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The Greatest Tyrannies Are Always Perpetrated In The Name Of The Noblest Causes

By Nauman A Hadi
Published on March 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm

I have never been able to understand the die-hard attitude of those who believe they can say whatever they like without fear of reprimand or sanction. Society would not be able to function without limits placed on actions—it is only sensible to extend those limits to words too, and of course, we most certainly do impose such limits on what you can say. You cannot, for instance, shout racial slurs, you cannot slander someone in public, and you cannot cause injury to protected minorities for all these greatly disturb the peace of any society. Is disorder, hatred, and deep grudges worth the right to cause offense?

I understand the passionate plea for freedom of speech; for most of our history—and in many parts of the world, the present—we have not given ourselves the freedom to speak our minds without fear of censorship. It is often those that are suppressed the hardest that spring back with the most force, however, the response to one extreme surely cannot be another extreme. Yes, saying anything that hits your tongue: however bare, unfiltered, crude, rude and provocative is an aspect of extremism. There is no other way to describe it. To cause anguish to millions by injuring their sentiments by way of words is not “freedom” and to impose, in order to protect the peace of a land, limits upon what can be said or written is not “backward” it’s just common sense. When did respecting that which others hold dear become the mark of a society who has not yet advanced into a mature civilisation?

It is for this reason that when I, along with almost everyone I know, saw the Charlie Hebdo front cover, I was horrified. The question isn’t what’s offensive about it, it’s where to begin! The cover of Charlie Hebdo depicts the Queen kneeling on the neck of the Duchess of Sussex (in a sick parody of George Floyd’s murder) with the words “Why did Meghan leave Buckingham? Because I could not breath” in bold next to the cartoon. Most people are outraged by this, and rightly so: it’s a step too far which cuts deep into issues that have torn entire countries down the middle.

When Charlie Hebdo published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammadsa the entire Muslim world was outraged. Most western politicians offered their solidarity to Charlie Hebdo as they believed it was “championing” freedom of speech—perhaps now people can comprehend how Muslim sensibilities were hurt. When vile depictions of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa had been published before, the head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih Vaba [Fifth Caliph of the Messiah], stated:

“We tell the world that any kind of vulgar expression about any sacred person of any religion does not constitute freedom in any way at all. You apparently champion democracy and freedom of expression, but play with the sentiments of others; this is neither democracy nor freedom of expression. Everything has a limit and some code of conduct. Just as there are codes of conduct in all professions, there is also a code of conduct in journalism. Just as no matter what kind of government there is, it has its rules and regulations. Freedom of expression certainly does not mean that sentiments are trifled with, or are caused to be hurt. If this is the freedom that the West is proud of, then this freedom does not lead to advancement, rather it leads to decline.”

The true issue at the heart of the so called satirical depictions in the journalism, if you can call it that, of Charlie Hebdo is causing such a rift in society which causes hatred to grow. Indeed, Islamic teachings are categorical on the matter of hurting the sentiments of others—the Holy Qur’an teaches Muslims to not insult the gods of others for it will lead to them returning such words and a cycle of animosity will begin. True freedom of speech and expression were enshrined in law to safeguard the rights of those who were oppressed; the objective was never for those who ridiculed for their own pleasure to go unchallenged.

Words do injure—injure in such a way that destroys the peace of a country. This is something that the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Promised Messiahas, foresaw and made many efforts to stop his countrymen abusing and insulting each other. In his view this would sow the seeds of discord for generations to come. In his book The British Government & Jihad, the Promised Messiahas explains the harm inflammatory language and publications are causing in aiding the spread of hostility, he then suggests:

“For an experimental period of a few years, every group should be strictly forbidden from using vicious language against other religions, be it explicit or implicit, in their writings or in their sermons. They should, however, be permitted to recount the virtues of their own faith. This will prevent the cultivation of new plants of hatred and as ancient tales fade away people will be inclined towards mutual love and reconciliation.”

Similarly in his grand writing on inter-faith harmony, the Promised Messiahas explains:

“O my dear countrymen, I have not expressed this view to offend you or to hurt your sensibilities in any way. But I do desire to submit, in all sincerity, that those who have made it their second nature to vilify the Prophets of other faiths and consider this unjustified behaviour to be a part of their faith commit an act of unwarranted interference in others’ affairs. They not only sin against God, but they are also guilty of sowing the seed of discord and enmity among mankind. Now answer me with hand on heart: if someone abuses another’s father or accuses another’s mother of unchaste conduct, will this not be tantamount to assailing the honour of his father himself? If anyone retaliates with similar abuses, will it not be appropriate to say that in reality the blame lies with the person who initiated it? In that case he himself would be the offender of his parents’ honour.”

These words were written over 100 years ago and they contain great truth. Those who ridicule others and hide behind the slogans of “championing freedom of speech and expression” are not the well-wishers of even their own people, for they sow the seed of animosity amongst their own neighbours.

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Kicking Off the Year – Khadim Style

The National Ijtema Sports day for Northern Regions is currently underway in Bradford at Dixons Allerton Academy, and the Khuddam and Atfal present here are thoroughly enjoying all the activities and sessions that are taking place.

Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK is holding this sports day on the instructions of Huzooraba after sports at the National Ijtema 2022 were cancelled due to the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a mark of respect. Huzooraba instructed the Majlis that the sports that were due to take place at the Ijtema should be organised as soon as possible for the benefit of all Khuddam and Atfal that missed out. Subsequently, it was decided for the Majlis to hold 2 sports days – one for the northern regions (taking place today) and another for the southern regions (date to be announced).

Registration started at 8am with Khuddam and Atfal arriving from all around the northern parts of the UK with breakfast served in the marquees set up onsite. The event started at 10am with an opening session chaired by the Nazime Ala Sahib Ijtema, Tariq Hayat Sahib. The plan for the day was announced by Mohtamim Sahib Sehate-Jismani, Abdur Rauf Lodhi Sahib.

Football and Cricket for Khuddam and Atfal took place in grass fields and netball courts. Tarbiyyat ‘Chit Chat Chai’ were held at the auditorium, alongside outdoor and indoor sports, on topics such as relationships, the key to paradise, and working hard or hardly working. The first talk covered a wide range of questions in relation to how Khuddam should approach the idea of getting married, how to decide on the type of spouse that they desire, the qualities they should look for and the attitude they adopt going into the process.

After Namaz-e-Zuhr and Ask a short Talqeen-e-Amal session took place which was on the topic of Namaz. This was followed by a continuation of sports. So far Khuddam and Atfal are finding this it to be a good opportunity to begin the year with an activity that binds the Majlis together in a spirit of brotherhood. The final session is due to take place after Maghrib Namaz, where winning teams will be given prizes by Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya. The Khuddam and Atfal attendance at the Sports Day is 780, Alhamdulillah.

 

Here is some of the feedback from the Khuddam on today’s event.

A Khadim form North West, Abdul Ghalib Sahib, said that “The event has been really good so far, I enjoyed coming together with Khuddam again after the sports were previously cancelled at the Ijtema due to the demise of the Queen”. Another khadim, Waheed Ahmad, said that “It was good that Majlis has found a window to hold such an important event of the Khuddam year”. Another khadim from Scotland said that “It is important for Ahmadi youth to come together, build a sense of togetherness and develop brotherhood.”

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Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V Inaugurates Islamabad Convenience Store

On the 1st of April 2022, after Asr Namaz, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) inaugurated the MKA Tuck Shop in Islamabad. Huzoor (aba) opened the Homeopathic Dispensary adjacent to the Tuck Shop before gracing the Khuddam store.  Huzoor (aba) unveiled a plaque and led everyone in silent prayer after which Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, Abdul Quddus Arif, Mohtamim Sanat-o-Tijarat, Umar Hassan, and Motamid Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, Nassar Bhatti, had the opportunity to show Huzoor (aba) the store and its wares.

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) unveils the plaque outside the Convenience Store.

 

Huzoor (aba) leading Silent Prayer after opening the Store.

 

Sadr Sahib MKA UK and Mohtamim Sanat-o-Tijarat have the blessed opportunity to present the Store to Huzoor (aba).

Huzoor (aba) graced Khuddam with his precious time and distributed sweets to children who had gathered outside.

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) graces Naib Mohtamim Isha’at, Mudabbir Din, with his attention.

Immediately after Huzoor (aba) stepped outside the store, Huzoor (aba) was informed by Sadr Sahib about the Khuddam present with Huzoor (aba) speaking to a few as well. All those who had gathered were greatly  moved by Huzoor’s presence.

This tuck shop will Insha’Allah serve as a small convenience store for the residents of Islamabad and visitors. The Homeopathy Dispensary has also opened alongside the MKA Tuck Shop.

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Wars will Stop when the World Turns to the Promised Messiah Says Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V

In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) once again reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for an end to the current crisis.

In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba once again reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for an end to the current crisis. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V stated:

Pray that Allah the Almighty grants both sides of the conflict proper understanding and they stop this murder of humanity. 

Huzooraba further commented that Muslims should learn from the unity that the West has displayed in condemning the war:

Muslims should learn from this war. The [West] has become united, yet Muslims, despite belonging to one creed, never unite. They had one country destroyed; Iraq was destroyed, Syria was destroyed, Yemen is being destroyed—they cause this destruction through outsiders and are doing it themselves too, instead of being united. At the very least the Muslims should learn, from the West, how to be united.

Huzoor reiterated his continuous message that there will only be peace in the world when the world accepts the Imam of the Age—the Promised Messiahas:

May Allah have mercy on these nations, the Muslim nations and on the Muslim Ummah. This can only happen however, when these people accept the Imam of the Age who has been sent for this very purpose.

May Allah grant them understanding, and where they [the Muslims] reform themselves may they also pray and use their means to stop the world from wars, rather than themselves become embroiled in them. 

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba has been warning of an impending world crisis for a long time and has travelled the world spreading the message of the Promised Messiahas.

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