Question: WHO ARE THE QADIYANIS. OR AHMEDIS?
Answer: The Qadiyanis are a group that came around in India in the 19th century, during the rule of the British Empire. The community grew in an area of Punjab that had been ruled by Sikhs for over 80 years, and whose people had very little Islamic education. Most of the people were Muslims by name only, so when a smooth-talking, half educated, charismatic man, claimed to be a prophet, his claim was quickly accepted by many simple Muslims, and the Qadiyani group was born. Qadiyanis claim to follow the Quran and Sunnah, and are very much like sunni Muslims in appearance. However, their decision to believe that Mirza Ghulam was a prophet and their quirky beliefs about Isa (as), means they are in fact very different.
THE FOUNDER OF THE QADIYANIS – MIRZA GHULAM AHMAD
The founder of Qadiyanism is Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiyani. His attribute is Qadiyani because he was born in a small village called Qadiyan, which is in Punjab, India. His followers are called Qadiyanis, but they prefer to call themselves Ahmedis.
EARLY LIFE OF MIRZA
Mirza was born in 1835. He received his basic education in his home village and could speak 5 languages – Persian, Urdu and Punjabi which were local languages, and Arabic and English which were additional languages he learnt.
HIS BOOK, BARAAHINE AHMADIYYA
He first claimed to be a mujaddid, ie. Reformist. Thus Between 1880 and 1884 he wrote a 4 volume book called baraahine ahmadiyya in which he defended Islam against attacks from Christians and Hindus. His book was well-received by the Muslim community and that gave Mirza confidence to make bold claims later on.
MIRZA CLAIMS TO BE MASEEH, MAHDI AND PROPHET
Thus, In 1891, he claimed that the Maseeh, who is to come before the day of judgement, was not Isa (as) but was actually him. He also claimed that the maseeh and the mahdi were the same, and that he was the mahdi too.
Thereafter, he began to say that he had all the characteristics of a Prophet, but denied he was a prophet. However, In 1901, he upgraded his status and said he was now a prophet.
He was an absent-minded person, who was prone to falling ill. He married in 1852, but divorced his wife of 40 years in 1891, simply because she didn’t believe him in his claim of prophethood. Most of his family members didn’t believe in him either.
THE DEATH OF MIRZA
After spending 7 years upon this claim and In 1908, while on a trip to Lahore, he contracted Cholera, began vomiting, had severe diorrhea and died soon afterwards. His body was transported to his hometown, Qadyan, where he was buried.
THE INCORRECT BELIEFS OF THE QADIYANIS
INCORRECT BELIEF 1 – THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE PROPHET (SAW) IS THE LAST OF ALL PROPHETS
Qadiyanis differ from us in 2 main areas. Firstly, they do not believe in the that our Prophet Muhammad (saw) is the final messenger. They believe that other messengers can come after him.
Allah says in the Quran, Ma kaana muhammadun abaa ahadim mir rijaalikum wa lakin rasulallahi wa khataman nabiyyeen. – “The Prophet (saw) is a messenger of Allah and the seal of the Prophets”. Qadiyanis believe that Mirza was a Prophet, and we reject this.
INCORRECT BELIEF 2 – ISA (AS) SURVIVED THE CROSS, WALKED TO KASHMIR, AND DIED THERE.
They also have odd beliefs about Isa (as). Allah says clearly in the quran “wa ma qataluuhu wa maa salabuhu wa lakin shubbiha lahum.” – “They didn’t kill isa (as) , nor did they hang him on the cross, they only thought that they had”.
Allah also says, “wa ma qataluhu yaqinam bal rafahu allahu ilayi, wa kaan allahu azizan hakeema.” – “They didn’t kill him at all, but Allah raised him up towards Himself, and Allah is Powerful and Wise”
However, the qadiyanis believe that Isa (as) did in fact get hammered to the cross, that he survived, and later on, escaped away. He quietly trekked all the way to India, eventually ending up in Kashmir, where he died and is buried there.
AN EXAMPLE OF MIRZA’S QUESTIONABLE TACTICS IN INTERPRETING HADITHS
When confronted with clear hadiths that showed Isa (as) was going to descend in Damuscus near a white minaret on the Eastern corner of the city, he got round the hadiths by saying Damuscus actually referred to Qadian, and got round the minaret problem by starting to build a minaret in the eastern corner of the his village, a minaret that was completed after his death.
QADIYANIS BELIEVE WE MUSLIMS ARE KAAFIR, AND CONDEMNED TO HELL
Qadiyanis believe that anyone who doesn’t believe in Mirza’s prophethood is a Kafir. Subsequently, qadiyani women are not allowed to marry normal Muslims. They have to marry other qadiyanis. Qadiyanis are not allowed to pray in our mosques, nor can they pray funeral prayers for us, and that if a Muslim converts to Qadiyanism, he must repeat his Hajj as it was not counted the first time.
MIRZA’S ARABIC ‘REVELATIONS’ ARE IN FACT PASSAGES FROM THE QURAN
Mirza claimed to receive revelation in all the 5 languages he knew. His Arabic revelations are simply an incoherent mixture of Quranic verses and hadiths, mixed with some of his own words. One long revelation of his that goes on for nearly 50 lines, is actually a mixture of 54 verses from the quran.
AN EXAMPLE OF MIRZA’S ARABIC REVELATIONS – TO SOOTHE HIS FINGERTIP
He says that on December 8, 1900, he received the revelation: “Kuni bardaw waslaama”.
This is actually a Quranic verse about Ibrahim (as). When Ibrahim (as) was thrown into the fire by his people, Allah said to the fire, “Ya naaru kuni bardaw waslaaman ala ibraheem –” O fire! Become cool and a source of peace upon ibraheem– in other words, Allah told the fire not to harm Ibrahim (as). In Mirza’s case, he says, and I quote
“Last night I felt pain in my fingertip so severe that I was worried how I would pass the night. Then, I was overtaken by a light slumber and the revelation came:
‘kuni bardaw waslaama’
Simultaneously with the last word , the pain disappeared as if it had never been.”
Thus, Mirza says that the same verse that was revealed to cool the fire for Ibrahim (as) was revealed to him, to soothe his fingertip!
MIRZA’S FIRST ‘ENGLISH’ REVELATIONS
And if you thought that was odd, his English revelations are even more odd. Speaking of his first English revelation, which he says occurred in 1883 he says,
“I recall that on one occasion I first received the revelation in English:
I love you.
Then came the revelation:
I am with you.
Then came the revelation:
I shall help you.
Then came the revelation:
I can what I will do.
Then, with such emphasis that my body trembled at it, came the revelation:
We can what We will do. [!]
It appears from these ‘English’ revelations that whoever brought Mirza his revalations didn’t have very good English.
THE QADIYANIS TODAY,
QADIYANIS ON TV
What about the Qaidyanis today? Today the Qadiyanis are using new media to spread their message. They have a well organized YouTube channel with over 4000 video uploads. They have a TV channel called MTA-muslim TV (which stands for Muslim television Ahmadiyya). It transmits as a freeview channel on 787 and is also available for viewing online. It transmits all over the world in 8 different languages.
QADIYANIS IN DIGITAL MEDIA
They have a professional website which is search engine optimized, such that if you type in anything to do with the finality of the Prophet (saw)’s prophethood, or anything to do with Qadiyanis, their websites appear on the first page. They have their own IPhone, IPad and Android apps, and their books are available in PDF and EPub format, and their products are even available on Kindle and Google Books.
THE QADIYANIS IN PRINT
The Qadiyanis have their own translations of the Quran in Urdu, English and Chinese, Spanish and other languages. They produce a periodical and publish articles and books on their religion.
The Qadiyanis are preaching their message everywhere. They are creating a lot of confusion and chaos amongst the Muslims and non muslims. They portray themselves as peaceful people whereas they are exactly the opposite. So we need to be aware of their beliefs as well as their well articulated plans. A wolf disguised as a sheep is more dangerous.
We pray that Allah helps us to recognise the truth and accept it and to understand false and avoid it. Ameen.
(By AH edited by AR 3/12)