Watch my video on this herein. Ahmadiyya seems to have spread to the Dutch colony of Guyana (Suriname) in the 1950’s (Mostly Lahori-Ahmadi’s). Ahmadi’s were already in the Dutch colonies, read about the history of Ahmadiyya in Indonesia herein and in the Netherlands herein. Nevertheless, we estimate that there are barely 200-300 Ahmadi’s in the entire country by 2021, Lahori and Qadiani.

Lahori-Ahmadi’s began to  build their place of worship in 1929-1932, however, it wasn’t completed until 50 years later, in 1984. It’s the famous Mosque Keizerstraat. The mosque is located in the Keizerstraat, adjacent to the Neveh Shalom Synagogue. Also called, “Surinaamse Islamitische Vereniging” (SIV). Lahori-Ahmadi’s and Qadiani-Ahmadi’s in Suriname have been dying of old age and their younger generation has totally abandoned religion, this is evident in the size of the Jamaat. In fact, in the 2010’s, there was an incident of mass conversion, wherein Ahmadi’sof Javanese descent converted to Christianity {(in Dutch) MOZAÏEK VAN HET SURINAAMSE VOLK: VOLKSTELLINGEN IN DEMOGRAFISCH, ECONOMISCH EN SOCIAAL PERSPECTIEF [2] Archived 2017-09-02 at the Wayback Machine page 118}. See—mozaiek van het surinaamse volk – versie 5.

Qadiani-Ahmadi sources claim that the Ahmadiyya Jamaat was established in the country in 1956 (see “Mosques around the World”, 1994). It is unknown who the Ahmadi murrabi’s were sent or when their first few places of worship were built.

It also seems that both the Qadiani and Lahori-Ahmadi’s manage these Jamaat’s directly from the Netherlands.
Amount of Qadiani and Lahori-Ahmadi’s in Suriname by 2021

We estimate that there are barely 7,000 Ahmadi’s in the entire country by 2021, Lahori and Qadiani.

Qadiani-Ahmadi place of worship in Suriname

1—Ahmadiyya Muslim Nasir Mosque, Address:  Ephraimszegenweg #67, Paramaribo, Suriname. +597 481-689

2—Ahmadiyya Moskee Nasr, AddressNieuwzorgweg, Paramaribo, Suriname.
Qadiani-Ahmadi imams

By 2020, there seems to be only one Qadiani-Ahmadi imam, Laiq Ahmad Mushtaq. In 1994, Maulvi Hameed Ahmad Zafar was the Qadiani-Ahmadi missionary-in-charge.

Lahori-Ahmadi place of worship in Suriname

Lahori-Ahmadi’s began to  build their place of worship in 1929-1932, however, it wasn’t completed until 50 years later, in 1984, this is a huge mystery. It’s the famous Mosque Keizerstraat, they claim that its the biggest mosque in the entire country. The mosque is located in the Keizerstraat, adjacent to the Neveh Shalom Synagogue. Also called, “Surinaamse Islamitische Vereniging” (SIV).

They also seem to have 2 places of worship in Nickerie.

3–Haqiqatul Islam Mosque.

4. Mufidul Islam mosque, where three jamaats were joining together (Qamarul Islam, Azmat-i
Islam and Mufidul Islam) to celebrate 100 years of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.

5. Shane Islam mosque

6. Taqviatul Islam mosque

7. Shamsul Islam

8. Mosque Sadr Tartiboel in Nickerie

9. Imdadia Mosque

10. Mosque Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam Meerzorg

Lahori-Ahmadi publications

Lahori-Ahmadi imams

Imam Saeed Chaudhry seems to have been working in the country in 1999. Mr. Ali Azimullah was an executive of the Suriname Ahmadiyya Jamaat (SIV) for a considerable time, most likely from 1942 up till his retirement in 1987.

Another famous Lahori-Ahmadi imam was Maulana Bashir Ahmad Minto, who was working in America in the 1930’s and 40’s, he seems to have travelled to Suriname in that time-frame and got Al-Hajj Maulana Abdur Rahim Jaggoe to go Lahore and get trained as a missionary. He returned to Suriname in 1951 and began working with the local Sunni Muslim population. He served as a missionary for almost 30 years.

Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi arrived in Suriname in 1959, however, he was only visiting.

Both groups of Ahmadi’s, Lahori and Qadiani begin working with the Dutch Empire (Holland) in Indonesia. They both send Ahmadi mullahs to Indonesia. It seems that the Lahori-Ahmadi’s were also invited to some of the other Dutch colonies in South America, Dutch Guyana, which is modern day Suriname.

Per Lahori-Ahmadi sources, they began to build the famous Mosque Keizerstraat, however, it wasn’t opened until 1984.

The Ahmadiya movement was popular in Suriname, because it was being regarded as a
modern reform movement 23 . Because of its positive image in Suriname many people
sympathised with the Ahmadiyat. However, they became more critical after it was
proclaimed to be non-Islamic at an international Islamic conference and was banned in
Pakistan because some members believe that the founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a
prophet. Many people in Suriname thought that Ahmadiyat, as explained by the Ahmaidya
Isha‟at Islam of Lahore, was a progressive and modern movement in Islam, in which the
women had much more rights than within the Suriname Muslim Association (SMA), that was
regarded as an orthodox movement (Hassankhan, 2014). Within the SIV there have been two
divisions since 1975: one who propagated that although they sympathised with the
progressive aspects of Muslim tradition, SIV should be a non-sectarian Islamic organisation
in which all Muslims could find a place. The pro-Ahmadiya movement wanted to proclaim
SIV as an Ahmadi organisation belonging to the Ahmadiya Isha‟at Islam Lahore (AII). In
1978 the non-Ahmadis lost the elections within the SIV and left this organisation and
established the Suriname Islamic Organisation (SIO), which is non-sectarian Muslim
organisation. This can be regarded as the second large schism within the Hindustani Muslim
community in Suriname (see also Hassankhan, 2014).

Once they united they could propagate their beliefs in a more efficient manner. They had
extensive contacts with theologians from the Bareilwi school and invited them to come
regularly to Suriname to propagate Islam. Several of them were also known in other girmitya
countries. They argued well before 1973 that Ahmadis were non-Muslims and should be
shunned. As a consequence the relative small Hindustani community in Suriname was
divided into Sunnis and Ahmadis.

Madjlies Moesliemien Suriname
The Madjlies Moesliemien Suriname is an association of all Muslim organisation in which all
Indonesian and Hindustani umbrella organisations were united since 1974. This organisation
was set up as the official counterpart of the Musliemien for relation to the Government. The
members were originally the SIV, the SMA and the SMF and four Javanese organisations.
Because of the problems with the deciding about the new moon at the occasion of Eid ul fitr,
te SMA decided to withdraw, while in 1978 the SIV was replaced by the SIO (Suriname
Islamic Organisation), because the SIV became officially an Ahmadiya organisation.. Since
then the SMA and the SIV are invited separately by the government for consultations
regarding different issues. In the IRIS is the MMS represented as one collective member.


The famous Mosque Keizerstraat, the grand mosque is finally opened.

Mirza Tahir Ahmad visits Suriname and gives a speech wherein he addresses the Inter-Religious Consults. This small speech is converted into a book and published in 1992. Mirza Tahir Ahmad also seems to have made derogatory remarks towards the Lahori-Ahmadi’s, they responded herein.

Maulana Laiq A. Mushtaq  is working as a Missionary in Suriname.

Qadiani-Ahmadi imam Azhar Haneef visited Suriname and attended the Qadiani-Jalsa and made derogatory remarks about the Lahori-Ahmadi’s.

Links and Related Essay’s

The history of Ahmadiyya in the Netherlands (the Dutch)

The history of Ahmadiyya in Indonesia

Qadiani Ahmadis vs. Lahori-Ahmadis, sectarianism within Ahmadiyya–2018 version

Surinaamse Islamitische Vereniging​

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