Jamiat Ahle Hadith

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Jamiat Ahle Hadith (JA) (Urdu:جمیعت اہلحدیث یا جمیعت اہل حدیث English: Assembly of followers of the Sayings of the prophet) is a religio-political party in Pakistan promoting the Ahle Hadees religious movement. Unlike similar Islamic groups it opposed government involvement in affairs of sharia law.[1] Their leader, Ehsan Elahi Zaheer, was assassinated in 1987 and as of 2014 the party is led by Professor Sajid Mir.[2]

The party was part of the Islamic fundamentalist Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, alliance that won 11.3 percent of the popular vote in the 2002 legislative elections, but has since folded. It is linked to the Ahl-i Hadith movement, and receives support from Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Roy, Olivier, The Failure of Political Islam, by Olivier Roy, translated by Carol Volk, Harvard University Press, 1994, p.118-9
  2. ^ Qazi mulls rejoining MMA Daily Times, March 3, 2008