Sunday, December 20, 2015

Does a Persecuted Sect Represent Islam?

"In response to swirling misconceptions on the tenets of Islam, the [local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community] held an interfaith vigil Saturday to draw the area’s faith communities together in prayer for the victims of the San Bernardino shooting, and for peace" — Mosque vigil remembers San Bernardino. From the article:
    “We stand together against a common enemy” of terrorism, said Hamid Malik, an imam, or faith leader, at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Baitun Naseer Mosque in Rochester. “We stand together to tell them that we will not be divided, and that they will never be successful here.”

    “We stand together against a common enemy” of terrorism.” Hamid Malik, Baitun Naseer Mosque imam.

    Terrorists linked to the Islamic State group, also referred to as ISIS, use Islam for political gain and take verses of the Islamic holy book, the Quran, out of context, said Bashir.

    “Because they use this religion as their backbone, people really think this is true without searching and studying on their own,” he said.

    The best thing local Muslims can be doing after tragedies like San Bernardino is serving their neighbors, which shows the true message of the Islamic faith, said Bashir.
All well and good, but who are the Ahmadiyya? I came to know them by taking one of their tracts at the Public Market, because they looked like nice clean-cut young men. Standing in front of a table with message of peace to people of all religions, they were obviously a different type of Muslim.

Wikipedia tells us that Ahmadiyya "is an Islamic religious movement founded in British India near the end of the 19th century" which "originated with the life and teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835–1908), who claimed to have fulfilled the prophecies of the world's reformer during the end times, who was to herald the eschaton as predicted in the traditions of various world religions and bring about, by peaceful means, the final triumph of Islam as per Islamic prophecy."

We also learn that "Ahmadiyya adherents believe that Ahmad appeared in the likeness of Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice, and peace," "that upon divine guidance he divested Islam of fanatical and innovative beliefs and practices" and that "Ahmadis view themselves as leading the revival and peaceful propagation of Islam."

The community is "officially estimated to number between 10 and 20 million worldwide" and "Ahmadiyya-specific beliefs have been thought of as opposed to contemporary mainstream Islamic thought since the movement's birth, and some Ahmadis have subsequently faced persecution." Furthermore, "Many orthodox Muslims consider the Ahmadiyya either kafirs or heretics." Persecution of Ahmadis is a page unto itself.

None of this is mentioned in our local newspaper, so the uninformed reader — and it is newspapers jobs to keep readers uninformed — comes away thinking that mainstream Islam, not a minuscule and persecuted sect within the religion, categorically denounces violence and terrorism.

VDARE's editor had this one nailed weeks ago — Kneejerk MSM Reaction # 2: The Religion Of Peace Fake, Ahmadiyya Edition. Posting an Ahmadiyya.us banner that read, ""Love for all/Hatred for None," he wrote, "That is not mainstream Islam. It just isn't."

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