News about our Websites

by Dr. Zahid Aziz

The Light & Islamic Review (US), November/December 1997 Issue (Vol. 74, No. 6, pp. 10–11)

We have now registered a new www url (the address used to access a website) which is as follows:

http://www.muslim.org

Like other organizations, we wanted to have an address which reflected our identity. Addresses containing obvious words, such as ‘islam.org’, had already been taken by other societies. But curiously, ‘muslim.org’ was not in use by anyone, and so we made haste to register it for ourselves.

Besides now having a meaningful and memorable address, the Website is under expansion all the time. We have now started making our published books available online. So far placed on the Website are: the first chapter of the Living Thoughts of the Prophet Muhammad by Maulana Muhammad Ali, which consists of a life-sketch of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, Introduction to Islam by myself, and Islam, My Only Choice by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din. Translations of books by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad will also shortly begin to appear on the Website, starting with A brief sketch of my life.

We have already, for some time past, had a selection of articles from The Light on the Website. Now we are hoping to be able to provide each complete issue of The Light on the Website at the same time as it is published on paper, possibly starting with this very issue.

Another Lahore Ahmadiyya Website has been created by Mr. Tariq Ahmad of Washington, U.S.A. This is devoted to clearing up misconceptions about the claims of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, whether prevailing among the general Muslims or among the Qadianis. It largely consists of the various sections of Evidence from the book The Ahmadiyya Case. In addition to this, the booklet Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad has also been made available online on this site, consisting of: the original Urdu text in scanned image form, its English translation, and accompanying explanatory notes (the translation and notes having been prepared by me).

Mr. Tariq Ahmad’s www site has the url:

http://tariq.bitshop.com/misconceptions

and it can also be accessed from the home page of our muslim.org site.

We may also report here that Mr. Svend Akram White is at present very actively representing the Lahore Ahmadiyya viewpoint in discussions on the Internet newsgroups relating to Islam.

Readers may recall that last year a venerable Qadiani missionary gentleman, Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad of McLean, Virginia, wrote to The Light (see May–June 1996, pp. 14–15, and September–October 1996, pp. 13–14), proposing that the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement publish the booklet Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala and add a note on it to the effect that the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement holds the same belief about Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as set out by him in that booklet. So let the Sheikh sahib be informed that we have now published this booklet on one of our www sites. The accompanying notes, mentioned above, consist mainly of extracts from other works by Hazrat Mirza. Wherever in this booklet he refers to some concept and belief, we have in the notes quoted extracts from his other writings where that same concept or belief has been explained by him (proving that he is not claiming to be a prophet). We hope the Sheikh sahib and his Jamaat believe in all the extracts from Hazrat Mirza that we have quoted in our notes.

What is more, we have also explained in a short preface, in the words of the Qadiani leader Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad, what exactly is the Qadiani belief regarding this booklet Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala. And this is that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, having become the Promised Messiah in 1891, did not know what makes a man into a prophet, and therefore, while being a prophet he did not consider or call himself a prophet; indeed he denied being a prophet. This state of affairs, according to the Qadiani belief, lasted for some ten years. In the year 1901, they assert, he discovered the right definition of ‘prophet’, and realized that he had been a prophet all along, and so he wrote Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala to announce that he was a prophet. As Mirza Mahmud Ahmad wrote in his book Haqiqat an-Nubuwwat, published in March 1915:

“The issue of prophethood became clear to him in 1900 or 1901, and as Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala was published in 1901, in which he has proclaimed his prophethood most forcefully, it shows that he made a change in his belief in 1901. ¼ It is proved that the references dating prior to the year 1901 in which he has denied being a prophet, are now abrogated and it is an error to use them as evidence.” — p. 121.

We hope therefore that Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad and the Qadianis will agree that, just as they want us to publish the statement that we believe in what Hazrat Mirza has written in Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala, they will also publish exactly what they themselves believe about this booklet, which we have explained above. So, can we expect that when the Qadianis print future editions of this booklet, they will add a note saying that:

“wherever in his previous writings of the last ten years Hazrat Mirza has denied being a prophet, he made those denials by mistake because, although he was a prophet, he mistakenly believed that he was not a prophet. Now by publishing this booklet he is correcting his former wrong belief.”

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