Collecting from the Poorest of the Poor
The Qadiani Ahmadiyya collect money from the poorest of their poor at the prescribed rates, which combined, total to about at least 8.25% (6.25% + 1% + 1%) of net income. Not even welfare and unemployment benefits are exempt. The provision for exemption is rarely used as writing to the spiritual head (Khalifa) is considered embarrassing. Anecdotal evidence proves that in order to not be expelled, Ahmadis are forced to lie about their income or are forced to work illegally while claiming benefits. Here, we explore this exploitation, and then the strange way the Qadiani Ahmadiyya configure their international finances.
Intricate Company Structure
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat International
This was founded just after the current Khalifa (Mirza Masroor Ahmad) ascended to the Qadiani Khilafat. It acts as the global equaliser, collecting from the rich branches (Canada, US, UK, EU, Pakistan) and re-distributing to the poorer branches. Accounting for inflation, income is mostly static for the last few years.
Please view the following link for our calculation framework. Please note that MSAF is an ‘independent’ property management charity (more below) to which an ever-larger chunk money is being diverted as ‘social investment’. The ‘independent’ directors of MSAF include the son-in-law of Mirza Masroor Ahmad (spiritual head of the Ahmadiyya). India gets 1/4 or 1/3 of the total international funds, which is a big surprise and points to a project there. Al-Shirkatul-Islamiyyah is the UK charity that does all the publication and TV work of the Qadiani Ahmadiyya.
Another unexplained feature is the gap between ‘UK Income’ for AMJI and what AMA UK (country charity) sends to AMJI. This points to other sources of UK income, between 1 million and 3 million a year. The exact amount is hard to pin down, as the two organisations have different year ends.
Al-Shirkatul Islamiyyah and its non-charity Subsidiaries and Shared Directors
We have not been able to make much sense of the intricate web of MTA-related companies (slide 2 in pdf above). We can assume that they are meant for trade-marking the various names, although that could be done in a very simple manner.
Shirkat owns Tahir House (22 Deer Park Road), but it has been mortgaged to a company called ‘TJ Holdings SA’, a European holding company whose UK address is across the street from Fazl Mosque on Gressenhall Road, and can be assumed to have Ahmadiyya ownership. Shirkat’s budget and extra funds of AMJI should not pressure it to seek a loan that has been on the books since 1996 and has grown from 1,000,000 to 1,200,000 to 1,556,000. It is due on 30 June 2011 and we will monitor the disposition. Since Shirkat is now carrying out the work of the now-dormant for-profit subsidiary ‘Islam International Publications’, one speculation would be that in case Shirkat is wound up, its property may go to the provider of the loan.
Mirza Sharif Ahmad Foundation
This organisation was founded in 2006 with a property value donation of £3.8m. It is referred to as an ‘independent charity’ by AMJI although the directors are well-known Qadiani office-holders and employees, and one is the son-in-law of the spiritual head, Mirza Masroor Ahmad’. It should be noted that the organisation is named after the leader’s grandfather.
Besides getting substantial annual funds from AMJI, it has now started receiving funds directly from foreign branches – from Canada in 2009.