The Truth Message – Part – 5.12:
Resemblance of Jama’at-e-Ahmadiyya with Jama’at-e-Muhammadiyya
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
[In The Name Of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Ever Merciful]
History often repeats itself, doesn’t it?
This phenomenon is witnessed again when we compare the times of Mohammad (saw) with the times of Ahmad (as). Timeline of Jama’at-e-Ahmadiyya is a near reflection of Jama’at-e-Mohammadiyya.
Similarities between the first generation of (Mohammadin) Muslims with the last generation of (Ahmadi) Muslims
There are numerous similarities between the first generation of Muslims and Ahmadi Muslims. Both suffer their share of persecution, both saw its leaders & people forced to leave their homeland, and most importantly both flourished incredibly under the guidance of Khilafat.
“It has always been the way of God, ever since He created man in the earth, that He helps His Messengers and the Prophets, and grants them victory – as He has said ‘Allah has decreed that He and His Messengers shall certainly prevail’ (58:22)… God manifests with powerful Signs the truthfulness of their claims, and sows at their hands the seed of righteousness which they want to spread in the world. (The Will, pp. 4-5).
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[Sign4] Division of Muslims
Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) among many of his prophecies has mentioned, in one hadith, a prophecy which many of us have seen fulfilled in our life time. More than 1400 years ago, our beloved master, Muhammad (peace be upon him) made a prophecy in the following words:
Abdullah bin Amar (RA) relates that the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“Surely things will happen to my people as happened earlier to Israelites, they will resemble each other like one shoe in a pair resembles the other…, verily the Israelites were divided into 72 sections but my people will be divided into 73 sections, all of them will be in the fire except one.” (Trimizi, Kitabul Eeman)
The companions asked, ‘Who are they (the one) O Messenger of Allah? The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “They are those who will be like me and my companions.”
[…indicating that remaining 72 will resemble the Israelites while only one will resemble him and his companions]
The Holy Prophet (on whom be peace) has said:
‘He who keeps away from a divine Jama’at by so much as a step is not one of us.’
Let us now compare the community of the Promised Messiah called Jama’at-e-Ahmadiyya to see if they actually have any resemblance with the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions (as) as prophesied.
I believe that the resemblance mentioned in the hadith should be reflected in not one but many aspects of life of the followers of this one Jama’at.
One must clearly see it in their Taqwa as well as in actual events surrounding their lives. As different personalities perceive characters differently and thus a solid proof of the resemblance of a character with another cannot be provided and can only be observed and judged by individuals.
I would like to assure everyone, who associates with Ahmadi Muslims that if they observe keenly they will see reflections of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) and Hadhrat Uthman Ghani (RA) among men and Hadhrat Khadija (RA) among women when it comes to financial sacrifices, they will see the character of Hadhrat Bilal (RA) when it comes to steadfastness and they will see reflections of Hadhrat Umar (RA) and Hadhrat Ali (RA) when it comes to bravery and so on…
As far Taqwa is concerned, I believe, Allah is the only Judge of Taqwa, so I shall leave it and let the individuals decide for themselves what do they see in terms of Taqwa when they associate with Ahmadi Muslims.
Only a person with strong Imaan can proceed from this point.
[Only a true believer can read & understand beyond this point]
There are some actual events which surrounded the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions and got recorded in the history as well as some in the Holy Qur’an, which I would like to discuss in this article and show to the readers how these events repeated themselves in the history of Ahmadiyyat with each and every resemblance with the event which occurred in the time of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).
1. Stoning Because of Beliefs
I am sure the readers would agree with me that persecution of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions (RA) was very severe. However, there is one event of the life of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) which did not escape any historian. Even the western, non-Muslim historians, like Sir William Muir and W. Montgomery Watt have recorded & testified to the authenticity of the event. I would like to quote Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-din Mahmud Ahmad (RA) from his book “Life of Muhammad”:
Time of Prophet Mohammad (saw):
“Reports of him [Mohammad (saw)] had already reached Taif, and here he now was, without arms or following, a lone individual with only one companion, Zaid. The town folks thought him a nuisance which should be ended, if only to please their chiefs. They set vagabonds of the town and street boys at him who pelted him with stones and drove him out of town. Zaid was wounded and the prophet (peace be upon him) began to bleed profusely.”
One thing is very clear in this event that our beloved master (peace be upon him) got pelted with stones just because of holding the beliefs which were against the popular beliefs of the people of that time. This kind of treatment has been received by several Ahmadi Muslims thus proving their to the holy prophet (peace be upon him) and his companion Hadhrat Zaid (RA) in regards to the event of stoning by opponents had been shown to every generation so far since the foundation of Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam.
Resemblance to this event was manifested in 1905 when the Promised Messiah (AS) visited Amritsar in India and this event is recorded by Friedmann as well as by Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad (RA) from whose book I shall quote now:
Time of Prophet Ahmad (as):
“The carriage was brought up to a side door of the apartment, and the Promised Messiah (AS) proceeded to occupy it. As he was going to seat himself, this became known to people, and such of them as were standing outside the lecture hall advanced towards him, and one of them struck at him with a thick heavy stuff. One of his disciples who was nearby at once placed himself between the Promised Messiah (AS) and the assailant to ward off the blow. Fortunately the carriage door was opened and the stuff stuck against it and the gentleman escaped with only a slight injury. As soon as the Promised Messiah had taken his seat the carriage started. The mob rained a shower of stones at it.”
The next generation saw this event repeated in the time of Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih II (RA). After Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih II (RA) made a claim to be the promised son of the Promised Messiah (AS), he held several public lectures and gatherings in various cities of the Indian subcontinent in early 1940’s and at several of these occasions public pelted his and his companions with stones.
At one of these occasions, Sheikh Ijaz Ahmad Sahib, nephew of Sir Muhammad Iqbal Sahib, also came to oppose the movement. However, when he saw opponents pelting Ahmadi Muslims with stones, he decided to confess his faith in Ahmadiyya Islam saying that this indeed is the way opponents treated our beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
2. Similarities in Other Forms of Persecutions
Next I would like to discuss some of the collective persecution Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions received at the hands of opponents and show the same type of persecution extended towards Ahamdis by all the 72 sections of Islam.
One of the action which people of Mecca resorted to in order to put pressure on Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions to try and force them to denounce their faith and its preaching is recorded by Watt [Mohammad at Mecca ] as:
a) Time of Messenger Mohammad (saw):
“With the formation of a grand alliance a boycott of clans of Hashim and al-Muttalib was instituted. None of the other clans was to have any business dealings with them, and there was to be no intermarriages.”
Time of Messiah Ahmad (as):
Is this alliance and boycott any different than the one recorded by [Munir Report] and Friedmann. He states:
“All Pakistan Muslim Parties convention was held in Karachi in January 1953. The convention was attended by leading Muslim ‘ulama’. Some of them represented organizations, such as the Jama’at-i Islami, the Jamiyyat al-ulama-i Islam and others. The convention resolved to resort to “direct action,” demanded the resignation of the prime minister of Pakistan, and declared a total boycott of the Ahmadis.”
A total social boycott of Ahmadi Muslims was also announced and implemented in 1974 throughout Pakistan.
b) Time of Prophet Mohammad (saw):
We are all aware of the price Hadhrat Bilal (RA) paid for reciting the Kalimah.
When Bilal’s master, Umayyah ibn Khalaf found out, he began violently to torture Bilal. With Abu Jahl instigating, Umayyah tied Bilal up and had him dragged around Mecca as a means to break Bilal’s faith. Even when the torture was taken to the extreme, Bilal would repeat “Ahad Ahad” (God is absolute/one). Frustrated upon Bilal’s refusal to denounce Islam, Umayyah became even more angry. He ordered that Bilal’s limbs were to be stretched out and tied to stakes lying flat on desert sand, so that he could feel the intensity of the sun and the Arabian heat. He would be whipped and beaten while tied to the stakes. Constantly refusing to denounce Islam, Umayyah became frustrated and ordered that a large boulder/stone be placed on Bilal’s chest. The boulder heated by the sun burned Bilal’s body while also crushing him. However, Bilal remained firm in belief and continued to say “Ahad Ahad”. After such punishments, news of this slave reached some of Muhammad’s companions who told Muhammad of the slave. Muhammad then sent Abu Bakr. Eventually, Abu Bakr negotiated a deal with Umayyah to purchase Bilal and emancipate him from slavery.
Sir William Muir records in his book: Life of Mohammad:
“In the depth of his anguish, the persecutors could force from him but one expression, AHAD! AHAD! ‘ONE, ONE (only God)!’ On such an occasion Abu Bakr passed by, and secured liberty of conscience to the faithful slave by purchasing his freedom.”
Time of Ahmad (as):
Price the Ahmadi Muslims are paying for reciting the Kalima.
“So far more than 100 people of this Jama’at have been killed in different parts of the world in the name of religion. Since 1984, during the Kalima wiping campaigns started by the administration of Pakistan, this blessed Jama’at has had the opportunity to offer sacrifices like the companions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). About 50 thousand Ahmadis live in Rabwah and a case has been registered against every one of them for the offense of reciting the Kalima.” [Daily Nawai Waqt, 21st December 1989].
Among different periods during the one and a half thousand years history of Islam, Muslims have been alleged to have forced non-believers into reciting the Kalima Tayyeba. However, no other example is found of an event where a person reciting Kalima was stopped by sword.
c) Time of Mohammad (saw):
It is well known that Meccans tried their best to stop Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions from preaching and practicing their religion. Every possible step was taken to stop them. They were prohibited from Praying and we find its mention even in the Qur’an which many commentators have said to be referring to the action of Abu Jahl.
“Hast thou seen him who forbids A servant (of Ours) when he prays.” (Holy Quran Ch.96: Vs.11-12)
Time of Ahmad (as):
Today it has been made illegal for Ahmadi Muslim to Pray salaat as by doing that they would be ‘pretending to be Muslim’ which for an Ahmadi Muslim is charged of criminal offense and punishable by law in Pakistan. Even countries like Bangladesh & Indonesia are following suit.
The Meccans did not like to call Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions Muslims but called them Sabians.
Today, it is illegal for an Ahmadi Muslim to claim to be a Muslim and Ahmadi Muslims are given the names like Mirzais, Qadianis, etc. So far 729 cases had been registered against Ahmadi Muslims for calling Adhan (call to prayer), and claiming to be Muslim… this is only tip of the ice-berg, to know the details of persecution – see ‘Persecution of the People of the Promised Prophet’ in coming chapters.
A cursory glance at the rainbow of sacrifices by all Ahmadis in terms of life, property, and many other things stands as a strong resemblance of them to the early Muslims, Masha’Allah.
Jama’at-e-Ahmadiyya Muslimah has the honor of making matching innumerable sacrifices in the cause of Allah as were done by Jama’at-e-Mohammadiyya – the early Muslims, Al’humdulillah
4. Hijra [relocation] Because of Persecution
Time of Mohammad (saw):
It is well know in both Islamic as well as non-Islamic worlds that Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions had to migrate out of their homeland and seek asylum into various foreign lands because of intense persecution in Mecca (their homeland). First of this migration was to Abyssinia as recorded by Ibn-e-Hisham [The Sirah of Muhammad ] and Sir William Muir [Life of Mohammad]:
“To escape these indignities and danger of perversion, Muhammad (peace be upon him) now recommended such of his followers as were without protection to seek an asylum in a foreign land”. This is termed the first Hijra or the flight to Abyssinia, as distinguished from the later more extensive emigration to the same quarter.”
And then eventually the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) himself had to emigrate to Madina around April 622 [Life of Mohammad]:
“Two or three weeks after the pledge of Akaba, that is, about the beginning of Muharram, the emigration commenced.”
Time of Ahmad (as):
Many Ahmadi Muslims in our present time had to follow this Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions just because of the beliefs they hold and because of the ever intensifying persecution in Pakistan. Following is what the human rights advocates had to say to the United Nations [E/CN.4/1986/NGO 30].
“Ahmadi Muslims are being driven out of Pakistan. When seeking refuge in other countries, they have a prime facie showing of persecution based on religion. Asylum rights and the right of non-refoulement are involved. Any country that forcibly repatriates an Ahmadi Muslim to Pakistan while Ordinance XX is in effect is in violation of international law.”
Those who persecute Ahmadi Musilms shamelessly admit that the aim of the persecution is to drive Ahmadi Muslims out of Pakistan or to exterminate them, as expressed by Dr. Karen Parker:
“Leading pro-government Muslim clergy told the speaker that their aim is to drive the Ahmadis out of Pakistan, to arrest those who remain and to destroy or seize Ahmadi religious property.”
And finally the migration of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) himself was resembled by the migration of Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad Khalifatul Masih IV. The immigration of Hadhrat Ameerul Mo’maneen (may Allah be his helper) like Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) in the capacity of the leader of the faithful took place in 1984 after the announcement of the infamous ordinance XX in Pakistan. And just as at the time of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), other than occasional individual migrations because of the persecution there were two major collective migrations before our beloved master (peace be upon him) migrated to Madina. Similarly, in the present time there were two mass migrations of Ahmadi Muslims out of Pakistan because of persecution before Hadhrat Ameerul Mo’maneen (may Allah be his helper) himself migrated. One of these mass migrations was in 1953 and the other one in 1974.
6. Independent Testimony of Resemblance
In the following I shall present some quotation from different sources where people have testified that Ahmadi Muslims resemble Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions in their character, their struggle, enthusiasm, love for their faith and in persecution they are subjected to.
“At the present time all the sects of Muslims are impressed one way or the other by English, Hindu or other nations. It is only Ahmadi Jama’at, which like the first Muslims are not influenced by any individual or a group and are carrying out purely Islamic works.” [Daily “Mashriq”]
“It is an accepted fact that the way Ahmadi Muslim are preaching their religion and practical vigorous efforts they have done in this endeavor has hardly been paralleled by any other Islamic Jama’at after the Arab Khulafa’a-i-Rashideen.” [Monthly “Punjabi Jeevan Preetee”].
“We still retain the truthfulness and Islamic Spirit in India because here the unveiled services of the spiritual leaders are constantly at work. And there have always been some scholars of such a stature who do not worship wealth. And if you ask the truth, in the present time, this work is carried out by the followers of Late Mirza Ghulam Ahmad on the same pattern as the first Muslims used to do it.” [Daily “Mashriq”].
Taj Muhammad Bhatti, Nazim-e-Aala (the highest regional office) Majlise Tahafze Khatme Nabuwwat (an organization established to and bent on persecuting Ahmadi Muslims) Quetta Pakistan gave the following testimony in a court trial [Jadid Ilmal Kalam Kay A’almi Asarat]:
“It is true that at the time of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), when people prayed (said Salat), called Adhan or recited Kalima, the disbelievers treated them in exactly the same way as we treat Ahmadis today.”
7. Similarity in Rewards
Rewards for the sacrifices Muslims of the time of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) are countless and too many to be noted in this article, however major reward to which Allah has drawn the attention of all Muslims in Sura Nasr of the Holy Qur’an in following words [Holy Quran]:
“When the help of Allah comes and the Victory. And thou seest men entering the religion of Allah in troops.” [Holy Quran Ch. 110: Vs. 2-3]
Time of Mohammad (saw):
And it is established fact of the history that after Hijra, Islam spread very fast and people entered the fold of Islam in big groups. Tribe after tribe joined the religion of Islam. Especially after the conquest of Mecca, numbers of people entering the fold of Islam was overwhelming. Indeed people entered the fold of Islam in troops at the time of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions.
Time of Ahmad (as):
Following is a portion copied from a web page on the world wide web of the anti-Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam.
Just as at the time of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companion even the bitterest enemies of Islam bore witness to the success and the rewards Allah bestowed upon early Muslims, today even the bitterest enemies, such as the author of the above mentioned web site who have started an anti-Ahmadiyya Movement, bears witness to the Rewards bestowed by Allah on the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam in the following words:
“Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam is a Religio-Political Trading Corporation. It has branches in all countries and all major cities of the world under whose umbrella Qadianis/Ahmadis are systematically trapping Muslims, who are ignorant of their evil designs. Whether in America, Europe or Central Asia, or the underprivileged and displaced communities like Africans and Bosnian Refugees, all those who are not aware of the real motives of Ahmadiyya Movement get trapped by them in the name of Islam.
50,000 Muslims in Mali, 24,000 Muslims in Ivory Coast, 100,000 Bosnian Refugees in Europe and 45000 Albanians are just a few victims of Qadiani Onslaught.”
People of all races are joining the Jama’at without any discrimination.
So dear readers: Don’t we see the promise of Allah fulfilling?
“And thou seest men entering the religion of Allah in troops.” being fulfilled again in favor of Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, Al’humdulillah
At the end I would like to leave the readers, who may see the resemblance Jama’at-e-Ahmadiyya Muslimah (out of 73 sects among Muslims) with the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions, with some Ahadith of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) to ponder at.
Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:
“One who dies without accepting the Imam (Appointed by Allah) of the time, his death is a death in disbelief“. [Masnad Ahmad ibn Hanble]
Regarding Imam Mahdi, our beloved master Mohammad (saw) said:
“When you see him (Imam Mahdi) then certainly perform bait to him even if you have to crawl over your knees through the mountains of snow because he (Imam Mahdi) will be the Khalifa of God.” [Mastadarrak Hakim Kitab al-Fitn Wal Malaham].
“One who obeyed Imam Mahdi obeyed me, one who disobeyed him disobeyed me.” [Biharul Anwaar ].
“One who rejected Imam Mahdi he did kufr” [Hajj Al-Kiramah ].
Copied from “73 Divisions in Islam and one True Jama’at” by Dr. Ijaz A. Rauf. Website: alislam.org
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