Mubarika Sami, Chessington, UK
Islam is a religion which prescribes the middle way. As the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said ‘I pray, yet I sleep. I fast yet I eat’ in order to discourage his followers from going to extremes.’ Moderation extends to all spheres.
Increasingly extremist groups notably the Taliban and Daesh claiming to carry out their suicide bombings in the name of Islam forget that both suicide and killing innocent civilians are grave sins according to Islam. The only time killing is allowed is in a defensive war when negotiation with the enemy is not possible and even then women, children, the elderly; places of worship are to be protected and trees are not to be pulled down.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has in a recent statement after the brutal killing of Asad Shah in Glasgow declared that Muslims must not be forced to accept Ahmadis as Muslims.
They state that ‘All Muslims are in agreement that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the last prophet’.
My first question to the MCB is ‘What does someone have to recite to enter the fold of Islam?’ Does Kalima Shahada mention that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the last prophet? Kalima Shahada simply declares the Oneness of God and the belief in the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as a Messenger of God which we clearly believe in.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) emphasised that Muslims must not doubt the belief of another Muslim. This is also explained in the Holy Quran where it states: O ye who believe!… say not to anyone who greets you with the greeting of peace, ‘Thou art not a believer’…’ (4:95). This is quite ironic as Ahmadi Muslims are prohibited from stating this greeting of peace, that is Assalamoalaikum, in Pakistan and this is a criminal offence which can even lead to imprisonment!
A well-known incident narrated by Hazrat Usama bin Zaid (may Allah be pleased with him) which is pertinent today is about when he killed a man, who was one of the enemies, after the latter recited the Kalima as Hazrat Usama believed he only did so to ensure his own safety. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was so displeased and asked him ‘Oh Usama! Did you still kill him after he affirmed the Kalima? Why didn’t you cut his heart open to make sure if he said it from the core of his heart?’ The Muslim said the displeasure of the Holy Prophet was such that he wished he had not accepted Islam before that day.
Now the body of the Muslim Ummah is waiting and … waiting for the Messiah to descend physically and they have even extended the 14th Century of the Islamic Era which is when the advent of the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) was foretold according to Hadith.
My next question to the MCB would be if and when your Messiah returns will he not be entering Earth as a prophet chronologically after the Prophet Muhammad? (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) even if his first advent occurred before.
By declaring Ahmadis to be non-Muslim, the Muslim Council of Britain is encouraging hostility and discrimination against Ahmadi Muslims as well as distrust, discord and divisions generally in society.
In contrast, the Ahmadi Muslim Community is constantly striving for world peace and cohesion and here in the UK organised the bus campaign ‘United Against Extremism’ rejecting the evil of extremism in all forms. Despite all the hatred, persecution, in some countries both state and individual, Ahmadi Muslims respond as our Khalifa, has urged, with love and forbearance. He is the living embodiment of our motto ‘Love for all, Hatred for none’.