From WikiAhmadiyya, the free encyclopedia on Islam and Ahmadiyyat
Nizaam-e-Jamaat or the Administrative System of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the highly organised system under which the international community is run. At the head of both the administrative and spiritual organisation is the Caliph of the community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.
Although officials of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are elected, no campaigning is permitted at any level and instead Ahmadi Muslims are expected to select the best available candidate.
The global spiritual and administrative head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is its Caliph, presently Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. Each Caliph is elected on the demise of his predecessor by an Electoral College of Ahmadi Muslim officials. The Electoral College is made up of the presidents of each nation's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, senior imams (clergy) and selected officials. Ahmadi Muslims believe the selection is guided by God.
Each country in which the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established is led by a national president. The president is elected by a national organisation called Majlis-e-Shura. This organisation is in itself made up of delegates elected by the nation's Ahmadi Muslims as well as Ahmadi Muslim imams (clergy) working in the country. Elections take place every three years.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is divided into small chapters, typically organised around a local mosque or prayer center. Each chapter will have its own president, general secretary, finance secretary (ie treasurer) and other administrators. These administrators are elected by the local Ahmadi Muslims.
Lajna Imaillah is the women's organisation of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Typically, Ahmadi Muslim mosques are divided into two sections with women having their own independent facilities which are organised and maintained by the local women. Local women's presidents and secretaries are elected on a regular basis, as well as a national president. The Women's Organisation is also responsible for independently collecting donations from Ahmadi Muslim women, creating its own budgets and organising its own events and schemes.