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The Heavenly Decree is the English translation of Asmani Faisala by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as) and the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at. It is addressed to his contemporary ulema, specially Miyan Nadhir Husain Dehlawi and Maulawi Muhammad Husain of Batala who had issued a fatwa of heresy against the Promised Messiahas and declared him a non-Muslim, because he (the Promised Messiahas) had claimed that Jesus Christ had died a natural death and the second coming of Masih ibni Mariam (Jesus Christ) is fulfilled by the advent of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas. Because (by the time the book was written) the ulema had refused to debate this issue with the Promised Messiah, he invited them, in this book, to a spiritual contest in which the question whether someone is a Muslim or not would be settled by Allah himself on the basis of four criteria of a true believer as laid down by Him in the Holy Quran. He also spelled out the modus operandi of this contest and fixed the period of time frame within which this contest would be decreed by Allah. He declared that God would not desert him and would help him and would grant him victory.
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Stop calling them ‘heretics’

National Post, Canada
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By Special to the National Post    June 1, 2010 — 7:08 am

By Ali Zafar

It began with an early morning phone call from Dubai on Friday. I was still in bed. My sister had called informing my dad that enraged Islamic terrorists had broken into two Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, during prayers. I thought I was dreaming. A few moments later, I could hear my dad sobbing, something he rarely does.

I knew then it wasn’t a dream.

It turned out that over 90 Ahmadis were either bombed to death or shot in a rain of bullets during Friday prayers in the Dar-ul-Zakir and Bait-ul-Noor mosques — the same mosques I visited in 2007 while writing a story on the persecution of Ahmadis. Except that now the mosque floors were stained with the blood of prayer-goers, the walls riddled with bullets shot by men who felt they were doing God’s work.

The past couple of days, my parents have been frantically calling family in Lahore — each time receiving news that a friend or family member who we thought was alive is dead.

All of this because Ahmadis believe Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who founded the movement in 1889, was the messiah foretold by Muhammad, the prophet of Islam — a belief that has made Ahmadis non-Muslims under the laws of Pakistan and infidels in the eyes of many Muslims.

But with a motto that reads, “Love for all, hatred for none,” you won’t find anyone from the sect retaliating, raising AK-47s in armed jihad, as the case was with the Sunni attackers.

There is one thing I’m waiting for, and that is to hear any Muslim sheik or imam in North America or the larger Muslim world openly condemn these attacks and denounce the “heretic” status of Ahmadis.

I doubt I’ll hear much.

Through the spread of hateful sermonizing — some of which I’ve heard myself in Pakistani, Saudi and, yes, even Canadian mosques — many self-professed leaders of Islam ask the faithful to rid the world of kafirs or non-believers.

It’s these Sunni sheikhs and Wahhabi scholars — with their blinkered, intolerant view of who is and who is not a Muslim — who have made the lives of Ahmadis (and other minority sects) a living hell not only in Pakistan, but across the entire Muslim world. And it’s a sentiment that receives indirect doctrinal support from Muslim organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Circle of North America.

After all, these organizations continue to hold the view that Ahmadis are non-Muslims, the same belief held by the Pakistani Taliban who murdered my friends and family members. If that’s not enough, so-called moderate Islamic organizations continue to sympathize with extremist Islamic political parties such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami.

So far, such groups have remained mute on the Ahmadiyya mosque attacks — a lull that reeks of hypocrisy as these same organizations scream Islamophobia louder than banshees over the treatment of imprisoned Islamic terrorists or the banning of the face veil.


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http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/06/01/stop-calling-them-heretics/
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