The Ahmadiyya Community was founded in 1889 by the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (A.S) and Lajna Imaillah is an Auxiliary Organization of the Ahmadiyya Community.
In 1914, Hadrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad (May Allah be pleased with him) was elected the second successor to the Promised Messiah. He felt that a vigorous participation of Ahmadi women was as essential for the success of the Community as that of men, and started activating them for this purpose. In pursuance of this objective in 1922, he wrote a letter to some prominent ladies in the Community, detailing therein the role which Ahmadi women should play to make Islam go ahead.
He called upon them to disseminate his views among their sisters, win their sympathies for his plans and to form an Association to help the resurgence of Islam. This led to the establishment of Lajna Imaillah. The following pages contain extracts from the aforesaid letter and the rules and regulations concerning the conduct of Lajna's work.
The efforts of our women along with our men are equally necessary for attaining the objects of our creation. So far as I have perceived, the women have not so far realized the obligations that Islam bestows on us and the way in which we have to spend our life, so as to please Allah and receive His bounties in this world and in the hereafter.
Reflection will show that most women do not realize if there is any work to be done other than the daily chores. The mistrust and mal-feelings against Islam which are being spread amongst children by the enemies of Islam can only be countered through the efforts of our women. Similarly the spirit of sacrifice can be produced only through the efforts of the mothers. Apart from their own spiritual, intellectual and moral uplift, the future progress of the Jama'at is also greatly dependent upon the role played by our women in this respect. This is because the children are molded to a very large extent in their earlier life compared to their later years when they will not be impressed deeply.
It is purely a religious organization having no political interest whatsoever. It is the duty of its members to lead their lives according to the dictates of the Holy Our'an. All members expected to always abide by the law of the country where they live.
"Islam will definitely succeed if you are able to reform fifty percent women."
- Hadrat Musleh Mau`ud (ra)