The Ahmaddiyya are a fiercely proselytising sect of Islam, Â which is prosecuted throughout the Muslim world, because some of their Â worship is partly directed towards a certainÂ Â Mirza Ghulam AhmadÂ (1835–1908) It seems that their idea of jihad is based on da’wa and less violence. Righteous sunni muslims despise them, Â because Qur’an:8:67 says “It is not fitting for any prophet to have prisoners until he has made a great slaughter in the land.”
In order to win converts (‘reverts” in Islam speak) they resort to the most outrageous lies:
We’d been invited to hear the truth of the prophet Muhammad, to counter an image and an ideal painted through last fall’s biliousÂ Innocence of Muslims. And now, after the presentation — on Muhammad’s integration of women, on his emancipation of slaves — the dialogue had begun:
“You need to understand: People have used stories to fit Middle Age ideas,” the imam began. This wasn’t Islam. This wasn’t the prophet’s path. Christians and Jews had settled Arabic lands, lying placidly alongside Muhammad’s nascent religion. As Muhammad’s life passed, as his cave-bound messages with Allah continued, Muhammad forewent slaughter for prayer. He purveyed an Abrahamic understanding. Spates of his current followers have mangled an original message.
“This is the original idea,” the imam said. “Peace.” Love for all, he noted. Hatred for none.
And that was the point of this conference: toÂ share notions of peace that remain at the heart of Ahmadi, of Muslim, followers. To begin this dialogue that’s been so corrupted by a handful of bestial YouTube clips and demagogic messaging from Michele Bachmann and Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich. To point to an underlying unity that ties faithful and transcendent alike.
“We want to publicize the fact that Muhammad was a peace-loving individual — that he wasn’t a womanizer, that he didn’t love war,” said Dr. Amir Malik, president of the local Ahmadiyya community.
Â Sometimes you can’t puke enough.
A stick-wielding protestor shouts slogans in front of a burning Peshawar cinema during a rally to mark Yaum-i-Ishq-e-Rasool (Day of Love)Â