What if Allama Iqbal had remained an Ahmadi?

Published: November 13, 2015

Zafarullah Khan would have been our Iqbal today and Iqbal our Zafarullah Khan.

Sir Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan was one of the leading founding fathers of Pakistan. You know, the Pakistan Resolution that our national struggle was based on? He drafted it. He was the first foreign minister of Pakistan. He was known for his eloquent representation of Pakistan at the United Nations and is the only Pakistani to have served as the President of the United Nations General Assembly, and that of the International Court of Justice in Hague.

While working in international diplomacy, Sir Zafarullah Khan’s tireless advocacy for the freedom of Arab states and for the resolution of the Kashmir and Palestine issues is well known.

The King of Jordan, His Majesty the Late King Hussein bin Talal, invited Mr Khan to his palace in 1953 and awarded him the highest honour in his Kingdom for Mr Khan’s heroic and courageous fight for the cause of Palestine.

When he passed away, the King paid him a personal tribute in these words:

“He was indeed a champion of the Arab cause and his ceaseless efforts whether among the Muslim and non-aligned countries or at the International Court of Justice will remain for ever a shining example of a great man truly dedicated to our faith and civilisation.” (Review of Religions Sept/Oct 1986, page 6)

Paying tribute to his bold stance on Palestine, the Iraqi Foreign Minister at the time, Mr Muhammad Fadhel al-Jamali, said:

“In fact, it was not possible for any Arab, however capable and competent he may be, to serve the cause of Palestine in a manner in which this distinguished and great man dedicated himself. We expect from all Arabs and followers of Islam that they will never forget this great Muslim fighter. After Palestine, the services of this man for the independence of Libya also deserve admiration. In the United Nations, his struggle for the rights of Arabs formed the basis of firm and lasting friendship between us.” (Al-Sabah Oct 10, 1985)

Many other world leaders expressed similar sentiment and hailed him as a hero of the Arab world and of human rights in general. King Faisal al Saud’s letter is also worth reading in this regard.

Sir Zafarullah Khan was also a prolific author on Islam and human rights.

Think for a minute. Is there anyone who comes close to his achievements for a progressive Pakistan and a free and empowered Muslim world in general? Yet, he is rarely mentioned in Pakistani textbooks, and unfortunately not even acknowledged as the founding father that he was. And we all know why – he was an Ahmadi.

Now consider this:

What if Sir Zafarullah Khan had left the Ahmadi community just as Sir Muhammad Iqbal did? Today, he would have been the shining star of right-wing Pakistan. Chapters in Pakistani textbooks would have been dedicated to his work. There would have been endless songs singing his praise, and every time the state of the Muslim world was discussed, he would have been presented as an icon, a flag bearer of our rights and freedoms. Mullahs would have been heads over heels in love with him. He would have been declared the saviour of the Ummah. Every Pakistan – young and old – would have been celebrating his legacy like no other.

And now consider this.

What if Sir Allama Iqbal had remained an Ahmadi?

For those who do not know, Allama Iqbal joined the Ahmadi community at the hands of its founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, in 1897. He is known to have said,

“If you want to see Islam alive in this age, you must visit Qadian.”

He considered the founder of the Ahmadi community as the most prolific theologian in the Muslim world. Sometime after the demise of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Allama Iqbal left the Ahmadi community. It is not clear exactly when, but he continued to be in close contact with the Ahmadi leadership till at least 1931, when he vouched for the Ahmadi Khalifa as the most able person to lead as the first president of the newly founded all-India Kashmir Committee. His parents and elder brother remained Ahmadis.

Back to the question – what if Allama Iqbal remained an Ahmadi?

Today, he would have been absolutely no one.

He would have been abused and ridiculed by mullahs and right-wing Pakistan. Instead of the eagle, his symbol would probably have been the snake – out to bite the Ummah, out to hurt the Muslims, an agent of the western imperialist powers. And much proof – like his knighthood and his poems in reverence of the British rule and the Queen – would have been found, tailored and then floated around.

While official books would probably only have dedicated a one-liner to his role in the Pakistani Movement, there would have been no shortage of books in the market condemning him and his work. He would have made the perfect poster boy for a ‘British agent out to destroy the Ummah’ – sound familiar?

And this is our tragedy.

We are fond of reading history with glasses coloured in religious prejudice and intellectual dishonesty. We do not honour people for their services, as much as we do for their perceived proximity with us on the religious spectrum.

This is just one of the numerous examples of how our religious biases have influenced the history taught to us in Pakistani schools and media.

But while we continue to commit crimes against our own selves by distorting the history, the truth is like the sun; it does not remain hidden for long, and it shines even brighter in this age of global connection and information. I am certain, a few generations down, we will be forced to embrace intellectual honesty and honour Sir Muhammad Zafarullah Khan for the real superhero that he was. For in celebrating a shining star, we do the star no honour, we honour ourselves.

So, to answer the question, what if Allama Iqbal remained Ahmadi and Zafarullah Khan did not? Zafarullah Khan would have been our Iqbal today and Iqbal our Zafarullah Khan.

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Kashif Chaudhry

A graduate of King Edward Medical University, Lahore and Mt Sinai University Hospital in New York, Kashif is currently completing his Cardiology fellowship in Boston, USA. He writes for various American newspapers and Pakistani publications and blogs at the Huffington Post. His interests include medicine, human rights and interfaith dialogue. He tweets @KashifMD (twitter.com/KashifMD)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Rohan

    Iqbal made a mistakeRecommend

  • Saad S

    what a hateful piece of writing. would be much better if only limited to the services and achievements of both people even if they were Ahmedi. It is pertinent to mention that Back to 40-50 years, there was no difference between Muslims and Ahmedis. Ahmedi or Qadiani was just another fiqah like sunni or shia, so no point of this hateful commentary.Recommend

  • Junaid

    Looking at our history, I find a majority of Ahmadis contributing positively towards the Pakistan cause and image. Pakistan is in debt of Ahmadiyyah community, but the people discarded them and now look where they stand. I believe, it is vital for Pakistani people to be tolerant towards all communities and giving the due acknowledgements to its heroes indiscriminately to survive and thrive in the world.Recommend

  • Anonymous

    The source mentioning that Allama Iqbal was once an Ahmadi is basically a website run by an Ahmedi group and the blogger himself is an Ahmedi so the neutrality of this piece is not out of question. Further, this blog has connected Iqbal & Sir Zafrullah not in a correct way and without giving a neutral or widely accepted source. There’s nothing wrong in being an Ahmadi however Iqbal never mentioned he is an Ahmadi so let’s not give him a label that he has not chosen for himself. The relevance of Iqbal with Pakistan or Muslims is his politics & poetry, let’s judge him on the basis of his work. If his own poetry and his other work has obvious clues about his religious belief, they are debate worthy otherwise we’ll be simply talking about a great man who is now no more to say or clarify anything and we’ll further divide outside. No person other than himself can tell about his religious belief. His religion was his personal matter, let him rest in peace! Recommend

  • HK

    Stop preaching Ahmedism at this platform dude. Mr. Iqbal made a decision any sensible Muslim that believes in the framework of Islam. Recommend

  • Hyder

    We have had enough politics on Tauheen E Risalat and Ahmedis. Move on, these blogs and all such articles now look stale.Recommend

  • Spyrogyra

    Some things are best left unsaid.Recommend

  • Malveros

    A rubbish and nonsense Blog.Recommend

  • Jor El

    Am not an expert in theology, but whats the difference between ahmedi muslims n non-ahmedi muslims ?Recommend

  • Farooq

    Mate you wrote a blog without credible references.Recommend

  • Dawood Ahmad

    If you have proof, mention at least one neutral published in paperback source for Allama Iqbal’s Ahmadi belief. Recommend

  • AnisAqeel

    He made no mistake in this regard and he never was a religious person only those religious parties who opposed the creation of Pakistan started making him everything from Pakistan ‘dreamer’ to ‘valiullah’ from his poetry. If he wouldn’t have been converted back from being an Ahmadi, nobody would have remembered him like Ch. Zafrullah Khan or Abdul Rahim Dard (on who’s appeal and request Quaid e Azam returned India).
    For those who criticize this piece of forgotten history, please read the archived history at your your first hand and not what you are brain washed with falsified curricular. I thank the author for writing this forgotten page of history. It’s not for the author being an Ahmadi or belonging to any other sect but bringing out a page of tampered history.Recommend

  • shak

    Many influential people were “Ahmadi” in the initial stages of the Qadiani movement, it is when the movement started to diverge from mainstream islam that many left and then eventually rebelled against it.Recommend

  • Asad Lashari

    Is there any authentic source which writer quote or used in his blog??Recommend

  • bigsaf

    Just wanted to add that Allama Iqbal’s son did confirm he was briefly an Ahmadi on one of the talk shows a long time back, though can’t remember whether it was PTV then or one of the newer private media.

    Allama Iqbal wore religion on his sleeve in his poetry and politics. Can’t say it was just his own personal matter.Recommend

  • bigsaf

    Its unfortunate on how deep the right-wing bigotry goes in mainstream Pakistani society where even at education levels they can’t even give Sir Zafarullah Khan and Abdus Salam their dues all because of being Ahmedi. Its simply not right and unfair and a denial of one’s own heritage…Recommend

  • Bilal Naeem

    I totally agree with you, yet we are so quick to judge the likes of Mr. Abdus Salaam, probably the most brilliant mind to come from Pakistan, merely because he was an Ahmadi. I am not an Ahmedi. Why do we feel the need to judge another because his sins are different from our own. We need to stop being the voice of God. We can not deny the point the author is trying to make here (credible source or not), it is the sad reality of how things are in Pakistan. Recommend

  • silversurfer

    Allama’s deceased son used to openly acknowledge this, whether one likes it or not.Recommend

  • Humanoids

    Iqbal (like his son has said) was impressed by Mirza sahab as a theologian and preacher of Islam but making the fleeting statement that he converted to Ahmadi Islam is just a concoction. Good that you brought the subject after Iqbal’s sons death. This was discussed with Dr Shahid Masood, Dr Israr Iqbals son and another person who’s name I forgot on a TV program.
    What happened to Sir Zafar is indeed sad by religious right trying to hijack the concept of Pakistan (which they initially opposed) 1951 riots etc. Racism was meted out. No question about it. Then1973 constitution branding them Non muslim was in my opinion shameful as are we going to define christians and hindus too?. AHmadis are equal citizens of Pakistan as any muslim or hindu or christian
    But here lies the issue you term your self muslim with a different concept and face people who have different concept makes you both stand in the same Religion boat but on the opposite ends. You face criticism but the problem in our land is it gets dirty and violent which is absolutely wrong.
    So in that scenario when you try to preach secular status with religious mantra you will get criticized. Bringing religion into 1973 constitution or for Ahmadi cause is wrong. This difference will never end!
    Work should be done towards getting towards full ahmadi rights as Pakistani citizens!Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    “While working in international diplomacy, Sir Zafarullah Khan’s tireless advocacy for the freedom of Arab states and for the resolution of the Kashmir and Palestine issues is well known.”

    Shows Pakistan was on the wrong track from the word go.

    “The King of Jordan, His Majesty the Late King Hussein bin Talal, invited Mr Khan to his palace in 1953 and awarded him the highest honour in his Kingdom for Mr Khan’s heroic and courageous fight for the cause of Palestine.”

    The same Jordan with the same Hashemite kingdom is only paying lip service to the Palestinian cause while signing a treaty with the Israel and acknowledging the existence of Israel. Jordan has moved on but Pakistan still has not.

    “Sir Zafarullah Khan was also a prolific author on Islam and human rights.”

    Interesting, most of the people who gave tribute to Zafrullah were either dictators or represented dictatorships, how come they were such big fans of Zafrullah if he was indeed a champion of human rights.

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  • Swaadhin

    “His religion was his personal matter, let him rest in peace!”

    How convenient, why do you call your country “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” , is this only for private consumption and not public?Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    “I believe, it is vital for Pakistani people to be tolerant towards all communities and giving the due acknowledgements to its heroes indiscriminately to survive and thrive in the world.”

    Your founder thrust Urdu down Bengali throats.

    The next most popular leader Bhutto called the Bengalis “swines”, can’t blame the people when they are only following their heroes.Recommend

  • Iqbal’s Fan

    Important: I boycott your magazine and will NEVER believe in any of your sources. Reasons is unauthentic sources about my hero Iqbal. Good bye.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    //The source mentioning that Allama Iqbal was once an Ahmadi is basically a website run by an Ahmedi group and the blogger himself is an Ahmedi so the neutrality of this piece is not out of question//

    The source is Ahmadi?

    1) Is Professor Mehdi Hasan an Ahmadi Muslim? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ib9zGsQAPQ

    2) Is Nawae-waqt an Ahmadi publication?

    “…in 1897, Sir Muhammad Iqbal took the Ahmadiyya pledge.” – General Secretary of the Anjuman Himayat-i Islam, Lahore, Maulvi Ghulam Muhiy-ud-Din Qasoori (Daily Nawa-i Waqt, Lahore, 15 November 1953)

    Was Anjuman Himayat-e-Islam Ahmadi?

    3) The reference for this statement:

    “ Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian is probably the profoundest Muslim theologian,” is -> Indian Antiquary, vol. 29. (September 1900). 239.

    His father and elder brother remained Ahmadi Muslims. He also sent his eldest son Aftab to study in Qadian.

    Also read: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1312/S00130/sir-allama-iqbal-an-ahmadi.htm

    And I agree his religion was his personal matter. Only if we said the same about Zafarullah Khan and Abdus Salam as well.

    My blog isn’t trying to convince people Iqbal was Ahmadi Muslim at some point in his life. My point is that we must honor our heroes based on their work and on their services for Pakistan. I point out the dishonesty and religious prejudice that clouds our vision in Pakistan.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    What did you find hateful in the piece? Was it Pakistan’s treatment of Sir Zafarullah Khan? or was it the fact that the Allama was an Ahmadi Muslim at one point? I’d love some feedback. Let me know.Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    Oh man, I smell something burning here Anonymous here HK and here Saad S. Cannot change history people, just swallow it.Recommend

  • Ahmad

    Praising Jesus does not make anyone a Christian. Just like this praising Mirza does not make anyone Ahmadi. Is there any proof of any kind that Iqbal called him a Reformer or a Prophet? No.

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  • Ahmad

    Go read the book written by Allama Iqbal by the name of ” Islam and Ahmadism” a reply to question by Nehru.Recommend

  • Haider

    We hate Ahmadiz unanimously no philosophy no theology no media intervention can ever cover the gap between Muslims and Ahmadis because the fact is they have Nothing to do with Islam. This is a very biased article with the nouns like Mullahs and Clerics he tried to pushed the hate towards Ahamdis to be extremist concept. Well I am not an extremist but I hate Ahmadis with all my heart.Recommend

  • Nabila Bhatti

    Pakistan does not embrace Dr. Abudus-us-Slam, the first Pakistani Noble Prize Laureate, because of being an Ahmadi.Recommend

  • IndianDude

    Iqbal should have remained with his grand father Mr. Sapru’s religion,Recommend

  • Iqbal

    oh man. what a mess people in Pakistan have landed themselves in. The faith, the sect, the sub sect, the mosque to which Iqbal was affiliated with — are these the matters worth debating? Can one not move onwards and decide for yourself what Pakistan needs? Can we not leave your sectarian religious obsession behind?Recommend

  • Ahmad Ali

    If Iqbal ever joined Ahmadism, it would have been reflected in his poetry and not to mention his book Islam and Ahmadism. A very attempt to distort Iqbal’s image and provide a justification to your illogical argument.Recommend

  • VENKAT

    Two points from an Indian__
    Sir Zafrullah must have been really great representing Pakistan at the U.N.Long time ago, I read some where that when his name was proposed for ICJ,the Indian contingent to the UN wholeheartedly supported him,just to see his back from the UN proceedings.Pakistan,as a nation,must be owing a huge debt of gratitude to him.
    Secondly,Iqbal.As an Indian,my deepest feelings are stirred whenever I hear his song,”SARE JAHAN SE ACCHA`’, like no other.So,here is my grateful respects to him.Recommend

  • Haroon Ahmad

    @[email protected]:disqus ……..“If you want to see Islam alive in this age, you must visit Qadian.” Allama Iqbal said that??????
    seriously dude …Recommend

  • abdullah

    I am not sure what is the point made in this hateful article. Contradictory to the title, it seems the objective was more to gather some praise for Sir Zafarullah Khan and at the same time create controversies from the perspectives of Dr. Allama Iqbal. Yes, Mr. Khan was an illustrious Foreign Minister of Pakistan who raised country’s principled stand at various forum and because of his vehement support, gathered praises from the various corners including the ruling families of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. And that’s it. It was his job to do it just like any FM of country. It has nothing to do with his religion or beliefs. Keep both separate. Do not try to justify his beliefs just because he did a good FM job for which he got paid for.
    Secondly, regarding Dr. Iqbal, he may have been impressed with the personality of Mirza Ahmed, but then so what. He never claimed that he was a Qadiani himself or even so in the words of the author and Dr. Sb’s son themselves, in his later life, he clearly distanced himself from the Ahmadi religion. This fact itself is the conclusive proof that whatever the past, Dr Sb avoided any connection with the Ahmadi religion itself. Rest is all an attempt to stir up controversies.Recommend

  • AlChemist

    “No person other than himself can tell about his religious belief. His religion was his personal matter, let him rest in peace!”

    So you don’t believe in setting right the historical record?

    Dear,
    if the historical record about the founders of Pakistan is fixed,
    Pakistanis won’t be losing blood in their county and be called
    terrorists in the entire world.Recommend

  • AlChemist

    So you think a video evidence that includes the subject’s son, a famed professor of history and philosophy and a known religious personality, is not authentic enough?Recommend

  • Rhea

    Amazing that so many should be feeling threatened by the possibility of Iqbal being an Ahmadi. As if the purity of the movement and formation of Pakistan will get polluted. Poor folks. Jinnah was a Shia. The composer of their first national anthem was a Hindu. Now, becoming narrower and narrower in their ideology, are these people not impaling their own future? I feel sorry for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khali r

    So true. Look what they did to dr Abdul salaam the only Nobel prize winner for the last time.very unfortunate .we are very narrow minded people and irony of fate is that this attitude is on the increaseRecommend

  • himayat chishti

    Let suppose Iqbal was an Ahmedi, then why didn’t he mention it anywhere??? Recommend

  • Factual

    Did Allama Iqbal admit that he was an Ahmadi ? One should only believe what the person said about himself. Rest is speculation which should be steered clear of.Recommend

  • Mohammad Tahir

    Its matter of faith. …Safe your Eman n remained away from such discussions. May Allah protect all of us from all evils Aameen.
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  • Ali

    Here is something more authentic from an author who is also an ‘Iqbaliaat’ expert.
    https://www.facebook.com/Khurram.Ali.Shafique/posts/645060015635569:0Recommend

  • Hasib Nazir Gill

    The fact is, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani was an aalim before he decalred himself a Nabi (Nauzbillah, Ma’az Allah).Because of this many people admired him and Iqbal’s was one of them, But when he declared himself Nabbi (Nauzbillah, Ma’az Allah) people started to fall apart.
    To me, this blog is mere speculation on the basis of things that one cannot even call facts.Recommend

  • Rehan ul Haq

    Dear Kashif, Allam Iqbal was not Ahmedi nor his parents. Yes one of his brothers may accepted ahmedi religion. one of allam iqbal’s close friend also accepted ahmedi religion and allama Iqbal tried to convince him to accept islam again but his friend refused then Allam Iqbal left this friend of him for good.(source APNA GAREBAN CHAK By Dr.Javed Iqbal) secondly mr zafarullah was present at the funeral of Quaid-e-Azam and didnt offer funeral pray. when it was asked by him Mr Zafarullah said you may consider that a muslim didn’t offer pray at non muslims funeral or a non muslim didn’t offer pray at muslims funeral.Recommend

  • Framroze Edulji

    You need to pick up some other entertainment venue.
    Like video games, Field Hockey, Cricket. Your blogs
    are repetitive. Same subject disguised under a different
    garb. YOU have no empathy with any other religious
    minority in Pakistan. Just beat the same drum, same rant,
    same song. The boy cried wolf too many times.
    Old rehashed arguments, same tired commenters showing
    up with same ragged views, same, same and same.
    How about you bring up Hazaras? Zikris? Ismailis? Khojas?
    Or just Shias? Christians, Hindus are persona non grata in
    Pakland.
    Focus on a different minority, it might help.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Nobody criticised any piece.Iqbal failed to analyse the sub cultures within Islam.He over simplified the need for Islam to run a state which is false because we all know there is no such thing as political Islam
    The importance of sub cultures,caste and regional way of life meant the idea of Pakistan was never going to survive as we saw in 1971, what was rejected was stronger than what the state stood for in 1947Therefore Pakistan lacks an identity and is an antithesis of India.Stop reading tampered curriculumRecommend

  • Abdul Salam

    This was not the source. Allama was a admirer of Ghulan Qadiani when he used to be considered as Muslim Scholar and confronted non-Muslim scholars. His false claims was revealed later and after that Allama became against him.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=9ib9zGsQAPQ

    Also, just so you know Iqbal was married to the grand daughter of the first Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Read Zikr-e-Iqbal by Abdul Majeed Salik.Recommend

  • Asad Lashari

    in my opinion if someone have the neutral and authentic source then I will consider it by the way I have searched a lot about this topic I havn’t found any evidence of Allama Iqbal’s as Ahmadi.Recommend

  • Bashir Shah

    @ Kashif

    You are hating the govt and people of Pakistan. That’s the hate bruh!! Further, you are forgetting that Allama Iqbal was the person that got you declared a non-muslim…Recommend

  • Bashir Shah

    And Muhammad Ali (the Lahori-Ahmadi) once praised Mahmud Ahmad and later called him an opportunist. When will you people use critical thinking? And there are many Ahmadis who were dedicated to their cause and then later called Ahmadiyya a fraud..in fact, the sons of Nooruddin were kicked out of Ahmadiyya by Mahmud Ahmad in the late 1950′s. The list is endless.Recommend

  • Bashir Shah

    @ Kashif

    1. Firstly, you are the first Ahmadi on the internet that has admitted that Zaf Khan wrote the “Lahore-Resolution”, it was a secret. In fact, if you review the literature on the topic…Zaf Khan urged the Brits to keep it a secret.

    2. Secondly, the majority of Muslims in India, they opposed partition, it was the Brits who wanted it..and Ahmadis helped them, as you have admitted. This proves all of our assertions that Ahmadis have been working with the Brits since 1889 and even earlier. India should have never been partitioned!!!!!!!!!!!! It should have remained united as a secular nation.

    3. Zaf Khan failed as he represented the Arabs in terms of Palestine, he failed as he represented the Pakistanis in terms of Kashmir, he failed as he represented Muslims in the boundary commission that got Qadian moved into India.

    3.a. he failed everywhere…however, the Brits wanted him..since he was willing to do their bidding and acted as their agent. And remember, he was the President of the “Lahore” jamaat of Qadianis from like 1930 to 1950-ish. Thats a major problem.

    4. Moreover, his literary works are terrible, his referencing is almost non-existant, and he lies constantly.

    5. And finally, he publically boycotted the funeral of Jinnah, which led to the Ahmadiyya riots, in fact, Zaf Khan was a nuisance to pakistan, Muslims never liked him at all…it was the British who got him installed as Defense secretary and purposely.

    6. And Allama Iqbal was the main person who spoke about getting Ahmadis declared as Non-Muslim in British India. In fact, it is his book that got you declared as Non-Muslim in 1974. So what are you even talking about?? Your entire article is non-sense.

    Warmly…Recommend

  • Bashir Shah

    @ anonymous

    You are correct…Allama Iqbal made a statement about Ahmadis in his youth…he was wrong…he figured out his error as he got older. Recommend

  • [email protected]

    Allama Iqbal was an Ahmadi and then converted back a few years before his death? Says who? That one obscure and propagandist source you cited? Given that you are training to be a doctor in the US, I would have hoped you’d know to base such a shockingly revisionist revelation on better, more rigorous evidence, but there you went exploiting Iqbal’s name for your click-bait article.

    As a secular liberal democrat, I believe all Pakistani citizens must be accorded equal right no matter what their religion. But as a fan of Iqbal’s, I find it abhorrent that you exploited him to advance your own point of view. FYI, Iqbal was probably the 20th century’s most salient Muslim thinker and philosopher. His belief in the finality of prophethood, love for the Prophet’s person, and the salience of Quranic originalism was a cornerstone of his propositions for Muslims and their contemporary problems. Know before you speak.Recommend

  • A Muslim

    Before, you all get flared up, go look up Ahmadi beliefs. They don’t deny the seal of prophethood.

    Pakistan – do you not have some serious domestic issues? So why do you feel that you can make life a living hell for people. Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    1) Listen to the historian Professor Mehdi Hasan saying he joined Ahmadiyya Muslim Community?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ib9zGsQAPQ

    2) See this Nawae-waqt publication:

    “…in 1897, Sir Muhammad Iqbal took the Ahmadiyya pledge.” – General Secretary of the Anjuman Himayat-i Islam, Lahore, Maulvi Ghulam Muhiy-ud-Din Qasoori (Daily Nawa-i Waqt, Lahore, 15 November 1953)

    Was Anjuman Himayat-e-Islam Ahmadi?

    3) The reference for this statement:

    “ Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian is probably the profoundest Muslim theologian,” is -> Indian Antiquary, vol. 29. (September 1900). 239.

    His father and elder brother remained Ahmadi Muslims. He also sent his eldest son Aftab to study in Qadian. And I now learn that he was married to the grand daughter of the first Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

    Also read: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories

    And I agree his religion was his personal matter. Only if we said the same about Zafarullah Khan and Abdus Salam as well.

    My blog isn’t trying to convince people Iqbal was Ahmadi Muslim at some point in his life. My point is that we must honor our heroes based on their work and on their services for Pakistan. I point out the dishonesty and religious prejudice that clouds our vision in Pakistan.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    1) Listen to the historian Professor Mehdi Hasan saying he joined Ahmadiyya Muslim Community?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ib9zGsQAPQ

    2) See this Nawae-waqt publication:

    “…in 1897, Sir Muhammad Iqbal took the Ahmadiyya pledge.” – General Secretary of the Anjuman Himayat-i Islam, Lahore, Maulvi Ghulam Muhiy-ud-Din Qasoori (Daily Nawa-i Waqt, Lahore, 15 November 1953)

    Was Anjuman Himayat-e-Islam Ahmadi?

    3) The reference for this statement:

    “ Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian is probably the profoundest Muslim theologian,” is -> Indian Antiquary, vol. 29. (September 1900). 239.

    His father and elder brother remained Ahmadi Muslims. He also sent his eldest son Aftab to study in Qadian. And I now learn that he was married to the grand daughter of the first Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

    Also read: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories

    My blog isn’t trying to convince people Iqbal was Ahmadi Muslim at some point in his life. My point is that we must honor our heroes based on their work and on their services for Pakistan. I point out the dishonesty and religious prejudice that clouds our vision in Pakistan.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    Go through comments above and click the hyperlinks in the article. Here is one link where famous historian Professor Mehdi Hasan spills the beans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ib9zGsQAPQRecommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    Ahmadi Muslims believe that the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is final. No one from outside the Ummah can come and save it. The prophetic reformer foretold by the Holy Prophet (pbuh) will come from within his own Ummah as exemplified by his words “Imamukum Minkum.” (he will be from amongst you). Sunni Muslims believe this prophet will be borrowed from another Ummah, and that he is physically alive somewhere and will descend physically to the earth and before he comes a huge monster riding a donkey will also descend from somewhere. Basically a bunch of cute fairytales that are a result of taking the Prophet’s words too literally. The Ahmadi Muslims interpret these prophecies in light of the Quran and with wisdom. Peace.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    He said poetry in defense of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad when another Mullah attacked him. I can share it with you if you want.Recommend

  • Ahmad

    Please see the entire video. Below is the link. Stop fooling people.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-0WHgF-v7M&list=PLD6C3017209457EBFRecommend

  • Dipak Mehta

    As Ahmedi, he would have made Pakistan better country.Recommend

  • Dipak Mehta

    Ahmedis are the most intelligent and superior among all Muslims.Recommend

  • Jor El

    I may mot be familiar with the differences between ahmadi muslims n non-ahmadi muslims, but am intricately aware of their status n condition … also , having read ur earlier articles, correct me if am wrong, but u r an ahmadi muslim urself trying to undo status quo … my question to u is what r u trying to achieve via this article by posting a hypothetical Q at the end ???Recommend

  • Jor El

    Oh my … how will kashif ever digest his food n sleep peacefully now that u have boycotted his magazine n will not believe his sources via such an IMPORTANT announcement …Recommend

  • faheem

    Why iqbal wrote these scipts “Iqbal kis k ishq yeh faiz e aam hai” “Rumi fana hua habshi ko dwam hai”.. here he is talking about prophet saww. Iqbal was actively involved in true letter and spirit with pir meher ali shah who there and then denounced the the new emerging ahmedi group. please have some sense prior quoting such a baseless article. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Iqbal_letter_to_Pir_Meher_Ali.jpgRecommend

  • Sarah

    a good piece of work indeed, but a balance should be maintained, i mean if on preliminary stages, we will portray our national hero, in terms of sectarian bloc net, then their young minds will not be able to groom or develop as they are required to be .Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahmad Imran Rafique

    I think we’ve read enough history to know that
    1-He was not Ahmadi
    2-Being asked what sect of ISlam he followed was the least botherable thing on his agendaRecommend

  • Muhammad Ahmad Imran Rafique

    I know he said he liked their discipline which we read in a lot of publications but what you said was just another lie unless you can prove your claim. Kindly refrain from making Such Allegations on the Great LeadersRecommend

  • Muhammad Ahmad Imran Rafique

    What happened to Dr Adbus Salam was very bad but the Author should educate himself more on the fact that their is a difference between liking someone and following someone.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahmad Imran Rafique

    It’s not that. I mean it is known that Iqbal was not an Ahmadi but yet here we are debating it over. No wonder Pakistan is so far behindRecommend

  • Muhammad Ahmad Imran Rafique

    Even my deepest feelings are stirred whenever i hear
    “CHEEN O ARAB HAMARA ,HINDUSTAN HAMARA”
    “MUSLIM HAIN HUM WATAN HAI SAARA JAHAAN HAMARA”Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahmad Imran Rafique

    1-They do not .
    2-They believe non Ahmadi’s as Kafirs. Whats wrong if the same just happened to them?Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahmad Imran Rafique

    NOw that is for you to find since the author has just said it!!Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahmad Imran Rafique

    Also so what if he was Ahmadi? In the end he convertedRecommend

  • Dawood Ahmad

    You do not know about authentic citation or you did not read my question.Recommend

  • vinsin

    2) Majority of Indian Muslims wanted partition, they didnt oppose. Britishers were against partition. India is not a secular country.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Islam is a political movement. 1971 didnt dilute the creation of Pakistan, it just means more divisions are required.Recommend

  • Bashir Shah

    @ Kashif

    You didnt answer my contention. You avoided it, which is common based on your brainwashing.

    You said that Allam Iqbal was married to the grand-daughter of noorudin…would you care to elaborate? Is this also the son of Mahmud Ahmad?Recommend

  • Bashir Shah

    @ vinsin

    That is totally false..the ulema of India called it Kafir-istan and they were all against it…the Brits wanted to seperate India and thus weaken it..Recommend

  • Bashir Shah

    MGA was also a Mullah…just admit it..Recommend

  • Bashir Shah

    Iqbal was a Quranist who believed that Esa (as) had died…hence, he may have supported MGA’s business initially, however, after 1914, he kept his distance, in the 1930′s, he ripped Ahmadiyya apart. GAME OVER.Recommend

  • Noon Alif

    I’m an Ahmadi, and i must admit…this article is really badRecommend

  • enam ahmad

    really? a n error in his youth? are you sure he didn’t go insane at his later years? think againRecommend