Statement of Al-Hafiz B.A. Masri
[This is a rendering of an audio recording by Mr Masri.]
(Retired Imaam of the Shah Jehan Mosque, Woking, England)
Regarding the Qadiani (Ahmadiyya) Cult
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent
Qadianism , which is also known as Mirzaiyyat or Ahmadiyyat has become quite
a serious and controversial issue these days. Throughout the world, Muslims
have started campaigning against this distorted movement within Islam. Why
is it so? Why has our opposition against them become so intense during
recent years? I am often being asked by our young Muslims, as to why
we feel so strongly against Mirzaiyyat (Ahmadiyyat), while Islam teaches
tolerance and forbearance in matters of theological differences; especially
(since), the modern educated young muslims, think that we do not even feel
the same way against those religions whose doctrines are sharply in contest
to the doctrine of Islam. For example, there are religions, some of
which believe in their Prophets as the son of God, some of them worship animals,
while there are others who do not believe in the very existence of God. In
spite of all such discordance in belief, we go on tolerating them. Such
Muslims feel that we should leave the Mirzais too alone to let them follow
their own path as they like. In order to understand the full implications
of this and various other similar questions we shall have to dig deep into
understand the true nature of this creed .
Is this movement of reform within Islam, as it claims to be; or is it a pious
fraud in the name of Islam? This audio cassette will not be enough to deal
with many various aspects of this subject. What I intend doing is to treat
this recording, as an introduction to this subject.
During the initial stages of this movement of Qadianism, about 100 years
ago, our ulama did not get much alarmed by the falsified and deceitful doctrine
which this creed had started grafting into the body of Islamic theology and
Shariah ,under the pretext of reform. They hoped that this corruption,
this fitna, would die its natural death -- in the same way as many
similar fiascoes, which had appeared in past in the name of Islam, had fizzled
out of their own accord. However, as time passed on, they realized
that this movement was not what meets the eye and that it was much more sinister
than what it appeared to be.
In due course of time it become obvious to Muslims that the Qadianis had
the benevolent patronage of the British Raj. The Colonial Government in India
at that time considered the Muslims a perpetual and potential threat. It
was only 35 years earlier that the Muslims had carried out a near successful
revolt, known in history as ‘The Mutiny of 1857’. The British
administration saw in the Qadianis a useful collaborator in disrupting the
established doctrinal framework of Islam and started aiding and abetting
them. It is under such circumstances that we see in the Qadianis literature
volumes of publication preaching loyalty to the British Government. They
even went so far as to declare that allegiance to the British Sovereign was
a religious obligation of the Indian Muslims. In support of this diction
or ‘fatwa’, they cited the verse of holy Quran, commanding us to obey
those who had being entrusted with authority over us -- meaning the British
Government. However, while quoting these verses, they conveniently
omitted the proviso laid down by the holy Quran that the rulers should be
from amongst us, that is they should be Muslims.
It was not only during those early day that the Qadianism started playing
the role of henchmen of the colonial power. Right throughout their
history of 100 years, they has been secretly joining forces with the enemies
of Islam. It is an open secret now that in the current international
struggle of power politics, especially in the Middle East, they offered their
mercenary services to the open enemies of the Muslim Nations.
Some of our people become impressed by the apparent organisation of this
cult and by their exaggerated claims of success in opening up their mission
houses in various parts of the world. Little do they know that these are
in reality spy centers in the guise of daawa (invitation to Islam)
missions. For that matter, even the Qadiani public doesn’t know what
is going on behind the scenes. They are given the impression that all this
progress is being made possible by their donations. While the fact is that
large sums of money are being paid to the Qadiani establishment by those
countries, whose political and economic interests are at stake in these Islamic
countries. Such enemies of Islam have found in Qadianis willing partisans
and useful spies. It makes it much easier and safer for the Qadianis (Ahmadis)
to work as such, for the simple reason that they are functioning under the
garb of Islam and are accepted by the non-Muslims as a sect within Islam.
Have you ever wondered, why it is that for the last some years, it has become
so easy for Qadianis/Ahmadis to migrate to European Countries and America,
while the immigration restrictions for others are becoming more and more
I have mentioned earlier that the Muslim conflict with this creed is mainly
because of their hypocritical claim of being muslims. Let me assure you,
that it is not because of intolerance or false dogmatism. Let these people
declare themselves as a new religion, out of the pale of Islam, and we shall
start treating them the same as we treat all the other religions. We do have
our doctrinal differences with other religions; In spite of the fact that
some of those differences are fundamental, we always try to sort them out
with the good grace through amicable debate. We cannot, however, take
it lying down when an impostor, shamming to be one of us, start misrepresenting
very fundamental articles of our faith.
Let us take a few examples:
The concept of Finality of Prophethood in Islam is original and
unprecedented in the history of revealed religions. We are told that
there has never been a period nor any part of the world where God did not
send his messenger for the spiritual uplift and guidance of mankind and that
it is one of the condition of our faith in Islam that we should acknowledge
all of them as Messengers of Allah.
This whole concept is based on the principle that God reveals its guidance
for the spiritual development of mankind gradually, bit by bit, in accordance
with the mental capacity of human beings in each age. This process of gradual
revelation through messenger after messenger, went on until we reached the
intellectual age when the law of Allah, what we call Shariah, was
completed through the holy Prophet
Muhammad(SAW). According to this
precept, Muslims believe in all sincerity that there is going to be no more
Prophets after the Holy Prophet
Muhammad(SAW) and that anyone who
claims to be one is either insane or an impostor or a hypocrite.
When Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadiani announced his claim that he was a Prophet,
sent by God as the Promised Messiah, the Muslim Ummah naturally took their
stand on the issue, and denounced him as an heretic. As I have said before,
this theological sedition, or fitna, in Islam would have been nipped
in the bud, but for the patronage of the British Government and now for the
financial support it is receiving form some of the anti-Muslim countries.
This short recording is not enough to go into the details of the issue of
the Finality of the Prophethood. However, I would try very briefly
to explain why Muslims have always taken this issue so seriously.
In spite of the fact that there are many schools of thought in Islam, their
differences revolve around only secondary subjects of inquiry and interpretation.
There is no discord among any of these school in the major and fundamental
articles of faith. Two things have contributed mainly to the continuity of
the characteristic spirit of the Muslim brotherhood as a whole :-
One is the Finality of the Quran-e-Majeed, as the Word of Allah;
Second is the Finality of Hazrat
Muhammad(SAW), as the Messenger
You shake these two corner stones and the whole edifice of Islam comes tumbling
down. Thus it is that the personality of
Muhammad(SAW), as the last and final
Messenger, (which) has become the pivot on which the universal brotherhood
of the Ummah oscillates. Thus is why, wherever the opponents of Islam
plan to strike at the roots of Islam, they start challenging the validity
of Quran-e-Majeed and maligning the personality of the holy
We are used to such attacks from without and know how to deal with them.
The real problem arises, however, when someone from within start playing
the traitor, as the Qadianis are doing. You can fend off a danger which you
can see, but you more liable to be taken unawares and be bitten by a snake
in the grass; and this is what happened to some of our Muslims.
When Mirza Ghulam Ahmad started this movement -- which he named Ahmadiyyat
-- Muslims in India were passing through a very difficult period. Christian
Missionaries had started a vigorous campaign of conversion among the Muslims.
Even the Hindus had started a similar campaign of conversion under
a movement called ‘Shudhi’. On top of all these onslaughts, the British
Government was still following their policy of rendering the Muslims weak.
It was in such a frustrating climate, that Mirza Gulam Ahmed emerged. During
his early writings, there was no passing word or allusion that he was a Prophet
and a Promised Messiah.
I was born in Qadian in 1914 and spent my childhood among these people. I
know from personal observations that many of those who joined the movement
at the outset, where honest and sincere Muslims, who had taken for granted
that this was the genuine reform movement within Islam. However, with
the progress of time and popularity, grandiose claims started being put into
circulation one after the other, so gradually and so covertly that today
the third and the fourth generation of Qadianis have no inkling of how they
have been bamboozled. They have no idea that the same Mirza Ghulam Ahmad,
whom their grandparents had mistakenly accepted as a servant of Prophet Ahmad,
has become ‘Prophet’ Ahmad in his own right.
The present generation of Qadianis have been brainwashed so occultly into
believing that belief in ‘prophethood of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’ is a prerequisite
of belief in Islam . This belief is so essential for them, that all non-Qadiani
Muslims are ‘Kafirs’. So much so that it is sacrilegious for them
to say their prayers behind a Muslim, to perform funeral services on a deceased
Muslim, to inter-marry among Muslims, and so on. Qadian has taken the place
of Makkah for them, its various locations and sites have become for
them the signs of God, in the same sense as Quran-e-Majeed called
some sacred sites in Makkah as signs of God (Sha’air
Allah). The wife of their so-called Prophet is given the same title of
the Mother of the Faithful (Umm-ul-Momineen) just as Muslims gave
to the wives of the holy Prophet
The Second of their Khalifas, Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood, son of Mirza Ghulam
Ahmad Qadiani, started claiming that his spiritual status is superior to
that of Hazrat Umar ibn Al-Khattab, the second Khalifa of Islam, while the
actual position is that this renegade was a well-known pervert and debauchee.
Recently, the present Head of the Qadianis, issued a challenge of Mubahillah
(prayer duel) to Muslims. I too was sent a copy of this challenge by
registered post, which I accepted.
In my reply, I have put on record my personal observations of the moral
corruption that prevails in the Qadiani society. My reply, the details
of the characters of their issues and the circumstances in which I denounced
this creed, all this had been published in the booklet form as an Open
Letter to the Amir of Qadianis. It is available from Maulana Sohail
Hasan, 101 Belmont Road Tottenham London N17 68O, England.
Wassalamo Aleikum wa Rahmatullahe wa Barakatuh.