Though formally founded on August 26, 1941, the Jamaat-e-Islami is ideologically the continuation of the movement which the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had set up fourteen hundred and fifty years ago in Makkah.

Companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), great scholars, sufis and leaders like Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Shafi, Imam Ahmad bin Hambal, Imam Malik and Imam Ibn-e-Taymiyyah led the movement with the passage of time.

Passing through Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani, Syed Mujaddid Alf Sani, Syed Ali Hajveri, and Syed Hassan al-Banna, the movement reached Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi in the subcontinent and is now moving ahead with the name of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

The JI is the only politico-religious party of Pakistan which stands above sectarian, ethnic, cultural and lingual biases. Opening its doors for every human being, the JI believes in the Islamic democratic system of Shura. Every JI worker participates in the decision making process and can raise questions on the central leadership’s conduct in any matter.

Jamaat-e-Islami’s decades’ long struggle to bring reforms in the society according to the brilliant principles of Islam and efforts for the protection of an individual’s rights are even recognised by its political opponents.

From preparing the Objectives Resolution to taking part in the movements of the Tehreek-e-Nizam-e-Mustafa (Rule of Prophet), the Tehreek-e-Khatme-Nabuwat (Finality of Prophethood) and others, the JI played a leading role in all major movements in Pakistan.

Unlike other mainstream political and religious parties of Pakistan which perform as family units, where the sons, grandsons, daughters, granddaughters, brothers and relatives hold complete control over decision-making, JI has no concept of dynastic and family politics. Sons and grandsons of former JI chiefs Sayyid Maududi, Mian Tufail Ahmad, Qazi Hussain Ahmad and Syed Munawar Hassan cannot even imagine becoming the Amir (grand ruler) of the Jamaat-e-Islami.

JI has been struggling for the establishment of a society based on justice, equality and human values. Its objective is to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state, which could play a leading role in the Muslim world.

It fights against feudalism, secularism and imperialistic approach, and stands firm against any conspiracy to challenge the Islamic identity of the country.

The JI’s struggle for the Kashmir cause has always been widely acknowledged by the leadership of the region of Jammu and Kashmir, currently divided between Pakistan and India. It is because of JI’s efforts that the issue of India-occupied Kashmir has key importance on the national agenda and successive governments in Pakistan dare not to compromise on it despite massive international pressure.

JI raised a strong voice and extended all-out support to the people of Afghanistan during the war against Soviet invasion.

Widely considered as the most influential religious organisation of Pakistan, JI focuses on discipline and the training of its workers to create a strong sense of responsibility as individual members of society. It upholds Islam in its entirety, with the sole purpose to transform Pakistani society as an ideal place of living for human beings.

JI is strictly against gender discrimination and believes that without the participation of woman, a society cannot flourish. It works for the protection of the rights of small farmers, laborers and all other oppressed segments of society. Hundreds of JI workers have served as members of national and provincial assemblies, the Senate and local bodies on different occasions but there is not a single allegation of corruption and nepotism against them.

This is quite a unique example in a society where the ruling class is engaged in looting the country’s resources with both hands and even a three-time prime minister failed to justify his wealth.

JI organised a huge public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan five years ago and it was attended by people from all walks of life from across the country. The purpose of the meeting was the renewal of the pledge made by the country’s forefathers on March 23, 1940. JI put forward the idea of “Islami Pakistan-Khushal Pakistan” during the moot. From that day, JI has been struggling to achieve this goal.

JI aims for its message to reach the masses who are fed up with elite rule over the country for decades.

JI, if voted into power, will ensure free health and education facilities for the common man, introduce a uniform curriculum, bring land and labour reforms and other structural changes in society to turn Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state.