Open Letter – Part 2 – Seismology and Epidemiology

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad had never mentioned anything about earthquakes until the first week of April 1905.  Even the great Assam earthquake of 1897 (magnitude 8.1) , when the Mirza Sahib was at the peak of his polemic, did not garner much from his attention span as the tremors had not reached any of his followers or reached the Punjab.  The Assam earthquake was in June of that year, while the Mirza Sahib was busy demeaning Hussain Kami, ambassador of Sultan Abdul Hameed II, the Ottoman Khalifa, and busy with Queen Victoria’s jubilee celebrations later that month, and hinting that he, the Mirza Sahib, should be the successor to the Ottoman Caliphate.

Fast forward to 1905, three years before his death.  On the 4th of April, 1905, an earthquake struck Kangra and Dharamsala, and whose tremors were felt in Qadian as well.  However, the Mirza Sahib was oblivious to it, and it was not until TWO days later, when the news became public, that he started having revelations about this great missed opportunity for prophecy.  And prophecy he did, over and over, until he was blue in the face, about many more earthquakes in the days to come but Nature just smiled and nothing happened in his lifetime.

Much before that, he had claimed ownership to the plague in a very similar way, relating an old dream about dark-green plants to the plague, but after-the-fact as most self-declared prophets do.  And he foretold of many many other plagues, and much worse than the one that had just gone by, none of which came to pass.  Alas, his Yalash had not told him about the progress in science, hygiene and antiseptics and antibiotics, and the plague became a thing of the past. (Sometimes, I am amazed at how cruel Nature was to the Mirza:  even when there was a 50/50 chance for some prophecy of his, Nature betrayed the poor fellow.)

Thus, dear friends and family, your cult of misery was born: from the misery of others.  The way you gesticulate and are over-joyed by death and destruction is beyond human comprehension.  It is simply sick — and sickening to rational human beings.

Earthquakes happen in areas that lie on geological fault lines, and scientists can now measure the stress levels and predict relatively accurately about the probability of an event.  On the other hand, engineers have designed buildings in a way that damage to life and limb is minimal: two of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded —  the great Chilean earthquakes of 1960 and 2010 — were not as devastating to human life as the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755.  A comparison of Haiti and Chile in 2010 tell the story of good engineering and following of building codes.  The difference between Quetta and Kashmir also tell the same story.

So great are the developments in seismology that recently seismologists have downgraded the Mirza’s 1905 Kangra  earthquake.  The same Mirza Sahib prophesied that his followers will continue to excel in knowledge.  So, why can’t a bunch of Ahmadis get together and show unusual or inexplicable seismic activity at that time, or since?  Oh, wait a minute — that might prove that it was all hot air?  Is that the reason why you do not specialize in epidemiology or seismology, so that you can continue to shudder and smile at the ‘prophecy’?

Earthquakes and the plague are a sign of your cult and give you great satisfaction (I will not use the word ‘pleasure’ or its connotations).  Populations have increased and earthquakes will continue to happen in Indonesia, Japan, around the Himalayas and in Chile, among many other areas.  Do you not see how absurd and inhuman that is?  Do you want to relegate your offspring to this superstitious darkness whereas the world is becoming a better place day by day?  When will you awaken?

(More on the Ahmadiyya Quixotic forays into ‘knowledge’, literature and science . . . in part 3)

Open Letter to Friends and Family – Part 1

Dear Ahmadi Friends and Family Members,

It is almost 7 years now that I officially left the Ahmadiyya cult, and not a single month goes by that I do not feel myself more rational, clear and content, and sure of the step that I took. The first four years were spent in adjusting, and the last 3 years or so have been more of a plateau.

The world makes more sense now and I can contribute more to it. I do not believe that homeopathy can cure all illnesses, nor am I buying pre-fabricated homeopathy kits for shipment to Africa. With all the resources at its disposal, neither Mirza Tahir nor his ‘200 million’ followers could distribute dirt-cheap homeopathy kits to the suffering people of the world. You ignore this, and yet you continue to use homeopathy sugar balls in your house. And Mirza Mahmud used this homeopathy also, according to his son, Mirza Tahir. Your brain says something else but you continue in your superstitious ways.

You claim to be educated and the solution to the world’s social and economic ills. Yet, I do not see a single sociologist or economist of renown among your ranks? While being ‘300 times’ the population of world Jews! Why? Is it because mullahs conspire against you? or is it because a cultee’s mind is incapable of solving problems in a rational way, because the truth is already known? And then your Khalifa says in 2008 that the Nobel Prize is the minimum target for Ahmadi scientists. Who is kidding whom?

And this is the total sum (0) of Ahmadiyya scientists activites: http://aams.usa.googlepages.com/aamsprojectsandactivities

And you want me to wait? And my children to wait? And keep on waiting for when Ahmadiyya science and knowledge and technology will change the world? And wait? for what? and when? when Chanda collection cannot wait even one day!

OK, back to the Ahmadiyya scientists’ site – take a look around – do we see a single paper, a single original thought? Why not? Because original thinking was discouraged by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and made illegal by Mirza Mahmud. So, you are saying to me that one day this web site will grow into the biggest source of solutions for mankind, and overtake and falsify the thousands of research papers printed on social, economic, theological issues.

Why so? Isn’t knowledge everybody’s? Why are you separate from the world? Why do you have all the answers to the world’s problems but cannot explain them to anybody?

Are you sure you are not being duped by a lying cult? Absolutely sure?

Still not sure? Check out some Muslim scientists, politicians and thought leaders in the world today. Stop – at this point, be honest: are you actually ashamed or getting angry at Muslims or finding some far-fetched excuse? Hmmm . . . the little thought in your head is telling you that you are just being fooled by a lying cult. Listen to it.