Last modified: 2006-12-30 by rob raeside
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image located by Valentin Poposki, 21 September 2006
The Ahmadiyya movement arose in the 19th century in the part of British India
which later became Pakistan. There are today several million Ahmadiyya in
Pakistan, and several million more in the rest of the world. According to an
official Ahmadiyya website: "The Liwai Ahmadiyyat (Standard of Ahmadiyyat) was
adopted and hoisted for the first time by Hudhoor [the then current Ahmadiyya
Caliph] on December 28th, 1939. The flag is black in color, in the middle of the
flag is Minaret al-Masih, and on upper two corners are the Crescent and the full
Moon in white. The flag is 18 feet long and 9 feet wide."
The Minaret al-Masih [minaret of the Messiah] is the prayer tower of the chief mosque of the movement, and is also used as a logo on the website. The full moon is in the upper hoist, and the crescent [with star] is in the upper fly. the crescent is aligned diagonally, with its horns pointing to the upper fly corner.
Photos can be seen at http://www2.alislam.org/gallery/album241/aac and http://www2.alislam.org/gallery/album43/aaz among others.
The group also uses another flag- what the distinction in usage is I don't know- which has the above flag as a canton on a field of black and white stripes. See http://www.ahmadiyyanews.com/files/Ahmadiyya_Flag.gif and http://www2.alislam.org/gallery/album153/aac.
Ned Smith, 6 February 2006