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Kaleem Ahmed

Zainib Ahmad

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The Call of the Messiah 2

Centenary of Hazrat Maulana Muham-

mad Ali’s English translation the Holy

Quran by Dr Zahid Aziz 2

Identity Theft – Final Part by Iain Dixon 5

The Patch to Success by E. Mohamed 7

Killing Children by Alisha Shah 11

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The Call of the

Messiah

by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam

Ahmad

The Promised Messiah and Mahdi

Indisputable knowledge of God a prerequisite

to righteous life

It is a truly sound tenet that, to be saved

from sins, man requires a certain knowledge of

God and not any redemption. I say to you sincerely

that if the people of Noah had the perfect

knowledge which generates the fear of (losing

the love of) God, they would not have been

drowned, and if the people of Lot had fully recognised

their Lord, they would not have been

stoned to death. And if the people of this country

had been granted the true knowledge of God

which makes one tremble at the idea of a transgression

of His Commandments, it would not

have been thus destroyed with the plague. But,

inadequate knowledge cannot benefit in the

least because imperfect love, fear, and faith

knowledge is worthless. If you do not take sufficient

food, it will not sustain you, or if the full

dose of medicine is not administered, it would

not do any good. One grain cannot satisfy your

hunger, nor one drop of water quench your

thirst. How can you of little courage and slow in

the search of truth, hope to be the recipients of

the vast blessings and un-measured grace of

God by a little knowledge and a little love and a

little fear? It is for Him to purify you from sins

and to fill your hearts with His love and awe. He

has established the law that all this is granted to

a man after he has attained to certainty in His

knowledge, for knowledge is the root from

which love and fear spring. He who is given a

perfect knowledge is also granted perfect love

and perfect fear, and he who is granted these,

has attained to salvation, because he is purified

from sin. For this salvation, therefore, we do not

stand in need of the shedding of blood, or of crucifixion

or of atonement. What we require for its

attainment is only a sacrifice, and that a sacrifice

of our own self. This is a requirement of our

very nature and this is the true significance of

Islam. Islam means the laying down of the head

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for being slaughtered and to bow down with entire

submission at the Divine threshold. The beloved

name of Islam is the soul of the whole of

Law and the essence of all the commandments.

To lay down one's self willingly and with a joyful

heart for being slain which is the true significance

of Islam, means a perfect love, while perfect

love indicates perfect knowledge. The word

the sacrifice that God accepts

from you is that you should

fear Him and walk in righteousness

for His sake.

Islam therefore, clearly signifies that true sacrifice,

which is necessary for the salvation of man,

requires perfect love and perfect knowledge

and not anything else. Referring to this Almighty

God says in the Holy Quran “The flesh of

these, (i.e. the animals slaughtered) does not

reach God, nor their blood, but the sacrifice that

God accepts from you is that you should fear

Him and walk in righteousness for His sake".

(Essence of Islam, pages 7 to 9)

Centenary of the appearance

of Maulana Muhammad Ali’s

English translation and

Commentary of the Quran

Compiled by Zahid Aziz

In September this year, it will be a hundred

years since the English translation of the Holy

Quran with commentary by Maulana Muhammad

Ali was first published in 1917, right here in

England.

In April 1916 Maulana Muhammad Ali, after

a labour of about seven years, completed work

on the translation and commentary. In his Friday

sermon on 28 April he gave the good news to the

Lahore Ahmadiyya community:

“Today is a day of happiness for me. For

years, I have been busy in the work of translating

the Holy Quran into English. By the

grace of Allah, I have completed it today. I am

not happy like a student who, at the end of his

examination, feels that now he will have free

time and can rest for a few days. I am happy

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work I was worried that life is so fickle and it

may be that this work would be left incomplete.

Of course, Allah is not short of men and

it was His work which would have been completed

somehow; if He has given strength to a

weak person like me to start this work, there

is no reason why He could not get it done by

someone else. But it gives great pleasure to a

person to complete by his own hand in his

own life the work that he had started.…

This work is now before you. All of it has been

sent to the press. I have received proofs of

eight parts (up to this time proofs of 19 parts

have arrived — Editor Paigham Sulh). We

need very soon to think about the printing expenses.

This is not our only work; there are

many others that you have to do. Complete

this first. It is a service to Islam; rather, it is

purely a service to the Quran. So, be concerned

about it and prepare resources for it.

May Allah grant this to be done. Ameen.” (Lahore

Ahmadiyya Urdu organ Paigham Sulh,

28 May 1916, p. 6–8)

It was decided to have it

printed in England because

the printing machines that

were required for the high

quality, fine paper, to be used

to produce it in one volume, were not available

in India. At that time Maulana Sadr-ud-Din (d.

1981), who later succeeded Maulana Muhammad

Ali as Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anjuman

in 1951, was Imam of the Mosque at Woking,

and he was entrusted with the arrangements

for its printing, a task which he accomplished

extremely well.

History of the first popular

English translation of

the Holy Quran by a Muslim.

In the Islamic Review, the monthly magazine

of the Woking Muslim Mission, the following

progress report was published in the issue for

June 1916 on the first page:

“As was expected, the announcement of the

publication of an English translation of the

Holy Quran, with elaborate notes and the Arabic

text, aroused world-wide interest, and

we have been doing our best to hurry the publication.

But unavoidable circumstances have

delayed it, for which the gigantic war is

greatly responsible. In fact, if we had not already

announced the publication, and if we

had not found that there is general impatience

to read the translation, we would have

postponed the publication till the end of the

war. Prices of all the materials required for

printing that voluminous Book have gone up.

We found it sometimes difficult even to get

the material wanted. Delays have been

caused in post, and so forth. Then we found

that the bulk of the Book would be much more

than we had first thought; so it was considered

necessary to use India paper, the most

expensive thin paper,

and to enlarge the size

of the book in order to

reduce the bulk and

make it handy. The

pages will now run to about thirteen hundred.

The English portion is almost finished, and

would have reached the hands of the public if

the Arabic text had not been considered necessary

to go with the translation of the uncorrupted

and incorruptible Last Testament —

the final Gospel.

Maulana Muhammad Ali spent the whole of

the year 1916 preparing the index and the preface

and introduction, and at the same time going

through the first proofs which came from England.

These proofs were initially read by Maulana

Sadr-ud-Din in England, and then read and

corrected by Maulana Muhammad Ali in his own

hand in Lahore. After that stage, the reading of

the second proofs, the correction of the Arabic

text, and all the other tasks in connection with

the printing were done by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din.

Because of this war it was found not practicable

to use type for the Arabic text. So now

an expert copyist in India has been engaged

to write out the text on the English pages sent

from here. That writing is sent back to our engravers,

who photograph it and obtain zincos

thereof. Then the printing of the text is done

in the space left for that purpose in the English

translation. As is obvious, this makes the

process very elaborate, and has increased the

price of the work; but because the calligraphy

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of the text will be very handsome, those readers

who know Arabic will be much pleased

with Arabic writing all done by hand. The

Book, besides its precious and holy contents,

will form an ornament to any library, and will

be a unique work of its description. In the

next number of the REVIEW we shall be able to

give the specimen pages, which will be exactly

as in the Book when ready. The price of

the Book cannot now be lower than One

Pound, which, considering the increased expenses

and the expensive material used, will

be nothing. We have no doubt that when the

compilation reaches the hands of the public

they will fully appreciate the labour of love

done over it by our esteemed brother Maulvi

Muhammad Ali, M.A., LL.B.”

The following year this much-awaited book

was out of the press by September. In the Islamic

Review, September 1917 (p. 393), its announcement

appeared under the heading:

The First English Translation and commentary

of the Holy Quran by a Muslim

Theologian

It ran as follows:

“THE Maulvi Muhammad Ali, M.A., LL.B., has

prepared, after a labour of about nine years,

an English translation, with necessary notes

and commentary, of the Holy Quran, which

has been printed in England and has just

come out after unavoidable delays caused by

the war. Each copy contains about 1,400

pages, and includes a

comprehensive preface

showing the special

features of Islam

as preached in the

Holy Book, and an exhaustive

discussion of the authenticity of the

Holy Book, its original purity and incorruptibility,

in which the Maulvi definitely proves

that the Holy Book as it stands today is exactly

as it was arranged by the Holy Prophet

Muhammad himself. Elaborate indexes are

also given. The whole cost has come up to

£1,500. The price of a leather-bound, giltedged

copy on good India paper is 20s., to be

had of the ISLAMIC REVIEW Office, The Mosque,

Woking, Surrey.

To those who know the learned

translator his very name would

be a guarantee to them that the

translation is scholarly . . .

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Although it has increased the expense

greatly, it was thought very necessary that

the original text in Arabic, written by expert

calligraphists in India, should also accompany

the translation of each verse, as can be seen

on the sample pages.

The translation is very faithful. The notes

and commentary are fully comprehensive

and explanatory, and every objection of

Western critics has been met and answered.

The mistakes of European translators and

commentators have been corrected on the

authority of old commentators as well as expert

Arabic scholars. The relation of one

chapter to the other and the connected context

of the verses of each chapter have been

fully established. An abstract of both chapters

and sections is also given.

To those who know the learned translator

his very name would be a guarantee to

them that the translation is scholarly, and the

commentary is based on the authentic traditions

of the Great Prophet as interpreted by

the authentic Muslim savants. For the benefit

of strangers the selection of the sample pages

has been such as to give out the characteristics

of the translation of the whole, so that the

reader of these pages should be able to form

some idea of the nature of the whole volume.

It would but be superfluous to dilate

upon the need of an English translation by a

person who has not only

a command over the

English language but

also over the original

(i.e. Arabic) text of a

book which holds the most unique position in

the world of literature.”

The price of the book, in top quality and

leather bound, is given above as 20 shillings,

which is £1 (one UK Pound). We can get an idea

of what £1 would be in the year 1917 by noticing

that the price of the above issue of the Islamic Review

was 7 old pence. This means that the price

of the book is about 35 times the price of one issue

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pence). In the same issue of the Islamic Review,

sixteen consecutive pages from this translation

are reproduced in facsimile form, starting at the

beginning of chapter 1 of the Quran.

As being the “first” English translation by a

Muslim

The heading of the above announcement describes

this translation and commentary as “the

first by a Muslim theologian”. Before this translation,

three English translations of the Quran by

Muslims had been published. These were by Abdul

Hakim Khan (1905), Mirza Abul Fazl (1911),

and Mirza Hairat of Delhi (1912), and were all

published in India. They were, however, of limited

circulation and little known. In a book The

Student’s Quran, published in India in 1961, the

author Hashim Amir Ali has listed several English

translations of the Quran in chronological

order, including those by Abdul Hakim Khan and

Mirza Abul Fazl as numbers 5 and 6 in his list.

Maulana Muhammad Ali’s is at number 7 and he

writes of it as follows:

“7 MUHAMMAD ALI

The first work published by any Muslim with

the thoroughness worthy of Quranic scholarship

and achieving the standards of modern

publications.”

The author of a review of English translations

of the Quran, written around 1999, entitled

Translating the Holy Quran: Is There An Ultimate

Translation Of The Quran?, Dr. A. Nihamathullah

of Tamil Nadu, India, has listed some criteria for

determining which of the numerous English

translations of the Quran are worthy of a detailed

review, comparison and examination. On

that basis, he eliminates the English translation

attempts by Muslims before Maulana Muhammad

Ali as being “of just historical interest” and

“inconsequential translations”.

The description in the Islamic Review announcement

quoted above, that Maulana Muhammad

Ali’s work is the “first … by a Muslim

theologian” is also accurate as the three preceding

Muslim translators were not Islamic scholars

or theologians. Moreover, it is a fact that the

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A moth gladly flutters towards

a lightbulb but cockroaches

will flee from the

light emanating from the

same bulb!

Maulana’s English translation of the Quran was

the first by a Muslim to be published in the West,

as it was printed at the famous Gresham Press of

Unwin Brothers Ltd. in Woking, England, and

published in 1917 from the Islamic Review Office

at the Woking Mosque in a quantity of 5000

copies. It was thus the first by a Muslim to be

available in the world generally. (End)

Identity Theft- final part

By Iain Dixon

In this short series of articles, I have tried to

convey my frustration that people have misrepresented

the beautiful character of Allah, hijacking

his loving nature, and turning it instead into

something repulsive. A moth gladly flutters towards

a lightbulb but cockroaches will flee from

the light emanating from the same bulb! How

has the Creator of Heaven and Earth been represented

to a watching world? Has Allah been

painted as loving, compassionate, full of tender

mercy towards His creation? Are we drawn to

Him as a moth is drawn to the light? Or have we

in the same breath said: “Allahu Akbar” and represented

Allah as pure evil, desiring to crush,

kill and destroy? Just as cockroaches run from

the light, have we portrayed Allah in such a way

that people want to flee from Him, rather than

run to Him? We are reminded in the Honoured

Quran that “those who believe and work deeds

of righteousness, will Allah most Gracious bestow

love.”- Surah 19:96. We are also told: “He

forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion.”-

Surah 16:90. Much that is done in the

name of ‘Islam’ makes a mockery of much that

is written in the Quranic scriptures. Allah is

looking for a people who will represent His

character — a people who will reflect His love,

compassion and mercy. Just as a fingerprint reveals

the unique identity of its possessor, so too

we are to be ‘the fingerprints’ of Allah, bearing

His beautiful image to a broken world.

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through their actions. Pride for status, selfishness,

and a disregard for his righteousness has

caused havoc in the world. It is pure rebellion

towards the Creator of Heaven and Earth. A rebellion

that drives people away from encountering

the beauty of Allah — a rebellion that

leads people into darkness and captivity. As the

Bible expresses it: “the heart is deceitful above

all things.”- Jeremiah 17:9, “All we like sheep

have gone astray, we have turned everyone to

his own way.”- Isaiah 53:6. Have we followed

the way of Iblis and become rebellious, defiant?

“He refused and was haughty, he was of those

who reject faith.”- Surah 2:34. Unfortunately,

the way of true Islam, true submission to Allah,

is hard to find today. But it exists! Don't be

fooled by looking to great organisations, sects

or religions. Begin by turning your own face to

Allah. When I hear the Azaan (the call to

prayer), I am reminded of a compass point

pointing north, in that it brings direction and focus

in all the chaos we call ‘the map of life’ - a

life filled with changes and turnings, dead ends

and roadblocks. The compass points ‘true

north’ and helps us recalibrate our lives. The

Azaan challenges all the distractions of life, and

there is a call to come

out of the world, and

point our hearts in the

direction of Allah. In

the Bible, we are told

of a worldwide

‘Azaan’. Although people

have misrepresented

the character

of Allah there is a worldwide call to return to the

true God, a call that leads us to worship him in

submission and truth. “And I saw another angel

fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting

gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the

earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and

tongue and people saying with a loud voice

‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of

His judgement has come, and worship Him that

made heaven and earth, and the sea, and the

fountains of waters.”- Revelation 14:6-7. Did

you notice that? “The hour of His judgement has

come”. I wonder if that phrase could be interpreted

in two ways. Sure, Allah's eyes are upon

us now, and He sees our thoughts and actions.

We are being judged. But have you ever thought

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that Allah Himself is being judged by an unbelieving

and sceptical world? Has the misrepresentation

of His character resulted in Allah being

laughed at, scorned, hated? Not taken seriously?

Is this worldwide Azaan a challenge for

us to so love God, so obey him, so serve him . . .

that people would begin to recognise the magnificence

of our Creator? I find it interesting that

Jesus himself lived to give glory to Allah. When

Jesus was nailed to the cross, beaten and

scarred, it was not as a defeated person. He

lived and breathed integrity to Allah. The DNA

of Jesus’ life was “Your will be done.”- Matthew

6:10. He was the embodiment of true Islam.

Many centuries before he was born into this

world, it was said that “He will magnify the Law,

and make it honourable.”- Isaiah 42:21. Jesus

did everything to bring honour to Allah despite

being misunderstood and mistreated. We are

given his example to follow. “Christ also suffered

for us, leaving us an example, that you should

follow in his steps, who did no sin, neither was

guile found in his mouth.”- 1 Peter 2:21-22.

It is well known that during wartime road

signposts are turned-round to point people in

the wrong direction and to confuse them. As we

What I see in the Lahore Ahmadiyya

community, is a people who are constantly

examining themselves, constantly

reaching out for more, constantly

trying to be a better people,

a people longing for a raiment of

righteousness.

watch the media,

and read reports

of violence

and

shameful things

done in the

name of Allah,

may we take up

the challenge to be a genuine signpost, pointing

others to the true worship of Allah, and not follow

those who have committed ‘identity theft’.

These people have twisted signposts of Allah's

character, and have pointed people in the wrong

direction! We can choose to be different. And Allah

can help us change. We are told in the Honoured

Qur’an that “it is He who created you

from clay.”- Surah 6:2. Allah is a master potter!

Not only did He make and fashion each one of

us, but He can ‘re-shape’ our hearts too. Will we

ask Him to? Wearing long beards, niqab, and

praying in a correct manner may look good to

an outsider; but Allah sees the hearts of all. With

far too many, obedience to Allah's word is only

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their lips. Surah 4:81. Jesus rightly put it when

he said: “This people draws nigh unto me with

their mouth and honoureth me with their lips,

but their heart is far from me.”- Matthew 15:8.

What I see in the

Lahore Ahmadiyya

community, is a people

who are constantly

examining

themselves, constantly

reaching out

for more, constantly trying to be a better people,

a people longing for a raiment of righteousness.

“But the raiment of righteousness, that is the

best. Such are among the signs of Allah.”- Surah

7:26. This reaching up, this longing for righteousness

is a beautiful longing. So different

from those who have committed ‘identity theft’.

(End)

The Path to Success

Eid ul Fitr Message

By Ebrahim Mohamed

President AAII Lahore (South Africa)

Almighty God be praised and thanked abundantly

for granting us this day of Eid ul Fitr (a

day of ever-recurring joy) to celebrate that inner

joy that culminates after a month of fasting

for the sake of God; a month of intense prayers

and supplications, and charity for the poor and

indigent out of love for Him. Despite all the

grimness in the world, Ramadan (the month of

fasting observed by Muslims throughout the

world) has shown that the Muslim fraternity

can rise above their own selfish and self-centred

tendencies — on the one hand having been

afforded the opportunity of engaging in serious

introspection to improve themselves whilst at

the same time reaching out for the less fortunate

with love and compassion in a manner that

drew the admiration of many outsiders.

The joys and exhilaration that we experience

this day are like the joy and gratification

that a farmer feels when harvesting a luxuriant

crop after long periods of cultivation of the land,

followed by planting of the seeds with careful

precision, watering it, and guarding it with the

our whole life should be about

ensuring the proper growth to

perfection of those latent seeds

of morality and spirituality that

Almighty God had placed inside us

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utmost vigilance and care against harmful elements

until the crops grow to maturity and bear

fruit.

This allegory of the farmer and his lush

crops illustrates what

we undergo during

the month of fasting to

reap the spiritual

fruits that bring joy

and contentment of

the heart. We are thus

reminded that our whole life should be about

ensuring the proper growth to perfection of

those latent seeds of morality and spirituality

that Almighty God had placed inside us so that

we may enjoy the bliss and well-being when

those seeds reach fruition. This happens when

we reach a state of complete God-Consciousness,

that state of being that brings us closer to

God and complete surrender to His Will. This

state is what the Holy Quran repeatedly refers

to as our falah or success and therefore the

Holy Quran says:

“He indeed is successful who causes it (the

soul) to grow.” — 91:9

The word ‘successful’ in the Holy Quran

comes from the root word falah which also

means ‘self-improvement’, or the ‘unfoldment’

of hidden qualities that evolve into a

state of happiness and well-being. In the rich,

comprehensive Arabic language it is interesting

to note that ‘a farmer’ is often referred to as falah

because a farmer is the one who works hard

to till the land in order to grow successful crops

of delicious fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers

etc. Such crops that give recurring delight to the

beholder and the harvester. This is the meaning

of Eid— an ever-recurring happiness and joy,

accompanied by well-deserved festivities.

The same principle on which the harvesting

of a successful crop by a farmer is based, applies

to our relationship with the Holy Quran which

often stands for the spiritual rain that enlivens

our souls and causes it to grow into super God-

Consciousness that knows no end. The Holy

Quran alludes to this, metaphorically, when it

says:

“And He it is Who sends down water from

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all (plants), then We bring forth from it green

(foliage), from which We produce clustered

grain; and of the date-palm, of the sheaths of it,

come forth clusters (of dates) within reach; and

gardens of grapes and the olive and the pomegranate,

alike and unlike. Look at the fruit of it

when it bears fruit and the ripening of it. Surely

there are signs in this for a people who believe!”

— 6:99

fruits of our falah i.e. ‘the success of both this

world and the next.’

In the next life this crop, built up from our

good deeds here, will, by the Mercy of Almighty

God, manifest itself as the most beautiful

Garden of bliss unimaginable to our physical

senses here, as promised repeatedly in the Holy

Quran to the steadfast.

So, what are the signs or lessons for us in

this beautiful picture of a luxuriant garden, the

soil of which was given life to by salubrious rain

from the heavens? The month of Ramadan has

highlighted this principle in a spiritual sense.

We watered the garden of our souls through

reading, reciting and studying the Holy Quran

more intensely; we engaged in additional prayers

sometimes in the middle of the night; we

fasted to gain the pleasure of Almighty Allah; we

gave charity out of compassion and concern for

the poor and less fortunate. In this manner we

worked hard to transform the raw seeds of ‘lust,

anger and greed’ in us into useful moral qualities

that are beneficial and not destructive to

ourselves and humankind at large. We were afforded

the opportunity to collectively put a

check on our lusts and turned it into ‘love and

compassion’ that extended beyond our own

families to the less fortunate in particular. We

worked on our ‘anger and egotistic natures’

by turning it into ‘wellplaced

bravery and patience’

that developed further

into the moral qualities

of being ‘firm and principled’

in the face of injustice

and cruelty. The seeds of

greed in us were transformed

into moral qualities of being ‘up and

doing’ against all forms of injustice, forbidding

what is wrong and enjoining what is good -

not being insolent and lethargic, and an idle

‘fence-sitter’, yet at all times avoiding extremities.

These are but some basic examples of how

the Ramadan taught us to cultivate our own

souls for it to grow into moral and spiritual

fruits. In the Holy month of Ramadan, we did all

this like a farmer, so that we could reap the

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But like anything else in life, we need expert

guidance as to the best methods to adopt to enhance

the growth of our souls. We need to know

what is useful and what should be avoided. This

guidance comes in the form of the Holy Quran:

“So, He reveals to it its way of evil and its

way of good.” — 91:8

The Holy Quran tells us what is harmful for

us and what is good for us. It is the most up to

date and authentic guide for humankind. The

Holy Quran is clear on Who its Author is. Thus,

we are told at the very beginning:

“I Allah am the Best Knower.

This Book, there is no doubt in it, is a guide

to those who keep their duty” — 2:1-2

Therefore, in order for the falah — ‘unfoldment’

of our souls to develop from a state of

‘low, uncontrolled

animal passions’ to a

highly civilized,

moral status — we

must turn to the Holy

Quran for our guidance.

If our approach

to the Holy Book is

anything other than

this, and that is, when it is merely recited at special

occasions such as weddings and funerals

etc; or treated as an object for debate to sport

some academic prowess, then all our efforts will

be futile like the ‘chaff’ of the failed crop mentioned

in the Holy Quran; which says:

this world’s life is only

sport and play and gaiety

and boasting among yourselves

and a vying in the multiplication

of wealth and

children.

“Know that this world’s life is only sport and

play and gaiety and boasting among yourselves

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children. It is as rain, whose causing the vegetation

to grow pleases the farmer, then it withers

away so that you see it turning yellow, then

it becomes chaff” — 57:20

The peaceful teachings of Islam explained to

visitors to our Berlin Mosque

This tells us that success according to Islam

is not measured in terms of material possessions

which tend to occupy a bigger part of our

lives. Nay! Instead it will lead to a failure of the

‘spiritual crop’ even though it might be seemingly

pleasing to us.

Our duty is to bring ourselves to the point of

true morality that makes us competent of building

a civilization based on ‘righteousness, compassion

and justice’ for all. A civilization where

we find comfort in being principled and stand

firm by truth and justice at all costs avoiding hypocrisy

and duplicity — typical weaknesses of

modern day leadership across the political and

religious spectra that are ruining the moral fabric

of society in the world. To use the metaphor

of the farmer in the Holy Quran above, these are

the ‘weeds’ that we do not want in our ‘garden’

for it will retard our growth and turn our crops

i.e. the fruits of all our hard labour into useless

‘chaff’.

Who, these days, can deny the fact that due

to the infiltration of such ‘weeds’ into the ‘Garden

of Islam’, Muslims in general and Muslim

nations still find themselves so divided? There

appears to be no empathy along the lines of a

common brotherhood. Religious scholars cannot

agree even on simple mundane issues such

as when is the day of Eid or when does the fast

begin. When a leading nation in the Muslim

world can spend billions of dollars on arms and

use it with impunity on a virtually defenceless,

ill-equipped Muslim neighbour, mercilessly killing

thousands and rendering millions of them,

women and children, destitute in the process,

then we know there is something very, very seriously

wrong somewhere.

Even the holy month of Ramadan was not

spared for such barbaric behaviour nor did it

bring about a change of heart nor a vestige of

the moral transformation highlighted above.

Whilst it is encouraging these days to see

many video clips circulating on social media

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condemning such behaviour as well as clips extolling

the beauty of the Holy Quran — these

postings are of short-lived admiration and no

sooner everyone reverts to the same humdrum

state of life. This sorry state prevails despite the

fact that nowadays religious clerics are churned

out like produce off a conveyor belt in a factory

without any quality checks or screening done

before they are set loose on an indifferent,

‘couldn’t - care - less’ society. These clerics are

blindly admired for their packaged education to

the extent that their lacking in wisdom and integrity

is often over looked! Nowadays, we also

find people flocking to Mecca in droves yet with

all these well-intentioned efforts there is still no

visible transformation of note. Instead of those

noble moral qualities of ‘love, compassion,

empathy, relentless thirst for justice, etc’, referred

to above, flourishing and becoming a

dominant feature of note in our communities,

we still see too much of the low raw qualities of

‘lust, anger and greed’ prevail.

There now seems to be a growing general

consensus from a ‘forward thinking sector’ with

seemingly genuine concern that at the root of all

this chaos lies a serious ideological disease.

The Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement

in Islam, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, 19 th Century

Muslim Reformer, diagnosed and identified

this disease accurately 100 years ago and actively

set about in treating its root causes — not

just the peripheral, superficial symptoms of the

disease. Since the disease set in as a result of

gross distortions of the teachings of Islam by

misguided clerics largely influenced by anti-Islamic

propaganda, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

made it very clear that the only solution was to

provide quality literature that gives the correct,

unadulterated teachings of Islam as a cure for

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England and the establishment of the Berlin

Mission in Germany at the turn of the 20 th century

by the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement were

the first of their kind in the West to carry out

this noble work.

The Lahore based Ahmadiyya Movement,

despite opposition from mainstream Muslims

plagued by sectarian strife, has over a century

successfully produced widely acclaimed, top

quality literature geared at improving the overall

moral condition of the Muslims; not such

that leaves sincere seekers in a constant state of

confusion and misguidance; nor such that breed

militant jihadists and suicide bombers; nor

such that perpetuate sectarian strife where

even something as simple as ‘how do you define

who is a Muslim’ cannot be determined with

clarity by ‘so called’ leading scholars boasting

fancy theological degrees.

In Pakistan, a country where acts of terror

are still much out of control, members of the Ahmadiyya

Movement, by law, are not allowed to

practice Islam and propagate its peaceful message

in that

The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, despite

opposition from Muslims

plagued by sectarian strife, has

over a century successfully produced

widely acclaimed, literature

geared at improving the overall

moral condition of the Muslims . . .

country. This is

the cruellest

piece of legislation

existing anywhere

in the

world today

that should be

condemned

with the contempt that it deserves by any decent,

fair-minded person. This grossly inhumane

Pakistani legislation is an abuse of a most

basic human right and that is the freedom of

worship afforded to humankind by none other

than Almighty God Himself, Who has declared:

There is no compulsion in religion.” –

2:256.

Nevertheless, under these most oppressive

circumstances, the Central Body in Pakistan

have not given up serving humanity. These days

the work of the organization is focussed on

providing free humanitarian support to the

poor and indigent – which at least they are not

prohibited from doing under Pakistani law. Last

year they

• provided more than fifty thousand patients

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with free medical treatment and medicines

from the Maulana Muhammad Ali dispensary.

• Seventeen hundred patients were provided

with free ultra-sounds, and more than five

hundred with free x-rays.

• Fifty-six widows receive financial support

and more than seventy students receive

free education.

In Europe, our Berlin Mosque has been designated

monumental status by the German Government

and is seen as a favourite tourist attraction

with a constant flow of visitors from all

parts of the world, Muslim and non-Muslim. In

this way, our renowned peaceful propagation

efforts of Islam in a part of the world blinded by

prejudice, is most effective and vital in countering

anti-Islamic propaganda.

From our organization in the United States

we hear the good news of the tremendous

strides being made in the translation and publication

of our literature into Arabic. This is a

phenomenal achievement, considering the

smouldering situation

in the Middle East

where extremist ideologies

are rife.

In South Africa, our

National Outreach Program

in the dissemination

of the Holy Quran

and other free literature

is continuing. Hundreds of libraries across the

country have benefitted from this initiative thus

far.

At an Eid ul Fitr celebration in Johannesburg,

South Africa, the guest of honour, the deputy

President of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa,

remarked:

“As you (Muslims) performed service and

acts of goodwill and charity for the poor and

needy members of our communities, you reminded

us that Islam is a faith founded on compassion,

justice and universal brotherhood. It is

about giving, not taking. It is about generosity,

not greed. It is about love, peace, truth, and tolerance.

Not hatred, violence, dishonesty and

bigotry. And these are universal human values

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society.” (End)

Killing Children

by Alisha Shah, Trinidad

“And kill not your children for fear of poverty

– We provide for them and for you. Surely

the killing of them is a great wrong.” ch. 17, v. 31

Glory to Thee, O Allah and Thine is the

praise, and blessed is Thy name, and exalted is

Thy Majesty and there is none to be served besides

Thee. I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed

devil. In the name of Allah, the Beneficent,

the Merciful.

The intentional killing of infants is known

as infanticide. In the Pre-Islamic Arabia, infanticide

was a common practice but more specifically

it was female infants who were killed,

sometimes buried alive as soon as she was born.

In chapter 16, v 58 & 59, it states: “And when

the birth of a daughter is announced to one of

them, his face becomes black and he is full of

wrath. He hides himself from the people because

of the evil of what is announced to him.

Shall he keep it with disgrace or bury it alive in

the dust? Now surely evil is what they judge.”

Can you imagine what

kind of person would

have had these

thoughts? But this

was a barbarous custom

of the Arab people,

especially among

the Chiefs of the clans.

However, the word of

Allah swept through

Arabia and this practice

was abolished.

But generally, in history the practice of infanticide

has taken many forms. In the ancient

world, it was known as child sacrifice where a

child was sacrificed to a supernatural figure or

forces. In ancient Europe and Asia, they simply

abandoned the infant, leaving it to die from exposure

that is from hypothermia, hunger, thirst

or animal attack. In ancient Oceania, they practiced

infanticide by suffocating the infant and in

other countries and tribes, infanticide was practiced

in order to control their numbers so that

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their lands could support them. Many carried

out this horrible act due to the ability of a male

child carrying on the family name until he dies

as opposed to the female who will leave to join

her husband’s family most of the time after a

burdensome dowry is paid.

“And when the birth of a daughter is announced

to one of them, his face becomes

black and he is full of wrath. He hides

himself from the people because of the

evil of what is announced to him. Shall

he keep it with disgrace or bury it alive

in the dust? Now surely evil is what they

judge.” — The Quran, 16:58–59

Another reason infanticide was practiced

has been related to economic necessity, or the

inability to provide for the child. However, the

Quran clearly states in Ch 6, Section 19 (Guiding

rules of Life), v. 151: “Say: Come! I will recite

what your Lord has forbidden to you: Associate

naught with him and do good to parents and

slay not your children for fear of poverty — We

provide for you and for them.” and again in Ch

17, v. 31: “And kill not your children for fear of

poverty — We provide for them and for you,

Surely the killing of them is a great wrong.” Now

this verse may not necessarily be speaking of

actually ending your child’s life. The verse can

be interpreted to mean not giving your children

a proper education, or intellectual death. History

has shown that females were not given an

education, that males were educated, for they

were to be the breadwinners in a family and it

was commonly accepted that women needed

only to be prepared to be effective wives and

mothers; consequently,

their education

was most

often confined to

emulating their

mothers and

obeying their fathers

within the

home.

Today thankfully

that has changed; there is gender equality

in almost every sector of the world. Women are

rising up in the workplace and becoming leaders.

For this we should be happy; however, a

small question is now raised, when both parents

leave for the workplace, going there to earn

a living, to ensure that the bills are paid and the

family lives a comfortable life, where does that

leave the children? Don’t get me wrong, women

were built strong, we can do everything men

can do and sometimes even better, however

there is one thing that only a woman could do

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now, is this another form of “killing your children”

by leaving them with a care giver rather

than being there for them yourselves? What are

they learning when you are not around to teach

them? Who are they emulating? Every society is

made up of blocks of family units. The stronger

each block is, the stronger the structure of the

society. Families are thus the building blocks

upon which rests the fate of society.

For the development of good families, the

mother plays a vital role. Chapter 46 V 15 of the

holy Quran says “And we have enjoined on man

the doing of good to his parents. His mother

bears him with trouble and she brings him forth

in pain. And the bearing of him and the weaning

of him is thirty months.” In today’s workplace,

maternity leave is 14 weeks which is 3.5 months

while the Quran says 30 months which is 2.5

years. That is a hard decision right there but we

need to make good decisions that are based on

caring in the best possible way for our children.

Allah has said “fear not, we will provide for

them and for you”. So, then what do we do?

When my husband and I made the decision for

me to take a break from work to be with our

kids, someone said to me: “You’re lucky, you’re

on a permanent vacation.” Because now, society

has fashioned working mothers, so that it is taboo

or looked down on to be a full-time mother.

When I was working I would get a lunch hour, I

would get time to have a cup of coffee and

snacks, I would get bathroom breaks by myself,

and when I had to travel I would get some “me”

time while sitting in a taxi to just listen to music

or whatever, or when my husband would pick

me up we had some alone time together; but being

a mother means you don’t get any of that,

not until they fall asleep and most of the times

you’re falling asleep along with them. It is not a

bed of roses all the time, but it is a bed I chose

and one that I have been blessed with. Therefore,

we must always try to give our children

every opportunity that presents itself, help

them to grow and develop into wonderful, educated

people. Do not stifle their growth by limiting

their intellectual and spiritual education

because that in itself would be a form of killing

your children.

When we were children, our parents would

send us outside to play. We would run and play

hide and seek, or gun shooting or pretend to be

a princess or a firefighter. But the point is, we

would be outside playing and most of the times

the neighbours’ kids there playing with us. But

today we don’t see that. Kids today sit for hours

on end watching television or playing on a Playstation

or Xbox or their tablets or cell phones.

This cannot be right! Our parents would always

ensure we had a good home cooked meal ready

and waiting for us but now it’s KFC and McDonalds.

These fast food organizations use so much

chemicals and steroids in their foods. Are we

“killing” our children? Are we doing something

wrong here?

It is hard being a parent, we make so many

mistakes, we have so many decisions to make

that can affect not only us but those young precious

lives that Allah has entrusted us with.

Lives that we have to nurture and love and discipline

and sometimes scream at for them to listen,

but nonetheless, lives that we love with

every atom of our being, with every beat of our

heart. Those little fingers and toes that we have

to care for, we were given such a gift from Almighty

Allah that we sometimes doubt that we

are doing the right thing, that the decisions that

we make are the right ones, but again Allah has

said “Fear not, we will provide for them and

you.” So, we now have to take comfort in that

and believe that we are doing our best to help

our children flourish and grow emotionally,

physically, intellectually and spiritually and

trust that Allah will guide us and provide for us

so that we can present into our society strong,

happy, educated, religious, kind and humble human

beings. (End)

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