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Why Did I Renounce Ahmadiyyah? OR Qadiyanis?

Why Did I Renounce Ahmadiyyah? OR Qadiyanis?

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In a series of articles published in Nigeria during 1974, Dr. Ismail A. B. Balogun, a high level Ahmadi leader, refuted the tenets of Ahmadiyyahand publicly denounced the Movement he had been born and raised in.
In a series of articles published in Nigeria during 1974, Dr. Ismail A. B. Balogun, a high level Ahmadi leader, refuted the tenets of Ahmadiyyahand publicly denounced the Movement he had been born and raised in.

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Why did I Renounce Ahmadiyyah
by Dr. Ismail A. B. Balogun
 A former high level Ahmadi
"...I must say, before God and man, that the more I scrutinized the claims and purported references for them, the more I discovered that the Ahmadiyyah Mission is deceivingthe world and playing on the ignorance of many of their followers." 
In a series of articles published in Nigeria during 1974, Dr. Ismail A. B. Balogun, a high levelAhmadi leader, refuted the tenets of 
 Ahmadiyyah
and publicly denounced the Movement he hadbeen born and raised in. A Professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies at the University of Ibadan,Algeria, Dr. Balogun had dedicated his life to the cause of 
 Ahmadiyyah
and had raised through theranks to become a top spokesman and ambassador for the Movement. Throughout the years, hiswell articulate and emotional speeches had motivated many young Ahmadis. Similarly, his publicdeparture and the commotion and debates that pursued caused many educated individuals to realizethe truth and abandon
 Ahmadiyyah
.
Allah accept the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; tothem will Allah turn in mercy: For Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.
 (The holy Quran, An-Nisa, 4:17)Subsequently, Dr. Balogun documented the reasons for his withdrawal from the Movement andincluded some of the ensuing debates in a book entitled
"Islam versus Ahmadiyyah in Nigeria"
. Inthis book, Dr. Balogun disclosed how he, as many other highly educated individuals, had blindlyaccepted
 Ahmadiyyah
out of loyalty to his parents, misinformation disseminated by the Ahmadileadership, divisive methods of the Indo-Pakistani Ahmadi missionaries, and other subjectivereasons having more to do with propaganda and cultural habits than the truthfulness of anymovement.Dr. Balogun recounts his upbringing and his blind faith in the Indo-Pakistani Ahmadi missionariesin the following passage:"In my Childhood, I was brought up to revere the Indo-Pakistani Ahmadiyyah missionaries whoguided and controlled our religious activities. When the mission came to our elders and, through theelders to us, we believed all that they told us in toto, because of the implicit confidence we had inthem.Their preaching appeared plausible to us and we accepted their arguments in good faith. They madereferences to Islamic books in order to substantiate their claims and we accepted the referenceswithout cross-checking them because of our confidence in them.
 
Their method was to alienate us against the orthodox Muslims in whom they found faults in the waythey practiced Islam. The missionaries claimed to present "the true Islam" to us in the name of Ahmadiyyah.They often impressed on us that the stiff opposition, which Ahmadis suffered in India before thepartition and subsequently in Pakistan, was a conclusive proof of the truth of Ahmadiyyah. Afterall, no prophet is readily accepted in his own town or country. This also appeared plausible to us,hence we followed them with unalloyed confidence." (
Sunday Sketch
, Nigeria, Sept. 29,1974;
 Islam versus Ahmadiyyah in Nigeria
, p. 85-86)Over a quarter of century ago, Dr. Balogun had accurately identified the strategy employed by highlevel Ahmadi missionaries to misguide the uninformed. Not only the missionaries do not publicize acomplete picture of their doctrine and history, but also they distort the teachings of Islam andattempt to exasperate and capitalize upon sectarian division among few ignorant Muslims.Dr. Balogun testified:"Even though Ahmadiyya has been in this country for close to sixty years, I make the bold to saythat, up till now, the vast majority of the adherents of the organization, within both the Movementand the Mission, are still in the dark about the details of its teaching, as well as its purpose. Forexample, it was only very recently, when stiff opposition to Ahmadiyyah started to rear its head inthis country, that certain high-ranking Ahmadis knew for the first time that Mirza Ghulam Ahmadclaimed to be a Prophet." (
Sunday Times
, Nigeria, Jan. 20, 1974; ibid., p. 3)
“[The fact that Ahmadis hid their true doctrine from the membership at large is] evident in the fact
that when one of the young educated Nigerian Muslims, who originally invited the Movement here,went to Britain for further studies and thereby came in contact with Indian Ahmadis, who residedthen in Britain, he studied them at first hand and returned home only to withdraw his membership of the Movement. This was the late al-Haj L. B. Agusto of blessed memory." (Sunday Times, Nigeria,Jan. 20, 1974; Ibid., p. 2)Indeed, since its very inception, the Ahmadi leadership has relied upon the well-proven methods of the Christian Missionaries to alienate the uninformed individuals from knowledgeable and sincereMuslims and selfishly increase their membership. They know only too well that the descendants of individuals somehow tricked into joining their organization are generally less likely to renouncetheir membership, even after they discover the truth.
Truly they found their fathers on the wrong Path;So they (too) were rushed down on their footsteps!And truly before them, many of the ancients went astray;-
 (The holy Quran, As-Saaffat, 37:69-71)Dr. Balogun records that, when in 1974, the Pakistani Government and the Muslim World Leagueboth declared the
 Ahmadiyyah
to be a non-Muslim group, he set out in earnest to defend theMovement he was born into and prove its truthfulness. However, his scholarly and thoroughresearch into the teachings of Ahmadi leadership untangled a disturbing web of deceit and left him
 
with no alternative but to denounce the Mission. This finding is even more significant since Dr.Balogun, even though a high level Ahmadi and a Professor of Islamic Studies, had himself beenkept in the dark for over forty years.Regarding the authenticity of the alleged references and interpretations provided by the AhmadiMissionaries, from the Holy Quran, books of Hadith, and the writings of Muslim personalities, tolend the appearance of support to their various claims, Dr. Balogun wrote:"My aim [in cross-checking the references offered by Ahmadi missionaries] was actually tostrengthen myself against the gathering opposition to Ahmadiyyah. As a University scholar, I wasconscious that my pronouncement in support of Ahmadiyyah must necessarily be backed withauthentic references to Islamic sources.In my cross-checking of the Ahmadiyyah missionaries' references, however, my findings wererather disappointing.Consequent upon my first article on the Ahmadiyyah problem in Nigeria (
Sunday Times
, 20 January1974), the Ahmadiyyah Mission members wrote extensive rejoinders which gave me a furtheropportunity to examine, independently, more Ahmadiyyah claims and views than hitherto.I must say, before God and man, that the more I scrutinized the claims and purported references forthem, the more I discovered that the Ahmadiyyah Mission is deceiving the world and playing on theignorance of many of their followers.In many cases, they quote authors [scholars] who are explicitly opposed to Ahmadiyyah ideas; butso cleverly do they quote that they often give the impression that the authors support Ahmadiyyahviews.Examples of such distortions abound in the quotations made by Dr. Bhutta in his rejoinder (
SundaySketch
, 8 September 1974) to my article. It may interest the readers to know that Dr. Bhutta ishimself a Pakistani Ahmadiyyah medical missionary.It is only by going to the source references and reading what the Ahmadis had quoted within thecontext in which they are set that the reader, and the seeker after truth, will realize how much thePakistani Ahmadiyyah missionaries try to deceive the world." (
Sunday Sketch
, Nigeria, Sept. 29,1974; ibid., p. 86-87)In support of his statements, Dr. Balogun researched, exposed, and refuted many of the deceptiveand false arguments used by the Ahmadi missionaries to deceive the uninformed. For instance, hewrote:"In order to buttress their claim about Khatam-un-Nabiyyin, the Ahmadis often quote the mysticShaikh Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi as saying, 'The Prophethood that was terminated with the person of the Prophet of Allah(SAW) was no other than the Law-bearing Prophethood, and not Prophethooditself.' (
Futuhat al-Makkiyyah
, Vol. II, p. 3)

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