In a 12-page rebuttal signed by the amir of the sect, Baba Trawally, the Jama’at accused the GSIC of promoting unrest in the country.
“It is extremely unfortunate that a council that claims to be the representative of the Muslim Ummah in this country will make such a statement without even making research to present the correct facts,” the press statement reads.
“For instance, they allege that the Jama’at originated from Pakistan. For your information, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at was founded in March, 1889, by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi (AS) in Qadian, India and not Pakistan. How can the council represent the Muslim Ummah if they cannot get their basic facts right?
“We want to make it categorically clear that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at fully believes in the Supreme Being of Allah, the Almighty and all His attributes as mentioned in the Holy Quran and the Ahadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). We ardently consider the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as the Khatamun Nabiyeen and the Last Law Bearing Prophet. We, the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at believe in and consider the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as perfect and best of humanity. He is dearer to us and we love him more than our lives, parents, wives, children, property, honour and the whole world and its contents. In the press release, the council made various unfounded allegations against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at.
“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at upholds the Holy Quran as the final Divine Law and that nothing can be altered from it by any human being. The council should research so that its members may acquire true knowledge for the benefit of the public. Even the opponents of the Jama’at attested and acknowledged the efforts of members of the Jama’at in propagating and spreading the superiority of Islam and the high status of the Holy Qur’an.
“The services of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at to the Holy Qur’an are unparalleled. There is not a single organisation or community, Supreme Islamic Council included, who has done as much as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at to spread the Words of Allah – the Holy Quran. The Jama’at has translated the Holy Quran in more than seventy major languages of the world, including our local languages here – Fula, Mandinka and Wolof. It is strange how a Jama’at which does not believe in the Holy Quran will go to such length to spread its message. We challenge the council or anybody in the world to produce the so-called Ahmadiyya version of the Holy Quran which is different from the one revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) for the Gambian people to see.”
Read the full text of the 12-page rebuttal on pages 7 and 13]]>