Shahid Kamal Speaks at Hendon Mosque

I was invited by Shaykh Suliman Gani to talk on the subject of Ahmadiyya at Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre on Saturday evening. Alhamdulillah, it was a packed house. It always amazes me to see packed mosques full of observing Muslims of all backgrounds. Islam is  a beautiful deen and it beats strong in the hearts of many.

Sadly, I have no audio recording of the talk, but it went very well alhamdulillah and the brothers who greeted me afterwards gave uniformly positive feedback. There was a good round of Q&A at the end.

My talk was the last one of the programme, following Shaykh Suliman Gani’s impassioned defence of the Finality of Prophethood. His talk in turn followed an inspiring talk by one of the local shaykhs on the status of the sahabas. I covered some of the Myths and Misconceptions that Ahmadis have about Islam, Muslims and themselves. The substance of this talk was covered in greater detail in a video that I made with the team that produced my interview on Iqra. It will be made available on the web soon insha’Allah.

Myth 1: Ahmadis are United, Muslims are disunited

I conducted a straw poll and asked the attendees who the Last Prophet was. The result was unanimous. I told the audience that the answer would be the same in just about any mosque in the world and that was our true unity – that and our shared `eeman. I explained that our theology is broadly similar. Credit must go to brother Farhan for inspiration.

I then referred to the Ahmadiyya, whose membership backbite amongst themselves and are not even united on whether their founder was a prophet or not.

Myth 2: Mullahs

Mullahs are bogeymen, used by the Mirzology clergy to frighten their children, the way Victorian parents used “Saladin” as a bogeyman to terrify their kids at bedtime. And in any case, Ahmadiyya clergy have spread hatred about Muslim `ulama since the time of the founder of Mirzology himself, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, which kind of makes them ideal arhcetypes for their “mullah” fantasy, inverting the “Love for All, Hatred for None” credo neatly.

I then asked if Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Professor Tariq Ramadan or Shaykh Suliman Gani (who had already spoken at this gathering) were preachers of hate or mullahs? The audience was incredulous, of course not!

Myth 3: That Ahmadis are better educated and better thinkers than the low-life Muslims.

Prospect magazine, which ran a poll on the Top 100 public intellectuals in 2008, showed that the top 10 were… ALL MUSLIMS. That’s right. Not a single Mirzologist in the top 10. Not one in the top 100 either. That’s because there are currently no notable thinkers from the Cult of Mirzology.

Myth 4: That Ahmadis are growing in number all the time.

I pointed out that in 2002, Mirza Tahir claimed a membership of 200M. The audience laughed. In 2003, Nasim Rehmatullah claimed 50M. I wondered where the 150M had disappeared to.

For more, have a look here.

I plan on continuing, insha’Allah to give as many talks as my schedule permits. Having previously talked at Morden Islamic Centre, Kingston and Tooting Islamic Centre, this was my first talk on Mirzology in North London.

May Allah (SWT) guide the Ahmadis to Islam.

Audio of Shahid Kamal at Tooting Islamic Centre

This was a brief, impromptu talk at the Tooting Islamic Centre. It includes around half an hour of Q&A, with a Qadiani who said “I’m an Ahmadi Muslim”. We welcomed him and I commended him on his presence. He referred to us as his “brothers”. There’s always a chance when you hear that.

Jazakallah khayr to all the Muslim brothers who were so hospitable and especially to Shaykh Suliman Gani who invited me.

Introduced by Shaykh Suliman, I reflected again on my reversion to Islam. Lots of people have heard about Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, but most of the audience had little knowledge about Ahmadiyya. I’m working on changing that, insha’Allah, through these talks at various mosques. I hope that when Ahmadis/Mirzais realise that Islam is not a threat to them, rather, that Islam is their birthright and that they will be welcomed as brothers and sisters when they revert, more will start appearing, just as more and more are reverting after researching Ahmadiyya and Islam with an open mind on-line. Wallah, the Internet was the worst thing that could ever happen to Qadianism.

I hope you’ll enjoy the talk.

Audio of talk at Tooting Islamic Centre

(Image of Tooting Islamic Centre by user “plasmatika” on Flickr, re-used under Creative Commons License)

Tooting Islamic Centre

As salaamu ‘alaykum to all the brothers and sisters from Tooting who are visiting this blog for the first time.

Yesterday evening I had been asked to discuss a critical issue with a family. I won’t go into detail out of respect for their privacy. Shaykh Suliman Gani, one of our respected and learned scholars had invited me and we thought it would be worth while if I also gave a talk on my reversion to Islam.

Alhamdulillah it went well, there was a lot of interest and an Ahmadi turned up too. We took an audio recording and insha’Allah I will upload it here in the next 24 hours. Stay tuned!

Ahmadiyya videos back on-line!

Due to a technical issue with one of the plug-ins we were using, videos had been unavailable. They are all now back on-line and if you haven’t seen them, we recommend that you watch them.

Akber Chaudhry and Anwar Mirza on Good Morning with Iqra

Shahid Kamal on Good Morning with Iqra

A Fracture in Belief – Ahmadiyya Exposed at Kingston Mosque

A Fracture in Belief: Ahmadiyya Exposed at Kingston Mosque

I gave this talk at Kingston Mosque on Saturday, July 25th. This was a fuller version of the talk I gave at the Morden Islamic Centre.

Jazakallah khayr to brother Bilal at the masjid for his support and for making this talk possible and being so hospitable. We had projection facilities, which allowed the audience to more clearly see some of the points that were being made.

Please ask Muslim brothers and sisters to view and comment. I also invite my Ahmadi/Qadiani friends to view and comment. You were once part of the Ummah before your ancestors, like mine, had their iman stolen by a charismatic charlatan. They were not stupid people. They were smart. It is often the case that smarter people get taken in by charlatans more easily than their less intelligent counterparts, because they turn their own intelligence against themselves; witness the high-profile, high-net-worth victims of Bernie Madoff for example.

To some recent commentators who have attempted to post libellous remarks, I urge you to steer clear of ad hominem attacks. These will be summarily deleted. Please note that such behaviour is not in keeping with your mantra of “Love for All, Hatred for None”, a mantra, which insha’Allah, we will help shatter on this blog soon.

(If you’d like to see the full resolution QuickTime movie on which this smaller video is based, you can get it )

Audio From “A Fracture in Belief”

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Here is the audio from my talk at the Morden Islamic Centre last Saturday. There is an introductory piece by Mr. Nasim, one of the Centre’s Committee members. (I start talking about 8 minutes in.)

It’s the first time I’ve spoken in public about some of my reasons for reverting to Islam and some of the thinking I went through before my belief in Ahmadiyya finally fractured.

I’ve been asked to speak at other mosques and insha’Allah I will consider these requests. There’s no shortage of projects, alhamdulillah.

The link below takes you to the audio, which is around an hour long. You can right-click it and save it if you wish, it’s licensed under Creative Commons.

A Fracture In Belief

I’d like to thank all the brothers at Morden Islamic Centre for making this possible and for giving us such a warm reception and also for going out of their way to drop us off home again. Jazakallah khayr.

I’d love to have your feedback insha’Allah. (All abusive messages or threats will just be ignored.)