Jamaat Ahmadiyya al Mouslemeen
of Hazrat Amirul Momeneen Zafrullah Domun
07 January 2011
After reciting the Tashahhud, the Ta’uz and the first chapter of Al Fatiha Imam Zafrullah Domun said:
In this sermon I intend to make some remarks on some of the recent declarations made by the actual Ahmadiyya caliph. On Tuesday 28th December he concluded the Jalsa Salana in Qadian by making an hour long speech. A summary of what he said has been circulated as a press release. My first quotation from that document which is available on www.alislam.org is
“We follow absolutely the teachings and guidance of the Promised Messiah, so let it be clear that we Ahmadi Muslims have no interest in forming a government, our only desires are that a relationship develops between mankind and God Almighty and secondly that man comes to respect and observe the rights of his fellow man. For this we strive and will continue to strive.”
The caliph says that he and his Jamaat adamantly follow the teachings given to them by Hazrat Masih Maoodas. Most probably we might say that this is an objective that the caliph should have pursued together with the members of his Jamaat. Unfortunately the caliph’s directives and the behavior of his followers speak volumes against this statement of his. We have said and published that the caliphs and the Ahmadiyya Jamaat have departed from the teachings of the Promised Messiah in some fundamental matters. To begin within the concept of khilafat that the Jamaat presents and what Hazrat Masih Maoodas says there is a great difference. The caliphs after the first one have been repeatedly saying that in the presence of khilafat Ahmadiyya there will not be any other one who might be appointed by Allah. But we have at least twenty quotations from the writings and Malfoozaat of Hazrat Masih Maoodas to say the contrary. In several of our sermons and writings we have spoken about them.
Recently I came across a video clip of the fourth caliph where during a program on Liqa ma’al Arab he was asked about the possibility of the arrival of a reformer after Hazrat Masih Maood as and the relationship of that reformer with the caliph of the time. In his reply he categorically denied that there was any need for a reformer while he was the caliph. He totally ignored everything that Hazrat Masih Maood as has said about this matter and he put forward his personal opinion which is in direct contrast with what the founder of the Jamaat has said. There are only two possibilities for this reply. Firstly either the caliph was not aware of what Hazrat Masih Maood said which is most unlikely. Secondly he knew what the Promised Messiah said but he ignored it because they wanted to carry the Jamaat on different track. In both cases the caliph was wrong and he cannot be accepted as someone who strictly follows the teachings of the Promised Messiah. You may see this video clip at http://18.104.22.168/dmlmediafiles/video/wmv/QALQ082995_03.wmv.
Personally I am not of the opinion that there cannot be any opinion that contradicts that of Hazrat Masih Maood as. But whoever gives such an opinion should fully explain why what he says may be different from what Hazrat Masih Maood as might have said. But we have never seen anyone up till now come forward with such an opinion supported by conclusive evidences. What we have seen up till now are just an introduction of new dogmas and a peremptory need for adherence by the members.
Members will remember that in his khilafat centenary message the actual caliph gave free flight to his imagination and he attributed to Allah words that He had never spoken to Hazrat Masih Maoodas. We drew his attention to this matter in an open letter (http://www.jaam-international.org/eng/dec/openletter.htm). But as usual he completely ignored what we said and did not care at all to correct this gross misstatement of his which he had relayed to the world. This statement of his was a gross fabrication that he had attributed to Allah. I asked him to tell us where Allah had spoken such words to Hazrat Masih Maoodas. But he was unable to do so proving that it was something that he had concocted to give credence to his view about khilafat instead of the one that Hazrat Masih Maoodas has taught us. Yet today he wants the world to believe that he follows the teachings of Hazrat Ahmadas. Ahmadis around the world should know that what we are saying is the correct teachings of Hazrat Masih Maoodas and not that which is being propagated by the mainstream Ahmadiyya Jamaat.
Furthermore the caliph also says that Jamaat Ahmadiyya does not wish to run any government. It is good to hear that this is not an avowed objective of Jamaat Ahmadiyya. The contrary would have been a grave menace to peace and justice around the world. Within its fold Jamaat Ahmadiyya has shown how it is intolerant and merciless with its dissident members. One can only wonder what would be the situation if the Jamaat was running governments. The fact is that Jamaat Ahmadiyya was here to usher in an era of peace and justice in the world but it has become an instrument to institutionalize backward thinking, prejudices and hate amongst brothers and sisters within the Jamaat. Personally I do not think that Jamaat Ahmadiyya is equipped to run any government. In order to do this we will have to become more open minded and be more aware of how to implement Islam in society.
The caliph further said that the Jamaat’s aim is to develop a relationship between mankind and God Almighty and secondly that man comes to respect and observe the rights of his fellow man. No one can say that this is not a grand objective. If we realize it we would have achieved the objective for the creation of the Jamaat. But for those who are aware of what is going on within Jamaat Ahmadiyya around the world these days they know that such an objective is far from being achieved. The reason is that most people pay only lip service to the teachings that they have been given. In addition Ahmadis are not at all keen to understand what is demanded from them. They just get along without any desire to realize the objective of their existence. There is a greater emphasis on slogans but less on the daily practical living of Islam. Traditions are heavy on the people. They want to stick to it. They do not want to let go and concentrate on how to practice Islam. You might see many people having the conditions of bait on their Iphones or Ipads but you will find fewer people who care about what these conditions of bait mean. Had the people cared about these conditions of Bait they would have questioned their leaders regarding the discrepancy that exists between what the Jamaat promotes as its teachings and the unislamic teachings that it encourages its people to practice.
Jamaat Ahmadiyya has been in Mauritius for almost a century now. But yet we have not yet done away with some traditions that have nothing to do with Islam. As an example I can mention the late night festivities on the 31st of December which ends with firecrackers. There are many rich Ahmadi families who still indulge in this nonsense. They have been Ahmadis for long but yet they still cannot give up some unislamic traditions with which they have been brought up. To begin with the origin of festivities on 31st December has its origin in Catholicism. Their culture has been so dominant that consciously or unconsciously most people around the world participate in these festivities although they have changed their original character. We as Ahmadis should have shown the example to the world and not participate in these kind of festivities. But as followers and not trend setters we continue to imitate others and we say that we follow the pure teachings of the Promised Messiah as. How far from the truth and how hypocritical are such statements. Did not the Holy Prophet saw say “he who imitates a people is one of them”?
The caliph also said: “The cruel people in Pakistan, in India, in Indonesia or in other countries cannot escape God’s punishment. However we, Ahmadis, feel great sorrow that in this era, the majority of such cruelties are conducted by so called Muslims in the name of God and His Prophet Muhammad and thereby are tarnishing the pure name of Islam.”
That is what the caliph has been saying for those who have been persecuting Ahmadis at these places. The caliph is right those who commit cruelty will not escape the punishment of Allah. Even more so those who commit such heinous crimes in the name of the Holy Prophet Mohammad saw or even in the name of the Promised Messiah as. The caliph is well aware how his unislamic teachings of social boycott has created an untold amount of pain and suffering amongst brothers and sisters within Jamaat Ahmadiyya. Our History books tell us that this practice did not start ten years ago. As soon as the second caliph assumed the leadership of the Jamaat a wave of boycott and severing of relationship was implemented within the Jamaat against our Ahmadis brothers of Lahore. This has been going on for years and yet this is not at all Islamic teachings. But yet who cares? The caliphs, one after the other continue to implement these measures and they tell you they represent true Islam!
The caliph further said “These people claim to be righteous, but is it righteous to kill children, women, the elderly, and the infirm and other innocent people through bomb attacks? Is it righteous to prepare and brainwash young children into suicide bomb attacks? These are all cruel attacks that have nothing to do with goodness or decency.”
Again here also we have to admit with the caliph that it is not righteousness at all to do these despicable acts. But we can add a list of other acts which are as despicable although not of the same magnitude. One may rightly ask whether it is righteousness to reject those who claim that they come from Allah. Whether it is righteousness to sever relationship with one’s kin? Whether it is righteousness not to greet Muslims with Salaam? Whether it is righteousness to create and spread hate within a group of people. The list may go on. But we all know that in Mauritius and elsewhere Ahmadis are guilty of all these misbehaviors in the name of an Islam that has been taught to them by their caliphs! Whether it is good to give such an importance to the institution of khilafat that people tend to think that, God forbids, it has removed Allah’s privileges of appointing His own Nominees for the guidance of mankind. But we members of Jamaat Ahmadiyya we thoroughly reject these instructions of the caliph because we consider them to be outside Islam.
I thought of commenting on the caliph’s last Friday sermon also but I will leave that for the moment and speak about something else. I think that most of you are aware that on Tuesday last the Governor of the Province of Punjab in Pakistan was killed by one of his body guards. From published preliminary reports it appears that he was killed because he was against Pakistan Blasphemy laws which were passed in 1984 which made it difficult for minorities like Ahmadis Christians and others to practice their religion. Recently a Christian woman was condemned under these laws for apparently insulting the Holy Prophet Mohammad saw. This Governor whose name is Salman Taseer appealed in favour of the woman. So he was considered as someone who was in favour of the repeal of these blasphemy laws which are blasphemous by themselves. For his opposition he paid with his life. And dim witted Mullahs have called for a boycott of his state funeral. They say that all those who express sympathy with the Governor might suffer the same fate. Another group have said "No Muslim should attend the funeral or even try to pray for Salman Taseer or even express any kind of regret or sympathy over the incident,” If a bold man spoke against injustice and he lost his life for it, he is someone to be praised and not to be condemned. Personally I regret the death of such people because they have courage and they do not fear to speak the truth whatever it might cost them.
When we read what these mullah are saying as far as participation in the funeral is concerned we see that there is no difference at all between what they are saying and what was said when my father died in 2006. The amir in Mauritius with his limited understanding of Islam read a more or less similar statement in the name of Ahmadiyyat to prevent close relatives to attend the funeral. To put it briefly mullah everywhere is made of the same stuff, namely ignorance of Islam, bigotry and limited mental horizons. Let us pray that Allah remove all such people wherever they are from their position of influence because they are damaging Islam by their words and deeds.