The Two Faces of Maududi

Here is a piece of text uncovered (here and here) by Yassir Latif Hamdani which exposes the duality of Jamaat-e-Islam through the words of its founder, Abul Ala Maududi. After years of sabotaging the creation of Pakistan, denouncing Ali Jinnah as a religious lightweight and decrying democracy as satan’s handiwork, Maududi made an astonishing 180 degree flip and embraced Pakistan, Jinnah and democracy. The question is, did he actually do any of this in good faith or was it all a ploy to further the aims of Jamaat-e-Islam and turn Pakistan into an Islamic state?

Here is an English translation of the 10 Urdu quotations of Maulana Maududi, founder of the Jamaat Islami, quoted above:


1. “The establishment and birth of Pakistan is equivalent to the birth of a beast.”

2. “Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s place is not on the throne of leadership. He deserves to face trial as a traitor.”

3. “There were three actors in the partition of India. Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s performance proved to be most unsuccessful.”

4. “It is haraam to vote for the Muslim League.”

5. “Muhammad Ali Jinnah is the founder of fool’s paradise.” 6. “Pakistan is a fool’s paradise and an infidel state of Muslims.”

7. “Pakistan is filled with millions of robbers, thieves, murderers, adulterers and uncouth wrongdoers.”

8. “An election campaign is a race of hounds.”

9. “The Muslim League is an unrighteous and immoral party that has made our collective environment filthier than the lavatory.”

10. “The Mohajirs are deserters and cowards, who fought a national battle, but when the time came to pay the price, they took the path of escape.” (Bin Ismail, a PTH visitor)

All throughout the years of anti-British struggle in India, when the idea of independent statehood for “All India” began to gain currency, Abul Ala Maududi the spiritual leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami was a fierce critic of the state of Pakistan, prior to its independence in 1947. He led a campaign to denounce the leaders of the Muslim League for wanting an independent secular state for Muslims rather than an Islamic state. However when it became clear that India was going to be partitioned and Pakistan created, Maududi changed his mind and embraced the idea of a Pakistani state which he had criticised so fiercely. Maududi moved to Pakistan in 1947 and worked to turn it into an Islamic state.

Yassir Latif Hamdani, editor of the Pak Tea House blog has a cracking piece exposing the Machiavellian inconsistencies of Maududi:

What a turn around. Maududi was the most vociferous opponent of Mr. Jinnah and the Pakistan Movement. I reproduce here some of his referenced works here from his “Muslims and the Present Political Turmoil” (Vol.III) First Edition published from Delhi. Jamaat-e-Islami claims that the whole Two Nation Theory project was derived from Maududi’s writings which is completely untrue. Maududi described the idea of Muslim Nationalism as unlikely as a “chaste prostitute”.

Nearly twenty five years later, the Jamaat-e-Islam opposed the creation of an independent Bangladesh and actively collaborated with the Pakistani military’s brutal genocide of the Bangladeshi people in 1971 on Maududi’s reactionary principles. Today the JI are all but rehabilitated into the public arena as a theocratic party which has supposedly accepted democracy. Perversely, this rehabilitation is so complete that the Jamaat have been legitimised as a political party in spite of the fact their leaders have not yet seen justice for their participation in the heinous war crimes of 1971.

Here in the UK, the Islamic Forum Europe (IFE) is an emanation from Jamaat-e-Islami which operates out of East London Mosque. Like their Southasian overlords, IFE leaders profess to have accepted the singular benefits of democracy but are careful to keep their Islamist plans out of the way of public scrutiny. The entryist tactics of the IFE have shown that they are as adept at infiltrating into the Labour party just as they are into the Conservative or the Liberal Democrats.

Do the JI actually ever embrace the ideals of any party they infiltrate, or the principles of democracy they tacitly adopt or indeed the spirit of any nation they inhabit? Or is it, as Maududi showed us, just a strategy to enter the body politic to complete their own medium to long-term projects of establishing an Islamic state with sharia law (with hudud punishment, of course) and all the other Islamist paraphernalia which are universal to any Islamist political  group you care to name.

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  1. Wajid
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM | Permalink

    Gutless freaks, it seems Mawdudi’s two faced attitutude has rubbed off onto his followers.

  2. spinoza's spectacles
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 10:52 AM | Permalink

    He was an arch infiltrator. Everything JI have learnt about entering a democratic system and building a network of Islamists in key positions comes from one source: A A Maududi.

  3. Kisan
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 3:39 AM | Permalink

    There is an interesting video featuring interviews with children trained as suicide bombers:

    At around 7:00 – 7:02 the boy says that after doing a suicide bombing he will be having a conversation with Allah about it before getting into heaven and will explain why he did it. He says he killed the kuffar and mushrikeen for his motive (iraada) was pure he’ll go into jannat.

    At the end of the day remember that Jamaatis will indoctrinate children as suicide bombers to kill their ideological enemies. This is the moral standard they occupy.

  4. qidniz
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 8:10 PM | Permalink

    More from the Chuckles Department. Really, where do they find these?

  5. Mehedi Hasan ( BD )
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 6:59 AM | Permalink

    I know Moududi was an agent of American cia . He creat Jamaat-e-isamal which involve islamic terrorism . they try to destroy our country . We should need ban their party for development our country and in pakistan too.

  6. Mehedi Hasan ( BD )
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 7:07 AM | Permalink

    sir, we need more documents against of Maoududi . plz add more. our country has removed in secularism , inshallah Jamaat will ban resent in our Banagladesh. Jamaat is danger for our democracy and our progressive thinking . insallah we will success to ban islamic political party in bangadesh. Joy Bangla …………………..

  7. Posted August 2, 2011 at 6:54 AM | Permalink

    Maulana Sayyid Abul A’la Maudoodi was a great man.He published various books about Islam and teach us to how we live in Islam.e.g AL ARZU LIL LAH WAL HUK MU LIL LAH.etc etc

  8. imran
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM | Permalink

    Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maudoodi was a great scholar. what ever he said about our politicians and politics specially about political parties all are 100% true.

  9. Babar Baig
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

    Can anyone please share the link to download this book.

    Posted March 5, 2012 at 6:52 AM | Permalink

    The work of the maududi(ar) can not be over ruled by few foolish sentences.

  11. Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

    All above is Fake….visit the below link to know the faces of these seculiar liars.,18.0.html

  12. Fayaz
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

    This writing is full of lie. Anyone could pick molana mudodi books and check its not his way of talking and writing at all. Seculer loby donthave guts to anser. Molana modudi books and his views so they useing. Old bad manners. Doing false propoganda using fake writings

  13. Muhammad qasim
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

    Please read this book thareek azadi Hind owr Jamat islami pakistan…
    also read this article

  14. zahed hossain
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 2:04 AM | Permalink

    moulana moududi the greatest islamic scholar of modern time. propaganda against him is just foolish. he showed islam is not only a religion but also complete code of life.

  15. M.Basil
    Posted September 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

    MOULANA MODUDI was a great leader of 29th century . the above writing is total lie by the enemies ov Islam n Pakistan . It is total propaganda by the seculars . He was a great man . He will remain in our hearts .

  16. imad
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM | Permalink

    mawlana mawdodi was a great scholar and muslim leader he was a man truly worked for rivival of islam

  17. qidniz
    Posted September 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM | Permalink

    MOULANA MODUDI was a great leader of 29th century.


  18. khalid
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    we love maulana maudodi.only some secular mind people are trying to blame .

  19. Mudasir A Khanday
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 2:26 AM | Permalink

    Maulana Maududi r.a was merely a Mufassir nd Muhaddis, he was a politician, economist, socialist, who fought aganist western idiology with his pen, and proved that Islam is not a religion only, but the complete code of life.

  20. Lal Sultan
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM | Permalink

    Followers of Maududi ( Gulam Azam, Nizami and others ) collaborated Pakistani Army
    to kill innocent Muslims and Hindus during the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 in the name of ISLAM !
    Insha Allah, Jamat -e Islami will be banned in Bangladesh and those miscreants will be hanged .

  21. Tufail
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    Above all is white lie,only for to play with the sentiments of real muslim community. Great personalty of islam who had understood the islam and was trying to implement it so that every soul will relax

  22. FAYAZ
    Posted November 24, 2012 at 10:45 PM | Permalink

    کسی مفکر کے بارے میں اصل رایے اس کی کتب پڑھ کر لگانی چاہیے ایسے کٹ پیس اور مخؒافین کے من گھڑت الزامات سے کسی مفکر کے بارے میں کوئی رایے مت بنائیے، ماولان مودودی کی ساری کتب میں نے پڑھی کسی میں ایسی کوئی بات نہیں لکھی گئی، یہ اشتہار 1970 کے ایکلشن میں سوشلسٹوں نے جماعت اسلامی کو بدنام کرنے کے لیے چھاپا تھا جس میں کوئی حوالی درست نہیں ہے

  23. Posted November 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM | Permalink

    He was a great man these are piece of jerks above he was an great islamic scholar of 20th century people donot see the history the people who say against the moulana they are not so good from him many of muslims in europe because of him

  24. ali
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM | Permalink

    mudoodi was the supporter of gandhi’s united india, and worked with congress of hinudes against MUSLIM league of Muslims.. he formed an alliance with congress. Jamat Islami is idiot, liar jamaat. who in beginning opposed democracy, but now in pakistan they are in the democracy government… they are Master of U-TURNS. IDIOTS, SON OF BITCHES, MUDOODRAY.. they go on the side where they see benefit.
    anyone answer me : is not it true that they opposed democracy and declared it as shatan’s handiwork and then they have joined it now. why ?????? ugly face of mudoodi. master of U-TURN

  25. Shahidabbas khan
    Posted April 27, 2013 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

    Moulana Moududi was a great scholar.low understanding can understand his works.

  26. malik dr tariq
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM | Permalink

    moulana moudodi was the only greatest islamic leader 20th century who made millions of people throughout the world to understand the real spirit of islam

  27. Rebuttal guy
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM | Permalink
  28. shamim reza DU,BD
    Posted October 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM | Permalink

    mowdudi is a mujaddid. and you rubbish don’t believe Allah, don’t obey Islamic rules

  29. Posted November 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    I would like to request the people who indiscriminately criticize Maulana Maududi to read his life sketch only once.

  30. Posted November 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM | Permalink

    The people who indiscriminately criticize Maulana Maududi, they have never read his life sketch. Would they do it?

  31. Posted November 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

    May Allah Maulana Maududi place into Zannatul Ferdaus!

  32. Posted March 15, 2015 at 6:01 PM | Permalink

    One who accusing Madoodi RA that is muafik munafiks are miscrents munafiks was playin gait about Muhammad S,A,W

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