About Us

The Lahore Ahmadiyya Islamic Society is the U.S. Branch of the international Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.  The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement strives to present the true essence of Islam to the world; that is, a peaceful, tolerant, rational and inspiring faith. We believe in Islam as revealed in the Holy Quran and as illustrated by the practice of Prophet Muhammad, the last of the prophets.

The Movement established the first Islamic Missions in Europe (England in 1913 and Germany 1922) and produced premiere Islamic Publications including the first widely accessible English Translation of the Holy Quran by a Muslim (Maulana Muhammad Ali in 1917).  Today, the Lahore Ahmadiyya Islamic Society continues this legacy of propogation work by publishing our literary treasures and making them accessible in numverous languages around the world.

History:  

  • In 1889, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founded the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam.  This was a time when the Muslim world was suffering in every field: political, intellectual, moral, and religious.
  • Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad arose as the mujaddid (i.e. reformer) of the 14th century hijra (Islamic era) with the God-given mission to defend Islam from the widespread objections being made against it and revive the spirituality of the faith within the hearts of Muslims.
  • Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad rebutted the various criticisms made against Islam through his writings and public debates.  He taught that Islam possesses a great spiritual power that attracts both the hearts and the minds of people and, therefore, is not in need of any worldly force (whether political or military) to be accepted by people.
  • In 1908, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad passed away but left behind a democratic governing body (called an “Anjuman”) as his successor to administer the affairs of the Movement.
  • In 1914, Maulana Muhammad Ali and other senior companions of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (including a majority of the original members of the “Anjuman”) created the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement to preserve the original teachings of the founder, safeguard the powers of the Anjuman from autocratic rule and to continue the practical missionary work of the Society.

Ideology:

  • Tolerant:  We believe that Islam gives full freedom to everyone to hold, practice and adopt any belief and religion. Differences of belief and interpretation, with whomsoever these may occur, must be tolerated.
  • Peaceful:  We believe that Islam condemns all use of force, with the only exception in cases of unavoidable self- defense. Muslims must live peacefully under any rule which grants them freedom of religion.
  • Rational:  We believe that Islam urges the use of reason and knowledge in all matters, including religious affairs. Blind following, even to religious leaders, is disallowed and independence of thought is promoted.
  • Spiritual:  We believe that Islam prescribes acts of worship not to be ritualistic but rather performed with the intent of connecting the soul of man with a Living God. Attaining this spiritual state of being close to God is what we believe to be the purpose of life and the ultimate goal of to which we are to aspire.
  • Inspiring:  We believe Islam is inspiring in that it seeks to conquer the hearts and minds by showing the logic, truth and beauty of its teachings, in a gentle, loving spirit.
  • Highly Moral:  We believe Islam requires Muslims to develop the highest personal moral virtues.  The basis of an Islamic society is grounded on the reformation of the character of the individual, not the mere imposition of laws and regulations upon people.
  • Advocate for Gender Equality:  We believe that Islam advances the rights of women, treating them as full, responsible human beings, equal to men in the social, economic and spiritual sphere. Women are guaranteed rights and it is mandatory that those rights are protected.

Historic Achievements:

  • Established the First Islamic Missions in Europe:
  • Woking Mission (Woking, England in 1913): This was Britain’s main center of Islam for over 55 years.  Its influence was not only extended to other parts of Europe but was relied upon by Muslims in other continents as an educational resource.

  • Berlin Mission (Berlin, Germany in 1922): This was Central Europe’s main institution for Islamic propagation work for decades.  It was a unifying platform from which Muslims of all schools of thought could work towards common goals.  Today, it is regarded by the government as a historic “monument”.
  • Produced Premiere Islamic Publications in English:
  • English Holy Quran Translation (by Maulana Muahmmad Ali, 1917): The first complete English translation of the Quran with full commentary by a Muslim to reach a Western audience.  Later translators (Pickthall, Yusuf Ali, Muhammad Asad, etc.) greatly benefitted from this pioneer work. 

  • Other Scholarly Publications: An entire set of literature – renowned throughout the world for its scholarship and authenticity – was produced by the Society.  The masterful treatise “Religion of Islam” by Maulana Muhammad Ali has been hailed as the premiere text on Islam for western readers.

Current Activities:

  • Publication: We continue the legacy of propagation work by publishing our literary treasures and making them accessible throughout the world.  These publications are standard in the largest retail outlets in the United States and are used as text books by universities in Islamic studies classes.  In this way, we maintain a significant influence on the development of modern Islamic thought.

  • Translation: We have a thriving translation venture.  We translate Maulana Muhammad Ali’s Holy Quran translation and commentary and a host of our other publications into numerous languages of the world, including French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, German, Russian, Turkish, Albanian, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Tagalo, Basayan, etc.  The vast majority of these translated works are shipped to foreign countries and placed into the hands of the local populations for free.

  • Education: We create Learning Centers in foreign countries so that local populations may have a forum from which they can learn about Islam for themselves in their own language (rather than, what is unfortunately sometimes the case, rely on a politically motivated religious leader telling them what their religions is).  We believe such accessibility of authentic Islamic material is essential to achieve the goal of eradicating extremist ideologies from the Muslim world.

  • Free Distribution:  In addition to the dissemination of literature in foreign countries, we also distribute educational material for free in the United States.  Tens of thousands of booklets on Islam have been provided throughout the federal and state penitentiary system and to those interested in learning more about the faith.

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