Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s Last Sigh!
By Fahad Hashmi, New Age Islam
September 15, 2013
May I tell the truth O Brahmin! if it does not displease you
The idols of your temple have become anachronistic
You have learnt grudge with your own people from the idols
God also has taught fighting to Muslim preachers
Becoming tired, I finally abandoned the temple and the harem
I abandoned the preacher’s sermons as well as your stories
(Allama Iqbal’s New Temple)
The dissection of state and church by the scalpel of human ingenuity has been one of the most important landmarks of human history. However, there has also been relentless endeavour for the reversal of this phenomenon by politico-religious parties. Such parties often enter political arena under the guise of a secular name. In 2011, Jamaat-e-Islami of India called Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) came up with its political party titled Welfare Party of India (WPI). Of late, the Parliamentary Board of WPI has declared that it would contest parliamentary election of 2014 in ten Indian States. This has sent a ripple of apprehension as well as excitement across the community as participation in elections by JIH was taboo until very recently. There are some few questions making the round in the community’s grapevine. How come it is going to embrace Taghoot (Muslim version of Antichrist) all of a sudden? By Jamaat’s definition of this term, parliament is the throne of Taghoot, and constitution is the binary opposite of the Quran. How is it the party as it claims to be, with a difference now? Could this move be read as the last nail in JIH’s coffin?