Should we call Ahmadis (or Qadianis) Muslim or what?
In my opinion, the most important thing that must always be kept in mind regarding deciding about somebody’s being a Muslim or otherwise is that it is not a matter to be decided by any one or more individuals. In other words, it is not my or any other individual’s jurisdiction to decide whether a person or a group in question is or is not a Muslim.
Calling an individual or a group “Muslim” actually means to make that individual or that group a part of the Muslim community, while calling someone or some group “non-Muslim” means that we are separating it from the body of the Muslim community. Keeping this in mind, in my opinion, it is only the jurisdiction of the Muslim community, in its collective capacity, to declare some individual or a group “non-Muslim”.
As far as the Qadianis and the Ahmadis are concerned, they have been termed as non-Muslims, not only by the state of Pakistan but also by the Muslim community, as a whole. Due to this reason, I believe that it would not be correct for us to call them “Muslims”. But on the other hand, it would not be correct to call them “kaafirs” or “infidels”. In my opinion, therefore, Qadianis and Ahmadis should only be called “non-Muslims”, because the Muslim ummah does not hold their belief regarding the prophethood of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani to be in consonance with the Muslim belief of finality of the prophethood of Mohammed (pbuh).
24th October 1998