April 05, 2024

The Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light. 2. From Ahmed al-Hassan to Abdullah Hashem

In chaotic post-Saddam Iraq, a cluster of new religious movements proceeding from a man called Ahmed al-Hassan emerged. The AROPL is the largest one.

The beautiful Victorian building in an English city near Manchester, was once an orphanage. It maintains its distinctive architecture but today near the entrance stands the statue of an Iraqi man called Ahmed al-Hassan. While we, and other scholars who came for a conference and for visiting the religious movement that had converted a former orphanage into its world headquarters, gather around the statue, a group of followers of al-Hassan tell us their stories of faith and persecution.