The Ahmadiyya movement has totally lied about the number of #ahmadis in #ghana. Watch my video on this here. This is a such a disrespectful situation, the entire world has rejected #ahmadiyya, nevertheless, #ahmadis refuse to take the L and masquerade around Washington D.C. and the United Nations in NY as a growing global community. Nevertheless we estimate there to be 5000 #ahmadis in all of Ghana by 2021. A few months after we published our essay and methodology, a few new ex-ahmadi’s seem to have picked up the analysis and have done there own. There is a quick way to evaluate whether or not the Ahmadiyya leadership’s claims of numbers or estimated presence is accurate or not: count the number of Ahmadiyya mission centers. It is difficult to hide how many Ahmadiyya mission centers are present in each country, in part due to Google Maps’ accurate indexing of data, and so it serves as a good method of estimating population. We also count up the number of #ahmadi murrabi’s in any country, ahmadiyya funding is tied to the amount of chanda paying #ahmadis in any given area.
There is a quick way to evaluate whether or not the Ahmadiyya leadership’s claims of numbers or estimated presence is accurate or not: count the number of Ahmadiyya mission centers. It is difficult to hide how many Ahmadiyya mission centers are present in each country, in part due to Google Maps’ accurate indexing of data, and so it serves as a good method of estimating population. Let’s take a look at how many Ahmadis are claimed for the USA and UK Jama’ats:
USA – 15,000 – Source: “Muslim group to get own caucus on Capitol Hill”
. Washington Times. February 27, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. This is reliable because Ahmadis themselves had to submit how many members their caucus on Capitol Hill would be representing and we can assume that they didn’t want to perjure themselves (although, they weren’t strictly under oath).
There are 55 Ahmadiyya mission centers in the USA – Source: Grossman, Cathy Lynn (February 29, 2012). “Number of U.S. mosques up 74% since 2000”
. Retrieved July 17, 2015. There are 2106 Islamic mission centers in the USA in total, including Ahmadiyya in this count.
This works out to 15000/55 = 272 capita/mission center for the USA.
UK – 30,000 Ahmadis – Source: “Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates 100 years since first missionary came to UK”
. This is Local London. June 3, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
There are 150 Ahmadiyya mission centers in the UK – Source: Why Britain’s Ahmadis are worried”
. The Economist. ISSN
. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
30000/150 = 200 capita/mission center for the UK. The USA and UK contain some of Ahmadiyya’s biggest facilities, like the mission center in Morden UK called “Bait ul Futuh” — hailed as “Western Europe’s biggest mosque” by Ahmadis themselves.
Let’s take a look at their claimed Ghana numbers:
635000 Ahmadis in Ghana allegedly – Source: Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around the World – A Pictorical Presentation. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; Khilafat Centenary Edition. 2008. p. 70. ISBN
There are 19 mission centers for Ahmadis in Ghana visible on Google Maps’ indexing. The Ahmadis themselves claim 161, but I couldn’t find any evidence of this, and my time in Ghana and especially in Accra did not line up with this number at all. 635000/19 = 33421 capita/mission center. If something isn’t adding up, you already figured it out. And the Ahmadiyya mission centers I visited in Ghana were tiny, a far cry from the giant facility the Ahmadis have in Morden — meaning that it’s definitely not the case that they’re packing 33421 Africans into a giant Ahmadiyya mission center. Typically, I found the 3-4 mission centers I visited in Accra to be the size of a smaller UK mission. This means that these population figures are garbage.
So how many Ahmadis are there in Ghana? Simple, let’s take an average of UK and USA’s numbers and then multiply that by the amount of Ahmadiyya missions in Ghana: ((272+200)/2)*19 = 4484 Ahmadis. Even if we were extremely and unreasonably charitable towards the Ahmadiyya claims and increased their numbers by 10x, they are still far off of what they claim.
This is 142 times smaller than claimed by sources connected to Ahmadis. Given Ahmadiyya’s track record in over-exaggerating their numbers in the past and how they didn’t even publicly acknowledge the mistakes made, it is completely plausible that they are doing the same things here. To make matters worse, subtle racism and condescension towards “dumb Africans” make Ahmadiyya leadership offer up silly excuses like “African kings converted and their entire village followed suit, so we don’t have the exact numbers.” In Ghana, if you can make a village agree on its name, let alone the time of day, let alone a foreign religion, you’re considered to be a miracle-worker. It is complete nonsense and definite racism to say that Ghanaians are so stupid as to blindly follow whatever some cartoon caricature of a “village king” says about a religion, let alone a foreign one.
In my personal experience with Ghanaian Ahmadis, many of them did not even know that MGA claimed to be a prophet — it seems that Ahmadi missionaries hide this fact from them when doing missionarywork, especially in Muslim areas, because they expect resistance. I encountered lots of Ghanaian Ahmadis who basically held the Lahori viewpoint towards MGA without knowing that the Ahmadi leadership claims that MGA was a prophet. In light of this, you could even say that those 4484 Ahmadis from our calculations may not even be Ahmadis if we consider those who reject MGA’s prophethood to not be Ahmadis.
Take a look at all of the countries with “big numbers” of Ahmadis and you’ll see the same phenomenon going on. You can do the calculations yourself using the template I showed above, I can’t be bothered to. The truth is that their numbers in these countries, especially in Africa, are vastly overstated, and then this lie is covered up with racism.
Links and Related Essay’s
Links and Related Essay’s
Stefan Reichmuth. “Education and the Growth of Religious Associations among Yoruba Muslims: The Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria”, Journal of Religion in Africa, Vol. 26, Fasc. 4 (Nov., 1996). p 8.
- “THE AHMADIYYA MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA”. HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL. RETRIEVED SEPTEMBER 19, 2015.
- Animashaun, Bashir (2012) Jibril Felix Martin (1888 – 1959) and the spread of Western education among Muslims in 20th century Lagos. Ilorin Journal of History and International Studies Vol 3 No 1
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