Jamiat Ahle Hadith

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Jamiat Ahle Hadith (JA) Urdu:جمیعت اہلحدیث یا جمیعت اہل حدیث(Assembly of followers of the Sayings of the prophet) is a religio-political party in Pakistan promoting the Ahle Hadees religious movement. It is part of the Islamic fundamentalist Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal,[citation needed] that won at the last legislative elections, 20 October 2002 with 11.3 percent of the popular vote. Of the 272 seats in the legislature, the party has 53 elected members serving. The party is currently led by Professor Sajid Mir.[1]

Ahle Hadith in the Indian subcontinent[edit]

In Pakistan, the movement formed a political party, Jamiat Ahle Hadith, which unlike similar Islamic groups opposed government involvement in affairs of sharia law.[2] Their leader, Ehsan Elahi Zaheer, was assassinated in 1987.

Some of the organizations of the Ahl-e-Hadith are the All India Ahl-e-Hadith Conference, founded sometime on or before 1916, of which smaller organizations in India are members. One member is the Anjuman-i-Hadith formed by students of Maulana Sayyid Miyan Nadhir Husain and divided into Bengali and Assam wings. After the 1947 separation of India and Pakistan, the Pakistani Ahle-Hadith center was based in and around Karachi.[3]

The number of Ahle Hadith madrassa in Pakistan has grown from 134 in 1988 to 310 in 2000. The group has 17 organisations active in Pakistan, "looking after their own seminaries," three of them involved in jihad.[citation needed]

It is linked to the Ahl al-Hadith movement, and receives support from Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia.


  1. ^ Qazi mulls rejoining MMA Daily Times, March 3, 2008
  2. ^ Roy, Olivier, The Failure of Political Islam, by Olivier Roy, translated by Carol Volk, Harvard University Press, 1994, p.118-9
  3. ^ bangla[@]gmail.com. "Banglapedia". Banglapedia.search.com.bd. Retrieved 2010-03-20.