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Mirza Masroor Ahmad

Khalifatul Masih V
Leader of the Faithful
(Amir al-Mu'minin)
Khalifatul Masih V
Reign 22 April 2003–present
Predecessor Mirza Tahir Ahmad
Spouse Sahibzadi Amatul Sabooh Begum
(m. 1977)
Issue 2 children
Full name
Mirza Masroor Ahmad
Father Mirza Mansoor Ahmad
Mother Sahibzadi Nasira Begum
Born (1950-09-15) 15 September 1950
Rabwah, Pakistan

Mirza Masroor Ahmad (Urdu: مرزا مسرور احمد) (born 15 September 1950) is Khalifatul Masih V, the Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He was elected as the fifth successor of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad on 22 April 2003, 3 days after the death of his predecessor Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the fourth Caliph for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Early life

Mirza Masroor Ahmad was born on 15 September 1950 in Rabwah, Pakistan, the global headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the time. Masroor Ahmad attended and graduated from Talim-ul-Islam High School and obtained his BA from Talim-ul-Islam College, both located in Rabwah. In 1976, Masroor earned his Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.


Having served the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in various capacities, Masroor Ahmad served in Ghana for over eight years.[1] He established the Ahmadiyya Secondary School in Salaga, a school in the northern region of Ghana, where he served as principal for two years. His success with the school in Salaga made him an obvious choice as principal of the Ahmadiyya Secondary School in Essarkyir, located in the centreal region of Ghana. There he served as principal for four years.[1]

After his tenure as principal, Masroor Ahmad was appointed as the manager of the Ahmadiyya Agricultural Farm in Depali located in the northern region of Ghana where he served for two years. He successfully planted and nurtured wheat for the first time in Ghana. The experiment of planting, growing and nurturing wheat as an economic crop in Ghana was exhibited at an international trade fair and the results were submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture of Ghana.[1][2]


Shortly after serving in Ghana, Mirza Masroor Ahmad returned to Pakistan and was made responsible for finances on 17 March 1985. He also served as the Director of Education within the Community in Pakistan and on 10 December 1997 he was appointed as Nazir A'ala (Principle Director) and local president until his election as Khalifatul Masih.[1]


In 1999, a resolution was presented in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab which demanded that the name of Rabwah be changed because that name appeared in the Qur'an. The resolution passed without much debate and the name of Rabwah was officially changed to Chenab Nagar. Signage was placed in prominent parts of Rabwah which bore the new name. A few days later, a First Information Report (criminal complaint) was filed accusing certain members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for erasing a sign which bore the new name as well a passage from the Qur'an. Though the complaint didn't mention any names, a case was registered, resulting in the arrest of Masroor Ahmad and a few other senior members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. They were imprisoned for 11 days with their bails being rejected but were eventually released on 10 May 1999.[1]


Masroor Ahmad was elected as Khalifatul Masih V on 22 April 2003 at 11:40pm GMT, a few days after the demise of his predecessor Mirza Tahir Ahmad. Imam Ataul Mujeeb Rashed, Secretary Majlis-e-Shura announced the results of the election that night as follows:

Today he frequently tours around the world, visiting countries for the Community's Jalsa Salanas (annual gatherings). Masroor Ahmad also regularly leads prayers at Fazl Mosque in London, England, the current global headquarters for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as well Friday prayers from Baitul Futuh Mosque, in Morden, London.[1]

The Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper (left), sits next to Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad at the grand opening to the public of Baitun Nur, the largest ahmedi worship place in Canada, on 5 July 2008

Caliphate Centenary

On 27 May 2008, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrated the centenary anniversary of the establishment of Khilafat.[3] Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad spoke at a large gathering of community members in the Excel Center in London, England and performed the International Bai'at with Ahmadis worldwide.[4] This was relayed around the world via the Community's television channel, Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International with a live link up to Qadian, India, the birthplace of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and original global headquarters before the partition of India in 1947.[5][6][7]

A Jalsa Salana celebrating the centenary anniversary of Khalifat was planned in Qadian for December, 2008. This gathering was to mark the end of celebrations of the centenary. However, due to the Mumbai bomb-blasts and the resulting security situation, Masroor Ahmad cancelled his participation in the gathering at Qadian and returned to London.[8] Similar gatherings were held around the world to mark the centenary of Caliphate among Ahmadi Muslims.

Key speeches

Reception at House of Commons, Westminster, London

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad gave an address on Islamic perspective on the global crises at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom on 22 October 2008. The reception was organised in honor of the completion of 100 years Ahmadiyya Khilafat. Among the guests, in attendance at the reception were Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP (Secretary of State for Communities), Gillian Merron MP (Foreign Office Minister) Alan Keen MP, Dominic Grieve QC MP, Simon Hughes MP and Lord Eric Avebury.

European Parliament, Brussels

On 4 December 2012, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad gave a keynote speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on "responding to the challenge of extremism."[9][10]

German military headquarters, Koblenz

In the same year, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered an address on Islam’s Teachings of Loyalty and Love for One’s Nation at the German headquearters in Koblenz.

Reception at United States Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Khalifa speaking at Capitol Hill in USA

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad attended the Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in USA and Canada in late June and early July, 2012.

As part of his U.S. visit on 27 June 2012, he also delivered a keynote address at a special bi-partisan reception co-sponsored by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom at the Rayburn House Office Building in Capitol Hill, D.C., entitled "The Path to Peace: Just Relations Between Nations". The reception featured remarks by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Senator Robert Casey, U.S. Members of Congress Brad Sherman, Frank Wolf, Mike Honda, Keith Ellison, Zoe Lofgren, and U.S. Chairwoman for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Katrina Lantos Swett. Lofgren also presented Ahmad with a copy of a bipartisan U.S. House of Representative resolution (H. Res 709) welcoming him to Washington D.C. and honoring his contributions to peace. In total, more than 130 dignitaries, including 30 members of U.S. Congress, members of the diplomatic corps, members of uniform services, NGO leaders, professors, thought leaders and inter-faith and community leaders attended the event.[11][12][13][14]

Reception at Montage Hotel, Los Angeles, California

On his first trip to the West Coast of the United States on 11 May 2013, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered a keynote address entitled, "Islamic Solution to Achieve World Peace," at a "Global Peace Lunch" at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Over 300 dignitaries participated in the event. Special guests included: California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, California State Controller John Chiang, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, former California Governior Gray Davis, U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, U.S. Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley and U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine presented Ahmad with a special golden key to the city.[15][16]

Letters to world leaders

Discussion about a possible third world war is a repeated subject in his Friday Sermons of late 2011 and 2012.[17]In order to whip up a world coalition of global and religious leaders to discuss and combat this ever present threat, Ahmad wrote letters to many political and religious leaders and exhorted them to do their utmost to save humanity from destruction.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad taking the international Bay'ah (oath), 2008

Israel and Iran

On 5 March 2012, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad wrote letters to Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to avoid war between their countries and warning both the leaders that if this tension escalates it may turn toward World War III and involve nuclear weapons.[18]

Grand Ayatollah of Iran

On 14 May 2012, he sent a similar letter to the Grand Ayatollah of Iran, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, urging him to avoid World War III in his capacity as clerical leader of Iran as well.[19]

Pope Benedict XVI

He said in his epistle to Pope Benedict XVI on 6 December 2011 that:

USA, UK and Canada

He later sent messages to President Barack Obama of the USA, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom warning them of the destruction and ramifications of nuclear warfare, on 25 March 2012.[22][23][24]

On 13 July 2012, Mr. David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK, replied to Khalifatul Masih V, stating:


On 15 April 2012, he sent a similar warning of World War III to Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany.[27]


On 16 May 2012, he sent a similar warning of World War III to the President of France, François Hollande.[28]


On 9 April 2012, he sent a letter to the Premier of China, Wen Jiabao warning him of the imminence of World War III and also sending an envoy to him (Muhammad Sharif Odeh, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Palestine).[29]

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

On 28 March 2012, he sent a letter to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, urging him to try to strive for peace in the gloom of the impending World War III.[30]

Response to controversies

Khalifatul Masih V at the International Bay'ah Ceremony 2007 wearing the green coat of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

2005 Muhammad Cartoons Controversy

A Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten published some caricatures of prophet Muhammad in 2005 that infuriated the Muslims around the world. Ahmad condemned the publishers of the cartoons saying that this was an abuse of free speech. But at the same time he condemned the violent reaction showed by the Muslims around the world saying that this goes against the fabric of peaceful teachings of Islam. He guided his community to disseminate the true character of prophet Muhammad in Denmark as well as the rest of the world through writings and dialogue. He also advised Ahmadies to send durood on prophet Muhammad in this time of adversity.[31] His sermons on this issue were later published as a book, The Blessed Model of the Holy Prophet Muhammad and the Caricatures.

Pope Benedict XVI Islam controversy

On 12 September 2006, while Pope Benedict XVI was lecturing at the University of Regensburg, he quoted the opinion of Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos, "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached".[32] The quotation drew criticism from a number of individual governmental representatives and Muslim religious leaders including Khalifatul Masih V Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

As the leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Masroor Ahmad disapproved of the Pope's view on Islam, stating that the Pope had been irresponsible and lacked knowledge of Islam. He explicated the 'inherent peaceful teachings of Islam' and the Qur'an and sought to remove misconceptions regarding Jihad and the Islamic prophet Muhammad, in light of references made by European writers in his Friday Sermon on 15 September 2006.[33]

2010 Quran-burning controversy

The plan to burn the Qur'an by the Dove World Outreach Center on the 9th anniversary of 9/11 attacks was highly condemned by Masroor Ahmad at the Baitul Futuh mosque in London, England. He stated that "religious extremism, be it Christian extremism, Muslim extremism or any other kind, is never a true reflection of the religion".[34][35] The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community also held a "Faith Day" with representatives of other faiths as a response to the Qur'an burning.

2010 Ground Zero mosque controversy

In 2010, plans were being made to build a 13-story Muslim community center located two blocks from the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Although the Park51 building would not be visible from the World Trade Center site,[36] opponents of the project have said that establishing a mosque so close to Ground Zero would be offensive since the hijackers in the 11 September 2001 attacks were Islamic terrorists.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad commented on the plan to build a mosque near ground zero where he stated:

Geert Wilders controversy

Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician. Wilders is best known for his criticism of Islam, summing up his views by saying, "I don't hate Muslims, I hate Islam".[39] Ahmad has, in his sermons, repeatedly refuted the allegations raised by Wilders against Islam. Addressing Wilders directly, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

In reply to the statement, Wilders asked Piet Hein Donner, Interior Minister of the Netherlands if the government considered this a threat and if they would take any action against Ahmad. Donner replied that he saw no threat as Ahmad only threatened the destruction of Wilders through peaceful prayer and not violence, and that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide are known to be peaceful.[41]

Condemning of Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia's Anti-Church Edict

On 8 April 2012, Mirza Masroor Ahmad condemned the fatwa (edict) of Abdul Aziz al-Shaikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia calling for the destruction of all churches in Saudi Arabia and surrounding Arab states.

He further quoted the Qur'an to justify his condemnation of the edict:

Innocence of Muslims

In his Friday Sermons of 21 and 28 September 2012, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad strongly condemned the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims. He said that Muslim emotions against the film were justified to an extent; however he also condemned the reaction to the film by some Muslims which riots resulted in at least 75 deaths worldwide.

The Friday Sermons were attended by many media outlets including the BBC and a news station from New Zealand.

He said Muslims should react by invoking durood (praise) upon Muhammad. He also indicated that the creators and benefactors of the film would all suffer a great torment by God.[43][44]

Response to persecution

Lahore Massacre

On 28 May 2010, two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore, Pakistan came under attack from the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan Punjab wing. The attacks were carried out nearly simultaneously at Darul Al Zikr Mosque in Garhi Shahu and Bait Al Noor Mosque in Model Town, both 15 km apart. Ninety-four people were killed[45] in the incident (including one attacker) with 108 injured.[46] Another attacker was captured by the worshippers.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad issued two press releases urging members of the Community to exercise patience and prayers and that in response, 'no inappropriate action would be shown by any Ahmadi'.[47] He subsequently delivered a Sermon giving details of the two attacks followed by a series of sermons[48] in which he paid tribute to each of the victims, detailing their services to the Community.

Muslim Television Ahmadiyya

Following the achievements of his predecessor Khalifatul Masih IV, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad launched an additional two channels on Muslim Television Ahmadiyya: MTA 2 directs special programmes in European languages such as English and German while MTA Al Arabiya broadcasts to the Arabic speaking communities in Middle East, North Africa and North America.[49]

Family, marriage and children

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad is the son of Mirza Mansoor Ahmad and the grandson of Mirza Shareef Ahmad, the son of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. His mother is Sahibzadi Nasira Begum, the eldest daughter of Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, the second Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has two brothers: Mirza Idrees Ahmad (deceased) and Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad and two sisters: Amatul Qudoos and Amatul Raoof.

He married Sahibzadi Amatul Sabooh Begum, the daughter of Syed Daud Muzaffar Shah and Amtul Hakeem Begum (daughter of Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad) on 31 January 1977. He has a daughter, Amtul Waris Fateh, and a son, Mirza Waqas Ahmad.


  • True Love for the Holy Prophet[50]
  • The Blessed Model of the Holy Prophet Muhammad and the Caricatures[51]
  • World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace[52]
  • Conditions of Bai'at and Responsibilities of an Ahmadi[53]


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External links

  • Preaching peace and tolerance in the face of persecution
  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Community International

Published sermons

The following is a list of sermons of Khaliftul Masih V that have been published in book form:

  • The Conditions of Bay'ah and the Responsibilities of an Ahmadi
  • A Response to the Pope's Remarks about Islam
  • The Blessed Model of Prophet Muhammad and the Caricatures
  • Islam - A Peaceful Religion
  • Exemplary Compassion of Prophet Muhammad
  • Review of ReligionsSpeeches and Articles in the
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