The Ahmadiyya Muslim community is a religious community founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian in 1889 as a reformation of the Islamic religion to it’s true teachings as preached by the Holy Prophet (pbuh).
Promised Messiah and Mahdi
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had foretold the appearance of grand reformer, named the Messiah and Imam Mahdi, in the latter days for the revival of Islam, and Ahmadi Muslims believe Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (peace be on him) to be this Promised Messiah and Mahdi. The Promised Messiah came according to the prophecies of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who had also instructed every Muslim to recognize the Messiah and partake of his blessings.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad followed and taught the exact same religion that was practiced by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
What do Ahmadi Muslims Believe in?
Ahmadi Muslims believe in the six articles of faith, the absolute Unity of Allah, His Angels, and all the Divine Books revealed to various prophets by Allah. However, they believe the Holy Quran is the only one free from human alteration. It is the final, and the eternal guidance.
They believe that of all the prophets that Allah raised for the guidance of humanity. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the Leader and the Seal of all of them, he brought the final law and was the perfect human being. They also believe in the Day of Judgment to be an indubitable fact.
Ahmadi Muslims practice five pillars of Islam as other Muslims.
These five pillars are:
(1) Bearing witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah, and Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger (Declaration of faith)
(2) Observance of prayer
(3) Paying Zakaht
(4) Fasting during Ramadhan
(5) Pilgrimage to The Holy Kabah in Mecca, the house of Allah.
Are Ahmadis named after Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad?
Muslims think Ahmadis are named after Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
This is not true.
The name Ahmadiyya was given to the Community by the Promised Messiah to commemorate the name of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), who has the two names;
Ahmad and Muhammad.
The Holy Prophet(saw) had prophesied that the name Ahmad would be manifested again in the latter days and that name would indicate that he would spread peace and security in the world.
As the Promised Messiah’s mission was to carry on the work of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) under his second name Ahmad, his followers are called Ahmadi Muslims. (Al-Islam)
Ahmadi Muslims are Muslims, despite politically based controversy.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: ‘One who observes the same prayer as we do, faces the same direction (in prayer) as we do, and partakes from the animal slaughtered by us, then such a one is a Muslim concerning whom there is a covenant of Allah and His Messenger; so you must not seek to hoodwink Allah in the matter of this Covenant’. (Bukhari – Kitabus Salat, Baab – Fazl Istiqbal Il Qibla)
The only acceptable and practical definition of a Muslim is one which may be definitively predicated upon the Holy Quran, one which is clearly established to have been narrated by the Holy Prophet (PBUH), and adherence to which definition is clearly established throughout the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the period of the Rightly Guided Caliphs.