Life After Ahmadiyya

The following is an email that we received.
(We have only redacted the names mentioned in the email)

Asalam alaykum dear brothers,

I write to you today wishing you all the best of fortune with your
excellent website that helps people who are confused about who Mirza
Ghulam of Qadian was and what his beliefs consisted of.

Alhamdulilah me and my wife have removed the filth of Mirza Ghulam’s
false belief from our life and for this we are most thankful to Allah
the Supreme, the Most Merciful.

I was in the darkness of Ahmadiyya for over 3 years due to being told
many lies about their beliefs. I was never told directly that Mirza
Ghulam claimed to be a prophet of Allah, much less that he then
claimed to be the second coming of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (peace
and blessings upon him) and subsequently greater than the Holy
Prohphet (pbuh)!

I was fortunate enough to not be separated from my dear wife after I
left the falsehood of Mirza Ghulam for too long as she showed courage
in reading Mirza Ghulam’s writings and found for herself that she
had been kept in darkness her whole life. As you know many
Ahmadis/Qadianis do not know the original disgraceful beliefs held by
Mirza Ghulam. They are kept in a false world and because they do not
openly mix with other Muslims they do not ever have good opportunities
to examine the writings of their founder, Mirza Ghulam who, by any
measure of a human being is by far one of the filthiest that have ever
existed.

My wife’s family are still Ahmadi and are strongly against us both.
However I do not mention my wife’s name in order to respect her wish
of minimizing the alleged ‘pain’ she is causing them by denouncing
Ahmadiyya. I however will not remain quiet as I wish to actively warn
people of the filthy writings and beliefs held by Mirza Ghulam.
Mirza’s beliefs are like a cancer and they must be prevented from
spreading amongst unsuspecting well-intentioned Muslims and
non-Muslims.

We have created a website that we hope can offer assistance to people
who have left or are thinking of leaving Ahmadiyya. We know how
difficult it is for them coming out of an extremely closed community
such as Ahmadiyya and we will offer support via Email, Telephone and
in person (In London, England). The website address is:

www.islamafterahmadiyya.com

We would like to kindly request you to link our website to your
website so that more Ahmadi brothers and sisters can receive support
in leaving the kufr of Mirza Ghulam’s beliefs. We don’t wish harm
on any innocent Ahmadis who have been kept in the dark since they were
born. Insha Allah they can wake up and see that Mirza Ghulam was such
a despicable man whom I would not even pray next to, let alone pray
behind, if he were alive today.

I would like to thank you for the excellent effort you have put in
with your website, May Allah Help you in all your endeavours.

Asalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatahu,

[Name Redacted]

Well brother, your link is up!

Rasheed Sarpong Reverts to Islam

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

as-salaamu `alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh. We’re delighted to share with you another story of reversion to Islam from the Ahmadiyya cult and it gives me great pleasure to announce that it is my friend Rasheed Sarpong who has come back to Islam. This inspiring young man is a real role model, who it has been my privilege to know. Even when he was Qadiani for many years after my reversion, I always held him and his family in respect. because of his character. I had a feeling that one day, insha’Allah, he would be guided to the right path by Allah (SWT) and alhamdulillah, it happened.

Enjoy!

The Providence of W. Deen Muhammad

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

In 2008, the American Muslim community wept as Wallace Deen Muhammad returned to Allah. I’ve met many famous people in my life, but amongst the most memorable was meeting W. Deen Muhammad. It was Fall 2003, and I was a beardless 19 year old sophomore in college. I took a trip to North Carolina with some older African-American Muslim gentlemen to meet and schedule him to deliver a talk for our Muslim Students Association (MSA). He had striking blue eyes and a glow of wisdom that only comes with experience written on his face. He was glad to meet a member of the MSA, even a skinny 19 year old, happy we were continuing the tradition, and briefly mentioned how they helped him when his community had expelled him.

…But who was W. Deen Muhammad and why am I writing this on a blog about Ahmadiyya?

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Confessions of a Cult Girl

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

Looks like we’ve generated a spin-off site! For those who don’t know, Sr. “Findings”, a Muslimah-revert born into an Ahmadi family, has been leaking damning insider-information about the Ahmadiyya internal behavior. Many of these are reports that even the common Ahmadi is not aware of. They speak of abuses, lies, anti-Muslim attitudes and cult-like behavior.

The website is: http://cultgirlconfessions.blogspot.com/.

Here is an except from her blog (and yes, the text was in pink):

So in short, I am a Paki Ahmadi (Qadiani/Mirzai) by birth and reverted to Islam a few years back (by the grace of the Almighty) but this isn’t your average revert story. I am not open and out there and there’s a simple reason for that: I was born into a CULT and so, my journey ain’t an ordinary one! I can’t leave the Cult just yet because quite frankly, I have nowhere to go (pull out the violin bruv..let’s all go busking!!) It would be just too painful and too awkward to live with my family as an out and proud revert, and all the while, writing out against the Jamaat too. Also if I came out now, I would lose my connection to the Cult and all my inside info would go with it! So I’m biding my time, waiting in the bushes, waiting to jump out and go SURPRISE I am a MUSLIM and have joined the Non Ahmadi Team! Lol! No No, on a serious level, I’m hoping to escape one day and in a civilised fashion (maybe marry a millionaire or run away with the circus or something..though this Cult I am in is one big freak show of a circus..lol).

A quick note on secret Muslims:

In the battle of Khandaq (The Trench), the Muslims in Madinah were under siege by Quraysh and betrayed by Banu Quraydha, one of the main Jewish tribes in Madinah that was in an alliance with the Muslims. After a month’s siege with little food and overwhelming odds, the Muslims were in a desperate state. In that moment, Nu’aym ibn Mas’ud رضى الله عنه, a man respected by both Banu Quraydha and the Quraysh, accepted Islam. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم knew that one additional soldier could not do much, so he ordered Nu’aym back to his people under the guise that he was not a Muslim.

Nu’aym created a plan: He went to the Quraysh and tricked them into thinking that Banu Quraydha regretted their betrayal of the Muslims and were planning on executing 10 of Quraysh’s best men as a sign of renewed loyalty. He simultaneously persuaded Banu Quraydha that the Quraysh had grown tired of this month-long siege and would go back to Makkah, thus leaving Banu Quraydha to fend for themselves. To guarantee the maintenance of the alliance, Nu’aym suggested that Banu Quraydha should demand 10 of Quraysh’s best men as hostages, to be executed should Quraysh flee from the battle.

Banu Quraysha demanded the 10 men, and Quraysh refused to hand them over.

The trick worked, and the alliance between Quraysh and Banu Quraydha dissolved. This gave the Muslims the ability to defeat the now divided army of the Ahzab. Lesson learned: One Muslim on the inside can bring great benefit to the Muslims.

Check out her site! http://cultgirlconfessions.blogspot.com/

Jamaat Thoughts

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

I’d like to share something private with you, one of my diary entries from many years ago, shortly before I reverted to Islam from a life in the Ahmadiyya.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

If we’re agreed that there is no new Shariah – no addition or subtraction to or from it – then why is it obligatory to pay Chanda? If I don’t, I’m not allowed to vote, or bear office. 

Why is it that everyone bar the first Khalifa was in the Promised Messiah’s family? Is no one else good enough? I don’t believe in democracy. It’s a bullshit notion. Democracy throws up leaders like George Bush. A type of Democracy allowed Adolf Hitler to emerge. So I’m not saying the Huzoor should be voted. But if it is Divine Intervention that elects a Khalifa, why is Allah favouring only the one family? 

Why is there huge emphasis on Chanda, and none on Zakat, which is a pillar of Islam. And why do we talk about Jalsa Salaana more than Hajj? 

Why has the present Huzoor forbidden us from engaging in online discussion with non-Ahmadis? I won’t conjecture on this point – after all – I don’t engage with those morons who have cast judgement on me. Better just to leave them alone, there is after all, a seal over their hearts. But I wonder if there isn’t truth out there that has been hidden from us? 

We are mostly a very nice jamaat – but are we really just a family-run-tax-paying-messiah-cult masquerading as Muslims? I’m not judging, but I’m asking some hard questions and I am studying hour after hour after hour after hour. 

May Allah guide me.

 

And alhamdulillah, He did guide me. Most of my diary entries from this period end with “May Allah guide me”. Remember, back then I was a very ordinary Ahmadi, with very little religious knowledge, but I was a cultee, even if I was wondering if I was in a cult! You can see how at this stage, I was still referring to Muslims as “morons” with a “seal over their hearts”. And yet, my belief was being fractured. Despite criticising Muslims, I was wondering if truth had indeed been hidden from us. And how can we have been mostly a nice jamaat if we were so judgmental about other Muslims? Back then I didn’t even know what a jamaat was. As I look back at this, I realise that although I was hugely ignorant (and am still a long way from where I want to be), I was at least being guided.

If you’re reading this and at a similar stage. Make the leap. Come to Islam. It’s worth it. You’ll never look back.

 

 

My Journey from Ahmadiyyat to Islam

It started with a ‘throw away’ comment, not likely to offend those present.

Zakat doesn’t matter.”

This was said amongst scores of Ahmadi members at a meeting discussing all matters to do with finance. It was innocuous for two reasons.

  1. The comment was quickly rebuked by another attendee of the meeting who said that Zakat did matter; and
  2. Zakat, on a practical level, didn’t matter because it is rarely discussed beyond being a topic or sub-topic of a speech at Ijtemas.

But the dye had been cast and the comment had really hit home with me. I started to wonder whether Zakah really did matter to the ordinary Ahmadi.

It is certainly recognised as a pillar of Islam. There is no denying that. But on a day-to-day basis Zakah is on the very periphery of the Ahmadiyya financial objectives.

So I looked in to the whole issue of financial obligations within Islam and could not get beyond the following.

The Prophet [saw] said, “(In order to enter Paradise) you should worship Allah (Alone, and none else) and do not ascribe any partners to Him, perform Iqamat-as-Salat (prayer), pay the Zakat and keep good relations with your kith and kin.”

Bukhari, Vol. 2 Hadith No. 1396

That is so simple and yet the reward is so great. There is no mention of chanda, no mention of 1/16th of your income! Just 2.5%!

Why would elements of the Ahmadi community consciously (or unconsciously) consider one of the routes to Paradise as an irrelevance? I could not understand it.

I felt that chanda as a concept was diametrically opposed to Zakah (and to Sadaqa, for that matter. Chanda is obligatory, thus taking it totally out of the scope of Sadaqa. The rate of chanda and what type of your income is considered chanda-payable is also contrary to the criteria of Zakah.

At this point there was no way of satisfying myself that the concept of chanda had any foundations in Islam. This was worrying. I already knew the standard argument that some would raise; ‘there is nothing stopping you from paying Zakat.’ This was true. However, that is only half the story.

That I should pay Zakah was no issue to me. After all, it is a pillar of Islam. But the same cannot be said about chanda. It is not a pillar of Islam and yet shares the compulsory element within the Ahmadiyya community that Zakah has within the Islamic community. By this time I was convinced that there was nothing supporting the paying of chanda.

Although this was unsettling for me, I was not ready to leave a community that I had known all my life. This was despite the fact that I would often recall a public statement made by one of the leading figures of the Ahmadi community in the UK who encouraged ordinary members to use credit cards to help pay for the purchase of land for the building of a Mosque. Even then I found it astounding that such a statement would be made.

It is wonderful how Allah works! In His infinite Wisdom, I was ready to retain those comments but not to act upon them (i.e. by leaving a community that encourages waging war against Allah in order to build one of His houses).

However, what had happened was a spark that started my journey in to Islam. By Islam, I meant the Islam outside of the confines of the Ahmadiyya community.

I started to read non-Ahmadi published versions of the Qur’an. I started expanding my reading of ahadith beyond Riyadh-us-Saliheen and it was one particular hadith that brought me to a place that would eventually find me leaving the Ahmadi community.

The particular hadith is from Bukhari, the most authentic compilation of ahadith. This is in no dispute amongst the scholars of Islam. The hadith is as follows.

Narrated Abu Hurairah (ra): Allah’s Messenger (saw) said, “My example and the example of the other Prophets before me, is that of a man who has built a house nicely and beautifully, except for a place of one brick in a corner. The people go round about it and wonder at its beauty, but say: ‘Would that this brick be put in its place!’ So I am that brick, and I am the end (last) of all the Prophets.”

Bukhari, Vol. 4 Hadith No. 3535

Instantly I was reminded of the often quoted passage of the Noble Qur’an:

Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the Last of the Prophets; and Allah has full knowledge of all things.

Surah Al-Ahzab (33rd Chapter, verse 40)

Many have the translation as ‘Seal of the Prophets’. However, this made no difference to me and to my understanding of this passage of the Qur’an. In addition with the hadith about the brick, this passage made perfect sense to me now. Prophet Muhammad (saw) is the last brick, the last prophet, the seal of the prophets.

The hadith from Bukhari was so powerful for me that it was what has been described as my ‘fracture in belief’ of the truth of Ahmadiyyat. I felt any further association with the Ahmadi community would be hypocrisy.

I began to watch channels on TV that were considered dangerous to watch for the devout Ahmadi; Iqra TV, The Islam Channel, Peace TV.

I would listen to programs featuring Islamic scholars such as Dr Zakir Naik, Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips and the late Ahmed Deedat and would find myself immensely impressed with the depth of their knowledge and their willingness to have their beliefs challenged by non-Muslims, something that had all but disappeared following the death of Mirza Tahir Ahmad in 2003.

Soon thereafter, I decided to attend a local Mosque to read prayers and to observe the behaviour of those non-Ahmadi Muslims that I had been brought up to have an irrational fear of.

I found that these were sincere individuals dedicated to their daily worship and submitting themselves to the Will of their Creator, Allah (swt). This is not to say that there are not genuinely decent people within the Ahmadi community and rather less decent people outside of the Ahmadi community.

One finds good and bad everywhere. I still consider my friends within the Ahmadiyya community as just that; friends. I sever no ties with them and should they wish to do so there is no animosity on my part. For them their religion and for me my religion.

I am now an ex-Ahmadi and with the utmost sincerity I am grateful to Allah (swt) for granting me hidayah. I only wish for the same to all those still within the fold of Ahmadiyyat who are genuinely seek closeness to Allah (swt) and those who accept the truth that Allah has blessed humanity with through the Qur’an and Sunnah.

It is important to note that being an ex-Ahmadi doesn’t mean one is anti-Ahmadi. I have no animosity whatsoever towards individuals within the Ahmadi community. I simply cannot accept what they consider to be the truth against glaring evidence within the Qur’an and Sunnah against their sets of beliefs.

I am aware that there are many brothers and sisters on the fringes of the Ahmadiyya community who no longer believe in their ideology and are seeking some encouragement before taking those final steps out of the Ahmadiyya community once and for all. I pray that this may be of some comfort and inspiration to you simply because I believe it is their right to live their lives in the state that they were born; in the state of Islam.