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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rahman Khuda Kare

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Just recently I was a guest at an annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya Community here in Kuala Lumpur. I like to attend their gathering because they invite a good cross section of all the sects that we have in Malaysia. 

The Ahmadiyya teaching emphasises a peaceful understanding of Islam.

You will rarely find so many different sects all sitting quietly and peacefully under one roof.  I have spoken to the Ahmadiyya and encourage them to be the good example and the proof that Muslims of different sects, or with different points of view, can all co-exist peacefully together.  There is really no need for violence or anger just because a fellow wears a different turban or something equally substantial. 

Here is some Wikipedia about the Ahmadiyya community (I am reproducing from Wikipedia) :

Ahmadiyya or the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at; al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmiyyah al-Aḥmadiyya is an Islamic religious movement founded in Punjab, British India, near the end of the 19th century.  

It originated with Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835–1908), who claimed to have appeared in fulfilment of the prophecies concerning the world's reformer during the end times, who was to bring about, by peaceful means, the final triumph of Islam and herald the divine plan. 

He claimed to have been divinely appointed as the Mujaddid (renewer) of Islam, the promised Messiah and Mahdi awaited by Muslims. The adherents of the Ahmadiyya movement are referred to as Ahmadi Muslims or simply Ahmadis.

Ahmadi thought emphasizes the necessity of restoring Islam to its true essence and pristine form, which had been lost through the centuries.

Ahmadiyya adherents believe that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad appeared in the likeness of Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice, and peace. 

They believe that upon divine guidance he divested Islam of fanatical and innovative beliefsand practices by championing what is, in their view, Islam’s true and essential teachings.  

Thus, Ahmadis view themselves as leading the revival and peaceful propagation of Islam.

There are over 10 million Ahmadiyyas around the world. Some estimates put the number at twice that figure.  

Ahmadiyas propagate their faith all over the world. So there is a growing number in Indonesia as well.  Here is a video of the Ahmadiyya Caliph (their fifth Caliph) arriving in Canada to visit the sizeable Ahmadiyya community that lives in Canada. 

You will never find a suicide bomber or a violent psycho among the Ahmadiyyas. In my younger days I have had occassion to "debate" the Ahmadiyyas - twice.  You can throw anything at them and they will just listen to it. Whether they accept the argument or not they do not get agitated or become violent. I credit this to the overall Ahmadiyya style of non violence and non agitation.

I have also had debates with other sects - who are psychos.  At some point at least one psycho will stand up and walk towards you, just stand up and yell or (their favorite tactic) walk out of the discussion.  Without their mob support they do not have the guts to engage in discussion.  

Well, Rahman Khuda Kare - The Most Gracious One.

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