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Joining Our Movement Section > Why I Joined Islam [Stories of our New Muslim Brothers/Sisters] > Reasons for Joining the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement by Anonymous [The Pakistani-American Qadiani Muslim brother (21-year-old male) who became a Lahore Ahmadi Muslim on 4th September 2001]


Reasons for Joining the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement:
by Anonymous
[The Pakistani-American Qadiani Muslim brother (21-year-old male) who became a Lahore Ahmadi Muslim on 4th September 2001]


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Dear Webmaster,
Assalam-o-Alaikum,

I was intending to make a website about Ahmadiyyat and so through use of the Internet I searched for information that I thought could be useful. That was when I first came across the Lahore Ahmadiyya website at www.muslim.org. At this time I was completely unaware about the split in the Ahmadiyya Movement. In fact, I had come to that site several times before realizing that this was a different group in the Ahmadiyya Movement. This was because I always maintained the belief that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the last and final prophet. I never knew our (Qadian) Jamaat believed the Promised Messiah to be a Prophet. I was astonished to realize how misinformed and lacking in knowledge I was of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam.

I was quite taken aback when reading the section on the site refuting Qadiani beliefs and many of the other articles. I was convinced our Jamaat was wrong, but still had questions. I started sending a few e-mails to the administrator at www.muslim.org asking questions and began reading through the past and current topics in the discussion forum section and archives. It was nice to see and read the intellectual responses and rebuttals given by the Lahore Ahmadi Muslims, especially by Dr. Zahid Aziz. It was and is always a pleasure to read any of his comments on the forum, since he always conveys his thoughts and explanations in such a scholarly manner that is easy to grasp and sheds new light at the same time.

At this point, I was not a practicing Muslim, even though I had such a strong inclination to learn about Islam, and yet I knew in my heart I was a complete hypocrite. The true followers of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Promised Messiah should be outstanding in their practice as Muslims and I can’t say I saw this with the members of the Qadian Jamaat, at least in my experience. It was later that I bought some of the literature as produced by the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, including Maulana Muhammad Ali’s Commentary and Translation of the Quran, biography of Muhammad (pbuh), and 'The Early Caliphate'. I now realize how indebted I am for having such literature in my hands.

I had often thought to myself that since there was no clear and explicit mention of the second coming of Jesus (pbuh) in the Quran, how was it that I was supposed to know if the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had really prophesized about his second coming without the early Muslims being corrupted by Christian belief. Was this Movement just another sect in Islam when the Quran tells us clearly not to divide ourselves up into sects? How could the followers of the Promised Messiah split up? My interest in the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement was renewed recently after reading some literature about some of the miraculous signs in truth for the Promised Messiah. I thought I would have to be a complete ignorant to reject the Promised Messiah when looking at all the signs for his truth. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad has always remained the Promised Messiah in my heart, but there were still many questions that needed answering to satisfy my mind. Since then I have read much of the literature online, especially the online books at www.aaiil.org. I just recently finished reading Maulana Muhammad Ali’s book, 'The Split in the Ahmadiyya Movement', and the Promised Messiah’s book, 'Testimony of the Quran' online, and a number of others on-line very recently including 'Anecdotes from the Life of the Promised Messiah' by Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui. The questions causing much consternation within my heart were answered. Alhamdulillah.

What I found most fascinating were the parallels that one could draw with the Promised Messiah, and Isa [Jesus] (pbuh), not only during their lifetimes, but also after their departures, (in this case with their followers) as mentioned in Maulana Muhammad Ali’s book, 'Split in the Ahmadiyya Movement'.

For example, after Jesus (pbuh) left the greater part of Judea where he had been preaching the Gospel, later came about a conflict with James ("The Righteous"), the brother of Jesus (pbuh) and Paul of whom was to head the Church of Jerusalem. Paul eventually won over, and the true Christians (Nazarenes, Ebonite’s) died out. Just as Jesus claimed to be the son of God in the figurative sense, so too did the Promised Messiah claim to be a prophet of God in that sense only, but certain followers such as Paul (a major player) elevated the status of Jesus (pbuh) from a figurative son of God, to that of a literal son of God. In the same way, the Qadian Jamaat has raised the status of the Promised Messiah to a literal Prophet of God, particularly through Mirza Mahmud Ahmad. So we see the parallels: Mirza Mahmud Ahmad with Paul, and Maulana Muhammad Ali with James "The Righteous", brother of Jesus.

If we look to the Gospels contained within the NT [New Testament], we see that the Jews accused Jesus (pbuh) of making himself God:

"Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my {Father} for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee {not} but for {blasphemy} and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God." John 10:31-33

Jesus (pbuh) refuted their false notions:

"He answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be {broken} Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou {blasphemest} because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not." John 10:34-37

Thus Jesus (pbuh) explained that he was merely using 'son of God' as those that used that title for themselves in previous scriptures. He was obviously using that term in the figurative sense, and never literally.

Yet today, Christians believe Jesus (pbuh) to have claimed to have been the literal son of God, even though in the writings attributed to Jesus (pbuh), as above, he clearly denies being such, and not only that, the enemies of Jesus (pbuh) too even today, such as the Jews, still believe he actually did utter blasphemy by claiming to be the literal son of God, since the majority of Christians today portray him as such.

Now I find this quite interesting especially when we look at the case of the followers of Ahmadiyya today. Today, the enemies of Ahmadiyya are under the wrong impression that the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, laid claim to literal prophethood. (Enemies of Jesus are under the wrong impression that he claimed to be a literal son of God). Time and time again, he denies this in his writings, yet, false propaganda has been spread through the Qadian Jamaat and thus the staunch enemies of Ahmadiyyat have come to the conclusion he laid claim to literal prophethood. (Christians spread false information about the claims of Jesus). This is not to say many had not come to that conclusion in the lifetime of the Promised Messiah, because they did, but that was due to them not carefully studying his writings, just as the Jews were quick to judge and not taking the time to understand what Jesus (pbuh) was saying.

And thus I have come to the conclusion that the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement is truly following the teachings of the Promised Messiah, and so now I can say with full confidence that I have indeed found the truth I have been looking for. And I shall forever remain a student in search for the deeper beauty and aspects of Islam Insha-Allah.

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