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Jamia Nizamia was established as an Ahle Sunnah Institution by its founders. It is important that its Ahle Sunnah identity is protected by the faculty, students and Administrators of this Institution.
Facts have been described, as they are, in the Article. We hope our readers will take it positively and benefit from it.
The article is divided into two parts, as follows:
Jamia Nizamia's history, curricula and Maslak.
Jamia Nizamia's Association with Ammanis.
JAMIA NIZAMIA'S ASSOCIATION WITH AMMANIS
Jamia Nizamia seems to have exceptional close relationship with Ammani scholars. Visits of Ammani Scholars to Jamia Nizamia has become a regular feature for the past several years. Ammanis are received with warm welcome as a show of solidarity and a lot of media coverage is accorded to them during their visits to the campus. Not only that, some teachers and alumni of Jamia Nizamia are actively involved in preaching the beliefs of Ammani Scholars, like Dr. Taher-ul-Qadri and his Minhaj-ul-Quran.
WHO ARE AMMANIS
The founder of this Sect is King Abdullah II of Jordan. Ammanis are attempting to replace Islam with 'Ammanism', a Universal Cocktail of all Religions. They claim that all 73 Sects and their sub groups are true Muslims. They also claim that Christians, Jews and Buddhists are 'believers' on par with Muslims.
Picture shows Ammani Scholars sitting with their founding Imam, King Abdullah II of Jordan after their 16th Conference in 2013. They urged Islamic Countries to implement Ammani Laws.Abdullah bin Bayya, President of UAE (Ammani) Forum called for reassessment of outdated Islamic laws in order to change the fundamentals of Islamic science as its rulings are no longer applicable in modern society.The forum also claimed that only a select few scholars (who have signed and who support Amman Message) are authorized to change the fundamental laws of Islam.
Ammani Scholars are a big threat to Islam these days. They use what's known as the 'The Common Ground' logic, which, though simple enough on the face of it, is highly deceptive and goes directly against the core teachings of Islam. According to Ammani Common Ground Logic, everyone who believes in the existence of one God, irrespective of his actual perception and understanding, is a "believer". Read more.
(i) In 2004, Ammanis declared people belonging to 72 deviant Sects as true Muslims. Read more.
(ii) In 2005, they declared Christians and Jews as 'Believers', just like Muslims'. Read more.
(iii) In 2010, they declared Buddhists as 'Believers' and Buddhism as a true religion. Read their following declaration.
"After a number of meetings in Jordan between HH the 14th Dalai Lama and HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad (Chief Adviser of King Abdullah II of Jordan), a true and profound 'Common Ground' lieve in one God) between Islam and Buddhism has been formally recognized. The Islamic scholars should help Muslims to see Buddhism as a True Religion or Deen, and Buddhists to see Islam as an authentic Dharma." Read more
(iv) In February 2008, a Hindu-Jewish Religious Leadership Summit was held in Israel in which it was declared that there is a 'Common Ground' (believe in one God) between Jews and Hindus, therefore, Hindus are covered in the people who believe in one God. The Summit also clarified that Hindus' worship of their innumerable Devataas by making their idols, is not idol worship. Read more.
Needless to say that Ammanis are misleading people with their 'common ground' (belief in one God) logic. If their logic is accepted, then Makkan pagans also come under 'believers' as they believed in Allah.
It is Quran - قُلْ مَن يَرْزُقُكُم مِّنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ أَمَّن يَمْلِكُ السَّمْعَ وَالْأَبْصَارَ وَمَن يُخْرِجُ الْحَيَّ مِنَ الْمَيِّتِ وَيُخْرِجُ الْمَيِّتَ مِنَ الْحَيِّ وَمَن يُدَبِّرُ الْأَمْرَ ۚ فَسَيَقُولُونَ اللَّهُ ۚ [Meaning - "Say, Who is it that gives you all sustenance from the sky and earth, governs sight and hearing, brings forth life from the dead and death from the living and plans the affairs of man? They will all say Allah" (Younus - 31).
Then what was the need for Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) to preach Islam to them?
Compilation of an Ammani Quran was started in 2005, after the declaration of Amman Message. After 10 years work, the new Ammani Quran titled 'Study Quran' was published by HarperCollins publishers, New York, in 2015.
The 'Study Quran' was published in line with Christian Bible and Jewish Talmud. It does not contain verses of Quran in Arabic. One has to read only English version of Quran like Bible and Torah/Talmud.
The Project Team who compiled this Quran included Caner K. Dagli, Maria Massi Dakake, Joseph E.B. Lumbard, and Mohammed Rustom. Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, an Iranian born Shia scholar, currently based in the United States, was the Chief Editor and Team Lead. Read more.
The following are the important features of this Quran.
(i) It is claimed by the Publishers that this book is written with an aim to be part of the syllabi of all Universities/Educational Institutions in the world who are giving courses in Islamic subjects. It is written from Christians/Jews and non-Muslims' point of view. The authors of this book treat Quran as an Object with its own voice. They do not treat Quran as the word of God, as believed by Muslims.
(ii) The secular language used in the book is extremely dangerous. After reading this book, one will be more inclined to accept all religions as authentic. Some essays have been included in the back of the book that lead people to believe in pluralism; meaning all religions are authentic and followers of all religions will get salvation in Hereafter. Particularly the essay written by Joseph Lumbard entitled 'The Quranic View of Sacred History and Other Religions' is note worthy in this context.
(iii) The explanations in this book lead one to believe that the belief in Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is optional, not essential for a person to get salvation in Hereafter. Only the belief in one God is sufficient. Moreover, the book leads people to the understanding that the belief in the Quran itself, in compliance with its injunctions and conformity with Islamic Sharia, is not compulsory for individuals living in the post Muhammadan world. With this understanding, the readers of this book will surely renounce Islam as taught by Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) altogether and will embrace Ammanism as their religion.
(iv) There are many misinterpretations in this book that are aimed at converting Muslims into Ammanism. Some of these misinterpretations are given below.
(a) Kharijites have not been refuted for their outrageous beliefs, rather their beliefs have been diluted to exonerate them from disbelieve.
(b) The book does not reject the Christian belief of trinity; rather it is misinterpreted in such a way that the reader starts endorsing the Christian Trinity belief.
(c) The Quranic emphasis of sodomy and punishment of the people of Lot (عليه السلام) has been diluted to lead people to believe that there is a difference between consensual sex and forced sex and the people of Lot (عليه السلام) were not punished for sodomy per se, rather they were punished for their overall crime, particularly their pedophile tendency.
(d) The issue related to adultery (Zina) and its prescribed punishment (Hudud) have been diluted to an extent that people start believing that Islamic Sharia in this context is based on misinterpretations of earlier scholars of Islam.
(v) All Ammani scholars have endorsed this book. Shaikh Hamza Yusuf, Co-Founder of Zaituna College, California, an Ammani scholar in US, endorsed this Quran by saying "this is perhaps the most important work done on the Islamic faith in the English Language to date. Read more.
The followers of Ammanism try to convince Muslims that they are promoting peace in Muslim society by treating everyone as a true Muslim. Many people do not realize that in the guise of stopping hate and bloodshed among Muslims, Amman Message promoters are attempting to change the basic beliefs of Islam and replace it with Ammanism. Read more
Dr. Taher-ul-Qadri is on the forefront of promoting Ammanism in the world. A brief biography of Dr. Qadri is provided below for our readers.
Dr. Qadri (born 1951 in Pakistan) was an Ahle Sunnah Scholar in the beginning. He established Minhaj-ul-Quran in 1981. Later a team of researchers were hired by Minhaj-ul-Quran to compile and write books under Dr. Qadri's supervision. This way Minhaj-ul-Quran published many books, including the translation of Holy Quran in Urdu. Since Dr. Qadri was a Lawyer and gifted public speaker, his speeches and the books published by Minhaj-ul-Quran made him popular. Pakistan based QTV played a major role in his popularity in Pakistan and other countries. As he became popular, he started mixing religion with the modern-day politics. In May, 1989 he established a political party 'Pakistani Awami Tehreek' (PAT) and attempted to use his followers as his vote bank. He did everything the modern day politicians do, from raising funds for election campaigns to alliance with other political parties whose ideals did not match with Islamic teachings, but did not succeed. No one got elected from his party's ticket in successive elections. Disillusioned from the electoral defeats, he immigrated to Canada in 2005.Dr. Qadri is famous for his lies in public. He is also famous for lying about his dreams in which he claims Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) gave him instructions. Some instances of a his glaring lies are as follows:(i) According to Dr. Qadri, he was destined to die at the age of 32 years (in 1983). However, he claimed that Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) appeared to him in his dream in 1983, along with Israel (علیہ السلام) who informed the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) that he was going to take away the soul of Dr. Qadri from his body as per the command of Allah (سبحانہ و تعالی). Israel (علیہ السلام) showed the Divine command to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) written on a piece of paper. On this Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) asked Israel (علیہ السلام) not to go to Dr. Qadri and instead return back to Allah (سبحانہ و تعالی) and convey his wish to raise the age of Dr. Qadri. First Allah (سبحانہ و تعالی) did not agree. Israel (علیہ السلام) was sent back again and again to Allah (سبحانہ و تعالی) by Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). Eventually Allah (سبحانہ و تعالی) agreed to grant another 31 years age to Dr. Qadri. This meant he will live for 63 years. Dr. Qadri disclosed this dream to people in an emotional style by wiping his eyes.Dr. Qadri remains in public glare all the time and people thought he would die at the age of 63 as per the command of Allah (سبحانہ و تعالی) on the behest of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) which was informed to people by Dr. Qadri himself. However, when Dr. Qadri was about 64 years old (currently he is about 67 years old), people started questioning about his dream. When a TV anchor asked him about this dream, Dr. Qadri denied to have seen any such dream. He said this was a false accusation on him spread in the media. He also denied that he had ever said to anyone about this dream in his life. The TV anchor then played the video clip in which he had earlier informed a large audience about this dream. Watch this video clip.
Dr. Qadri's denial of the dream made a big news and the issue of Dr. Qadri falsely claiming to have seen the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in his dreams and his attempts in associating lies with the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) was extensively discussed in religious circles and social media. A TV Channel in Pakistan invited Omar Riyaz Abbasi, Head of Minhaj-ul-Quran in Pakistan along with another religious scholar in a live show to find out Minhaj-ul-Quran's stand on this lie. Omar Riyaz Abbasi came to the TV Channel but avoided talking about the lie of Dr. Qadri about the Dream in spite of repeated reminders of the TV anchor during the show. Instead, he tried to emphasize that Dr. Qadri is a big scholar who has written so many books, etc. Refuting the argument of Riyaz Abbasi, the other invited scholar said, 'the real issue is the Iman of the person. Can a person, who is claimed to be Mujaddid, Ghouse and Shaikh-ul-Islam, associate lies with Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in this way? As far as writing books and lectures is concerned, Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani also wrote thick books and conducted debates with non-Muslims and was very popular during his time. Watch this interesting video clip.
(ii) Dr. Qadri was caught lying by taking Quran in his hand and swearing by Quran in a live TV show. Watch the following Video Clip and look at his face how embarrassed he is when he was caught lying by taking Quran in his hands by the TV anchor.
(iii) In one of his speeches Dr. Qadri claimed that the law of Blasphemy in Pakistan was made by him. Later he denied to have any association with that law in any manner whatsoever. Watch the video clip referred above at 1.55.(iv) Dr. Qadri was born in 1951 in Jhang District of Punjab Province, Pakistan and remained there till 1978. He passed LLB in 1974 and worked as Lawyer in Jhang District Court from 1974 till 1978. He got a job as Lecturer in the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, in 1978 and moved to Lahore the same year.Read his following conflicting claims.(a) In a public meeting in 2014 Dr. Qadri claimed that he was awake all nights for the past 35 years (from 1979 till 2014) and prayed Salat al-Fajr with the Wudhu of Salat al-Maghrib.(b) In January 2012, Dr. Qadri claimed that he studied under Imam Abu Hanifa (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) for 15-20 years in his dreams.(c) In March 2012, two months after making the above claim, in a public speech in Hyderabad, India, he swore to Allah (سبحانہ و تعالی) and the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in front of thousands of people and claimed that he studied 9 years under Imam Abu Hanifa (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) in his dreams. Apparently he forgot about his earlier claim made just two months earlier.(d) In another public speech he claimed that he studied for 15 years from Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti in his dreams.(e) Dr. Qadri also claimed that he studied from Aala Hadhrat Ahmed Radha Khan of Bareli for several years in his dreams.(f) In 2012, 2013 and 2014 during his months' long Dharnas, thousands of people have witnessed him sleeping the whole night in his air conditioned container. Watch the following Video clip.(v) In 2014 Dr. Qadri swore by Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and his green dome in front of thousands of his supporters that he will not leave the Dharna (sit in protest) till he dies or achieve his objective of overthrowing the elected Government. He made his followers also swear to stay in the Dharna with him. But to the bewilderment of everyone, a few days later, he left the Dharna quietly and flew back to Canada. Watch this video clip.You can find many video clips related to Dr. Qadri's lies in public posted by Pakistani TV channels all over Internet/You tube.
Dr. Qadri's Religious Journey
Dr. Qadri was born and lived in Jhang district of Punjab Province till 1978 where he practiced law in the District Court after passing LLB in 1974. From 1978 till 1983, he worked as Lecturer at the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. His religious activities began in Lahore when he started giving lectures on Fridays in "Ittefaq" Mosque. In 1981 he established Minhaj-ul-Quran Organization. Since Dr. Qadri was a Lawyer and gifted public speaker, he became popular with the masses and became a celebrity in Pakistan. Crowds started gathering wherever he spoke. Looking at the popularity, he gradually moved towards politics and established a political party 'Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT) in 1989. From 1989 to 2004 (15 years), he struggled, but in spite of his popularity, remained ineffective in provincial or federal Pakistani politics as no one got elected from his party's ticket in successive elections, except himself once in 2002. Disappointed from his political misfortune, he resigned from his lone seat in 2004 and immigrated to Canada in 2005.
In July 2006, Dr. Qadri was invited to attend an Ammani Conference titled 'Muslims of Europe' in Istanbul, Turkey. During the Conference, he signed Amman Message and made his beliefs official in front of the whole world.
Dr. Qadri's association with Ammanis grew at a faster pace in the following years. He was admitted as Senior Fellow of theRoyal Aal Al-Bayt Institute. This Institute was the launching pad of Amman Message and is considered as the Citadel of Ammanism in the world. Members of this Institute are responsible for promoting Ammanism in the world.
In 2010, Dr. Qadri published a 600 page book titled 'Fatwa on Terrorism' in Canada.
The 'Introduction' of this book was written by Joel Hayward, a Jew Air Bombardment expert of UK Royal Air Force. The 'Forward' was written by John L. Esposito, Director of Saudi Prince Talal Al-Waleed Center at Georgetown University.
The book was criticized by Muslims all over the world for its one sided approach. The Jang Newspaper wrote - Dr. Qadri has virtually blamed Muslims for terrorism while he has not mentioned a word about Israeli brutalities in Palestine, Muslims persecution in the West and mass killings of innocent Muslims in Iraq, Libya, Syria and other countries.
In March 2012, Dr. Qadri appointed Joel Hayward as his 'Strategic Policy Adviser' and announced his intention to return to Pakistan to lead a revolution in line with 'Arab Springs' in Libya, Syria, Egypt. Read more
In December 2012 he returned to Pakistan and led a Dharna along with his followers during December 2012 and February 2013 and tried to topple the elected Government. Watch this video clip how he incited his followers and security agencies/police to revolt.
But in spite of his firebrand speeches, he failed and returned back to Canada. Read more
In 2014 he came back again and tried to grab power by street protests. This time he secured the support and cooperation of Imran Khan, Tehreek-e-Insaaf Party of Pakistan. But to his bad luck, he failed again and returned back to Canada.
Umar Riaz Abbasi, Head of Minhajul Quran Central Secretariat, Lahore Pakistan seen giving belly dance jerks to entertain Dr. Qadri during his second Dharna in 2014. Watch this Video clip.
Ever since he signed Amman Message, Dr. Qadri is on the forefront of spreading Ammanism in the world. He works with missionary zeal and has developed a large network of Minhajul Quran to promote Ammanism in the name of 'Interfaith'.
Dr. Qadri's followers, known as Minhajis, are encouraged by him to visit Hindu temples, Sikh Gurduwaras, Christian Churches and other places of worship and take part in prayers. He also allows non-Muslims to visit Minhaji Mosques to worship as per their faith and customs
Watch carefully the following video clip. Dr. Qadri is very specific and explicit and repeatedly says non-Muslims are allowed to worship in Minhaji mosques as per their customs. Meaning, Hindus, Buddhists and others can perform Idol worship in Minhaji mosques. He also emphasizes that Minhajis all over the world visit Hindu temples, Sikh Gurduwaras, Christian Chruches, Jewish Synagogues and other places of worship and participate in their prayers. Dr. Qadri proudly says Minhaj-ul-Quran is the only organization in the world who is carrying out these practices.
The following information is taken from official Minhajul Quran sources run by Dr. Qadri.
(i) It was reported on official Minhaj website that the Hindu religious festival of ‘Holi’ was celebrated across the world on April 20, 2009. A special ceremony took place in a local temple in Lahore to celebrate the occasion. On the special invitation of the Hindu community leaders Dr Manuher Chand, Dr Suresh, Dr Suneil Kumar and Prof Ashok Kumar, MQI delegation participated in the celebrations.
Sohail Ahmad Raza, Director Interfaith Directorate, Minhaj, led Minhaj delegation to Holi Festivities. They played with Color and felicitated Hindus on the auspicious Holi Festival". Read more.
(ii) Usman Shah of Minhaj, UK led a delegation to Neville Road Gurdwara in East Ham, UK on March 30th, 2009. Minhajis covered their heads and participated in prayers alongside Sikhs in Gurduwara Prayer Hall. Read more.
(iii) On December 17, 2009, a delegation of Minhaj-ul-Quran participated in "Happy Chrismas function" and prayed at International Gospel (IG) Church along with Christians. Muhammad Mustafa, Director Foreign Affairs MQI; Sohail Ahmad Raza, Director Interfaith Relations MQI; Iftikhar-ul-Hasan Chishti and Muhammad Aleen Khan were part of MQI Delegation. Minhaji participants prayed at the Church along with Christians. They also presented a wreath of flowers to Reverend Dr. Marqas, Chairman International Gospel Mission on behalf of Dr. Qadri. Read more
(iv) Minhajis celebrating Milad un Nabi (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in a Hindu Temple along with Hindu priests. Look at the picture of the banner behind. At one side “Om” is written in Hindi, and the other side Green Dome of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is drawn. And Hindu priest of the temple stands in the center praying his Lord while Minhajis join him in his prayers sitting around him. Read more
(v) Dr. Qadri, celebrating Merry Christmas along with Christian Church dignitaries/Scholars. Watch this video Clip
(vi) Christians Worshiping in front rows of Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque and a large number of Minhajis standing silent behind. Read more
(vii) Dr. Qadri conducted an Ammani Peace Conference in UK in 2011 and asked people to adhere to the following Ammani teachings.
(a) Dr. Qadri asked people to take melodies (of Almighty) from Bible, Lyrics (of Almighty) from Taurah, Rhythm (of Almighty) from Quran. He preached them to take (learn) humility (as taught in) the holy scriptures of all other religions.
(b) He asked people to remember (and benefit from) the awakening of Buddah. Buddha is worshiped by Buddhists as God.
(c) Dr. Qadri urged people to remember the love of Krishna (and get rewarded) in their lives.
Krishna is a Hindu God famous for his love of 'Gopis' (10 to 16 year old unmarried girls). As per Hindu scriptures, Krishna had thousands of Gopis with whom he wandered in the Vrindavana forest, singing and dancing with them. In this way they reached the cool sandy banks of Yamuna.
The scriptures mention that Krishna used to steal and hide the garments of the girls when they take bath in the rivulets/ponds in the forest, before himself entering into the water. After the bath, he used to ask each girl to see him alone to get her dress, which the girls obliged passionately. The Gopis wanted to have Krishna as their husband. In that serene environment when Krishna touched the bodies of Gopis, their desires swelled and longing for him increased. Read more.
As per Mahabharata, Krishna married 16,108 women; each of whom gave birth to his 10 sons and one daughter.
(d) Dr. Qadri also urged people to remember (and learn from) the Optimism of the Sikhs (as taught to them by their Guru Nanak Dev Ji).
(e) In the end he prayed 'May the fragrance (guidance) of all religions remain on this Earth (and we get benefited from them all).
Watch this official Minhajul Quran Video Clip.
What Dr. Qadri is preaching is completely different from what Allah (سبحانہ و تعالی) taught us in Quran - إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللَّهِ الْإِسْلَامُ [Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is (only) Islam. ](Aale Imran - 19).
No doubt, Minhajis are the most prominent Sub-Group of Ammani Deviant Sect who are at the forefront of spreading Ammanism in the world. But they claim, they are Muslims, Ahle Sunnah. When Dr. Qadri is questioned about these practices, he misquotes a Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) 'Hadith of Najran delegation' to justify Ammani beliefs. Read more.
MINHAJUL QURAN IN HYDERABAD, INDIA
There is a substantial presence of Dr. Qadri's followers in India, particularly in Hyderabad. It looks Ammanism has seeped into the rank and files of some Sufi Salasil.
Picture shows Sajjada Nashins of some Sufi Salasil jointly holding Minhajul Quran convention in Hyd in November, 2016. They called Dr. Qadri as Shaikh-ul-Islam, Mujaddid and Leader.
By jointly working to promote Dr. Qadri and his Minhajul Quran, they are showing that they are the ardent followers of Dr. Qadri.