If this doesn’t sound like me, don’t worry because I wrote this five months ago. I was just waiting for the right time innit 🙂
This blog will show how Qadyani Jamat, stemming out from the Lahoris in 1914 believed that we Muslims are Kuffar and outside the pale of Islam (i.e non-Muslims).
To understand this issue, you have to study a bit of background because it’s quite complicated. The followers of Mirza split into two groups in 1914. The current Ahmadis follow Mahmud (2nd Khalif) and an increasingly dying group had Muhammad Ali as their leader called ‘Lahoris’. The split occurred due to two intertwined reasons. The second Khalifa said Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (his father) was a prophet, and so whoever rejects him is essentially a disbeliever. The more intellectually bright led by Muhammad Ali denied that Mirza ever said he was a real prophet and therefore belief in him was not obligatory. Later on, the second Khalifa changed his mind as a coward would do under pressure, but I’ll write about that next week.
Part one: The split and why it happened
This is what Muhammad Ali had to say of why he wanted to divert from the Ahmadiyya community in a booklet entitled The Split
Mirza Mahmud Ahmad, a son of the Founder of the movement, who is the present head of the Qadian section of the community, began to drift away from the basic principles of the Islamic faith about three years after the death of the Promised Messiah, going so far as to declare plainly that the hundreds of millions of Muslims, living in the world, should be no more treated as Muslims.
Mirza Mahmud Ahmad, misled into a wrong belief by some youthful members of the community, began to promulgate the doctrine that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was actually a prophet, that he was in fact the Ahmad spoken of in Jesus’ prophecy referred to in the Holy Quran in 61:6, and that all those Muslims who had not entered into his bai`at formally wherever they might be living in the world were kafirs, outside the pale of Islam, even though they may not have heard the name of the Promised Messiah.” (pp. 9,10)
Alislam (for Ahmadis) website has a book written by Mahmud Ahmad ‘Truth about the split’ online for everyone to read. They have tried to distance themselves from that book as much as possible but because they are generally dumb, they put it up online. Indeed, that move has led to their destruction as it disapproves everything the proponents of Ahmadiyyat call for today. Mahmud Ahmad says in reply to the aforementioned quote:
“These changes, according to Maulawi Muhammad Ali, relate to three matters; (1) that I propagated the belief that Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was actually a Nabi; (2) the belief that he was ‘the Ahmad’ spoken of in the prophecy of Jesus as referred to in the Holy Quran in Al-Saff 61:7; and (3) the belief that all those so-called Muslims who have not entered into his Bai‘at formally, wherever they may be, are kuffar and outside the pale of Islam, even though they may not have heard the name of the Promised Messiah as.” P.56
And so Mahmud Ahmad (2nd khalif) follows it by
“That these beliefs have my full concurrence, I readily admit. What I deny is the statement that I have been entertaining these views since 1914 or only three or four years before.” P.57
So in this book of over 400 pages, the second khalifa sets out to prove why he believes Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (MGA) a prophet, his name to be prophesised in the Quran as Ahmad, and that everyone in the world who doesn’t accept MGA are disbelievers outside of the fold of Islam wherever they are. The first issue is still a belief held by Ahmadis, he changed his mind about the verse of the Quran which is fair play; he can make mistakes, but the last one seems an issue that Ahmadis unfortunately till today aren’t able to grasp.
Part two: Mahmud Ahmad justifies why non Ahmadi Muslims are not Muslims
Let’s jump right into it and let our boy Mahmud (2nd Khalif) define who is a Kafir and who isn’t.
“As for the question of Kufr (unbelief) of nonAhmadi Muslims, my belief is that Kufr really arises from a denial of God. Hence, whenever there comes any revelation from God of such a nature that its acceptance is obligatory on every man, a rejection of the same leads to Kufr.” P.59
Which is readily understandable right; a prophet comes and those who reject god-sent revelation are deemed rejecters of God.
Furthermore, Mahmud wrote an article in the name of ‘Kufr-o-Islam’ in the pursuit of
“The reason why in March 1911, I wrote an article on the subject of the Kufr of those who did not accept the Promised Messiahas, was that at that time some Ahmadis, under the influence of non-Ahmadis, had begun to write in some non-Ahmadi papers that there was no material difference between Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis, both being Muslims. I was afraid lest this erroneous view should find currency in the Ahmadiyya Community. P.137
See ‘both being Muslims’, he was so careful in the way he distinguished the two groups.
Here, Mahmud explsins further about another article he wrote
“I shall now proceed to give here a summary of the article in question and to quote fully a few passages, in order to enable every reader to judge for himself whether it was possible to read into my article any meaning other than the one it really conveyed. The article was elaborately entitled—‘A Muslim is one who believes in all the Messengers of God.’ The title itself is sufficient to show that the article was not meant to prove merely that those who did not accept the Promised Messiahas were deniers of the Promised Messiahas’. Its object rather was to demonstrate that those who did not believe in the Promised Messiahas were not Muslims.”
Then in my own words. I summarised the purport of the quotations as follows: “Thus, according to these quotations, not only are those deemed to be kuffar, who openly style the Promised Messiahas as kafir, and those who although they do not style him thus, decline still to accept his claim, but even those who, in their hearts, believe the Promised Messiahas to be true, and do not even deny him with their tongues, but hesitate to enter into his Bai‘at, have here been adjudged to be kuffar.”…… it was argued from a verse of the Holy Quran that such people as had failed to recognise the Promised Messiahas as a Rasul even if they called him a righteous person with their tongues, were yet veritable kuffar. P.144-148
In this article ‘A muslim is he who believes in all the prophets’, he writes ‘The Shariah deals with issues by the face of it (what is outwardly clear), so we must call them Kafir. So when the citizens of Switzerland and Tibertan are Kuffar for rejecting the prophet of Allah peace be upon him (Muhammad sas), so how can the people of India be held believers without their belief in the promised Messiah’
I believe the verse he was referring to is that of making no distinguish between prophets, Ahmadis are more than welcome to correct me if I’m wrong, but you have to admit his takfeer here is as clear as the sun.
And just to make it even more clear, picking a statement from a different book in 1916, he writes
“It is our duty that we must not consider non-Ahmadis as Muslims, and we must not pray following them, because we believe that they are denying a prophet of Almighty God.” (Anwar-i Khilafat p. 90)
Now it’s important from all this to note that the second Khalifa was explicitly making takfeer on those who fail to accept a prophet of Allah. Not only was that mentioned in the beginning of the book for the reason of the split, but he goes on for pages to explain how he held this position from the beginning. Its not a case of whether it’s Kufr outside of the pale of Islam (even though that’s what he said in the first passage of the argument) as Ahmadis will have you believe; he defines a Muslim not as the one that proclaims the kalima but one who believes in all the prophets including MGA, and says more than once that non Ahmadi Muslims are not Muslims. Not that they are committing Kuffr, but that they are not Muslims. Should I repeat that one more time!
Ahmadis would often try and get away with it by saying that Mahmud Ahmad meant they were not true Muslims or not fully Muslims. Not only are they trying to put words into his mouth, but are in direct contradiction with the whole argument. We Muslims actually distinguish or at least say that some beliefs or acts take you outside of the fold of Islam, whereas Ahmadis think a smoker and a denier of a prophet are somehow the same. There’s a difference between denying a revelation of Allah and being ignorant of it, i.e. ‘I don’t pray’ versus ‘I don’t believe in prayer’. So if I decline and reject the fact that Allah sent Moses (as) or Jesus (as) or the day of judgement. I immediately fall outside of the pale of Islam. No two Muslims have ever disagreed on this, and I’m only reiterating what the second Khalifa said himself.
And just for the Ahmadis sitting on the fence and can’t believe what they’re reading, I will make it easier for you to understand. Under Islam, we Muslims pray the janaza of Muslims but of course can’t, or just don’t pray or lead a funeral ceremony of a Christian as he’s a disbeliever right? So in the same way, Mahmud Ahmad makes it even clearer what he means by Muslims not being Muslim.
“Now another question remains, that is, as non-Ahmadis are deniers of the Promised Messiah, this is why funeral prayers for them must not be offered, but if a young child of a non-Ahmadi dies, why should not his funeral prayers be offered? He did not call the Promised Messiah as kafir. I ask those who raise this question, that if this argument is correct, then why are not funeral prayers offered for the children of Hindus and Christians, and how many people say their funeral prayers? The fact is that, according to the Shariah, the religion of the child is the same as the religion of the parents. So a non-Ahmadi’s child is also a non-Ahmadi, and his funeral prayers must not be said…” (Anwar-i-Khilafat, page 93)
Question: “Is it permitted to say May God Bless the departed soul, forgive him and send him to Paradise for a person who was not included in Ahmadiyyat?”
Answer: “The KUFR of non-Ahmadis is proven by evident signs and it is not permitted to ask for forgiveness for non-believers (KUFFAR).”
(Al-Fazl Qadian vol.8, No. 59, 7th Feb 1921)
Is there a way out of this? The argument is simple, either believe in a new prophet, and regard those who disbelieve in him Kuffar, or go down the Lahori path and say he wasn’t a prophet and so belief in him is not obligatory.
I’ve spoken to Ahmadis who discuss theology on social Media, some know we Muslims are Kuffar but they’re too afraid to say it. Kashif Chaudhry in reply to Dawah Man said Ahmadis believe Muslims are Muslims as long as they say the Kalim. This is a lie, and completely false. Imagine this though, he might be reading this right now and won’t say anything, he wouldn’t retreat and say I was wrong, or release a statement or a video. He’ll carry on with his life without questioning anything he’s been ordered to do. Such is the example of cowardice in these people who favour the worldly life over the next. And by the way, your persecution doesn’t suffice you, or will not cover the sins of your lies on the day of judgement.
And let’s just cut the rubbish because I don’t want to reiterate what I said above again to some stupid Ahmadi in the comment section. When Hani Tahir brought this up, Ahmadis released an official video outlining their belief on Kuffr. Simply saying we are Kuffar like the second Khalifa said above
But those who don’t believe in the promised Messiah, whether they know or didn’t know of him, they are among the visibly disbelievers, even if they were called Muslims. Because he is a divine messenger, and the disbelief in him is no different to the disbelief in any prophet. And we should warn them of the severity of the situation they are in.
Just a quick note on this though. This ideology is worse than the Takfiri Jihadi, because at least the Takfeeri Jihadi says ‘hujja’ has to be given on you, i.e. you have to be told that what you are doing is Kuffr before they declare you a Kafir. Not with Ahmadis though, as soon as MGA said he was the promised Messiah in 1891, with a blink of an eye, all Muslims became Kuffar.
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون