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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community claims that the Messiah has come

The Promised Messiah Mirza ghulam Ahmad a.s
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Islam is an Arabic word which means peace but whenever one wishes to speak about Islam as a religion of peace, the question
naturally springs to mind that whereas there are so many religions in the world such
as Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc., when it comes to finding out
whether Islam is a religion of peace, why should Islam be the odd one out?
One reason for this is that a few years after the beginning of Islam, anti-Islamic
powers began a propaganda that Islam is a religion of extremism and violence and
wants to compel others into belief by means of the sword. This, of course, is
incorrect. In the beginning, the Muslims of Makkah suffered persecution but they
remained silent. Finally, they migrated to Madinah but there too the disbelievers
hounded the Muslims and forced upon them a battle to which I will revert later. The
proof against those opponents who allege that Islam was spread by the sword is that
although the disbelievers of Makkah raised all sorts of objections, yet history stands
witness to the fact that the people of Makkah themselves never complained that the
Muslims had used the sword against the disbelievers to compel them to change their
faith.

Secondly, what has given Islam a bad name is an ugly and awful image of extremism
presented, whether knowingly or unwittingly, by some Muslim groups and organizations, and these groups unfortunately had
personal vested interests.
In order to see a religion’s beauties or its defects, justice
requires that you should make its teachings or its holy
scripture the anvil by which to judge it, otherwise
everyone would accuse every other faith willy-nilly. For
instance, the teaching of Christianity, according to the
Holy Bible, is:
‘But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone
strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other
also.’
(Matthew: 5:39)

But, in Bosnia or Iraq or other countries, America and the
other Western powers, resorted or are resorting to
aggression. If, however, we say that the Christian teaching
is that if anyone raises his head against you, you should use
all your might to trample it to death, this would be a grave
injustice. In the same way, to find out the true teachings of
Islam, we would have to study the Holy Qur’an and see
what it says and not base it on the actions of some Muslims
who have forgotten the teachings of the Holy Qur’ a n .
The stand of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community is that
the teaching of the Holy Qur’an promotes peace. We
have to take this message to every corner of the world.
Therefore, I shall begin my message today by reference
to the Holy Qur’an. After that we shall examine the
practice of the Holy Prophet Muhammad(sa) to whom the
teachings of the Holy Qur’an were revealed. Did he ever
support any kind of cruelty, violence or extremist
terrorism? Then, based on the Holy Qur’an and the
Traditions of the Holy Prophet( s a ), some important
clarification has been provided to us by the Founder of
the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hadrat Mirza
Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian ( a s ), who claimed that he was
the Promised Messiah, and I shall refer to some of his
writings.

A n y h o w, let us first see what the Holy Qur’an commands
us to do in order to establish peace. God Almighty says in
the Holy Qur’ a n :
Whosoever killed a person – unless it be for killing a
person or for creating disorder in the land – it shall be
as if he had killed all mankind.
(Al Maidah, Ch.5: v. 33)
Explaining this verse, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya
Muslim community says:

‘ A person who kills a person unfairly or who kills someone who had neither rebelled, nor became a source
of violating peace amongst the people nor created
disorder in the land, it is as if he has killed the whole of
mankind. In other words to kill a person without any
cause is, according to God A l m i g h t y, like the murder of
the entire human race. It is obvious from this verse, how
big a sin it is to take the life of another person without
r e a s o n . ’

(L e c t u re Chashma-e-Ma’rifat pp 23-24: C o m m e n t a ry
by the Promised Messiah Vol.2: p.405)

Thus, this is the beautiful teaching of Islam that the
unlawful killing or the shedding of innocent blood of
someone is like the killing of the entire human race, that
is to say, the taking of a single life is like the massacre of
thousands of innocent lives. Now, everyone can very well
imagine what kind of sentence would be passed on
someone who is found guilty of the taking of thousands of
innocent lives. So this is the beautiful teaching given to us
by God Almighty in the Holy Qur’an. Whosoever acts
against this, acts against the teachings of Islam.
Then, the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya community
takes us further than this because it was after his true
reflection and deliberation and his understanding of Islamic
teachings that God Almighty provided him with the
guidance. Commenting on this verse, he adds:

‘He who abandons kindness abandons religion. The Holy
Qur’an teaches that whosoever kills a person without justifiable
cause will be as if he has killed the whole world. In the
same way, I say that if someone is not kind unto his brother,
it is like he has been unkind to the whole world.’

(Al Hakm Vol. 9 No.15 dated 30 April 1905 p.2: Commentary
by the Promised Messiah, Vol.2: p.405)

Now on this verse, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
community has drawn an interesting conclusion that people think
that Islam is an extremist religion but this is a mis-understanding
on their part. Islam is saying that even if you are unkind in your
treatment with your fellow human being, you are a cause of
destroying the peace and harmony of the world. Forget killing
anyone, you should always be kind in your dealings with every
person in the world and spread the peaceful message of Islam.

I shall briefly explain some of the countless examples of
kindness we find in the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad(sa)
and how concerned he was about the condition of his people.
If someone is kind to some person and wants to see his or her
betterment, then the person will try his best to do something for
him or her. The Holy Prophet( s a ) was so kind and anxious for his
people and prayed for them even though they believed in so many
gods that it is beyond our imagination. God Almighty has
promised that He would most surely punish those who associate
others with God. Now, this thought that God Almighty would
never forgive one who associates partners with God, used to make
the Holy Prophet( s a ) restless so much so that he would bow down
repeatedly in prayers. He had a burning passion in his heart for the
reformation of his people that he had become weary with worry
for his people. Finally, God Almighty had to tell him not to grieve
himself to death for sorrow after them (Ch.18:v.7) and that his
mission was only to give them the message. We can judge his
prayers from the following Tr a d i t i o n :
The Holy Prophet(sa) prayed for his enemies:
‘O Allah! Guide my people because they know not (do not
know the truth)’.

In the same way, when once he was asked to pray that a curse
befalls the Dossan tribe, he prayed instead:
‘O Allah! Guide the tribe of Dossan.’
So this was the anxiety in him for kindness and for humanity. He
never said that he was going to compel them into belief by use
of the sword but in fact refrained from any malediction or
uttering any curse that an evil befalls his enemy.
‘The pagans of Makkah exiled the Holy Prophet(sa) from
Makkah and gave him no respite in Madinah but whenever
he met them, the Holy Prophet( s a ) dealt with gracious
kindness towards them. After the migration of the Holy
Prophet(sa) to Madinah, the people of Makkah had to suffer a
severe drought so much so that they had to live on dead meat
and bones. Then in utter helplessness, Abu Sufyan, the leader
of the Makkans, had to approach the Holy Prophet
Muhammad(sa) and said: “O Muhammad! You command
treating one’s own relatives well. Your people are dying.
Pray to your God in our favour (that this famine passes away)
and it begins to rain lest your people perish.”

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