Jamia Ahmadiyya is the central missionary training college where students from all over the world, mostly devotees, are trained as missionaries and are awarded degrees of Shāhid, Mubashir and Shahādatul Ajānib. The Institution is headed by a principal. The administration of the institution rests with Taḥrīk-i-Jadīd and Wakīlut Ta‘līm is the concerned Wakīl.
On the demise of great scholars like Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sialkoti (ra) and Hazrat Maulvi Burhanuddin (ra) Jhelumi, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) felt the need to establish an institution that could produce more scholars. Hence, he established an institution named Madrassa-e-Ahmadiyya in Qadian.Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad (ra), Khalifatul Masih II, described the early state of the Madrassa-e-Ahmadiyya in the following words:
“There were no buildings here. this place was a big pond of water where people would come and bathe. There was only one small structure where a few classes could be seated. The two rooms towards the walkway were not built then; there were only four rooms that faced the pond. The rooms that now face the bazaar were built later. There were no benches, chairs or tables. Only jute mats were used [to sit on], and those too were not ones made [professionally] in mills but were handmade by poor labourers. They used to be so small in breadth that even someone with a moderate body would have half their body touching the bare floor. A prayer mat would be used as the teacher’s seat.” (Al Fazl, 22 December 1925)
From these humble beginnings, Madrassa-e-Ahmadiyya continued to flourish, later evolving into Jamia Ahmadiyya – the Ahmadiyya University. This blessed institution, the seed of which was sown by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) went through many turbulent patches of time; from moving to stables after the partition of India, to being opened in mud-huts, to sanctions imposed by the infamous Pakistani laws.
Having started off from Qadian and then opened in Rabwah, Pakistan too, Jamia Ahmadiyya saw new heights of progress and outreach when Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aa), Khalifatul Masih V, established (on an international scale) Jamias in Canada, UK, Germany and Ghana. Functioning right in the heart of their respective locations, these Jamias are working towards the realisation of a great vision – the Sun Rising From the West.
At present missionary training colleges (Jāmi‘āt) exist in the following countries:
- Jāmi‘a Aḥmadiyya Qādiān (with a 7-years course)
- Jāmi‘a Aḥmadiyya Rabwah 7 years
- Jāmi‘a Aḥmadiyya Canada 7 years
- Jāmi‘a Aḥmadiyya UK 7 years
- Jāmi‘a Aḥmadiyya Germany 7 years
- Jāmi‘a Aḥmadiyya Ghana 7 years
- Jāmi‘a Aḥmadiyya Indonesia 7 years
- Jāmi‘a Aḥmadiyya Bangladesh 7 years
- Jāmi‘at ul Mubashirīn Tanzania 4 years
- Jāmi‘at ul Mubashirīn Nigeria 4 years
- Jāmi‘at ul Mubashirīn Sierra Leone 4 years
- Jāmi‘at ul Mubashirīn Ghana 3 years
- Jāmi‘at ul Mubashirīn Burkina Faso 3 years
- Jāmi‘at ul Mubashirīn Uganda 3 years