spirit, being totally transcendent, transcending even His Holy Names.

But I consider the Wahhabis as Muslims and I even pray behind them and eat the meat they slaughter, although here in Portugal the Wahhabi Community is almost non-existent.

The problem of nowadays Muslims is that they do not respect the minor differences each Muslim group has! Respecting these minor differences does not mean that one has to agree with these differences! One may disagree with them but we must respect them. And this has to be done peacefully.

I have some beliefs that are shared with you, and I have some beliefs which you may not share with me. These are:

— The correct punishment for Zina is 100 lashes, as prescribed by Surah An-Nur. In Islam, there was not, there is not, and there will never be, stoning to death.

— The Arabic Quran we have, including the zabar, zer, pesh, is the same Arabic Quran Prophet Muhammad left. This is clearly stated in Surah 75. Rasul-ullah (saw) left the Arabic Quran we have now, in written form, many months before his demise. So I dismiss completely those false theories that say that it was first Abu Bakr and then Uthman who collected the Quran! Prophet Muhammad wrote himself the Arabic Quran we have now under the guidance of Angel Gabriel (as), and he had a committee of scribes who, under the Prophet’s instructions, also wrote the Quran. Whenever Gabriel (as) brought a new revelation, he (as) would tell the Prophet (saw) where should it be placed in the written Quran. And when the revelation of the Quran ended, Gabriel (as) taught Muhammad (saw) the proper compilation of the Quran. So, one or two years before the demise of Muhammad (saw), the Arabic Quran was already in official written form. Narrations tell us that Prophet Muhammad placed one copy of the written Quran in his Masjid, so every Muslim could copy from it.

— The Holy Quran was revealed in the Arabic Language. Allah Tabarak wa Ta'ala explained in detail in the Holy Quran why He, the Only Reality, revealed His Book in Arabic. Our Master Muhammad (saw) knew only this language, and prior to the revelation, he could neither read nor write. But the purpose of the Holy Quran is for It to be properly translated into the languages of the world, so both Arabs and non-Arabs can have equal access to the Book of Allah Ta'ala. One who reads the Arabic Quran, without understanding Arabic, is performing a very good deed because he is reading the Word of Allah Ta'ala. But one who reads a good translation of the Holy Quran in one's mother tongue is performing by far a more valuable deed than the one who reads in Arabic without understanding it. Because the purpose of the Quran is to be a message to all Mankind and Jinn. And in order for the Quran to reach all Mankind, it has to be properly translated. Muhammad (saw) himself gave the example when, after the Quran was complete, he ordered Salman Farsi to translate the whole Quran to Persian. Salman did so and Rasul-ullah (saw) approved his translation. During Islamic history, many Awliya-allah supported the reading of the translation of the Quran in one’s mother tongue. Some of them are Rumi, Shah Waliullah Dehlavi and Allama Iqbal.

Now, I would like to know what is your view on Tasawwuf and on Wahdatal Wujud.

I end this letter by saying that this is a letter of support for your group even though we have minor differences of opinion.

Sufi Riaz Ali Carmali.

October 31st, 2018

Asia Bibi acquitted by Pakistan Supreme Court

The BBC news report of this judgment on its news website begins as follows:

A Pakistani court has overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, a case that has polarised the nation.

Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours.

She always maintained her innocence, but has spent most of the past eight years in solitary confinement.

The landmark ruling has already set off violent protests by hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws.

See this link for the full BBC news report.

Link to the pdf file of the judgment of the Supreme Court.

In the first line of the Judgment and on p. 2 under point number 2, the word Kalimah is spelt as Qalimah!

October 29th, 2018

Centenary of the end of the First World War

The centenary of the end of the First World War is being marked this November in various countries, principally in the UK.
 
In 2014, when the centenary of its start was being commemorated, I compiled an article, referring to a prophecy of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad which he wrote in a poem in 1905. I have revised that article, and it is at this link.
 
I hope it is of interest and relevance at the present time.
 
— Zahid Aziz
October 15th, 2018

Death of a good friend

I would like to write a few words about my friend Dr Arshad Hussain, who passed away on 8th October 2018 — inna li-llahi wa inna ilai-hi rajiun.

Here is a screen shot from a webpage about him at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, where he was Professor.

There is series of interviews with him on Youtube, the first of which is at this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEpK5PiAsl8

My introduction to him took place as follows.

It was around the year 1990, when no websites existed. The Internet did exist in an early form, providing communication between academic institutions in Western countries. One of its features was known as ‘usenet’ discussion groups. There was a vast number of such groups, each dealing with some topic of discussion, on which messages could be posted by those few who had Internet access. Among the groups there were some known as cultural societies, and one of these was called soc.culture.pakistan. I used to contribute to it on topics relating to Islam and the Ahmadiyya Movement.

One day I received an e-mail (since the e-mail addresses of the contributors appeared with their messages) from a person unknown to me with the simple question: “Are you grandson of Dr Allah Bakhsh?” I replied with astonishment, asking him how could he possibly know? He then introduced himself as Arshad Hussain, Ph.D. student at New York Polytechnic, whose father, Sheikh Muhammad Hussain, had been treasurer of the Central Anjuman Lahore. From my messages to that group he had deduced that I was a member of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat, although I had never said this in the discussions, and he further guessed that I might be grandson of Dr Allah Bakhsh. We had some further exchange of e-mails at that time and there the contact ended.

Many years later, when I was visiting Lahore in October and November 2010, I gave a presentation at Darus Salaam about our 1985 Cape Town court case, as it was the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of that case. Arshad Hussain was in the audience and he came up to me after my talk. He was then the Head of the Lahore campus of his University. He arranged with me that on a convenient day he would take me to his University and show me around. On that visit, he took me into his office where we talked about the developments in the telecommunications field since the days when we were on the usenet group mentioned above, and we also talked about the history of Islam in recent times in the Indian subcontinent, and he told me of a book he was reading on this subject. He took me down to the area where staff and students were having lunch and told me that they don’t have separate tables for staff, so that the staff and the students are mixed with each other when sitting at lunch. He told me of their security concerns and the precautions they need to take due to threats of terrorist violence from fundamentalist groups. These groups are opposed to both modern education and mixed male/female education of the kind that they had at his institution.

It so happened that Dr Arshad Hussain was due that day to open a new computer lab for students, in which there are computers with the software installed that they require to do their courses. He honoured me with the privilege of conducting the opening, and I cut the ribbon, declaring the lab open, and spoke to the technical staff present there about their computer installation, comparing with my own experience in my University in England.

I am, consequently, terribly sad to hear of his death at an unexpectedly early age. He was an expert in his field and also well-informed about Islamic matters and issues concerning our Jamaat. As a human being, he was very humble, friendly and hospitable. May Allah grant him forgiveness and protection, and admit him into His great mercy to join His righteous servants, ameen!

— Zahid Aziz

September 21st, 2018

Book ‘Islam Our Choice’: the full edition vis-a-vis the “abridged” edition in general circulation

At this link of the Woking Muslim Mission history website, I have uploaded both of these editions and brought out a certain point for comparison.

— Zahid Aziz

July 31st, 2018

Lahore Ahmadiyya Community and coming of Mujaddids

Abdul Bashir has submitted the following for this blog:

Lahore Ahmadiyya Community Admits a Mujaddid for the 15th Century will not come

https://youtu.be/4BJDTJK7m_k?t=13m35s

Transcription:

And I would say that for as long that as our Jamaat continues to look at its self, and others and carries on, this, system of reform that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad the Promised Messiah has setup.  Perhaps that there is maybe no need for a Mujaddid to come, because reform is being done

July 6th, 2018

Qadianis claim that court in Malaysia declared them as Muslims, when in fact they said to court: We are non-Muslims!

Today, 6th July 2018, Qadianis are claiming that a court in Malaysia has declared them as Muslim. See, for example, the facebook page Faizan e Ahmadiyyat.

Yet if you look at the link to a Malaysian newspaper given on the above facebook page, the news report says:

Thirty-nine members of the sect had challenged JAIS [Selangor Islamic Religious Department] for trying to charge them with shariah offences, on the basis that Islamic authorities in Selangor do not recognise Ahmadiah Muslims as Muslims.

The court ruled that the Selangor Islamic religious authorities have no jurisdiction over Ahmadi Muslims in the state.

In his submission previously, Paiva [lawyer for the Qadianis] said the community should be allowed to practise their faith since they were not considered Muslims by Selangor.

He said Jais could not attempt to charge the community with shariah offences when they had refused to recognise the Muslim sect as adherents.

“On the one hand, you say they are not Muslims; on the other hand, you are arresting them and taking them to the Shariah Court to face charges,” Paiva said.

So what happened was that the Qadianis went to court against the Selangor Islamic authorities saying: You can't charge us with committing offences against Islamic Shariah because you consider us as non-Muslims.

In another Malaysian newspaper the report begins:

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 ― The Shah Alam High Court decided today that the Shariah Court has no jurisdiction over members of the Ahmadiyya community, as the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) has refused to recognise the Muslim sect as adherents.

What it means is that if a Qadiani commits an act which is an offence in Islamic Shariah (though not against the secular law of the land), he cannot be charged by the Islamic authorities because the jurisdiction of these authorities is limited only to Muslims!

— Zahid Aziz

June 17th, 2018

Lecture in 1898 by Maulvi Abdul Karim of Sialkot on claims and work of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

In the year 1900, when the Urdu book Sīrat Masīḥ Mau‛ūd (Character and example of the Promised Messiah) by Maulvi Abdul Karim of Sialkot was published, after covering the topic of the title, the book included the text of a public lecture given by the author in 1898 on the subject: 'What reform work has been carried out by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad'.

This section of almost 70 pages is well worth reading. Therefore I have made it available at this link.

— Zahid Aziz

June 14th, 2018

Eid-ul-Fitr message by Dr A.K. Saeed, Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement

Here is the Eid-ul-Fitr Message, June 2018, of Hazrat Ameer Dr A.K. Saeed, Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.