My response to Murabi Abdullah Dibba: ‘Show me an ex practicing Ahmadi living an admirable moral and spiritual lifestyle?’

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By Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

I am not going to engage in a debate here with the learned scholar.  The fact of the matter is that I am not an Ex Ahmadi, so how can I tackle this?  May be they will in the comment section.

I will not be debating as having blogged more than four hundred thousand articles and tweeted for a long time with 39000 followers in Twitter, I know all debates devolve into dogmatism, black and white thinking and ‘us’ versus ‘them’ paradigms, while I am a staunch believer in universal brotherhood, interfaith tolerance and women rights, so I shy away from destructive debates.  May Allah be our Helper. Ameen

The question that Abdullah Dibba is posing is a complex question, made up of multiple questions, so in reality cannot be answered.

The better questions will be:

Does every human being has a conscience and can he or she be moral?

Does a belief in All Knowing God help humanity in being moral?

Is morality objective or subjective?

What are the struggles in trying to force Biblical or Quranic morality?

Are organized religions a good phenomenon in our present times?

What does the holy Quran say about organized religion?

What are different organized religions doing and what good or bad have they achieved for the humanity in general?

What is the role of organized religion for women rights, who are our mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and daughters in law?

Is ‘truth seeking’ an important human activity?

Is ‘truth seeking’ an individual sport or a team / group sport?

How has science served human search for truth or truths?

If we believe in organized religion how does it affect the secular values in any or every country?

I do not have the audacity to claim that I know all the answers.  However, I have been searching for the answers by blogging for the last 12 years and writing for the last twenty.

I do, at least, firmly believe now that truth is an individual sport and not a team / group sport.  In this regards, I completely agree with Michael Servetus, who gave up his life in defense of pure Monotheism as opposed to Trinity.

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