Sunday, May 1, 2011

The New Mujaddid and the Kerala Jamaat-III

[This is the third and final part of the series of articles answering the questions raised by Mr. Shoukath Ali, coordinator (Asia-Pacific) of the Ahmadiyya Movement (Lahori Sect), Fiji Islands about the Mujaddid claims of Khalifathullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib and the Kerala Ahmadis who recognized and accepted the Imam of the Age. This part reflects on the question why Ahmadis in Kerala accepted the new Massih. The first and second parts of the series were published here on April 29-30, 2011].

7. Did they (Kerala Ahmadis) accept him because they have seen and believe in some special phenomena or is it only because they have been expelled similar to the "Mujaddid" and his followers in Mauritius?

At the moment, only 2 of the members belong to the expelled section. The rest belong to the category of common Ahmadis who are convinced that they have found the Sign of a living Islam through the appearance of a Mujaddid in the new Century.  

The Holy Qur’an states:

The chief men of his people who were arrogant said to those who were reckoned weak-those among them who believed- Do you know for certain that Salih is one sent by his Lord?’ They answered, ‘Surely, we believe in that with which he has been sent’”. (7:76).

All Praise belongs to Allah Who has guided us to this. And we could not have found guidance, if Allah had not guided us. The Messengers of our Lord did indeed bring the truth.  (7:44)

And when they hear what has been revealed to this Messenger, you see their eyes overflow with tears, because of the truth which they have recognized. They say, “Our Lord, we believe, so write us down among the witnesses; And why should we not believe in Allah and in the truth which has come to us, while we earnestly wish that our Lord should include us among the righteous people?” (5:84-85).

Unlike most people in the world today, those who joined all believe in a living Allah as taught in the Holy Qur’an. They believe that every word written in the Holy Qur’an is true. And unlike Ahmadis of Qadiani group or the Lahoris of today, they do believe that the Divine Attributes are unchangeable and timeless. In short, they believe in Allah who sends a Messenger whenever corruption takes over the Straight Path and in a Lord Almighty who answers prayers of supplicants. They believe that the chain of Mujaddidin will continue to appear till the Day of Judgement in fulfillment of the prophecies of Hazrath Muhammad (sa) and Hazrath Ahmad (as). They joined because they have full trust in Allah’s promise and judgement and words:

Surely there will come to you guidance from Me, then whoever follows My guidance, no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve. (2:39).

And if he be a liar, on him will be sin of his lie; but if he is truthful, then some of that which he threatens you with will surely befall you’ (40:29).

Many joined because they saw true dreams that convinced them that Allah has indeed sent a Mujaddid as a Divine Manifestation of this Era. For instance, about the dreams seen by one of them, Hadhrat Khalifathullah mentioned the following in one of his recent Friday sermons:

Recently, another of my close disciple related to me that in answer to his duahs pertaining to my veracity, Allah gave him three dreams. Once he saw that my title Muhyi-ud-Din /Mujaddid was in the Qur’an (as the title of a Surah) and another time he dreamt such a dream filled with divine light and spirituality whereby he saw a very beautiful (spiritual) bird of unknown species and when he checked in the book Interpretation of Dreams (by Ibn Sireen) he found out that it represents an angel of Allah and Allah showed him such a passage from the writings of the Promised Messiah (as) Hazrath Mirza Ghulam Ahmad where he was talking about the descent of angels in the times of a Messenger of Allah… Like this there are many other divine manifestations by the grace of Allah”. 

8. Please ask your friend Dr. E. Tahir, if he had asked these sorts of questions and received satisfactory answers or is it only because Q Jamaat expelled him and others that they joined him. Please also tell him that he will be answerable to Allah ta'ala when he leaves this temporary abode and therefore he should be doing things with the fear of Allah in his heart. He should not mislead others because of his personal circumstance.

Dr. Thahir Sahib, the current General Secretary of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam, Kerala did not really find the need to raise these sorts of questions. It is instructive to note that the Holy Book reminds everyone, including those who ask too many questions:

 ‘O you who believe! Do not put questions about things which if revealed to you may trouble you, and if you question about them when the Quran is being revealed, they shall be unfold to you; Allah pardons this, and Allah is Forgiving, Forbearing. People before you indeed asked such questions, and then became disbelievers on account of them.’ (5: 102-103)

And whoso does not respond to Allah’s Summoner, he cannot escape Him in the earth, nor can he have any protector beside Him. Such are in manifest error’. (46:33)

From a Qur’anic perspective, these questions only reflect a tendency to think ill of others and that too against a brother in faith who claims that he is a recipient of Divine Revelations; both are sins according to the Holy Book (24:13, 49:12-13). During his lifetime, Hadhrat Ahmad, warned his followers against the sin of arrogance and defined it in the following terms: "Everyone who looks down upon a brother because he esteems himself more learned, or wiser, or more proficient than him is arrogant, in as much as he does not esteem God as the Fountainhead of all intelligence and knowledge and deems himself as something"(Nuzulul Masih, pp. 24-25, quoted in The Essence of Islam, Volume II).

Following conventional wisdom and sticking to the path one inherited from the past may be the general behaviour of people. But it is never a defense on the Day of Judgement when questioned about one’s response to the divinely appointed personage of the time.  Since Dr Thahir Sahib believes in answerability to Allah, he did not think it prudent to spread canards against the claimant to an august spiritual office without giving it a careful consideration and the benefit of Divine prayers. After all, it is not among the characteristics of true believers to deny a claim or an argument even before due consideration, especially when it involves the Divine Reality or manifestation in a new Age.

Hence, Dr. Thahir Sahib was in prayers ever since he heard about the arrival of a Mujaddid from Allah as suggested by Hazrath Ahmad (as) for a period of 40 days, to seek Allah’s guidance on the matter. “Lord, if this man who claims that God has sent him to establish the Divine faith of Islam in the world, by presenting it in its true form and thus inducing men to believe in it, has in truth been sent by Thee, then I, who owing to my ignorance of real facts, am unable to arrive at a correct decision concerning the Truth, pray Thee, O Truth, that are the Fountain Head of all Truths, and O Guide, that are the Source of all guidance, and O Merciful One, that loves not to see Thy creatures troubled, make his Truth manifest unto me”. 

Already, as a life time member of the Ahmadiyya community, Dr Thahir was convinced through his studies and observation that the deteriorating spiritual environment within the Community would necessitate the emergence of a spiritual reformer in the times to come. The circumstances surrounding his own expulsion through an utterly unjust process and mechanism- He was not even given any reason for his expulsion from the Jamaat- only strengthened his conviction that the Ahmadiyya Community is on a deviant path. For, the Holy Qur’an says:

‘O David, We have made you a Khalifa in the earth; so judge between men with justice, and follow not vain desire, lest it should lead you astray from the way of Allah. Surely those who go astray from the way of Allah will have a severe punishment, because they forgot the day of reckoning.”.  (38:27).

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