Muslim ‘heretics’ launch anti-extremism campaign
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community, one of Britain’s oldest Muslim groups, today launched a campaign to counter extremist rhetoric and literally drive home a message of peace in the form of 100 buses carrying the message that Muslims abhor extremism.
But there’s a problem: “true” Muslims regard the Ahmadis as heretics – “pretend” Muslims and “subversives” who “operate outside the fold of Islam” and they are likely to treat the campaign with contempt.
According to this online exhortation to “shun” and even persecute the sect:
The Ahmadiyya Movement and its followers (ahmadis) continue to pretend to be Muslim and the Champions of Islam, who are admired by the Westerners for their moderate views. The reason for their obstinacy is quite obvious. They are the fifth columnists amongst the Muslims and their so-called islamic identity provide a cover for their clandestine activities while they continue to serve the interests of their masters.
The piece points out that:
Iqbal Sacranie, [then] Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, has a different take. ‘Whilst we fully accept the right of Ahmadiyyas to their own religion, it is clearly misleading to describe them as Muslims. They are outside the fold of Islam.
His views are endorsed by Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham, who said ‘Ahmadiyyas are not Muslims. Therefore calling the religious complex in Morden a mosque hurts the sentiments of those who believe in Mohammed, the last prophet of Islam, peace be upon him.’
And it add:
Qadianism was originally fostered by the British imperialism. Hence it has been flourishing under her flag. This movement has completely been disloyal to and dishonest in affairs of the Muslim Ummah. Rather, it has been loyal to Imperialism and Zionism. It has deep associations and cooperation with the anti Islamic forces and teachings … They must be declared non Muslims and ousted form the fold of Islam. And be barred to enter the Holy lands.
According to the press release issued today by the UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the anti-extremism campaign follows the Paris atrocity and adds to a multilevel strategy by anti-extremist Muslims to counter the rhetoric and ideology of terror.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the driving force behind the United Against Extremism campaign and is at the frontline of countering the barbaric ideology of ISIS and other extremists. From its inception in the 19th century, the community has espoused an ethos of Love for All, Hatred for None.
The London-based Caliph of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has repeatedly condemned extremist ideology and said in the aftermath of the Paris attacks that:
Under no circumstances can murder ever be justified and those who seek to justify their hateful acts in the name of Islam are serving only to defame it in the worse possible way.
Rafiq Hayat, National President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, added:
We stand united with all who oppose extremists because our strength stems from our unity. The campaign will send a clear message that IS has nothing to do with Islam and that extremism will never succeed.
The campaign that has featured a full-page advertisement in national press will also see the distribution of half a million leaflets across the UK to highlight Islam’s rejection of extremism and its emphasis on peace.
It has received wide support including from the Government’s Minister for Countering Extremism, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, who said:
We are an incredible, inclusive and progressive nation where the diversity of our communities is our strength. I pay tribute to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community who have shown that devotion to faith is the foundation to a selfless desire to serve humanity driven by a deep sense of loyalty to our nation.
At time of great human tragedy as we have seen recently with the terrorist atrocities in Paris, the Community has once again issued a resounding and resolute call of peace and unity against the dark forces of extremism which seek to divide us.
The Prime Minister has also praised the work of the community including its blood drives, charity work and efforts to reach out to all, saying that:
Britain can be proud of you. This is true faith in action.