Aqsa Mosque_banQadian,best known as the birthplace of MirzaGhulam Ahmad who founded the AhmadiyyaMovement (an Islamic reformist movement) in 1889, still has the look and feel of the original town. It emerged as a centre of religious learning and remained the administrative headquarters of the community’s Caliphate till 1947.
The Aqsa Mosque was built in 1876 by MirzaGhulam Ahmad’s father while the foundation of the Mubarak Masjid, the first ever Ahmadiyya mosque, was laid by the son in 1883. Twenty years later he added the White Minaret, a tower which is today the symbol of the sect that attracts followers from across the world and has transformed Qadian into a busy pilgrimage site.