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The Numbers Conflict

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

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Evidence of Conflicting Numbers Claims
  3. Discussion
  4. A New Motto: ‘Truth for All, Lies for None’
  5. Conclusion

[1] Introduction:


One of the conflicts in the ahmadiyya muslim community at the present time (this article was initially composed around 2017) is that different senior official representatives of the administration or nizam of the ahmadiyya community 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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Existence of God

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

It is acknowledged by many philosophers and others, atheists and theists, that one cannot prove or disprove the existence of God by means of logical arguments. In this context, the Promised Messiah a.s. has written that the most logical arguments can do is reach the conclusion that there ought to be a God. It is by means of divine revelation that one becomes certain that He is i.e. He does exist.

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Learning Islam

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

The credo of Islam is:

لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله

Transliteration: Laa Ilaaha ilallaah Muhammadur Rasulullaah.

English Translation: “There is none worthy of worship except Allaah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah.”

Learning about Islam and then putting it into practice it is the most fruitful journey in one’s life. I share below a few links to useful books to read when one commences this blessed journey.

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Sources of Islam

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

There are three sources of the religion of Islam, and these, in order of relative importance, are:

[1] The Holy Qur’an, the literal preserved Word of Allah Ta’aala.

[2] The Sunnah, i.e. practices of the Holy Prophet Muhammad s.a.

[3] The Ahadith, which are the reported sayings and doings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad s.a.

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