The Deception of True Islam NZ
With the yearly global Ramadan bombathon in full swing, let's take some time to learn about some of New Zealand's peaceful Muslims.
One quiet April morning, a leaflet was placed in my letterbox, inviting me to learn about true Islam. You can view a high definition version here. This pamphlet argued that ISIS was twisting Islam and the Koran, it contained eleven "true facts" about Islam, and invited readers to connect with them via trueislam.nz or to meet and talk with a Muslim over coffee.
The ignorant might believe this group represents a large portion of Muslims, perhaps a majority, and is representative of a peaceful Islam. Those a little more "in the know" might call this out as taqiyya, a principle of deception practised in Shi'a Islam, practised by around a third of all Muslims.
Both would be very much wrong. The truth about "true" Islam is found at the bottom of the pamphlet: "authorised by the Ahmadiyya Islamic Community." The Ahmadiyya are a small minority sect, comprising no more than 1% of the global Muslim population, who are considered heretical and apostate by all other Islamic sects. They are the followers of Ahmad, a 19th century cleric who declared himself the promised messiah. Ahmadis are banned from the Islamic holy sites and the sect is outlawed in Pakistan.
Let's take a look at the 11 "truths", which I won't repeat in whole, so follow along with the picture:
- Reject terrorism and jihad. 1 and 2 are accurate for Ahmadis, but not of the true teachings of Mohammed.
- Equality and rights. 3-7 are Anglicised principles that the Ahmadis adopted thanks to British influence at the founding of their religion. None of these are inherent in the teachings of Mohammed.
- Abrogation and lying. 8 is a contradiction: it's not possible to believe the rest of these things if you actually want to uphold all verses of the Koran, which includes abrogation.
- Salvation. 9 is some new age ecumenical garbage. If you don't believe your religion has the true path to salvation, then why believe it at all?
- Unity. 10 is laughable: of course they want unity and the Ahmadis would love to be that leadership, but we all know that the Sunnis and Shiites will never unite behind those whom they hold to be heretics.
- Messiah. 11 is interesting, because it addresses one of the core differences between Ahmadis and Mohammedans, their view of the Messiah. They're both wrong though.
The good thing about the Ahmadiyya is that they reject the hadiths, the violence of Mohammed, Koranic abrogation, and basically everything else wrong with Islam. The problem is that what they're left with isn't really Islam. The greatest danger of Ahmadism is that it can be a gateway to true Islam once a convert realises the Ahmadis reject certain core teachings of the false prophet for the teachings of a false messiah instead.
This is the greatest problem with any Islamic reform movement: you cannot rewrite history to make Mohammed's life more palatable. The only hope for reform peace in Islam is a complete rejection of Mohammed and his Recitations, which would result in a fallback on Jesus Christ as both the last and true Prophet and Messiah.
If you would like to know the truth about Islam, you can read my review of "Mohammed's Koran" and buy one for yourself to read.