Ahmadiyyat is not a new religion, but is a sect of Islam which was founded in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, India (1835-1908).
Basing his claim on Divine Revelation, he claimed to be the same Promised Messiah & Imam Al-Mahdi whose advent had been foretold by Hadhrat Muhammad Mustafa, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
The Ahmadiyya Movement is an embodiment of true Islam in its original and pristine form. It seeks to unite mankind with its Creator and to establish peace in the world. Millions of people from most of the countries of the world have so far joined the fold of Ahmadiyyat and the number is growing every day.
After Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s, may peace be upon him, death in 1908, he was succeeded by his Khulafa (plural of Khalifa). The title of the supreme head of the worldwide community is Khalifatul Masih i.e. 'Successor of the Promised Messiah'. He is elected by an Electoral College comprising of elders from the community serving at senior levels. But according to the Holy Qur'an, it is Allah Himself Who appoints the Khalifa and His way is to make the hearts of the electors inclined towards that person whom He regards to be the best to undertake this onerous responsibility.
The present Khalifa is Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who is a great grandson of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. He is the fifth in succession and presently based in London.
The International administrative headquarters of the community is in Rabwah, Pakistan, while Qadian, India, from where the Movement started, continues to be its eternal spiritual centre after Mecca and Medina.