The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a global movement with more than half a million Ghanaian members, runs an extensive network of English-language schools and medical facilities in Ghana today. Founded in South Asia in 1889, the Ahmadiyya arrived in Ghana when a small coastal community invited an Ahmadiyya missionary to visit in 1921. Why did this invitation arise and how did the Ahmadiyya become such a vibrant religious community? John H. Hanson places the early history of the Ahmadiyya into the religious and cultural transformations of the British Gold Coast (colonial Ghana). Beginning with accounts of the visions of the African Methodist Binyameen Sam, Hanson reveals how Sam established a Muslim community in a coastal context dominated by indigenous expressions and Christian missions. Hanson also illuminates the Islamic networks that connected this small Muslim community through London to British India. African Ahmadi Muslims, working with a few South Asian Ahmadiyya missionaries, spread the Ahmadiyya’s theological message and educational ethos with zeal and effectiveness. This is a global story of religious engagement, modernity, and cultural transformations arising at the dawn of independence.
Since 21 March 1966 as Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary Training College
Jamia Ahmadiyya International, Ghana
The purpose of establishing the Jamia Ahmadiyya is mentioned by Hazrat Promised Messiah (May Peace be on him) in these words:
“The only motive for our establishing this Madrassah is that we should place religion above the world. And formal education has been included in the programme so that this may serve the purpose of religious knowledge.”
Huzur (May Peace be on him) further said:
“Our motive is not that one should pass F.A or B.A degrees and be going about seeking the world. Our view is that such people should spend their lives serving religion. And I think Madrassah is necessary because it may serve the purpose of Religion.”
Jamiatul Mubashireen, Ghana
Jamiatul Mubashireen, Or Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary Training College (AMMTC) Ghana started on 21 March 1966 under the auspices of Maulana Ata-Ullah Kaleem, the then Ameer and Missionary-In-Charge, Ghana. Maulvi Muhammad Saddique Gurdaspuri Sahib was appointed as the first Principal with Alhaj Hafiz Jibreel Saeed as the Housemaster.
Transfer of the college
The college then transferred to Ekumfi-Ekrawfo in the Central Region of Ghana, from Saltpond on 6 January 2003. Historically, Ekumfi-Ekrawfo is the birthplace of Ahmadiyyat in Ghana, where the first Ghanaian Ahmadi – Chief Mahdi Appah hailed. This is the place where the first Markazi Missionary Maulana Abdur Raheem Nayyar was received in 1921 after disembarking in Saltpond.
Inauguration of new building
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, The Supreme Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, officially inaugurated the new building on 14 March 2004 during his historic visit to Ghana
Inauguration of Jamia Ahmadiyya International
26 August 2012
The Supreme Head of worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community directed to start an international Jamia Ahmadiyya which can further educate the students in theology after passing their basic Missionary training course. On 26th August 2012 this desire was fulfilled by the opening of a new Jamia Ahmadiyya International, in Mankessim, Ghana for the education of theology and scholastic sciences.
Mankessim is located in Central region of Ghana. The town is well known in the history of Ahmadiyyat. In 1921 the first Ahmadi missionary Maulvi Abdul Rahim Nayyar came to Saltpond which is very close to Mankessim with the message of Ahmadiyyat for Africa.
This beautifully constructed Jamia was inaugurated on 26 August 2012 by Dr. Maulvi Abdul Wahab Adam (the then Ameer and Missionary In charge of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana). This institution is now hosting students from different countries of Africa for a seven years Shahid degree Course.
For the first year 18 students were selected from 8 African countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leon, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Kenya.
Currently One hundred and seven 108 students are studying in Jamia Ahmadiyya International Ghana.