“Halqa-e-Ahbab (Ahbab Club) is a network of like minded individuals who have been associated with Islami Jamiat Talaba during their student life in Pakistan.”
“This Halqa was formed in 2002 when brothers started to come over to the United Kingdom to pursue higher education. Initially it was started by brothers who came to live in London area and it was due to their sincere commitment and dedication that UK Halqa-e-Ahbab spread all over the UK and Alhamdulillah we now have brothers in almost all cities of the UK who are actively involved with Dawah work and providing an active contribution to the community.”
Islami Jamiat Talaba (Jamiat or IJT) is one of the largest student organisations in Pakistan and is often referred to as the student wing of Jama’at-e-Islami (Jamaat or JI).
“Islami Jamiat Talaba is a largest student organization in Pakistan. It is an independent organization of youth. Also known as the Jamiat (“jam-ee-at”), it is one of the oldest student organizations in Pakistan, founded on 23 December 1947 in Lahore, Pakistan.”
“Islami Jamiat Talaba has made many sacrifices for Islam and Pakistan. Islami Jamiat Talba Believes in the Oneness of God (Allah) and that Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W) was the last prophet of Allah. Islami Jamiat Talba through his movement, succeeded to declare the Ahmadis (Qadianis) the non-Believers in the national law of Pakistan. Islami Jamiat Talaba Pakistan is working in Pakistan to eliminate the non-Islamic factors and the secularism from the curriculam and techings of the educational institutions of Pakistan.”
“Jamiat has a conviction that without the implementation of Islamic laws, the society can never be converted into Islamic culture and cannot be able to reflect the directions of Islamic teachings onto the world.”
“Therefore, many impediments and constraints came into various shapes in the way of Jamiat to avert it to move further from its aristocratic mission of Islamization like the ban on students’ union in academic institutions which was a main source to develop influence of students. But, fortunately, Jamiat has succeeded to move forward with its global mission of Islamization.”
“Now, Islami Jamiat Talaba is the biggest organization amongst students in Pakistan. It has never deviated from its basic mission and goal of establishment of an Islamic Society.”
“The vanguard of modernist Islam, the JI is the most organised and politically active religious party in the country. Its madrasas are run by the Rabita al- Madaris al-Arabiya and are considered the pioneers of jihad. The student wing of the JI, the Islami Jamiat Talaba, is known for politics of violence in mainstream colleges and universities where it is a dominant group.”
The most important of the Jama’at’s unions is the Islami Jami’at-i Tulabah (IJT). Central to contemporary Islamic revivalism is the role student organizations have in translating religious ideals into political power. The IJT, or the Jami’at as it is popularly known, is one of the oldest movements of its kind and has in its own right been a significant and consequential force in Pakistani history and politics. In this capacity it has been central to the Islamization of Pakistan since 1947.
The IJT was officially formed on December 23, 1947, in Lahore by twenty-five students, most of whom were sons of Jama’at members, and the newly formed organization held its very first meeting that same year.
Although organized under the supervision of the Jama’at, IJT was greatly influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, which its members learned about from Sa’id Ramazan, a brotherhood member living in Karachi at the time. Between 1952 and 1955, Ramazan helped IJT leaders formalize an administrative structure and devise an organizational strategy.
The IJT and the Jamaat have been tied together by Mawdudi’s works and their professed ideological perspective, and IJT members are rigorously indoctrinated in the Jama’at’s ideology. Fidelity to the Jama’at’s reading of Islam is the primary criterion for membership and for advancement in the IJT. Jama’at’s ideology is indelibly imprinted on the IJT and shapes the student organization’s worldview.
Current and former presidents of Ahbab are members of UK Islamic Mission (also fans of Maududi) and ex-members of Jamiat:
Syed Shaukat Ali – “Brother Shuakat from East London was Associate Member of Jamiat in Karachi Univeristy….He is one of the founders of Ahbab work in the UK and was appointed Nazim of Ahbab UK in 2003. He is currently a member of the UKIM and is in-charge of the UKIM Relief committee.”
Syed Shaukat Ali (right) with Naimat Ullah Khan, Jamaat-e-Islami (left), 2010:
Syed Shaukat Ali with Siraj Ul Haq, vice-President Jamaat-e-Islami, East London, 2011:
Rasheed Naumani – “Brother Rasheed was a member of Islami Jamiat Talba () and is one of the leading scholars who has been actively involved in working with the youth here in UK and doing dawah work. He is currently Imam of IQRA Centre in Leeds.”
UK Islamic Mission’s IQRA Centre in Leeds states:
“The Mission’s aims can be summed up as follows – The propagation and projection of the true Islamic teachings implicitly identifying and exposing concepts and innovatory practices that are alien to the message of Islam. Demonstrating to the nation’s opinion-formers, academics, industrialists, financiers, etc that Islam is a timeless and relevant problem-solving way of life.”
“The Mission seeks to observe and establish Islam in its entirety and pristine purity, based on the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).”
“Islam arranges the human economy, society and polity according to the will of Allah, strengthening the various sections of life, from the family to the government and state, on the basis of justice.
“Islam is the upholder of the best system of justice and wants to establish it upon the entire world.”
“It is very unnatural for a person who has chosen Truth for his own life to remain complacent when others are being deprived of it; or pronounce the impropriety of something yet bear to see the world adhering to it, or possess faith in Allah’s Deen yet lack the zeal to establish it over the world and elevate it about everything.”
“Schools, colleges, religious institutions, monasteries, market-places, centres of trade and commerce, and all small and big institutions must reverberate with the Islamic message and the whole country resound with its echoes, so much so that individuals and parties should become equally compelled to draw up a definite attitude towards Islam, and it may become impossible for people to ignore it.”
“Islam gives training to the individuals and the Muslim society as a whole to prepare them for practical participation in the evolution of Islamic culture and civilization. The believers must grow under this guidance into an organized community engaged in establishing the Islamic system of life so that God’s word should prevail upon all other words.”
Nasir Bilal – “Brother Nasir Bilal is a member of the UKIM living in Luton and was member of Jamiat in Lahore. He works for Muslim Aid in London.”
Muslim Aid’s International Network – The Spittoon
“Muslim Aid UK and its affiliates such as the UK Islamic Mission have close ties to Pakistan’s largest Islamic fundamentalist party- the Jamaat-i-Islami.
Muslim Aid is run by Jamaat sympathisers and former members of the movement from Pakistan and Bangladesh. It came as no surprise that after the 9/11 attacks Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the atrocities was arrested in Pakistan, which is over 3000 miles away from where the Malaysian summit was held in 2000. He was arrested in the home of a Jamaat-i-Islami figure. There have also been many other cases of al-Qaeda leaders being arrested from Jamaat safe-houses in Pakistan.
So, it has not been a great surprise that since 2006, some of the UK’s leading commentators and journalists have been uncovering the links between radical Islamists in South Asia, and the Middle East, and organisations they have helped to set up in the UK.
They have made accusations that organisations such as the MCB and the East London Mosque are suffocating British Muslims who are not generally affiliated to Jamaat politics. Jamaat affiliates connected to the MCB portray themselves as mainstream rather than a minority movement both in the UK and South Asia.
Jamaat has powerful allies. They have been funded by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and have received money from the Gulf States, most notably Saudi Arabia. The movement has been flush with petro-dollars allowing it to spend money on Dawah activities which have included public relations with academics, diplomats and senior politicians from the West who have been blinded by Jamaat’s duplicity. It has had a devastating effect on social cohesion and security policy. Academics such as John Esposito and Bob Lambert have even touted Jamaat as being a moderating solution to al-Qaeda/Salafists. Many have been misled to believe that Jamaat’s participation in elections as being a sign of the movement being committed to democracy.”
Ahbab have regularly hosted prominent members of Islami Jamiat Talaba and Jamaat-e-Islami at their events in the UK:
2008, Wales – Syed Munawar Hasan, President Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan:
Lake District 2010 – Rashid Naseem, General Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami, Sindh:
Ahbab UK Convention at UKIM’s European Islamic Centre, July 2011:
Siraj Ul Haq, vice-President Jamaat-e-Islami at Ahbab Convention:
IJT general-secretary Samiullah Husaini speech at Ahbab Convention (preceded by Jamiat chants):
Markfield, Leicestershire, 2011 – former President of Islami Jamiat Talaba and vice-President of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Khursheed Ahmed: Ahbab-e-Jamiat UK evening with Professor Khursheed Ahmed
Articles on Jamaat-e-Islami.