Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on the verge of split? 34 members resign alleging JIH derailed from its core ideology

New Delhi: In a vital blow, fissures appeared in Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) after its 34 members resigned on Saturday. The cracks were evident when the members of UP (West) body of JHI resigned from the organization alleging that the principles and ideology of the prominent Muslim body has “long been forgotten”.

Jamaat-e-Islami was formed in 1941 at Lahore under the leadership of Syed Abul A’la Maududi. Later after the partition Indian members of Jamaat have formed a separate entity in 1948 as “Jamaat-e-Islami Hind”.

As per reports, UP (West) Majlis-e-Shura (Advisory Council) members had disagreements with the local body chief and the secretary. Although the central body removed them after the request but the disgruntled members were still not satisfied.

The splinter group had a meeting on October 19 at Bulandshahr, UP where they have distributed the pamphlets citing the reason for split in it. According to pamphlets,

  1. The JIH has got derailed from its goal of iqamat-e-din (sticking to religion in every sphere of life)
  2. Continuously on a declining side morally
  3. All attempts to reform have failed

The splinter group includes 25 members from UP (West), one from zonal Majlis-e-Shura and 2 members are from Delhi. The resignations have been sent to central body of JIH.

Dr. Tanweer Alam said, “Thirty members, including Dr. Tanveer Ahmed who was a part of the shura of the JIH’s UP (West) circle. The Jamaat has got derailed from its goal of iqamat-e-din (sticking to religion in every sphere of life). It has forgotten its founder Syed Abul A’la Maududi. Its central leadership is idle and does not let us work. It has of late become authoritarian. Therefore, we decided to part ways,” reported Muslim Mirror.

Dr Tanweer is said to be the main person who is heading this splinter group has confirmed the report of mass resignation of the breakaway faction and claimed that more will join soon. However, he clarified that the new faction will never defame the Jamaat and always extends support as and when needed. “We don’t have any problem with the Jamaat, but with its central leadership,” he added.

When asked about forming a new group and whether they have elected their chief, another senior member of the splinter group said, “They have parted ways to work, not to form an organisation”.

Dr. Tanweer when questioned further said, “We have selected a coordinator who is in talks with people who are willing to join us. Soon this group will take a shape with a new name. Though we have not elected anyone as our chief, it will also be done. People are calling us from different states and congratulating us for taking this step”.

Dismissing any chance of reconciliation, he said, “There is no scope even to think about that. We will never return to the JIH.”

The JIH also confirmed receiving few resignations but they have not so far accepted and efforts are made to reach out to them to address their grievances.

“I have come to know that the JIH headquarters has got few resignations, including that of a Shura member of the western Uttar Pradesh unit. Most of those who have resigned have ideological differences. Officials of Jamaat have already spoken to them earlier to sort out the differences and will do it once again. They will try their best to convince the valuable and respected members,” JIH Vice President Syed Sadatullah Husaini said in a statement.

At the same time, he also said that it keeps happening in organisations that have an ideology. “It is not possible to avoid such situation. It has taken place earlier as well,” he said adding that “it is impossible for such a big organisation like the Jamaat to agree with everyone on all issues, neither can all its members respect the differences of opinions”.

He said though the Jamaat and its well-wishers will try their best to convince the members to take their resignations back, but “considering it a big crisis or assuming that the JIH will get divided with few resignation would be a little exaggeration”.