Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ahmadi Elites and the Politics of Boycott

Will a Mujaddid come after You?’

A man asked this pertinent question to the Promised Massih Hadhrat Ahmad (as) on 29 September 1905, before noon. And he [the Promised Messiah] replied: 

What is wrong with a Mujaddid coming after me? The prophethood of Moses (as) had come to an end, and that is why his chain of successors ended with Jesus (as). However, the dispensation of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) will last till the Day of Judgment through the Mujaddidin who will arise in it till the Day of Judgment. As long as the Day of Judgment withholds its destruction, there is no doubt that someone else could come. We most certainly do not deny that good and righteous people will continue to come, and then all of a sudden the Day of Judgment will come.” ( Ruhani Khaza’in, p. 16180 , Malfoozat. volume 4, page 452; (2008 edn.)       
Despite the existence and vital presence of this important instruction from the Promised Massih (as) in his writings, endorsed by the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya through its own series of publications, the Ahmadi scholars today challenge common sense. They assault the intellects of Ahmadis and their spiritual expectations. The Ulema and the chiefs declare with their own mouths that no Mujaddid will ever come, even in a new century of Islam. They, thus, foreclose the possibility of any discussion on spiritual blessings possible in this age. The hedonistic elites of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya in Mauritius enforce the policy of intimidation and social stigma on those who wish to know about the new Divine Manifestation.  

I ask these arrogant people who are taking themselves as great scholars in the Jamaat Ahmadiyya Where have they seen that they must establish boycott? Is there a Quranic verse which stipulates to boycott someone who receives divine revelations and those who have believed in the revelations which he is receiving from Allah, and to expel them from the Jamaat Ahmadiyya and boycott them?

Prove this to me, or even show me a Hadith on this subject. Prove if you can, and prove also if even their family members had to break ties (of kinship) with them and not to greet them Salam and not to invite them. What law have they applied? The Quranic law? The rulings of Hazrat Muhammad (saw) and Hazrat Massih Ma’ud (as)? The law of the country?

Rule by Family Elites in the Mauritius Jamaat

Or have they invented their own laws to make people fear them, because the Jamaat Ahmadiyya of Mauritius is governed by only a handful of families:  Taujoo, Jowahir, Sookia etc.? As if there exist no other people in this Jamaat who can take care of the Jamaat Ahmadiyya in Mauritius.

Years go by, new years come, the same people are found at the head of the Jamaat! In the several programmes also, they are the ones to come forward to get honour, as if there are no other wise people, even better than them, who can come and address them on the question of religion! This is a Jamaat which is managed only by a handful of families, family feelings!

The Class Divide in the Jamaat

The common people (who hold low rank in their eyes) in the Jamaat are the ones who must wash the degues (i.e. big recipient use to cook ‘Briani’), and other dishes, clean the hall, arrange chairs for functions etc. These peoples are looked down upon by these arrogant people. The problem of small/poor families is of no interest to them, and if these people happens to be their blood, their family, then they will do everything in their power to save the honour of their family.

They work to stop others from accessing/knowing the truth. They wish that others listen to them, and take them as great “Burzuq” (learned and wise ones). They seek grandeur and they speak arrogantly against the servants of Allah, where the hatred they harbour is clearly apparent from their mouth, but what their hearts conceal is worst.

The seekers of truth who have the fear of Allah in their hearts must see that Allah (swt) has rendered clear His signs for you and if you are endowed with intelligence and the fear of only Allah in your hearts, then you shall witness those signs.

Politics of the Elites: Legitimating monoploy over Knowledge and Authority

You have respect and love for them because they hold authority in the Jamaat and you think that all that they do is according to the teachings of Allah, His Rasul (saw) and His Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as). You are obeying them in what they are telling you, but as for them, they consider themselves as exceptional ones, and even if trampling the divine teachings are to their (material) advantage, then they shall not hesitate to do so. And they make you believe that you are all one, one Jamaat, but if you point to them their serious faults/blunders, then this do not please them at all, because from their point of view, you just cannot know more than them. Only them who are the true possessor of knowledge (Mr. Know Everything) and when they look at you, they bite the tips of their fingers with rage against you. It is only Allah (swt) who knows what their hearts conceal. And after that, they are the same people who will tell you, our motto is: “Love for All, Hatred for None.”

Usurping and Perpetuating All Benefits for their own Class

These kinds of people always take themselves as superior and they consider that it is only them who possess knowledge, riches, great work posts, great families. All people should according to them respect them, even though they make plans to climb the organisational ladder to the detriment of others who merit the post in their workplace.

They don’t hesitate to hurt the feelings of others, by trickery getting the place of the others in the workplace, so long as they are the ones to get better pay, cars and other priviledges which come along with the promotion, as if they are the ones who are the true bosses. When such person walks, he puffs his chest, and walks boastfully. He thinks that by doing so, he will come to the summit of mountains and for this type of imbeciles, if something good overcomes you, this makes them sad, but if something bad overtakes you, they are the first to rejoice, to laugh.

Truth Seekers: Be Brave and Do not Despair

If you put your trust in your Creator and you turn to Allah, their mockeries cannot affect you in the least. On the contrary, Allah (swt) encircles them in all that they do. It is in Allah that those who have faith must place their trust, not in arrogant creatures who seek grandeur.

Those who put their trust in Allah, show themselves patient and seek the protection of Allah, then even if your enemy attacks you by surprise now, Allah shall not neglect you and He shall come to your rescue.

وَ اللّٰہُ یُحِبُّ الۡمُحۡسِنِیۡنَ ۚ۝

Wallahu yuhibbul Muhsiniin.  “Allah loves the doers of good.”

Arrogance of the Elite

Allah loves those who do good, not those who create discord, havoc, and hatred in the hearts of people. Allah does not love also those who say to boycott the believers in the Divine Manifestation. The believers who have the fear of Allah in their hearts are not among those who lose courage. They do not despair when they see the so-called wise people create discord in their imbelicity and jealousy. They are not those to listen to these people to implement boycott; they greet Salam. On the contrary, they rejoice when they realise that such oppositions and instructions (to boycott) come when there is verily the advent of a Messenger of Allah, and the believers know that it is Allah and His Messengers who shall be victorious in the end.

Do not let the actions and the apparent prosperity of the proud people in the Jamaat of Massih Ma’ud (as) fool you. Those are whose enjoyment is short-lived. Neither their riches, nor their children can ever make them independent from Allah and their humiliation shall be found in their children, wealth, jobs on which they take great pride. The more Allah (swt) enable them to reach high, then bear in mind that falling from great height proves to be fatal.

No Concern for Ensuring Justice

The injustice they did with the common/poor people, it is with injustice itself that they have settled the score between themselves, to cause harm to those who have the fear of Allah in their hearts, and verily Allah says in the following verse:

وَ مَنۡ یَّفۡعَلۡ ذٰلِکَ عُدۡوَانًا وَّ ظُلۡمًا فَسَوۡفَ نُصۡلِیۡہِ نَارًا ؕ وَ کَانَ ذٰلِکَ عَلَی اللّٰہِ  یَسِیۡرًا ۝

Wa mayy-yaf-al zaalika udwaanaww-wa zulman-fa-sawfa nusliihi naara : wa kaana zaalika alallahi yasiira.

“And whoever does that in rancour and injustice, then shall We cast him into the Fire: And easy it is for Allah.”

Allah (swt) does not love the traitors, boastful, injustice and jealously scheming to harm others. There shall definitely be ‘azaabam-muhiina’, a humiliating chastisement for them.

Allah (swt) is not unjust, even as little as the size of an ant, but these people take themselves as greater than the Creator on earth and they consider themselves purer than others. Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:

اَلَمۡ تَرَ  اِلَی الَّذِیۡنَ یُزَکُّوۡنَ اَنۡفُسَہُمۡ ؕ بَلِ اللّٰہُ یُزَکِّیۡ مَنۡ یَّشَآءُ وَ لَا یُظۡلَمُوۡنَ فَتِیۡلًا ۝

‘Alam tara ‘ilallaziina yuzakkuuna ‘anfusahum? Balillaahhu yuzakkii mayy-yashaaa-‘u wa laa yuzlamuuna fatiilaa.

“Have you not seen those who claim themselves to be pure? Rather, Allah purifies whom He wills, and never will they fail to receive justice in the least little thing.”

Allah (swt) does not do any injustice to anybody, even the least, shall not be done to you, and bear in mind that the earthly pleasures are only temporary, and that it is life after death which is better for those who tread on the path of Allah, and who do not harm anybody, and who neither implement boycott nor stop greeting others Salam. Those who do the opposite (i.e. implement boycott and stop bidding Salam), they are the ones who speak against the commandments of Allah, the traditions of the Holy Prophet (saw) and the teachings of Hazrat Massih Ma’ud (as).

Elites can evade Justice, while the Poor get implicated

When a poor family (in the Jamaat) faults, there is immediate sanction, action against him. When a poor family is facing a problem, there is no time allocated to listen to their problem and to help them, whereas the latter takes these so-called chiefs as great “Burzuq” in the Jamaat, listen to them and obey them. They (the common people) will neither read the Holy Quran nor study the teachings of Hazrat Muhammad (saw) and those of Hazrat Massih Ma’ud (as). But they are ready to listen to these so-called chiefs to apply boycott against their own family members.

On the other hand, an idolatrous person or a great enemy of Hazrat Massih Ma’ud (as) can be invited. There shall be no boycott applied on these people, and nobody will stand up and leave the place and Nikah shall not be done in a jiffy, as if speeding on a motorcycle. For these kinds of people, they are allowed to receive them and treat them well, but as for the one who has accepted the Divine Manifestation and who is found in the Jamaat of Hazrat Massih Ma’ud (as), for him there is the application of boycott!

Boycott Policy: the Official Circular

Khalifa is behind the scene and Vakil-e-Ala Chaudry Hamidullah takes the initiative and says the instruction comes from the Khalifa. An ambiguous letter (Boycott? or, No Boycott?), circulated for nearly 10 years (2004-2014) whereby even the Ahmadis do not know the exact interpretation of “social relationship” that their Khalifa and small deputy chiefs meant to say. Is it a coded message for only those Ahmadis in favour of the Khalifa elected by man to understand? Or are they doing on purpose to not understand? Here are some points mentioned in the letter/circular (26 May 2004):

Ø  Those who have been penalized by the Jamaat should never be invited in the social and other functions of the Jamaat members.

Ø  One can be on speaking terms with them (the penalized ones) but never to cultivate social relationship with them.

Ø  Such people are not to be completely boycotted, but it is important to make them realize their error.

Ø  Their contributions like Chanda, etc. are not to be accepted.

Ø  They should not be invited to participate in social gatherings, so that they may feel remorse for their wrongdoing and repent and offer istighfaar.

Ø  The office bearers of Jamaat and the Auxiliary Organization should immediately walk out of marriage ceremonies at which rites/rituals as are against the spirit of Islam and Ahmadiyyat are practiced.

Implementation of the Policy

The majority of narrow-minded Ahmadis took a great initiative to implement that document and even went beyond what the circular/letter asked of them, and they established their own idea of what boycott should be applied. Why? This is because they love their Khalifa too much. The Khalifa now comes before the commandments of Allah.
Islamic Teachings versus the Directive of the Khalifa

v  Would you then, if you were put in authority, work corruption in the land and sever your ties of kinship? Such are the men whom Allah has cursed and He has made them deaf and blinded their sight. (47: 23-24)

  • When the Khalifa says, to speak but not to maintain social relations, what does he mean? While talking, can one greet with Salam? Is a Salam classified in “speaking” or “social relations”?
  • Allah says not to break ties of kinship, blood relations. Khalifa says, do not invite “those who have been penalized”, which means, even if they are family members, therefore not to invite them in functions like weddings and the other functions? What kinds of functions are being insinuated here? Jamaat functions or familial functions? If it is Jamaat functions, do wedding ceremonies form part of individual/familial functions or Jamaat functions?
  • Allah has rightly said that it is those who are put in power/authority who shall try to create dissensions even among families. And Allah has cursed them, and these are people who are spiritually deaf and blind.

In fact, deep within them, they know the truth which comes from Allah, but they restrict the people of the Jamaat from recognising this truth, because this shall mean goodbye for these so-called chiefs to the posts they presently hold! They try to instil overwhelming love for the Khalifa in the hearts of people so that the love of and for Allah does not have any effect on them. Therefore, whose work is that? Allah or Shaytan? Who likes to create dissensions? Allah or Shaytan?

v  When you are greeted with a greeting, then greet with a better than it or return it. Surely Allah takes account of all things. (4 : 87)
v  Say not to any one who offers you a salutation: “You are not a believer!” (4: 95)

1)      The Messenger of Allah (saw) has said: “Those who are nearest to Allah are they who are first to give a salutation.” (Abu Dawud)

2)      The Messenger of Allah (saw) has said: “You will not enter paradise until you believe and you love each other. Shall I teach you a way, which if you do shall enable you to love one another? Spread Peace (Salam) among you.” (Bukhari)

3)      “It is not lawful for a Muslim to sever relations with his brother for more than three nights, (It is unlawful for them that) when they meet, one of them turns his face away from the other, and the other turns his face from the former, and the better of the two will be the one who greets the other first.” (Bukhari)

Salutation in Islam diminishes arrogance and pride, and both have no place in Islam. To destroy these, practice Salam as often as possible. The Holy Prophet (saw) said:

4)       “The one to greet the first is free of pride”. (Bukhari)

Hazrat Muhammad (sa) went as far as to say:

5)      When you pass by the people inclined to evil, greet them, their malice and hatred towards you shall disappear.  (Bukhari).

If the Holy Prophet (saw) came to say such words for those who did harm, who are you then, Oh the so-called heads of the Jamaat of Hazrat Massih Ma’ud (as) to incite the Ahmadis to hatred against their brothers and sisters from among the believers? What evil and malice are there in us that more than 10 years the instruction to boycott us has been instituted for the Ahmadis not to have anything with us and not to invite us, their families who are found in the Divine Manifestation? If you talk islamically (Islamically speaking), is boycott of 10 years then Islamic? Is it found in Quran and Sunnah?

v  And when guidance comes to you from Me, whoever follows My guidance - there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. (2: 39)
v  And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger - those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favour of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions. (4: 70)
v  And (will send him) to others of them who have not yet joined them… (62: 4)

v  Khalifa says, do not boycott “them” completely, but it is important to make them realise their error! Had the disciples of the prophets and reformers of Allah in the past done wrong when they recognised and accepted the veracity of these divinely appointed messengers? Had the Khalifa and the Ahmadis themselves, as well as the Sahaba of the Promised Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) done an error when they recognised and accepted Hazrat Massih Ma’ud (as) as a truthful claimant and now they are his followers and they are being called “Ahmadi Muslims”?
v  If that was really an “error” like the Khalifa elected by man is saying, then the Sunni and the other Muslim sects are completely right to have boycotted and persecuted Hazrat Massih Ma’ud (as) and his followers! They also wanted the followers of Hazrat Massih Ma’ud (as) to realise their “error” and “return back” to Islam – as if, when people accept the Promised Messiah (as), then they have gone beyond the pale of Islam. That is why they made efforts so that the Ahmadis abandon their belief in Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), doTawba (repent to Allah) and “return” to Islam!

Boycott of a Mujaddid: Time for Introspection

“Whenever a servant of God appeared at the turn of each century as a Reformer, the ignorant people vehemently opposed him and strongly detested any attempt to correct the errors which had become a part of their habit and custom.  Still, God Almighty did not abandon His practice”. 
                                -Promised Massih Hadhrat Ahmad (as) (Lecture Sialkot - Page 1-2 / Roohani Khazain v.20 p.202)

Oh the Ahmadis who like to reflect, not with narrowmindness but with “aqal” which Allah has given you, don’t you see that history, mentioned in Quran and Sunnah is being repeated? Don’t you know that the Mujaddid that Hazrat Muhammad (saw) has promised for His Ummah at the head of each century must appear? Did Hazrat Massih Ma’ud (as) not also say that he is not the only Promised Messiah, and that even (more than) 10,000 Promised Messiahs can come after him? If your Khalifa elected by man is insinuating that he is himself the Mujaddid, was there a day when he took the name of Allah, declaring on oath that it is Allah who has raised him as Mujaddid and that Allah is talking with him? Think a litte over this...

Two Types of Khulafa in the Jamaat

As for the Musleh Ma’ud, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad (ra), he was also at the start a Khalifa elected by man. But afterwards, did Allah not make him understand through his Kashaf (vision) that he has made that it is him the promised son and reformer which Allah has promised to his father (as)? Was Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra) not a recipient of divine revelation and inspiration? Therefore, look at the difference which exists between these two caliphs. On one hand is a Khalifa whom Allah made his true status of promised reformer and son become apparent for his era and on the other hand there is a Khalifa who followed another Khalifa in expelling, boycotting and scheming to finish off the Khalifa whom Allah has raised!

Elites as Intermediaries: Offering ‘Istighfaar’ to the Khalifa?

And we must not forget the ‘advice’ which this Khalifa, through his Vakil-e-Ala has said, that those people (the penalized ones) should offer ‘Istigfaar’. Let’s make as if we really made an “error”. Therefore, to whom should we have asked for forgiveness, doing Isfigfaar? To Allah, or Khalifa?

I still do not forget the words of the ex-so-called Amir who passed a message to tell me to come forward and write a little letter asking the Khalifa for forgiveness, and to leave all in his hands; he shall do the maximum to settle the matter in my favour before the Khalifa (he know how to settle things!). Just like the Christian priests where people come to confess before them and these priests just spring over them some “blessed” water, and say ‘All your sins are now forgiven!’

Who do they – the 4th and 5th Khalifa, along with their deputy chiefs – think they are? Christian priests? Or “Iznogood” (Is no Good) who wants to become caliph in place of the caliph? 

They are playing God on earth!