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Islamic Ahmadiyya Movement

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[Aymadiyya Muslims] image by Zoltan Horvath, 6 August 2015
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About the flag

The Ahmadiyya movement arose in the 19th century in the part of British India which later became Pakistan. There are today several million Ahmadiyya in Pakistan, and several million more in the rest of the world. According to an official Ahmadiyya website: "The Liwai Ahmadiyyat (Standard of Ahmadiyyat) was adopted and hoisted for the first time by Hudhoor [the then current Ahmadiyya Caliph] on December 28th, 1939. The flag is black in color, in the middle of the flag is Minaret al-Masih, and on upper two corners are the Crescent and the full Moon in white. The flag is 18 feet long and 9 feet wide."

The Minaret al-Masih [minaret of the Messiah] is the prayer tower of the chief mosque of the movement, and is also used as a logo on the website. The full moon is in the upper hoist, and the crescent [with star] is in the upper fly. the crescent is aligned diagonally, with its horns pointing to the upper fly corner.

Photos can be seen at and among others.

The group also uses another flag- what the distinction in usage is I don't know- which has the above flag as a canton on a field of black and white stripes. See and
Ned Smith, 6 February 2006

The Islamic Ahmadiyya Movement flag is seen here: (picture taken in 2011). "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Flag (was)
first designed in 1939, during the Second Caliphate" Source:

The image is seen here as well:

The Ahmadiyya movement was founded in 1889, but the name Ahmadiyya was not adopted until about a decade later. In a manifesto dated 4 November 1900, Ahmad explained that the name did not refer to himself but to Ahmad, the alternative name of Muhammad. According to him, "Muhammad", which means "the most praised one", refers to the glorious destiny, majesty and power of the prophet, who adopted the name from about the time of the Hegira; but "Ahmad", an Arabic elative form which means "highly praised" and also "comforter", stands for the beauty of his sermons, for the qualities of tenderness, gentleness, humility, love and mercy displayed by Muhammad, and for the peace that he was destined to establish in the world through his teachings. According to Ahmad, these names thus refer to two aspects or phases of Islam, and in later times it was the latter aspect that commanded greater attention. The myriad distinguishing names adopted by various sects and schools of thought in Islam, he thus considered as innovations, for the Prophet of Islam had only these two names. Accordingly, in Ahmad's view, this was the reason that the Old Testament prophesied a Messenger "like unto Moses", which referred to Mohammad, while according to the Quran, Jesus foretold a messenger named Ahmad.[Quran 61:6] Ahmad also called it the Ahmadiyya madhab (school of thought within Islam): اور جائز ہے کہ اِس کو احمدی مذہب کے مسلمان کے نام سے بھی پکاریں - And it is permissible that this [community] also be referred to as ‘Muslims of the Aḥmadī way (madhhab)."

[Aymadiyya Muslims] image by Zoltan Horvath, 6 August 2015
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The Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya is one of five auxiliary organizations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, The other four being Majlis Ansarullah, Lajna Imaillah, Majlis Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya, and Nasirat-ul-Ahmadiyya.

The flag of the Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya (Arabic: مجلس خادم الاحمدیہ‎) which means "Association of Servants of the True Islam" is seen here:
(source: (picture taken in 2013).

A graphic illustration is seen here:

For additional information go to Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at) (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 6 August 2015