The Ahmadiyya community is a lost monster of unresolved tenants, Punjabi culture and an out-of-touch community whose aims are elitist. Hidden behind the banners of ‘love for all hatred for none’, there’s a real feel of uncertainty in every single member. Ahmadiyyat has been extremely vulnerable from the outset, and it has changed its theology rapidly to suit the time, and has successfully kept people in check using totalitarian and military style mechanisms.
It has managed to morph many traditions at once into a cult with very complex roots and direction. Here’s just a list of what I think has made up Ahmadiyyat
- It has a Shia twist to it.
Constant glorification is giving to those in high office with absolute respect, and utmost obedience. It reminds me of Shia clerks and how they literally worshipped by their people. Ahmadis have pictures of Jalsa and Masroor on their walls like it’s something to be worshipped. Also, the indoctrination methods used to incite hate towards Sunnis are similar to how Ahmadis are raised with fear of other Muslims especially Sunnis.
- They have Sunni tradition at their backbone
Even dare I say, they adhere to the modern salafiyyah of today in their narrow minded attitude towards the writings and sayings of Mirza and Masroor. You should see how they wrap their women on TV, it’s as if they were contaminated animals about to be shipped back to the wild life. In Rabwah (Pakistan), niqab is worn by all Ahmadi women. The strict pardah rules are crazy, with all the propaganda, regressive parenting and judgemental uncles; Ahamdi girls are pretty loose on modesty. This stuff doesn’t really work here in the UK, the best I’ve seen are some fake hijabis at Jalsa with their hair running down their back, respect though! (not really). Ahmadis from day one have tried to please Muslims, from the Barahim- i-ahmadiyya (supposedly, a defence of Islam), attacking Christian apologetics to adhering to strict laws and commandments in the Sunna. When it comes to Khulafa and jamat though, you can kiss that a good bye, because the final word is the only word. Any ex-Ahmadi or anyone who spent good time with Ahmadis working would know that office work is more important than Allah; any day. Also, they do take hadith very seriously since they rely on them to prove the coming of the Mehdi, Messiah and prophet.
It’s funny though, they are torn between a highly open-minded, liberal modernist sect and a stanched system full of conspiracies and straw man arguments. Their system goes back to the Stone Age and their rituals are largely Punjabi yet they claim they have rational arguments in the case of Jinn, miracles and prophethood. In this process, they have left a generation of confused, Islamic illiterate and highly vulnerable individuals.
- Christian spirituality
The spirituality aspect comes from Sufism but the way Ahmadis seek acceptance of prayer, dreams and God consciousness is very similar to how Christians behave. The idea that God intervenes everywhere and every time is something extrinsic and unfamiliar with most Muslims. Like Christianity, they think God drives the car with them or something. It’s fine Allah answering prayers, but having divine leadership is a different story. It seems this is the only argument they have left for the truthfulness of Ahmadiyyat, and that too is increasingly under threat. What started out as a movement to crush Christianity and bring back the Renaissance of Islam has ended in disaster; of which little hope is left for an increasingly dying and vulnerable community.
- Modernist slurs
I’m not sure where their love for the West came from, it may be because Muslims rejected them but it’s an odd relationship. The founder and the second Khalifa were very harsh towards the West, calling them all types from the anti-Christ to predicting the last fight to be with the West, even the fourth Khalifa had mentioned this prediction (it would be really appreciated if someone gives me the reference for this).
It has become very confusing ground for Ahmadis as they find it hard to distinguish between being peaceful on the one hand and being liberal and open on the other. I guess everyone has to find a purpose, but this direction is an odd one, it has really divided the Jamat. Some want to go full retard in social justice but others just want to take a quick picture and call it a day. One thing is known for sure among all though, keep smiling and do what you have to do because nobody really knows where this ride is going.
They pride themselves of their secular outlook even though Mirza Ghulam Ahmad never commented on anything to do with this, he never discussed punishments (including apostasy) in the Shariah, nor did he talk about state and religion relation. Yet leftist platform like Huffington post is recruiting every Ahmadi in-sight. It’s a cult that advocates for tolerance, they have almost become like the regressive left of today who advocate for freedom of speech yet don’t practice it. Give them more voice and soon you will see them collapse on their knees as Allah says لم تقولون مالا تعلمون (Why do you speak what you do not practice) and rightly so. If you want to destroy an optimistic group, give it power and give it air, soon it will collapse on its own. The left doesn’t know who they are allying with; I hope one day their tern will come soon too.
Feel free to add your thought!