Our Roots

The History of Jamia Ahmadiyya

Retracing our steps: The History

of Jamia Ahmadiyya

The Ahmadiyya community was just starting to take root in India, when the sudden news of the demise of two great scholars; Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sialkoti(ra) and Hazrat Burhanuddin Jehlmi(ra), was received as a great set back to the community. These scholars were the right hand of the Promised Messiah(as), who made unbelievable sacrifices to aid in preaching the true Islam. With no one to fill their shoes and carry on what they had begun, a space of emptiness could be felt within the community. As a result, the Promised Messiah(as) started an institution named Madrassa-e-Ahmadiyya in Qadian, with the intention of creating such academics who would be able to carry on the duty which was previously served by these great scholars.

In these humble beginnings, this institution, which later evolved into Jamia Ahmadiyya, went through many uncertain periods of time; facing various trials and tribulations, and having to relocate to the likes of mud huts and stables. However, under the guidance of Khilafat and the protection of Allah the Almighty, nothing could halt this institution from progressing. 

After the partition of India and the relocation of Khilafat, the community was firmly established in Rabwah in Pakistan. It was now finally time to replicate the institution in Rabwah also, which allowed the Jamaat to attain new heights of progress. Sadly, with success came opposition, which resulted in a second migration from Pakistan to the United Kingdom. With this, western society was introduced to a new face of Islam, which over time began to be accepted by many as the true faith.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmed(aba) the fifth Khalifa, stated in this regard:

Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sialkoti(ra)

“The pulses of Ahmadi missionaries should correspond exactly to the heartbeat of the Khilafat at all times”

Former Jamia Ahmadiyya building - Colliers Wood, London
Current Jamia building - Haslemere, Surrey

Jamia Ahmadiyya UK is among the many campuses of the Islamic educational university founded by The Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as). This UK-based institute was established in 2005 in Colliers Wood at the hand of the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim organization, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(as). A few years later, due to an increase in enrollment and a shortage of capacity, the need to relocate arose. Thus, new premises were acquired and on 21 October 2012, the campus was transposed and inaugurated in Haslemere, Surrey by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba). It is still currently situated in Surrey, where students from all over the world come and study theology and modern languages over the course of 7 years. Since relocating, the Headquarters of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat has also shifted to Surrey; as a result, bringing the Head of the Community close to his students.

Our Community

History of the

Ahmadiyya Muslim Association

Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is spread in over 200 countries worldwide. The founder of the community is Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) of Qadian, who Ahmadi Muslims believe to be the Promised Messiah; whose advent had been foretold in all major world religions as a sign of the latter days. Ahmadi Muslims preach the peaceful and true teachings of Islam and are guided by a divinely appointed Caliphate. The current and 5th Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba); this makes the community the single largest organized Muslim community in the world. From humble beginnings in the remote Indian village of Qadian, the current headquarters of the organization lie in Tilford, UK. The community, under the direction of its Caliph, has from the very onset been at the forefront of charitable works all around the globe- especially in Africa- aiming to serve humanity in the best possible manner. His Holiness(aba) is recognized as a champion of world peace and the community strives to achieve this by spreading the true teachings of Islam.