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Message from Muslim in Portugal

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

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.

Asia Bibi acquitted by Pakistan Supreme Court

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

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!

Death of a good friend

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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

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

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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

A short reading from ‘Islam, Peace and Tolerance’ on BBC Radio 4

Monday, May 28th, 2018

There was a programme on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 27th May, in a series entitled Something Understood, on the topic of 'Righteous Anger', presented by a retired famous BBC correspondent Sir Mark Tully. It contained a short reading from my book Islam, Peace and Tolerance, from the beginning of chapter 7 ('Muslim Anger'). The programme producers had contacted me in advance to obtain permission.

At this link on the website of the BBC you can read the programme synopsis.

You can listen to the programme from this link, but need to register an account at the BBC and sign in to it. The reading from my book begins at 18:48.

If you scroll further down the above page, then under "Readings" you will see:

"Title: Islam, Peace and Tolerance

Author: Zahid Aziz

Published by Ahmadiyya Anjuman Lahore"

Mirza Mazhar Jan-e-Janan (d. 1780) on prophets in ancient Hinduism

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

Mirza Mazhar Jan-e-Janan (1699-1780) was a famous Sufi poet of Delhi. It is said that he is recognized as one of the four pillars of eighteenth century Urdu poetry alongside with Sauda, Mir Taqi Mir and Khwaja Mir Dard.

Regarding the Hindu religion he expressed the views that:

  • "God had sent a holy book by the name of Veda for the correction of their world through an angel called Brahma,"
  • "prior to the birth of Islam, God had indeed sent Prophets to India and that their activities have been recorded in the holy books of the Indians."
  • "the general mercy of God did not forget the humanity of this vast landmass"

See this article in The South Asian Tribune from 2010.

His statements about the Divine origin of the Hindu religion are in a letter to a disciple, which is found in a collection of his letters. Here is the link to that Urdu book (see Letter no. 14 on pages 92-95).

Photos and brief video clips from the Berlin Mosque renovation ceremony, 17 April 2018

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

With the completion of the renovation of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Mosque in Berlin (built 1927), a ceremony was held on 17th April 2018 to mark this event.

Here is a link to a pdf document with some photographs of the occasion and links to two brief video clips.

Zahid Aziz

Can a “saved” Christian even commit murder?

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Submitted by Abdul Momin.


Billy Graham, a very prominent American evangelist and who had close connections with several American Presidents, recently passed away.

Although I am not aware of anything negative that Billy Graham may have said concerning Islam, his son Franklin Graham after 9/11 once called Islam "a very evil and wicked religion".

An article about the life of Billy Graham appeared on MSN at the time of his death. In this article Billy Graham is said to have been "saved" after attending a preacher's sessions in 1934. He is then said to have made a "decision for Christ."

What is very interesting is how he felt after this conversion. The article states:

Returning home with a friend that night, Mr. Graham said, he thought: “Now I’ve gotten saved. Now whatever I do can’t unsave me. Even if I killed somebody, I can’t ever be unsaved now.”

While Billy Graham may never have killed anybody in his life, apparently being "saved" by Jesus saved him from eternal damnation, even if he killed someone. It seems that Jesus would unburden a Christian of his sin even if that person killed someone. However this concession or tolerance is not available to people of other faiths. 

I do not recall ever reading that Jesus made killing of humans lawful.

Answer to allegation that wife-beating is approved in Bukhari

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Critics of Islam have widely circulated a hadith report from Bukhari to allege that when a woman, who had been badly beaten by her husband, complained to the Prophet Muhammad, he sided with her husband and told her to have sexual relations with him, and said that she could not get divorce from him despite his beating her.

I have composed a refutation of these allegations, for which please visit this link.

I am sure Muslims in general will be interested to read my article. Opponents of the Ahmadiyya Movement should be particularly interested, if their opposition to Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad springs from their love of the Holy Prophet of Islam. I would welcome any comments, corrections, suggestions for improvement, etc.

Zahid Aziz