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Basic Differences

February 20, 2010

There are two major Ahmadiyya factions: and

  1. The first one is, by far, the largest one. They believe that Ahmad is a minor prophet (a non-law-giving prophet). The second group believes that Ahmad is a reformer but not a prophet of any sort. There is also a long history of considerable antagonism between these two movements over this issue.
  2. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (the largest group) believes in the prophethood of Ahmad. The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam has a more or less traditional Islāmic view of Muḥammad as the Seal of the Prophets.
  3. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has its own caliphate. The caliph is invested with certain interpretative authority. However, when the caliph interprets, he is obligated to consult with others. The Lahore group has an emir (an elected president) instead. (In the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, national presidents are called emirs.)
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