Saturday, October 14, 2017

Perspective: Ahmadis are falsely accused of rejecting Khatm-e Nubuwwat | Misha Khan


Their leader, the fifth Khalifa-tul-Masih, in no uncertain terms affirmed the Jamaat Ahmadiyya's belief in the Khaatim-e-Nabuwat.

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By Misha Khan | October 14, 2017

I do urge anyone who wants to learn and dispel misconceptions that have been passed down to us through generations of ignorance, to ask questions

I come from a Shia Muslim background and identify as a Secular Humanist Cultural Muslim. I have been speaking out in support of Ahmadis (as well as other minorities) ever since I realised that this was a thing (something around the 2010 attacks). Before this I had only ever heard hushed whispers that falana [so and so] person was an Ahmadi. I never cared what that meant until it was shockingly brought to my attention in the most tragic way.

Since then I have spent a lot of time researching the belief and discussing the differences with a variety of people. However, today for the first time, I sat down with a close Ahmadi friend to listen to their Friday Khutba (sermon). Their leader, the fifth Khalifa-tul-Masih, in no uncertain terms affirmed the Jamaat Ahmadiyya's belief in the Khaatim-e-Nabuwat [finality of prophethood]. I was reduced to tears by how clearly opposite their belief actually is to the mainstream understanding of their faith.

It literally hurts my heart to see people spew hate against a community that least deserves it. Their slogan is 'Love for all, hatred for none' and they don't even respond to all the vitriol against them with anything of the kind. If Pakistan actually allowed them to speak in their own defence, these misconceptions might so easily be cleared. But afsos [alas ...].

Thanks for reading and I appreciate this forum as an outlet for all the feels that other people simply don't understand. My pro-Ahmadi views have been called 'cheap' recently so I'm wary of personal attacks. But I do urge anyone who wants to learn and dispel misconceptions that have been passed down to us through generations of ignorance, to ask questions, learn about Ahmadis from Ahmadis and perhaps most importantly try to develop some empathy.


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Pakistani Muslim Misha Khan is not an Ahmadi but constantly speaks out against #AhmadiApartheid

[h/t Shaan Yousaf]


-- Slightly edited for clarity

Perspective: Ahmadis are falsely accused of rejecting Khatm-e Nubuwwat | Misha Khan


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2 comments:

  1. Bless your heart, Misha Khan, for expressing humane, utterly-reasonable thoughts! The ignorance and herd-mentality shown by millions -- misled by power-hungry demagogues -- are painful, to say the least. It is astounding how seldom people investigate serious allegations before accepting them.

    I myself had the opportunity to witness 'societal poisoning' in action years ago, in Lubbock, Texas. My wife and I had invited four 'groups' to dinner at our humble abode. Two groups consisted of husband-and-wife each, and two were simply husbands (who were there as students, without their families).
    Early on in the evening, the two Pakistani men present decided to start bad-mouthing Ahmadis. The two Arab men there expressed their ignorance about the Ahmadis, and wished to learn about them from the other men present. And so began a litany of lies and calumnies from the mouth of the all-knowing Pakistanis. At every egregious act described, the Arabs gasped; the lies continued until the storytellers ran out of breath. Then, noticing my absolute silence, the guests invited me to give my comments.

    Inside, I was fuming! Now, I had to quickly take a sane stance between two extreme actions: one was to act out the role of a gracious, acquiescent host and agree with the accusers; the other was to call out the liars and ask them to leave my home (a departure I could, perhaps, accelerate!). The middle path I chose was to ask the accusers whether they had ever asked an AHMADI what the tenets of his/her faith were. To this, the reply was in the negative; "every one knows", it was claimed, what their heinous beliefs were. I very solemnly reminded those present that mere repetition of an untruth -- even thousands of repetitions! -- did not make a false accusation true.

    The evening was salvaged by the quick thinking of my wife and the other ladies, who had become aware that things were heating up in the living-room. They quickly approached us and suggested that we have dinner right away.

    Events that transpired later made it, and contemporary events make it, abundantly clear that large parts of the Muslim world are steeped in an ever-increasing darkness. The only way to world peace is through acceptance of solemn Quranic precepts promoting peace (Verse 2:257, sentiments embodied in Sura Al-kafiroon, et al) and our seeking out the Messiah Of The Age.

    Once again, thank you for your calming words! Long live the peacemakers!

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  2. Bless your heart, Misha Khan, for expressing humane, utterly-reasonable thoughts! The ignorance and herd-mentality shown by millions -- misled by power-hungry demagogues -- are painful, to say the least. It is astounding how seldom people investigate serious allegations before accepting them.

    I myself had the opportunity to witness 'societal poisoning' in action years ago, in Lubbock, Texas. My wife and I had invited four 'groups' to dinner at our humble abode. Two groups consisted of husband-and-wife each, and two were simply husbands (who were there as students, without their families).
    Early on in the evening, the two Pakistani men present decided to start bad-mouthing Ahmadis. The two Arab men there expressed their ignorance about the Ahmadis, and wished to learn about them from the other men present. And so began a litany of lies and calumnies from the tongues of the all-knowing Pakistanis. At every egregious act described, the Arabs gasped; the lies continued until the storytellers ran out of breath. Then, noticing my absolute silence, the guests invited me to give my comments.

    Inside, I was fuming! Now, I had to quickly take a sane stance between two extreme actions: one was to act out the role of a gracious, acquiescent host and agree with the accusers; the other was to call out the liars and ask them to leave my home (a departure I could, perhaps, have gladly accelerated!). The middle path I chose was to ask the accusers whether they had ever asked an AHMADI what the tenets of his/her faith were. To this, the reply was in the negative; "every one knows", it was claimed, what their heinous beliefs were. I very solemnly reminded those present that mere repetition of an untruth -- even thousands of repetitions! -- did not make a false accusation true.

    The evening was salvaged by the quick thinking of my wife and the other ladies, who had become aware that things were heating up in the living-room. They quickly approached us and suggested that we have dinner right away.

    Events that transpired later made it, and contemporary events make it, abundantly clear that large parts of the Muslim world are steeped in an ever-increasing darkness. The only way to world peace is through acceptance of solemn Quranic precepts promoting peace (Verse 2:257, sentiments embodied in Sura Al-kafiroon, et al) and our seeking out the Messiah Of The Age.

    Once again, thank you for your calming words! Long live the peacemakers!

    ReplyDelete

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