7 Hocus-Pocus Pseudo-Science
Are the Qadianis a cult? What about their pseudo-science?
The Qadiani branch of the Ahmadiyya is, for all practical purposes, a cult-like organization. One of the most striking features is the complete lack of intellectual rigour in its history or theology. Now that a Qadiani Ahmadi, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, is part of the Conservative UK government, we are forced to ask this question. Especially when Lord Ahmad was vice-president of the UK chapter and still hosts a TV show for the Qadiani organization.
Here, we summarize a few interesting instances of the unique literary and scientific outlook of this group:
1. Plain Plagiarism by the 'Prophet'
The founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was accused of plagiarism from Arabic books and dictionaries. The most blatant is the first and last verse of a famous poem by Labeed bin Rabee'a. The 'prophet' even attributed these plagiarised verses to God, saying they had been revealed to him! For more instances, please refer to the plagiarism of the creation of this classic Arabic poet.
2. Confessed Fraudster's Book is the Foundation of the Ahmadi Faith
The central Ahmadiyya doctrine of 'Jesus in India' was borrowed from a dubious 19th-century book by Nicolas Notovich. He himself confessed his fabrication, but the Ahmadiyya still believe in the fabrication:
Notovich at first responded to claims to defend himself. But once his story had been re-examined by historians, Notovitch confessed to having fabricated the evidence.
Bart D. Ehrman, a Bible scholar and historian famous for his best sellers, says that "Today there is not a single recognized scholar on the planet who has any doubts about the matter. The entire story was invented by Notovitch, who earned a good deal of money and a substantial amount of notoriety for his hoax."
3. Jesus was Taken Alive from the Cross
The theory that Jesus was put on the cross but was taken down alive (presented by the 'Prophet' in circa 1897) was borrowed, and in some cases line-by-line, from the Tafseer-ul-Quran by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (circa 1880). With two learned people from Sir Syed's circle assisting Mirza Sahib (the Ahmadi 'prophet'), this was so embarrassing that the book with the 'revealed discoveries' were not published until after the author's death.
4. Max Mueller and the Aryan Languages lead to an Absurd Article of Faith
Another curious proposition - 'Arabic is the mother of all languages' - was a rather comical attempt to negate the findings of the linguist Max Mueller about the 'Aryan' group of languages. The founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was at odds with the 'Arya Samaj' (a Hindu organization) and mistakenly thought that the Aryan grouping of languages would give his adversaries a boost and he pre-empted that with a completely unfounded theory about Arabic.
And, to top it all, this pseudo-science is being peddled at British universities:
Max Mueller was also the biggest critic of Notovich and thus would have come to the attention of the Ahmadi 'prophet'.
5. Dangerous mix of Diluted Homeopathy and Blind Devotion
A somewhat dangerous mixture is the spiritual regard in which the Qadiani branch of the Ahmadiyya hold their caliph, and the propensity of these caliphs to pronounce homeopathic remedies from everything from the common cold to Ebola. Without any formal training in any form of medicine, the 2nd, 4th and 5th caliphs started to dabble in this quackery.
6. Shroud of Turin
Upon the establishment of the Shroud of Turin researchers in 1978, the 3rd Qadiani Caliph hastily pulled together a 'first' Conference on Jesus. A discredited theory of only a living body oozing blood was copied from another person. Needless to say, no 'second' conference has been held as of today. Reference: http://shroudstory.com/2011/10/12/history-remembered-the-first-international-conference-on-the-deliverance-of-jesus-christ-from-the-cross/
7. Fake Degrees as a Fulfilment of Prophecy
One of the earliest missionaries of the organization and a very revered 'companion' of the founder, Mufti Muhamad Sadiq, had a fondness for mail-order degrees. When he was a student, his 'prophet' had asked him to drop his studies and that Allah would give him 'many degrees.' By 1921, running out of options, and with his master's prophecies on the line, he could not resist the temptation to order SIX of them by mail!
As for the meaning of the genius' name: 'Sadiq' means truthful and 'Mufti' is the title of an Islamic jurist.
In 'A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order' (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Kambiz GhaneaBassiri writes:
And then he provides the exact fake degrees, which we reproduce below:
First Fake Degree of 'Dr. Sadiq':\