Lajna Ima’illah, an auxiliary organisation of Ahmadiyya Muslim community provides women a structure to train, develop and enhance their religious and academic knowledge, acquire health and fitness skills, manage trade and industry affairs and develop their financial abilities. The aim of Lajna Ima’illah (literally translated as maids of Allah) is to raise awareness amongst women of their important status and their great responsibilities in the religious organisation, while focussing on their duties towards mankind as well as their contributions to the society in which they live and raise the future generation.
The crescent is a sign of a new era in the spiritual darkness of modern ages. The star’s 5 corners denote the five articles of faith. The minaret represents the fulfilled prophecy about the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him), and the sun rising from the West denotes the success of Islam and Ahmadiyyat in the Western world. This is a prophecy of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). The oasis symbolises motherhood, three date trees represent 3 women who gave birth in the desert to Prophet Ishmael, Prophet Jesus (peace be upon them both) and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
Lajna Ima’illah was established in 1922 by Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih II, Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad (may Allah be pleased with him) in Qadian, India. He published an open letter called ‘Ahmadi Ladies of Qadian’ urging women, to realise and fulfil their potential. “The efforts of our women along with our men are equally necessary for attaining the objective of our creation.” In order to achieve this Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih II (may Allah be pleased with him) encouraged all women to read and endeavour to abide by the Charter of Aims. The first meeting of the fourteen founding members took place on 25th December 1922, with Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih II (may Allah be pleased with him) who formally announced its formation and its name.
Lajna Ima’illah Belgium began in the early eighties and to date consists of 781 members, spread across 14 branches in Belgium.