In today’s religious world, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat plays a unique role.
Founded in India in 1889, with its tens of millions of members in more than 204 countries, it is the largest organized Muslim community in the world. Nevertheless, it is a minority in the individual Islamic states. At the same time, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, funded solely by donations from its members, is the fastest growing Islamic reform movement of our time. Its headquarters are currently in London, United Kingdom.
It is the only Islamic movement that has been run by a purely spiritual Khilafat for more than 100 years. The Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (may Allah be his helper), is thus the world’s most important Muslim leader.
Chaired by her caliph, who is elected democratically, she advocates the original values of Islam:
Compassion towards all people, absolute justice, equality of woman and man, separation of religion and state, termination of violent actions in the name of religion, and human rights as defined in the Koran.
Due to its contemporary interpretation of Islam, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is branded as heretics by many Orthodox Muslims and persecuted in almost all Islamic countries. The Muslim clerics see in her the greatest threat to their existing power structures, so that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat today is the most persecuted Islamic community in the world.
In contrast, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is committed to the freedom of faith, because the Holy Quran says:
“It should not be a compulsion in faith!” (2: 257)
The motto propagated worldwide by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is:
“Love for All, Hatred for None” – “Love for All, Hate for None!”
Representation of true Islam
Islam and Ahmadiyya are synonyms, one and the same. Thus, it is not a split within Islam, but rather represents the renaissance of actual Islam.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is an Islamic Reformal Church of purely spiritual character . For them, Islam basically teaches two things: finding the way to God and serving His creation.
Another major concern is to purify contemporary Islam of superstition and error, and to teach people that exclusively peace-loving and tolerant Islam taught and practiced at the time of the founder of the religion, Muhammad (saw).
The teaching of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is based – as with all other Muslims – on the Holy Quran, the Sunnah (practice of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)) and the Hadith (traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)).
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat sees the Koran as the Word of God guiding and guiding the people, and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) as the perfect embodiment of the Islamic teachings whose example (Sunnah) every Muslim should emulate. The hadiths are a source of guidance and are to be followed unless they contradict the Koran and the Sunnah.
Furthermore, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat holds immutably to the five pillars of Islam:
testimony that no one is worshipable except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (Shahada or Kalima), the daily prayers (Salaat), fasting in the month of Ramadan (hem ), the poor tax (Zakaat) and the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj). (Bukhari)
The same applies to the six Articles of Faith of Islam:
Faith in Allah, Faith in the Angels of Allah, Faith in the Books revealed by Allah, Faith in the Messengers of Allah, Faith in the Last Day, Faith in the foreknowledge of Allah and a life after the death.
Further, faith in the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) as Khatam un Nabiyyin (seal of the prophets) and in the Holy Quran as the last lawful book is a firm constituent of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.
The 10 Conditions of the Baiat (Loyalty Vow)
Baiat is a pledge of allegiance to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. This vow is taken by the hand of the khalif of the time. In addition, a written confirmation will be signed, in which one agrees to comply with the following ten conditions as a future member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat:
I. The Bai’at Servant should earnestly promise that he / she will abstain from the shirk (equality of another being with God) until the moment he / she descends to the grave;
II. That he / she will stay away from lies, fornication, adultery, the extinction of the eyes and all sorts of immorality and immorality, wrongdoing, embezzlement, restlessness and rebellion; and that he / she will not allow himself to be carried away by excitement, however strong;
III. That he / she will regularly offer the five daily prayers in accordance with the commandments of God and those of the Holy Prophetsa; and that he / she will do his / her best to regularly offer Tahajjud (additional night prayer between midnight and dawn) and to speak blessings for the Holy Prophetsa; that he / she will make it a daily habit to ask forgiveness for his / her sins; and that, in deepest love, he / she will remember every day the benefits of God and praise and glorify Him;
IV. That he / she will not be tempted by the passions of his / her own ego to do any harm to the creatures of Allah in general and the Muslims in particular – be it by his / her tongue, his / her hand, or any different way;
V. That he / she will remain faithful to God in all circumstances of life, in sorrows and in joys, in misfortunes and well-being, in graces and hard trials; and that he / she will abide by the counsel of Allah in all circumstances, and be prepared to stand courageously against all sorts of insults and sufferings in His way, and that he / she will never turn away from this way, be the intensity of any calamity so violently; on the contrary, he / she will move forward;
VI. That he / she will give up (non-Islamic) customs and the pursuit of his / her lesser desires, and that he / she will fully submit to the authority of the Holy Quran, and that he / she will speak the word of God and the sayings of the saint Prophetsa will become the defining principles on every step of his / her life;
VII. That he / she will give up all pride and vanity and spend his / her whole life in modesty, humility, kindness, gentleness and contentment;
VIII. That he / she will find the faith, the esteem of the faith, and the cause of Islam more precious to themselves than their own lives, their own wealth, their own reputation, their own children, and all other lovable things;
IX. That he / she will devote himself to the service of Allah’s creatures only for the sake of Allah; and that he / she will seek to benefit mankind according to the best of his / her abilities and powers given him by God;
X. That he / she will enter into the covenant of fraternity with this humble one only for the sake of Allah with the promise of obedience in all good and pledge to remain faithful to this covenant until the day of his / her death; and that he / she will engage in such devotion to the observance of this covenant as is not found in worldly relationships and relationships and any kind of subordinate positions.
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