Thursday, September 20, 2018

Peace and Unity among Ahmadis

The world of Islam today is splintered on denominational and sectarian lines. The lineages of the great divide among the Muslims go far back into history, originating in the disputes over obedience to authority and the sharing of power in the times after the Holy Prophet (sa) and his rightly-guided successors, the pious Caliphs. It’s a searing fact of history that after that first century of Islam, the Muslims had never been united as a single spiritual and political order. With the great schism among the believers leading to the formation of sectarian identity among them; the lofty identity of Islam receded to the backdrop and the Muslims were reduced to be either Sunnis or Shiites and in course of time, with the entrenchment of deep divisions over questions of Islamic law, new groups emerged among them on sectarian lines.

Indeed, there is no monolithic/single/unified ‘Islam’ in our times; there are many ‘Islams’ as the proliferation of religious groupings among the nearly two billion Muslims around the world so clearly demonstrate. This is unfortunately true as well, even in the relatively humble and small world of Ahmadiyya Islam- the community of Muslims assembled originally by the Promised Massih Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian in the previous century. Today, despite all that the Promised Massih (as) had taught about the unity of all religions in Islam, the Ahmadis or the people who claim themselves to be the followers of that great saint of Islam, themselves are splintered into numerous sects and groupings. For instance, the different Ahmadi sects include the following: Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Qadian, Anjuman Ahmadiyya Lahore, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Al Muslemun, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Islah Pasand, Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam and the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Haquiqui.

No one can deny that the Holy Qur’an had indeed warned the Muslims about the lessons of human history. Whereas unity and cohesion leads to progress and blessings, disagreement and splintering leads to decline and fall. The Divine Book says, “This community of yours is one single community, and I am your Lord. So fear Me. But they are divided into sects, each sect rejoicing in its belief.” (23: 53-54)“And if your Lord had willed, He could have made mankind one community. Yet they continue to disagree (among them) except those upon whom your Lord has bestowed His Mercy. This is why He created them ...” (11: 119-120). 

It is possible to look at the diversity of situations and the plurality of opinions among Ahmadis as the existential condition of the times we are living in. In dealing with questions where we differ among ourselves, however, it is important to keep the big picture in mind all the time- including the obligations of brotherhood left behind by the Holy Prophet (sa) when he stated: “A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. Do not hate each other and do not be jealous of each other and do not desert each other, O worshipers of Allah! Be brothers! And whoever meets the needs of his brother, Allah will meet his needs”. Indeed, the Ahmadi believers have a duty to respect the integrity and religious choices of our fellow humans found in different sects of Islam. Rather than seeking to project narrow interests, group-based prejudices and sectarian mindsets; engage with the brethren in faith in a spirit of solidarity and kindness in furthering the shared ideals of Islam

An Appeal to All 

In October 2008, in the seventh year of the present Divine Manifestation, Hadhrat Muhyi-ud-Din Al Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) of Mauritius made a fervent, Divinely-inspired Appeal to all mankind, especially to his Ahmadi brothers found in various sects of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya to improve the quality of their spiritual engagements and public debates and to rise above their sectarian perspectives so as to truly embrace the purpose of a spiritual life. 

Read the Document Below:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

An appeal to all Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha`at Islam Lahore & Ahmadiyya Muslim Community & A Special Appeal to all Mankind

If two groups of believers fought with each other, you shall reconcile them. If one group aggresses against the other, you shall fight the aggressing group until they submit to Allah’s command. Once they submit, you shall reconcile the two groups equitably. You shall maintain justice; Allah loves those who are just.

The believers are members of one family; you shall keep the peace within your family and reverence Allah, that you may attain mercy. (Al-Hujurat, Ch.49 V.10-11)

It is unfortunate that though we all belong to the Ummaté Muhammadiyya (s.a.w) and the Jamaat of Hazrat Massih Ma’oud (a.s), each group is putting forward arguments to belittle the faith and values of each other. It is really painful to see brothers fighting, arguing and belittling each other in the name of their own misconceptions. Why are we fighting when we should be like one family in Islam and Ahmadiyyat as taught to us by our Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and Hazrat Massih Maoud Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s)?

When Ahmadi Muslims are fighting each other, it gives the other Muslims and the other religions the opportunity to ridicule more the Jamaat of our beloved Massih Maoud (a.s). Be it if you belong to the “Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha`at Islam Lahore” or the “Ahmadiyya Muslim Community”, you should bear in mind the things that we have in common instead of flaunting around the differences which there are between us, and by these differences denigrating each other in endless debates, discussions and fights.

We Ahmadis are all believers in the proclamation of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s) as the Promised Messiah and Mahdi; the Mujaddid of his time.

Now we must all work hand in hand to propagate the teachings of Islam as one like the Promised Messiah (a.s) did in his own time. But now we are living in such times that we have the latest technologies to help us in better propagating the teachings of Islam. We must not misuse these technologies to calumniate each other. In the final go, all must account before Allah Tabarak Wa Ta’ala for each and every action of ours. Only Allah knows the faith of His servants.

We are brothers of one same breed – We are first of all humans and at our birth, we were all born Muslims, without defects. Our environment made us take different directions in life. Our beliefs, through Allah’s mercy got solidly established in the religion of Islam, like the like we were all born from. But now why are we fighting?

Arguments will go on and on, but no solution is being found to bring us all together. Allah has talked in the past, is talking today with His Chosen One and will ever continue to talk to His Chosen ones till the end of time.

If as Muslims we are fighting like this, each of us at our brothers’ throat ready to pounce on them at any moment, when will we become one? When will the community of Hazrat Muhammad (s.a.w) become one? When will humanity become one? When will the true believers rejoice of the Promise of an “Ummaté Waahida” (One Community) if brothers and brothers are fighting among each other?

It is really sad that though Allah has sent numerous signs and warnings in this era, but no one is taking heed to them. Calamities and economic crisis are coming in great sea-waves ready to devastate the whole world, from great countries to little islands. Humanity is in danger. Faith in Allah and His Messenger Hazrat Muhammad (s.a.w) is in danger of being lost in the tides of fights and hatred which have perpetrated into the hearts of Muslims, whatever their groups or sects.

It is our moral duty not to calumniate the prophets and envoys of Allah, whatever their titles they have got from Allah. Only Allah will be witness to their truthfulness. The one who calumniates a prophet of Allah, be it past prophets before the appearance of Hazrat Muhammad (s.a.w) or those who have come after his advent and those who will continue to come in the future, will be accountable to Allah.

The Messenger of Allah is here only to pass on the message. He has not got the capacity and power from Allah to instill faith into the hearts of people. Only those who are “Ulul Al Baab” (People of Understanding) will come to realize the importance of this message. These people may not be rich in terms of livelihood or not highly educated people, but they are those people who are connected deeply with Allah and His words. They are those who understand that come what may, one must always do the efforts to reunite instead of going far from their brethrens of the same faith.

Religion can be debated in many aspects, but what about making the effort to come forward for the love of Allah to gather together the pieces of the community of Islam as one big community of the world so as to preach Tawheed and love for one another, instead of letting Satan divide us further and further.

This humble one does what he does through the instructions of Allah. Allah knows his heart thoroughly. He knows that His Messenger wants to accomplish the mission that he has been sent for, for the benefit of mankind, and especially so Muslims who should have been first to recognize the Promise of Allah through the comings of His Messengers through time and time on.

The heart of a Messenger of Allah is sensible on these matters. He wants to unite and not break bonds. Everyone has the option to either come forward in brotherhood for the Love of Allah, or lack behind because of hatred or resentment. This must not be the case.

One must respect the beliefs of others. Even after each one of you have done the efforts to put forward your point of views on the subject which matters to you, but you must also hear what others has to say without pouncing on him, in a never-ending tug of war. I would like to address to the members of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha`At Islam Lahore to stop criticizing and blaming Hazrat Musleh Maoud (a.s) Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad (r.a). All of you (Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha`At Islam Lahore & Ahmadiyya Muslim Community), respect the beliefs your brothers and cease these never-ending discussions. Instill love for all hatred for none in your heart and never boycott your brothers and do not hurt their feelings & beliefs. Instead when you meet each other, greet each other with the Salutation of Peace which is a vital Islamic teaching to remove any hatred from your hearts. Also, whenever there is a function, invite each other, to foster brotherhood and love among you like our beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the Perfect model for mankind had advised us.

We are Muslims. So let us all take our responsibilities as Muslims. Allah has said: “La Ikraaha Fid-Deen” (No Compulsion in Religion). Only Allah knows what to do with people who take the wrong path.

Messengers of Allah have special works from Allah to reunite people together in the name of Allah and feed them with the food of spirituality, to make them realize that whatever wrong they are doing, they should cease to do it. Instead one must try to develop goodness in him. In fact, goodness is inherent in him, but he should do all the more efforts to make this goodness develop intensely in him. He must not let any hatred into the compound of his heart.

The Holy Quran has given us many ways to deal with people. There are those who are given the right to apply the Law of Moses (a.s): “an eye for an eye”; others are permitted to apply the law of Jesus which is only forgiveness (no violence); but our Final Religion Islam teaches us the middle way, which depends according to circumstances.

A “Messenger of Allah” is not like the “Common People” – Yes all are humans, but the Messengers have special and hardest tasks which they have to accomplish, because if they do not obey Allah accordingly, their consequences will be very bad. Even if Allah punishes them, but Allah never abandon them, because they are from His waters, from His essence; for it is Him who has sent them especially for this mission, as special ambassadors to put forward the truth of His existence before people and to denounce falsehood.

So, all Human Ahmadi Muslims (from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community or Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha`at Islam Lahore) must realize that each one of you has a moral duty as per the Quran to discard your differences and base yourselves on the same belief which you profess to have in the Holy Book of Allah the Quran and the Holy Prophet of Allah, Hazrat Muhammad (s.a.w). Each and Every Messiah, Mujaddid, Prophet, Messenger, Muhyi-ud-Din, Khalifatullah who will come in each era to proclaim themselves in the name of Allah should be looked into so that you may be counted among the closest to Allah through the pact that you have made with Him before you came into this world.

Hold Islam firmly in your heart. Do not let your blood pressure to rise up at the call of the enemy whose sole aim is to distance you from the mercy of Allah. I have humbly come in the power vouchsafed to me from Allah to advice you, to guide you towards Him and not me. Guiding people to accept me is not my duty. My duty is to give you the glad tidings that if you leave all your wrongdoings and repent sincerely before only Allah and worship Allah alone, and believe in all his prophets, his angels, holy books, in life after death – in the existence of paradise and hell, and his decree, then you are among those whom Allah has graced with Islam. Now, each of you must perfect your Islam so that you may have perfect Imaan, for Imaan (faith) is found only in the hands of Allah, if he will give it to you or not.

When you obey Allah and his Rassool (the Rassool of Allah of his time), and stay firm with him for the love of Allah and to do the works of Allah along with him – to propagate the Deen-é-Islam in every heart, then definitely you will be among the luckiest persons of this world and the next. You will become rich in terms of spirituality and love of Allah and his messenger. The one who breaks his pact which he has established with Allah and turns his back to the revelations and messages of Allah which he has witnessed, falls into the categories of hypocrites who were each time present in the times of all prophets – even our beloved prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was not made an exception; whereby hypocrites were crowded around him. But then Allah little by little removed them from his circle. Allah knows best what to do with them.

O ye brothers, sisters and children who are anxious of the love of Allah and His mercy, never turn your backs to the words of Allah, to His revelations, for if you do so, you will not be turning your backs to the Messenger of Allah, but you will be turning your backs to Allah Himself, who have given you all in life.

Reflect carefully upon each and every action and word that you do or say. You will have to account for all these in front of Allah. Let us join hands for the sake of Allah – to spread goodwill instead of hatred. I, the Khalifatullah have come into this world for your own good, your own well-being. I do not ask you for any payment or salary for this work. My life, honour, food and drink are found in the hands of Allah. Even if the world reject this humble one, and do not take heed of the divine message, but Allah will always be with His Messenger and all the angels will be in the ranks of my army against all evils of this world.

Calumnies have always poured down upon Messengers of Allah from every direction and nook. Only Allah stands to support His Chosen One, to guide him. O mankind, O my brothers, sisters and Children, I am a Spiritual Father to you all, wanting only your betterment. Listen to the message coming from Allah who wants you to forego all evils to grip firmly His Unicity.

Come forward like the true soldiers of Allah to eradicate evil, to banish Satan and his enemies from the realm of your own hearts and souls. When you will succeed in cleaning yourselves from that darkness, you will better appreciate the Light which comes from Allah; to such extent that you also can experience revelations from Allah, to guide you to Him.

Become a little Muhammad (s.a.w) and turn towards your Lord. Do Good, see Good and reap Good. Bear in mind, that one day, be it today, tomorrow or any other day you will have to return back to your Creator to account before Him for all your actions.

Allah has sent a Messenger towards you so that you may be counted as the lucky ones to come closest to Allah; seize this golden opportunity to be graced with the favours of Allah and His blessings like those of a thousand “Laila-tul-Qadr”.

Make peace among you; love all your brothers and sisters and children in faith for the love of Allah so that tomorrow Allah may be satisfied with you completely. Reach to others to preach them the Unicity of Allah. Love them and instill the fear of Allah in your heart. Become true “Dai-illallah” so that Allah may count you among those who have spread His Deen and Unicity to people. Even if one person becomes a sincere Muslim through your humble effort, your reward will be countless before the eyes of Allah. Thus develop Taqwa, and put into practice the commandments of Allah in the Holy Quran. Keep yourselves pure. Be pious devotees of Allah who wish goodness to one and all. Truth is bound to be victorious over falsehood. Our duty is to make ourselves an embodiment of truth and love of Allah, so that tomorrow the world may recognize the truthfulness of Islam as the faith of all people from the beginning till the end of time.

May Allah bless all those who follow the Guidance coming from Him,

Munir Ahmad Azim
Hazrat Amir’ul Momeneen Muhyi-ud-Din Al-Khalifatullah


23 October 2008