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On the Philosophy of Dr. Israr Ahmed

posted by Sister Salima, salima@grandestrategy.com

For those who might not be familiar with Dr. Israr Ahmed's philosophy, many resources are available at: www.tanzeem.org

Note this relevant argument showing the scope of his insight:
http://www.tanzeem.org/online/ebooks/ebooks/E-01-05%20Islamic%20Renaissance%20The%20Real%20Task%20Ahead.pdf

The following are excerpts from the FAQ page located on the Tanzeem site. It can be found in full here: http://www.tanzeem.org/quicklinks/faq/index.asp


Why is Tanzeem-e-Islami concentrating its attention on Pakistan?

Tanzeem-e-Islami was founded in Pakistan, and its aim is to establish the Deen of Allah (SWT) initially in Pakistan and ultimately all over the world. We believe that Pakistan has a special place in the Divine scheme of things. The history of the last four hundred years show that unusually prominent reformers have appeared in this part of the world. Dr. Israr Ahmad believes that with the beginning of the second millennium of Hijri calendar, the spiritual and intellectual center of the Muslim world has shifted from the Arab world to the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent. Pakistan itself was created in the name of Islam, and despite all the un-Islamic practices prevalent in this country, our Constitution still contains the Objectives Resolution which proclaims the sovereignty of Allah and the need to live according to Allah's guidance. The conditions are much more congenial for the establishment of Khilafah in Pakistan than in many of the other Muslim countries. Moreover, every Muslim is obliged to call people towards Islam and to work for the establishment of Deen in the country where he is born and raised, or where he finds himself living.



What is Tanzeem-e-Islami's stance towards Jama'at-e-Islami and it's founder Maulana Abul Ala Maududi?

If one is familiar with Dr. Israr's thought through his books and tapes, then one must be aware of the fact that he considers himself a product of the dynamic teachings of Maulana Abul Ala Maududi. Dr. Israr Ahmad has described on several occassions how he was introduced to the message of the Qur'an by reading Maulana Maududi's exegesis of Surah Yusuf. He considers Maulana Maududi to be his teacher and mentor and publicly admits, without hesitation, that he was able to understand the comprehensive and holistic concept of Islamic obligations from the writings of Maulana Maududi. All this and more is on record, in the form of Dr. Israr Ahamd's various writings and his numerous speeches that are available in the form of audio/video tapes.

Having said that, however, it must be mentioned that one's loyalty should be to the cause of Islam and not to any particular person or party. This, as you must know, was the teaching of Maulana Maududi himself. Dr. Israr Ahamd resigned from Jama'at-e-Islami in 1958 because he was convinced that the Jama'at, by deciding to plunge itself in the arena of power politics, had deviated from the original methodology of the pre-partition era. The disastrous consequences of this change in methodology have now become too obvious, and Dr. Israr's criticism on the Jama'at should be seen in this perspective. He has been inviting the leadership of the Jama'at to give up power politics and to turn back to the original pre-1947 methodology. Again, the details of Dr. Israr's views on this issue are available in his writings and tapes.

Dr. Israr's criticism of the Jama'at are in the spirit of the famous saying of the Prophet (saw): Al-Deen Al-Nasihah, i.e., "Deen is the name of loyalty and sincere counsel."

Why is Tanzeem-e-Islami focusing on Pakistan when the Prophet (saw) did not focus on Makkah alone but went to Ta'if and Madinah in search of a base?

The call of Tanzeem-e-Islami is global in its apporach is directed for all Muslims, irrespective of their race or nation.

Having said that, please note that the focus of the Prophet (saw) was on the ARABIAN PENINSULA, and that since Ta'if and Madinah are located within the same country, he cannot be said to have moved to a different country in search of a base. The Prophet (saw), in fact, moved to a different city in the same country. Makkah was the central place in the Arabian peninsula, that is why the "Revolution" of the Prophet (saw) was completed only after the conquest of Makkah and not before that.

The struggle for Iqamah Al-Deen is a duty for all Muslims, irrespective of where they happen to live. However, it is obvious that a Muslim majority country is better suited for this purpose than a country where Muslims are in minority. Among the Muslim majority countries, the case of Pakistan is especially significant. This is a country created in the name of Islam and where the Constitution has Isalmic provisions and the Objectives Resolution in it. More importantly, the revivalist and spiritual/intellectual center of the Muslim world has been the Indian subcontinent ever since the second millinium of the Hijri calender started. We believe that this part of the world has a special place in the Divine scheme for Islamic Renaissance.

Note that the Islamic revivalist struggle depends on the kind of response generated by its call. If the response is stronger in a country other than Pakistan, then the movement will obviously get stronger in that country.
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