British Muslims & their stance on Ahmadis
Wifaqul Ulama Iftaa & Public Affairs (Department)
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh (Peace, Blessings & Mercy of Allah be upon You).
This statement is being issued on the 07th of April 2016 and supersedes all previous statements on the subject.
Unequivocal support for pluralism & rejection of intimidation and violence:
We begin with stating our general agreement with the “Position Statement” of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) issued on their website on the 6th of April 2016 and reiterate:
We unequivocally condemn the murder of Asad Shah and affirm the right of Ahmadis to their freedom of belief and reject any attacks on their property or persons. We subscribe to pluralism and peaceful coexistence and acknowledge the rights of all to believe as they choose without coercion, fear and intimidation.
Rights of Scholars to define the boundaries of Normative Islam & Consensus:
It should be noted that similar to Christians, followers of Judaism and other faith, Muslim scholars also have the right to define the boundaries of normative Islam and reached a consensus on this issue.
Muslims have subscribed to the creed that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is the final Messenger of God for over 1400 years, uninterrupted. It is also an agreed upon tenet of both Sunni and Shia doctrines.
This global consensus was reconfirmed by the Muslim World League in their April 1974 (Makkah) meeting. Muslim Scholars from all over the world, and all schools of thought, unanimously agreed upon the position that (due to irreconcilable differences in creed) “Qadianees or Ahmadees are outside the fold of Islam”. This has been subsequently confirmed in later resolutions. This scholarly consensus involved detailed research into the the beliefs of the Ahmadiyya and it’s compatibility with normative Islam.
We (as British Muslims) affirm this fundamental creed of normative Islam. Alongside this we maintain respect for the right to have beliefs that differ from our position.
Update: 07th of July 2016
BBC has reported the court proceedings and concluded that Mr Asad Shah was not killed for being an Ahmadi.
Advocate deputy Iain McSporran, prosecuting, said: “The accused’s consistent and repeated account as to his motivation for murdering Asad Shah was that Shah claimed to be a prophet, which so offended his feelings and his faith that he had to kill him.”