Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at: The fastest growing Jama’at in the fastest growing religion!

Source: CG AHMADIYYA BLOG (a private blog)


Previously, we have had the pleasure of publishing two independent studies by academic experts into the numbers, population and growth of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The first, published by the international research group called Pew Forum in 2012 showed that in just thirteen African countries there exists a growing population of almost 8 million Ahmadi Muslims.

The second independent study was from a book which was published by Oxford University, called World Christian Encyclopedia. The book was a second edition and the first had been published in 1981. The second edition, which is the one we looked at had been published in 2001 and had conducted perhaps the most reliable study in history into the religious beliefs of the worldwide population. Statistics had been taken and assembled by experts during the period between 1990 and 2000. The results showed that the Ahmadiyya Sect is the fastest growing major sect of the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam.

Originally, in concluding that the Ahmadiyya community was the fastest growing denomination, we had only compared it generally to Sunniism, Shiaism and Sufiism. A non-Ahmadi Muslim reader of the site challenged these findings. His argument was that as Ahmadiyya is the smallest of these three groups it is far easier for Ahmadis to gain converts. His reasoning appears to be that if there are 10 people in a town and 1 is an Ahmadi, 2 are Sufis, 3 are Shias and 4 are Sunnis, it is easiest for the Ahmadi to gain converts as the Ahmadi will have 9 people to preach to, whereas the Sunni will only have 6. Also, if the Ahmadi converts only 1 person, it will mean that there has been a 100% growth, whereas the Sunnis have to convert 4 people to gain the same growth.

This argument did make a degree of sense and so we returned to the original source, the World Christian Encyclopedia, to see if we could dig any further. What we found is that the encyclopedia had also offered more detailed sectarian statistics. They had divided the Muslims into the 13 largest sect, plus one further group to include all other minor sects. We have analysed these statistics below and ordered them according to the size of each sect:

Annual Average for

Sect Net Births Net Converts Net % Growth Adherents (2001)
Hanafites 9,480,204 385,753 2.07 531,417,801
Shafiites 4,590,019 99,981 2.20 239,900,000
Malikites 3,925,302 64,698 2.00 221,900,000
Ithna-Asharis 2,540,722 167,778 2.23 136,655,000
Ismailis 472,710 83,290 2.70 23,772,000
Zaydis 95,925 67,675 2.30 8,042,000

Net birth: 156,461
Net converts: 61,139
Net % Growth: 3.25 (which is the highest %)
Total population: 7,950,000

Wahhabites 91,447 -2,147 1.37 7,000,000
Hanbalites 28,002 17,498 2.20 2,325,000
NOI 25,317 10,683 2.49 1,650,000
Karijites 26,901 3,799 2.10 1,636,000
Druzes 15,943 1,057 2.31 834,000
Yazidis 3,695 905 2.30 226,000
OTHER SECTS 58,271 18,329 3.46 2,654,000

Net Births = Net Annual Births – Net Annual Deaths
Net Converts = Net Annual Converts – Net Annual Apostates
Net % Growth = Net Converts + Net Births taken as a percentage of the original population
All statistics are from the years 1990 to 2000

The findings of the study are quite startling. Eleven of the 13 major sects have average annual growth rates of between 2.0 and 2.7%. There are only two exceptions, the Wahabbis whose growth rate is apparently exceptionally low and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community whose growth rate is exceptionally high at 3.25%. It seems that whether the sect is bigger or smaller than the Ahmadis, one thing is almost guaranteed and that is that the Ahmadis will be growing at a much faster rate.

NOTE BY THE EDITOR: Not sure how they can come up with such ‘exact’ figures. Even the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Africa for instance counts ‘villages’ instead of individuals… Anyway, interesting …

17 replies

  1. Very interesting indeed and thanks for posting Tschannen Saab. I remember to have faced these allegations many times, and therefore it is interesting to have some unbiased statistics in mind when talking to Non-Ahmadis. However, at the end of the day whe should bear in mind that Islam is about quality and not quantity. Therefore highlighting the achievements of this relatively small community, who is less than 1% in numbers of all Muslims worldwide shows that it is indeed blessed by Allah.

  2. I don’t know why people are argueing because of population. Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and his companions were not many and suffered a lot in the hand of non-believers. It is only Ahmadiyya that are not killing fellow muslims in order to gain population which is enough for Ahmadis to be proud of being Ahmadi. My fellow Muslims, the whole world would never be at rest unless people recognize him, I mean, Imam Mahdi, the Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Gulam Ahmad, Qaudiani(AS), the one our Holy Prophet (SAW) has been prophesized since 1400 years ago. I am feeling good always that I am an Ahmadi and I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT HE WAS SENT BY ALLAH.

  3. Islam does not need the endorsement of ANYBODY to establish its UNIVERSALITY and SUPERIORITY. However, the fact that other people, than muslims, are now testifying to the already established facts of Islam, especially as being propounded by Ahmadi Muslims,should be enough EYE-OPENER for non-muslims/Ahmadis.

  4. I dont know why people hate ahmadis so much. They are a very charitable community. I have so Ahmadi friends and they are so nice. I cant belive that so many people have nothing better to do than blog or just roam the internet hating. Please find a different job you losers. I promise your stupid remarks are not going to convert people away but probably attract more ahmadi followers. May God Bless All

  5. Read Verse-40 of sura Al-Ahzab.
    مَا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَا أَحَدٍ مِنْ رِجَالِكُمْ وَلَٰكِنْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَخَاتَمَ النَّبِيِّينَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمًا

  6. #Asif:
    Read Verse-40 of sura Al-Ahzab.
    مَا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَا أَحَدٍ مِنْ رِجَالِكُمْ وَلَٰكِنْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَخَاتَمَ النَّبِيِّينَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمًا
    The non-Ahmadi Muslims do not understand the correct meaning of this verse. It is same fault as they do not understand the peaceful passing away of Hazrat Isa ibne Maryam a.s. They believe that Isa a.s. is still alive and that Muhammad s.a.w.s. and all other prophets have died.
    The meaning of the above verse is “Muhammad is not the father of any of your male men. But he is the messenger of Allah and the seal of the prophets.”

    i.e. Muhammad s.a.w.s. is the spiritual father of all believers and he is the spiritual father of all prophets.
    Non-Ahmadis translate it as the last prophet. That is not correct translation of the word “khaatam”.
    For the “last” in Arabic is the word “Aakhir”. Allah did not use that word. Allah did not say “Aakhir un Nabiyyeen”.
    There is Hadith that prophet s.a.w.s. said that he is the last prophet. From that Maulvis have taken the meaning of Khaatam as “last”.
    Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. is the last law bearing prophet. That is all. That is the meaning given by the great Muslim scholars Mohayuddin Ibne Arabi, Mulla Ali Qari, Shah valiullah Dehlavi and Muhammad Qasim nanotavi r.a.
    One verse of the Quran is giving good news for those who obey Allah and the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. that they will be amongst the prophets and Siddiques and Shuahada and saaliheen.
    One Hadith is giving good news about the continuation of Wahi in this Ummah.
    Please note that the prophethood in this Ummah is of a different kind which was never before.
    it is only a gift given to the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. But non-Ahmadis do not understand it.

  7. Aslmkm, I think the Indonesian moslem must be read the statement of Ghulam Sarwar may they can be same in opinion one shoot to be understand dont be galau indonesia, u must can be succes in the future.

  8. The system of Wahi is also continued even now. But any Wahi which will change the words or meaning of Quran verses is forbidden by Allah. Simple Wahi, that is good news are still allowed.
    There is a Hadith. The prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. said “Nothing remains of the prophethood (Nabuwwat) except good news (Mubasshirat).”
    So how the good news (which are part of Nabuwwat) will come if there is no wahi? Muslims should understand that system of Wahi is not ended. Maulvis deny any kind of wahi. That is not right. Ahmadi Muslims believe in the continuation of wahi.
    Also Muslims should realize that our Ummah is the best of all Umma(t)s. When the ladies received wahi in other Umma(t)s, why not our men (Saints) should also receive Wahi?
    Mubashirat have good news for the believers and bad news for the disbelievers. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad a.s. of Qadian received Wahi which had the Mubashirat. It is all recorded and available in the book form in Urdu titled “Tadhkirah”. It is also available in English too. It contains the messages and the news, with date and time, that the promised Messiah received from Allah. Wassalam.

  9. worldly life as well spiritual life is full of tests. Any one who scores centum -is noble is a Saint. Saintlyhood is not restricted to Arab culture /Islamic culture or Ahamathiya Community.It is open to all.god is not the monopoly of Ahamathiya Muslim Jamat.The light of God is illuminating the whole world and all are enjoying it.

  10. Thanks doctor sahib for coming to Islam. Whatever you have stated that God is God of all people, that is the Islamic teaching proved from the Quran. Welcome.
    We Ahmadi Muslims are not followers of any Arab or Hindu culture. Our God says in the Quran “In your places of worship, come with and keep your adornment (Zeenat).”
    So every nation will come forward with their own apparels, garments. i.e. Dhoti, Shalwar, kimono, Pantaloons, coat pant.
    Islam is easy religion for all mankind.

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