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Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) was established in Lahore on August 26, 1941 (2 Sha’ban, 1360 AH). One hundred and fifty (150) people were invited to attend the institutional meeting held at Maulana Sayyed Abul A’la Maududi’s residence located near Mubarak Masjid , Shibli Street, Poonach Road, Islamia Park, Lahore.In response, about 100 persons attended the meeting, out of which 75 agreed to join and work for party mission. These pioneer members came from all corners of Sub-continent; 24 belonged to areas now falling in Pakistan. They were all well qualified; 50 had received modern education; others were mostly religious scholars and represented variety of professions. The overwhelming majority (69) belonged to the age group of 20-40 years.

Sayyed Maududi often said that the idea for establishing the Jamaat came to him as he reflected on the problems the Muslims of India faced close to partition. The solution to those problems, he concluded, would require the services of a political party that could initiate radical changes in Muslim society. Life-long observation of problems faced by Muslims of Sub-continent led Sayyed Maududi to believe that no Muslim party was likely to succeed unless it followed ethical and religious standards set in the Holy Quran and the Sunnah. He enjoined Muslims to be morally upright and to adhere without compromise to the values of their religion. Sayyed Maududi and his earliest companions did not worry much about the number, what they emphasized instead was the attaining qualitative standards. Hence, a party launched with merely 75 persons in 1941 raised its strength to 625 close to partition (1947).


With the founding of Pakistan on August 14, 1947, the Jamaat was also reorganized. It was then classified into two independent organisations the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (385 members) and the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (240 members). Besides these two bodies, Jamaat has an autonomous existence in the Indian heldKashmir, also in Sri Lanka the Jamaat is working as a self-reliant establishment. In mid ’70s, the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh was also revived as an independent movement. While all the five organisations under the name of Jamaat-e-Islami are working for essentially similar objectives and have identical ideological approach, there is no organisational link between them. Each operates independently and has developed its programs and strategies for change and reconstruction in light of peculiar politico-ideological conditions of the country. The focus here in this presentation is exclusively on Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan.

Founding Members 

The founding session of Jamaat-e-Islami was scheduled for 26th August 1941 at Lahore. The participants from every nook and corner of India (Sub-Continent) gathered at the residence of Mistree Abdullah at Islamia Park, Poonch Road, Lahore. The first session began at 8’pm in Mubarik Mosque, wherein, the following 75 persons participated۔

1.Mawlana Syed Abul Ala Mawdoodi
2.Mawlana Muhammad Manzoor Nomani (Braili)
3.Malak Nasarullah Khan Aziz (Lahore)
4.Abdul Majeed Siddique (Lahore)
5.Muhammad Anwar (Lahore)
6. Nazar Shamsi (Delhi)
7.Mian Tufail Muhammad (Kapoorthala)
8.Mistree Muhammad Siddique (Kapoorthala)
9.Maulana Syed Muhammad Jaffar Shah ( Kapoorthala)
10. Shaikh Faqeer Hussain (Kapoorthala)
11. Master Aziz-ud-duin (Kapoor Thala)
12. Shaikh Abdul Hameed Phagwar (Kapoorthala)
13. Ataullah Sajjad (Kapoorthala)
14. Ch Abdul Rahaman (Kapoorthala)
15. Syed Azmat Ali Shah (Kapoorthala)
16. Ch Addul Rahman (Jallandhar)
17. Maulana Syed Abdul Aziz Sharqi (Jallandhar)
18. Hafiz Fathullah (Jallandhar)
19. Hakeem Syed Muhammad Hasan Bukhari (Kapoor Thala)
20. Naeem Siddique (Dist Chakwal)
21. Qamaruddan Khan (Banaras)
22. Maulana Sadruddin Eslahi (Azam Gar UP India)
23. Maulana Sibghatullah Bakhtiari
24. Maulana Nazeerul Haq Merthi (Meerath)
25. Muhammad Bin Ali Alvi Kakorvi (Lukhnau)
26. Shaikh Nazar Muhammad
27. Shaikh Fazal Muhammad
28. Maulvi Muhammad Ali (Ferozepur)
29. Syed Muhammad Shah
30. Chaudhary Abdul Gani Gehlan (Kasur)
31. Maulana Abdul Qadar Aajaz (Kasur)
32. Haji Muhammad (Pattoki , Kasur)
33. Qazi Hameedullah (Sialkot)
34. Chaudhary Muhammad Akbar (Sialkot)
35. Malak Gulam Ali (Khoshab)
36. Abdul Jabbar Ghazi (Dehli)
37. Syed Muhammad Hasnain Jami
38. Chaudhary Nusrat Husain (Gojra)
39. Chaudhary Ghulam Jelani (Lahore)
40. Ataullah Patwa Khali (Bengal)
41. Maulana Ataullah Hanif (Bhojianvi)
42. Maulana Muhammad Ali Kandhalvi
43. Maulana Muhammad Abdullah (Rori, Hissar)
44. Maulana Muhammad Abdullah (Madras)
45. Moulana Alahi Bakhash (U.P)
46. Muhammad Abdullah Mistri (U.P)
47. Syed Muhammad Yusaf (Bhopal)
48. Chaudhary Charagh Deen (Gurdaspur)
49. Sardar Muhammad Akbar Khan (Attock)
50. Manzoor Ahmad
51. Hakeem Khawaja Iqbal Ahmad Nadvi (U.P)
52. Shasul Haq Siddique (U.P)
53. Hafiz Muhammad Zakaria (Amratsar)
54. Hafiz Muhammad Shareef Ahsan
55. Baba Muhammad Bakhash (Sargodha)
56. Dr Muhammad Aslam Cughtai (Amratsar)
57. Master Haji Muhammad Shafi (Amratsar)
58. Mawlana Muhammad Alyas Nadvi (Gujranwala)
59. Chaudhary Rafeeudin (U.P)
60. Abdul Qadar (Haider Abad Daccan)
61. Maulvi Muhammad Yunas (Haidar Abadad Daccan)
62. Soofi Saber Ali (Ludhiana)
63. Chaudhary Muhammad Shafi (Gujrat)
64. Maulvi Muhammad Fazal (Gurdaspur)
65. Hakeem Shair Muhammad (Ludhiana)
66. Molvi Muhammad Ibrahim (Ferozepur)
67. Sultan Mahmood Ghazi (Khoshab)
68. Master Akbar Ali (Faisal Abad)
69. Hakeem Muhammad Khalid (Elah Abad)
70. Muhammad Ishaq (Elah Abad)
71. Sabar Ali (Elah Abad)
72. Shakar Ali (Elah Abad)
73. Dr Syed Nazeer Ali zaidi (Elah Abad)
74. Zahoor Ahamad Jarullah (Elah Abad)
75. Abdul Majeed Chotani (Mumbai)
76. Molvi Abdul Qadar (Pattoki, kasur)
77. Tasneem Qurashi (Lakhnow)
78. Molvi Emamudin Faiq (Patna)
79. Chaudhary Shafi Ahmad

Our Mission

Jamaat views regarding the three terms ‘Al-Deen’, Divine Order’, and ‘Islamic Way of Life’ as synonyms.

Our mission of ‘Establishment of Deen’ does not mean establishing some part of it, rather establishing it in its entirety, in individual and collective life, and whether it pertains to prayers or fasting, haj or zakat, socio-economic or political issues of the life.

It is incumbent upon a believer to strive for establishing Islam in its entirety without discretion and division, and believer’s real objective is to attain Allah’s pleasure and success in the this world and hereafter, this cannot be realized without trying to establish Allah’s Deen in this world.

Contact Information

Head Office, Jamaat E Islami Punjab
Mansoora, Multan Road Lahore.


Phone: +92 42 35252177, +92 42 35437990-1

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