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Revealed Poem: The Crime of Faith

My crime is crime of faith in God Do, chain my hands and feet A damp and dark and dungeon cell Do, give me as a treat.
If you can pull the heavens down Do pull them on my head What ever is there you take it all My purse and butter and bread
Let chasing hounds be loosed at large And let them smell my track Let all the damning forces come To stab me at the back
Do all that you can do to fill My days and nights with fright If winds and whirling winds are there Let all of them unite.

Revealed Poem: Love and Hate

Love demands more Than You can comprehend Hatred is nothing But wrong love without end Love needs the boarder To meet the beloved Hate fights the order Of one you once loved Love sees the eyes Of hatred in disguise And turns it into crises To follow the wise Hatred hears the sound Of love but unbound Is the wish of its account To see it all around

Love bends the heart Cause it asks not to start Ebb or tide like moonlight Which forgets being bride

Behind the ‘Expulsion’: A web of Lies

Why and how did the Ahmadiyya Community expel Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius from its ranks? It is a question that still baffles most common Ahmadis and remains hazy and unclear to many others even today, some 12 years after the dark episode.

Anyone who examines the record of the incident will point a finger at the arrogance and hubris at work in theNizam-i-Jamaat. The nizami mandarins never had the humility, nor basic courage to face the truth, nor the simple decency to place the record in public: in black and white, before the Jamaat and the common Ahmadis, so that everyone may know what really happened behind the scenes. After all, justice demands fairness, credibility and transparency: a decision taken in the name of the Jamaat and in the name of the collective interest of the common Ahmadis, the record should have been available for scrutiny.
Before the official expulsion in 2001, Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) was falsely charged with the grave offence …

'Zaki' and 'Fazl': Biological and Spiritual

...[t]he belief in all the prophets of God is fundamental to a true believer in the Oneness of God, especially for the one who calls himself Muslim. The prophets form a chain and the medallion, which enhances the beauty of the chain, is certainly the greatest prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh).
If the Israelite prophets received from God sons who were both biological and spiritual, so why not the Muhammadan Ummah?From the prayer of the Promised Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), it is clear that the Messiah (as) wanted a son like Prophets Zakariyya and Ibrahim (as) each received; extraordinary, learned, and intelligent sons, one who would raise the honour of the physical family of these prophets, as well as their spiritual ones, that is to say, their communities of believers. [Inset:Zechariah as depicted on ceiling of theSistine Chapel by Michelangelo']It is in this context that the Promised Messiah (as) went into retirement/retreat at Hoshiarpur so that Allah may listen to his su…

On the Mubahila Against Janbah Sahib

It’s been two years since the launch of the duel of prayer againstAbdul Ghaffar Sahiband his Jamaat – The Jamaat Ahmadiyya Islah Pasand. This is because he implied that the Musleh Ma’ud, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad (ra) was not the true pure son, promised to the Promised Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), and who would also be a reformer. 
Like Zakariyya (as) who wanted a biological heir who would inherit from him and the family of Yacoob (as) – that is, prophethood – likewise, God heard the prayer of the Messiah and guided him to go into retreat at Hoshiarpur to pray in this direction: supplicating God Almighty for an extraordinary son who would be a Great Divine Sign, such a sign which would be more miraculous than to revive the dead. What was certain was that the Promised Messiah was absolutely certain that this son would be his own seed, which would mean that this son would consolidate material/ physical/ biological and spiritual heritage of the Promised Messiah (as)…

Remembering Hadhrat Musleh Ma'ud

As you now all know, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad (ra) was the second successor of the Promised Messiah (as) from his own seed. His appointment as both Khalifatul-Massih and Musleh Ma’ud proved to be fruitful to Islam throughout his life.
He was a distinguished Caliph because his birth was foretold by a number of previous prophets and saints. Moreover, the Promised Messiah (as), like I said again yesterday received a divine sign for the truth of Islam as a result of his forty days prayers at Hoshiapur, in India. Allah the Almighty told him that a pure son (Zaki Ghulam) whom he named “Musleh Ma’ud” would be born to him within a period of nine years. He had already published this prophecy regarding the Musleh Ma’ud (ra) on 20 February 1886.
In accordance with this divine prophecy and within the specified period, the promised son, was born to the Promised Messiah (as) on 12 January 1889 at Qadian, despite that unbeknownst to his father, it was his first-born living son who represe…

Religious Liberty: Islamic Teachings

“And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return and He will inform them about what they used to do.”(6: 109)
Respect for other faiths is an essential part of Islam as it should be for all faiths also. Respect for each other’s religion plays a vital role in maintaining peace at familial, social, environmental, national and international levels.
To each Muslim, liberty of religious belief and practice must be dear since tolerance is a vital part of Islamic faith. Religious liberty practiced in any society guarantees also liberty of scientific discussion within it and a tolerance of the views of others, so essential to the growth of science.

'Ethnic Cleansing' of Muslims in Central Africa

LIBREVILLE: "Ethnic cleansing" is being carried out against Muslim civilians in theCentral African Republic, with international peacekeepers unable to prevent it,Amnesty Internationalsaid on Wednesday.France's defence minister earlier called on international forces deployed in the Christian-majority country to put an end to attacks by the militias "by force if needed". Amnestysaid it had documented at least 200 killings of Muslim civilians by Christian militia groups known as the anti-balaka, set up in the wake of the March 2013 coup by the mainly-Muslim Seleka rebellion. (Inset:Burning/looting of Muslim property and a mosque in PK 26 area, north of the capital Bangui in late January.© Amnesty International)
"Ethnic cleansing' of Muslims has been carried out in the western part of the Central African Republic, the most populous part of the country, since early January 2014," Amnesty International said in a report."Entire Muslim communities hav…

When the Qur'an spoke English

The earliest direct English translation of the holy book is a testament to its translator's resourcefulness
The first Muslim member of Congress assumed office in January 2007. For his swearing-in ceremony,Rep. Keith Ellison,D-Minn., chose to pledge on the Quran. The copy he used, specially loaned by the Library of Congress for the occasion, had once belonged to Thomas Jefferson.[Inset: The Qur'an once owned by Thomas Jefferson.Photo by Haraz N. Ghanbari /AP] 
Why did Jefferson own a copy of the Quran? The third president was interested in Islam for many reasons, as Denise A. Spellberg explains in her book“Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an.”He was able to read the holy book of Islam in the first place, however, only thanks to a recent translation, the first direct one from Arabic into English, a copy of which he purchased as a law student in 1765. That translation, by a young English lawyer named George Sale, would prove to have an outsize role in the Western study and understanding of t…

True Belief: Trials and Rewards

Abdullah ibn Mughaffal relates: 

A man said to the Holy Prophet (pbuh): “Messenger of Allah, I love you”
He said: “Watch what you are saying!” 
The man said: “Indeed, I love you”; and repeated it three times. 
The Holy Prophet (pbuh) said:“If you do love me prepare for poverty, for poverty advances more rapidly towards one who loves me than does flood water towards its objective.”(Tirmidhi)
If there was such a love which existed in the times of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), it was love which was bonded a believer to another believer, only for the pleasure of Allah. And a greater love which existed is the love which a believer has for the prophet of Allah (pbuh) and a yet greater love is the love which the prophet had for the believers. Yet a greater love existed more than this love, and that is the love which the Holy Prophet (pbuh) had for Allah; but love, the true one is the one which Allah has for His prophet; after that love, then comes the love which Allah has for His creatures; especial…

Divine Elects in the Garden of Islam

اِنَّ الدِّیۡنَ عِنۡدَ اللّٰہِ الۡاِسۡلَامُ ۟‘Innad-Diina ‘indallaahil-Islaam. Surely the (true) religion in the sight of Allah is Islam.(3: 20)
If Islam is the vehicle of life, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the representation of true life, in that which he is the perfect example of how a human, and especially a true servant of Allah must be for Allah in this temporal world despite living among the mixed existence of man, sometimes good, sometimes evil. 
Islam guides man towards perfecting himself for Allah, not the world and all that it contains. The world is temporary whereas the Creator of mankind exists for ever. Indeed, He has neither beginning nor end. He is there for all times, and His presence and appearance are beyond the conception of man. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) during his life on earth showed the correct way of life, by his own example. This is one of the fundamental duties of the seal of the prophets, that he provides such guidance which shall not only mark th…

Obama on Freedom of Religion

President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, a decades-old Washington tradition, on February 06, 2014."To harm anyone in the name of faith is to diminish our own relationship with God", says the President.
As instances of persecution and other violation of basic freedoms scar the lives of millions of people in different parts of the world, the President reminds that to respect human rights, particularly religious freedom, leaders everywhere must do more. Among the cases of egregious violation of religious freedoms, the President remembers the plight of, among others, theAhmadi Muslims of Pakistan.
Read the Extracts from the Speech:
So each time we gather, it’s a chance to set aside the rush of our daily lives; to pause with humility before an Almighty God; to seek His grace; and, mindful of our own imperfections, to remember the admonition from the Book of Romans, which is especially fitting for those of us in Washington: “Do not…

Meaning of “Khatamun-Nabiyyin"

The term “Khatamun-Nabiyyin” which when literally translated means ‘Seal of the prophets’ is grammatically a compound phrase. It is a matter of common knowledge that when two words join together to make a phrase, they do not necessarily give their literal meaning. For example, ‘Ibn’ means ‘son’ and ‘Sabil’ means way; but when these words is joint together to make ‘Ibn-Sabil’ it does not reflect an absolutely literal meaning. We thus don’t consider it to mean: ‘Son of the path’, it only means a traveller. 
Such titles was also a practice of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) whereby he used to name his companions according to sometimes memorable events or simply because of the situation in which he found them. For example, he named his cousin, son-in-law and his fourth successor Ali (ra), Abu Turab, which literally means: Father of the soil/sand, which of course Hazrat Ali (ra) was not literally one, but the Prophet of Allah (pbuh) gave him the name as an adjective or attribute and not as…