“Sir” Allama Iqbal an Ahmadi?

Was “Sir” Allama Iqbal an Ahmadi?

Zahir Ebrahim

This is an Addendum to the first article in the series which examines the role of the most sacred cows among the Muslims who carved out their national destinies on the Grand Chessboard of the twentieth century: Sacred Cow: Allama Iqbal - Marde-momin or Superman?.
Caption Sacred Cow: Allama Iqbal - marde-momin or Superman? (image Sir Muhammad Iqbal via wikipedia, source Iqbal Academy, Pakistan)
Was “Sir” Allama Iqbal also an Ahmadi and the follower of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the fellow who created a new “peaceful Islam” Movement in India as the so called “promised reformer” after the militant 1857 Indian War of Independence which the British empire termed “mutiny”, had failed? A new document find reveals that to be the case.
This is a most significant question because Mirza Ghulam Ahmad anointed himself God inspired “prophet”, “mujjaddid”, “messiah”, etc., and founded an intellectual Movement of “peace” in the name of Islam which principally did not challenge the British empire's right to rule the Indian sub-continent as the new divinely appointed authority over the Muslims. The hijacking of the verse 4:59 of the Holy Qur'an to “Obey Allah, Obey the Messenger and those vested in authority over you”, made it theologically easy. (See https://tinyurl.com/Qadiani-4-59-Subversion) This indefinite clause has been used for fourteen centuries to legitimize imperial authority over the Muslim mind. Initially it was by the Muslims themselves and the world saw one dynastic Caliphate after another deriving their legitimacy as administerers of God's authority over the Muslim public. Well, by the beginning of the 19th century the burden had passed on to the Anglo-Saxon Christian empire to rule the Muslim mind in the Indian sub-continent. The Ahmadiyyat Movement sought to neutralize Indian Muslim militant and intellectual opposition to the British empire which had surfaced with extreme violence in 1857, uniting Hindus and Sikhs with Muslims in common cause. (See historical backgrounder https://tinyurl.com/Backgrounder-Qadiani)
The new “peaceful Islam” philosophy was marketed under the banner of “reform” not much different in its political dispensation than the “moderate Islam” being marketed by Daniel Pipes and his patsies like Tahir-ul Qadri et. al. worldwide, defining the new “good Muslim” and advocating full cooperation with all of the empire's mandates, narratives, and political directions. The overzealously religious Muslims of the Indo sub-continent needed subduing by all means possible, and theology is usually among the first recourse of any invader from an advanced civilization intellectually sophisticated enough to understand its power to command obedience. The Mongol invaders weren't and therefore eventually came to be absorbed by the relatively richer Indian civilization themselves. The new invaders, the more advanced British empire, understood Machiavelli. And so the Indians got the flourishing Ahmadiyyat movement which tacitly accepted the white man's burden of the superior civilizing force gradually bequeathing political and educational enlightenment by piece-meal dispensation to the backward Indian natives to slowly bring them up to speed on the self-governance they demanded! In the meantime, the white man continued to plunder the Jewel in the Crown as fair compensation for his selfless la mission civilisatrice!
The fact that the British empire exactly harbored that very primacy complex and cultivated native Uncle Toms to help run the empire's la mission civilisatrice is already proven by Lord Macaulay's speech of 1835 to the British Parliament which had led to crafting of the Indian Education policy for its Jewel in the Crown. The number of Ahmadis and other Muslim minorities anointed into “Sir” by the British Empire, the Uncle Toms trained in London and brought forth into public prominence and into Muslim leadership, all of whom subsequently led, energized, and participated in the manufactured separatist movement to divide the Indian sub-continent in the name of Islam, is itself beyond doubt. It is both factual and self-evident.
The shocking discovery here is that “Sir” Allama Iqbal, the Ahmadi documentation claims, was an Ahmadi!
The “shocking” part, so to speak, is why would a supposed intellectual of the stature of “Sir” Allama Iqbal fall for this “mujjaddid reformer”, and as the document asserts, “in 1897, Sir Muhammad Iqbal took the pledge of Mirza sahib”?
It is not like “Sir” Muhammad Iqbal was born into the Ahmadiyya sect and inherited that belief system like many of its notable members who played a direct role in the orchestration of Pakistan, men like “Sir” Zafarulla Khan.
If this report is to be believed, Allama Iqbal intellectually adopted the Ahmadiyya faith by taking the pledge of allegiance directly at the hands of its original founder who called himself the divinely anointed “mujjaddid”!
Why isn't this “fact” more well known in Pakistan where the scholarly study of Iqbal, and all things Iqbal, termed “Iqbaliyat”, is ubiquitous?
Virtually every Muslim group, sect, and fiqh, of Pakistan claims “Sir” Iqbal to be their intellectual based on his lofty poems selling the “marde-momin”. But it was Iqbal who claimed Ahmadiyyat as his intellectual foundation.
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Dr. Iqbal’s attachment grew so much that in 1897 he formally took the bai‘at at the hand of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. This was confirmed by Maulvi Ghulam Muhiy-ud-Din Qasoori, ex-General Secretary of the Anjuman Himayat-i Islam, Lahore, at the time when the Munir Court of Enquiry was being held in Pakistan in 1953. His statement was reported in a newspaper as follows:
After five years, in 1897, Sir Muhammad Iqbal took the pledge of Mirza sahib.” (Daily Nawa-i Waqt, Lahore, 15 November 1953.)
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Reference: See Chapter 2, Maulana Hafiz Sher Mohammad, Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal and the Ahmadiyya Movement, Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha'at Islam Lahore Inc., U.S.A. 1995, http://www.muslim.org/iqbal/ch2.htm .
Download pdf of the full book from http://www.muslim.org/iqbal/smiatam.htm .
See Chapter 8 for English translation of some verses of “Sir” Allama Iqbal's poems that were written in praise of the British rulers of India, http://www.muslim.org/iqbal/ch8.htm . The future knighted “Sir” of the British empire evidently also harbored scant reservations for writing flattering praise for the oppressive British sovereigns if such gratuitous ass-kissing of the Massa could make him standout as their greatest Uncle Tom from among their worldwide subjects! Please visit these links to read for yourself how the British sovereign were “the protective shadow of God” over their colonial subjects.
Well, sure enough, Iqbal stood out, the British empire noticed him and his conversion to Ahmadiyyat, educated him, groomed him to serve their interests, appointed him to the Round Table, and eventually knighted him! Allama Iqbal's willing acceptance and retention of knighthood betrays his true motivation for the lavish praise that he had heaped upon the King and Queen of the British empire and supported their imperial causes by his acts of both commission and omission. It all makes sense. The acute discernment of facts and all the forces that drive them can lift the fog of confusion, but only for those able to examine the matter with some degree of emotional detachment.

Analyzing Iqbal and Ahmadiyyat in his early years

If Iqbal's Ahmadiyya pledge is indeed a fact and not mere myth as the majority of “feel-good” Muslims who claim him as their marde-momin are wont to assert, often with far less evidence concerning Iqbal's attachment to Ahmadiyya in his early years (as opposed to his last years when he openly came out in condemnation of it as examined below) than is provided by the Ahmadi document in support of their claim, then it is also a comprehensible fact. A brilliant young opportunist at the start of his career openly signaling his willingness to make the Faustian bargain in the service of empire. Whether Iqbal actually believed in this absurdity in the inner most recesses of his heart only he would know for sure, but the Ahmadi document asserts that other pilgrims in the camp believed that he was really a believer in their faith and followed in the footsteps of his family members' disposition towards Ahmadiyyat (see ch2, op. cit.):
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1. Dr. Iqbal’s father, Shaikh Nur Muhammad, was a great admirer of Hazrat Mirza.
2. Dr. Iqbal’s elder brother, Shaikh Ata Muhammad, had formally joined the Ahmadiyya Movement by taking the bai‘at (pledge).
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However, the prima facie evidence of what followed his pledge of allegiance to Ahmadiyya in 1897 at the ripe young age of twenty, is entirely self-consistent with the observation that Iqbal calculatingly did everything he possibly could to attract the attention of the British empire with ass-kissing praise of the occupying colonial power that even today sickens one to the stomach (see ch8, ibid.):
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Upon the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, Dr. Iqbal penned an epicedium of ten pages, entitled ‘Tears of Blood’, from which we give a few verses below. The Queen died on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, and Iqbal wrote:
Happiness came, but grief came along with it, Yesterday was Eid, but today came muharram [month of the year associated with the deepest mourning for Muslims]
Easier than the grief and mourning of this day, Would be the coming of the morn of the day of judgment.
Ah! the Queen of the realm of the heart has passed away, My scarred heart has become a house of mourning.
O India, thy lover has passed away, She who sighed at thy troubles has passed away.
O India, the protective shadow of God has been lifted from above you, She who sympathised with your inhabitants has gone.
Victoria is not dead as her good name remains, this is the life to whomever God gives it.
May the deceased receive abundant heavenly reward, and may we show goodly patience.”
(Baqiyyat-i Iqbal, poem runs over pages 71– 90. Translator’s Note: I have only translated here some of the verses quoted by Hafiz Sher Mohammad in his original Urdu work.)
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The Ahmadi Iqbal succeeded in winning the British empire's trust to the point of being sent not just to England to be groomed in the ways of empire as was deemed necessary by Lord Macaulay in his 1835 statement to the British Parliament for manufacturing British empire's House Niggers “who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern, –a class of persons Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect.”, but also to Germany to get a doctorate in nihilism! Let's examine this latter oxymoron a bit more forensically keeping empirical facts before us in order to not stray into baseless speculation.
Arguably it was Iqbal's gratuitous pledge of allegiance to Ahmadiyyat which signaled to the British empire that this brilliant young mind from the unknown backwaters of Sialkot was reliably willing to be their diabolical asset among the Muslims. The Nietzschean Superman is naturally amoral; beyond all belief systems that ordinary mortals are infused with. Noble lies and end justifies the means is the Superman's only “religion”. The demonstration of gratuitous and willing allegiance to a manifest absurdity by a most intelligent mind, as opposed to the dimwitted falling for it, is often a potent signal of a non sequitur. To attempt to seek the psychological explanation of this empiricism in political science, it could only have been a brilliant signal to the ruling British empire that this intelligent lad was prepared to be their house nigger and do anything for them! The British empire, as even the present Pax Americana empire building NGOs throughout the world, was always on the look-out for super intelligent peoples, alongside the useful idiots, who could be groomed to serve them in their own respective stations. Non sequiturs can brilliantly aid in that identification of the natural Nietzschean Superman candidate for grooming.
This actually explains why Allama Iqbal received such remarkable and early prominence from the British empire, more than anyone else in the colonized Indian sub-continent. The empire perhaps quickly discerned that this most intelligent future Indian asset was by his nature beyond good and evil and would do anything for them without necessarily needing to be explicitly told what to do. It is not an insignificant coincidence that Iqbal was the only notable scion of the sub-continent who also received his grooming in Germany, in the atheistic philosophy of Nietzsche and Hegel – as an Indian Muslim! Iqbal was even given a doctoral thesis supervisor who was himself a prominent student of Hegel.
So observe this strange non sequitur: the British empire is grooming a most brilliant Muslim intellectual to get a Ph.D. in statism and the nihilistic order!
Not unless one intimately learns Hegel and the Hegelian Dialectic that one can appreciate the sophistication of the nihilistic devil underneath the white virginal wedding gown. And Iqbal is formally trained by the British empire in that very diabolical theology of imperial mobilization such that in a fit of public conscience the marde-momin can easily give away the bride's secret to protect his peoples from the syphilis epidemic that always follows in its wake?
Why did the British empire take that risk of training a brilliant Muslim intellectual in this avant-garde nihilistic order whose home base was even in its rival empire?
To this scribe's knowledge, no other stalwart “Sir” from the backwaters of the Indian sub-continent, Hindu or Muslim, groomed in England to serve the British empire, is known to have also received such academic training in Nietzsche and Hegel in Germany. The author would appreciate receiving a citation that might demonstrate otherwise.
Why is Iqbal such an exception? How did the British even know to make that exception and so early on in Iqbal's career?
Indubitably, only if the Massa had recognized and were certain that they were grooming a trusted lieutenant, their own Superman!
Undoubtedly Iqbal's bizarre pledge of allegiance to “Hazrat” Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – to so obvious a charlatan who although being a brilliant interlocutor of Christian missionaries from all the historical accounts, is fundamentally little different from the flourishing “sufi pirs” dotting the sub-continental landscape even today who routinely claim communion with God or with the supernatural and sell divine prescriptions, just that in his case God had happened to prescribe peaceful coexistence of the Indian Muslims with the colonizing British rulers of India – inspired that trust.
How and why did Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian in India, like Bahaullah of Iran, and Abdul Wahab of Arabia previously, succeed in making his reform Movement so prominent – it is also not an insignificant coincidence that all three Movements shared one strange common denominator in their respective Messianic dispensation, namely, asserting a divine mandate for advocating to their respective Muslim followers to not challenge the colonial authority of the British empire – is beyond the scope of this analysis. It should however also be self-evident to the students of imperial history who benefited in all three cases; cui bono always being a pretty good yardstick to learn which god one shills for.
The fact that the imperial trust in their new Frankenstein, diabolically wrapped in marde-momin's virtuous garb but principally serving empire's own interests as its Superman, is strictly honored, is categorically betrayed by evidence of “Sir” Allama Iqbal's own actions and inactions.
True to his pledge of allegiance to the new messianic figure of India, which in effect was the pledge of allegiance to the British empire, the first significant thing our marde-momin did was to invent the brilliant rationale for the unprecedented separate Muslim nation-state to match what was happening in the other long-planned Rothschild's Round Table project, the unprecedented partition of Palestine under Moses Hess' brilliant invention of Rothschild Zionism to motivate the already well-settled Jews of a culturally developed and sophisticated Europe to migrate to the rural farm lands of Palestine.
Allama Iqbal unveiled his specious rationale for a separate Muslim “nation-state” in synchronicity with the British empire's Balfour Declaration issued to Lord Rothschild gratuitously granting the European Jewry a Jewish “nation-state” of their own in Palestine. The two rationales are shockingly similar, even coming at precisely the same epoch in the aftermath of World War I when vast territories of others were Machiavellianly being carved out in smaller “nation-states”: a) neither minority community can co-exist with the majority; b) both speciously draw on theology from their respective Holy Books to sell the unprecedented political act of a separate homeland to their respective unwitting mass base in the name of their respective religion; and c) both are helped by respective “revolutionary times” on the ground to legitimize their demand in the most diabolical and murderous examples of Demand Creation. The modern students of advertising and marketing, more than engineers and doctors, would perhaps be better acquainted with that term which today drives a trillion dollar industry. For the psychological sophistication that underlies that concept, see Edward Bernays' 1928 classic book titled: Propaganda, for some real case studies of Demand Creation.
The diabolical Balfour Declaration remained unopposed by “Sir” Allama Iqbal when even non Muslims like Mahatma Gandhi most straightforwardly exposed the speciousness of the Jewish demand! Read below the eloquence of commonsense from the mind of a Hindu non-separatist national leader which the marde-momin Allama Iqbal, the brilliant philosopher separatist leader of Muslims, could never muster! And how could he ever muster any such effrontery as intellectual and moral integrity demanded after his Faustian pledge of allegiance to the British empire as God's protective shadow over India? The marde-momin of the future Pakistan had already prepared the same sort of partition demand on behalf of the Muslims of India! The demand, politically legitimized from mere ink on lifeless paper to a thriving Movement by giving it continued considerations at the Round Table Conferences, outright neutralized not only the tiny Indian Khilafat Movement which was being a thorn in the British empire's gluteus maximus, but also preemptively neutralized any serious Indian Muslim mass opposition to the Crown's bastardization of the former lands of the Muslim Ottoman empire from arising in India and opening a second front of momentous civil disobedience on that count. The risk mitigation strategy of neutralizing any effective Muslim protest over handing Jerusalem and Palestine to the Jews from making governance impossible in the Indian sub-continent for the British empire is clearly visible here.
The trust (or the calculated bet) of the British empire in “Sir” Allama Iqbal as the faithful Superman of empire had been fully vindicated. The marde-momin of Islam is not known to have uttered any condemnation of the Jewish demand for Jewistan, let alone of the most sophisticated and diabolical Balfour Declaration fraud inflicted upon a naïve agrarian Muslim population of Palestine, in the twenty years that he lived afterwards as the knight of the British Round Table. Nothing like the following straightforward truth escaped the trusted knight's brilliant mind – and for what reason it escaped the great Mahatma's will be taken up in a separate episode of the Sacred Cow series dedicated to Gandhi and his own grooming by the British empire to play in the Hegelian Dialectic:
But my sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice. The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after return to Palestine. Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood? Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. The mandates have no sanction but that of the last war. Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home. The nobler course would be to insist on a just treatment of the Jews wherever they are born and bred. The Jews born in France are French in precisely the same sense that Christians born in France are French. If the Jews have no home but Palestine, will they relish the idea of being forced to leave the other parts of the world in which they are settled? Or do they want a double home where they can remain at will? This cry for the national home affords a colorable justification for the German expulsion of the Jews.” --- Mohandas K. Gandhi, on Jews & Middle-East, November 1938
It is surely not impudence to ask why such egregious silence on the most shocking travesty to be inflicted upon an innocent, mostly Muslim, indigenous peoples of Palestine from one who so profoundly articulated the “marde-momin” when even non Muslims can courageously speak their mind in condemnation of it? The six million Jews of Europe haven't even perished yet in the infamous still to be built gas chambers, but the marde-momin of Islam already appears more concerned for their Jewish welfare than his own Muslim peoples of Palestine – if “Sir” Allama Iqbal's ugly silence is permitted to explain his tacit endorsement of the Jewish demand for Jewistan.
No zealot Muslim scholar of Pakistan proudly quoting Allama Iqbal is ever willing to straightforwardly face that question of tacit endorsement of oppression by the abject silence which unequivocally colors the “muffakar-e-Pakistan” as nothing more than the opportunist house nigger of the British Round Table. But look at the conundrum: How can a Pakistani intellectual even begin to address that question of their sacred cow, let alone effectively challenge the raison d'être of the Jewish State in Palestine with a straight face, without himself confronting the very raison d'être of Pakistan in the Indian sub-continent?
A brilliantly administered preemptive perpetual check by the Round Table progenitors of the Jewish State upon Muslims in every time and space, thanks to “Sir” Allama Iqbal. In order to confront Jewistan with any degree of intellectual integrity and honesty, Muslims are forced to confront the creation of Pakistan. Both nation-states nuclear armed, both dystopic in their birth-pangs and at birth, and both, even today, a basket case of their respective civilizations to say the least; the two peoples respectively living “in the native land of the hypocrite” of their own in the name of god!
The fact that even both people are identically indoctrinated in the fairy tale construction and divine destiny of their respective nation is beautifully betrayed by the following Jewish example. It is evidently a tad easier for the Muslim mind to look more objectively at the “other”, especially its enemy, than at its own self, so here is looking at the Jewish state:
The state of Israel founded in 1948 following a war which the Israelis call the War of Independence, and the Palestinians call the Nakba – the catastrophe. A haunted, persecuted people sought to find a shelter and a state for itself, and did so at a horrible price to another people. During the war of 1948, more than half of the Palestinian population at the time – 1,380,000 people – were driven off their homeland by the Israeli army. Though Israel officially claimed that a majority of refugees fled and were not expelled, it still refused to allow them to return, as a UN resolution demanded shortly after 1948 war. Thus, the Israeli land was obtained through ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants. This is not a process unfamiliar in history. Israel's actions remain incomparable to the massive ethnic cleansing of Native Americans by the settlers and government of the United states. Had Israel stopped there, in 1948, I could probably live with it. As an Israeli, I grew up believing that this primal sin our state was founded on may be forgiven one day, because the founder's generation was driven by the faith that this was the only way to save the Jewish people from the danger of another holocaust.” -- Tanya Reinhart, Israel/Palestine – How to End the War of 1948 (emphasis added)
Perhaps the aforementioned candid example from the pen of a remarkable Jewish Israeli truth-teller, the professor of linguistics, late Tanya Reinhart, dispassionately confronting the Zionist myths, can prompt the interested Muslim Pakistani reader to also go look at how Pakistani children are, even today, ubiquitously indoctrinated into the state philosophy from Kindergarten to university, not to forget in the religious madrassas now dotting virtually every neighborhood of Pakistan. The following is stated in the section titled National Education Policy 1998-2010, of the 2007 White Paper on Education Policy prepared by Pakistan's Education Ministry:
Continuing on the 1979 & 1992 policies, this policy makes several leaps. First, in 21st century it visualizes Pakistan as an ideological state ... the country cannot survive and advance without putting the entire system of education on Islamic foundations....the only justification for our existence is our total commitment to Islam as out sole identity. Second, education is perceived as an instrument to 'build the sound Islamic society'. Third, Islam and Islamic values should not be part of Islamic studies alone but also all other disciplines.” (emphasis added)
That, all that, in this author's view, is the momentous and overarching consequence of what otherwise does appear on the surface to the cynic as a rather gratuitous and bizarre pledge of allegiance, and to the aficionado as nothing more than the insignificant petulance of youthful exuberance, for a most brilliant young mind to accept on the hand of a “sufi pir” on his absurd claim that God spoke to him and told him to not oppose the British empire!
It is likely that the Muslim mind, especially the Pakistani mind, will easily reject these historical linkages without any consideration of their merit. But it is for everyone to also quite democratically observe and ponder upon, that the Ahmadiyya sect's sacred mosque today just happens to be most generously located in Haifa, Israel! The Ahmadiyya community settled early in the Zionist Jewistan in the making, as early as 1928 according to wikipedia. Why such benevolence is shown towards the Ahmadiyya sect by the Zionists, when the Jewish State since its inception is systematically usurping all sacred vestiges of Islam and Muslims from The Holy Land? Interestingly, the Bahais of Iran's temple, the Bahai Gardens, and its “World Headquarters” are also located in Israel. Why such benevolence to fringe Muslim sects who so generously advocated peace with the British empire's la mission civilisatrice? The linkage of the Ahmadiyya Movement to the Zionist project is unequivocally manifest. It is also a categorical fact that Allama Iqbal played a most auspicious role for the British empire's divide and conquer strategy on the new evolving grand chessboard full of warring nation-states carved out of former empires: categorical omission on the Jews' side to support their dystopia, and categorical commission on the Muslims' side to father their dystopia.
Sir” Allama Iqbal being baptized an Ahmadi in an Ahmadi sympathetic home, although a painful issue for many zealot Muslims to reconcile with, is pertinent only in so far as it is a coherent explanation of empirical facts which all can see. None of the facts discussed here are classified as state-secret of any nation. What Iqbal's inner-most religious beliefs may have been or how he may have evolved spiritually, was really his own private affair. People of many religions, as well as no religion, have equally served empire in all times as its useful idiots, mercenaries and Superman! “Sir” Allama Iqbal, the evidence betrays, and as persuasively argued here, was manifestly among the Superman.
The Mahmood Mosque in Kababir, Haifa, Israel was built by Ahmadiyya Muslim community in the late 1970s. Kababir is a mixed neighborhood of Ahmadi Muslim Arabs and Jews on Mount Carmel in Haifa. When established in 1928, the majority of the town's residents were part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The first Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary from India in Israel was Jalaluddin Shams. (Image and text source Wikipedia)
Caption The Mahmood Mosque in Kababir, Haifa, Israel was built by Ahmadiyya Muslim community in the late 1970s. Kababir is a mixed neighborhood of Ahmadi Muslim Arabs and Jews on Mount Carmel in Haifa. When established in 1928, the majority of the town's residents were part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The first Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary from India in Israel was Jalaluddin Shams. (Image and text source Wikipedia)

Analyzing Iqbal and Ahmadiyyat in his last years

A second revealing Ahmadi document lends new insights into “Sir” Allama Iqbal's “fickle mindedness” to easily go with the political flow when it was necessary to do so, titled: Sir Muhammad Iqbal's Statement re The Qadianis, by Maulana Muhammad Ali. It is a rebuttal written by this famous late Ahmadi scholar who is also deemed to be the first Muslim English translator of the Holy Qur'an to offer a fair and well-respected translation to the English speaking world (MMA 1917), to “Sir” Allama Iqbal after the lauded poet-philosopher had evidently turned volt face on his pledge of acceptance of the Ahmadiyyat faith towards the latter part of his life and belatedly condemned the Qadiani Ahmadis “kafir” circa 1935. Why had Iqbal waited so long to issue his condemnation? Download pdf http://aaiil.org/text/books/mali/sirmuhammadiqbalsstatementsqadianis/sirmuhammadiqbalsstatementsqadianis.pdf .
This document shockingly reveals that “Sir” Allama Iqbal invited “the British Government to interfere in the religious controversy between the Qadianis and the orthodox to help the majority against an insignificant minority,”.
The “shocking” thing here, once again putting the exclamation in double quotes to emphasize it, is that “Sir” Allama Iqbal is seen inviting the British empire's intervention in supposedly a purely religious matter among the Muslim sects. The knight of the British empire is gratuitously calling upon his Christian masters as the colonizing state of India to legally deem the Qadianis, even if deemed a dubious Muslim sect by the pious keepers of the faith, officially “kafir”!
Sir” Allama Iqbal's own words, written as a Postscript in clarification of his own statements to which presumably Maulana Muhammad Ali was responding, leave no room for doubt that Iqbal is calling upon the British empire, the “rulers” of India, to declare the Qadianis non-Muslim:
I understand that this statement has caused some misunderstanding in some quarters. It is thought that I have made a subtle suggestion to the Government to suppress the Qadiani movement by force. Nothing of the kind. I have made it clear that the policy of non-interference in religion is the only policy which can be adopted by the rulers of India. No other policy is possible. I confess, however, that to my mind this policy is harmful to the interests of religious communities; but there is no escape from it and those who suffer will have to safeguard their interests by suitable means. The best course for the rulers of India is, in my opinion, to declare the Qadianis a separate community. This will be perfectly consistent with the policy of the Qadianis themselves, and the Indian Muslim will tolerate them just as he tolerates other religions.Qadianis and Orthodox Muslims, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, circa 1935 (source: http://www.koranselskab.dk/profiler/iqbal/qadianis.htm )
Once again, “Sir” Allama Iqbal is a) inviting state sanction on “takfir”; and b) inviting a Christian State's sanction colonially ruling India on a Muslim internal theological matter!
What sort of marde-momin is this?
This document written by the famous and most respected translator of the Holy Qur'an, and “Sir” Allama Iqbal's own words, lend compelling evidence to the idea that the rising takfiri trend in Pakistan today has a most distinguished intellectual pedigree in the Indian sub-continent that goes back at least to the Ahrar of the 1930s! See: Memo: The 'Ahrar-Ahmadiya controversy' of 1953 and Shia Killings today in 2013. And given that the beleaguered Shia Muslims of Pakistan today rush to proclaim “Sir” Allama Iqbal as their own greatest contributor to mankind in the twentieth century, they may have this same great benefactor to thank for the rabid state-sponsored “takfirism” that has now engulfed Pakistan with the state officially adjudicating in 1974, and subsequently continually “tickling”, the specious doctrinal question who is Muslim and who isn't. That sword is now hanging over the Shia minority of Pakistan themselves. See: What Role did Shias Play in Condemning Qadianis to Kafirdom in Cahoots with Sunni Scholars in 1974?. Furthermore, as evidence of the veracity of the first half of the preceding statement, that the Shia pulpit too unabashedly proclaims “Sir” Allama Iqbal as the “alambardar” (flag-bearer) of “deen-e-Shabbiri” (the deen as exemplified by Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet of Islam, at Karbala), the Qom (Iran) trained fiery Shia pontiff of Pakistan, Syed Jawad Naqvi of Lahore, is oft heard declaring this tall knight of the British empire to be the first and foremost intellectual exponent of “valih-e-faqih” (even before the late Ayatollah Khomeini had borrowed Plato's 2500 year old “philosopher-king” and cleverly re-flavored it to give it revelatory underpinnings under the banner of “revolutionary Islam”)! See The Rise of Revolutionary Islam in Pakistan – A Report on Behavior Control. To this has been added the new cacophony of Sunni Barelvi version of Revolutionary Islam. It also enlists “Sir” Allama Muhammad Iqbal to its cause célèbre, but calls it “deen-e-Muhammadi”. Their raison d'être in contrast to the Shia version, is to enforce the Article in Pakistan's Constitution of Ahmadis declared as kafir, enforce Pakistan's Blasphemy laws without show of mercy, and bring the religion of Prophet Muhammad and the Sunni Caliphs back to power. See Epilogue: Pakistan on the chopping block in 2018? http://tinyurl.com/Pakistan-on-chopping-block.
To even ask such a loaded religious doctrinal question who is a Muslim and who isn't, never mind to try to answer it, only benefits the cultivation of divide and conquer!
The fact as per this document that Allama Iqbal even participated in that Machiavellian question like any ordinary mullah of the day (and of today), something which even puzzled Maulana Mohammad Ali as is visible from his rebuttal, is a most disturbing fact. The brightest Allama of the British empire is a European trained intellectual philosopher in the Age of post enlightenment. He is not only academically intimate with Hegel and Nietzsche, Spinoza and Will Durant, but is also plugged in politically as the member of Round Table representing Muslim political interests. Even a quick peruse of his long essay titled: “The Muslim Attitude towards the Ahmadiyya Movement”, written in response to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru inquiring into the Muslim attitudes towards the Ahmadis, trivially shows the reader that “Sir” Allama Iqbal is a sophisticated and intellectually savvy scholar to say the least. Read his essay which is even used today by both the feeble of mind and the shrewd Machiavelli to lend an intellectual veneer to the marginalization of Ahmadis and Qadianis as non Muslims : http://www.koranselskab.dk/profiler/iqbal/ahmadiyya.htm .
Therefore, once again, is it gross impertinence to ask whether the shinning knight of the British empire is so politically naïve as to not realize that the foolish doctrinal question of trying to settle who is a Muslim and who isn't – and especially under a politically charged imperial umbrella that harkens to the partition of the sectarianly divisive Indian sub-continent – only begs open an endless Pandora's box? That pursuing that question can never achieve anything productive, or in the national interest, except the inevitable political disenfranchisement of the minority public thus targeted, and for whom, it is safe to presume, their practice of religion is often their native belief system of birth for which they will willingly live and die in the extremes like any self-respecting people? Does it take a rocket scientist to know that only “revolutionary times” will be the natural harvest of fueling that volatile inferno? This is entirely self-evident.
We can see the truth of this observation even today. It is now almost trivial to seed, germinate, cultivate and harvest theological differences among Muslims based on that exact same doctrinal question for pushing any political agenda no differently than how the British empire cultivated the Hegelian Dialectic of “peaceful Islam” to encourage the Muslims of the day to refrain from challenging its sovereign authority over them as an integral part of their own religion Islam. Compare with today's Hegelian Dialectic of “moderate Islam” as the new “peaceful Islam” du jour of Tahir-ul Qadri and Daniel Pipes et. al. It also refrains from questioning the empire's narratives of the day, narratives that aid and abet its latter day “imperial mobilization” agendas. And juxtapose it against both of its antithesis, “militant Islam” based on Sunni derived orthodoxy and “revolutionary Islam” based on Shia derived orthodoxy. All these opposites and their exponents naturally clashing with each other and with all others on the grand chessboard of today, inevitably leads to percolating “revolutionary times” all along the “arc of crisis” in the “global zone of percolating violence”. Just as it was self-servingly presaged by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter (1976-1980).
The violence, both externally directed, and internecine, is naturally seeded in a self-fulfilling prophecy because one side terrorizes while the other side defends itself, and the third party sprinkles the “peaceful” reform panacea to the mix to add to the chaos and confusion of the “revolutionary times”. The fact is that they all principally serve the same interests, to lend natural justification for whatever a priori political agenda that needed to be foisted upon the public, to be automatically achieved in the guise of the officialdom pursuing legitimate reactions to these manufactured “revolutionary times”. See Hegelian Dialectic – What is it? if you are unfamiliar with journeying with the uber sophisticated Machiavelli on the road to “imperial mobilization”.


These two document finds are what they are. Please read them carefully in the light of what is examined here, and make up your own damn mind of why and how did “Sir” Allama Iqbal come to adopt Ahmadiyyat and its pragmatic theosophy of not only not opposing the British empire as the rulers of the sub-continent, but working cooperatively with all its imperial agendas. All notable Ahmadis, without exception, as far as I am aware, pragmatically cooperated with the discourse boundaries and the political directions bequeathed by the British empire to the sub-continent. The factual record of the actual acts and deeds of our noble Superman, and of the concomitant rewards so reaped from the British empire, from the unknown rags of Sialkot to the coveted knighthood of empire, reflects that very Ahmadiyyat theosophy of pragmaticism despite all his moral sermonizing of the virtuous marde-momin! Oscar Wilde most straightforwardly summarized this state of affairs in The Picture of Dorian Gray: “And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.”
The purpose of the rehearsal of this sacred history and its non conformist analysis is not so that the reader may be intellectually entertained so to speak, and shout their applause when they approve or attempt to denigrate the author when they find the material unpleasant --- as has evidently been the case since the publication of Sacred Cow: Allama Iqbal - marde-momin or Superman? in December 2012. But that the reader experiencing cognitive dissonance upon examining their own history from a different angle on the broader canvas of the grand chessboard, may shrewdly come to comprehend the sophisticated methods of the devil and how it seduces the “likkha parrha jahils” just as easily as the dimwitted. While it may have become a well worn cliché, it is surely necessary to reiterate it again to remind the reader who is already squirming in discomfort, that the purpose of dispassionately studying the past with some emotional detachment is so that one can effectively prepare to counter the sophisticated devil in one's own times. The purpose of dispassionately studying the present, in spite of being so close in time to the events one is living through that often the perspectives of even the finest scholars can get naturally distorted due to both emotional attachment and incompleteness of truthful information, is so that one can come to comprehend the past. For history, especially dystopic history, often repeats itself. What might appear as an insoluble puzzle of history can at times easily be unraveled by dispassionately looking at similar events and attitudes of the present. And what might be sowing confusion in the present is easily comprehended by forensically examining the past away from the narratives of power and its officialdom. See the report: Behavior Control by The Mighty Wurlitzer to fathom how the public mind is Machiavellianly made in the present by the control of the narrative. It was made in the same way in the past with similar Machiavellian forces in play. George Orwell, among all the perceptive essayist of modernity, summed it the most elegantly: “Those who control the past control the future, those who control the present control the past”!
As the final word, the Ahmadis today, born and socialized into their core belief system no differently than any other people, including the Shias and the Sunnis in their myriad Muslim sects, cannot be denied their political rights in Pakistan and continued to be marginalized as “non Muslim”. The problem is not that they don't have rights like any other minority in Pakistan --- and if some feel that these minority rights aren't the same or equal to the majority's rights because of which the distinction is made in the first place between majority and minority in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which is posited as the Islamic state, then that is a separate question and applies to all minorities without distinction for which the solution is to not have a religion based state. Thus far, the Christians, Hindus, Jews, Parsis, Sikhs, etc. do not have the same problem as Ahmadis. All minorities in Pakistan freely practice their religion, and their skill-craft, under constitutional protection.
The problem specific to the Ahmadis is that these poor souls, like any people born into their religion-culture and socialized into its core values from birth, choose to self-identify themselves as “Muslim”. Why? Well, because they think of themselves as Muslim! The rest of the clergy class among the traditional Muslims (both Shia and Sunni) would like to deny them that self-identification and that's the real crux of the matter.
This issue of self-identification opened the Pandora's box which has plagued Muslims of the Indian sub-continent ever since Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed to be the successor of the Prophet of Islam, and claimed to have been sent by God as the long awaited “Promised reformer” to the Muslims. The issue would surely have died out for its brazen speciousness, except that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad started acquiring a prominent following, especially among the educated Muslims. They in turn started preaching Ahmadiyyat doctrine to the Muslim masses in the name of Islam, and under the obvious benefaction of the British empire whose rule was always helped by any divisiveness among Muslims and the people of sub-continent.
This cognitive infiltration of the religion of Islam that God sent a “reformer” after the Prophet of Islam, created the anticipated backlash among the ullemas of Islam in the sub-continent. They obviously felt their sacred religion being deliberately corrupted in the name of Islam by this pretender to prophesy, like all the other pretenders of antiquity who had arisen after the death of the Prophet of Islam. They had been dealt with severely by the Muslim Caliphs with uncompromising warfare in huge battles, until all the false prophets had been killed and their armies subdued. This topic has always been ripe for getting Muslims to cut each others throats in the name of their own religion. In the hands of modern Machiavelli, and especially under game theory laced behavioral calculations of the Muslim public reaction in the aggregate, it is a sure fire way of lighting internecine fire and chaos conditions that could be made self-sustaining.
That infernal question of who is a Muslim and who isn't in the sectarianly infested Muslim polity remains the devil's gambit to sow discord among a foolish people. We have had fourteen centuries of Islam and that should have, by now, at least civilized the Muslim mind to respond to discourse with discourse, to intelligence with intelligence, and to intellectual warfare with intellectual warfare and intellectual self-defence. But we still tend to respond to discourse that does not please us with the hammer if not the sword!
When a purely theological and academic matter that is best relegated to intellectual discourses in mullah seminaries among the idle caste posing as the self-appointed guardians of faith, is cast in political overtones, then those participating in it can only be the devil's apprentice. Separating propaganda and dystopic conditions that support rulers to control their dominions, from religious dogma, when the two have deliberately been intertwined first and foremost requires expending matching intellectual energy to confront the villainy, not state sponsored and mob tyranny. It goes without saying that a state, a religion, and a people must surely always defend themselves by whatever means that will be effective when under attack. But to not understand the Mephistopheles before them is to continually fall into its trap. This applies to both the Muslims of Pakistan and to the Ahmadis of Pakistan who like to call themselves “Muslim”. Someone else entirely is harvesting the theological differences between them for their own vested interests. Duh!
This analysis, accordingly, has separated the propaganda of imperial mobilization from the right to bear any religion or belief. A people are entitled to believe whatever they feel inclined to believe --- the freedom to believe, to think one's own thoughts, without coercion and manipulation, is an inalienable right. Indeed, right to believe is even more fundamental than the freedom to express those beliefs, and for those expressions to be permitted to be heard by others. Merely being free to shout idiotically in a bullhorn in the Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park is poking fun at the very concept of inalienable rights. Abstract inalienable rights are meaningless unless its exercise is fully permitted in letter and spirit. No political right in any fair society and civilization may be circumscribed, or marginalized, by the exercise of one's inalienable rights, except when straight-jacketed in absolute tyranny in a slave-state.
Any religion that oppresses people in its name is certainly not made by God, but by man! Why should any rational human being bow before man in the name of God?

If any facts used here are deemed to be in error, the author would appreciate receiving a citation to published reference that might indicate otherwise.

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The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at UET (Lahore), MIT, and Stanford University, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley ( http://tinyurl.com/zahir-patents ), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 Prisoners of the Cave was rejected by numerous publishers and can be read on the web at http://PrisonersoftheCave.org. He may be reached at http://Humanbeingsfirst.org. Verbatim reproduction license at http://humanbeingsfirst.org/#Copyright.

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