Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore
The Muslim Thinker, October/November/December 1989 Issue (Issue 1, p. 2)
The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore is an international Muslim association, founded in 1914, dedicated to the propagation of Islam. It presents the true, original message of Islam, as found in the Holy Quran and the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, a message obscured today by grave misconceptions.
We believe that Islam seeks to attract the hearts and minds of people towards the truth, by means of reasoning, persuasion and a display of its own inherent beauty. It condemns the use of coercion, force or political power to advance the faith.
Some Islamic teachings which we stress are as follows. Islam is:
- Peaceful: Only allows use of force in unavoidable self-defence; teaches Muslims to live peacefully under any rule which accords them freedom of religion.
- Tolerant: Gives full freedom to everyone to hold and practise any belief or religion.
- Rational: In all matters, it urges use of reason and the ever-growing knowledge of mankind; blind following is disallowed, and independence of thought granted.
- Inspiring: Worship is not a ritual, but a living contact with a living God. God listens to man, answers his prayers, and speaks to His righteous servants even today.
Our Founder, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (d. 1908), was a servant of Islam, with the mission of bringing about the spiritual and intellectual victory of Islam. He believed that, after the Holy Prophet Muhammad [pbuh], NO prophet is needed or can arise. However, Divinely-ordained reformers will continually arise to rejuvenate the religion and rekindle a true, living faith within the hearts.