Women’s Rights

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful

The State of Muslim Womens Rights:

Some male muslim leaders, scholars, and others become defensive when the teachings of Islam on women’s rights are questioned, and respond by saying that Islam gives ‘similar’ or ‘equal rights’ to women, comparable to men. They cite the case of Aisha r.a., wife of the Prophet Muhammad s.a., as an erudite Muslimah Scholar whom the male Companions (Sahaaba) r.a. of the Holy Prophet Muhammad s.a. used to consult for insight and guidance on religious matters, as per the following hadith (report):

Abū Musa r.a. narrated: Never was a hadith unclear to us, the Companions r.a. of the Messenger of Allah s.a., and we asked ‘Aishah a.s., except that we found knowledge concerning it with her.” (Tirmidhi, Vol. 1, Book 46, Hadith 3883)

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Womens Rights Arabic

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

حالة حقوق المرأة المسلمة:

يتحول بعض القادة والعلماء المسلمين من الذكور إلى موقف دفاعي عندما يتم التشكيك في تعاليم الإسلام بشأن حقوق المرأة ، ويردون بالقول إن الإسلام يمنح المرأة “حقوقًا مماثلة” أو “حقوقًا متساوية” مقارنة بالرجل. ويستشهدون بحالة عائشة رضي الله عنها ، زوجة النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم ، بصفتها عالمة مسلمة مثقفة كان الصحابة الذكور رضي الله عنها. الرسول الكريم محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم تستخدم للتشاور والتوجيه في الأمور الدينية ، وفقًا للحديث التالي (التقرير):

روى ابو موسى: لم يغب عننا حديث عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ، الا وسألنا عائشة رضي الله عنها ، إلا وجدنا معها العلم به. (الترمذي ، المجلد 1 ، الكتاب 46 ​​، الحديث 3883)

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Taqwa or Piety

The Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi a.s. frequently spoke and wrote on the subject of Taqwa, which is often translated into English as righteousness or piety.

He a.s. also raises the issue of Taqwa in his booklet ‘Al Wasiyyat’ (The Will), the subject matter of which may be described as being the various forms of death (whether physical, moral or spiritual) and subsequent life. He a.s. writes:

“God addressed me and told me that Taqwa is a tree such as should be planted in the heart. The very water which nourishes Taqwa is the water which irrigates the whole garden. Taqwa is a root such that if it does not exist every thing becomes meaningless; and if it remains intact then nothing is lost.” [The Will, p. 10]

We should keep this in mind if and when we witness a decline in spirituality in the Ahmadiyya Jama’at, when conflicts between members abound, with some wronging others, divorce increasing, and important principles such as truthfulness and mutual love and kindness are being neglected, whilst unconditional obedience to and respect for those in authority, and ‘blind faith’ in them, despite them violating the principles in the Qur’an and Sunnah, is emphasised beyond measure.

Allah the Exalted states in the Holy Qur’an:

[Q. 49:14] “O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you into tribes and sub-tribes that you may recognise one another. Verily, the most honourable among you, in the sight of Allah, is the one who is the most righteous among you. Surely, Allah is All-knowing, All-Aware.

Thus it is neither one’s gender nor race which is the source of true honour in the eyes of God, nor can it be so in the eyes of true believers. Rather, it is taqwa (piety) which makes a person worthy of honour.

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Right-hand Possessions

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful

This issue has acquired importance in our time due to the recent extreme human rights violations perpetrated by the terrorist organisation known as ISIS or ‘Daesh’.

My assessment is that this is a result of the false labelling of hadith collections as ‘sahih’, apparently due to the lack of proper and intensive study of the Qur’an by the likes of Bukhari and Muslim, for there is a significant amount of doubtful and criminal reports in their compilations, and which have been accepted uncritically over the centuries, and in so doing, verses of the Noble Qur’an were misinterpreted under the influence of such false reports, with subsequent generations of Muslims accepting them out of regard or reverence for their predecessor male scholars.

These male scholars were either biased against women in some way, or at least did not perceive their biases and those of their predecessors, and who both compiled and canonised hadith compilations including those Ahadith which are misogynistic, as well as issued the interpretations of Qur’an, Ahadith and Sira literature, with at times, little regard for the rights and feelings of women, and with little to no input from Muslim women scholars over the centuries. So, let us now analyse this issue with an unbiased and critical mind.

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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, ever Merciful.

There is much emphasis in the Pakistani, and some other cultures, on respect for and obedience to parents, husbands, elders, teachers, leaders etc. However, to what extent is this so in Islamic teachings? My study has shown that this is not the case in the teachings of Al-Islam. For instance, I am yet to see any command from Allah s.w.t. in the Qur’an to wives to obey their husbands, or an order to children to obey their parents. In this article, I examine what Allah s.w.t. and His Noble Messenger s.a. have taught us in this regards.

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The Numbers Conflict

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful

One conflict at the present time is that different senior official representatives of the administration or nizam of the Jama’at have been making disparate claims about the number of members for over a decade, as evident from the links provided in the ‘Evidence’ section below.

Please keep in mind the following admonition of Hadhrat Masih al Ma’oud a.s. prior to studying the data below:

“When a doctrine becomes old, and a person has believed it for a long time, it becomes very difficult for him to desert it. He cannot tolerate hearing against it. Rather, on hearing the opposite, he becomes furious, and is even prepared to seek the blood of the opponent, because the old habit becomes part of his temperament.” [Malfoozat Vol 3, p. 538, 1 Aug 1904]

“The fact of the matter is this, that unless a person ponders over any subject, and does so with an open mind, and without prejudice, paying attention to all aspects, and does not listen/read attentively, he can’t desert the old belief. When a person hears something new to him, he should not immediately jump up to oppose it. Instead, it is his obligation to ponder over all it’s aspects, and think over it in solitude, judiciously, honestly, and above all, fearing the Almighty.” [Malfoozat, Vol. 2, p. 355, 31 August 1901]

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Prophecies of Decline and Reform in Ahmadiyyat

There are several prophecies in Ahmadiyya Jama’at/Community literature which are either not (made) known to a large number of members, and/or which are overlooked and not interpreted correctly.

I will mention some of these prophecies below. I have translated some of them from Urdu to English myself, and as my Urdu is not even as good as my English, I may have to amend some of the translation later on. One may come across new previously unheard of information when studying these prophecies, and become impatient with my interpretations, but if that happens, please keep this verse in mind:

[Q. 18:68,69] “He said, ‘You can not keep company with me in patience. And how can you be patient about things the knowledge of which you do not comprehend?’”

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Freedom of Speech

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, ever  Merciful.

True Islam upholds freedom of belief and speech. However, many muslims, sunnis as well as shi’ites, advocate legal punishment for blasphemy. In this article, we shall carefully examine what the Holy Qur’an teaches us in this regard.

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Prophecies and True Dreams

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful.

Dreams may be classified into three categories:

  1. Reflective
  2. Satanic (or Diabolical)
  3. Divine (or True)

The reflective dreams are those in which a persons own thoughts take on a physical shape. The satanic dreams are those which embody evil and sensual desires. The divine or true dreams are those which God Almighty shows to a person to convey to him/her some knowledge of the unseen (future or past).

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