Definition of Ahmadiyya in English:



  • [often as modifier] A Muslim movement whose followers believe that its founder Mīrzā Gulām Ahmad (c.1839–1908) was the Mahdi or promised messiah.

    ‘the Ahmadiyya community’
    • ‘Although people connected with the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement ran the mission, it was supported by all other sections of Muslims.’
    • ‘We're absolutely delighted that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK has chosen to make the charity one of the beneficiaries of its annual charity walk.’
    • ‘They started talking about the Ahmadiyya movement.’
    • ‘Upon his death in 1908, he was succeeded by Maulana Hakeem Nooruddin whose death in 1914 marked the split of Ahmadiyya into two groups: the Qadianis and the Lahorites.’
    • ‘Since completing the mosque he has planned and built Peace Village; helped seven other Ahmadiyya groups build mosques across Canada; and designed a second one himself, for the sect's Calgary community.’


Early 20th century: Urdu aḥmadiyya, from the name of Mīrzā Gulām Ahmad.