Encounter with an American Sunni Sheikh

On the one hand, Islamophobes tirelessly troll me on Twitter, attacking the noble person of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), calling him all kinds of obscene names, and on the other, anti-Ahmadi extremists and trolls fill my timeline cursing the noble personality of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. I am used…

So Who Won the 1974 Parliamentary ‘Debate?’

In 1974, Pakistan’s Bhutto government called on the leading clerics of Pakistan to discuss the constitutional status of the Ahmadi Muslims, whom the clerics insisted were non-Muslim infidels. Although this was a cross-examination, it was advertised as a ‘debate.’ The Ahmadiyya Muslim delegation was led by the then Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza…

When Sectarian & Takfiri Sunni Leaders Condemn Sectarianism & Takfir

Shaikh Yasir Qadhi is an American Sunni Muslim scholar and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute. In a very passionate Facebook Post, Mr. Qadhi recently lamented the rise of sectarianism and the practice of Takfir (anathematization, or refusing to identify sect of Islam as Muslim) amongst Muslims. He said: “Sadly, sectarianism is still well and alive in the Ummah. Recently, a…

Exchange with Irish Cleric Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri

I recently interacted with one of the biggest Sunni clerics in Ireland, Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri. This is how everything started. The Shaykh was preaching the importance of unity amongst the Muslims. I agreed with him and mentioned that as an Ahmadi Muslim, I would love to see Sunni and Shia Muslim clerics end the age-old…

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Zaytuna College & Takfir of Ahmadi Muslims

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is a celebrated Islamic scholar in the United States. I have read some of his work and admire his knowledge on some Islamic issues. However, he has also disappointed me much on some other major issues. In the last few years, for instance, he has spoken and written against the persecuted Ahmadi Muslims, clarifying…

Richard Dawkins’ Intellectual Dishonesty

This picture was part of a VOA blog. The caption: “An Afghan beggar woman clad in burqa sleeps on a road, as her daughter throws a small stone for fun while waiting for alms on the out skirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. The World Food Program announces it will cut food assistance to more than 3 million…