Instructions and Guidance for the Ahmadiyya Jamaat

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Translator’s Note

The Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat is not a sect which merely requires its members to subscribe to certain beliefs different from those held by other Muslim groups. Nor is its chief aim just to establish the truth of its beliefs over the other sects of Islam. It is, rather, a Movement with a broad, practical objective of presenting to the whole world the true picture of Islam. Therefore, membership of this Movement entails, not simply holding a set of beliefs, but exerting oneself to the utmost towards the attainment of its great goal.

In this guide-book, written originally in Urdu, Maulana Muhammad Ali describes the aims of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat and the duties of its members which are obligatory upon them if the Movement is to achieve its ends. It shows how each individual must work as part of the community (or qaum, as the Maulana calls it), for the preservation, continuance and strengthening of the Jamaat as a whole, so that the Movement can work more effectively towards its object of existence.

As the Maulana says:

“The stronger the Jamaat and the more progress it makes, this useful work of the service of Islam will advance all the more” (p. 6).

The booklet contains a few references applicable only to the time and place of its writing. But they can be easily interpreted by any Jamaat to apply to its own time and circumstances.

The importance of this booklet can be judged from the instruction given in the sub-title by the Maulana himself:

For every Ahmadi to read from start to finish, and to note whatever applies to him (or her) and to put it into practice.

Zahid Aziz,
June 1995.