Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Claims of Munir A. Azim

[This is the second part of the questions and allegations raised by Mr. Shoukath Ali, coordinator (Asia-Pacific) of the Ahmadiyya Movement (Lahori Sect), Fiji Islands regarding the Mujaddid claims of Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius through an Ahmadi friend of his in Kerala. The correspondence, gives us an opportunity to throw light on the factual and spiritual reality of the current Divine Manifestation. Because of their public importance, we are presenting them below along with brief answers. The first part, dealing with two of the questions raised by Mr. Ali, was published on April 29, 2011 ].    

3. What is/are the task(s) set for him (the Mujaddid) by Allah? What has he done to achieve these task(s) apart from letters to a few individuals?

The Khulafa of Allah and the spiritual Reformers or Mujaddidin, their mission is to protect the law and to bring back the lost sheep to the fold of the Master (Allah).Hadhrat Khalifatullah has been tirelessly working on a range of levels and scales, to call mankind back to the path of purity and the Unicity of Allah. As a Warner unto mankind, he has written several letters to religious leaders, political heads and community chiefs, inviting them to the path of peace and rectitude and good manners. He is frequently reminding mankind about the gathering storm of Divine Wrath through the revelations he is receiving from Allah. 

He has completed a voluminous commentary on the Holy Qur’an in English, expounding the meaning and wisdom of the Holy Word in the light of present day needs. Another commentary on the Holy Book is progressing in the French Language. As the Imam of the Age, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) is on a daily basis presiding over the spiritual training of his followers and disciples. His Friday sermons address a range of contemporary issues in the light of Divine Wisdom vouchsafed to him by Allah, the Most High

4. Which books has he written and what are the main features of those books, if any? Which is the language of his books? Where has he published his books and where have they been distributed for the Muslims to gather the true significance of his claim?

English: 7
French: 15
Creole: 4
Arabic: 4
Hindi: 3

Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) has written more than thirty books, including seven in English: Hold Fast to the Rope of Allah, The Real Face of the Hypocrites, The Facets of Islam, The Truth: Jesus Has Died, The Religion of God, A Basic Introduction to the Holy Qur’an, etc

These books deal with a wide range of issues: While some explains elementary aspects of Islam as a faith and important verses of the Holy Qur’an, others deal with more profound issues of intricate spiritual understanding. Hold Fast to the Rope of Allah provides a sublime commentary on the profound meaning of the Islamic ideal of There is no god, but AllahThe Real Face of the Hypocrites is a deep examination of the characteristics of hypocrites on the basis of the insights provided by the Holy Qur’an. It helps to unravel the vagaries of the human nature in its all negative dimensions. The Religion of God brings together the Biblical verses and passages that support the idea of Unity of God in an effort to further inter-religious harmony and understanding between Christians and Muslims. 

His books and website contents are available in numerous languages, including English, French, Creole, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam, and Chinese and Danish. These books are freely available over the internet, the greatest and easiest medium of communication today. They can be accessed from any part of the Muslim world here. 

5.  Has any non-Qadiani joined him or accepted him as a Mujaddid? What are the qualifications and experiences of the non-Qadiani who have accepted him? Has any known saintly person who claims to be a recipient of revelations in his own right accepted him? If so, who is/are he/they and where are they based?   

Reflect over the entire spectrum of religious and spiritual history. Did the Jewish priests and saints accept Jesus (as) when he descended among them? What qualifications and experiences are you looking for when the Holy Prophet of Islam himself was raised among the Unlettered people as a Messenger from among themselves (62:3)? Where those who denounced Hadhrat Ahmad’s claims any less in stature than the great divine oracles of the day?
We never sent a Warner to any township but the wealthy ones thereof said: ‘Surely, we disbelieve in what you have been sent with’. (34:35).

‘Satan made their deeds appear good to them and thus turned them away from the path despite their being capable of discerning the truth’. (29:39).

In a recent Friday sermon, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) stated very categorically:

Even if the whole world reject me (except a few who are sincere with Allah), nevertheless my claim as the Servant of Allah, His Muhyi-ud-Din, Khalifatullah and Messenger of Allah stands true. One day, in the beginning of the Divine Manifestation on this humble one, Allah told me in my native tongue (Creole): 

“If tomorrow the world (everybody) leaves you, but Allah is with you, then everything is with you. If the world (everybody) is with you but if Allah is not with you, nothing is with you”. 

It is my humble prayer that Allah continues to be with me in every situation, be it in every persecution, trial and even moments of joy for Allah will be definitely with the one whom He has raised and will protect him against all His enemies and shall make Islam prosper through His Messenger, even if the world denies such a Servant of God”.

6. His main claim from what I gathered was that he was very disappointed with the appointment of the current Q Khalifa. He felt that he knew more about Islam than the current Khalifa and was better qualified to be a Khalifa than Mirza Masroor. He also put up a petition that the election of the Khalifa should be by democratic process and should no longer be confined to the family. As a result, he and about 20 others who signed the petition were expelled. After his expulsion, he claimed that if Mirza Masroor can become a Khalifa, he can be a grade above him and therefore a Mujaddid.

This is a totally fabricated lie invented by the opponents of Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) that he called for a petition to be signed in the pursuit of power. The statement above is completely erroneous when one looks at the simple facts in the matter that speak for themselves.

It was the fourth Khalifa Mirza Tahir Ahmad Sahib who (upon basing himself on the false reports of his Amir of Mauritius) decided to expel Hadhrat Khalifatullah and Zafrullah Domun Saheb (who was the first person to believe in the Divine Manifestation) in December 2000. So they were already expelled (on account of the Divine revelations he was receiving) when the fourth Khalifa died and it was only after the 19 April 2003 that Mirza Masroor Saheb became Khalifa. 

It may be an irony of history. The only incident closest to the aforesaid story in the entire history of the Ahmadiyya community is the conduct of the founder of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, Maulana Muhammad Ali who refused to accept the newly elected Khalifa of the Jamaat in 1914 and created his own spiritual group, the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anjuman. For the record, it should be noted that Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) was not and is not thirsty for power. In fact, he loves his Allah so much that he wished to be confined only in a room for His worship but Allah so wanted that he be known in the world- Allah elevated him for a mission on earth as His representative (Khalifa).

Alas for mankind! There comes not a Messenger to them but they mock at him. (36:31)

O ye who believe! Be not like those who vexed and slandered Moses; Allah cleared him of what they spoke of him. And he was honorable in the sight of Allah”.  (33:70)