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June 17th, 2007

Trick arguments

Here is just one example of a “trick” argument used by the Qadiani Jama`at missionaries. A member of our Jama`at had a dream in which Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad appeared and said: You belong to my Umma.

Our member mentioned this dream to a Qadiani missionary. He immediately said: “What more do you need! This proves to you that Hazrat Mirza sahib was a prophet because you belong to his Umma.

The trick in this argument is, of course, that the Qadiani Jama`at members themselves do not believe that they belong to an Umma started by the prophet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. While themselves not believing this, they are presenting it as an argument to convince one of our members. This is a typical trick. From their mighty Khalifa down to their most subservient member, not one of them would ever say to the general Muslims: We are the Umma of the prophet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

As to this term itself, I said to our member that the Umma mentioned in the dream could be the Umma of this verse:

“And from among you there should be an Umma who invite to good and enjoin the right and forbid the wrong. And these are they who are successful.” (3:104)

Umma here means a party from among the Muslims, and not an Umma founded by a prophet. This, I said, is the Umma to which you belong, founded by the Mujaddid Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

I could also say that dreams or visions cannot override established beliefs (apart from the fact that the dream of an ordinary person is unreliable in any case). As Hazrat Mirza sahib himself declared, even if he had thousands of revelations that Jesus has died, they would have no value whatsoever if the Quran said the opposite.

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