The Messiah Has Come

In 1835, Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas was born in the unknown village of Qadian, India. In 1889, he founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. By the end of his life he had hundreds of thousands of followers. Today, his peaceful community numbers in the many millions, and grows at a remarkable rate each year. Its adherents hail from every faith, nation, and walk of life. Among his followers are Nobel Prize winners, United Nations Director-Generals, and celebrated authors, artists, and leaders of nations. They all claimed that by following Ahmad they achieved something no longer seen in the contemporary world — a genuine, two-way connection with our Creator; spiritual enlightenment in our age of darkness.

Ahmad made a remarkable claim. He said that he was the long-awaited Messiah and Reformer foretold by Christianity, Islam and countless other religions. He said that as Islam was the universal religion, the Reformer to come in this age was to be a single man, born and raised in the all-embracing Muslim faith. But what of the first Messiah, Jesus? With Biblical, Quranic, and historical argumentation he proved that Jesus of Nazareth survived the crucifixion, fled East and died a natural death in India. Ahmad claimed that the old Jesus would never come back, and second coming of Jesus that Muslims and Christians alike await was a spiritual rebirth, rather than a physical descent from the skies. He claimed to be a Prophet for our time, a deputy to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, who was and always will be the greatest of all Prophets.
Ahmad did not rest with claims alone, but proved them with ceaseless intellectual output and the testimony of heavenly signs. Thus was the long-awaited double eclipse in the month of Ramadan fulfilled in his lifetime. Thus did he call those who branded him a liar to prayer duels and emerge in humble victory. Thus did his prophecies foretell the Great War and countless other world events. But his truest proof lay in the spiritual revolution that he created among his followers. The connection that they forged with God by following Ahmad brought with it fresh inspiration and revelation. This contact with the Divine sustained the spiritual lives of his followers 125 years ago, and continues to do so today. Over half a million join each year — their stories of Divine Experience are numberless.
Ahmad had no political ambitions. He shunned the world and lived a life of hardship and restraint. His community does not seek to conquer lands, but to conquer hearts. Its aim is to reconnect man with God, and to reconnect the hearts of humanity with each other. Its method is simple: to follow the true teachings of Islam, as revealed in the Holy Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. It does so under divine guidance, in the form of elected spiritual successorship known as Caliphate. Today we live under the fifth Caliph, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, an internationally renowned ambassador of peace, and a beacon of spiritual guidance. He travels the world purveying the message of Islam Ahmadiyya, the True Islam. This Islam is far removed from the fanaticism of extremists, and is the path to spiritual, social, and international peace that our world so sorely needs.

True Islam

Believes in the Oneness of God

“And your God is One God; there is no God but He, the Gracious, the Merciful.”
Holy Qur’an, 2:164.

True Islam teaches that God is one without associate. To believe in the oneness of God means that we should not worship ourselves, our careers, our partners, our desires, or anything else. Rather, we must dedicate ourselves to becoming a mirror of divine grace and mercy, for in that alone lies true satisfaction.

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Believes that the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa was a Mercy for Mankind

“And we have sent thee not, O Muhammad, but as a mercy for all peoples.”
Holy Qur’an 21:108

The Prophet Muhammad was a true prince of peace. He was patient in persecution and forbearing in victory. As a subject, he gave due rights to his rulers. As a ruler, he gave due rights to his subjects. He ensured every people could practise their own religion freely. He uplifted women from a position of servitude into one of respect and dignity. He insisted upon education of children, fair treatment of orphans, and compassion for the elderly. He stamped out racism and institutionalised charity in the Islamic conscience. Surely, there is no people on Earth that have not benefited from his merciful message.

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Believes that Islam’s message of peace is universal

“And We have not sent thee but as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner, for all mankind, but most men know not.”
Holy Qur’an 34:29

A distinctive feature of Islam is that it addresses itself to the whole of mankind. Previous religions only addressed a particular people in a particular time. Islam however is the summit of religious evolution, and addresses itself to every nation on Earth, in whatever era they live. It is thus a unique religion in that it recognises the truth of other Prophets, such as Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster and others, while recognising that over time their messages may have been misinterpreted or distorted. Islam came to restore and excel whatever truth they had, while correcting the shortcomings that had crept into them. Thus a Muslim has nothing but love and affection for other religions, as it sees them all as having emanated from the same Divine Source.

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Believes in loyalty to your country of residence

“O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and the Messenger, and those who are in authority over you.”
Holy Qur’an 4:60

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is reported to have said ‘Love of one’s country is part of your faith.’ True Islam thus encourages us to love and support our neighbours — regardless of their faith, beliefs, or background. To support local communities in all good things is therefore an essential part of the Muslim character.

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Believes in the equality of women with men

“And women and men's fair rights over each other are equivalent...”
Holy Qur'an 2:229

True Islam teaches that men and women are spiritually equal, and hold equal human rights. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said that the best man was he who treated women best. He elevated the station of women in Arabia by granting them the right to education, the right to consent in marriage, the right to divorce and the right of inheritance, over a thousand years before the European West granted the same equality. It is indeed a great shame that many so-called Muslim governments today deny women the rights that the Founder of Islam championed.

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Believes that there is no punishment for apostasy

“Admonish then, for you are only an admonisher. You do not have the without to compel anyone.”
Holy Qur'an 2:257

The Qur'an is explicit in many places that belief is a matter of the heart, and not something that can be forced or controlled externally. The Qur'an prescribes no punishment whatsoever to be administered to those who give up religious beliefs. Indeed, it is the freedom of choice in having religious beliefs in the first place that makes them worthy of merit.

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Believes all people should have fundamental freedoms

“For you, your beliefs and for me my beliefs.”
Holy Qur'an 109:7

True Islam recognises that all peoples, regardless of their beliefs or backgrounds, must have freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Only governments which guarantee such freedoms can truly be called Islamic.

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Believes in the separation of religion and state.

“There is no compulsion in matters of religion.”
Holy Qur'an 2:257

Theocracies are contrary to the spirit of Islam. True Islam teaches that political leadership must not be partisan to any particular people, but most rather respect the beliefs and preferences of all peoples. There is no place in Islam for imposing one religious view on anyone else. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, established this as the ruler of Medina, where he guaranteed equal citizenship and self-determination to the various different ethnic and religious groups in the city at that time.

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Believes in Muslim leadership known as Caliphate

“Allah has promised those who believe and do good works that he will surely make you Successors in the Earth as he made Successors among those who were before you.”
Holy Qur'an, 24:56

Caliphate is spiritual leadership. The Prophet Muhammad said that in this age Caliphate would emerge following on the footsteps of a Prophet. This prophecy has been fulfilled in the Ahmadiyya Caliphate. We live now with the Fifth Caliph, Mirza Masroor Ahmad. He represents the leadership and guidance Muslims around the world are crying out for with their disunity and and discontent.

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Believes in equality of all nationalities and races

“O ye people! Fear your Lord Who created you from a single soul and of its kind created its mate, and from them twain spread many men and women…”
Holy Qur’an, 4:2

The Qur’an teaches that all people are equal in the sight of Allah. It says that all humans are descendants from the same original soul, and are therefore spiritually equal. True Islam does not consider God only to be the God of the Muslims, or the Arabs, or any particular people — rather it says that He is the ‘Lord of all peoples’ (1:2). It therefore cuts at the root of all racism, and brings all nations together in universal brotherhood and sisterhood.

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Believes our Jihad is of love, mercy and compassion

“And as for those who strive in Our path–We will surely guide them in Our ways. And verily Allah is with those who do good.”
Holy Qur’an 29:70

True Islam teaches that Jihad means to struggle for goodness. This generally means that we should personally struggle to become better people. In exceptional circumstances, Jihad can also mean to defend people of any faith or background when they are being threatened by tyrants. This military Jihad is known as the ‘lesser’ Jihad — the ‘greater’ Jihad is to strive for God through good deeds.

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About

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was established in the UK in 1913, having the honour of building London’s first mosque in 1926. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of promoting an authentic, rational and compassionate vision of Islam among the British people. Always emphasising the need to be both obedient to God in our spiritual lives, and loyal to our nation in our civic lives, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK has come to be seen as a model for peaceful integration. While adding thousands of native Britons to its ranks, it has only served to promote inter-community harmony and religious cooperation.

In 1984, the Community was blessed with the residence of His Holiness Mirza Tahir Ahmad rh , the Fourth Caliph of the Promised Messiah. Leaving his native Pakistan due to increasing persecution of Ahmadi Muslims, he found a safe haven in the Fazl Mosque, Southfields. There, he led the worldwide community to ever-greater heights, strengthening international missions across the world, and establishing Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA), the community’s pioneering satellite television channel. Since his demise, the Fifth Caliph, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, may God strengthen his hand, has continued to lead the community into a new era of progress, all directed from his residence in South London. Indeed, there is no other community in recent decades that has been so blessed with Caliphate as has the UK community.