Murder of Dr. Mehdi Qamar Ali

بسم الله الحمد لله و صلاة و سلام على من لا نبي بعده

Few things are more embarrassing to us ex-Ahmadis than the persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan. As you probably have heard, Dr. Mehdi Qamar Ali was murdered about a week ago outside bahishti maqbara in Rabwah. The American-based doctor was visiting Rabwah to volunteer at the Tahir Heart Institute. Naturally, I was disgusted and I’m sure all of us who frequent thecult felt similarly despite our criticisms of Ahmadiyya. We ask Allah to grant his family patience and to bring his murderers to justice.

Ameen

http://www.cair.com/images/letters/Mehdi-Qamar.pdf

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Ramadhan Du`a

Today I received a text message from my beloved brother in Islam Fuad Al Attar, one of the most decent human beings it has ever been my privilege to meet. Truly, Allah enriched my life by bringing the hearts of Muslims such as brother Fuad closer to mine. I have been blessed by the company of people whose nobility, humility, wisdom and generosity truly eclipses mine and gives me a higher bar to aim for on my journey to the akhirah. There are so many other brothers and sisters I’d like to make this du`a for, who I regularly pray for by name. I have emailed them all this evening, so they know who they are, but there are of course many more, including you if you are reading this.

I am going to thank my brother Fuad by making this du`a, based on his own for me.

Oh Allah!

Shower your blessings on my beloved brother Fuad, and on all my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam during these blessed nights of Ramadhan.

Oh Allah!

Ease their lives, keep them on your straight path, give them the strength and the patience that they need, forgive their sins and gather them with Rasulullah (saw) in Jannah.

Oh Allah!

Help us overcome our weaknesses, our egos, our base selves and help us rise towards the noor that in your Infinite Generosity, you offer us the capability to reach in this blessed month.

Oh Allah!

Guide the Qadiani Ahmadis who feel the stirring of Islam in their hearts towards the light of Islam. Give them the hikmah and hidaayah to remove the dusty cloak of Mirzaiyyah so that their fitrah returns their spiritual compasses to point once again to the true north that is Islam.

Oh Allah!

We give thanks to you for another year and we humbly beg you not to let us be fooled by the distractions of the dunya or the whisperings of the shayateen and not to take us back to You unless we are one of the mu’mineen.

Oh Allah!

Ease the suffering of the oppressed, of the sick, of the orphans, of the elderly, of the disabled – and instil justice in the hearts of those who rule over us so that your final deen prevails eternally.

Ameen!

Divine Caliphate or Dictatorship?

(Note: This piece contains numerous hyperlinks which need to be explored to substantiate the points)

Kim Jong-Il the long ruling dictator of North Korea has died. Over the years he was given a divine like status by the state propaganda machine. According to state propaganda his birth was prophesized by a swallow and heralded by a double rainbow and his life was, apparently, not any less eventful with many miraculous events being attributed to him, such as having the ability to even control the weather. In describing his death, the state media declared it caused the heavens and earth to shake and magical writing appeared on the side of a mountain. All this religious fervour, bizarrely, comes from an atheistic communist party.

News channels around the world have been showing some remarkable images of North Koreans mourning the death.  Many people found the whole spectacle somewhat baffling, given what this man has done to his people over the years. Kim Jong-Il and his party have made North Korea into one of the most closed and isolated countries in the world. The citizens are denied freedom, access to the most basic of amenities is forbidden such as imported food, mobile phones, movies, internet, and the state apparatus monitors the words and movement of everyone. Yet these draconian rules don’t apply to everyone, all that is forbidden to North Koreans lay people is readily enjoyed by the ruling elite and in particular the dictator or ‘dear leader’ as everyone is taught to call him. In the 1990’s as many as 3.5 million North Koreans died of starvation, while the dictator and his cronies wallowed in luxuries. While children died of lack of food, the ‘dear leader’ was eating imported lobster and drinking champagne, whilst watching his collection of 20,000 Hollywood movies.

Yet Kim Jong-Il’s behaviour and hypocrisy is not unique to him, everywhere across the world where ever we find dictators, we find this pattern of behaviour. Dictatorship can be defined as totalitarian rule by one or a few group of people. The power of rule is often obtained through force or inheritance and is maintained through a propaganda instilling a combination of fear and idolization of the dictator. Most dictatorships transform into hereditary dictatorships, where power is held and transferred through a single family.

The Muslim world has more than its fair share of hereditary dictators, what then does Islam have to say on the matter? Well a very interesting hadith tackles the subject very nicely, in which the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) prophesizes the political leadership of the Muslim Ummah as follows:

From Hudhayfah that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“The Prophethood will remain amongst you for as long as Allah wills it to be. Then Allah will raise it when He wills to raise it. Then there will be the khilafah upon the Prophetic methodology. And it will last for as long as Allah wills it to last. Then Allah will raise it when He wills to raise it. Then there will be biting kingship, and it will remain for as long as Allah wills it to remain. Then Allah will raise it when He wills to raise it. Then there will be tyrannical (forceful) kingship and it will remain for as long as Allah wills it to remain. Then He will raise it when He wills to raise it. Then there will be a khilafah upon the Prophetic methodology. Then he (the Prophet) صلى الله عليه و سلم was silent.”
[Reported by Ahmad and Abu Dawud.]

Let us list the stages outlined the hadith

  1. Prophethood of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم)
  2. Rightly guided Caliphate (Just and righteous rule)
  3. Hereditary rule (Kingship)
  4. Oppressive hereditary rule (Dictatorship)
  5. Rightly guided Caliphate (Just and righteous rule restored)

Looking at the history of the Muslim Ummah, we can see this prophecy has unfolded step by step. The rightly guided period of the Khulafa Rashidun upon the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه و سلم) Sunnah, is characterised by the following:

  1. The rule was not hereditary, i.e. it was not held and transferred by a single family.
  2. There was ‘rule of law’ where the Khalifa could be held to account by a judge or even a layperson.
  3. The Khalifa’s role was one of serving the people and not for personal benefit.
  4. The Khulafa shunned an opulent and luxurious life, despite the huge wealth coming into the possession of the state. For example after Muslims liberated Jerusalem, Sayidina Umar entered the city on foot (while his servant was riding a on a camel) wearing clothes with patches on them and refused to wear luxurious clothing.

Some scholars have commented that the Muslim Ummah is now in the 4th stage of the prophecy, namely oppressive hereditary rule. But given the recent events unfolding in what has been labelled the ‘Arab Spring,’ which has seen the end of hereditary rule we may well be moving towards the 5th stage of a just and righteous rule. (see this link for a very interesting lecture by Imam Suhaib Webb on this) The central point I wish to take make is that the 4th period is referring to oppressive hereditary dictatorship and it is a stark contrast from the rightly guided period of Khulafa Rashidun.

Now let us turn our attention to Ahmadiyya in light of what we have discussed so far. Ahmadiyya leaders claim that they have entered the 5th period of a Khilafah based on prophetic rule. They claim that the so-called Khalifas of Ahmadiyya are a fulfilment of the prophecy in this hadith.

But when we examine the claim of the leaders of Ahmadiyya, we see that it not only falls short of prophetic standard, it outright contradicts it. The first thing we note about the Ahmadiyya nizaam is that it has never been political rule, which goes against the entire theme of the hadith, which refers to political rule.

Ahmadis have tried to argue that since ‘Isa ibn Maryam will end the jizya it indicates the rule will not be political. This argument clearly makes no sense; a person who is not in office cannot pass, amend or repeal legislation.

The next thing to consider is the question of accountability, Is the Ahmadiyya khalifa and the ruling elite, accountable to anyone? The answer is a resounding no. There is no system of accountability available to average Ahmadis to question whether Islamic law is being adhered to.

The other striking thing about the Ahmadiyya nizaam is that it has not ended a hereditary system (which contradicts the method of the way of the Khulafa Rashidun), but instead enshrined a hereditary dictatorship. After the demise of the first Khalifa, every single so called Khalifa of Ahmadiyya has been from the same ruling family.

Then we come to lifestyle, can we say that the so called Khalifas of Ahmadiyya are living a life of simplicity, like the Khulafa Rashidun who gave away their wealth shunning opulence and luxuries? It is clear that Ahmadi Khalifas have in fact been doing the opposite, amassing huge wealth.  After all, how many people do you know that can afford to pay more than £40,000 to someone for looking after their horses? This is all happening while average Ahmadis and their families are forced to make personal sacrifices and live a frugal life, the leadership brazenly wallow in luxury in their own VIP areas. Does this all sound familiar?

A neutral observer will note that the Ahmadiyya nizaam has more in common with the hereditary dictatorship of Kim Jong-Il of North Korea than the rightly guided Khulafa Rashidun.

In fact the similarities between Ahmadiyya and the dictatorship of Kim Jong-Il are very striking. Similarities include creating a closed and insular community controlled by fear and propaganda, veneration of hereditary leadership based around the ‘cult of personality,’ the iconological use of the dictator’s portrait in homes and public spaces (see this), restriction and control of interactions with outside world (in particular with Muslims),  banning  the use of social networks such as Facebook, preventing women from having equal participation, monitoring the movements and behaviour of individuals, banning visiting cinema. Even the food distribution in the annual Jalsa is like North Korea, an unequal two tier system, where the elite eat meat and the masses eat beans.

It is just like George Orwell’s book ‘Animal Farm’, where the ruling pigs announce “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” (A book everyone should read, especially Ahmadis)

External observers find the emotional attachment of the oppressed to their oppressor puzzling, how is it that they cannot see what is being done to them? The Ahmadiyya hereditary dictatorship, like that of the dictatorship of Kim Jong-Il, maintains its control on its followers by appealing to their superstitions and also through a system of indoctrination from an early age; compare the Waqf-e-Nau with THIS.

Every year thousands of North Koreans wake up from their nightmare and escape. With their new found freedom they are amazed by how they were so taken in by the state propaganda and not surprisingly former Ahmadis say exactly the same thing.

In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon describes Sayidina Umar (the liberator of Jerusalem and Persia) in the following terms:

“Yet the abstinence and humility of Umar were not inferior to the virtues of Abu Bakr: his food consisted of barley bread or dates; his drink was water; he preached in a gown that was torn or tattered in twelve places; and a Persian satrap, who paid his homage as to the conqueror, found him asleep among the beggars on the steps of the mosque of Muslims”
That gives us some indication of what standards we are speaking of when we speak about the rightly guided Caliphate based on the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه و سلم) Sunnah, which is clearly distinct from oppressive hereditary dictatorships.

We prayer Allah frees humanity from all forms of oppressive dictatorships.


The following article was submitted by Br. Muhammed Khan

Suhaib Webb’s Blog

To our readers, I would highly suggest checking out Imam Suhaib Webb’s blog. I generally dislike “Internet Islam“, but Imam Suhaib’s blog is one of the few good ones out there. They openly discuss topics such as Divorce, Politics, Sex, Spirituality, Law and more. They have an article titled “Being Religious Without Being a Jerk“.

http://www.suhaibwebb.com/

Check it out and let us know what you think!

The Four False Prophets, Part IV: Musaylimah al-Kaddhab

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

The Four False Prophets: Musaylimah Al-Kaddhab
Al-Aswad Al-‘Ansi Tulayhah al-Azdi Sajjah bint al-Harith Musaylimah al-Kaddhab

This is the last installment in a series of articles on four of the early false prophets from the time of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم and Abu Bakr رضى الله عنه. In it, we will discuss their rise, opposition by the Muslims, and eventual defeat.

I hope this one will be the most interesting and intense…
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Ramadan Reminders


بسم الله الرحمان الرحين الحمد لله رب العالمين و صلاة و سلام على أشرف النبين و إمام المتقين سيدنا و مولانا محمد المصطفى و على أهل البيت الطاهرين

Imagine that you are a foot-soldier on a battlefield. Behind you is a mounted horseman, in pursuit trying to kill you. Battered and beaten, you flee from the enemy. As you run, he strikes you left and right, blow after blow.. Injured and dazed, you look into the near distance and see a friendly castle. With the enemy right behind you, you run towards the castle. Dropping your sword and shield, you make haste across the bridge, and with your last ounce of strength, you pull up the draw-bridge. You collapse, exhausted and disheveled, thanking God for safety and your respite…

The battlefield is your life. The enemy attacking you is Shaytaan, whispering into your hearts. And the castle is Ramadan.

When we think of Ramadan, we often think of not eating or drinking during daylight hours. This is literally how we explain it to others. Some of the more adventurous amongst us mention abstinence. We make frequent mention of the health benefits, or that fasting reminds us of how the poor feel.
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Al-Jazeera’s Stream discussion After-Thoughts

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

After a recent approach by Al-Jazeera to the team at Thecult.info, today there was an excellent discussion between Akber Choudhry, the representative from the Ahmadiyya Awareness team, and Amjad Khan, a member of the Ahmadiyya religion on Al-Jazeera’s Stream programme. As the discussion progressed, it became clear that the points raised by Mr. Choudhry were causing Mr. Khan to become visibly uncomfortable. Most notably, Mr. Khan repeatedly lied on international TV concerning the following points:

  1. Mirza Masroor’s banning of individual Ahmadis’ Facebook pages;
  2. The Ahmadiyya doctrine that Muslims are not Muslims;
  3. Denying that they routinely associate average Muslims with the worst Islamophobic stereotypes (ie, ‘mullahs’ or ‘terrorists’);

This is the first time in a century that some of the Ahmadiyya beliefs and cult-like practices have been exposed to the full glare of the international media spotlight and faced with the bald facts, Mr. Khan and the Ahmadiyya were caught woefully short. We’re not surprised.

و صلى الله على سيدنا محمد و على آله و صحبه و سلم

Announcement from Brother Shahid

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

The following is an announcement from Brother Shahid, the creator of TheCult team.

As-salaamu `alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh

I am suspending my activity in the field of Ahmadiyya Awareness for the time being. I will likely return insha’Allah, but I don’t have a date for you yet.

After over 6 years of this important work, I am pleased to say that there are many people well able to continue the cause in my absence, with the blog ably managed by brother Farhan and the forum by brother Tahir and other supporters working behind the scenes. I am appreciative of the immense work they have put in over the last year. There are of course many other people working in the field, alhamdulillah and they all continue to make massively important contributions. May Allah (SWT) reward them.

In the meantime, feel free to contact me through the blog and forum, your messages will get relayed to me insha’Allah.

I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation to my brothers and sisters in Islam for their support, especially the ones who have joined Islam from Ahmadiyya recently – your reversions were what this work was all about. To the Ahmadis, I say pray for guidance, and insha’Allah may you receive it.

As for me, I will be pursuing Islamic studies insha’Allah.

wassalaam

Shahid