Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Hardhat Mirza Masroor Ahmad|
|Services||Television & Online|
Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA) is the global satellite TV network consisting of 4 international channels run and funded by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The first channel, MTA 1 was officially launched on 1 January 1994. Earlier, in 1992 the station started its digital service and in the UK it was available on Sky (Channel 787) network as a free channel. Initially it was named AMP or Ahmadiyya Muslim Presentation. The name was afterwards changed to Muslim Television Ahmadiyya or MTA International and then to MTA1 (MTA Al-Ula). The channel was established by Mirza Tahir Ahmad. It became the First International Muslim channel to broadcast a host of Islamic programming.
The purpose of the channel was primarily to broadcast the sermons of the Khalifa. It now broadcasts a variety of programs in various global languages for the benefit of the international Muslim Community. Programs include news, sermons, documentaries and even Arabic language learning for children. Programs are broadcast mainly in Urdu, but there are several programs in other languages such as English, Arabic, Bengali, Indonesian, German, French, Swahili and Hausa. MTA is on 24/7 commercial-free with programs for all ages.
The MTA was not only a new television channel for the Muslim community; It became the main source of media for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community all across the world. Many of the disciples believe that using new technology is very beneficial for out-reach purposes and spreading awareness and knowledge about Islam to different societies. Thus, as we look at all these machines, gadgets, inventions and technologies nowadays, it seems to good to be true. They are not created just for communication or education, but also stimulate to the human mind. Muslims from all across the world can participate in countless broadcasts ranging from lectures, Dars, Question and Answer Sessions, The Holy Qur’an to Homeopathy, translations in Arabic and French. MTA offers quality it broadcasts internationally in up to eight languages simultaneously and feature programs focusing on the different cultures of the world and environment in which they exist. The MTA has also kept pace with technology and broadcasts in both analogue and digital.
The Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International (MTA) is the first non-commercial Islamic Television station to be aired worldwide 24 hours a day. This is one of the channels which doesn't air commercials MTA is not dependent on sponsorships or license fees, this allows the network to concentrate on producing variety of programs on a range of subjects for its viewers around the world. The programs are however not only religious, but also cultural contents. These include subject matters such as International news, Sports, Science, Medicine, Learning languages, Children's shows, Documentaries and Religion. The transmission contribution is provided by members in a non-profit organization known as (Waqar-e-Amal). MTA involves itself in all aspects of television from production to transmission. It uses state of the art equipment in editing, filming and enhancing the viewer’s experience. MTA has took the initiative, which is helping the Humanity and reaching the corners of the Earth showing the true face of Islam.
The voice of Ahmadiyyat is reaching to the ends of the Earth because of the advancement in technology, which allows us to use these resources to learn and expand our knowledge. Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA) is watched by millions of people in five continents. Every Friday Hadhrat Khlifat-al-Masih delivers an inspiring sermon that is watched all over the globe. MTA is a 24/7/365 running free Islamic Television Network broadcasting true teachings of Islam, which is translated simultaneously into six languages globally.
The Administrative structure of MTA consists of fourteen departments that manned by 150 dedicated volunteers. The Weekly MTA telecasting schedule can be viewed on the Internet site www.mta.tv MTA can be watched on Roku TV Box, Jadoo TV Box, Smartphone, Internet, Satellite TV and any Cable TV all over the world, 5 continents. It recognizes that television plays a significant role in the world and has accordingly devoted itself to applying this influence positively for the purpose of educating viewers.
For details of each channel see:
- MTA 1
- MTA 2
- MTA 3
- MTA 1 + 3, which is MTA 1 with a delay of 3 hours. (North America only)
- MTA info cast, which provides a 24 hour channel guide. (North America only)
Other than Television broadcasts, MTA International provides online service in various languages covering MTA1 and MTA3 broadcasts. MTA also has a channel in the popular video-sharing site Youtube. MTA International also has a Google Chrome extension, which allows Google Chrome users to watch MTA without going to any web page.
Ahmadis believe that the transmission of the message of Ahmadiyya Islam worldwide via MTA International fulfils a prophecy as prophesied by the their founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad:
|“||I will convey thy message to reach the corners of the Earth||”|
—1 February 1886
Satellite broadcasts in Islam were also alluded to in his vision where he saw a column of light ascending into space and descending back to earth as a number of coloured beams
- "Friday Sermon 23 October 2009". alislam.org. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
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