Our Beliefs and Aims
The Islamic Review (UK), October/November 1988 Issue (Vol. 9, No. 1, p. 1)
The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore is an international Muslim association (founded 1914) dedicated to the presentation of Islam by literary and missionary means. It believes that the world today, both non-Muslim and Muslim, badly needs to receive the true, original message of Islam. This is the message contained in the Holy Quran and the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad — a message which is today hidden under misconceptions and wrong popular notions.
We strongly believe that the mission of Islam is to attract the hearts and mindsof mankind towards the truth, through rational arguments and the natural appeal of Islamic teachings. Islam does not seek political control over countries, nor does it use force to compel people to become Muslim or obey its teachings.
In this age, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (d. 1908), uncovered and stressed certain vital aspects of Islamic teachings which had been forgotten over the centuries. He reminded the world that Islam is:
International — God raised prophets in every nation, and Muslims believe in them all. Good people and truth may be found in any nation. No people are God’s favourite, not even Muslims, except those who do the most good.
Tolerant — Gives full freedom to everyone to hold and practise any belief or religion. Preaching to be by argument and example, not force. Muslims must also respect internal differences of opinion.
Rational — Religion to be studied in the light of reason and the ever-growing knowledge of mankind. Blind following disallowed and independence of thought granted.
Non-sectarian — Every person professing the words, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah,” must be regarded as a Muslim. No religious board empowered to hold inquisitions into a Muslim’s beliefs, or to expel self-professing Muslims from Islam.
Peaceful — Condemns all use of force except in unavoidable self-defence. Teaches Muslims to live peacefully under any rule which accords them freedom of religion.
Living — Worship is not a ritual, but provides living contact with a living God. God listens to man, answers his prayers, and speaks to His righteous servants even today as in the past.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a servant of Islam, with a mission to bring about the spiritual and intellectual triumph of the teachings of Islam over all forms of belief. He never claimed to be a prophet, but a God-sent Mujaddid (Renovator) within the long line of saints that arose in the history of Islam. He believed, and we believe, that after the Holy Prophet Muhammad — may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him — no prophet can arise, whether a new one or one from the past.