A Google Search that reveals the ‘Present Caliph of Islam’ as someone from the Ahmadiyya sect is being shared by Muslims.
This week some mosques joined members of the public in notifying others of the concerns over a Google search which reveals Mirza Masroor Ahmad as ‘Present Caliph of Islam’ on Wikipedia.
In videos and texts, users are then urged to click on the feedback button on Wikipedia stating ‘This is misleading and inaccurate’. The initial search on Google asking questions such as ‘Who is the present caliph of Islam today?’ says, ‘The 5th and current Caliph of the Messiah of the Ahmadiyya Community is Mirza Masroor Ahmad. After the death of Ghulam Ahmad, his successors directed the Ahmadiyya Community from Qadian, India which remained the headquarters of the community until 1947 with the creation of Pakistan.’
The leader of a caliphate is called the caliph, meaning deputy or representative. Mainstream Sunni and Shi’ite Islam do not recognise Ahmadi claims to a caliphate as valid.
The Ahmadiyya sect of Islam has been subject to various forms of discrimination since the movement’s inception in 1889.
This is because they consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of the movement, to be the promised Mahdi and Messiah awaited by the Muslims.
Orthodox Muslims believe that Muhammad as the final prophet as laid out in the Holy Quran.