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.
On Christmas Day, I attended the “Arise and Warn” event at the Memon Centre in South London, hosted by iERA. There I met Shaykh Suliman Gani, who invited me to give a talk at the Tooting Islamic Centre on Boxing Day. I accepted. Here is a large extract of that talk, but for the full version, properly recorded and edited, I recommend that you wait for the version filmed by MessageTV, in which you will find the proper beginning and full ending. For now, this should serve as a taster.
My apologies for the rustiness, I had not much time to prepare and this was my first public talk in quite a while.
Please note that the video source is 720p, so going full-screen should give you reasonable quality insha’Allah.
[Update: January 2, 2012, 2:39 PM – the server is getting hammered through demand, so we are uploading the video elsewhere to make the streaming experience a bit better, insha’Allah]
[Update: January 2, 2012, 4:42 PM] – we are still getting reports of slow streaming speed, so we have removed the video and we will fix the error and repost within the next 6 hours insha’Allah, thanks for your patience in the meantime]
[Update: January 2, 2012, 10:15 PM] – good news – the video has been shrunk a little and uploaded to a faster server, it should be OK now, insha’Allah]
[Update: February 25, 2012, 4:24PM] – the video is now from The Message TV, jazkallah khayran to all of the brothers there]
00:00:00 – #1 A Fracture in Belief
00:02:48 – #2 Who am I?
00:03:55 – #3 Belief
00:04:36 – #4 A Fracture in Belief
00:07:56 – #5 Life as an Ahmadi
00:09:30 – #6 Experiences
00:19:30 – #7 Experiences (the constant talk of persecution)
00:24:04 – #8 Other faiths
How do Ahmadis feel about their Ameer being associated with the demeaning representation of women and with shirk?
Have a look at the team section at http://www.mumbojumboworld.com and see for yourself. Then look at the entry for the charity on the Charities Commission website and note that the website highlighted in the video is the correct one – and that the main signing trustee in the reports is none other than Rafiq “Raf” Hayat.
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 )