I was intrigued to discover that the Qadiani (so-called Ahmadiyya) cult, which follows the notorious fake prophet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad who deceived a few thousand with his outlandish claims in the early 20th century, has resorted to $cientology-like tactics to bring down someone who exposes their falsehoods. Yep, they resorted to copyright law, as the CO$ did in the 1990s when people were posting their bizarre “secret scriptures” to Usenet. (Hat tip: DrM.)
This is not the first time I’ve heard of “religious authorities” sitting on their scripture - it was the standard practice of the medieval Christian priesthood - but it’s the first time I’ve heard of such behaviour by so-called Muslims. While many Muslim scholars do approve of religious textbooks being copyrighted to protect the living of their authors and translators, it is absurd to copyright and thus monopolise the works of a so-called prophet. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhi Allahu ‘anhu) is quoted as saying “let the Sunna go forth and do not stop it with opinions”, so clearly this isn’t an ideal for Qadianis, which isno bad thing as we don’t want everybody calling each other “son of a whore” any time someone disagrees with them.
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