ABOUT AHMADIYYA MUSLIM ASSOCIATION IRELAND
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, it spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Its current headquarters are in the United Kingdom.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited Messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) (1835-1908) of Qadian. Ahmad(as) claimed to be the metaphorical second coming ofJesus(as) of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad(sa).
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that God sent Ahmad(as), like Jesus(as), to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s(as) advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival.
He divested Islam of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings. He also recognized the noble teachings of the great religious founders and saints, including Zoroaster(as), Abraham(as), Moses(as),Jesus(as), Krishna(as), Buddha(as), Confucius(as), Lao Tzu and Guru Nanak, and explained how such teachings converged into the one true Islam.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the leading Islamic organization to categorically reject terrorism in any form. Over a century ago, Ahmad(as) emphatically declared that an aggressive “jihad by the sword” has no place in Islam. In its place, he taught his followers to wage a bloodless, intellectual “Jihad of the pen” to defend Islam. To this end, Ahmad(as) penned over 80 books and tens of thousands of letters, delivered hundreds of lectures, and engaged in scores of public debates. His rigorous and rational defenses of Islam unsettled conventional Muslim thinking. As part of its effort to revive Islam, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community continues to spread Ahmad’s(as) teachings of moderation and restraint in the face of bitter opposition from parts of the Muslim world.
Similarly, it is the only Islamic organization to endorse a separation of mosque and state. Over a century ago, Ahmad(as) taught his followers to protect the sanctity of both religion and government by becoming righteous souls as well as loyal citizens. He cautioned against irrational interpretations of Quranic pronouncements and misapplications of Islamic law. He continually voiced his concerns over protecting the rights of God’s creatures. Today, it continues to be an advocate for universal human rights and protections for religious and other minorities. It champions the empowerment and education of women. Its members are among the most law-abiding, educated, and engaged Muslims in the world.
CENTRAL SPIRITUAL LEADER (CALIPH)
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the foremost Islamic organization with a central spiritual leader. Over a century ago, Ahmad(as) reminded his followers of God’s promise to safeguard the message of Islam through khilafat (the spiritual institution of successorship to prophethood). It believes that only spiritual successorship can uphold the true values of Islam and unite humanity. Five spiritual leaders have succeeded Ahmad(as) since his demise in 1908. It’s fifth and current spiritual head, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, resides in the United Kingdom. Under the leadership of its spiritual successors, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has now built over 15,000 mosques, over 500 schools, and over 30 hospitals. It has translated the Holy Quran into over 70 languages. It propagates the true teachings of Islam and the message of peace and tolerance through a twenty-four hour satellite television channel on Sky Channel No. 787 (MTA), the Internet Al Islam and print (Islam International Publications). It has been at the forefront of worldwide disaster relief through an independent charitable organization, Humanity First.
The community members started to come to the shores of the State in early 1970s. Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Ireland got formally registered in Ireland in 1992. The members are living in all parts of the country divided into 3 regions. East, West and South West.
The community have 2 centers. The head office and center of the Jamaat in Ireland is Galway City, where the very first Purpose built mosque has been built, named Masjid Maryam. It would be Galway’s city and county’s 1st Purpose built mosque. More details on mosque project can be obtained from mosque own website (www.galway-mosque.ie)
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Ireland is growing and we have centers and branches In various cities and towns in Ireland and in Northern Ireland,Galway, Dublin, Cork,Limerick, Athlone, Kilarney, Drogheda , Monaghan, longford, Donegal, and Omagh.
The community is blessed to have the 1st Irish Imam by the name of Imam Ibrahim Noonan who is based in Galway. The community works hard in promoting true peaceful message of Islam through its interfaith peace works and conferences it organizes every year in Dublin and in Galway. The members also participate in various volunteering activities in South Dublin in particular and in Galway city too. The members also pay regular visits to local Nursing homes wherever they live and spend time with elderly of the society especially at Christmas time. The community recognizes the importance of integration and have a positive approach about it.