Ahmad: Violence abhorrent to Islam

staffordcountysun.com: God never compels men to become believers of a faith and humans are granted free will in this regard. Unfortunately, some Muslims tend to forget this basic principle. They simply ignore that the Qur’an tells us that forcing others in matters of faith was the common practice of direct opponents of prophets. The Qur’an says, “And those who disbelieved said to their Messengers, ‘we will, surely, expel you from our land unless you return to our religion’” [14:14].

The latest court decision against the Christian woman in Sudan shows the same mentality. In a recent incident, an American Ahmadi Muslim cardiologist, Mehdi Ali Qamar, was brutally shot dead in Pakistan. He was on a humanitarian trip to serve as a volunteer at Tahir Heart Institute. It shows that perpetrators of such heinous acts are totally ignorant of the true Islamic teachings. They forget that the Qur’an states, “And if God had enforced His will, He would surely have made you all one people” [16:94]. But He did not.

 The month of May reminded me of the long history of religious persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Four years ago on May 28, terrorists attacked two Ahmadi Muslim mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, and 86 members of the community lost their lives on that single day.

If we scroll through the pages of the history of religions, we find one story is repeated time and again. At the advent of a prophet, his followers always face persecution at the hands of those who have deviated from their own faith. However, this persecution becomes a sign of the truthfulness of their message, which the opponents are unable to refute with arguments. The Qur’an says “And Messengers indeed have been rejected before thee” [6:35].

In the wake of all atrocities, the Qur’an expects believers in God to remain steadfast and not to show any sort of retaliation or reaction. “So in God let those who trust put their trust” [14:13].

This patience never goes to waste. The Qur’an gives this good news when it says, “And We will try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives, and fruits; but give glad tidings to the patient” [2:156].

But why does God want believers to bear the atrocities but never retaliate against them? Because “God loves not disorder” [2:206].

On the other hand, the Qur’an says about the mischief-makers: “Beware! It is surely they who create disorder, but they do not perceive it” (2:13).

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  1. Yes, there are many Muslims who uphold the Hadith over many other things. They are called Ahle Hadith. I call them Na ahle hadith. They are mostly in Saudi Arabia. The real teaching is that:
    1. Number one is Quran above all other teachings.
    2. Number two is Sunnah, the practice of the prophet s.a.w.s.
    3. Number three is Hadith, the sayings or description of some deeds of the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s.
    Hadith comes after the Sunnah. The Sunnah which was the practice of the prophet s.a.w.s. started from the very first day and many watched and copied it from very first day. There were no books of Hadith in those days and everything (salaat, Zakaat, fasting, Hajj) was being done very well without any recourse to any Hadith. that was due to the Sunnah and it is continued till this day in the Ummah without any break, generation to generation.
    The Hadith on the other hand was a rare element i.e. something the prophet s.a.w.s. spoke at different time to one or few persons. That was not something known to the masses. It was however very useful matter.
    That is why the Hadith had to be collected with great effort by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim Rh.a. They took much trouble to carefully collect the true traditions (rawayat) of the prophet s.a.w.s.
    What the Hadith can do is just to provide an extra proof of the Sunnah, nothing more. It is wrong to think that hadith has taught the Muslims how to do Wudhu (ablutions), or how to perform daily prayers. All that was being done before the books of Hadith came on the surface (very late in time).
    The quotation from Al Jezira, mentioned in first comment is wrong in saying that hadith teaches the Muslims how to offer prayers and how to pay Zakat. It is the other way around. It is the Hadith of all sects which are cause of all differences amongst the Muslims. Every sect has got its own bundle of Hadith and they are fighting tooth and nail against each other. Hadith is the cause of some discard.
    It is also wrong to say that apostates were killed under the ordnance of Hadith. quote [And stoning people to death for adultery, blasphemy & apostasy were all done during the prophet’s life.]–UNQUOTE ( Al Jazeera )
    The stoning of adulterers was done before revelation of verses of Surah Noor (Chapter 24). Some persons were stoned to death. But that was like the daily prayers of the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. facing Jerusalem. No one had been killed in Madinah for apostasy or blasphemy. There were some persons killed in Madinah for murder, described as follows:
    There were some persons of a tribe who came to Madinah, accepted Islam. They were suffering from some disease. The prophet s.a.w.s. advised them to go live outside away from Madinah in a camp of herd of camel, that they will be cured. They went away out of Madinah and were cured. Thereafter they killed the keeper of the camels, stole some camel and disappeared.
    The prophet s.a.w.s. sent some force after them, arrested them, brought them back to Madinah.
    Those persons were killed, not for apostasy but for murder. Some maulvis give that example as a punishment for apostasy. That is wrong.

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