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Israr Ahmed : biography

26 April 1932 - 14 April 2010

Israr Ahmad ( April 26, 1932 – April 14, 2010; Msc, MD) was a prominent Pakistani Islamic theologian, philosopher, and one of the noted Islamic scholar followed particularly in South Asia as well as by the South Asian diaspora in the Middle East, Western Europe, and North America.

He was the founder of the TeI and an off-shoot activist of the rightist JeI. Ahmed wrote and published 60 books on the different aspects of Islam and religion, nine of which were translated into English. Prior to that, he was a television personality and daily hosted a religious show on Peace TV.


Religious teachings

Ahmad had been studying Islamic philosophy and reciting Qur'an while as a student at the Karachi University. At the University, he briefly lectured in philosophy and lectured in Qur'anic as well as Islamic traditions in different universities of Pakistan. In 1965, he sometime affiliated with the religious society but alleviated himself due to methodological differences.

He maintained a visiting lectureship position in Karachi University to lecture in philosophy, later moving the Punjab University during the last years of his life.

Literature and philosophy

In 1967, Ahmad wrote and published the important philosophy book, the "Islamic Renaissance: The Real Task Ahead", in which he briefing explained the abstract idea of Caliphate system. He vehemently maintained that only by revitalizing Imanian concept (lit. faith) among the Muslims – particularly educated Muslims – and the propagation of the Qur'anic teachings in contemporary idiom and at the highest level of scholarship, is necessary to revitalize the faith in everyday life of Muslim. Commenting on scientific aspects, Ahmad wrote that "this undertaking would remove the existing dichotomy between modern physical and social sciences on the one hand, and Islamic revealed knowledge on the other."

In 1971 Ahmad gave up his medical practice to devote himself full-time to the Islamic revival. In 1972 he established or helped establish the Markazi Anjuman Khuddam-ul-Qur'an Lahore, Tanzeem-e-Islami was founded in 1975, and Tahreek-e-Khilafat Pakistan was launched in 1991.

Ahmad first appeared on Pakistan Television in 1978 in a program called Al-Kitab; this was followed by other programs, known as Alif Lam Meem, Rasool-e-Kamil, Umm-ul-Kitab and the most popular of all religious programs in the history of Pakistan Television, the Al-Huda, which made him a household name throughout the country. His television lectures generally focused on the revitalisation of the Islamic faith through studies of the Quran. Ahmad also criticised modern democracy and the electoral system and argued that the head of an Islamic state can reject the majority decisions of an elected assembly.Mumtaz Ahmad, "Media-Based Preachers and the Creation of New Muslim Publics in Pakistan," NBR Special Report 22, February 2010 Although he did not like to receive it personally, Ahmad was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 1981. He has to his credit over 60 Urdu books on topics related to Islam and Pakistan, 9 of which have been translated into English and other languages. in 21st century Ahmad came on peace TV and taught Islam to people so they could understand Islam.

Early life and education

Israr Ahmad was born in Hisar, a province of East Punjab of British Indian Empire, on 26 April 1932. His father was a civil servant in British Government and had his family settled from Hisar to Montgomery, now Sahiwal, Punjab Province of Pakistan.

After graduating from a local high school, Ahmad moved to Lahore to attend the King Edward Medical University in 1950. There, he received MD from King Edward Medical University in 1954 and began practicing the medicine. During his university studies, he worked briefly for Muslim Students Federation and was a member of the IJT.

In 1950, he joined the JI led by Abul Ala Maududi, but left the party when the latter opted for electoral politics in 1957. Ahmad resigned from the JI in April 1957 because of its involvement in the national politics, which he believed was irreconcilable with the revolutionary methodology adopted by the Jama'at in the pre-1947 period. His interest in Islam and philosophy grew further and subsequently moved to Karachi, Sindh Province in 1960s where he enrolled in the Karachi University. After submitting his thesis in 1965, he earned M.Sc. in Islamic Studies from Karachi University.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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