Posted by Abdul Alim
Frederick News Com: Shahina Bashir has had the opportunity to meet His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth Khalifa, or leader, of the entire Ahmadiyya Muslim community, twice before.
Yet when Bashir, media associate for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, had to opportunity to personally greet him in a meeting with her immediate family last week, she said it was “like a dream.”
“We love him more than we love our parents — not just this particular Khalifa, but each one that has been elected,” Bashir said. “Without him, we’d be lost.”
His Holiness, who lives in London, was elected into the position of Khalifa in 2003, after the death of the previous leader, Bashir said. As tradition stands, he will rule the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, a sect of Islam, until his death, she explained.
Members of the Ahmadiyya community are spread throughout 200 countries, Bashir said, and although each country has its own headquarters, the community’s national headquarters in the U.S. is the Bait-ur-Rehman Mosque in Silver Spring.