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مجلسِ احرارِ اسلام
Leader Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari, Syed Faiz-ul Hassan Shah, Chaudhry Afzal Haq[1]
President Syed Ata-ul-Muhaimin Bukhari
Secretary-General Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema[2]
Central & Senior Vice-President Professor Khalid Shibbir Ahmad, Malik Muhammad Yousuf
Central preacher Maulana Muhammad Mugheera
Central Information Secretary Mian Muhammad Awais
Senior leader's Maulana Abid Masood Dogar, Dr. Omer Farooq, Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahrar, Mufti Ata-ur-Rehman Qureshi, Maulana Zia Ullah Hashmi,
Founded 29 December 1929 (88 years ago) (1929-12-29)
Headquarters Ahrar Central Secretariat. 69-C, New Muslim Town, Wahdat Road, Lahore, Pakistan
Student wing Tehreek-e Talaba-e Islam
Ideology Finality of Prophethood
Hukumat-e Ilahiyya
Pakistani nationalism
Religion Islam
Colors Red
Slogan Justice, Humanity, Islam, Hukumat-e Ilahiyya
Vice President Syed Muhammad Kafeel Bukhari

Majlis-e Ahrar-e Islam (Urdu: مجلس احرارلأسلام‎), also known in short as Ahrar, was a religious Muslim political party in the Indian subcontinent during the British Raj (prior to the Partition of India) founded December 29, 1929 at Lahore. Religious leaders from all sects Sunni Barelvi, Deobandi, Ahle Hadith, Shia Progressive and politically Communists were the members of Majlis-e-Ahrar. Chaudhry Afzal Haq, Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari, Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi, Mazhar Ali Azhar, Zafar Ali Khan and Dawood Ghaznavi were the founders of the party.[3] The Ahrar was composed of Indian Muslims by the Khilafat Movement, which cleaved closer to the Congress Party.[4] The party was associated with opposition to Muhammad Ali Jinnah and establishment of an independent Pakistan as well as persecution of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam.[5] This culminated in the 1953 Lahore riots; in 1954 Majlis-e-Ahrar was banned. The associated Islamist religious movement Tehreek-e-Khatme Nabuwwat remains.

History and activities

The Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam,[6] was originally part of the failed Khilafat movement. Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari presided over the meeting and Maulana Mazhar Ali Azhar delivered the manifesto of an All India Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam.It became 1st line offending party against Ahmadi Muslims declared that their objectives were to guide the Muslims of India on matters of nationalism as well as religion. Ahrar spearheaded the movement to have Ahmadi Muslims officially declared as non-Muslims.[7] By the early 1930s, the Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam (hereafter Ahrar's) had become an important political party of Muslims in the Punjab. The activists' agitation centered on the princely states, and was predicated on mobilisation around socio-religious issues. Besides these campaigns, the Ahrar[8] also participated in the mainstream political developments of British India between 1931 and 1947. Its political career can be divided into two parts; the AHRAR’s response to political and constitutional issues, and its performance in electoral politics.[9]

Govt. banned Ahrar leaders

In November 2012, the Government of Pakistan banned Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema, leader of Tehreek-e-Khatme Nabuwwat and Secretary General of Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam,[10] from delivering a speech in the Chichawatni and district Sahiwal area due to the security situation in Muharram. The president of Majlis-e-Ahrar Syed Ata-ul-Muhaimin Bukhari also banned from delivering speech for three months in Multan.

Office bearers

Notable members and leaders


Secretary Generals



  1. ^ Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema Official page
  2. ^ Abdul Latif Khalid-Cheema, one of the speaker at TKN conference decried that while Pakistan was founded in the name of Islam, why the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah installed Sir Zafrulla Khan – who was an Ahmadi - as its first foreign minister, 65 years ago.
  3. ^ Ahmad, Syed N. Origins of Muslim consciousness in India: a world-system perspective. New York u.a: Greenwood Press, 1991. p. 175
  4. ^ Christophe Jaffrelot. A history of Pakistan and its origins. Anthem Press, 2004. ISBN 1-84331-149-6, ISBN 978-1-84331-149-2
  5. ^ Bahadur, Kalim (1998). Democracy in Pakistan: crises and conflicts. Har Anand Publications. p. 176.
  6. ^ Samina Awan, Political islam in colonial Punjab Majlis-e-Ahrar 1929-1949 , P.153, Politics of Islamic symbolism, The MAI: Politics of Personalities, Oxford university Press
  7. ^ Samina Awan, Political Islam in colonial Punjab Majlis-e-Ahrar 1929-1949 , P.27, Politics of Islamic symbolism, The MAI: Politics of Personalities, Oxford university Press
  8. ^ "Ahrar politics in Punjab". Jang. November 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Samina Awan, Political Islam in colonial Punjab Majlis-e-Ahrar 1929-1949 , P.67, Politics of Islamic symbolism, The MAI: Politics of Personalities, Oxford university Press
  10. ^ "عبداللطیف خالد چیمہ کی دو ماہ کے لئے ضلع ساہیوال میں زبان بندی کا حکم جاری". Daily Jang. November 12, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ a b c d e f Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam, History, Introduction, Achievements, published from Multan edited by Syed Kafeel Bukhari editor of Naqeeb-e-Khatme Nabuwwat
  12. ^ a b "election of Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam 2012". Naqeeb-e-Khatme Nabuwwat. March 2012.
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