What’s New at Al Islam?
Address at Univeriste D’Abomey – Calavi Cotonou, Benin
by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad at, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
The topic was ‘Islam is a Peaceful Religion.’ Whenever one wishes to speak about Islam as a religion of peace, the question naturally springs to mind that whereas there are so many religions in the world such as Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc., when it comes to finding out whether Islam is a religion of peace, why should Islam be the odd one out? One reason for this is that a few years after the beginning of Islam, anti-Islamic powers began propaganda that Islam is a religion of extremism and violence and wants to compel others into belief by means of the sword.
The teaching of Christianity, according to the Holy Bible is:
‘But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.’ (Matthew: 5:39)
But, in Bosnia or Iraq or other countries, America and the other Western powers, resorted or are resorting to aggression. If, however, we say that the Christian teaching is that if anyone raises his head against you, you should use all your might to trample it to death; this would be a grave injustice. … To read more please click here.
Murder in the name of Allah
By Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadrh, Fourth Successor of the Promised Messiah
The foreword of the book states:
Hardly a day passes on which an Islamic event does not make headlines. The president of a Muslim country is assassinated by the supporters of Muslim brotherhood; a European journalist is taken hostage by Islamic Jihad; a Pan-American aircraft is hijacked by another Muslim group; American university professors are taken into custody by Hezbollah. Two passenger carrying airplanes were slammed in to world trade center. The glare of ‘Islamic’ revolution in Iran is reflected through the flares of every gulf oil refinery.
This book is a reminder that the purpose of any religion is the spread of peace, tolerance and understanding. It argues that the meaning of Islam—submission to the will of God—has been steadily corrupted by minority elements in the community. Instead of spreading peace, the religion has been abused by fanatics and made an excuse for violence and the spread of terror, both inside and outside the faith.
In confirming the true spirit of Islam, it makes the point to followers of all religions that the future of mankind depends on the intrinsic values of love, tolerance, and freedom of conscience and of belief.
To read the book please click here.
Separation of Mosque and State
by Zia H Shah
Unlike the Bible the Quranic teachings are universal in approach. In that sense the Holy Quran is more akin to the undiscriminating approach of the Declaration of Independence in USA history or the Universal Charter of Human rights. The early history of Islam and its universal approach as highlighted by the Covenant of Medina and the Treaty of Jerusalem are discussed.
There is no real ‘Separation of Mosque and State’ in the Islamic teachings. Yet there is some need for some artificial separation. The need for separation, unlike arising from religion itself as the case was with Christianity, arises in the power struggle by the Mullahs. To read rest of the story click here.
Does the Quran sanction theocracy?
by Arif Humayun
Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan has summarized the Quranic ideal about political life well in these words, "Inasmuch as God’s sovereignty extends over the whole universe, the ultimate ideal of a state in Islam is universal federation, or confederation, of autonomous states, associated together for upholding freedom of conscience and for the maintenance of peace and co-operation in promoting human welfare throughout the world." If this is theocracy then Islam is all for it! But, if theocracy means taking away the religious freedom of the minorities, and a rule by the fundamentalists, then there is no place for it in the Holy Quran. For rest of the story click here.
Another Ahmadi Muslim murdered in Pakistan
It is with great sadness that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat confirms that yet another member of its Community has lost his life in a senseless attack in Pakistan. Mian Laiq Ahmad (54), a well known Ahmadi trader in Faisalabad, died on May 29th after being brutally attacked. He becomes the 5th Ahmadi to be martyred in 2009 and the 101st to be killed in Pakistan since anti-Ahmadiyya laws were introduced by the Government of General Zia-ul-Haq in 1984.
He was returning to his home in ‘Peoples Colony’, when he saw a parked car blocking the road outside his home. As Mr Ahmad neared his home he slowed down and at that point unknown persons jumped out of the car and ran towards his car. It seems that at this point Mr Ahmad tried to reverse but just as he did so he was shot in the head. At that point the attackers closed in on Mr Ahmad and fired repeatedly at his stomach and arms. The assailants then fled the scene.
Mr Ahmad was taken to the local hospital immediately and then transferred to the ‘Allied Hospital’ but was unable to recover and next day at 11.30am local time he passed away. Mr Ahmad is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.
Currently throughout Pakistan and in particular within the Punjab, anti-Ahmadiyya conferences are taking place on a regular basis. During these conferences audiences are instructed that there is a duty to kill Ahmadis and as a result uneducated yet indoctrinated people are led to believe that the bloodshed of innocent Ahmadis is something that will be greatly rewarded. It is of serious note that on the day of attack a similar such Khatme Nabuwwat conferenece was held near to where the deceased lived.
The International Community, Media and Human Rights organisations are all urged to take action to safeguard the basic human and civil rights of Ahmadi Muslims both in Pakistan and in other countries where they face discrimination. In an era where freedom of religion and belief is accepted as a basic human right throughout the world it is of disbelief that anti-Ahmadiyya legislation is still active and indeed still being enforced in Pakistan.
Attempt to behead Ahmadi Professor in Pakistan
It is with great regret that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat confirms that one of its members, Professor Mubashar Ahmad (46) of Chakwaal, Pakistan, was the victim of a brutal and murderous attack on 21st May 2009. The victim, who is a Professor at the Government Degree College, was attacked in his home by two young males who are students at the local madrassa (Islamic Religious College).
Just after the Maghrib prayer, the two students entered the home of Professor Ahmad and shouted:
"You are a Qadiani and so we have come to kill you."
In act of gross violence the two students thereafter attempted to kill the victim by cutting off his neck. Professor Ahmad survived the attack however suffered extremely severe injuries. He was rushed to hospital immediately after the assailants fled his home and he remains in a critical condition.
Grievous attacks on Ahmadis are becoming ever more common in Pakistan. Recently there has been a spate of anti-Ahmadiyya conferences and rallies that have been conducted by religious extremist organisations. Some of these rallies have been supported or even sponsored by the Government of Pakistan.
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