Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Divine Favour of Ahmadiyya Khilafat

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community takes pride in the Khilafat system which they have instituted among themselves. They elect their Khalifa from among themselves once a vacancy arises within the leadership. Both literally and in fact, that is the practice. Yet, Ahmadi leaders delude themselves to believe that they did not elect their Khalifa and that the electoral process in the International Majlis Shuura, is simply and merely a method for the implementation of the Divine Will, as their minds conceive it. And the Ahmadiyya theology would have us believe that the Khalifa or the man-elected-man enjoys the shadow of Divine favour and protection. 

With such theological technologies at hand, the leadership practices sophistry with √©lan: common folks in the Jamaat have been hoodwinked into vain desires of Divine nearness by their leaders for too long. Yet when you question Ahmadis about the Divine connection of their Khalifa, honest among them will admit: they have no sure knowledge on it, and they are merely following conjectures within the Jamaat and they never applied their reasoning power on their beliefs. It is instructive for Ahmadis to remember the admonition of the Holy Qur’an which provides a simple method to test the veracity of claims: And they say, ‘None shall enter Heaven unless he be a Jew or a Christian.’ These are their vain desires. Say, ‘Produce your proof, if you truthful.’ [Surah Al Baqarah, 2:112].

Unfortunately for the Jamaat –e- Ahmadiyya, the deep waters of Divine favour seem to have been dried up in our times. The present Khalifa Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Sahib seems to have been deprived of the great and august blessing of Divine revelations. There is damning evidence that corroborates the assertion that Masroor Sahib does seem to have been stripped of this great Divine favour: for he completes almost a decade on the high seat of Khalifa, without ever presenting a Divine Message.

The Promised Massih Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) who was the Khalifatullah of his age did receive Divine revelations almost on a daily basis throughout his spiritual life. Astonishingly, the present Khalifatul Massih has been completely deserted by Allah, the Most High: there is not a shred of evidence or proof of claim of Divine revelations for the current Khalifa of the Jamaat-e- Ahmadiyya.

That the man-elected Khalifa of theirs is deprived of Divine waters for spiritual nourishment, should have been a cause of concern for devout Ahmadis. Yet, times are such that Imaan seems to have ascented back into the Surayya from among the Ahmadis! How else would you explain that the changing mind-set of Ahmadis: they have begun to think that the arrival of Divine revelations is not important any more for spiritual life. A generation which experienced the great favour of Divine revelations has moved on, in the ebb and flow of time.

And the new class of believers are simply 'innocent' and cannot be accused of such lofty pursuits! For the Ahmadis today, “Divine favour”, has come to have a completely different meaning: it means material riches and affluent tastes they have come to acquire and cherish: property and great houses, rice cookers and fridges, cars and computers! They take pride in the comforts they delight in and forget the poverty and penury of the Holy Prophet of Islam (sa). They reduce the ever-lasting bliss of spiritual contentment to the synthetic happiness of material affluence. 

In many ways, no wonder, the Ahmadiyya establishment today closely resembles the system of Popism in the Catholic Church. Christian Khilafat has been in existence for almost two millennia as against the one century of Ahmadiyya Khilafat. Just as Allah blessed the followers of Jesus (as) with a Khilafat system of their own and material wealth, Ahmadis can also claim they are a Community enjoying “Divine favours”, that is, at par with the Christians! The similarity goes beyond the institutional structure; it extends to the standard practices as well. Consider this: with a band of  missionaries and an army of officials around to support him, the current Khalifa of the Jamaat-e- Ahmadiyya can straddle the world, just like and in the manner of the Pope.

The parallel trajectory extends to the moral degradation sphere as well. Both the Khilafat systems stare at hard questions of individual integrity, personal choices, probity in office, financial honesty and sexual morality of their officers and members. While the record of the Church fathers on a range of issues has  come under public scrutiny in recent years, the rotten apples at ‘high places’ within the Jamaat, who indulge in personal nepotism, financial mismanagement, unethical indulgences and outright immoral involvements, are increasingly causing concern among thoughtful Ahmadis who care for the future of Islam and the Jamaat.

That the real Divine Favour has deserted the Ahmadis is also clear from their muddled thinking and twisted practice on issues that matter. They can’t distinguish between good and evil, for there are veils over their eyes. They seek to foster universal brotherhood by cutting off the ties of kinship. They tolerate all kinds of material indulgences of their people, while ridiculing those who call them back to the path of spirituality. They expound on Qur’anic ethics profoundly, yet in practice, they leave it by the way side. They pay tribute to the Promised Massih (as) by trampling upon his teachings. They confuse the raising of a Divine Messenger among them to be a curse for them! When a Messenger is raised among them, they play about in doubt and exalt themselves in defiance of Allah. They reject him and seek to socially boycott his community of believers from among themselves!!

It is in this backdrop that the Chosen Messenger of our times Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius wrote a reminder recently to the Ahmadiyya leadership calling attention to their descent into evil ways. For the benefit of our discerning readers, we reproduce below the Open Letter addressed to the Ahmadiyya Leadership in Mauritius and the Khalifatul Massih V in London. It is available here