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Profile of Jamat ud Dawa

By Rohail Butt • Dec 11th, 2008 • Category: Politics • 4 Comments

Jama’at-ud-Da’wah is a movement that aims to spread the true teachings of Islam, and to establish a pure and peaceful society by building the character of individuals according to those teachings.  It is necessary to improve not only the belief of an individual but also his or her deeds and actions, only then an individual can become a truly good citizen. The word “Islam” is derived from the word peace, therefore when an individual, society, government or state conforms itself to the teachings of Islam, they are automatically enriched with the blessing of peace and security.

The creed of Jama’at-ad-Da’wah is based on these words of Allah (saw) in the Qur’an:

“Enter in totality into the fold of Islam.” (Surah al Baqarah: 208)

Islam does not mean following a few rituals like performing prayers, keeping fasts, performing the pilgrimage to the Ka’ba (Hajj), giving alms (Zakat), or donating to charitable works, but in fact, it is a complete “Code of Life”. That is why Jama’at-ud-Da’wah’s struggle is not limited to any particular aspect of life only; rather, Jama’at-ud-Da’wah addresses each and every field of life according to the teachings of Islam.

As mentioned earlier, Jama’at-ud-Da’wah is not only an organization, in fact, it would be correct to say that it is actually a movement. This movement was established at Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, Pakistan, in 1985 by Islamic scholars and reformers of great distinction. The journey which was thus begun with Hafiz Muhammad Saeed as its Ameer (Head) has since crossed many milestones and is heading at full steam towards its destination.

Jama’at-ud-Da’wah has established several departments to systemize and regulate activities. Some of them are:

  • Calling people to self-improvement (Da’wat-o-Islah)
  • Humanitarian Relief Department (Idarah Khidmat-e-Khalq)
  • Department of Education
  • Media and Propagation
  • Department of Construction of Masajid (mosques) and Madaris
  • Teacher’s Wing
  • Student’s Wing (Tulaba Jama’at-ud-Da’awah)
  • Women’s Wing
  • Worker’s Wing
  • Doctor’s Wing
  • Public Relations
  • Political Affairs
  • Farmers

Although each department strives for excellence, there is a special emphasis on the activities of the departments of Relief, and that of Education. The world community has universally lauded the relief work done by Jama’at-ud-Da’wah after the devastating earthquake, which struck parts of Azad Kashmir and the North-West Frontier Province, on October 8, 2005. Jama’at-ud-Da’wah was described as the “premier relief organization” by the world media organizations in their reports.

Jama’at-ud-Da’wah’s relief teams were also the first ones to reach the southern Sindh province of Pakistan when it was flooded by a sea storm in 2003. Most of those affected in the catastrophe were Hindus. Jama’at-ud-Da’wah continued its relief work in these areas and medical camps were organized periodically. Furthermore, Jama’at-ud-Da’wah provided full cooperation to these minorities during the rehabilitation process too. That is why, when the US designated Jama’at-ud-Da’wah and its humanitarian relief wing, Idarah Khidmat-e-Khalq, as a “foreign terrorist organizations” (FTO), Hindus and Christians took out demonstrations to protest this decision, on the 15th and 16th of May 2006. A large number of women and children also participated in these protests. Such protests against designating Jama’at-ud-Da’wah as a terrorist organization were also carried out in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, Bagh, and the quake affected areas of North West Frontier Province, like Balakot, Ghari Habibullah, and Mansehra. Jama’at-ud-Da’wah also sent relief goods of two million rupees to tsunami victims in Sri Lanka and Maldev. It was also the first Pakistani relief organization which responded immediately after recent earth quake in Indonesia.  Its relief and medical teams were also there in Bam, the Earth quake stricken city of Iran to help the affected people. Further details of the relief work done by Jama’at-ud-Da’wah can be viewed in detail on its website.

Productive education serves as the backbone of a righteous society. To achieve this objective, Jama’at-ud-Da’wah established the Department of Education. It also introduced the “Ad-Da’wah System of Schools”, and began printing textbooks, keeping in view modern requirements in accordance with Islamic teachings. Twenty thousand students in 140 schools all over the country are receiving their education in schools being administered and operated by the Ad-Da’wah System of Schools. In addition to these, Jama’at-ud-Da’wah is also managing 29 seminaries (Madaris) which are operating in various cities. For further information, please click the appropriate link on the website.

Sources of Income:

                    The Pakistani public contributed generously to the humanitarian, relief, and educational projects of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah. The Jama’at does not receive any grant from the government; neither does it receive any aid from abroad. All expenses of Jama’at-ad-Da’wah, Alhamdulillah, are met through the contributions given by the Pakistani public.

Role in keeping law and order:

Jama’at-ad-Da’wah has always carried out its activities peacefully   . Not only did the Jama’at participate in any violent demonstrations, it has always tried to educate the public against such violence. Jama’at-ad-Da’wah does not believe in armed struggle against Muslim rulers in Islamic countries. Such activities not only weaken the Muslim Nation (Ummah), but also provide an opportunity for non-believers (Kuffar) to succeed in their nefarious schemes. It is our belief that Muslim rulers and peoples should be invited to the undistorted and true faith (Deen).

 “And it is not upon us except to convey clearly.” (Surah Yaseen: 17)

We can force neither the rulers, nor the people, to change. Those who use violence to impose their point of view, actually lack the force of argument. Jama’at-ud-Da’wah believes that bomb blasts at public places, damaging public property, random killing of innocent people, raping women, and other crimes against humanity are blatant acts of terrorism. Whoever carries out such acts, whether it is an organization or state, is a terrorist.

Similarly, Jama’at-ud-Da’wah believes that it is not only the responsibility of the Muslim governments, but also of the ordinary Muslims, to make a special effort to protect the rights of minorities in their respective countries. Jama’at-ud-Da’wah has excellent relations with minorities, and it is probably the only Islamic organization that non-Muslims (Hindus and Christians), have demonstrated in favor of. In fact, Hindus displayed Jama’at-ud-Da’wah’s flag, which has the Kalimah (Arabic sentence which means; There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah) printed upon it, outside their homes after the sea storm flooding in Sindh a couple of years ago.

Jama’at-ud-Da’wah is a multi-purpose movement that aims to spread the true teachings of Islam, and to establish a pure and peaceful society by building the character of individuals according to those teachings.  It is necessary to improve not only the belief of an individual but also his or her deeds and actions, only then an individual can become a truly good citizen. The word “Islam” is derived from the word peace, therefore when an individual, society, government or state conforms itself to the teachings of Islam, they are automatically enriched with the blessing of peace and security.

The creed of Jama’at-ad-Da’wah is based on these words of Allah (saw) in the Qur’an:

“Enter in totality into the fold of Islam.” (Surah al Baqarah: 208)

Islam does not mean following a few rituals like performing prayers, keeping fasts, performing the pilgrimage to the Ka’ba (Hajj), giving alms (Zakat), or donating to charitable works, but in fact, it is a complete “Code of Life”. That is why Jama’at-ud-Da’wah’s struggle is not limited to any particular aspect of life only; rather, Jama’at-ud-Da’wah addresses each and every field of life according to the teachings of Islam.

As mentioned earlier, Jama’at-ud-Da’wah is not only an organization, in fact, it would be correct to say that it is actually a movement. This movement was established at Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, Pakistan, in 1985 by Islamic scholars and reformers of great distinction. The journey which was thus begun with Hafiz Muhammad Saeed as its Ameer (Head) has since crossed many milestones and is heading at full steam towards its destination.

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4 Responses »

  1. What is it that you are trying to convey over here?

  2. You seriously think JUD is all saintly and they don’t teach Hatred at all. You must be living in a Fantasy world. Wake up Br before they turn Pakistan to Terroristan

  3. [...] organizations have come forward to help the affected people. In the beginning, the banned outfit JuD was among the front liners but then the government realizing that they can create more trouble [...]

  4. great jud way to go

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