Ahmadiyya Leader: German Congregation Growing Due to Persecution
Ecumenism and World Religions Home Stuttgart (epd).
According to the chairman of the Ahmadiyya Muslims in Germany, Abdullah Uwe Wagishauser, the number of Ahmadiyya Muslims in Germany is growing in Germany primarily due to the influx of persecuted Ahmadiyya Muslims from Pakistan. In addition, there are around 150 to 250 converts every year as well as some Ahmadis from Syria, said the Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMJ) in Germany on Monday at a hybrid conference on Ahmadiyya in the Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart in Stuttgart-Hohenheim.
The community is financially completely independent and finances itself from its own resources.
The Ahmadiyyas are a “messianic movement”. The fascination of faith and the lived spirituality hold everyone together, says Wagishauser.
Gari Pavkovic, head of the department of integration policy of the city of Stuttgart, said he observed that the Ahmadiyya community is more heterogeneous compared to other associations in terms of nationalities. Both internally and externally, it appears to be strongly German-speaking. That is forward-looking, as is their professionalism and networking.