Qadianiat at the Crossroads of War and Peace

Founder of Ahmadiyya Times calls for increased drone attacks on Pakistan

In recent years, the Ahmadiyya Community and its Qadiani followers have increasingly sought to portray themselves as the world’s only peaceful Muslims. This is an awkward proposition for most Muslims, for many reasons. Most gallingly, it disguises the underlying deceit that according to Qadianis, they are the world’s only Muslims. The 1.6 billion Muslims who maintain that prophethood ended with Muhammad of Arabia, in the Qadiani worldview, are disbelievers or kuffaar.

This is readily apparent from the writings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani and his successors. (As a corollary, due to the Qadiani introduction of a new prophet in the form of Ghulam Ahmad, all Muslim schools of thought are unanimous in holding that Qadianis are outside the fold of Islam.)

Of course, the notion that Qadianis are the only peaceful Muslims, apart from its logical fallacy, suggests that all other Muslims are murderous fanatics. To be clear, Qadianis have certainly faced persecution, often at the hands of misguided Muslims, and there is no justification for such behavior. But to use this as an excuse to paint all Muslims as violent savages is wrong and illogical – in the West, at least, this is something we have tried to learn after 9/11.

Many Qadianis, unfortunately, seem oblivious to the dangers of painting with such broad strokes. In an insightful essay published last July, Professor Hussein Rashid calls out the Ahmadiyya for using fears of terrorism to promote opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque. “Their approach,” he argues, “appears to be based on a Good Muslim/Bad Muslim dichotomy that ends up hurting the Muslim-American community.”

Indeed, Qadianis have become darlings of the right-wing media, with their leaders regularly appearing on Fox News to decry the radicalization of Muslim-American youth and promote the bizarre idea, as Prof. Rashid writes, that “a good Muslim should surrender the rights guaranteed by the state” – including the right to express criticism and disagree with one’s government.

Many Qadianis, it seems, are wedded to an old-world authoritarian model of leadership in which one simply does not criticize those in power. It has been suggested that the same mindset that encourages Qadianis to pledge unfailing allegiance to the hereditary and arguably corrupt system of khilafat also promotes the bizarre idea that in a modern constitutional democracy, free citizens should not openly practice their religion or criticize their government’s foreign policy.

Whether you call this approach quietism or blind loyalty, it certainly has ample precedent in Qadiani history. In a pamphlet written in honor of the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s rule in 1887, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad writes:

RK tuhfa

This notice of congratulations is from the person known as Yasuu’ the Messiah who has come to the world to rid it of all sorts of deviations; he whose purpose is to establish truth in the world with peace and kindness; so that he may teach people the way towards true love and servanthood to their Creator; and to explain to them the path towards true obedience to their ruler, the Glorious Queen, whose subjects they are.


[Roohani Khazain, Vol. 12, Tuhfa-e-Qaisiriyya, p. 253]

It can thus be argued that the Qadiani worldview is motivated by two fundamental values: obedience to the state, and “love for all and hatred for none.” Interestingly, it is certainly plausible, and perhaps even likely, that these two values might come into conflict with each other. Here we can offer two opposing hypotheses. Either the Qadiani administration would choose peace and oppose violent and martial government policies; or it would unfailingly insist on unquestioned loyalty in all cases.


This is obviously not a novel predicament – it has been considered countless times throughout history by all types of communities, and with the exception of cults or autocratic neo-fascist societies, most people of conscience have come down on the side of an individual’s freedom -and perhaps even responsibility – to speak out against immoral and unethical actions of one’s government.

How have Qadianis attempted to reconcile this conflict? It certainly seems that, insofar as they acknowledge that such a conflict exists, that they come down on the side of unquestioned loyalty. Indeed, many critics have charged that the purported Qadiani belief in “love for all, hatred for none” is merely a public relations slogan and categorically does not apply to Muslims. (Interestingly, in many cases, it also seems that “unquestioned loyalty” also does not apply to Qadianis residing in Muslim-majority nations.)

All of this brings us to the founder and managing editor of Ahmadiyya Times. Imran Jattala, based in Los Angeles, is a high-ranking official in the Qadiani hierarchy and has unsurprisingly paid lip-service to the peaceful nature of the Qadiani faith on many occasions. Among his interests, he cites “the promotion of dialogue for peace and tolerance through interfaith outreach.”

On January 8th, however, Mr. Jattala posted a comment on a PBS article about the murder of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. He attacks the author for raising the possibility that the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with increasing death tolls among civilians, might be linked to rising extremism in the region. And then, in one sentence, he provides a robust data point for how one Qadiani leader reconciles his commitment to peace and his commitment to U.S. foreign policy. “The tasteless scenes of jubilation in the killer’s hometown,” he writes, “in my view make a case for more drone attacks, not less.”


While the London-based Ahmadiyya Community has often been criticized for fomenting anti-Muslim sentiment and its generally pro-war disposition, rarely have we seen such unambiguous evidence of how fragile the “world’s only peaceful Muslims” are in their actual commitment to peace.

I do not profess to know how many Ahmadis, whether in the U.S. or Pakistan, support Mr. Jattala’s contention that more drone attacks on Pakistani civilians are needed. In any case, I hope the Ahmadi community engages in a critical discussion among themselves regarding their commitment to peace and how it should best be operationalized in a world torn apart by war.

Calling for more drone attacks on Pakistani civilians is probably not the best place to start.

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23 thoughts on “Qadianiat at the Crossroads of War and Peace

  1. This article is extremely well written and exposes the true face of Ahmadiyyat. Having seen their missionaries, murabbis, activists and cult leaders in action, it brings to my mind the sad feeling of how the gullible common Ahmadis are being mislead by these men who claim to be Godly persons 24/7, but are nothing but cunning, deceitful, liars who have taken them for a ride and are enjoying on their hard earned money.

    • Awesome article indeed!!!

      As a youg Ahmadi was psychologically trained to hate all Muslims. This is my testimonial, this is my evidence, I am a “case-in-point”. As a teenager I hated Muslims, in my early 20’s, I hated Muslims. I never prayed with them, I never ate with them, I created a wall between me and the Muslims of hte world.

      As I ventured out into the world I felt as if Islam was the enemy, I felt that Muslims and particulary Pakistani Muslims were the scum of the world. And…I especially despised Afghanis, I never had an Afghani friend in my life before I left the “A”. I thought they were vicious animals who killed Syed Abdul Latif and I never wanted to speak to an Afghani as long as I lived.

      When I came to the realization that the “A” brainwashed to believe this..I was disgusted..I prayed to Allah for forgiveness. My work is not done…I feel that I have a responsiblity to the Muslims of the globe to explain to them what the “A” really is.


  2. An excellent piece brother Hamid. With the previous entry by brother Fuad, it shows exactly how humane this cult is, “love for all hatred for none”, nothing but a slogan.

  3. Well-written and to the point. Pure Islam- and Pakistan-hating from the Ahmadis, which is evident in every conversation with them. And it is built into the DNA of the Ahmadiyya right from MGA’s time.

    And guess what? Drone attacks on Pakistan are suspended since the day Raymond Davis has been arrested in Lahore. That’s all it takes — a couple of politicians with a backbone.

    When the history is finally compiled, the role of Ahmadis in destabilising Pakistan will be an eye-opener. At this time, the backlash may be too much for the government of Pakistan to control. Also, we have failed in alerting the Pakistani liberal intelligentsia to the non-religious and political threat of the Ahmadiyya, something that people like Shorash Kashmiri were very adept at doing.

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  5. In the above post you have referenced an article by a mainstream US Muslim academic trying his best to declare Ahmadis as non-Muslims without sounding like a fanatic. A response was also given to his article in which it was clearly indicated that Ahmadis do not claim to represent all Muslims.

    Infact, you are deliberately hiding the truth. Ahmadis do not refer to non-Ahmadis as not-Muslims. You guys are Muslims because this is what you claim yourselves to be. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that we represent the true teachings of Islam; and sects of Islam tend to do the same. What is wrong with claiming that?

    As for my worldview, it has been informed by the teachings of Quran and the example of Holy Prophet (saw) as explained by Promised Messiah (a.s). If you believe that obedience to your government is against Islam, then we can have a debate on this issue. Also, when you imply that majority of Muslims are as peace loving and responsible citizens can you kindly tell me if majority of Muslims believe in freedom to choose one’s faith?

    As an Ahmadi, I am against the war in Afghanistan. But I do not believe that US or it allies are launching drone attacks with an intention to kill civilians. They believe that Talib leadership or mercenaries related to Al-Qaida are hiding in the tribal belt and based on real time intelligence, they attack these locations. Regardless of their intentions, I believe that the attacks are wrong. Even in war situations, a civilized nation should avoid collateral damage. Islam definitely does not allow such disregard for innocent civilian lives. So, Mr. Jatalla is wrong in saying that more drone attacks are needed because a section of Pakistani society is bigotted.

    • @ Lutf

      You really spun a good one with this post. First off, you are saying that anyone can call themselves a Muslim, whether they are one is not a matter of dispute. THAT IS WRONG. How would you feel if Muslims or Jews claimed to be Ahmadis? In any country, this is called spying, this is called espionage. Muslims dont want Ahmadis to be included into the superstructure of Islam because Ahmadis DISRESPECT Islam with their queer belief system. How would you feel if a jew lied about being a Muslim and visited Mecca on a spying mission? Isnt this was Muir and Lane did? This is the biggest reason why claiming to be a Muslim (when in reality you are not) is a big problem.

      Secondly, Ahmadiyya doctrine is very shifty. You people change your beliefs every 30 year period. For example, MGAQ changed his beliefs in 1891 and then 10 years later he claimed to realize what his prophethood actually meant, another change unfolded. Similarily, in the early period of Mahmud Ahmad’s khilafat, him and his brother wrote that Muslims were Kafirs and outside the pale of Islam (1914 to 1920 era).

      In the 1930’s they began to move away from this doctrine. They began to water down their doctrine in terms of the position of non-ahmadi Muslims. When the white man left in 1947……Ahmadiyyat totally moved away from that doctrine…

      Look…the “A” has a history of supporting oppressive regimes. Do a google search on the opium wars. MGAQ and his community were openly and whole-heartedly supporting the most oppressive regime that world ever saw, THE BRITISH GOVT.

    • @ Lutf
      “…………..You guys are Muslims because this is what you claim yourselves to be. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that we represent the true teachings of Islam; and sects of Islam tend to do the same. What is wrong with claiming that?”

      Ahmadis are not Muslims, and do not represent Islam. It is a separate religion unto itself. For example, you cant sell Pork meat as Lamb. It is wrong!!!

      In Islam, there is no place for a character (or characterless person) like Mirza Ghulam A. Qadiani, to be considered as a prophet of GOD (God forbid)

      • You said, “you cant sell Pork as Lamb. It is wrong!!! that’s equate you cant be true muslim since you subscribe to the Christianity basic tenet Jesus Christ still alive bodily in heaven. It is wrong!!! your faith can’t be half Christian and half Islam, can it be? you have been mislead by those people who said that it is the teaching of Holy Quraan that Jesus of Nazareth the christ still alive bodily in heaven.

          • Used the Christian bible as a source to refute Chriatianity teaching, I don’t see anything wrong with that, would you used Al Quraan as a source to refute Christianity teaching and believe that those christian would listen to you and accept what you said? does that not make you seem to be irrational?

          • Syed,
            The Qur’an uses Tawheed to refute Christianity. But Mirza used the Bible as a basis for what MUSLIMS should believe.

            He wasn’t refuting Christianity, he was arguing against Islam and what Muslims should believe.

            So the Ahmadiyya religion is 1/2 Christian, 1/2 Muslim.

          • @ Farhan

            You are soo correct Akhi. Even when the Christian delegation came from Najran, Muhammad (saw) argued the oneness of Allah during his conversation with the Christians of Najran, Arabia.

            And an FYI. Muhammad (saw) didnt set a precedent for mubahilas. The christian delegation came to seek a reprieve from paying Jizyah. Muhammad (saw) denied it!!!!!

        • You are willing to easily accept Mirza Ghulam the traitor and a liar as a Prophet……..a big blunder, but ready to ridicule and debate hotly on a minor issue of whether Jesus (Isa a.s) is alive or not in heaven.

  6. i just got to say that there are good and bad people all around, you can’t target just one sect. i am a Muslim, and i have heard this mullah thing soo many times that it is getting too outdated. MULLAHs can be very extremist, but that doesnt mean that you pick one type of group and you target them to prove your point. i have heard from an ahmadi friend how there is a hadith that says that the mullahs will be the worst people under the heavens. WELL, whats your point? and just by saying that oh, the Hadith said the mullah, it means that its the mullahs of this time. well i dont see it written in the hadith anywhere that in the 14th hijri the mullahs are going to be bad. there have been good and bad people through out HISTORY. just to prove your credibility you shouldnt target people like that. PROVE IT!! and ahmadis have murabbis too, i can say the same thing about them, but whats the point?? you can call murabbis mullahs too because there is not ONE FIXED WORD to describe the learned people. i think this whole attacking mullah thing is getting old. WE ALL AS MUSLIMS OR AHMADIS SHOULD GET WELL ACQUAINTED WITH THE FACT THAT GOD AND PEOPLE ARE EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!! and making all the muslims look bad is not a fair game.. thats when you “love for all hatred for none” should come in.

    • Well sister you have to go back to the roots of the problem then you will figure out what is going on. Mirza Ghulam, the founder of Ahmadiyyat, was a traitor and a grand liar. Now his successors are following in his footsteps. These stooges and evil men have tried to hijack Islam. They have mislead their gullible masses and amassed huge wealth, and are spreading false and misleading teachings of Ahmadiyyat, in the name of so called true Islam. When our scholars have exposed their fraud, they started attacking them as mullahs………….etc. Common Ahmadis do not know the reality of Mirza and they are brainwashed into believing that he was some kind of a mahdi, messiah……..etc. and they are taught to hate muslims, do not go near them, do not pray behind them, do not listen to what their scholars say….etc.

  7. SSBA@

    “You may thinks and said badly about Hazrat Ahmad but that does not change the fact that you are half christian and half muslim in your faith, since you stands firm to subscribe to the Christianity basic tenet that Jesus of Nazareth (Isa a.s) still alive bodily in heaven. I don’t ridicule on the issue but rather on your ignorance with regard to the issue.”

    You seem like a typical Mirzai, just stuck on one issue, which has been quite eloquently discussed by scholars of Islam and does not need to be reinvented.

    It is amazing, how the real issue which is so called “Hazrat A.” has been sidestepped. Please read the life, character and teachings (books) of this self proclaimed prophet and messiah, with an open mind………..!!! Once you do that InshaAllah, I hope one day you will be the lucky one to join the millions of your brothers in Islam, and come out of the clutches of this misguided Ahmadiyya ………cult.

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