The founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Movement, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him), was born to a noble Mughal family in a small hamlet of the Punjab called Qadian in 1835.
He claimed to be the Messiah, Mahdi and Promised Reformer whose advent was awaited by the followers of various religions throughout the world.
He acquired a deep insight of the Holy Qur’an as well as the scriptures of all the major religions of the world. He was thus able to present the teachings of Islam against the background of this immense scriptural knowledge.
In his vast corpus of writings, lectures, discourses, and religious debates, he demonstrated that Islam was a living faith through which man could establish contact with his Creator.
He wrote more than 90 books mostly in Urdu, but some in Arabic and Persian as well. In order to meet public demand, many of his books have since been translated into other languages.
He also started a monthly magazine called “The Review of Religions”, first printed in 1902, which is one of the longest-running comparative religious magazines in English.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (1950-Present)
His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad is the worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He leads the global community that is now established in 204 countries with tens of millions of members worldwide.
As the world’s leading Muslim figure promoting peace and inter-religious harmony, His Holiness continually advocates the path to peace through the worship of God Almighty and service to humanity. Through his many sermons, lectures, books and personal meetings he has called for the separation of mosque and state and has championed the need for universal human rights through justice for all.
His Holiness has led a worldwide campaign to convey the peaceful message of Islam through all forms of print and digital media
His works have been published in several books that reflect the peaceful role of Islam in the world today.
Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad (1889-1965)
The author had a passion for knowledge and was known for his wisdom and insight in both secular and religious fields.
His understanding of the Holy Qur’an and religious matters was immense and vividly illustrated through his detailed commentaries of the Holy Qur’an. He was a man of phenomenal intelligence and memory.
His talent as an orator was unparalleled and he had the rare capacity of holding the attention of an audience for up to eight hours or more at a time and the exceptional ability to present complex issues in an easily understandable manner for the common man.
As well as serving as the head Ahmadiyya Muslim Community he was elected as the first Chairman of the All India Kashmir Committee in 1931 and was one of the driving forces in the formation of Pakistan. He had a unique combination of religious, political, philosophical and scientific knowledge that enabled him to write on a range of subjects with complete command of the issues in hand.
Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (1928 – 2003)
Born in India the author travelled extensively and also studied in England at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London in 1955.
He was elected as the fourth head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in 1982.
He was a superb orator and a man of exceptional intellect and ability and commanded a deep insight in many fields. He was a disntiguished homeopathic physician, a prolific writer, a gifted poet and an able sportsman.
He always harboured a deep concern for the poor and needy. He l
Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan (1893-1985)
Sir Zafrulla Khan was President of the 17th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (1962-63). He was internationally acclaimed as a jurist, politician and theologian of high calibre.
A distinguished scholar in world religions, he authored many books. Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan was fluent in many languages and his expertise in English and Arabic made him an excellent conduit for bringing the teachings of Islam to the English speaking world.
He trained as a lawyer rising rapidly
Mohamed Arshad Ahmedi (1952-Present)
Mohammed Arshad Ahmedi was born in Kenya in 1952, and moved to England at the age of 15, to complete his education. He settled permanently when the rest of his family joined him during the period of the Asian exodus from East Africa in the late 1960’s.
Arshad has always maintained a keen interest in comparative religion. He has delivered numerous lectures on the subject of the assimilation of Muslims within the Western culture. He has been doing research on Christianity, Judaism and Islam for several years, and more recently on the Satanic Verses controversy.
Arshad is a Regulatory Affairs consultant in the pharmaceutical industry by profession and is the National Sales Director at Islam International Publications