From WikiAhmadiyya, the free encyclopedia on Islam and Ahmadiyyat
As of 2015 the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been established in 207 countries and territories, runs over 15,000 mosques and has millions of adherents worldwide.
The largest concentrations of Ahmadis are found in South Asia and Africa. In some countries, it is practically illegal to be an Ahmadi. For instance, in Pakistan Ahmadis cannot legally declare themselves Muslims, profess the Islamic creed or call their places of worship mosques. Meanwhile, in less economically developed countries, poor communications systems make it impossible to obtain accurate figures on local adherents. Together, these factors make it difficult to estimate the total global Ahmadiyya population:
I cannot give you the overall figure for the whole world. In some places the organisational set up is not very well established, so they cannot have the figures, but we are in millions all over the world.
- Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Question and Answer Session 23 March 2013
- Field research and surveys by American religion think-tank the Pew Research Centre published in the 2012 report The World's Muslims: Unity and Diversity found over 7 million Ahmadi Muslims spread across just ten African nations. The report also found Ahmadi numbers growing in most of these countries due to a positive net conversion rate.
- According to research collated by Christian scholar David B. Barret in World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press), the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a fast growing sect with almost 8 million adherents worldwide as of 2001.
- The 1998 Pakistani census states that there are 291,000 Ahmadis in Pakistan. However, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has boycotted the census since being declared heretics by the government in 1974, rendering current estimates inaccurate.