Jamia Ahmadiyya

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Ahmadiyya University
جامعة الأحمدية
Jāmi’ah al-Ahmadīyyah
Jamia Ahmadiyya, Rabwah.JPG
Jamia Ahmadiyya in Rabwah, Pakistan
Established 1906
Type Islamic Theology
Religious Affiliation Ahmadiyya Islam
Degrees awarded Shahid, Mubashar, Muallam
Colours Black and White         
Locations
  • Pakistan Pakistan
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • India India
  • Ghana Ghana
  • Canada Canada
  • Germany Germany
  • Nigeria Nigeria
  • Indonesia Indonesia
  • Bangladesh Bangladesh
  • Malaysia Malaysia
  • Tanzania Tanzania
  • Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
  • Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
  • Kenya Kenya
  • Madagascar Madagascar

Jāmi’ah al-Ahmadīyyah (Arabic: جامعة الأحمدية‎; Jāmi’ah al-Ahmadīyyah, "the Ahmadiyya University") is an International Islamic seminary and educational institute with campuses in Pakistan, United Kingdom, India, Ghana, Canada, Germany, Nigeria, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka,[1] Sierra Leone,[2] and Kenya.[3] In addition, there are related Mualameen centers (Missionary Training Centres) in Pakistan and Madagascar.[4] Founded in 1906 as a Section in Madrassa Talim ul Islam (later Talim-ul-Islam College) by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, it is the main centre of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for Islamic learning.

History[edit]

The foundations of Jamia Ahmadiyya were laid by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community himself, when he expressed the need for a madrassa for Ahmadi Muslims so that a new generation of Ahmadi scholars could be trained. This led to the creation of Talim-ul-Islam College in Qadian, India, in 1898. The theology section was later separated and inaugurated as Jamia Ahmadiyya Qadian on 20 May 1928 by Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih II of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Following the Partition of the Indian subcontinent, the Community relocated its headquarters to Rabwah, Pakistan. Keeping in view the needs of the Community in Pakistan, Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah was established. Since then, due to the exponential growth of the Community around the globe, campuses have been opened in many countries throughout the world.

Degree and curriculum[edit]

Two types of degrees are offered in most Jamias.

  • Shahid degree: This is the seven-year course. In some Jamias (e.g. in United Kingdom) this is the only course offered.
  • Mubashar degree: This is a four-year course offered in many Jamias.

Some Jamias have associated Muallam courses as well. This course is shorter than the Shahid degree.

The curriculum for the Jamia Ahmadiyyas around the globe is nearly same and is organised and compiled by scholars of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The only differences are in the regional languages taught which are according to the locations of the institutions.

The curriculum generally consists of:

Appointments of Jamia Alumni[edit]

Jamia Ahmadiyya North America, in Mississauga, Canada

Students of Jamia have dedicated their lives to the cause of Ahmadiyyat. Upon completion of their degrees, they are sent to various parts of the world including South America, Africa, North America, Europe, and Far East as appointed by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, present head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Jamia students may be appointed by the Caliph either as Missionaries of the Community (often called Murrabi, Imam, or Mawlana) or as Qadis or Muftis of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community with a specialisation in matters of fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence). Some Jamia alumni have also become Islamic historians such as the late Dost Muhammad Shahid, former Official Historian of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, with a specialisation in tarikh (Islamic historiography).

Jamia alumni stay with their careers as appointed by Khalifatul Masih for the rest of their lives, as per their commitment to the Community.

Higher learning[edit]

Some Jamia students pursue further Islamic learning and/or language education and thereby specialise (takhassus) in a certain Islamic science after graduation from the Jamia Ahmadiyya, under the directions of Khalifatul Masih and therefore some Jamia students study in Azhar University, Darul Uloom Deoband, Damascus University, the National University of Modern Languages and other renowned centres of advanced Islamic/language education.

Mufti Silsila[edit]

The current Mufti Silsila (International Mufti of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community), Maulana Mubashir Ahmad Kahlon[5] is a graduate of Jamia Ahmadiyya. He is the Head of the Dar al-Ifta' (House of Fatwas) in Rabwah, Pakistan. He appears on many different programmes on Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International for example "Fiqhi Masa'il" (a programme regarding matters of Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Rah-e-Huda (a programme presenting beliefs of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and refuting allegations raised against it).[6]

International campuses[edit]

Jamia Ahmadiyya Qadian, India[edit]

This was the first Jamia Ahmadiyya established by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. It is still functional and producing missionaries who serve mostly in India.

Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah, Pakistan[edit]

After the migration from India to Pakistan, a new headquarters were established in Rabwah, Pakistan. A new Jamia Ahmadiyya was established to fulfill the needs of the Community.

Jamia Ahmadiyya United Kingdom[edit]

Jamia Ahmadiyya UK – Side Entrance

Jamia Ahmadiyya UK was established in 2005. On 21 October 2012, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, inaugurated the new Jamia Ahmadiyya UK College in Haslemere in Surrey.[7]

Jamia Ahmadiyya Ghana[edit]

International Ahmadiyya University of Theology, Ghana

As per instructions of Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of world wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community a new International Ahmadiyya University of theology and scholastic sciences (Jamia Ahmadiyya International) has been constructed in Mankessim in Ghana's Central Region, a town near Saltpond. The town is well known in the history of Ahmadiyyat. In 1921 the first Ahmadi missionary Maulvi Abdul Rahim Nayyar came to Saltpond with the message of Ahmadiyyat for Africa.

This beautifully constructed university was inaugurated on 26 August 2012 by Dr. Maulvi Abdul Wahab Adam[8] (Ameer and Missionary In charge of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana). This institution will host students from all over Africa for a seven-year Shahid course. For the first year 18 students have been selected from eight African countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leon, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin,Mauritius and Kenya. This institution is situated in the town of Mankessim, Central Region. The town of Mankessim is known for its Posuban Shrine, busy market and fishing boats. It also serves as a landmark for those travelling between Accra and Cape Coast. This Jamia has two main buildings, an administration block which contains principal and staff offices and student hostels and an educational block which consist of 8 classrooms, a library and Computer lab. along with the main buildings Jamia has conference hall, guest house and residences for staff. There is a big dining-hall that can accommodate 200 students. A mosque with the capacity of 500 people has been built in Jamia. Mr. Fareed Ahmad Naveed[9] has been appointed as the first Principal for this international university. Mirza Khalil Baig, Hafiz Abdul Majeed Tahir and many others have been appointed as teachers in Jamia Ahmadiyya International.

Jamiatul Mubashireen, Ghana[edit]

Jamiatul Mubashireen, previously known as Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary Training College (AMMTC), has served to a good level the cause of Islam Ahmadiyyat. It has played a key role in the widespread of Islam Ahmadiyyat worldwide particularly in the African continent.

The Commencement

Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary Training College (AMMTC) started on 21 March 1966 under the auspices of Maulana Ata-Ullah Kaleem, the then Ameer and Missionary-In-Charge, Ghana. The college operated on the batch system with an initial population of 13, comprising nine Ghanaians and four Nigerians. Maulvi Muhammad Saddique Gurdaspuri Sahib was appointed as the first Principal with Mr. Jibreel Saeed as the Housemaster.

Transfer of the college

The college is now cited in Ekumfi-Ekrawfo in the Central Region of Ghana, having been transferred from Saltpond on 6 January 2003. Historically, Ekumfi-Ekrawfo is the birthplace of Ahmadiyyat in Ghana, where the first Ghanaian Ahmadi – Chief Mahdi Appah hailed. This is the place where the first Markazi Missionary – Maulana Abdur Raheem Nayyar was received in 1921 after disembarking in saltpond.

Inauguration of new building

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, The Supreme Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Worldwide, officially inaugurated the new building on 14 March 2004 during his historic visit to Ghana.

Visits of Khulafa-e-Ahmadiyya (The Jama’at's Supreme Leaders)

Three Khulafa have visited AMMTC, Ghana since its inception. Hazrat Khalifat-uI-Masih III, 3rd successor of Promised Messiah, visited AMMTC twice during his historical tours of Ghana in 1970 and 1980. And Hazrat Khalifat-ul Masih IV), 4th successor of Promised Messiah, visited AMMTC, in 1988. On 14 March 2004, Huzur Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih V, 5th successor of Promised Messiah, set foot on the soil of AMMTC, Ekrawfo, Ghana. The Jamia was again visited by Khalifatul Massih V during his visit to Ghana in 2008.

Graduates

Records available to the college attest to the fact that 411 students from 20 different countries have graduated from the college. Since its inception in 1966, the college was run on batch system until January 2003, when it was turned to the yearly intake system.

The staff

The current teaching staff consists of nine tutors, out of which eight are the Markazi Missionaries and one is a local English tutor. Maulvi Hameed Ullah Zafar has been the principal of the institution since 2004.

MADRASSAT-UL-HIFZ, GHANA

With the approval of Khalifatul Massih V, a separate section for Hifz Course (memorisation of the Holy Qur'an) commenced on 1 March 2005 with an initial student population of 42 from Ghana and three from Burkina Faso. It is an integral part of AMMTC, Ghana. A Markazi Missionary, Hafiz Mubashir Ahmad Javaid Sahib, was made the Tutor-In-Charge of Madrassat-ul-Hifz. Currently, there are 20 students from six different countries and the institution runs on batch system. The duration of the course is four years. Having completed the memorisation, an additional six-month period is fixed for revision (twice) and Tajweed Course.

Renaming of the AMMTC

In December 2010 Hazrat Khalifatul Massih Khamis renamed the AMMTC Jamiatul Mubashireen (University of the bearers of glad tidings)

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