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Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam vs. Qadiani / Rabwah
People, most probably, may not be aware that there are two sections of the Ahmadiyya Movement, viz., Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-i-Islam Lahore, the head quarters of which is in Lahore, Pakistan. The other section is the Qadiani Jamaat, the headquarters of which is in Rabwah, Pakistan.
The Qadiani Jamaat believes that all Muslims who have not entered in the Bai'at (pledge) of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement are kafirs and out of the pail of Islam, even though these Muslims never heard the name of the Founder or even though they may be believing in the Founder's truthfulness. The crux of the matter according to the Qadiani Jamaat is the formal entry in the Bai'at of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement on the terms of belief entertained and preached by them.
As against the above Qadiani belief, the Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat believes that every person who recites 'Kalimah-e-Tayyebah ["There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah" (La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammad-ur rasul-ullah) The Pronouncement of the Faith of Islam.] is a Muslim, no matter to what sect he belongs to and no matter whether he believes in the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement or not. According to them non-belief in a Mujaddid or Promised Messiah is simply a sin like many other sins for which a person is accountable to Allah, but one is not thrown out of the pail of Islam, nor does one become a kafir by committing a sin.
The issue of Takfir-e-Muslimeen was the first difference of belief which arose amongst the members of the Ahmadiyya Movement after the passing away of the Founder of the Movement, and ultimately it led to the Split of the Movement into two sections.
1) "It is my faith since the very beginning that no one is rendered kafir by not believing in my claims. (Taryaq-ul-Qulub, p. 130).
Now look at his two Persian verses rendered into English hereunder:
1) O Brothers, why are you calling a reciter of Kalimah a kafir - If you have any fear of Allah then dig out the roots of your own kufr [state of being a kafir] from your person.
In this article Mian Mahmud Ahmad wrote:
" ... so not only that person who does not call the Promised Messiah a 'kafir' but does not accept his claim to be "Promised Messiah", has been declared a 'kafir', but even that person also, who secretly considers the Promised Messiah as true in his claims, and even does not openly deny it but is reluctant to give a pledge (Baiat) has been shown as a kafir." (Tash-heezul Azhan - April 1911, p. 141).
The article of Mian Mahmud Ahmad created commotion not only in Ahmadees, but also among all the Muslims of India. At that time, Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din Sahib was conducting a preaching tour of India. Now wherever he went for a lecture or speech, people confronted him with questions about this article and enquired as to whether a person who does not believe in Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib is considered a Muslim by the Ahmadis or not?
In order to set the matter at rest Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, with the permission and under the signature of Maulana Noor-ud-Din Sahib, issued a proclamation where-in he offered an interpretation of the word kufr' used in the article by Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad. The proclamation read:
"...Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad, the son of my late lmam [i.e., Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad], has used the word kafir in his magazine Tasheezul Azhan' for those who do not believe in the Promised Messiah. I have read this magazine and I don't find any ground for so much of hue and cry being raised on this, as in Arabic language kufr' means denying and 'kafir' means one who denies. It appears to me that the son of the Founder has used the word 'kafir' in this sense of a denier, or else if the word 'kafir' be taken as meaning out of the pail of Islam' like Hindus and Christians, then neither mine nor Mian Mahmud Ahmad Sahib's opinion in this matter has any worth when the late Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib never called those who did not believe in him, to be kafir or out of the pail of Islam."
I approve it - you may
The publication of this proclamation would have mitigated the ill-effects of Mian Mahmud Ahmad's articles, but most unfortunately the arrogant Mian Mahmud Ahmad interjected in these words after its publication:
"What right he (Khwaja Sahib) has to explain meanings of my articles during my lifetime. If he had any doubts he could have made enquiries from me, because it is my belief that all Muslims who do not believe in the Promised Messiah are kafirs and are out of the pail of Islam'."
Assertion of this belief of Takfir-e-Muslimeen' by Mian Mahmud Ahmad caused the first wedge in the ranks of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. These differences had not yet been resolved that Hazrat Maulana Nur-ud-Din Sahib passed away in 1914 and Mian Mahmud Ahmad was proclaimed as Khalifah in his place.
"Since quite some time this Jamaat (Ahmadiyya) has been divided into two groups because of the differences on the issue of Takfir. One group believes that non-Ahmadi Muslims too are Muslims even though they don't believe in the claims of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib, while the other group openly proclaims that those who do not believe in Hazrat Mirza Sahib are kafir. Mirza Basheer-ud-din Mahmud Ahmad is the leader of the latter group and they have now declared him as their Khalifah, but the first group does not recognise him. The articles published by Maulana Muhammad Ali in this behalf and the unparalleled courage and boldness with which he had expressed his opinion while residing in Qadian is in fact an event which will go down in the history as the greatest event of this year." (Al-Hilal, 25th March, 1914).
And who was this Maulana Muhammad Ali? Not an ordinary man. Maulana Muhammad Ali was the secretary general of the Saddar Anjuman Ahmadiyya at Qadian, during the lifetime of the Founder and Maulana Nur-ud-Din. He was the editor of the Review of Religions and later had the distinction of being the first Muslim who translated the Holy Quran into English. Parents entertain great hopes of a bright career of their sons on completion of their education. Maulana Muhammad Ali obtained M.A. 1st class, 1st in Mathematics from the Punjab University [Lahore (now in Pakistan)] and earned a Gold Medal. After that he did his law degree from the same University with distinction and made preparation for starting his legal practice. On a visit to his spiritual leader, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib, he found that the Promised Messiah desired that he dedicate his life to the service of Islam, rather than going after worldly gains, and this great man left everything - the career in legal profession, his parents, relations, property, everything, and dedicated his life to the cause of Islam. He accepted a humble life in Qadian at an inkling of his Imam. And what type of a person he was, let none but the Promised Messiah testify:
"During this period, that is from the time he began staying with me, I have studied him both outwardly and inwardly and have found him to be a very superior person in his character and gentleness. He is humble, modest, righteous and an internally pious person. He is a man possessed of many enviable qualities ..." (Majmua Ishteharaat, Vol. 3, p. 137).
This was the man -- Muhammad Ali -- and now this man was confronted with the problem of safeguarding the sanctity of the Kalimah-e-Tayyabah and preserving the true teachings of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement which were being rocked at the hands of none but the son of the Founder. The decision was not easy to make. It demanded great sacrifices. It meant bidding goodbye to a Jamaat of six hundred thousand members, including friends and relations, literature, established centre and organisational structure, which he had helped raise with his sweat and blood and for just safeguarding the sanctity of the Kalimah-e-Tayyabah and preserving the teachings of the Promised Messiah. But this great man had been trained and groomed by the greatest man of his era, the Promised Messiah, and offering sacrifices in the path of Allah and righteousness was the central point of this training, therefore, he felt no difficulty in taking the right decision. He parted with the organisation which was now contradicting the teachings of the Founder, and the Quran. He came to Lahore [now in Pakistan] and engaged himself in the propagation of Islamic work and became the torch-bearer of Islamic revival in the present age.
On the other side, Mian Mahmud Ahmad accelerated his expedition of Takfir-e-Muslimeen as will appear from the following quotations:
1) "So whatever has been ordained in the Holy Quran about non-belief in a Prophet, the same applies in the case of Mirza Sahib." (Al-Qaul-al-Fasal, p. 33).
His younger brother Mirza Bashir Ahmad, M.A., surpassed him when he wrote:
"Every such person, who believes in Moses but does not believe in Jesus, or believes in Jesus but does not believe in Mohammed, or believes in Mohammed but does not believe in the Promised Messiah, is not only a kafir but a confirmed kafir and out of the pail of Islam." (Kalamatul-Fasal, p. 110)
Maulana Muhammad Ali, who had great love for his lmam, felt concerned on reading such writings of the sons of the lmam. He was especially concerned on the mutilation of the teachings of the Promised Messiah by his sons. Because of this concern he tried to persuade Mian Mahmud Ahmad time and again to desist from this game of Takfir-e-Muslimeen, but in vain. He had foreseen the results that would flow from these unwise, unethical proclamations of Mian Mahmud Ahmad and warned the Qadiani Jamaat in 1930 in these words:
"The Qadianis are trying to sail in two boats at a time. On the one hand, they declare four hundred million Muslims - believers in the Kalimah - to be kafirs, and on the other, they include themselves amongst Muslims, refusing to adopt a new Kalimah and a new faith. But this condition cannot exist for long. Either the repulsiveness of such a doctrine would at last create an aversion in the minds of the majority of these people and they would refrain from attributing a claim of Prophethood to the Founder or would accept the ultimate result of their belief, which is that the old Kalimah shall have to be discarded to give place to a new one." (Ahmadiyya Movement, p. 254).
Thereafter addressing Mian Mahmud Ahmad in 1940, he wrote:
"We know that today you have blindfolded your followers through your priest craftsmanship, but tomorrow their eyes will definitely open and your Jamaat will ultimately revert to the correct belief. Hollow is the foundation of exaggeration and any edifice raised in exaggeration is bound to collapse, if not today definitely by tomorrow." (Qadiani Tableegh, p. 3).
No one paid heed to the call of this pious man, but his prophetic words came true in 1953.
In the year 1953, Anti-Qadiani Riots spread throughout the province of Punjab, Pakistan, and the Government of Pakistan imposed Martial Law after extensive damage caused to the life and property of Ahmadis through arson and rioting.
After the restoration of normal condition, a court of enquiry was appointed which was named as "The Court of Enquiry into the Punjab Disturbances 1954". Many ulema [religious clerics], including Mian Mahmud Ahmad Sahib, appeared in this court. During the course of proceedings the Qadiani Jamaat and Mian Mahmud Ahmad had to recede from the position they had been pursuing for the last forty years. In the matter of those Muslims who do not believe in the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement they admitted in the court that they consider them Muslims within the pail of Islam and ascribed the same meanings to the word 'kafir' which Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din had offered in 1911, but were rudely rejected by the arrogant Mian at that time.
This way a manifest triumph of the truth for which Maulana Muhammad Ali and his associates had been crusading. Relevant portions of the report of the court of enquiry into the Punjab disturbances of 1953, are reproduced hereunder:
"The written statement submitted by the delegate of the Qadian Section to the court of enquiry defined a Muslim in the following words:
The following remarks of the Judge are self-explanatory:
"On the question whether the Ahmadis (i.e., the followers of the Qadian Section) consider the other Mussalmans [Muslims] to be kafirs in the sense of their being outside the pail of Islam, the position taken before us is that such persons are not kafirs and that the word kufr, when used in the literature of the Ahmadis in respect of such a person is used in the sense of a minor heresy and that it was never intended to convey that such persons were outside the pail of Islam." (p. 199 of enquiry report)
The actual answers given at the court were as under:
Q. "Do you include Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib among the mamurs (appointed by God) whose acknowledgement is necessary to be called a Muslim?"
How far Mian Mahmud Ahmad's answer was true and how far his statement regarding a change in 1922 was correct is belied by the very fact that a public debate in Rawalpindi [now in Pakistan] took place in the year 1937 between the two sections of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat only on this question of Takfir-e-Muslimeen.
The stand of Maulana Muhammad Ali was vindicated in the court of enquiry in 1954. The sanctity of the Kalimah-e-Tayyebah was restored. Mian Mahmud Ahmad took refuge under the interpretation of the word kufr offered on his behalf by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din in the year 1911. This was the triumph of the truth. Had Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad not insisted on calling Muslims kafir in the year 1914, the split in the Ahmadiyya Movement would not have occurred, and the history of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat would have been much different than it is now.
It is an irony that the Qadiani Jamaat did not learn a lesson from history and in spite of Mirza Mahmud Ahmad's statement in the court of inquiry it continued to insist upon its Takfir-e-Muslimeen. A Jamaat which was groomed in a false dogma for 42 years, it is not easy to bring change of belief in them. The continued insistence of the Qadianis on Takfir-e-Muslimeen resulted in Anti-Ahmadiyya riots in Pakistan in 1974, and consequent declaration by the Government of Pakistan of the Ahmadis to be a non-Muslim minority in Pakistan.
This is evidence of facts which cannot be denied by anyone until the Qadianis submit to the sanctity of the Kalimah Tayyabah and consider all Muslims to be Muslims, whether they believe in Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib or not, and until they recede from their stand on Takfir, this decision will not be changed.
These days Qadianis all over are busy telling people to come with them and see their Centre and how large a Jamaat they possess and what big buildings are in their Centre. This is nothing new for us. We have been hearing this since 1914. The matter of dispute between them and us is not the size of the property or the size of the Jamaat. When the Split came in 1914, the whole world knew 6 hundred thousand persons were on one side and one man, a solitary righteous and pious soul, waged his Jihad against them to keep the sanctity of the Kalimah. He had nothing but the assistance from Allah on his side. You always had the abundance of material resources - we don't dispute that - but we ask only one question - whose stand on beliefs has been vindicated? Who was right - on whose side was the truth that ultimately triumphed?
(2) Hazrat Mirza Sahib has always called the revelation of Allah to him as WAHI-E-WALAYAT [saintly revelation] and not WAHI-E-NABUWWAT [prophetic revelation]. If he has claimed Wahi-e-Nabuwwat for himself in any of his writings, can you please quote such writings?
(3) Did any WALI (Saint), MUJADDID (Reformer), MUHADDATH or any other person call himself a NABI (Prophet) and/or a RASUL (Messenger) prior to Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Sahib?
(4) If a NABI calls himself a NABI and RASUL, and a WALI (Saint) too calls himself a NABI and RASUL, then what is the difference between the two?
(5) Does a person become a KAFIR and go out of the pail of Islam by not believing in the claim of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Sahib? What did Hazrat Mirza Sahib write about this?