By. Zubair Khan
Almost 60 kilometer (km) away in South West of Frankfurt, members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Germany celebrated the opening ceremony of first ever custom built and self constructed European Ahmadiyya Seminary (Jamia). Supreme Head, His Holiness, Mirza Masroor Ahamd, graced the occasion with his blessed presence, as guest of honor.
Few years back His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, while touring Germany, instructed Mr. Abdullah Wagishauser, the national head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to examine the possibility of having Jamia to entertain exclusively the European Ahmadi Muslim students who intend excelling by acquiring the higher religious education. As his nature is, the head of German Ahmadiyya Muslim Community took the task very seriously. In the initial stages various places and buildings were examined for the Jamia. However then came the final decision of German National Ahmadiyya Executive Council to have entirely self constructed Jamia building as it can best suit the requirements of the community and students Mr Tahir Mahmood, then National Secretary Education, took the gigantic task of feasibility study. Later Mr Wasim Ghaffar current National Secretary Education took the assignment to push forward the project He along with National Head of community started looking for suitable places.
In the city of Riedstadt-Goddelau, approximately 60 km away from Frankfurt, the Ahmadiyya Community constructed Baitul Aziz Mosque in 2004 having 1751 sqm area. By the Grace of Allah, the adjacent plot to the Mosque of more than 6500 sqm was put on sale. The Community immediately acquired the plot and got it reserved for the construction of Jamia.
Then came the million dollar question of getting governmental permission for the construction of Jamia. Local Ahmadiyya Community already had developed excellent relations with the city authorities. Urgent meetings were arranged with the mayor of the city. Mr Gerlad Kummer, the then mayor the city appeared to be very accommodating and cooperative. Local city administrations approved the project which was later confirmed by the district city administration of Gross-Gerau, a city where since long, resides the national head of Ahmadiyya Community.
Foundation stone of Jamia was laid by his Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahamd on 15th of December 2009. By the Blessings of Almighty and with the prayers of spiritual head of the community, every phase passed well and Jamia building is now completed to house current 80 students ranging from first year to fifth year levels.
Ahmadiyya Community Jamia offers 7 years course and successful students are awarded degree known as “Shahid.” For previous years the educational activities were undertaken in one the centers of the community. Mr Shamshad Qamar, highly learned missionary of the community, is the First Principal of Jamia Germany. In addition to students from Germany, a few from other European countries are also undergoing religious educational training, in the Jamia.
According to the information provided by the concerned department of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community the whole area including the area of Baitula Aziz Mosque is 8300 sqm, out of which presently 2036 sqm has been constructed as covered area.
In addition to 7 class rooms the Jamia has 28 residential rooms in hostel of Jamia, canteen facility to feed the students, 2 apartments for the instructional staff, an auditorium, library and Assembly Hall, Students can enjoy playing football, basketball, volley ball and Hand ball etc. Ms Mubashara Ilyas, an Ahmadi lady Architect got the honor to design the Jamia while Mr Saeed Gessler, an Ahmadi Constructing Engineer was honored to lead the project.
In opening ceremony national head of community briefly stated the effort for the construction of Jamia. Lord Mayor of the city, representative of Islamic Forum and State Hessen Secretary of Education and Integration also spoke on the occassion. Supreme Head, His Holiness in his address highlighted the importacne of Jamia for the city, Germany and Europe. He said that European Union does cater material things for member states but it is Ahamdiyya Muslim Community which by establishing Theology Institute has catered for the spiritual uplift of the European member states. To students He gave many advises and stressed upon them to become the real embassadors of Islam in their srroundings and elswhere. Details of different speeches will be released by press department of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Function was covered by by local, regional and National media. ARD and ZDF very famous TV stations of Germany also covered the function.
Currently few other Jamias are also very effectively contributing to spread the religious education amongst Ahmadi Muslim students. German Jamia, however will be remembered as the first ever custom built Jamia, in the whole of Europe. May God continue to bless Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Amin
Note by the Editor: Quality pictures of the event will be posted when become available.