Ahrar Party (India)
|Founder||Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari , Chaudhry Afzal Haq|
|Founded||29 December 1929|
|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. 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.
The Ahrar Party also served as a type of Muslim self-defense militia against Hindu paramilitaries.
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
- Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari, founder, 1st president
- Chaudhry Afzal Haq, co-founder, 2nd president, Member of the Legislative Assembly, 1934-1942
- Maulana Mazhar Ali Azhar, co-founder, secretary General, Member of the Legislative Assembly, 1934-1942
- Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi, third President, 1942-1944
- Master Taj-ud-Din Ansari
- Sheikh Hissam-ud-Din
- Agha Shorish Kashmiri
- Janbaz Mirza, officiall ahrar historian
- Christophe Jaffrelot. A history of Pakistan and its origins. Anthem Press, 2004. ISBN 1-84331-149-6, ISBN 978-1-84331-149-2
- Ahmad, Syed N. Origins of Muslim consciousness in India: a world-system perspective. New York u.a: Greenwood Press, 1991. p. 175
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