101 Book Collection by an anti-Ahmadiyya Organization

The Light (UK), February 2007 Issue (pp. 3–4)

A friend from the U.S.A. has drawn our attention to a website khatm-e-nubuwwat.org representing an anti-Ahmadiyya organization, called, as usual, a Khatm-i-Nubuwwat (Finality of Prophet) Movement. This website provides online access to a library of 101 books against the Ahmadiyya Movement. The authors of these books are well-known opponents of the Ahmadiyya Movement from the Indian subcontinent over the past hundred years. What we wish to note here about these authors is that some of them have also written books against other authors in the same list, condemning them as holding un-Islamic beliefs, so much so that they accuse them of being no better than Ahmadis!

Among these books are some by Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Ludhianvi and one book by the famous Maulana Syed Abul Ala Maudoodi. Now it so happens that the same Maulana Yusuf Ludhianvi has also written a book about differences between various Muslim sects entitled Ikhtilaf-i Ummat aur Sirat-i Mustaqim (‘Differences among Muslims and the Right Path’). In this book he has devoted sixty pages to denouncing the religious beliefs of Maulana Maudoodi.

Before that, right at the beginning of his book, Maulana Yusuf Ludhianvi discusses three main beliefs of Shia Muslims and concludes:

“A consideration of just these three doctrines shows that the Shia creed has no connection with Islam.” (p. 21)

Having condemned the Shia creed as having no connection with Islam, he moves on to those Muslims of the Indian subcontinent who practise various “innovations” that have been introduced into Islam. Maulana Yusuf Ludhianvi writes that such Muslims have been misled by the devil. How the devil misleads them is described by him as follows:

“Satan knows so many [false] arguments by which he can prove the lawful to be unlawful, and the wrong to be right, that even Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian and his followers would regard him as a master of this.” (p. 102)

So, says the Maulana, the innovation-practising Muslims, who in fact constitute the majority of Muslims in India and Pakistan, are following the devil who is a far greater master of the art of misguiding people than Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was! Therefore, in Maulana Yusuf Ludhianvi’s view, those Muslims must be much more misguided than we Ahmadis are.

As to his sixty pages in refutation of Maulana Maudoodi (pp. 122–183), he quotes from the latter’s writings to show that Maudoodi has insulted and made derogatory remarks about:

  1. prophets of Allah such as Moses,
  2. wives of the Holy Prophet Muhammad,
  3. companions of the Holy Prophet, and
  4. renowned figures in later Islamic religious history, such as commentators of the Quran, founders of Islamic jurisprudence and other scholars and saints including mujaddids.

He reaches the following conclusion:

“If Maulana Maudoodi’s story is accepted, then this Umma does not remain the best of nations but becomes the worst of nations … Anyone who believes in the permanence of Islam, and the binding teachings of the Quran and Sunna, and the truth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, cannot for a moment believe in this confused thinking of Maulana Maudoodi.” (p. 142)

Maulana Yusuf Ludhianvi’s most interesting observation comes when he brackets Maulana Maudoodi with Ahmadis and with another movement regarded by him as false, that of G.A. Pervaiz of Lahore. He writes:

“Pervaiz claims that all his views are based on the Quran and Sunna, and the Qadiani umma claims that whatever they say is based on the Quran and Sunna. Exactly the same is the claim of Maulana Maudoodi, that he takes everything directly from the Quran and Sunna. … By what criterion can we judge that Maulana Maudoodi’s views are correct but those of Pervaiz or the Qadianis are wrong? That criterion and standard is the understanding of the Quran and Sunna expounded by the great leaders in Islamic history, which is right. Whatever goes against this is wrong. As opposed to this, the Qadianis, Pervaiz and Maulana Maudoodi himself do not accept this standard; in fact, they want to break it and in understanding the religion they do not want to be indebted to anyone else from the past or present. … This is the basic point on which I differ with Maulana Maudoodi.” (p. 156–157)

Thus, Maulana Yusuf Ludhianvi believes that Maulana Maudoodi’s interpretations of Islam have no more validity than the Ahmadiyya interpretations. To conclude, we say that no value whatsoever can be attached to these authors’ 101 books against the Ahmadiyya Movement, when these same writers are also denouncing various other Muslims as being far removed from Islam and following the devil; and moreover, some of them are accusing their fellow anti-Ahmadiyya Ulama of being no better than Ahmadis and in fact of being worse!