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1974 Pamphlet from Communist Party of India on The Jamaat-e-Islami-e-Hind

5 September 2014

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A pamphlet written by Ghulam Hyder on the Politics of Jamaat-e-Islami-e-Hind was published by the Communist Party of India in 1974. [This document has long been out of print and has been digitised by sacw.net for non commercial and educational use.]

Short excerpt from the introduction followed by link to the main document:

"The Jamaat-e-Islami was founded by Syed Abul Ala Maudoodiin 1941 and after partition it was named as Jamaat-e-Islami-e-Hind.

At present it has branches in several states in India, brings out papers and literature in English, Urdu and other Indian languages. It is essentially a cadre-based party and that too of selected cadres. It exercises infuence through ideological propaganda.

Maudoodi was born in the former Hyderabad state and joined the Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muselameen along with Bahadur Yar Jung, who once declared that Muslims had once conquered this country and ruled over it and the nizam was the symbol of rule of Indian Muslims over Hyderabad!

The political views of Maulana Maudoodi and Jamaat-e-lslami were formulated in a period when the capitalist world and imperialism had given birth to fascism. In India itself Dr I Hedgewar had founded the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh a fascist organisation of the Hindus; and Allama Inayatullah Mashriqi had built up the fascist volunteer organisation - the Khaksars.

Maudoodi became an adherent of the school of thought which represented a strange combination of Islamic orthodoxy, political irrationalism, emotionalism and uncompromising hostility to western thought and civilisation.

He considered that to establish the divine rule of god (Hukumat-e-Illahiya), a party of Islam was needed and Muslims are not a nation but a party and it is their duty to bring about such a state in India.

Maudoodi settled down in Punjab before partition and formed his party, the Jamaat-e-Islami. which now exists both in India and Pakistan. The political principles of the Jamaat are drawn from the thought of Ikwan-il-muslameen of Egypt, formed in 1928 by Sheikh Hasan Albana who was opposed to the concept of nationalism and was proimperalist under the garb of religious demagogy. The Ikwan was banned by Nasser."

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Politics of Jamaat-e-Islami-e-Hind
by Ghulam Hyder
PPH, 1974.
[digitised by sacw.net]