Ahrar Party (India)

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

The Ahrar Party known as the Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam and Majlis-E-Ahrar Islam Hind is a political party, founded in India in 29 December 1929. 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, Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi 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 Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari, and the Majlis-E-Ahrar Islam Hind, based in Ludhiana and led by descendants of Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi.

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  1. ^ a b Christophe Jaffrelot. A history of Pakistan and its origins. Anthem Press, 2004. p. 243. 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

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