From a young age, Ahmadi children are strictly forbidden from ‘talking against the Jama’at’. The Ahmadiyya organisation can impose sanctions as a form of punishment for any such person who engages in any form of speech against the organisation, even if the person has a legitimate complaint.
There is a very deep reason for spreading fear of the consequences of such talk. This may seem very strange for a Muslim who has grown up to believe that Islam encourages one to question and think. Islam is a religion which encourages its followers to deal with any issues that may arise. Ahmadiyya on the other hand has a closed culture and an ethos of suppression whereby a follower may feel anxious to speak up regarding a wrong doing against him/her, for fear of incurring any backlash against themselves as a result.
During my time within Ahmadiyya I noticed that many of the followers were timid and introvert rather than having confidence. There was a clear apprehension of standing up for oneself when wronged. This is against the spirit of Islam. Our religion teaches us to stand up for our rights and the rights of others who are oppressed. Islam is a religion of Justice and one that looks at the society from a holistic approach whereby the rights of all are ensured, as is the punishment against the perpetrators of injustice.
The Ahmadiyya organisation however, expects its followers to accept any decisions against them and to resign to the judgement of the organisation’s internal Justice System (Qadha Board), even if the judgement is unjust. Followers are fearful of challenging decisions due to fear of having sanctions put against them. Many followers are victims of injustice and harbour feelings which they cannot express due to fears of potential punishment if their genuine complaints are unfairly labelled as ‘talking against the Jamaat’.
The construction of this deliberate ethos of fear within the organisation is for the benefit of the Ahmadiyya organisation and its hierarchy. The Ahmadiyya organisation and its hierarchy are aware of the deception of their organisation and are therefore actively trying to keep the truth hidden from their followers. In order to prevent the truth from being disclosed, any talk regarding the organisation is nipped in the bud and the fear of punishment is made very clear.
These are tactics that are used in closed communities and cults. The information available to followers is controlled. Followers are discouraged from accessing open information and are made to rely on the ‘official Ahmadiyya’ documents/information. In this way, the followers are kept in a cocoon and away from the real world.
If any follower becomes aware of the truth of the deception and leaves Ahmadiyya, he/she is very swiftly cut off from the community and people are ordered to not speak with them. Again, this is a protective measure to keep the truth hidden and to stop the ex-Ahmadi from spilling the beans further.
One does not hear of such practices within Muslim communities. There is no culture of labelling people as ‘talking against Islam’, nor are there any sanctions put in place against anyone who has a complaint or question. In fact, Imams at mosques welcome people to bring forward their complaints so that peace and harmony may be established.
I do not think any other religion upholds the same ethos as Ahmadiyya. Only cults use such practices.
I leave you with a saying by Voltaire – ‘To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise’.
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