Ahrar Party (India)

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Ahrar Party
Founder Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari , Chaudhry Afzal Haq
Founded 29 December 1929 (1929-12-29)
Ideology Khatme Nabuwat Islamism
Colors Red, white, black

The Ahrar Party known as the Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam and Majlis Ahrar Islam Hind is a political party, founded in India in 1930. The group was composed of Indian Muslims disillusioned by the Khilafat Movement, which cleaved closer to the Congress Party.[1] The party was based in Punjab. It gathered support from the urban lower-middle class. Chaudhry Afzal Haq and Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari were the leader of the party.[2]

The Ahrar Party also served as a type of Muslim self-defense militia against Hindu paramilitaries.[1]

Ahrar opposed the Partition of India. After 1947, it separated into the Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam, based in Lahore and led by descendants of Bukhari, and the Majlis Ahrar Islam Hind, based in Ludhiana and led by descendants of Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi.

List of party leaders[edit]


  1. ^ a b Christophe Jaffrelot. A history of Pakistan and its origins. Anthem Press, 2004. ISBN 1-84331-149-6, ISBN 978-1-84331-149-2
  2. ^ Ahmad, Syed N. Origins of Muslim consciousness in India: a world-system perspective. New York u.a: Greenwood Press, 1991. p. 175