Dr. ISRAR AHMAD
It is written on official Tanzeem-e-Islami Website (FAQ 2) that Dr. Israr Ahmad (1932–2010) was a Pakistani national, who portrayed himself as a product of the teachings of Abul Ala Maududi, Founder of Jama'at-e-Islami, Pakistan. Dr. Israr Ahmed considered Maulana Maududi to be his teacher and mentor and publicly admitted, without hesitation, that he was able to understand the comprehensive and holistic concept of Islamic obligations from the writings of Maulana Maududi. Read more.
Dr. Israr was a die hard follower of Maududi and an active member of Jamaat-e-Islami right from his youth. In 1957 he founded an Organization titled 'Tanzeem-e-Islami'.
He was born in Hissar (currently Haryana, India). His followers consider him as a scholar who worked towards revival of Quran centered philosophy of Islam. However, real Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a condemn him for his outrageous beliefs based on the teachings of Abul Ala Moududi.
His biography on Tanzeem-e-Islami's official website does not mention the name of his father or any detail about his family, his childhood or his early Islamic Education or his teachers / Scholars under whom he studied Islam. The only thing mentioned is that he was born to a Government servant.
He graduated from King Edward Medical College, Lahore in 1954. In 1965, he received masters degree in Islamic studies from Karachi University. He became influenced by the teachings of Abul Ala Maududi during his students years and worked as Activist for "Jamiat-e-Talaba" and then for Jama'a't-e-Islami. In 1957 he left Jama'at-e-Islami. In 1971, he stopped his medical practice and started dedicating full time towards his religious activities. In 1972 he established 'Markazi Anjuman Khuddam-ul-Quran, Lahore. In 1975, he established 'Tanzeem-e-Islami. In 1991 he established "Tahreek-e-Khilafat", Pakistan. In 2002, he left Tanzeem-e-Islami on health grounds and since then Hafiz Aakif Saeed is the Ameer of the Tanzeem. It is reported on their Website that he has written many books in Urdu, some of which have been translated into English.
Dr. Israr Ahmad remained a highly controversial figure throughout his life. He was banned from appearing on QTV - Pakistan, and Vision TV - Canada for his controversial statements.
Watch this video clip in which he slanders on Hadhrat Ali (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ).
Dr. Israr later apologized to the people for his disrespect for Hadhrat Ali (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ). Watch this video clip.
Dr. Israr Ahmed was a regular preacher on Peace TV, India which propagates Salafi, Deobandi and Jama'at-e-Islami beliefs. Dr. Zakir Naik, who owns Peace TV, considers Dr. Israr Ahmad as his teacher.
Dr. Israr Ahmed supported Yazid's actions against Imam Hussain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) and used to say رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ with Yazid's name. He also claimed that Imam Hussain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) was wrong and his killing was a right action. As per his anti ahle baith rhetoric, he alleged that a Mufti had given fatwa against Imam Hussain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) before Karabala episode to legitimize his killing. Allahu Akbar. There are people in our times who talk like this. This is a Salafi zionist rhetoric to demonize Ahle Bait-e-Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). We can imagine what might have happened to Dr. Israr after his death.
Dr. Israr had a high regard for Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Qayyim, Abd al-Wahhab and other Salafi scholars and openly supported their ill conceived Islamic ideology. He also spearheaded the thinking of Hamiduddin Farahi (1863-1930), Amin Ahsan Islahi (1904-1997), Abul Aala Maududi (1903-1979), etc., who are well known for their hardcore Salafi / Deobandi beliefs. Read Maududi's beliefs.
The Ideology of Tanzeem e Islami
The ideology of Tanzeem-e-Islami founded by Dr. Israr Ahmad is similar to Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a radical Islamist Organization which was founded in East Jerusalem in 1953, by Taqi al-din al-Nabhani (1909-1977), a radical Activist who was active member of Muslim Brotherhood, a radical Salafi outfit of Egypt. After the death of an-Nabhani, in 1977, a Palestinian resident of Hebron named Abd al-Qadim Zalum became Head of Hizb-ut-Tahrir and continued till his death in 2003. Since 2003, Hizb-ut-Tahrir is headed by Ata Abu al-Rishta, a Jordanian national of Palestinian origin.