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 My Memoirs of Maulana Maududi ---- Part 1

 By: Hussain Khan, Tokyo

 

East Pakistan Youth Needs Iqbal Poetry and Nasim Hijazi Novels in Bengali (Maududi) 

Jamaat-e-Islami had held a public meeting in Paltan Maidan, Dhaka. Maulana Maududi was Chief Speaker. But Awami League had decided to disrupt this meeting. As soon as the meeting started, Awami League hooligans started to attack it. They disrupted the meeting. They were spitting on the beards, if they found anyone with beard.

In this situation of great tension and panic, Jamaat-e-Islami leaders were extremely worried for the safety of Maulana. They hurriedly guided Maulana Maududi to the car stationed at the back of the stage and I was asked to accompany him in the car. The driver drove us to Jamaat-e-Islami office at Nawabpur Road, Dacca. Maulana put out his Sherwani and started to walk around on the wide second floor balcony of the JI office. I was also alone with him, walking side by side with him at his pace. He was relaxed in his Kurta ad Pajama dress. But this incident had given him great shock and his face was red, as if burning with the heat of his strong emotions inside.

He was emphatically telling me that unfortunately the youth of East Pakistan had got no opportunity to go through Islamic novels in Bengali language like the ones available in Urdu written by Nasim Hijazi and the poetry as written by Allama Iqbal. Novels and Poetry develop strong feelings and sentiments and pride for Islam among the youth. 

I realized the truth of Maulana’s emphasis on Islamic Novels and Poetry. Had the youth in East Pakistan such an opportunity in their language they would not have disrespected the beards, a religious symbol of Muslims and Sunnah of our Prophet (PBUH).

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In West Pakistan, even the most irreligious young people will never dare to disrespect the beard or spit on it.

 Usually all Ulama emphasize on the study of Quran and Hadith to strengthen faith. That is right and important. But in addition to all that Maulana Maududi had singled out the cause of disrespect for the Islamic symbols like beard among the Awami League youth, who were spitting on the faces of the bearded people. Instead of Iqbal, they had to read available Bengali novels and literature of Hindu Bengali writers and enjoy poetry and songs of a Hindu Noble Prize winner, Rabindernath Tagore, as this was the only poetry and songs to enjoy in their own native language, Bengali. Naturally Tagore poetry cannot inspire Islamic feelings and sentiments among the Muslim youth of East Pakistan, as Iqbal poetry and Nasim Hijazi novels had nourished Islamic feelings among the youth in West Pakistan.

My day-long drive with Maulana  

 

Maulana once visited Chittagong, when I was Manager there of a Sole Agent Company of Italian FIAT cars. He was on a campaign tour of East Pakistan, I made a protocol of all brand-new imported Fiat cars from Italy with professional drivers. It was a long procession of buses and cars that were travelling with us to Coxs Bazaar sea resort.

 

I drove a new Fiat car with Maulana Maududi sitting beside me on the front seat. Throughout the drive he was watching nature outside and talking with me.

 

 I was surprised to see his vast knowledge of the history and geography of this area, which he was visiting for the first time with me.

 

 We were driving towards Cox’s Bazar. It was a small, calm and quiet one-lane road on each side. A small bridge appeared on the road through which only one car could pass. A car was coming from the opposite side. Keeping in view the safety of Maulana I started to slow down my speed to let the opposite car first pass through the small bridge ahead. But Maulana instructed me to speed up and pass through the bridge First and let the opposite car pass through it after we cross the bridge First. I did this successfully. I learnt some lessons from this small action of Maulana. I found that Safety was not his priority. It was my priority, not his. Why? Does he want to die first for nothing? No. Was it a Jihad to take risk and attack on the enemy first? No.  Was he in a hurry to reach Cox’s Bazaar first? No. Had he become late for the meeting where he was scheduled to address? No. I could not find any reason behind this daring action of his. I comforted myself with the thought that to remain always daring and taking risks in each and every matter has become his 2nd Nature and a habit in his sub-conscious, which leads to such automatic response on such occasions.

 

 While going back to Chittagong from Cox’s Bazaar, we had booked some government Guest Houses on the way back here and there. Every time I asked him, will he like to take a little rest and relax, he refused and  replied that best rest would be after reaching his final destination, He told me to continue driving until we reach our final destination in Chittagong and do not stop anywhere for rest and relaxation. I recollect a Hadith and several verses of Iqbal which teach that real rest and relaxation is after reaching the final destination and not to waste time in between, Of course, one should continue the journey of life restlessly until the ultimate end is achieved.

 

AN OBJECTION AGAINST MY PART 1 AND ITS REPLY

MY MEMOIRS OF MAULANA MAUDUDI

 

 From: Abdullah Ahsan [mailto:abdullah.ahsan2011@gmail.com]
Subject: Re: FW: My Memoirs of Maulana Maududi ---- Part 1

 

The observation below is a gross misunderstanding of Muslim Bengali culture, history and literature. Weren't the Bengali Muslims motivated to fight for Pakistan before 1947? What motivated them? Moreover, both Iqbal and Nasim Hijazi's works were translated into Bengali. One must look at other reasons for why Bengali nationalism overpowered that feelings for Pakistan in former East Pakistan.  

 

I am not aware of disrespect for beard in former East Pakistan. In fact Rabindranath Tagore had longer beard than many "Islamist" 'ulama.

 

I find it disturbing when I notice that many people in Pakistan are ignorant of the contributions of Bengal in achieving Pakistan. Not only Muslim League was founded in Dhaka and the Pakistan resolution was drafted by the Chief Minister of Bengal, without the mandate given to the Muslim League by Bengali Muslims, Pakistan could not have been established. 

 

"I realized the truth of Maulana’s emphasis on Islamic Novels and Poetry. Had the youth in East Pakistan such an opportunity in their language they would not have disrespected the beards, a religious symbol of Muslims and Sunnah of our Prophet (PBUH). 

 

 In West Pakistan, even the most irreligious young people will never dare to disrespect the beard or spit on it. 

 

 Usually all Ulama emphasize on the study of Quran and Hadith to strengthen faith. That is right and important. But in addition to all that Maulana Maududi had singled out the cause of disrespect for the Islamic symbols like beard among the Awami League youth, who were spitting on the faces of the bearded people. Instead of Iqbal, they had to read available Bengali novels and literature of Hindu Bengali writers and enjoy poetry and songs of a Hindu Noble Prize winner, Rabindernath Tagore, as this was the only poetry and songs to enjoy in their own native language, Bengali. Naturally Tagore poetry cannot inspire Islamic feelings and sentiments among the Muslim youth of East Pakistan, as Iqbal poetry and Nasim Hijazi novels had nourished Islamic feelings among the youth in West Pakistan."  

 

MY ANSWER

Dear Brother,

 

Thanks for your clarifications. It is a good news to hear that by now Iqbal poetry and Nasim Hijazi Novels have been translated into Bengali language. But at that time, these were not so popular or known to Bengali youth. What I have seen in the hostels of Dacca University that groups of young men used to gather in canteens or places where Tagore songs could be heard from Calcutta radio. broadcasts.

 

These remarks were not about entire Bengali Muslims. These were confined to Awami League hooligans who disrupted Jamaat-e-Islami meeting and disrespected beard of Muslims. Of course, they were comfortable with the beard of Rabindernath Tagore and of all Hindus.. Those hooligans were spitting on the beards of Muslims. All other Bengali Muslims respect beard as the Muslims in West Pakistan. Please do not generalize the acts of Awami League Hooligans to all Bengali Muslims.

 

Muslim League, which later achieved PAKISTAN, was formed in Dacca in1906 under the initiative and leadership of Nawab of Dacca. His son Khwaja Nazimuddin became President of Pakistan after the death of Quaid-e-Azam. In other words, a Bengali leader was respected as a replacement for Quaid-e-Azam. It  was the pressure-group of Bengali Muslim leaders that led to framing of Islamic constitution of Pakistan. Since 1947 to 1956 several Constitution proposals were presented by the Secular leaders of West Pakistan. These were all rejected by the people under the leadership and initiative of Maulana Maududi. Jamaat-e-Islami had not a single member in the Parliament. But it gained street power due to its call for Islamic Constitution. India finalized its Constitution within one year in 1948. But we took 9 years till 1956 to pass our Islamic Constitution.

 

I remember that it was Khwaja Nazimuddin who, came down from the position of President to Prime Minister of Pakistan. It was he who, for the first time in the Constitutional history of Pakistan, presented a Constitution proposal which contained a clause, “NO LAWS WILL BE MADE REPUGNANT TO QURAN AND SUNNAH”. His proposal was accepted by Jamaat-e-Islami. Had there been no input and pressure of Bengali Muslim leaders our secular West Pakistan leaders, following the footsteps of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk of Turkey would have imposed a Secular Constitution upon us.

 

Respected Dr. Israr Ahmad, Maulana Amin Ahsan Islahi and  some other high-ranking veteran Jamaat-e-Islami  leaders resigned after Dr. Israr Ahmad raised a controversial issue in Machighot Conference. They were opposed to Maulana Maududi taking part in Pakistan politics. They wanted JI to continue Dawah in the same  style as in  Pre-Partition India. But after the creation of Pakistan ground realities had changed. Allah guided and gave a new perception to Maulana Maududi to take a new turn under the new reality of emergence of a new Muslim State. I think there was no Alim or Islamic scholar in Pakistan at that time., including those who departed from JI, who could understand and realize the impact and implication of tolerating  a Secular Constitution in Pakistan. It was only the high degree of Maududi perception and enlightenment that he decided to jump into the political arena and fight for an Islamic Constitution and made it a life and death struggle for Jamaat-e-Islami.   It was the resistance of JI alone that our constitution could not be finalized for 9 years. And I give credit for it to Khwaja Nazimuddin, a Bengali Muslim leader who as a good and pious Muslim in his personal life. He heeded to the demand of JI for Islamic Constitution.  Had there been no Maududi and no Khawja Nazimuddin, we would have been living today in a Secular Pakistan like Turkey where Secularism died after a 70-year bitter and failed experiment.    

                                                                                                                         

Kind Regards,

Hussain Khan, Tokyo

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My Memoirs of Maulana Maududi----Part 2     

 

##---Maududi Style of Changing Controversial Opinions

-----But my idea helped to defeat Leftists’ attempts in Punjab colleges

 

IJT (Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba) used to have its annual All-Pakistan gatherings in Lahore every year. During my membership period of IJT only Dr. Israr Ahmad was from Lahore as Nazim-e-A’ala of IJT.  Khurram Murad (my brother-in-law), Prof. Khurshid and I were all from Karachi. Most of the members of Shura were also from Karachi. Nazim-e-A’ala and all Central Executive or Markazi Shura members used to arrive in Lahore at least 3 days earlier than the official opening of the Annual Conference. During this period, every year Maulana Maududi used to invite us, all members of Markazi Shura, for a delicious Biryani dinner at his residence.

 

During this period in Lahore, once Markazi Shura had a controversial problem about which we could not reach consensus, then we decided to go to Maulana to resolve our controversial issue.

 

I had once raised this very controversial issue in Markazi Shura. It was about Prof. Khurshid. During my visits to East Pakistan as Secretary General of IJT, I had found that almost all student leaders of various student organizations used to continue their education in Dacca University for several years with the support of their parent political parties. If the veteran leaders go away after completion of their graduations, it was difficult for every student organization to replace its leadership. Therefore those veteran leaders used to take admission in some new subject for graduation after completion of their graduation in the old subjects.

 

I proposed the same for Prof. Khurshid as he was completing his graduation and was going to discontinue his student life. Almost all Markazi Shura members were enthusiastically supporting my proposal. But Prof. Khurshid was resisting it.

 

My argument was that as Jamaat-e-Islami could not replace a person of caliber like Maulana Maududi as its leader after every 2, 3 years, how IJT would be able to replace its leadership so easily?

 

Finally it was decided that let the whole Shura go to Maulana Maududi and consult with him. Whole case was presented to him from both sides. After calmly hearing the arguments from both sides, he did not give his final verdict.

 

He started questioning both me and Prof. Khurshid. The more he questioned me, the more and more it became difficult for me to answer satisfactorily to his questions. In other words, I started to realize how weak my position was in pleading my case.to let Prof. Khurshid continue his student life further and as Nazim-e-A’ala. I found my position untenable. With me, all my supporters also withdrew their positions and we all came to a consensus that let Prof. Khurshid discontinue his student life and we all will try our best to continue and run IJT with all our vigor as much as possible and let the result be left for Allah to decide it finally. 

 

Since that time of 1950s until today, Alhamdo Lillah, IJT is running successfully and progressing day by day despite the change of leadership almost every two or three years. The work of Allah is not dependent on personalities and on their high-performing abilities and capacities.

 

What is noteworthy is the style of Maulana Maududi. He did not assert his opinion as a final verdict of a dictator. He did not even express his opinion. Rather he was trying to come to some conclusion by asking questions. His questioning showed the weakness of my position.

 

In East Pakistan, it was a different situation. Dacca University was the only University since Partition in the whole of East Pakistan. Second one was Rajshahi University. It was established in Rajshahi city probably about 10 or 15 years after the Partition. Students from all over East Pakistan used to come over to Dacca and stay in University hostels. 5 or 6 big University hostels were available for all such students who used to come from outside Dacca. Almost 99% of the students used to be from outside Dacca.

 

Second feature of this problem is that these students were only intellectuals or intelligentsia of the East Pakistan society. Dacca University students were the backbone of all political parties. These student groups used to play leading part in all decisive political movements in East Pakistan. Therefore, it was an essential requirement of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Maulana Bhashani and others to keep their veteran student leaders as students as long as possible asking them to take admission in some new subjects to prolong there student life for 2-years and then again for 2 years more and so on.

 

My arguments to prolong the student-life of Prof. Khurshid failed as the situation in West Pakistan was different. Here the literacy rate was much higher and the student community did not play any central role in the affairs of the country as it did in East Pakistan. Intellectuals and Intelligentsia, even though outside the student community, had no part to play, nor did they constitute any kind of pressure group in West Pakistan. Media has today assumed a key role in changing Government policies. But in those days even Media was also under the mercy of the rulers of the country.

 

Therefore, in a society where student community is not an influencing factor in any affair of the society or country, my proposal of extending the student-life of someone was surprising for Maulana Maududi and for everyone else.

 

 -----But my idea helped to defeat Leftists’ attempts in Punjab colleges

 

 But I used this idea successfully later on. During the period of my Nizamat-e-Ala, I asked a member of IJT to quit his new job as Prof. of Economics in some college and join Punjab University as a student. I asked him to fight for the Presidentship of Punjab University Students Union. We paid his expenses from Jamiat funds as a whole-time worker. This decision proved very useful and fruitful. He was elected as President of Punjab University Students Union and became very popular among all colleges throughout Punjab. Maybe some of the readers know the name of the late Barakallh Khan. He continued even after my period of Nizamat-e-Ala had expired.

 

 He even successfully challenged a leftist leader, Tariq Ali, throughout all Punjab colleges. Tariq Ali could not organize any Leftist group in any Punjab college. He had come from London after the Weekly Time magazine published an article about him. It made him popular in Pakistan. Taking advantage of his popularity, he tried to organize Leftist groups in Punjab colleges. But Barakallah Khan, being more popular in Punjab colleges, countered Tariq Ali everywhere resulting in failure of all Tariq Ali attempts. He is probably still active in London as a Writer and Author. He is probably a grandson of Punjab Chief Minister of British days, Sir Sikandar Hyat Khan, who led the Unionist Muslim League and was later Prime Minister of the Punjab from 1937 to 1942. 

 This was a second attempt by IJT during my period of Nizamat-e-Aala. Earlier we had defeated National Students Federation, a leftist student organization in Karachi and Punjab from spreading its leftist ideas among the students in Pakistan.

 

My Memoirs of Maulana Maududi----Part 3

 

  Maududi style of encouraging and motivating the youth

  

My 1st Experience of Appreciation from Maulana Maududi during my student life

 

 My 1st Experience of Appreciation from Maulana Maududi, which motivated me to a life of Research and Writings is narrated below.

 This small experience in my life shows the importance of advice and appreciation from elders in shaping the future life and career of the youth.

 As a Secretary General and later as a Nazim-e-A’ala, I have toured almost all those cities in East and West Pakistan wherever there was a college with a branch of (IJT) Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba. I came after a bitter experience in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad) to Lahore and from there I had to proceed to address in Multan. IJT Lahore arranged a student gathering in Barkat Ali Mohammadan Hall in Lahore. I was the main Speaker and Maulana was the Chief Guest. I was a little bit nervous as I had to speak in the presence of Maulana Maududi.

 One or two days before the speech, I went to Maulana Maududi office and discussed my plan of speech and its order. This very act of mine appears childish to me now. Had I been a little more mature, I would not have done so. It was not a speech in the parliament of any country on some important issue of public concern. It was just a simple speech for a student gathering and I had to just explain about IJT and its working etc.

 I dared to ask him to give me the Notes he uses for his public speeches. Actually his attitude was so kind and cooperative that I felt no hesitation to ask his personal Notes of his recent public speech. He gave me his Notes willingly, graciously and without any cautionary message to me that these are his important papers and that I should return back them safely. There were no such conditions attached.

 I saw that his handwriting was so good and clear as if I got a printed document. I found that he writes full sentences in some order and speaks in that order and establishes his point which he had written as a full sentence. Then he moves to speak on next point in the order he had written. Every point as a complete sentence in his Notes

 His paper size was about one-fourth of A4. His Notes used to be exactly the size of one full sentence.

 However, I knew that I cannot do like him, just to write a few sentences as points. In addition to the main point as one sentence, I used to write all that material which I had to use to elaborate that main point. However, that was my weakness that I cannot remember all that elaborating material without once writing them in order of my planned speech. I cannot keep all those details in my mind like him. Under every point, I write brief hints of how I will elaborate my each point.

 However, I returned back his Notes to him next day and again discussed my new plan and the order of my speech. As a matter of fact, I was just wasting his time talking such childish matters with him. In Barkat Ali Mohammadan Hall, I was sitting side by side with him. I whispered to him that I have changed all that plan and order of my Speech which I had discussed with him one day earlier. He heard me and kept quiet.

 But what changed my life and thoughts later were his remarks about my speech. Neither me, nor any admirer of Maududi might have ever seen him praising anyone in his public speech. It was a big surprise and honor for me. His speech was later published in a Lahore daily, Tasneem, of Jamaat-e-Islami. He praised that my speech was much better than most of our elected members of the Parliament.

 He also publicly advised me that I should develop the habit of Writing as well. This public advice affected my life in later years. Maybe all my 10 paperback books published in English and Japanese and hundreds of my articles in English and Urdu and may be later a few additional books in Urdu are the result of that public advice of Maulana Maududi given to an ordinary student like me to develop the habit of Writing.

 I have been always pondering over the question, why he took such an unusual step of showering his praise on me publicly? I do not know any other person who was thus honored publicly by Maulana. Maybe, he realized my nervousness by my two visits to discuss my speech with him and then by my whispering in his ears on the stage of the Barkat Ali Mohammadan Hall about the change of my plan and order the speech Maybe, his intention was to calm down my nervousness, comfort me and provide some food for my thought and motivate me for Writings as well in addition to speeches.

 However, next day as per my schedule I went by train to Multan from Lahore. When my train was slowly moving for a stop at Multan station, I saw a large gathering of elderly bearded people standing there to welcome some great Aalim or Islamic scholar travelling in the same train. But I was surprised to find that they had actually come to see me and have a look on the person who was praised by Maulana Maududi in his speech at Barkat Ali Mohammadan Hall yesterday. They came to know about it from the newspaper, daily Tasneem, about the person that he will be visiting Multan next day.

 

My Memoirs of Maulana Maududi----Part 4

 

        My Train Travel with Maulana----His Popularity  

 It is a very negligible small matter, but shows the characteristic of a great man like Maududi.

 I was coming back from East Pakistan through train to West Pakistan through train from Dacca to Calcutta to Lahore. Being a student, I used to travel in 3rd class. When I reached Lahore and was preparing to depart for Karachi, I was told that Maulana Maududi also has to go to Karachi. I was asked to accompany him in this travel. I was happy to have long company with Maulana during the travel and also for travelling in 2nd class with him more comfortably compared to my usual 3rd class train travels.   

  On every station I used to go towards the door and stand there before the glass where outsiders could see me. It was because that a lot of Maududi admirers used to gather to see and hear him. When they used to see a young man with a beard standing in front of a 2nd class compartment and waving towards them, they used to guess that Maulana may be in that compartment where such a young man was standing and waving. They used to come running to that compartment of the train expecting that Maulana Maududi may come out there to address them. Maulana did not come out during the night but he used to come out at the door and used to address them until train started to depart.

 However, this was also a happy and interesting experience for me. Every man feels happy when he finds that he is performing the role of an unavoidable, important and necessary link between a great man and thousands of his followers and admirers on every station. May be some of them looking at me with envy for my good luck to accompany and travel together with Maulana.

  6)     His Cleanliness

  All those who have had any occasion of train travel between Lahore and Karachi have the experience of dirt and sand gathering on the clothes of all such travelers. Maulana Maududi was no exception despite his travel in 2nd class.   As the train started moving, Maulana told me after a while to put some non-usable ‘Maili’ bedsheet around his white Sherwani which was hanging in the compartment near his bed. 

 

But I took out and put around his Sherwani a usable and cleanly washed bedsheet by a Dhobi in East Pakistan. Washing machines were either not yet invented by that time or were not much in use.

  But I was surprised when he jokingly remarked that I had brought out a “Firmaeshi Maili’ bedsheet from my baggage. This word means that I had used an extremely dirty bedsheet to cover his Sherwani.  

 His sense of cleanliness was so high that a newly washed bedsheet looked as extremely dirty to him.

My Memoirs of Maulana Maududi----Part 5

(LAST PART) 

During the days when President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was trying to impose his brand of Socialism on Pakistan, Prof. Khurshid Ahmad decided to publish a Special Issue of monthly magazine, Chiragh-e-Rah on Socialism. He asked me to write an article against Socialism, while I was a student of Tokyo University, enrolled for a Master’s degree in Economics. I complied and it was published as a very long article of over 100 pages under the caption, “Socialism and Economic Development”.

Fortunately, Maulana Maududi read it and wrote a letter to Prof. Khurshid as follows:

 

HUSAIN KHAN ARTICLE IS USEFUL... PUBLISH IT IN A BOOK FORM”

(Maulana Maududi)

This long article of mine was later published as a book. Some friends say that for some time it remained in the syllabus of Punjab University as a reference book for the students of its Economics Department. A current Economics Professor of Punjab University visited Tokyo and embraced me enthusiastically, when he came to know that I was the author of that book which he had read and was impressed by it during his student life.

 

In those days I met some persons in different countries by chance and was glad to know that they had read that book of mine against Socialism and liked it. Even in Interior Sindh, I met an Imam of mosque in Tando Jam that he had read that book. Other such admirers, I met in Pakistan, in Taef and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and in New York, America, All these places were far away from each other and especially too much far away from my residence in Japan. where I had written this book sitting in a small room. All of them and even myself did not know by that time that even Maulana Maududi was also an admirer of that book.

 

I recalled my past memory. I recollected how my entire life was moving around an advice of Maulana. How deeply it had captured my mind, my consciousness and my subconscious.  I was surprised and impressed to know the gravity of what Maulana had advised me personally in a public meeting during my student life to develop the Habit of Writing had such a wide influence and wide source of Dawah to various persons in different countries of the world. I pray to Allah that this advice of developing the Habit of Writing may also become fruitful in the form of my humble attempt of trying to translate Maulana's Tafheem-ul-Quran in Japanese. I pray to Allah that it may also help to deliver the message of Allah widely to thousands of Japanese wives and grown-up Japanese children of Pakistanis and other Muslims in Japan. in addition to other Islam-loving Japanese people. 

 

However, it was a great honor for a simple student like me to get appreciated by a Great Man of 20th Century, who had received 1st King Faisal Award by Saudi Arabia as the best, No. 1 Islamic Scholar in the Muslim World.

The above passage pasted in Urdu is about this matter. This appreciative message of Maulana Maududi was later published in a Urdu book, Khutut-e-Maududi (Pages 394-395).

 

My Biographical Sketch and the reason behind my shifting to East Pakistan as a student of Dacca University

 

A brief biographical sketch of mine was also published that was taken from another publication, “Jab Wo Nazim-e-A’ala They” (When he was Nazim-e-A’ala). In this publication an interview of mine with brother Prof. Salim Mansur Khalid, currently Deputy Editor of Monthly, Tarjuman-ul-Quran, was published about my experiences when I was Nazim-e-A’ala of Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba, Pakistan during my student life in Karachi.

 

The biographical sketch published above in Urdu was as follows:

“Hussain Khan was born on February 2, 1933 in Hyderabad Deccan, India. He did his Matriculation in 1947 from Aligarh University and Intermediate in Science from Hyderabad Deccan, India. He migrated to Pakistan in 1950, studied and got his B. A. degree from Urdu College, Karachi. Later he became student of M. A. in Karachi University, Mathematics Department.  He shifted to East Pakistan to organize Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba over there and continued his studies in Dacca University for M. A. in Mathematics. Finally he got his M. A. in Applied Economics degree from Tokyo University."

 

"He was elected Nazim-e-A’ala of Islami Jamiate-e-Talaba 3 times. He remained Nazim-e-Aala from October 1955 to September 1956 during his 1st tenure. He resigned, shifted to East Pakistan for 2 years, came back and was again elected and continued as Nazim-e-A’ala from October 1958 to December 1962 during his last tenure. He thus remained Nazim-e-A’ala for the longest period in its over 50 year history of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba. he was elected soon after the end of Prof. Khurshid Ahmad tenure."

 

"He shifted to Japan in 1965 and continued his Dawah activities along with his business and employment in German and Japanese companies of repute. His writings are, “Socialism and Economic Development” and “When he was Nazim-e-A’ala”.

 

Thereafter, my writings in Japan have increased to 11 books, 9 in English and 2 in Japanese on holy Quran translations. Moreover, more than 200 articles are published on Urdunet, Japan in Urdu. These articles will be later published as several books in Urdu, Insha-Allah.

 

Maududi Effect on the East Pakistani Youth

 

It would not be irrelevant to mention here why I resigned as Nazim-e-Ala and shifted to East Pakistan for 2 years. This action was also the result of a Maududi Effect. I will explain why I have coined this term Maududi Effect and what do I mean by this.

 

I shifted to East Pakistan in 1956 and took admission in Dacca University, as a M. A., 2nd Year student in Mathematic Department, It was without any instruction or guidance from Maulana Maududi to go over there. But It was Maududi interpretation of Islam that prompted me to shift to East Pakistan. To understand the background of this decision, please read the following passages from Encyclopedia Wikipedia:

 

"The (1954) election resulted in a crushing defeat for the Muslim League. Veteran student leader of East Pakistan Khaleque Nawaz Khan defeated sitting Prime Minister of East Pakistan Mr. Nurul Amin in Nandail Constituency of Mymensingh district and created history in political arena. Nurul Amin's crushing defeat to a 27 years old young Turk of Jukto Front effectively eliminated the Muslim League from political landscape of the then East Pakistan. United Front parties securing a landslide victory and gaining 223 seats in the 309-member assembly. The Awami League emerged as the majority party, with 143 seats.[1][2]..... 

 ..............and lead Maulana Bhashani to openly call for separation and independence in 1957, in his Salaam, Pakistan (Farewell, Pakistan) speech." 

 

This was the first election in 1954 after the creation of Pakistan in 1947, which resulted in a Separation Call from Maulana Bhashani in1957 

 

This crushing defeat of Muslim League by the Secular forces in East Pakistan was regarded as a defeat of Islam in West Pakistan. Taking the name of Islam in those days meant to exploit people in the sacred name of Islam. People were not ready to hear the word, 'ISLAM' in East Pakistan at that time.
 
In such an atmosphere, I made a tour of East Pakistan after being elected as Nazim-e-Ala of IJT in 1956. I made speeches in many Colleges all over East Pakistan.  I made a big DISCOVERY. When I informed Markazi Shura of my Big Discovery, they unanimously decided to pack me back to East Pakistan. I resigned and the Secretary General, Prof. Absar Alam was made Nazim-e-Ala in my place.
 

 

My Big Discovery was that despite the domination of Secular forces all over East Pakistan, Muslim youth and students were extremely surprised that there was an Islam which appeals to them much more than all the anti-Islam Secular calls and jargon. They were much impressed by my explanation of Maududi interpretation of Islam.

 

At that time, East Pakistan society was very frustrated by the use of the word, ISLAM. It was because that this word was used either by the notorious, corrupt Muslim League politicians, or by the Maulvis and Mullahs who were confined to matters of Mosque, Mahrab and Madressah, and had no concern with the collective life of Muslims around them, in economic, social or political sphere.

I remember a 10-minute speech I made in English in Barisal College. The hall was full with students. The last word I used was ISLAM. Had I used the word ‘Islam’ in the beginning of my speech, I would have been hooted out and no one would have listened my speech peacefully. I would have been regarded as a person who came from West Pakistan to exploit them in the sacred name of Islam. They were surprised to find the black cat of ISLAM that I had brought out of my bag at the end of my speech. They were dumb founded and started a barrage of humiliating questions about Islam. They made questions and I replied them satisfactorily. The student leader who was questioning me most, later became editor of a Bengali Weekly and later of the daily Sangram newspaper of Jamaat-e-Islami, East Pakistan.

 

I had established a Students' Hostel in Dacca for meritorious poor students of Dacca University with the donations of the goats' Skin sales after every Eid-ul Adha with the cooperation of Jamaat-e-Islami. I gave scholarship to a very brilliant student who was an active worker of Chatro League, a student wing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Awami League. He converted to Maududi Thought during his 2-year stay in our hostel. Now you can find his name in Encyclopedia as a big and famous Intellectual and  Writer of Islamic Books in Bengali language. He remained on all the Top posts of Bengal Civil Service, as Controller of Imports & Exports, Collector of Customs, Governor, State Bank of Bangladesh and retired as Chairman, Board of Revenue. He had been always, and even now boldly sympathetic to Jamaat-e-Islami in his articles published in Bengali and English newspapers and magazines. These are a few wonders of Maududi Interpretation of Islam. 

 

Thereafter, my writings in Japan have increased to 8 books in English and 2 in Japanese on holy Quran translations. Moreover, more than 200 articles are published on Urdunet, Japan in Urdu. These articles will be later published as several books in Urdu, Insha-Allah
 
Why Maulana Maududi Might Have Liked My Article and Regarded it Worthy of Publication as a Book?

 

During my student days in Tokyo University during 1966 to 1968, Marxism was hotly debated in Economics Department. Volumes and volumes were published in Japanese by various Professors in its favor and also against it. There were two strong opposite groups of students and Professors who were supporters and opponents of Marxism. In opposition to Marxists, the other group was called Keynesians. I think there was no other University in the world at that time where intellectual debate on Marxism was at such a high level, as it was in the campus of Tokyo University during that period. 

 

Due to such a high level of intellectual debate on both sides, I was able to pick up some new ideas against Socialism in Tokyo University. I had elaborated that new criticism of Socialism in my article for the magazine. By that time, such new criticism of Socialism had not yet infiltrated in the English books against Socialism. 

 

The new aspect at that time was the study of Market Mechanism affecting Socialist economy of Soviet Russia based on Demand and Supply of goods. It was creating a lot of imbalances in Russia and affecting its economic growth and development. For example, too many shoes were produced, while there was not that much Demand for them. On the other hand, for example, there was too much Demand for Clothing, but the Supply was lacking to meet the Demand despite the best Central Planning. Without a free market mechanism such misbalances cannot be corrected by Central Planning of the Socialist government alone.   

 

Moreover, such non-existence of free Market Mechanism also creates misbalance in the distribution of country’s resources. For example, industrialists in Pakistan will go on establishing new textile factories as long as this sector remains profitable for them. When it reaches to a saturation point due to competition, the industrialists will move to other sector which remains profitable, for example, Sugar Mills. In this way, resources are distributed efficiently in a Free-Market economy. 

 

Therefore a Socialist economy will remain laggard compared to a free-market economy, as a lot of its resources are wasted in undesirable directions due to such imbalances of Demand and Supply, thanks to the lack of free-Market Economy. 

 

This inherent characteristic of Socialist inefficiency without market mechanism, which I had elaborated in detail in my article, was probably a new aspect at that time and not yet available in English books against Socialism. I feel, maybe this new aspect elaborated in detail for the first time in Urdu language might have been the reason of Maulana Maudoodi’s instruction to publish my article in the form of a book. 

 

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