The Ahmadi Religion of Peace & Light

Leadership Structure of our Religion

Who is the Faith led by?

The faith is led by Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) and Imam Ahmed al-Hassan (from him is peace).  Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) sends forth the 12 Mahdis, the first of them being his right hand (Yamani), Imam Ahmed al-Hassan (from him is peace). 

Who is the Effective Head of the Faith?

Imam Ahmed al-Hassan (from him is peace) directs the Qaim, and supplies him with inspiration and guidance, and is a proof over him. 

The effective head of the faith on Earth is the Qaim. The Qaim then has 313 companions, who come from all over the world, and he is a Proof over them. 



What are the roles of the Companions of the Qaim?

These companions act as advisors to the Qaim, and serve as leaders of temples and its congregations in different countries throughout the world.  They are also responsible for the daily operations and governance of the faith.  

The 313 companions are split into three different groups.  First, you have the top twelve, and these are the best of the 313, and are called “The Nuqabaa”.  The second group are 28 in number and they are called “The Nujaba’. Together, they are forty men. These do not separate from the Imam in every day and age and they are the pillars of the Earth.  The third group consists of 273, and they are the remainder of the 313, and they are the close companions and are “The Muqaraboon”. 

In addition to the 313 men who lead the faith, there are 50 women who advise the Qaim and take on the responsibilities of governing and overseeing the daily operations of the faith worldwide. The 313 and the 50 are a Proof over the people of the Earth. Obedience to them is obligatory, and obedience from them to the Qaim is obligatory. 

The 313 and the 50 have taken vows that they are willing to die for the faith, and have taken vows to dedicate their entire lives to the propagation of the faith.  

These companions act as advisors to the Qaim, and serve as leaders of temples and its congregations in different countries throughout the world.  They are also responsible for the daily operations and governance of the faith.  

The 313 companions are split into three different groups.  First, you have the top twelve, and these are the best of the 313, and are called “The Nuqabaa”.  The second group are 28 in number and they are called “The Nujaba’. Together, they are forty men. These do not separate from the Imam in every day and age and they are the pillars of the Earth.  The third group consists of 273, and they are the remainder of the 313, and they are the close companions and are “The Muqaraboon”. 

In addition to the 313 men who lead the faith, there are 50 women who advise the Qaim and take on the responsibilities of governing and overseeing the daily operations of the faith worldwide. The 313 and the 50 are a Proof over the people of the Earth. Obedience to them is obligatory, and obedience from them to the Qaim is obligatory. 

The 313 and the 50 have taken vows that they are willing to die for the faith, and have taken vows to dedicate their entire lives to the propagation of the faith.  

Similarly, the Catholic Church is led by the Pope. The Pope lives in his own country state, Vatican city, where he serves as head of state, i.e. king. He has over 200 cardinals, who serve as his advisors and counselors. And they are from over 60 countries. They are appointed for life and belong to three orders. The highest order is the cardinal bishops, the next is cardinal priests and lastly are cardinal deacons. Collectively they form the College of Cardinals. They are dressed in red and wear a special ring. The red color symbolizes their willingness to die for their faith, and the ring symbolizes their marriage to the church. They have many responsibilities, including leading their churches in their home countries, and day to day governance of the church.



Similarly, the Catholic Church is led by the Pope. The Pope lives in his own country state, Vatican city, where he serves as head of state, i.e. king. He has over 200 cardinals, who serve as his advisors and counselors. And they are from over 60 countries.

They are appointed for life and belong to three orders. The highest order is the cardinal bishops, the next is cardinal priests and lastly are cardinal deacons. Collectively they form the College of Cardinals. They are dressed in red and wear a special ring. The red color symbolizes their willingness to die for their faith, and the ring symbolizes their marriage to the church. They have many responsibilities, including leading their churches in their home countries, and day to day governance of the church.