London: On the 7th of March 2013, the London Metropolitan Islamic Society (ISOC) and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association (AMSA) had planned to host a debate on the topic of “Is the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community the Promised Messiah?” between Shaykh Mumtaz Ul Haq (ISOC representative) and Mr. Ibrahim Ikhlaf (AMSA representative). Unfortunately, the event has had to be postponed for various reasons, which are set out in detail below.
The initial proposition for the debate came from the AMSA President to the ISOC President and it was agreed that a debate would be held. To make it clear it was Ahmadi Muslim Students who initiated this debate. Following this, the topic of “What is the True Meaning of ‘Khataman Nabiyeen’ – the ‘Seal of the Prophets’?” was agreed upon verbally after several meetings. At the last minute the topic was changed by the ISOC to “Is the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community the Promised Messiah”, which the AMSA agreed to.
Both AMSA and ISOC presidents signed a contract regarding this topic yet despite this, the ISOC deviated from the signed contract and advertised altogether a third topic on their Facebook page of “Who was the founder of the Ahmadiyya Community?“. The contract also set out the rules for the debate which both parties agreed….