The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Auxiliary (AMWA) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) is an international organization founded in 1922. Later in 1935 it was established in the United States and held its first national convention on September 2, 1950, in Pittsburg, PA.
The official name of AMWA is “Lajna Ima’illah Silsila Aliya Ahmadiyya,” meaning an association of women servants of God belonging to the greater Ahmadiyya Community Order. The constitution of Lajna Ima’illah characterizes the organization as: “A purely religious organization having no political interest and ambitions whatsoever. It shall be the duty of its members to lead their lives according to the dictates of the Holy Quran. The members shall always abide by the law of the country in which their association is working…”. Every Ahmadi woman above the age of 15 years is a member. Ahmadi girls between the ages of 7 and 14 are members of the smaller organization, Nasirat-ul-Ahmadiyya, established in the USA in 1939. AMWA has office bearers at the local, regional, and national levels. Throughout the United States, there are 66 chapters with local presidents and office holders who work under the leadership of the National President. AMWA functions under the direct advisement of the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad.
The main objective of this organization, according to its constitution, is for members to strive together to enhance their knowledge and spread it to others, enhance their moral and spiritual standard, promote social welfare, learn employment skills and encourage healthy lifestyles. Through a proper understanding of Islamic teachings, AMWA promotes patriotism and loyalty to the country by conducting community service in a variety of ways including food drives, clothes drives, blood drives, health fairs, book fairs, and volunteerism in schools. In addition, AMWA advocates for religious tolerance through inter-faith dialogue, publishing Op-Eds letters and holding Peace Symposiums.
With the understanding that Islam encourages participation in democratic processes, Ahmadi women are exercising their right to vote. This year, under the AMC banner of Alliance for Absolute Justice, AMWA USA is partnering with HeadCount to hold digital voter registration drives in all its chapters. With HeadCount’s assistance, AMWA will track progress in all 66 chapters to determine where help and motivation are needed.
Find your Local Chapter Link to Register to Vote!