One of the sly tactics that has been employed throughout history to defame people is to associate their arguments with certain dismissive catchphrases. For example, in modern times some people have tried to associate the word 'Islam' with 'terrorism' to distract the public from the truths and beauty of Islam. In the same way, some anti-Ahmadiyya groups, knowing they can never compete with Ahmadi Muslims in debate, resort to the same tactics and instead try to dismiss Ahmadi Muslims as 'brainwashed' etc. Today we are delighted to present the work of our site's newest contributor, The Iron Man (another young Ahmadi Muslim student) who will tackle exactly this allegation:
One of the many aspects of anti-Ahmadi websites is that they refer to Ahmadi Muslims as brainwashed. Generally this is just one of their ways to show jealousy and doesn’t affect anyone really. Just like they call us kafir, murtad, wajib-ul-qatl, cult, etc, it is another label to satisfy non-Ahmadis thinking they are doing God’s work or propagating the religion.
In-reality, Ahmadi Muslims are far from brainwashed. We believe in interfaith harmony. Read: respect for all religions, no religion is ‘wajib-ul-qatal’ (hard concept for some anti-ahmadi extremists to grasp, I know...). How can we believe in inter-faith harmony if we have not researched various faiths? Starting with our own faith, we have researched different sects extensively as well. Unlike anti-Ahmadis who find various items to criticize in every faith, we find commonalities. We hold various interfaith symposia where teachings of various faiths, including aboriginal & atheism are discussed. Some non-Ahmadi just got up and said “We do that as well, what makes you so special?” I agree, you do that as well except it turns into ‘let’s-bash-the-other-faith-event.’ How can we learn about various faiths in a harmonious manner while being brainwashed?
Even Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (Fourth Khalifa of Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community) has written many books on various religions. Any Ahmadi that reads them is learning about various faiths. Yet Ahmadi’s are called ‘brainwashed.’ There are countless books by our Khulafa that do a non-bias analysis on difference between Ahmadi’s and Non-Ahmadis. How can Ahmadi’s be brainwashed when they read these?
You have judged us so harshly and unfairly, perhaps we should judge you now. Many times when discussions with non-Ahmadi Muslims occur, they present countless websites, books, videos. I don’t know of any Ahmadi that backs away and doesn’t see the video. Hence, we are willing to learn more all the time. If Ahmadi’s present a video, book, or website, how many anti-Ahmadi’s say we don’t believe in Ahmadiyyat so why would we read any material from them? What a double standard. We are expected to read all the filth you post and respond to it and you can’t even read or view one thing we send? That’s called brainwashed.
Whenever an Ahmadi is martyred, response from anti-ahmadi website is there must have been a major conspiracy behind the whole event. Whenever Ahmadi Muslims distribute flyers of peace, they are ‘kissing up to the west.’ Whenever a new show starts on MTA, it is apparently a copy of a show on ‘Islamic’ tv channels (on that note, how is that working out for you? 24 hour no-commercial worldwide tv channel, yet to see that from a so-called Ummah of 1.5Billion). Whenever a Shia Muslim is martyred, Ahmadi Muslims don’t think there was a conspiracy from the shia community. Yet we are still called brainwashed.
You present us out-of-context quotes, Ahmadi Muslims respond and suddenly Ahmadi’s get labeled as brainwashed. Your final argument is entire ummah got together, unified (for the first time in centuries) to declare Ahmadi’s as non-Muslims. Great achievement. Even so, senior members of the PPP government that made the decision are now admitting on record that it was purely political and had nothing to do with religion. Yet you still call us brainwashed? Admin's Note: A youtube interview of this admission is available here. Sadly we were unable to find an English translation and most of the interview is conducted in Urdu.
I will leave with a prayer that May Allah enable you to realize who is actually brainwashed. May Allah enable you to understand the history of Ahmadiyyat and its countless services to Islam. May Allah enable you to realize being behind a Khalifa makes one part of a true Ummah.
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