British Muslim group criticized for rejecting Ahmadi Muslim sect

Members of Tehreek-e-Khatme Nabuwwat, a radical Islamist group shout slogans as they demand to declare the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community non Muslims in front of the national mosque in Dhaka.

Members of Tehreek-e-Khatme Nabuwwat, a radical Islamist group, shout slogans as they demand to declare the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community non-Muslims in front of the national mosque in Dhaka January 3, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION) – RTR3C2HE

Source: RNS

(RNS) The Muslim Council of Britain is rejecting the minority Ahmadiyya sect, less than two weeks after an Ahmadi shopkeeper was stabbed to death in Scotland.

“Muslims should not be forced to class Ahmadis as Muslims if they do not wish to do so,” MCB, an umbrella group of Muslim organizations in the U.K., said in a statement Wednesday (April 6).

It said the statement was issued because “pressure is mounting to describe this community as Muslim.”

Asad Shah, an Ahmadi shopkeeper in Glasgow, was killed March 24 by a Muslim man in what police called a religiously motivated attack. The MCB condemned the attack soon after, but distanced itself from the sect when debate reignited over whether Ahmadis fall within Islam.

The sect has faced persecution since it was founded in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, whom his followers accept as a prophet and the promised reformer. Mainstream Muslims believe Muhammad was the final prophet and many see Ahmadis as heretics.

“Given this fundamental theological difference with the Ahmadi community, the MCB is not in a position to represent or be represented by the Ahmadi community,” the MCB said.

The MCB’s statement decried hate speech against the sect, stating: “The targeting of Ahmadis for their beliefs is totally unacceptable.”

But the umbrella organization has listed two anti-Ahmadi hate groups with roots in Pakistan among its affiliate organizations.

In 2003, when the Ahmadiyya community opened Western Europe’s largest mosque in Surrey, the MCB issued a statement calling Ahmad “an imposter” and denying that the building was a mosque.

Critics say such sectarianism is inciting further persecution against Ahmadis in the U.K., where in recent years Muslim groups have rallied against the opening of Ahmadiyya mosques, distributed anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlets and organized boycotts against shops owned by members of the sect.

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2 replies

  1. It is difficult to understand that anyone will be pressurized to call ahmadies , as Muslim . Religion is a relationship between Allah and an individual . According to religion , if anyone is following right path , he will be dearer to Allah . Have ahmadies been deprived by Allah from His grace and mercy ; and the moment Muslims start calling them Muslim , the situations will be altered ? Ahmadies are striving for only one thing I.e; to become a good Muslim before Allah who is the Lord of the day of judgment . Certainly moulvies, members of committees & mosques , and Muslim mass are not Allah . Yes , we are worried for those people who are , by calling Ahmadies kafir , deliberately or undeleberately , involved in that job which is not the path of Islam . And it is the proven fact that deviation from the teachings of Islam by those who claim to be the custodian of the religion , displeases Allah . Every Muslim knows that displeasure of Allah , is not in the interest of us .

  2. Probably soon time will come when Ahmadiyya will be known as true face of Islam. Bani Israil declined acceptance of Jesus A.S. Later Nasaara became the true followers of Jesus A.S. Similar looks in pipe line for Islam. As per my little knowledge word Muslim has oft been used in Quran for various prophets and their followers. With reference to word Islam it has only been used in Quran where God Almighty declared completing His Blessings on Prophet Muhammad s.a.v.s. To my scanty knowledge no where in Quran word Muslim has been used only for the followers of Islam. Islam means peace, love and respect for each other so who so ever ensuring all these is in fact following the true Islam.

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