Ahmadiyya and the British Government will forever be linked. As WW-1 ended, Ahmadiyya missionaries were given access and funding to start missions in the new African countries that had been annexed to the British. After WW-2 it happened again, however, now it was on a higher scale. When MGA’s son took over as Khalifa, even he acknowledged the idea that the Ahmadiyya movement and the British Government were connected.
“Verily, the British government is our shield. We move forward and on and on under the protection of this shield. If this shield is removed, we would be torn and pierced by a volley of poisoned arrows from all direction. Our interests are linked with this Government to such an extent that its ruin will be our ruin and its progress our progress. Wherever the British empire spreads, we find a field for our mission.”
(Al-Fadl, October 19, 1915; by Mirza Mahmood Ahmad)
MGA had told us….
” . . . I brought the attention of my Jama’at that all people should pray from the bottom of their hearts for their magnanimous government that Allah the Exalted should give it a Great Victory in the war that is going on in the Transvaal . . . so wherever the members of my Jama’at are, they should give “chanda” according to their means for the injured (soldiers) of the British Government who have sustained injury in the Transvaal War . . . this “chanda” should be collected and the lists sent to Mirza Khuda Baksh in Qadian (who has been appointed for this duty) by 1 March 1900 . . . my Jama’at should consider this work important and carry it out urgently.”
(Feb 10, 1900 Advertisement, Majmooa Ishtiharat vol.3, p.219)
The above announcement was made near the beginning of the British offensive in the second Boer War, from January 1900 to September 1900.
The British had set up “concentration camps” to contain the refugees, mostly farmers who had lost their land during the fighting. The emotive term did not originally have the negative connotations that the Nazis brought to it. Nonetheless, conditions were inhumane and once the full extent of the suffering was revealed, there was uproar and outrage expressed in Britain. Estimates after the war revealed that as much as a quarter of the inmates, of which the vast majority were children under 16, died due to the inhumane conditions. Dysentery, typhoid and measles had been endemic and starvation claimed many. It is fair to conclude that this was a humanitarian disaster.
Mirza Sahib said:
“From my early age till now when I am 65 years of age, I have been engaged, with my pen and tongue, in an important task to turn the hearts of muslims towards the true love & goodwill & sympathy for the British Government and to obliterate the idea of jehad from the hearts of stupid (muslims).”
(Kitab-ul-Bariyah, Roohani Khazain vol 13 p.350)
There’s nothing wrong with being loyal to your government. In fact, I believe it’s the duty of Muslims to be model citizens, as long as they have the freedom to worship. A self-claimed prophet though, must have higher standards. He must say what needs to be said. Even if it hurts. He must speak the truth, and against oppression. Most notably, prophets hate oppression.
It’s clear that the Boer inmates were oppressed. A prophet with a hotline to God would know this and would have boldly declared the goings-on inhumane and worthy of condemnation. This didn’t happen. It behoves a decent person, never mind a claimant of prophethood, to vocally condemn such inhumanity. This is not to be mistaken for disloyalty. As a British citizen, I love Britain and respect its laws. However, I don’t have to like what we’re doing in Iraq and I am permitted to speak up against it. Mirza Sahib didn’t have 24-hour news or the Internet, but he claimed to have constant revelation from God. He should have known and he should have spoken up.
Asking for contributions to help your country’s war effort without understanding the ins and outs of the morality of the conflict seems shortsighted. A seer is not meant to be shortsighted. Let’s just say he was naive. Mirza Sahib could have dropped the requests for “chanda” (how much of it got to the intended recipients anyway?) and merely asked his community to pray for all victims of the war, whilst speaking up about the need for fair treatment of all parties. If he had a clue about what was really going on, then his unilateral support without outright condemnation of the humanitarian disaster perpetrated by the British negligence at the time was hypocritical.
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