Who is following “True Islam”?

بسم الله الحمد لله و صلاة و سلام على محمد و على آله و سلم

Lets start with two simple questions:

Was the Islam that the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم was upon “True Islam”? Undoubtedly Yes.

Is the Islam practiced by Muslims today the “True Islam”? Muslims would argue Yes, and the Ahmadiyya would argue No.

Assuming that the Islam practiced by the Muslims today is no longer “True Islam”, that would imply that somewhere in the last 1432 years separating us from the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم all Muslims spontaneously and simultaneously went astray in belief, hence the need for Mirza Ghulam to create the Ahmadiyya faith. This is the standard Ahmadiyya narrative and it seems to make sense.

But lets take a closer look….turn back the clock 1300 years.

During the first few centuries, Islam spread into Persia, the former Byzantium Empire, India and Central Asia. When the people from these areas embraced Islam, they would often unintentionally bring with them their previous religious ideas. For example, one’s previous faith might hold God to be both good and evil, so when they embraced Islam, their view of Allah is that he is also part evil. Compounding this problem, some new Muslims would understand the Qur’an to conform to these types of previously held beliefs. It was not merely an issue of “Can you prove your beliefs from the Qur’an”, because everyone cited the Qur’an and made arguments for their side.

As these new ideas became more popular, especially in the outskirts of the Muslim lands, the Masters of Islamic Sacred Knowledge (‘Ulema) thought it prudent to document and codify the original interpretations of the faith, lest it be lost amongst the rising sea of new beliefs. It was not that the Qur’an was not sufficient, indeed it is! But if you presented an ayah negating one’s distorted version of Islam, he would simply re-interpret it. For the masses, the question arose “Whose understanding of the Qur’an the original, and hence the Truth?” It seemed that Islam would be lost to corruption.

But God willed otherwise for his Ummah…

With great hesitation and care, the Muslim scholars penned theological works to document the original beliefs of Islam. As Shaykh Hamza Yusuf put it, “at some point, it becomes absolutely necessary” to prevent a distortion of the faith. In general, they were written in a minimalism response format, such as “Regarding the disputed matter, we believe ABC” to only clarify a dispute, and leave the rest to the Qur’an. These documents represented the original understanding of Islam, as taught by the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم himself. For all practical purposes, they represent “True Islam”, as understood by the Prophet, Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Usman, ‘Ali, et al.

One of these texts is titled Al-Fiqh Al-Akbar, written by Imam Abu Hanifah رحمه الله.

Fast-Forward to present times: The dispute between Ahl al-Sunnah and Ahmadiyya. Who is following “True Islam” and who is following a distortion?

Would it not be wise to look back into our literary tradition and see what “True Islam” thought of the very dispute we have today? For example, with regards to the Last Days and ‘Esa bin Maryam عليه السلام, Imam Abu Hanifah wrote,

و خروج الدجال و ياجوج و ماجوج و طاوع الشمس من مغربها و نزول عيسى عليه السلام من السماء و سائر علامات يوم القيامة على ماوردت به اللأخبار الصحيحة حق كائن

The emergence of the Dajjal [anti-christ] and of Ya’joog and Ma’joog [Gog and Magog], the rising of the sun in the West, the descending of ‘Isa, alayhi assalam [Jesus], from heavens, are inevitable facts, so are all the other signs of the Day of Judgment, as narrated in authentic Ahaadeeth [Prophetic sayings]

If you are interested in what the Muslims of the 2nd century were saying, I suggest this text: http://www.masud.co.uk/ISLAM/misc/tahawi.htm. Start at point 29. For the 7th century, read this: http://www.marifah.net/articles/matnalnasafiyya.pdf

If we want to know what the “True Islam” of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم is, we can look at these texts. And you will quickly realize that it was quite different from Ahmadiyya. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم taught that he was the Last Prophet and that towards the end of time, ‘Esa bin Maryam عليه و سلام would return. We invite our readers to click the links above and see for yourselves.

In closing, if you bring this article to the Murabbis (and please do!), they will likely respond with a series of isolated quotations in support of what they believe. Sadly, the average Ahmadi accepts them without verifying. Question what the Murabbis! Find the original source books and look it up yourselves. Do not simply take their statements at face value. I am confident that by merely double-checking them, you will realize how misleading they are. But few do….

May Allah guide us all to the “True Islam”

و صلى الله على محمد و على آله و سلم

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29 thoughts on “Who is following “True Islam”?

  1. No one is perfect. Why can’t non-Ahmadis just accept that THP might have made a few mistakes and then Allah inspired Promised Messiah to correct him. So Islam was a little bit wrong back then and PM fixed it.
    Ahmadiyyat Zindabad!!

    • @ A. Bajwa

      I’m surprised that you you wrote the above. Muhammad (saw) didnt make any mistakes. You are mistaken, or you have been fooled.

      And….I hope you understand that is this type of speech that enrages the Muslim Masses. Furthermore, your religious-rhetoric has done nothing but stir up communal strife in the Punjab circa 1879.

    • 😮 Prophet Muhammad s made mistakes??? No human is perfect, but ALLAH MADE him as an example for us to follow! HOW disgusting of you to accuse him of this, even that you say you are TRUE ISLAM?

    • Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) – 23 years of his life as the Messenger of Allah s.w.t. Such were his achievements that each day of his life was miracle, so many accomplishments with so limited resources, set the highest standards of morale which remain unmatched even today but yet so humble, unmatched patience and God fearing! Always worried about the Ummah. Lived and taught others by example. A lot of great leaders of the World learnt from the examples of his followers. Can there be any other example anywhere else? We do not need anyone else to teach us we have the best of human creation as an example. Just need to follow him.

      M.G.A.Q – I would not advise anyone to even dare to compare Mirza Ghulam Qadiani with the noblest Prophet of Allah s.w.t. for the fear of GOD and respect for the holy Prophet. It is said that when Mirza became an adult he ran away with his fathers pension money. When the money ran out he found a job and I believe it was postal department where he was charged with a fraud……there are endless examples, of him being a liar, mentally confused, and crazy person by his own lifestyle and his own teachings. Yet Mirza Sahib made so many loft claims that he was Nauzobillah the Shadow of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s, he was second coming of Jesus a.s, he was incarnation of Hindu God Krishna, he was like than Hazrat Ali, r.a, Imam Hassan r.a., ……….. and so on.

    • The Holy Prophet (saw) received revelation of the perfect religion. There is no mistake in his religion. Any mistakes in the religion today are from misintepretations by man (which was prophesised by Muhammad (saw)). The Promised Messiah (as) came to correct these mistakes in the Ummah, reminding us of the perfect religion of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). Any ‘little bit wrong’ of Islam is NOT due to any fault in the Holy Prophet Muhammad – the best of men.

      • If that is true, then we would expect the earliest documented and understandings of Islam to confirm Ahmadiyya. But instead, we see it confirm Islam.

        • The earliest documented understandings of Islam spoke of the coming of the Messiah. Yet you disagree, persistently.

          • The Messiah is “Jesus” the Son of Maryam, upon whom be peace.

            We Muslims believe in this. It is the Ahmadiyya who deny the Messiah.

        • Of course the early documentation and understanding confirm Islam. Islam is the final word of God for the rest of time. Ahmadiyya is in no way contradictory. If the founder claims to be subordinate to Hadhrat Muhammad (saw), then he (Mirza Ghulam Ahmad) is bound within the religion of Muhammad (saw).

          As Muslims we look to the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) to teach us our religion. I believe in a divinely appointed reformer who guides me to the truth through these two media. Who guides you?

          • Documented proof states otherwise.

            Islam says X, Ahmadiyya says Y. The differences are demonstrable.

            I presented one example in the article above about ‘Esa bin Maryam (AS).

          • Islam says Y. Ahmadiyyat says Y. The differences you claim to be able to demonstrate are the very reason the Messiah arrived – so that the Ummah can see the Y of Islam for what it is, the same Y presented to us by Hadhrat Muhammad (saw). Your X is incomplete.

          • Not at all. There is nothing wrong with Islam. Do not twist my words. The Messiah, as foretold by the Holy Prophet (saw) himself, would arrive to restore Islam to its perfect glory and establish its ultimate victory. This would happen at a time when Islam was in decline, not because of any imperfection in the religion, but rather imperfection in the Ummah.

            Look around you. If you believe the Muslim Ummah is still in a great state, one of unity and worthy of being witnessed by the early Muslims as their own, you are greatly mistaken. We all strive to be on the right path, and that can ONLY be done by accepting the Messiah when he comes. I love my non-Ahmadi Muslim brothers and sisters. I do not love their condition. My only wish is that nobody fails to recognise the Messiah. That would be against the clear direction of our beloved Holy Prophet (saw).

        • I’m not twisting your words. If you in any way say that Mirza Ghulam’s beliefs differ from the earliest Islam, then Mirza’s version 2.0 means only one thing:
          The Prophet SAAWS got it wrong the first time.

          The Messiah’s return, ‘Esa bin Maryam (AS), does not modify or change Islam in any way. Its the same exact religion.

          Mirza’s religion was different.

          • Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s religion appears different to you because you compare it to the declined Islam you see around you today. The whole point of the Messiah was to bring change. Not to change the religion of Muhammad (saw), but to change the wayward Ummah BACK to the religion of Muhammad (saw).

            If the world is doing fine on its own, and will do fine in the foreseeable future, then why the need for a prophesised Messiah?

          • Found,

            That’s the whole point of the article! I’m talking about Islam as documented by Muslims a mere 1 generation after the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم. Ahmadiyya differs from the Islam of then. Mirza’s religion differs from the religion of the Tabi’ieen. I’m not talking about “modern” Islam, I’m talking about historic Islam.

            Al-Maseeh, ‘Esa bin Maryam عليه السلام, does not come to create a new religion with new beliefs. He comes to be the leader of the Muslims against the greatest fitnah the Muslims will ever face.

            But I suppose per Mirza Ghulam the greatest Fitnah ever faced were…Christian Missionaries, right? I have yet to meet an Ahmadi who understands al-Dajjal according to Islamic belief. They’re taught lies of what we believe (ie, Donkey of Dajjal and such)

          • My understanding of the Dajjal of the non-Ahmadis was formed by non-Ahmadis, and yes it was the one-eyed giant. I would be interested to read about your more logical understanding as an article on this blog or elsewhere, based of course primarily on the Holy Quran and Ahadith.

          • “All doors to reach Him [God] are closed except the one door which the Noble Qur’an has opened. And all Prophethoods and all Books of the past are such as now there is no need left to follow them independently. Because the Prophethood of Muhammad (sa) comprises them all and encompasses them all. And except it [the Prophethood of Muhammad (as) ] all routes to God are closed. Each and every truth which leads to God is in it alone. Neither any truth will come after this, nor there was a truth which is not present in it. And for this reason all Prophethoods have ended with this Prophethood. And so it should have been: for a thing which has a beginning must also have an end. But this Prophethood of Muhammad (sa) in its intrinsic beneficence is not deficient. Rather its beneficence far surpasses the beneficence of other prophethoods. Following the Prophethood of Muhammad (sa) is the easiest route through which one can reach God. Obedience to it wins greater gifts of Divine love and Divine communion than ever before.” [The Will, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad]

            I am an average Ahmadi. I double-check statements, not because I have doubt, but because I find the words so much greater direct from the source. How can anyone question the dedication of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) to the Holy Prophet (saw) when the 99% of literature he wrote that does not get presented on this website look exactly like what I have pasted here?

          • Not to say the remaining 1% of literature presented on this site goes against Islam and the Holy Prophet (saw), but is in fact misrepresented to appear so.

  2. @ A. Bajwa

    ”This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion”

    There in no way Ahmadiyyat is Islam, your insults on our Prophet (PBUH) is clearly shown here.
    Have you ever read MGA books? full of contradictions and lies.
    I think this is the worst thing I have heard from an Ahmadi, your arrogance will one day Insha’allah be your downfall!!!

  3. @ A. Bajwa
    No one is perfect. Why can’t non-Ahmadis just accept that THP might have made a few mistakes and then Allah inspired Promised Messiah to correct him. So Islam was a little bit wrong back then and PM fixed it.

    Sorry this is what I was suppose to say that disgusted me!!!

  4. @ Samia
    Most Ahmadiyya follower never see the truth, while they always blinded by whatever their ulama said. Here, in Indonesia is most the worst, since they never understand the urdu, so never see the original text of their PM writings.
    But for us, we are oblige to show them the truth, as our Prophet SAW always did.
    To all brothers and sisters, keep up the work. May Allah always gives us the strength, aameen.

  5. The comment by Mr Bajwa is shocking to most Muslims, but unfortunately does not shock us ex-Ahmadies!!!

  6. In fact in a debate with an Ahmadi brother once, I questioned Mga belief visa vie Eisa and his ascension prior to his claims of nabuwat. He acknowledged that he originally had the same belief as the Muslims and that he held that belief for the most part of his life and that he believed that any contrary belief would cause the person to leave the fold of Islam, and that Allah’s laanat would be upon such a person! I then reminded him a comment he made to me previously that I in my beliefs did not have a leg to stand on !But funnily he went on to say that that Mga in his previous belief also did not have a leg to stand on!!! And when Allah guided him and gave him legs he happily accepted them and took those legs and ran with them…. Lol… This is what u r dealing with. They can’t even see the embarrassment they cause themselves.. Truly blinded

  7. They forget that Allah is consistent as he mentions in Surah Fath, and that so are his prophets, they do not go around changing there beliefs, especially when and if they claim to have been ‘a champion of the faith’ of old!!

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