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January 8th, 2014

Maulana Nur-ud-Din’s concept of freedom and holding of differences

At this link I am providing the initial part of an article by Hazrat Maulana Nur-ud-Din addressed to the Ahmadiyya community in January 1909 (Badr, 14 January 1909). It begins:

"As far as I have read the Holy Quran and pondered on it, Allah in the Quran grants freedom and liberty to people.  [Then he quotes some verses.] There are many verses of this kind, which show that the existence of difference of opinion is extremely important in the world. Since God Himself does not intend there to be unanimity, how can reformers in this world remove differences?"

At the bottom of the first column he says:

"The summary is that every person is free as regards his beliefs, words and deeds, on condition that this does not harm anyone else or even his own self. Otherwise he is not free."

This is a preamble to his main subject relating to donations to the Jamaat.

Can anyone imagine a later khalifa of the Qadiani Jamaat presenting this concept of freedom of the individual to his Jamaat and mentioning the importance of difference of opinion?

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