Choosing the Caliph – The war within Islam

Choosing the Caliph – The war within Islam


I do not regard the Ahmadiyyas as Muslims”, says a female medical student emphatically to me, emphasizing that they are kaffirs and should not be regarded as Muslims at all. What shocks me is that it is a female student at the medical faculty of Copenhagen University who says this in September 2014. Our conversation just happened to have got diverted, and when I got to know she was a Muslim, I told her in simple enthusiasm that I had just returned from London after having attended the second-largest convention of Muslims on the globe, arranged by Ahmadiyyas. When I asked her why she does not believe that Ahmediyyas are Muslims, she says, “It is simple, I am a follower of the Wahhab faith”.

Wherever you go, you are confronted with this ongoing war within Islam. Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi is claiming to be Khalifa, steering one version of Islam, the so-called ISIS or daish. This is the Wahhabist version. Baghdadi is spreading the reign of fear in the Middle East after having conquered a vast region of Iraq and Syria. There is very little choice for the inhabitants of the Islamic State. Follow the Salafist, Wahhabist version of Islam or die. Baghdadi and his followers believe that other Muslims, like the Shia followers, or other streams of Islam that respect saints, or Sufism, or those who worship idols, are practicing “bida”. Bida is forbidden by God and hence they can be executed, beheaded or killed. The world now knows that two American journalists have been beheaded by followers of this particular version of Islam.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad addresses Karben Mosque foundation layingTo the Salafists and Wahhabists the period in which the Prophet Mohammed lived in Medina is holy. And no deviation from what they consider the true faith is tolerated. On the contrary, it is sanctioned with death punishment and confiscation of property. Therefore it is legitimate to rob banks, etc.

There is another Khalifa, whose teachings were made public in 1889. He is the promised Messiah and founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, which has now spread to more than 200 countries in the world. This version of Islam was born in India, started by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian. Therefore his followers are also sometimes known as Qadianis. They believe that Lord Krishna was also a prophet and that Jesus had been in India. They democratically elect a Khalifa, whom they now call their huzoor – the beloved. Huzoor or Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who is their present Khalifa, has millions of followers around the world, a community of highly educated doctors and engineers. While attending their annual international gathering in London, I was surprised by the educational titles of those serving food. One of them was an aeronautical engineer, but it is doing service – khidmad, as they say in Urdu, which is of primary importance. All are equal in the eyes of Allah, they believe.

It is a well-known fact that Ahmediyyas are one of the most persecuted groups, who are subject to violence and exclusion in many Islamic countries, despite the fact that the first Nobel prize in the world won by a Muslim went to an Ahmaidiyya follower, Abdus Salam. Ahmediyyas are constantly persecuted, they are subjected to discrimination and not even allowed to vote in Pakistan. The level of threat on their Khalifa is so immense that he is constantly surrounded by body guards. It was a privilege to meet Huzoor Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who speaks wonderful Urdu/Hindi, and who told me to come and visit him again when all those 33,000 guests had gone and there was less rush. It was amazing to dine with a Kalifa. The person who sat next to Huzoor was Prakash Ramdhar, a Hindu, the Minister of Legal Affairs in the government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tabago. This is tolerance and compassion. A unique experience for me to dine facing a Muslim Khalifa sitting and dining with a Hindu.


The Ahmadiyyas’ motto is: Love for all, hatred for none. This is another version of Islam. There is one Khalifa, Abu-Bakr Baghdadi, who has taught that people like me are kaffirs who should be killed and punished, and there is another Khalifa who says that I should come and meet him.

I offered my first Namaz-Muslim prayer in my life, with my heart, with thousands of others, where Huzoor was leading the prayer.

We now see this clash within Islam, where one version preaches love and acceptance of others, and another version preaches beheading and butchering of those who are different. The Muslims in the world will have to choose what kind of Khalifa deserves their honour and respect.

No, Samuel Hungtington was not entirely correct in his prediction. We are not witnessing the clash between civilizations. We are witnessing a clash within Islam, or call it a clash within civilizations. What is your take on it?



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11 thoughts on “Choosing the Caliph – The war within Islam

  1. Use your mind and read the Qur’an. Everyone who considers himself a Muslim is a Muslim. To differ with in the interpretation of the fundamentals of Islam doesn’t make anyone a Kafir. The first indulging in Takfir were Khawarij (first sect in Islam), so be aware don’t be like them. Wassalaam

  2. Abdul Rashid Abdul Kadir Bin-Salih · Edit

    I just wanted to ask a simple question “WHO IS A MUSLIM” if that question is answered correctly then the claims made by Muslim brother the Sunni or Shia or even Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi and ISIS saying that Ahmadis are not Muslim and is either here nor there. they have no rights to call people kaffris,plus in the Quran says there is NO “compulsion in religion” and also say in the holy Quran that taking another mans life is a great sin and that person will not make heaven. I stand to be corrected, if so we can say out right who a kaffri is. May Allah protect as from evil that will come our way.

  3. Abd ur-Raheem Al-Amreekee · Edit

    I have suspicions that the ‘female medical student’ may not be entirely genuine. Anyone who studies from the writings of Abdul-Wahab would be familiar with the prohibition against attaching one’s self to a figure of notoriety in such a way or clinging to sectarianism of any sort. I’ve never experienced someone describing themselves as a ‘follower of the Wahab faith.

    Even so, the Ahmaddiya are truthfully not Muslims just as the woman is quoted as having said. The ruling on them from any school of thought in the Muslim world, whether Sunni or Shia, is that they are disbelievers and apostates. They openly collude with disbelieving governments, pledge obedience to them and exhibit love for them. Most importantly, they take Ghulam Ahmad as a lord besides God. This liar permits for them that which God forbids and he forbids for them that which God permits. Until the Ahmaddiya disavow Ghulam Ahmad and his teachings they will be disbelievers and there can be no doubt that in the Hereafter their destination will be nowhere but the Fire.

    1. You have to really read our Holy Book, the Qur’an and please explain your derogatory statements that you’ve made above regarding who is a Muslim and who is not.

      Nowhere does our religion tell us to sit in judgment of anybody regarding their faith. That is entirely Allah’s domain. A mere human has and is not capable of deciding who is and who is not a believer.

      I would suggest that you learn what Islam actually says and then make offensive statements like the above. Learn how and why the so-called ‘ulema’ all over the world are calling us, Ahamdis non-muslims, etc…..

      Don’t just repeat what others say and write and close your own brains and thoughts. I was a Shia Muslim before I became an Ahmadi. I read and compared what others said and what I saw, read and heard before I became one. And one of the most interesting things was that, I found all the propaganda that I’d been told and read re Ahmadiyyat was total falsehood which raised the question in my mind as to why anybody would do that and the answers were very interesting and enlightening.

      Therefore, I would really like you to use your own judgement as well as pray for right guidance before you make up your mind. Remember that you alone are answerable to Allah – no one else…

    2. Abd ur-Raheem Al-Amreekee · Edit

      Throughout the Quran, Allah makes a very clear distinction between who believes and who does not and what the characteristics of each group are and how to identify them. This is imperative because Allah commands us to treat the believers and the disbelievers differently.

      When a people follow a false prophet and a liar, like Ghulam Ahmad, then they are considered disbelievers and/or apostates. Proclaiming that someone after the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ received revelation is disbelief which makes those who do it disbelievers.

    3. It is not correct that Ahmadis take Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a lord beside God. In fact they consider him the Messiah promised to the Muslim Ummah. He is a Muslim, follower of Prophet Muhammad (sas) and ordained by Allah to continue the mission of Prophet Muhammad (sas) in this age. Mr Abd ur Rahman should read a book actually written by Mirza Ghulam Muhammad and try not to be an internet scholar of Islam. On internet the opponents of Ahmadis have written false information.

    4. Abd ur-Raheem Al-Amreekee · Edit

      Allah states that Jesus Christ the son of Mary is the Messiah. Ghulam Ahmad is a liar. The Prophet ﷺ stated that he, Muhammad ibn Abdullah, ﷺ is the final messenger and that no one will come after his death who communicates with or receives revelation from Allah.

    5. Mr Abd ur Raheem Al Amreekee with all due respect where have you read that we Ahmaddiya muslims regard Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a lord besides Allah. If you can refer even one teaching of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a lord besides Allah I will be the first one to leave the Ahmaddiya Faith. Please do not spread false accusations and forward what you have heard from others. Investigate for your self of what we believe in and what we preach. Calling someone a muslim or non muslim is not the duty of a mortal. This is solely a judgement saved for the only lord there is Our Allah. Do not spread false accusations.

    6. Abd ur-Raheem Al-Amreekee · Edit

      Did Ghulam Ahmad command that the verses of jihad are abrogated and that there is no longer any physical fighting?

    7. It’s not TRUE. I’n an Ahmadi Muslim and I believe in all the fundamentals in Islam. And I read many books of the Promised Messiah (as) and he was a perfect Muslim, elhamdoullilah.