The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) are Muslims who believe in the Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) (1835-1908) of Qadian. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founded the AMC in 1889 as a revival movement within Islam, emphasizing its essential teachings of peace, love, justice, and sanctity of life. Today, the AMC is the world’s largest Islamic community under one Divinely appointed leader, His Holiness the Khalifa of Islam, Mirza Masroor Ahmad aba (b. 1950). The AMC spans over 200 nations with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA (est. 1920) is America’s largest Muslim organization under one leader.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus Christ as and the Mahdi, whose advent Prophet Muhammad (sa) foretold. The AMC believes that God sent Mirza Ghulam Ahmad to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed, and restore morality, justice, and peace. He reformed Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true teachings. He also recognized the noble teachings of the great religious founders and saints, including Zoroaster, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu, and Guru Nanak, and explained how their original teachings converge into true Islam.
The AMC is the leading Islamic organization to categorically reject terrorism. Over a century ago, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad emphatically declared that the “jihad by the sword” has no place in Islam. He instead taught Muslims to follow the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s example and defend Islam with a bloodless, intellectual “jihad of the pen.” Accordingly, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad penned over 80 books and tens of thousands of letters, delivered hundreds of lectures, and engaged in scores of public debates. The AMC continues to use education to peacefully reform Muslims and revive Islam worldwide.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad reminded Muslims of God’s promise to safeguard Islam through khilafat (the spiritual institution of successorship to prophethood). The AMC believes that only Islamic khilafat can peacefully unite humanity. Five Khalifas have succeeded Mirza Ghulam Ahmad since his demise.
The current Khalifa, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, resides in the United Kingdom and serves as the AMC’s spiritual and administrative head. Under the leadership of khilafat, the AMC has built over 16,000 mosques, 600 schools, and 30 hospitals. It has translated the Holy Quran into over 70 languages. The AMC propagates Islam’s true teachings of peace and tolerance through a 24-hour satellite television channel (MTA), the Internet (MuslimsForPeace.org), and print (Islam International Publications). It stands at the forefront of disaster relief in the United States and worldwide through Humanity First, a non-profit charity.
The AMC is the only Islamic organization to endorse the separation of mosque and state. Despite facing bitter faith-based persecution in numerous Muslim majority nations, the AMC continues to advocate for universal human rights for all religious and other persecuted minorities. It likewise invests heavily in women’s equality, education, and empowerment programs. In 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives formed the Ahmadiyya Muslim caucus. This bipartisan effort addresses the global issue of human and civil rights of persecuted religious minorities.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. It operates 73 chapters nationwide, including America’s oldest mosque, established in 1921 in Chicago. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA’s Twitter media handle is @Islam_Press.
Media note:The name Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, is followed by the symbol “sa,” an abbreviation for the traditional salutation “may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.” The names of other prophets and messengers are followed by the symbol “as,” an abbreviation for the traditional salutation “on whom be peace.