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Early life and education
Hassan was born in Delhi, British India in August 1944. At the time of the Partition of India, he migrated with his family and settled in Karachi. He obtained a Master's in Sociology (1963) and in Islamic Studies (1966) from the University of Karachi.
Hassan joined the National Students Federation (NSF) – a Communist student group – and was elected its President in 1959. The real change appeared in his life when he came closer to the activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) Pakistan and studied the writings of Mawlana Syed Abul Ala Maududi. As a result, he joined IJT in 1960 and was elected President of its University of Karachi Unit, Karachi City Unit and member of the Central Executive Council. He became its national President in 1964 and served in that capacity for three consecutive terms. During his tenure the Jamiat organised several campaigns mobilising public opinion regarding education issues.
He joined the Islamic Research Academy (IRAK) and later Islamic Jerusalem Studies, at Karachi as a Research Assistant in 1963. He became its Secretary General in 1969. Under his supervision the Academy published 70 scholarly books. He also served as Managing Editor of the The Criterion and The Universal Message, Karachi.
Hasan became a member of Jama'at-e-Islami Pakistan in 1967. He served the Karachi unit as Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Deputy Ameer and Ameer of the city. He was elected to the Central Shura and the Executive Council of the Jama'at. He represented the group at several platforms, including United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Pakistan National Alliance (PNA). He ran for National Assembly in 1977 and secured the highest vote tally in Pakistan. He was Assistant Secretary General of Jama'at-e-Islami Pakistan in 1992–93 and became Secretary General in 1993.
Syed Munawar Hasan speaks Urdu and English. Many of his speeches, mostly in Urdu, are available in cassette form. He heads a number of planning and research bodies within the Jamaat.
- Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan
- Prof. Ghafoor Ahmed
- Qazi Hussain Ahmad
- Liaqat Baloch
- Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi
|Party political offices
Qazi Hussain Ahmad
|Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami
Siraj ul Haq