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May 22nd, 2020

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

Here is the Eid-ul-Fitr Message, May 2020, by Hazrat Ameer Dr A.K. Saeed, Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.

April 23rd, 2020

Ramadan 2020

Welcome to the Ramadan Daily Quran Studies for 2020

For these studies, added daily during Ramadan:

Please visit www.aaiil.uk/ramadan-2020

or see embedded page below (and use its scroll bars).

March 26th, 2020

Message regarding COVID 19 from Head of Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, Dr A.K. Saeed

At this link please hear a message from the Head of Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, Dr A.K. Saeed, regarding the worldwide COVID 19 virus.

March 24th, 2020

Coronavirus: Message from Lahore Centre of AAIIL

The following is a message from the General Secretary of AAIIL, Lahore, Pakistan, about the Coronavirus.

Assalamu Alaikum,

We hope and pray that every member of our Jamaat is safe and negative in test. This is a trying time for the world and for us also. Let’s pray together for forgiveness and let’s stay united. Please do update us on developments and happenings in your area and if someone needs any assistance.

We at the Central Anjuman have taken some measures for the safety of our members in Darus Salam and request you all to take precautionary measures at your places and look after those who need assistance of any sort. We will appreciate if you keep us posted and we will do whatever we can in our capacity as a Jamaat.

Also please plan to keep a fast on any day as Allah loves mujahida and there can be nothing better than a Roza.

Salam to everyone and prayers for your well-being.

Warm Regards,
General Secretary,
Ahmadiyya Anjuman Lahore,
generalsecretaryaaiil@gmail.com

March 7th, 2020

Sample from forthcoming publication about Buddha’s prophecies

At this link, I am providing a few pages from the beginning and the end of a new edition of the section relating to Buddhist scriptures from the book Muhammad in World Scriptures. I had been working on it, on and off, for some years but have recently concentrated on it much more.

The author, Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi (d. 1977), has written in some places, and in fact he told me himself, that the objective of our Movement is to provide evidence on three points: (1) The existence and oneness of God, (2) the Quran being a revelation from God, and (3) the truth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

His whole book gives into the hands of Muslims arguments they can present to the world to both establish the truth of Islam and to create harmony between Muslims and followers of other religions.

If any Muslim wishes to revile or abuse us, it matters little to us. They can still use the results of our work.

— Zahid Aziz.

January 27th, 2020

Use of word ‘rasul’ in Sahih Bukhari and Abu Dawud

1. A man said to the Holy Prophet:

فَقَالَ الرَّجُلُ آمَنْتُ بِمَا جِئْتَ بِهِ، وَأَنَا رَسُولُ مَنْ وَرَائِي مِنْ قَوْمِي

“I believe in what you have been sent with, and I am a messenger (rasul) of my people whom I have left behind.” (Bukhari, hadith 63)

2. A man was sent to Abu Bakr with a command from the Holy Prophet. The man was called the messenger.

فَأَتَاهُ الرَّسُولُ

“So the messenger (rasul) came to him (Abu Bakr)” (Bukhari, hadith 678).

3. Regarding the same incident:

فَأَتَاهُ الرَّسُولُ فَقَالَ إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَأْمُرُكَ أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ بِالنَّاسِ‏.‏

“So the messenger (rasul) came to him and said: The Messenger of Allah commands you to lead people in prayer” (Bukhari, hadith 687).

4. Uthman sent a messenger to call someone to him:

جَاءَ رَسُولُ عُثْمَانَ

“the messenger (rasul) of Uthman came…” (Bukhari, hadith 3696).

5. The Holy Prophet sent a man with a message to Ka‘b ibn Malik. Ka‘b narrated this incident, saying:

إِذَا رَسُولُ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَأْتِينِي

“when the messenger (rasul) of the messenger (rasul) of Allah came to me” (Bukhari, hadith 4418).

6. When the Holy Prophet called various clans of the Quraish to gather to listen to him:

أَرْسَلَ رَسُولاً لِيَنْظُرَ مَا هُوَ

Those who could not come “sent a messenger (rasul) to see what it was” (Bukhari, hadith 4770).

7. When the Holy Prophet asked Mu‘adh ibn Jabal certain questions and was pleased with his replies, he said:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي وَفَّقَ رَسُولَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ لِمَا يُرْضِي رَسُولَ اللَّهِ

“Praise be to Allah Who granted the messenger (rasul) of the messenger (rasul) of Allah that which pleases the messenger (rasul) of Allah” (book: ‘Judges’, ch. 11, hadith 3592)

January 17th, 2020

Latest addition to our website

Those readers interested in the pre-1914 Ahmadiyya beliefs about the claims of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad may find useful the latest addition to our website, which is accessible from this page of contents.

November 10th, 2019

Book ‘The Prophet Promised in World Scriptures’ by Ali Unal and Harun Gultekin

Please see at this link a brief note which I have prepared on the book The Prophet Promised in World Scriptures, a 2013 publication by two Turkish authors, Ali Unal and Harun Gultekin. This book covers the same subject and ground as Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi’s book Muhammad in World Scriptures, a Lahore Ahmadiyya publication.

What is most remarkable is that this book frequently mentions Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi and his book, and fully acknowledges making use of it. Such acknowledgement is quite rare to see in writings by Muslims who use material from his book. The authors have also added their own discussion and analysis of the subject, so this book (unlike other such writings) is not merely a copy of the Maulana’s book. Our congratulations to these authors!

— Zahid Aziz

October 29th, 2019

Qadiani Jamaat translation of a statement in ‘Haqiqat-ul-Wahy’

In the Lahore Ahmadiyya literature, a statement by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad from an Arabic section in his (largely) Urdu book Haqiqat-ul-Wahy has long been given as follows:

“And I have been called nabi by Allah by way of metaphor, not by way of reality.”

(Haqiqat-ul-Wahy, Zameema, pp. 64–65; Ruhani Khaza’in, v. 22, pp. 688–689).

Our friend Kamrul Hasan Siam came across the Qadiani Jamaat English translation of the complete book Haqiqat-ul-Wahy and searched for long to find this statement in it, and failing to find it he then asked me where it was. So I looked in the Qadiani English translation and found it in the following words:

“I have been granted the name ‘Prophet’ by Allah, not in its original sense [of being raised independently], but as a subordinate Prophet.” (p. 878)

The statement in Hazrat Mirza sahib’s book is exactly as we have been translating it, the word for metaphor being majaz and the word for reality being haqiqat. A person being called “prophet” by way of metaphor means that he is not a prophet, and Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad has made this point further clear by adding: “not by way of reality.”

If there could be any doubt about what he means by metaphor and reality, it is removed by his expla­nation, earlier in the same book, of how prophets of God were called as ‘sons of God’. He writes:

“In the earlier scriptures the perfectly righteous ones have been called sons of God. This also did not mean that in reality (haqiqat) they were sons of God, for this is heresy and God is clear of having sons and daughters. The meaning is, in fact, that God had manifested Himself as an image in the clear mirror of (the hearts of) these perfectly righteous ones. …

As to Jesus being called son of God in the Gospels, if Christians had remained within the limit of saying that just as Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon etc. were called sons of God in a metaphorical (isti‘arah) sense in the books of God, in the same way is Jesus so called, then there would have been no objection. For, just as these prophets were called son metaphorically in the books of the earlier prophets, our Holy Prophet has been called God in some prophecies. The fact is that neither were all those prophets sons of God, nor is the Holy Prophet God. All these are meta­phorical expressions based on love.”

(Haqiqat-ul-Wahy, pp. 63–64; Ruhani Khaza’in, v. 22, p. 65–66).

Just as, in the earlier scriptures, prophets had been called ‘sons of God’ or even ‘God’ metaphorically, similarly it was by way of metaphor that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was called ‘prophet’ in his revelation and in a Hadith prophecy about him. According to Islam, the prophets did not become sons of God or God in reality by any stretch of the imagination. However, Christians took Jesus for son of God in reality, which was a great error. This amply illustrates what is meant by meta­phor as opposed to reality. Similarly, Hazrat Mirza sahib was not a prophet in reality, and it is a great error to consider him so.

It is clear that the Qadiani translation of this statement has no justification whatsoever. They have converted “prophet by way of reality” into “independent prophet” and converted “being called prophet by way of metaphor” into “being a subordinate prophet”, while the statement contains no mention of independent or subordinate at all.

— Zahid Aziz