One of the most foolish allegations against the true Islam, Ahmadiyya, is that we have altered the kalima. Let me make it clear that our kalima is nothing other than:
لآ اِلَهَ اِلّا اللّهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُوُل اللّهِ
The non Ahmadis have tried to raise an allegation that in reality our kalima is that There is no God but Allah and Ahmad is his messenger. They also present this picture and try to state that our mosque uses a different kalima.
Now any one who even has a little bit of knowledge, and studies this photo with honesty would have to admit that the words in this context is Muhammad(saw) rather than Ahmad(as). In Arabic calligraphy there are numerous forms of lengths and in Nigeria there is a traditional style of calligraphy by the people of the local area which requires the alphabet of , the equivalent of the alphabet m to be lengthened. This system of making a alphabetical letter longer is normal in Arabic calligraphy and often used by the Muslims of this region. You can also see the different way the “” is used here for rasul.
In this context, the has been first made longer to the upwards side and then brought down to join the second letter to make and when the two are joined to the third and fourth letters mim and dal, it reads : , i.e., Muhammad(saw)
Its clear that it represents Muhammad(saw). In Ahmad the first two alphabets of Alif and ha, are not even joined together, rather are written separately.In this alleged version of the kalima, the first alphabetical letter is mim and ha and they are separated. Now if we were to say that the first letter was not a mim but an alif for AHmad, then the word would be Al Hamd rather than Ahmad.
Now when we look at the kalima written it states a mim above for Muhammad:
It it was to say Ahmadi, it would have been written like this:
What is written on the mosque if read properly is :
If our kalima was indeed what the anti Ahmadis try to suggest, why would all of our mosques worldwide state otherwise? Why would we face the persecution of using this kalima and have our mosques be vandalized as well?
Ahmadis have never recited a different kalima than and this is our kalima and will forever remain our kalima. If our kalima was different the Pakistani government would not even worry about us and in fact let us even pray and do all of our other programs without any danger. Why would we change our kalima in a place where we are safe, and leave the original kalima in a place like Pakistan where we have the risk of being killed? This is a totally baseless allegation.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) has clearly stated:
The gist of our faith is: la ilaha illallaho Muhammad-ur-rasoolullah (There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.) Our belief, which we hold in this life here on earth and to which we will continue to adhere firmly till the time that we pass on to the next world, is that our spiritual leader and Master, Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is khataman-nabiyyeen, the seal of the prophets and the best of the messengers. At his hands religion has been consummated which guide man on the right path and further on to God Himself. We hold this belief with absolute certainty that the Holy Quran is the khatamul-kutub, the seal of all divine books, and not an iota can be added to or subtracted from its prescribed teachings, inhibitions, commands and injunctions. There will be no revelation or word from God which may amend or abrogate or change or alter any of the injunctions of the Holy Quran. If anyone subscribes to such views, in our opinion, he ceases to belong to the body of believers and becomes a heretic and an infidel thereby. (Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 3, P. 170: Izala-e-Auham)
He(as) also states:
We do believe that there is none worthy of worship except God Almighty and Sayyadena Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is His Messenger and khatamul-anbiya. We believe that Angels, Resurrection, Day of Judgment, Heaven and Hell all are reality.
(Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 14, P. 323: Ayyamus-Sulh)
It would not have been possible for me to have attained this grace if I had not followed the footsteps of my lord and master, the pride of all prophets, the best of mankind, Muhammad, the chosen one, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Whatever I have achieved by following him, and I know from my truly verified experience that no man can reach God to obtain a deeper understanding of His ways without following this Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Now, let me also make it known that the very first thing you are rewarded with, after having completely submitted yourself to the instructions and teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, is that you are granted new heart which is always rightly inclined. Such heart loses all love for this material world and instead it begins to yearn for an everlasting and unending heavenly pleasure. Having achieved this sublime state, your heart is now ready to receive that perfect and purest love of God. All these blessings are bequeathed to you as a spiritual heritage because of your complete obedience to the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. (Ruhani Khazain, V. 22, P. 64-65: Haqeeqatul Wahee)
I have been made to understand that of all the Messengers, the one who brought the perfect and purest of teachings full of wisdom, and one who exhibited in him the noblest of human qualities, is the Holy Prophet Muhammad, our lord and master, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. (Ruhani Khazain, V. 17, P. 345, Arba’een 1.)
From a study of the life of the Holy Prophet, khatamal-anbiya, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, it will become manifest to every reader that the Holy Prophet of Islam possessed exemplary character with purest heart. He was ever ready to sacrifice his life for God, he pinned no hopes on men and entertained no fear of them. He reposed his entire trust in Allah. Having enslaved himself entirely to the will and pleasure of Allah, he did not care what hazards he would face and what suffering he would be subjected to at the hands of the idolators as a result of declaring to the world the message of the Unity of God. (Roohani Khazain, V. 1, P. 111, Braheene Ahmadiyya)
When we examine with fairness and justice all the prophets of the past, we find that Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, the Holy Prophet of Islam, stands out as the most valiant among them, the one who fully possessed all the qualities of life and was the one most endeared to God.
(Ruhani Khazain, V. 12, P. 82, Sirajual-Muneer)