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Archive for September, 2007

Evolution and the Quran

Friday, September 28th, 2007

The Holy Quran instructs human beings as follows:

Say: Travel in the earth then see how He makes the first creation, then Allah creates the latter creation. Surely Allah is Powerful over all things.” (29:20)

This is what Charles Darwin did. He travelled in the earth and from his scientific observations (“then see”) he deduced what the “first creation” of life must have been like by looking at the “latter creation”. His theory and conclusions may not necessarily be correct in all respects, but what he did corresponds to what this verse tells people to do.

Claim of Promised Messiah as a muhaddath

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Tahir Hussen writes to our blog: 

“(II) Question: A claim to prophethood has been made in Fath-i Islam?

Answer: I have not claimed prophethood. I have only claimed to be a muhaddath (one spoken to by God) and this, too, under the divine command. Muhaddathiyyah undoubtedly contains a strong element of prophethood. Now when true vision is admittedly forty-sixth part of prophethood, what is the harm if muhaddathiyyah, which has been spoken to in the Quran along with prophethood and messengership, and about which an authentic report exists in Sahih al-Bukhari, is styled metaphorical prophethood or an integral element of the excellences of prophethood. Does it amount to a claim to prophethood? After all a complete seal has never been set on the divine revelation after the perfection of the prophethood . . .. O ignorant people! Rivulets of revelation are to flow in this ummah till the day of Resurrection subject, of course, to one’s status.”

(Izalah Auham, September 1891, pp. 421, 422)

When the promised messiah wrote:

“I have not claimed prophethood. I have only claimed to be a muhaddath (one spoken to by God)”,

I wonder why the rabwah make of him a prophet. Are they blind lovers of Mirza Bashir-ud-din Mahmud Ahmad to the extent of accepting a fabrication that brings humiliation to the promised messiah ?!

Another article on importance of Sadr Anjuman

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

In Al-Hakam of 17 September 1907, the importance of the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya is again highlighted by the editor. We quote from it below:

“The time of the coming of the appointed ones of God (mamooreen) is the time for the making and unmaking of communities. At this time too God has sent an appointed one (maamoor) and, as he has himself made known, it is in a state of the utmost powerlessness and humility that he is working for the reform of people. He wants to create a community. It will certainly be created, and blessed will be those who join it. …

To create a living structure for the community the holy Hazrat has laid the foundation of the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya. Now the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya is anxious to create branches of Ahmadi anjumans subordinate to it in different places. Announcements have been published, articles written, letters sent, and much has been done and much still needs to be done. By the grace of God, good results are being obtained by all these plans and efforts. Ahmadi anjumans are being set up. Now that this process has started, it is my duty to make my brethren aware of the problem and tribulation that arises when such anjumans are established. May God safeguard our anjumans from these.

That tribulation and disaster is self interest and selfishness. The creation of the Ahmadi anjumans is not for the sake of any one individual, but is for the benefit of the entire community. So if a person, merely because his proposal or opinion at some meeting is not followed or is opposed, is offended and obstructs the work, then remember that he is guilty of a severe sin in the eyes of God. He wishes to damage the whole community.

What are we individuals worth, and what worth are our opinions? In our work we should show sincerity and seek the pleasure of God. Whoever is made the president or secretary of the assembly should realise that he carries an immense responsibility. In discharging his duties he must bear in mind the principle that the leader of a people is their servant. Those who have elected him president or secretary must make it their rule to obey him in good matters. There must be no dispute among us as to why someone was not given a certain office. Such disputes divide the community, and the community in which these happen deviates far from its real object.” (The bold text here is in bold in the original.)

Again, this shows that the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya was created as the supreme executive in the Ahmadiyya Movement. No article such as the above mention anything about a khilafat to rule the Movement.

Essay Competition from Central Anjuman

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Please see details of an Essay Competition being organised by the Central Anjuman of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement in Lahore at this link. It is a pdf file.

Importance of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

In Al-Hakam of 10th September 1907 there is an article on the front page which shows the important position held by the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya as created by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. It is written by the Editor, Shaikh Yaqub Ali Turab, later a staunch supporter of Mirza Mahmud Ahmad. I quote most of it below:

“Today, not for the first time, but for several years I have been urging that the organised Ahmadi community, just as it is bound in a spiritual relationship, should also be united in a physical sense. It was not me who felt this need but it was felt by the Promised Messiah the very day he announced the arrangements of taking the bai`at by the order of Allah. For the attainment of the benefits that God intends should come through the founding of this Movement, it is necessary to have an organised system.  Many a time, moves were proposed for this, and they had some effect. Ultimately, this tree was planted in the form of the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya by order of the Promised Messiah.

By its nature, the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya requires that there should be associated with it other Anjumans as its subordinates. For this the Secretary of the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya [Note:  This was Maulana Muhammad Ali] has made regular proposals, and done so several times. To fulfil the needs of the community, and to attain the aims and objectives which God has connected with the establishment of this community, it is essential that there must be Ahmadiyya Anjumans in various places and a proper register of members of the Movement. The Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya has prepared and printed the necessary rules and regulations for Ahmadiyya Anjumans, and sent copies of these to various places. Those who need more of them should apply to the office of the Secretary, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, and obtain them, and very soon inform that they have created Anjumans under these rules.

When organised Anjumans are established, those problems and difficulties that arise daily will not arise again because the community as a whole will be aware of those problems and will have the opportunity to devise and act on proposals to meet the arising needs.”