By Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam
One would have thought that having observed the experience of Pakistan, with its degeneration into chaos on account of religious extremism starting from the anti-Ahmadiya agitation of the early 1950s, that Indian Muslims would seek a different course.
This is all the more imperative as we are faced with a variety of serious challenges of our own. But some Muslims here too would rather follow in the footsteps of Pakistani Muslims and accelerate sectarian wars of various kinds, confrontation with Ahmadis being the most pre-eminent on their minds.
Mr. Khurshid Alam, the author of a recent article thinks Indian Muslim intellectuals are not fighting Ahmadis diligently enough. New Age Islam is presenting a translation of his Urdu article to show how serious some people are in promoting a war within Islam.
Of course, following hardliners in Pakistan some people here too would say that Ahmadis are not Muslims at all; but this cannot be taken very seriously as for them no one else is Muslim either. Every Muslim is a kafir in the eyes of all other sects.
As Justice Munir Ahmad commission report showed in graphic detail (published on New Age Islam in full), no two ulema of any one sect either could agree on a definition of who a Muslim is. Let us not go in the direction of Pakistan; let us learn from their experience.
Editor’s Note: According to the tenet of their faith, the Qadianis (Ahmadis) are required to study, accept, and follow the works, “revelations” (wahi), and writings of Mirza Ghulam Qadiani. http://www.irshad.org/qadianism/differ.php