(often known as Qadianis) are members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, a heterodox
Islamic sect created in 1889
by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who claimed to be the Messiah
advertised in the Holy Quran
. The movement has been met with great resistance as it differs from the common belief amongst most Muslims that Muhammad
was the last prophet
of God. Ahmadis counter that Muhammad was the last law-bearing prophet and that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad did not create a new religion, but revived and rejuvenated Islam
Today the community has around 10 million members in over 154 countries, with its supreme head being Mirza Masroor Ahmad, given the title Khalifatul Masih Khamus.
On January 9 2004 Bangladesh banned books published by Ahmadi.