Beliefs of the Early Muslims

بسم الله الحمد الله و صلاة و سلام على رسول الله

The earliest Muslims!  What did they believe?  They were closer to the prophetic cup of guidance than any modern-day Muslim.  I mean, we are talking about people whose grandparents might have known the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم personally.  So, one can reasonably conclude that what the earliest Muslims believed is closer to the true beliefs of Islam.  But, how do we know what they believed?  Do we just guess?  I mean, all groups of Islam quote the Qur’an and all believe they are the logical ones.  How do we know who is upon the truth…?

Lets go 1100 years into the past to Baghdad, the heart of the Muslim world.  There are all sorts of internal conflicts, political disputes, new sects and ideologies proping up left and right.  Even the khilafah was been taken over by a deviant sect for a few generations. [From Mu’tasim to Ma’mun]

Many of the early groups, with their deviant theologies and beliefs, such as the Mu’tazilites, the Qadariyya, the Jabariyya, the Jahmiyya and even some early groups of the Shi’a do not even exist anymore.  But, in this mix, the mainstream Muslims lived, practiced, spread their teachings based primarily on the Qur’an and prophetic tradition, and most relevant to this analysis, wrote books summarizing and codifying what they believed to distinguish themselves from the other deviant sects of Islam.

Within the first 200 years of Islam, a great scholar named Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Tahawi رحمه الله codified the beliefs of the mainstream Muslims, to the exclusion of the other deviant sects.  The name of his creed is called ‘Aqidah al-Tahawi.  This text survived in its complete form to this day and is accepted by all orthodox Muslims, regardless of the relatively minor differences they have between them.  It is worth noting that Ahmadis consider themselves to be a “subsect” of the mainstream Sunni Islam. [Ref 1 below]

I did a quick google search and found it available on multiple sites here:

http://www.masud.co.uk/ISLAM/misc/tahawi.htm
http://alghazzali.org/resources/articles/aqeedahNotes.pdf
http://www.central-mosque.com/aqeedah/tahawi.htm
http://www.alhaqq.net/AqeedahAtTahawiyyah.PDF

Some copies offer commentary, and the English translation is slightly different from place to place, but the meaning is essentially the same.

Ahmadis could argue that this text is man-made and is not binding upon them.  That is technically true, but it holds a very high degree of authority, because it was written during the earliest period of Islam during the greatest period of scholarship, intellectual pursuit and religious purity (within Orthodox Islam).  If there are disputes amongst the Muslims, both believing they are following the Qur’an, the prophetic traditions, and logic, it is safest to refer back to what the earliest Muslims believed before such deviations and alterations in religion.

I want my Ahmadi friends to read what the earliest Muslims believed about prophethood around point 30.  What you will notice is that the concept of the continuation of “non-law-bearing” prophets never existed amongst the earliest Muslims.  Instead, al-Tahawi made the unconditional statements that anyone who claims to be a new prophet after Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم is upon “falsehood and deceit”.

This means that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a false prophet and is to be rejected.  Muhammad عليه صلاة و سلام is the last of the prophets, there are no prophets after him.

May Allah guide the Ahmadis to Islam.  Ameen!

[Ref 1] Welcome to Ahmadiyyat, The True Islam, page 205
http://www.alislam.org/books/ahmadiyyat/WelcomeBook2ndEd.pdf
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7 thoughts on “Beliefs of the Early Muslims

  1. Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi wa barakātuhu.

    Brother Farhan, whilst I applaud the work that you are doing in attempting to correct Ahmadi beliefs and have them open their eyes to the truth, I have a slight concern that I wish to share with you Insh’Allah.

    When we left Ahmadiyat it was a difficult time for us and choosing where to ‘lay our bed’ so to speak, was not a decision that could have been made easily. After all the last thing we would have wanted was to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

    As a result it made us look into all the various Sunni sects of Islam and consider what it was that they were calling to and acting upon.

    It was a long and stressful process however with the infinite grace and mercy of Allaah –Azza wa Jal we were guided to the truth and the one and only way of the Prophet PBUH and the Salaf (early generations).

    I would strongly urge you to establish yourself upon this way and make yourself staunch upon this methodology.

    If this means that you have to take a back seat in trying to guide the Ahmadi’s then so be it.

    The only reason I point this out is because some of the links to Islamic resources you post are problematic to put it politely.

    The last thing I would want is for an Ahmadi to leave Ahmadiyat and end up on the way of Braylwiyyah or Soofiyah etc.

    I give you this advice for the sake of Allah and with all sincerity and pray that Allah guide you me and all of the muslim ummah to the truth and then keep us steadfast upon that.

    Was-salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh.

  2. wa ‘alaykum as-salaam wa rahmat Allahi wa baraktahu

    You spelled it “Soofi” so gives me a pretty good idea where you “made your bed” 🙂 We’re probably on the same page haha

    In my personal life, I discuss these issues a lot because I enjoy theological discussions. But the reality is, the difference between the different groups within Ahl al-Sunnah (The People of Sunnah) is insignificant compared to what brings them together. ALL of the major beliefs are exactly the same, including the finality of prophethood. The disputes are over the higher-level issues that the average Muslim does not even think about.

    But, if you’re from a Muslim country, you have the luxury to dwell on such issues and create conflict. This fuels the Ahmadis ability to play Islam off as this utterly divided, broken religion.

  3. Farhan.

    Write your selfself hail yourself enjoy yourself & decide yourself.
    Thats all.
    The 2 links you reffered are of 2 grand liars Masood & Dr. Rashid. I have argued for one year with Dr.Rashid after that he ran away. You can confirm from him. I had in contact with Masood once and he even refused to answer.
    Try to answer my questions.

  4. err, I didn’t reply to your entire message. One of the reasons why I chose to use different commentaries of the same text is because I wanted to show Ahmadis that even within the different groups within the Ahl al-Sunnah, while they differ on certain issues of ‘Aqidah, the framework is the same.

  5. IJKBaluch,

    I really don’t care where you get a copy of this book from, even if it was translated by the Ahmadis. The text of the book is what’s mots important.

  6. Hi Brother,

    IJK Baloch,

    I tried to search for your questions and somehow could not find out. Could you please paste those again. I will insha’Allah try to find answers. If I don’t find answers it is possible your answers might guide us all.

    Regards,

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