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Islamic sect has appealing message for U.S. politicians but has global enemies
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, presides over a sermon to his followers in suburban Washington, D.C.
July 7th, 2012
01:00 AM ET

Islamic sect has appealing message for U.S. politicians but has global enemies

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – You’ve almost certainly never heard of him, but Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad drew some serious star power at a recent Capitol Hill reception in his honor.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican Sen. John Cornyn were among the many lawmakers who showed up to meet Ahmad, a Muslim leader who was in town last week on a rare U.S. visit from London.

At a time when the United States is struggling with its views about Islam – as Islamists gain power in the Middle East and with ongoing concerns about Quran-citing terrorists – it’s not hard to see Ahmad’s appeal to both parties. As he said in his Capitol Hill speech, he has “love for all, hatred for none.”

It’s a sentiment that Sen. Robert Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, echoed in introducing Ahmad, praising the “leadership you have shown to tolerance and to peace.”

It’s not just Ahmad who espouses his can’t-we-all-get-along read on Islam. The 61-year-old is the spiritual leader of the global Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, whose friendliness toward the West and whose criticism of other Muslims has earned the sect allies at the highest level of the U.S government, even as it faces mortal enemies in other parts of the world.

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Unlike most Muslims, Ahmadis believe that the 19th century founder of their sect was the metaphorical Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

It’s because of that belief that Sunni and Shiite Muslims do not regard Ahmadis as true Muslims. The rift has provoked Egypt to charge Ahmadis with blasphemy, Saudi Arabia to deport them and Pakistan to pass a law that designates Ahmadis as non-Muslims.

Persecuted abroad

On a sweltering recent Friday, a long line of people sat patiently in a mosque on the outskirts of Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside Washington. Despite the heat and humidity, they seemed happy to be there, waiting for a chance to meet the leader of their faith.

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who leads an international Ahmadi community is the sect’s fifth Khalifa, or leader. The group claims tens of millions of followers around the world, but outside experts say the number is smaller, in the millions.

For Ahmad and his followers, their relatively small sect is the real face of Islam, which has more than a billion followers around the world.

“It is time that we, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, should give the real and true picture of Islam,” Ahmad said in an interview inside the Silver Spring mosque. “I will always be talking about peace. That peace is not from myself or some new teaching but it is the true, real teaching which I gather and get from the holy Quran.”

That emphasis, says Ahsanullah Zafar, the leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, is rooted in a belief that the only jihad worth practicing is against one’s own self – a jihad of self-improvement. The word jihad is often translated as struggle or war.

“Even more important than prayer, which we talk about a lot, is how you behave as a human being,” Zafar said. “It is not physical fighting that accomplishes anything. It is dialogue and the progressivism that leads somewhere.”

Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect is the only Islamic group that believes that a second prophet has come, in the form of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Ahmad lived at a time of great religious upheaval, said Akbar Ahmed, chair of Islamic Studies at American University.

“In India, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad said that he has the message of the renewal of Islam,” Ahmed said. “Slowly it began to build momentum - it is a kind of spirited, modern version of Islam.”

Ahmed characterized the makeup of the Ahmadis as “very scholarly, very prominent leaders in Pakistan.”

But when the Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist political party in Pakistan, began to push the country to a more orthodox view of Islam in the 1970s, the Ahmadis were cast out.

Jamaat-e-Islami argued that the Ahmadis did not conform to a key tenet of Islam – the finality of the prophet Mohammed. “That is the elephant in the room for the Ahmadis,” said American University’s Ahmed. “The Ahmadis say that there are two kind of prophets. One is the lawgiver. Then there are messengers who come with a message and not necessarily a new book.”

In light of the crackdown, many Ahmadis began to leave Pakistan, some as religious refugees. Large numbers of Ahmadis now live in Germany, England, Ghana, Canada and the United States, where the Ahmadis claim tens of thousands of followers.

But persecution persists.

In 2010, almost 100 people were killed when two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, were attacked by men armed with hand grenades and AK-47s.

In the U.S. government’s 2012 International Religious Freedom Report, the plight of Pakistan’s Ahmadis was front and center.

“Among Pakistan‘s religious minorities, Ahmadis are subject to the most severe legal restrictions and officially sanctioned discrimination,” reads the report. The same report outlined violence against Ahmadis in Indonesia, where it said that at least 50 Ahmadiyya mosques have been vandalized.

A unique view of Islam

Harsh treatment in various corners of the world has instilled a deep Ahmadi appreciation for life in the United States.

“In America, all these small Muslim communities are flourishing, they love being in America,” said Ahmed. “They are 100% Muslim and they are 100% American.”

Ahmad, the Ahmadis’ current leader, was in the United States for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s annual convention, which drew 10,000 to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, last week.

“Wherever I go I have one goal … to meet my people,” Ahmad said.

But he was also here to meet politicians and journalists. For the Ahmadis, the scrutiny of American Muslims in the decade since 9/11 has been treated as an opportunity to discuss beliefs and answer questions.

Many in the community came out in favor of Rep. Peter King’s, R-New York, insistence last year on holding congressional hearings on radicalization within American Islam, even as other Muslim groups blasted the hearings as anti-Muslim.

“If the government thinks that congressional hearings will improve homeland security and help expose those exploiting Islam, I assure full cooperation. I, too, aspire to have a more secure America,” wrote Kashif N. Chaudhry, the director of an Ahmadi youth program in the United States, in a New York Times letter to the editor.

Chaudhry was hardly the only Ahmadi Muslim to speak up.

“You need to be with other people, you need to talk about your ideas and in that conversation and discussion, new things arise,” said Zafar. “It is like throwing the seed and putting water on it, you need the seed and you need the water for it to sprout.”

“We need to come together with the people around us in the United States, we need to do that and see how it flowers,” he continued.

The split between the Ahmadis and other Islamic sects is also apparent in how Ahmad, the sect’s leader, talks about extremists.

“Nowadays, Islam is being targeted only because of so-called Muslim groups who claim themselves to be Muslims but are not following the true teachings of Islam,” Ahmad said, speaking of what he calls “fundamentalists Muslims.” “If it is that Islam that is being portrayed by those orthodox Muslims, then I don’t think there is any chance in spreading Islam.”

Using terms like “so-called Muslims,” to refer to some outsiders has not endeared Ahmadis to other Muslims. Leading Sunni and Shiite groups are reluctant to even talk about the Ahmadis.

CNN contacted the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America, two major Muslim groups, and neither responded to requests for comment.

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A future in America

Zafar, the leader of the Ahmadis in the United States, said his sect is looking to grow.

The group has an organized media operation and operates three 24/7 satellite-television channels under the name Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International.

The initial purpose of the channels was to broadcast the sermons of the Khalifa, but it also provides other programs in different languages. The Silver Spring mosque is surrounded by large satellite dishes that beam the shows around the world.

In addition to satellite television, the Ahmadis run Islam International Publications, a publishing outfit.

Many Ahmadis are concerned about the version of Islam being portrayed in the media, which they say is too focused on the radical elements of Islam and not focused enough on peaceful Muslims.

“Right now there is a caricature of Islam,” said Zafar. “The biggest challenge I believe in the United States is for Muslims to get out of that image of extremist behaviors which are so popular in the press.”

Ahmed of American University sees the future of the Ahmadis as a bridge between Islam and the West.

“On the American side, they [the Ahmadis] are acting as a positive bridge to Islam and the Americans need that right now,” he said. “And then for Muslims, if they do link up and join mainstream Muslims, they are able to give Islam a link to the world and also help them work out these polemics that are tearing the world apart.”

For now, Ahmadis are stuck in between those two worlds.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Ahmadi Muslims believe their founder was the Second Coming of the Prophet Mohammed. They believe he was the metaphorical Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Islam

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  1. Resp from an average Ahmadi

    and it continues...

    3 – There is quite a bit miunderstand on your part, Islam teaches human sympathy and humanity first approach. A Prophet does not come to destory other religion, instead it comes to promote the Unity of God and to bring about a reform in people so that they adopt goodness.

    4 – On the one hand you make this allegation, and on the other hand, its accepted such Prophets as true Prophets whose lifestyle is proverbial. It is narrated about Prophet Solomon (as) that he had such an abundance of jewelry, gold, and wealth that one does not find its equivalent in recorded
    history. It is written that he had 200 shields and 300 armors made of pure gold. Biblical accounts of his wealth are even more astonishing. It is written:
    "All of King Solomon’s goblets were gold, and all of the household articles in the palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon’s days." (Kings 1, 10:21)
    It is also written:
    "Then the King made a great throne inlaid with ivory and overlaid with fine gold. The throne had six steps, and its back had rounded top. On both sides of the seat were armrests with a lion standing beside each one. Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at each end of the step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any kingdom." (Kings 1, 10:18–20)
    "The King made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone..." (Kings 1, 10:27)

    July 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • The Real Talk

      Ahmadi people are a cult. Nothing more. They do not represent Islam. That's why they call themselves ahmadi before Rey call themselves anything else. They worship this Sikh punjabi looking guy as their leader. They are not Sunni or Shiite. They're in their own world. Nothi but a cult. Cult who says they have love for all an hatred for none, yet punish their own people for not attending( attendance logged ), not paying money to support cult leader lifestyle, collect you social security information and keep a file on you. You can be excommunicated for marrying a non ahmadi cult member, even of that person is a Muslim. The fact of the matter is this nonsense was created as a source to divide and conquer at a time where there was turmoil. This cult founder was paid sums of money to create a following among peasants and lower demographic people who were dn enough to believe a random guy that he's Jesus living in Asia. FYI he died on the toilet. Real divine – not.

      July 10, 2012 at 12:47 am |
  2. Resp from an average Ahmadi

    Anderw, here are your answers from an average Ahmadi...
    1. – Every Ahmadi Muslims, per the teachings of the Holy Quran and Islam, is obligated to be loyal to his/her country, if a war breaks out, he/she shall be behind his country of residence, just to give you an example of this, during the 1971 war fought between India and Pakistan, there were Ahmadi Muslims on both sides, defending the honor and faith of their respected countries... as an Ahmadi Muslim–a true Muslim-one must be loyal to his/her country of living, of course there will be some areas with differences, however, nothing that comes in between loyalty to the country and faith, there is a hadith (saying of the Found of Islam, Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him), jist of that is same...There is nothing new, but true Islam in its practice

    2. What is your source of this, its complety baseless and wrong. Here is a quote from the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community even from 18797! "..[Islam] does not lay down that the Muslims while they are the subjects of a non-Muslim sovereign who deals with them with justice and equity should take up arms against him as rebels. According to the Holy Quran this is the way of the wicked and not of the righteous." (Anjam-e-Atham, Ruhani Khazain, vol. 11, p. 37. year 1897).
    There here is another by our Caliph "Love for all, hatred for none",
    Here is one more, address the Ahmadi Muslims, the Founder writs.. "I therefore admonish you: Refrain from evil and be truly compassionate towards mankind. Cleanse your hearts of malice and spite, for you will become like angels through this habit. It is a filthy and unholy religion that is devoid of sympathy for humanity, and polluted is the path riddled with the thorns of a rancour based on selfish desires. O those who are with me, do not become like such people. Think about what it is we seek to attain through religion. Is it to constantly oppress others? No, religion exists so that we may obtain the life that lies in God. Such a life has not been, and will never be, attained unless Divine attributes come to abide in you. Be compassionate towards all for the sake of God so that you may be shown mercy in the heavens. Come, and I will teach you a way that will cause your light to prevail over all other lights. Abandon all lowly spite and jealousy, be compassionate for mankind, and lose yourselves in God. Being with God, achieve the highest levels of purification. This is the path on which miracles are bestowed, prayers are accepted, and angels descend to one’s aid. But it is not a single day’s work. Advance and continue advancing...

    July 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • The Real Talk

      What kind of nonsense is this? Cult. Ahmadi are not Muslim and do not represent Islam.

      July 10, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I agree. These Ahmadis are trying to take the stink out of the skunk of Islam. How dare they.

      July 10, 2012 at 1:04 am |
  3. Mike

    Sweet can we start referring to tea-partiers as "so-called Americans?" Ok, sorry, how about just "so-called Republicans?"

    July 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  4. shakeel ahmad kahpur

    thanks CNN.and USA.Nation for Respect Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad

    July 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  5. Reprinted With Permission ©

    HINDUISM AND EXTREME TERRORISM:

    NEW YORK: Renowned Indian activist and novelist Arundhati Roy has decried the silence of the international community over the continued “brutal Indian occupation of Kashmir” and said Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination……

    She said so little was known about the atrocities/terrorism being committed by more than half a million Indian troops, the continuing repression and indignities let loose on Kashmiri men, women and children.
    More than 700,000 troops were concentrated in the tiny valley, with checkpoints at every nook and corner of Kashmiri towns and cities. The huge Indian presence, she added, was in sharp contrast with 160,000 US troops in Iraq.

    Ms Roy alleged that Indian army or security personnel were killing nnocent young children and women. She deplored the Indian government’s attempts to demonise Kashmiris who were moderate Muslims.

    July 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  6. Uber News Network (UNN) ©

    New, More Dangerous Hindu Extremist Groups Emerge in India

    Christians concerned as rightwing factions splinter to form militant outfits.
    PUNE, India, October 29 (CDN) — After more than a decade of severe persecution, India’s Christian minority is growing increasingly concerned over the mushrooming of newer and deadlier Hindu extremist groups.

    Gone are the days when Christians had to watch out only for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, which are closely linked with the most influential Hindu extremist umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). With voter support faltering for the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), moderate and extremist sections within the Hindu nationalist movement are blaming each other, and militant splinter groups have emerged.

    Claiming to be breakaway factions of the RSS, new groups with even more extreme ideology are surfacing. The Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion) and the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization) have launched numerous violent attacks on Christian and Muslim minorities

    July 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • J. Pan Velt

      Figures. The Norwegian terrorist apparently had links to Shiv Sena in India.

      July 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  7. website links

    Women are well respected in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, they have a right to vote, right to come to the mosque, right to driving, right to watching TV, right to many things, please read and see yourself
    http://www.alislam.org/library/women.html

    July 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Been there, done that

      They have the right to vote on nothing, essentially, just choosing someone to lead a women's group, sort of like black Americans in the Jim Crow era having the right to choose a "black president" who gets his orders from the "white president" while offering no input.

      That Ahmadi Muslim women have the "right to come to the mosque, right to driving, and [the] right to (sic) watching TV" is supposed to convince an impartial observer that Ahmadis treat women as the equals of men? Rather than reading some meaningless promotional material for the community, why not have Ahmadis explain how many women have a meaningful role within the administration of their community, one that entails giving orders to men rather than leading a parallel women's group of little to no consequence.

      Or, you could have Ahmadis explain why it is that, within the organizational structure of the community, a woman exists only as the wife or daughter of a man. Joe Blow, for example, would be considered just Joe Blow, possibly with an 'H' for 'head of the household' on his membership card, but his wife would be identified as "Jane Blow W/O Joe Blow" or "Jane Blow D/O Joe Blow".

      Yeah, I'm sure American women would love to be treated as the animate property of a man.

      July 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
  8. Message of Peace

    Here is message of peace...

    Age-old experience and repeated trials have established, without question, that to insult and abuse the Prophets and Messengers of different countries and peoples is
    such a deadly poison which not only destroys the body but also kills the soul, thereby ruining the worldly prospects as well as the spiritual. A country whose inhabitants are always after finding faults in the leaders of others, and constantly assassinate their characters, can never rest in peace themselves.
    Such people can never achieve true unity who, individually or mutually, refer to each other’s Prophets or saints or divines with malice or foul language. Who would not be outraged at the insults hurled at their Prophet or leader? In particular, Muslims are such people who, although they do not believe their Prophet to be God or the son of God, do regard himsa to be the most revered of all the holy men born of a human mother. To make peace with a sincere Muslim is not possible unless during discussion, their Holy Prophetsa is mentioned with respect and refined language. As for us (Muslims), we never use indecent language with regard to the Prophets of other peoples. In fact, we believe that for all the Prophets who have come to different peoples of the world and have been accepted by millions of people in all parts of the world, and love for them and their greatness has been firmly established in any one part of the world, and further that this state of devotion and love for them has endured the test of time, is evidence enough of their truthfulness. Had they not been from God, they could not have been accepted on such a wide scale by millions upon millions of hearts. God does not bestow such honour upon those whom He favours not....

    O my dear countrymen, I have not expressed this view to offend you or to hurt your sensibilities in any way. But I do desire to submit, in all sincerity, that those who have made it their second nature to vilify the Prophets of other faiths and consider this unjustified behaviour to be a part of their faith commit an act of unwarranted interference in others’ affairs. They not only sin against God, but they are also guilty of sowing the seed of discord and enmity among mankind. Now answer me with hand on heart: if someone abuses another’s father or accuses another’s mother of unchaste conduct, will this not be tantamount to assailing the honour of his father himself? If anyone retaliates with similar abuses, will it not be appropriate to say that in reality the blame lies with the person who initiated it? In that case he himself would be the offender of his parents’ honour.

    ...consider that this is the Qur’anic teaching despite the fact that it treats idols as of no significance. Yet God teaches the Muslims to abstain from insulting even the idols and admonishes them instead to adopt a course of gentle persuasion lest they [the idolaters] should be provoked, in turn, to abuse God. The Muslims would then be responsible for such abuses. What manner of people are they who revile the name of this great Prophet of Islam and speak of him with utter disrespect, brutally assailing his honour and tarnishing his spotless character. He is the highly revered Prophet .... Those who dare insult the recipient of such honour do, in fact, quarrel with God Himself. (message of peace)

    July 9, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  9. Been there, done that

    Here, by the way, is a clip of Ahmad threatening women in his community with excommunication for not covering themselves with a hijab or a veil, and for enforcing strict segregation between the genders. This might be what Islam says, sure, you could debate that for hours, but is this a group that really needs public attention and the implicit approval of politicians? There is not much difference between the Ahmadi view of gender relations and gender relations as practiced in Saudi Arabia, where women must cover up and there really is no place in public for an unmarried woman who is not accompanied by a male relative.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzm7ULTZvU8&w=640&h=360]

    July 9, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  10. Been there, done that

    Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. No, Ahmadis don't advocate violence, but in practice, it's hardly the moderate, modern Islam that it claims to be in front of outsiders, preferably white people with some influence. I was born an Ahmadi and was a practicing member of the community until last year.

    Why did I leave? Last summer, the same Ahmad who was featured in this article went and banned Facebook. Ahmadis may backpeddle and twist his words this and that way, but I got email after email informing me, as the link below this paragrpah states, that "the practice of making and maintaining individual facebook pages/accounts is not permitted", putting these Muslims on par with the Chinese government.

    http://www.alislam.org/egazette/faq/facebook-policy/

    You might also hear speech after speech and press release after press release about how Islam, and especially Ahmadiyyat, treat women as equal to men. This is simply not the case. Every single person who makes decisions of any significance within the Ahmadiyya Community is a man. Yes, there are women's groups and sure, they get together and do some womanly things (nothing too intellectually strenuous, they're women!) like discussing how to keep a husband happy, but at no point in the organization structure of this community will you ever see a woman telling a man what to do. As a man, I simply could not imagine raising a daughter in a community that treats women like this.

    What made me glad I left was an email I received from a Canadian chapter of the community regarding their letter-writing campaign. For some reason, the person in charge of this letter-writing campaign seems to view having a letter published in a newspaper as being the same as having an op-ed published in the newspaper, but I digress. The end of the email read:

    "And why can't we have 10 columnists in the major-market newspapers who are able to say whatever they want about Islam every week to hundreds of thousands of Canadians from the platform of a renowned newspaper? Inshallah we can, as long as we remember that we are followers of the great Promised Messiah (as), whose mission depends so heavily on prayers that he once remarked that it had been revealed to him again and again that all that was going to come to pass (all the amazing events leading to the eventual complete victory of his cause) would come about through prayers."

    This is not exactly the most tolerant group of people in the world. Sure, they might not resort to violence, but their commitment to a pluralistic society doesn't go very deep, just deep enough for them to enjoy rights that they wouldn't want to give to you if the shoe was on the other foot. Don't respond with nonsense about how Muslims treated non-Muslims historically, we're talking about the here and now.

    This letter-writing campaign in Canada is apparently the first step in some pipe dream of clubbing Canadians over the head with column after column about the wonders of Islam, which will then convert Canadians into pious Muslims, bringing about "the final victory of Islam", a phrase that gets 25,800 hits on Google, many of them from Ahmadi websites and publications.

    Don't be so easily fooled by the slick PR at work here, this group of Muslims is by no means more modern or tolerant than any other. They're just more organized and more ambitious than their peers.

    July 9, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  11. Shahzad

    Mirza Ghulam Ahmad did actually claim to be the second coming of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This is a claim that Ahmadis, especially their leaders, often hide from their own members because it is considered blasphemous and embarassing. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad wrote:

    "It was twenty years ago, in Brahin-e-Ahmadiyya, that God named me ‘Muhammad’ and ‘Ahmad’ and declared me to be the Holy Prophet " (A Misconception Removed)

    This and many other claims are the reason that Ahmadiyya is and can never be Islam. They do not represent the majority of Muslims nor their beliefs. For Muslims Ahmadiyya is devious sect with dangerous cultic tendencies.

    My 2 cents.

    July 9, 2012 at 7:36 am |
  12. Reality

    "They all err—Moslems, Jews,
    Christians, and Zoroastrians:
    Humanity follows two world-wide sects:
    One, man intelligent without religion,
    The second, religious without intellect"

    Al-Ma'arri
    11th century CE

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    July 9, 2012 at 7:23 am |
  13. ASIF SHAHZAD

    God help thouse how help themslefe
    see The holyquran sora noor ayt 56 jab kuda wada karta ha kon ha jo kuda ka muqablaa kary kuda qran me frmataa ha mee or myraaa rsool he ghalib ayn gy to shak kysaa ha
    aj log sab kush dykhtyy howyyy Hzrat musaa k zmany ke batyyn kartyy han jo kuda ny khaa cow zebaaa karo to unhoon ny bhany bnanyy shoroo kar diyyy k cow kaysee honi caheyyy e.c.t

    July 9, 2012 at 6:26 am |
    • Reality

      For our sister and brother Muslims of any sect:

      - from the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi-

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      alone."
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      July 9, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  14. Ahmad Mustansar

    Ahmadiyya sect is the only Islamic sect truly respected in the West for their policy of nonviolence and perseverance. They preach love for all and hatred for none. They condemn all forms of extremism and fundamentalism. The world needs them if it wants to survive. The so-called other Muslims are opposing them here in the Commnts Seciton because of jealousy they are suffering on account of the Ahmadiyya Khalifa's visit to the Capitol Hill where he addressed the worthy American congressmen. No mullah has been bestowed this honour.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:38 am |
    • Shahzad

      The world has done pretty well without Ahmadiyya so far. Mirza Ghulam and all your leaders have so far made zero impact on the world. Being popular with politicians means absolutely nothing.

      July 9, 2012 at 7:40 am |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 9, 2012 at 4:21 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!. ..

      July 9, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  16. ITouchTheFuture

    This article is a very welcome one. The Ahmadiyya Community has been working diligently, for over a century, to spread the message of true Islam globally. But its very peaceful industriousness has been a reason for many casual observers to have not noticed its presence on the world scene. Now it can be said that movers and shakers of the temporal world have become aware of its presence and its stoic determination to make nations aware of the Messiah and his message.

    I invite all seekers of truth to research the Messiah’s claims on alislam.org. I have found that site to be a veritable treasure-trove of information on different faith traditions!

    Peace to all, and God bless the USA for its freedoms!

    July 9, 2012 at 4:06 am |
  17. asylum1

    The Quran states it is allowable to decieve the Infidel in order to be more successfull at jihad. Pardon me if I find these folks hard to believe. Actions are believable, and I have seen very little, but rhetoric is just rhetoric...

    July 9, 2012 at 2:49 am |
    • jzaman

      Military deception refers to attempts to mislead enemy forces during warfare. This is usually achieved by creating or amplifying an artificial fog of war via psychological operations, information warfare, visual deception and other methods. As a form of strategic use of information (disinformation), it overlaps with psychological warfare. To the degree that any enemy that falls for the deception will lose confidence when it is revealed, he may hesitate when confronted with the truth (Wikipedia on military deception).

      No body who exercised camouflage or diversionary tactics during war would be labelled as wrong. If Quran gives out that basic instruction in relation to warfare then whats wrong about it. Refer wikipedia on military deception.

      Thats the only kind of deception that is allowed in the Quran with reference to military fight. Otherwise Quran instructs to always speak the truth and to shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious [22/30] and it says Do not confound truth with falsehood [2/42] Also Say with your mouth what is in your heart [3/167]

      July 9, 2012 at 5:44 am |
    • TR6

      There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain cirkumstances in islam, taqiyya and kitman. These cirkumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

      Taqiyya – Saying something that isn't true.

      Kitman – Lying by omission. An example would be when Muslim apologists quote only a fragment of verse 5:32 (that if anyone kills "it shall be as if he had killed all mankind") while neglecting to mention that the rest of the verse (and the next) mandate murder in undefined cases of "corruption" and "mischief."

      Though not called Taqiyya by name, Muhammad clearly used deception when he signed a 10-year treaty with the Meccans that allowed him access to their city while he secretly prepared his own forces for a takeover. The unsuspecting residents were conquered in easy fashion after he broke the treaty two years later, and some of the people in the city who had trusted him at his word were executed.
      – Ibn Ishaq 834 & 837).

      Such was the reputation of Muslims for lying and then killing that even those who "accepted Islam" did not feel entirely safe. The fate of the Jadhima is tragic evidence for this. When Muslim "missionaries" approached their tribe one of the members insisted that they would be slaughtered even though they had already "converted" to Islam to avoid just such a demise. However, the others were convinced that they could trust the Muslim leader's promise that they would not be harmed if they simply offered no resistance. (After convincing the skeptic to lay down his arms, the unarmed men of the tribe were quickly tied up and beheaded
      – Ibn Ishaq 834 & 837).

      July 9, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  18. Noor

    Muslims of today will have to accept one day that peace is the only option. That way, Ahmadiyyah being the ONLY sect of Islam who have based their message on peace, has the future. Peace is the true message of Islam. Those so called Muslims who think otherwise are misguided enemies of Islam.

    July 9, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • The Real Talk

      @lack of "'noor" – wake up. It's set up like a cult. Has its own rules. It's not Islam. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

      July 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  19. Muslim for peace

    U can find all answers at www. Alislam . Org if u truly want it. It's your choice.

    July 9, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • andrew4you

      Thanks!

      July 9, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Hooray

      i count find an answer to why I have a wart of my b@lls

      July 9, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • BG

      "... wart of my balls."

      Isn't it embarrassing when you try to be a smart ass and then one little typo makes you sound like a dork?

      July 9, 2012 at 2:08 am |
    • Peace2All

      @BG

      Hello old friend ! Have you been giving everyone hell and 'schoolin' them ?

      Hope that you have been well.

      Regards,

      Peace...

      July 9, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • BG

      Hey Peace. Long Time! Eat some good 4th of July steaks like last year? I took about a 3 month hiatus from all this 'happyness.' Can't hardly believe this is year three, how about it? Ah well, you know me. I'm a regular antisocial butterfly.

      Talk at ya' later, it's the wee hours and all.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:04 am |
    • Hooray

      BG, if you weren't such a h0m0, maybe I could find a reason to stop stuffing my warty b@lls down your sister's throat:-) and take your antisocial butterfly cliche and jam it up your peeh0le:-D

      July 9, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • BG

      It's always special when another progressive/communist/adolescent/Muslim contributes to the 'conversation.' Labile, and irrelevant too! I bet that @Hooray here has a great future as an ivy league college professor.

      July 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • The Real Talk

      That site is not a Muslim site. It's an ahmadi site. Cult.

      July 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  20. andrew4you

    @Echo
    @UNKNOWN
    I didn't ask you, and still my questions have not been answered sanely from the Caliph side.By the way are you boors anybody from karowei cannibals of Aryan Jaya, Indonesia., hindu! jews! come on show your face!

    July 9, 2012 at 12:25 am |
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