The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – A Brief Study in Contemporary Islam – Part 5

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Al-Hafiz Yunus Omotayo

Reviewing Literatures: What They Say About Ahmadiyya; What Ahmadiyya Says About Itself

[C] Ahmadi Muslims’ Literature on Ahmadiyya

It is germane to begin our review by noting Dr. Mashhud A. Fashola’s categorical assertion that, ‘there have been numerous historical and descriptive accounts of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community by Western or Oriental authors as well as other local writers. Notwithstanding their interests, scholarship and diligent research, their works on the subject matter are tinted understandably by prejudice and narrow perception or inadequate knowledge of the socio-political and religious backgrounds and established principles and objectives of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. Some of the writers could be sympathetic while others could be hostile. So, their historical accounts or analyses of Ahmadiyya are bound to suffer significant deficiencies and could, in fact, be misleading.’ [Centenary History of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Nigeria, 2016, et al]

The above perspective underscores the primacy of reviewing the whole edifice of Ahmadiyya in the light of its insider literary representations. Over the decades, Ahmadi Muslims have themselves produced tremendous number of insider literature bearing on the analytical expositions on the Islamic beliefs and practices and general theological principles of Ahmadiyya.

First of all, it is of interest to note that all the allegations made by non-Ahmadi Muslim writers are emphatically denied and rejected by the members of Ahmadiyya. [Mirza Tahir Ahmad, 2004: 3] In this respect, Mirza Tahir Ahmad maintains that “it is the fundamental human right of every person to declare his own beliefs or to deny any. No man, nor any government for that matter, is empowered to attribute to a person and/or to a community, any beliefs which they fervently and vehemently deny. Hence, just the denial by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at should be considered valid enough to absolve them of these accusations.” [Hadrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, 2004:4]

Furthermore, Mirza Bashiruddin M. Ahmad posits that “Ahmadiyya is not a new religion, or a parallel Muslim Ummah, as the name ‘Ahmadiyya’ does not point to a new religion. Ahmadis are Muslims and their religion is Islam. The slightest deviation from it they consider wrong and degrading. True, Ahamdis have adopted the names Ahmadiyyat, Ahmadiyya Movement, Ahmadiyya Jamaat and so on. But the adoption of a name is not the adoption of a new religion. The name Ahmadiyyat is the name of a reinterpretation or a restatement of the Religion of the Holy Quran.” [Hadrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, 2009:3] Ahmadiyya identifies itself with the name of Islam which is the name God Himself gave to the followers of the Holy Prophet Muhammad [saw] and which long before him had found an honoured place in the prophecies of earlier prophets. Ahmadis insist the name of Islam is dearer to it than their lives, and the religion it connotes is for them the only religion, the only source of spiritual life. [Hadrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, 2009: 4] Ahmadis maintain they are Muslims heart and soul; they hold the beliefs a true Muslim must hold, and deny the beliefs a true Muslim must deny. [Hadrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, 2009: 4]

Ahmadiyya claims to be a divinely established non-political Islamic religious community with the prime objective of returning Islam to its original nature with which the Holy Prophet of Islam came to the world. [Al-Taqwa, 2015: July, 1] Accordingly, leveraging on available historical facts, Mirza Tahir Ahmad [2009] categorically debunks the allegation that Ahmadiyya was established as the agent of the British Government to serve their purpose and to cause dissension among Muslims. Similarly, Naeem O. Memon shows that, contrary to the alleged establishment by the British Government, the British believed that the consolidation and preservation of their empire in the India sub-continent rested upon the active propagation and successful establishment of the Christian Church in British India and hence the Imperial government itself took keen interest in the propagation of the Christian faith in every corner of the Dominion. However, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s mission dealt a heavy blow to the aims and aspirations of the colonial government and its agents, the ecclesiastical institutions in India. He not only branded the agents of the Imperial government, the Christian missionaries as the Dajjal prophesied by the Holy Prophet of Islam [saw], but also actively preached and propagated against their professed doctrines and dogmas and held the entire realm of their teachings in extreme contempt, a fact which is not denied by his critics. [Naeem O Memon, 2009: 52]

Ahmadi writers further exposed the non-authenticity of the reference advanced to back the allegation of the British sponsorship i.e. the so-called renowned historian and scholar Agha Shorish Kashmiri mentioned in “Ajami Israel” as well as the so-called report title “The Arrival of British Empire in India.” This was exposed through a series of enquiries made from the British Museum and the India Office Library which confirmed that no record of such a book nor such a claimed publishing house ever existed. [Hadrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, 2009: 3-4; Ahmadiyya or Qadianism, 2009, 56]

……………to be continued, in shaa Allah!

About the Writer:

Al-Hafiz Yunus Omotayo is a Hafizul Quran, an Islamic Missionary and the National Secretary of the Muslim Writers Guild of Nigeria {Majlis Ansar Sultanil Qalam Nigeria}. Email: yunus.omotayo@gmail.com; Whatsapp: +234 8057437643

Bibliography

Ahmad, Hadrat Mirza Tahir, Was Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Planted by the British Government? – The Truth Revealed in the Light of Historical Facts,  [2009], Nazarat Nashro Ishaat, India

Memon, Naeem Osman, Three in One – An Enemy, a Disbeliever and a Liar, [1994], Islam International Publications Ltd, UK

Ahmad, Hadrat Mirza Tahir, With Love to the Muslim of the World, [2004], Islam International Publications Ltd, UK

Ahmad, Hadrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud, Invitation to Ahmadiyya, [2009], Islam International Publications Ltd, UK

Al-Taqwa, [July, 2015], Maktabah Ash-Shirkah al-Islamiyya, UK

Centenary History of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Nigeria, [2016], Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria

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