Former Jamaat e Islami Emir: Obituary

Former Emir of Jamaat e Islami, Syed Munawar Hasan has died in Karachi today.

He was born in Delhi in 1941. Not only was he an active politician until he fell ill some time ago, he was also well-versed in international relations, sociology, and Islamic studies.

He was extremely good at systematic investigations into a variety of matters in order to reach informed conclusions. He had headed the party’s research cell from where he produced a number of well-researched publications, including the Universal Message.

A former student leader from the platforms of the National Students Federation (NSF) and later Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) in the 1950s and 1960s, Munawar sahib had succeeded Qazi Husain Ahmad in 2009 to become the Jamaat’s chief. But his approach to national politics as party chief was found to be quite different from all those who had preceded him; his was also not like the incumbent Jamaat chief Siraj-ul Haq’s.

Many describe Munawwar sahib as a brutally honest individual. He is said to have derived a lot of inspirations from the writings of Jammat’s founder Abul aala Maudoodi, Khalil Hamidi, Hasan Al Banna, Syed Qutb, and other right-wing political theorists.

Munawwar sahib was known as an astonishingly truthful person, a reputation, which seems to have been strongly characterized by emotional and physical difficulties that he had to endure throughout his life.

He would also be remembered for the defeat in the election for emirship that he had contested for his re-election. But that election had taken place in the wake of a vicious controversy that he had triggered through his highly controversial remarks in relation to the War on Terror, causing unprecedented tensions between his party and the country’s Establishment.

In other words, facing humiliation for being imprudent was one of the prices that he had to pay. Munawwar sahib can also be described as politically unconventional in an artistic way.

May Almighty God shower His blessings on the departed soul and give fortitude to his family and a very large number of his admirers to bear this irreparable loss. Aameen._ Editors

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