Suhaib Ahmed Khan
After the creation of Pakistan on 14th August 1947, there was a need of a group, who can help students in their career and education. On the leadership of Zafarullah Khan and founder Syed Abul Aala Maududi, twenty five students, who were the first team of Islamic Movement on 23 December 1947, gathered at one place in Lahore and decided that would limit itself to the circle of students, where it is mandatory both for leadership and the workers to be full time students. Keeping in mind that we are in the state named as Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the vision which was decided was “To seek pleasure of Allah (SWT) by ordering human life in accordance with the teachings laid down by Allah and His Messenger Muhummad (PBUH)”. As evident in the vision, Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba seeks guidance from the Quran and Sunnah and apply all those in the practical lives for betterment of humanity and pleasure of almighty. Program of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan is to introduce students to the teachings of Islam, organize them on a platform and develop their character according to Islamic principles. The program further includes solving the issues of students and striving for a model Islamic state. From there onwards the journey started with the dreams of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and on the sayings of Qauid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan always has one point agenda and that is to help in education of the students, since its foundation. Therefore, Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan arranged many campaigns for the betterment of literacy in our society. The campaigns arranged from 1982-1996 were Save Education Campaign, Students’ Problems Campaign and Correction in Education Campaign. In 2001, Jamiat sponsored PHD scholar ship and 4 students were selected. In 2002, 82 free tuition centers were opened and 8,350 students got donations for education.
Students Donation Weeks has been organized numerous amount of times, where the funds are collected from shops and organizations and then they are used in students ‘admission fees, who cannot afford education. These funds are further used in educating poor and needy people.
In 2005, an earthquake came in Pakistan. People of Pakistan will never forget, because many people became homeless. At that time, when youth in those areas had no books, members of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan came upfront and organized free study centers, along with relief operations.
Colleges and universities, have been at once, very productive for Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba. Most of the time, Jamiat used to win in elections of Students Union. The only reason behind was because of the character, which was promoted among the students. But then a time came that the peaceful environment turned into a havoc among other student federations and terrorists were forced to take out guns from the reign of Zia-ul-Haq. From their onwards, the work of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, especially in Karachi, is nothing less than a challenge, flavored with media propaganda.
Many students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, specifically in Karachi, got martyred in the mission provided. Huge amount of members of Jamiat got martyred till now. Some popular names are Abdul Malik Shaheed (East Pakistan), Amir Saeed Shaheed, Saad bin Salah Shaheed, Farhan Asif Shaheed, Wasif Aziz Shaheed, Mohsin Akhter Shaheed and Awais Aqeel Shaheed etc.
Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan have been trend setters to other student federations. The Self Assessment Test, Book Fairs, Speech Competitions and sports activities are all creations of Jamiat.
Moreover, Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan raises issues, arranges media awareness protests and does whatever it can to keep moral and ethics in one circle. Some every-year examples are Haya Day, Teachers Day and self-finance issues etc. Haya Day is celebrated on 14th February. Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba tries its best to stop vulgarity and unethical relations among genders, which is against the practices of Islam. Gifts and flowers are gifted to teachers on Teachers Day, for educating their students and are trying their best to make their students the pride of nation. Not to forget, during the war in 1971, Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba has played a major role for the defense of the country in the form of Al-Badr and As-Shams.
Furthermore, this student federation has always felt the pain of Muslims in the country and also in other countries. It has raised voice against the torture of Burma people, Ikhwan-ul-Muslimun in Egypt and innocent people in Palestine, specifically Gaza. From Qadiani Movement to attack on civilians of Syria, Jamiat has been coming out for protests. Recently, Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan had arranged protests on the torture on innocent Syrian civilians in Halb.
After all, it is very important for people to know what Jamiat is upto since 2014. We all know the condition of Pakistan is not upto the standards and sense of patriotism has been looked down upon. For improvements, Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan launched campaigns named as, “Hum Zinda Qaum Hain”, “Umeed Bano Tameer Karo Sub Mil Kar Pakistan Ki”, “Hum Say Hai Pakistan” “Azm-e-Aalishan Hamara Pakistan” and now “Azm Hamara Pakistan”. For a healthy life, we should have a healthy environment. The campaigns that are promoted in the society are week of cleanliness in colleges and universities, sports, teachers’ week and parents’ week. The motive teachers’ week is to deliver the message that these are the precious people, who teach us how to write and read and these are the ones who make a student the stars of the country. Parents week are organized, where different awareness strategies were provided so that parents can be treated well in our society. Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan felt that parents are not being treated the way they should be. The “Fakhr-e-Pakistan” award was given in Ijtima-e-Aam of Jamaat-e-Islami Paistan on 21st, 22nd and 23rd November, 2014. Muhammad Huzair Awan (IT Professional, Solution Associate, Technology Specialist), Mehraz Yawer and father of Arfa Karim came and were given Fakhr-e-Pakistan trophies. Talent Awards sessions were then organized all over Pakistan. Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba hopes that these students will change the turmoil in Pakistan.
Some views about Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba by some popular renowned people are as follows. Ahsan Iqbal (currently Minister of Planning, National reforms and Development) has said that Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba has given a big impact on the students. He further said that it has played a significant role in the war of 1971. Moreover, he said that Jamiat has contributed well in giving Islamic literature and using the modern technology as the source for students. Irfan Siddiqui (Special Assistant to Prime Minister) has said that Jamiat has played a unique and revolutionary role in our society. General Hameed Gul has said that Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba is the only student federation among others, which is ideological and management is good. He further said that, once students were impressed towards socialism, then Jamiat came forward and through the character and then those students were stopped from going outside by useful campaigns.
In 2013, huge amount of students came at Aero Club at the event known as Talent Expo Karachi, which provoked positive outcome in Karachi. Since then, along with Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Karachi and Lahore, Talent Expos are arranged every year all over Pakistan, where students come with their projects related to engineering and arts. And now these educational and talent expos has been promoted to areas like Abbotabad, Bahawalpur, Sukkur and even in Gigit. The activities that are in the event are arts and engineering projects from different universities and colleges, Career Counseling Programs, Neelaam Ghar, Talent Tribute sessions, youth training workshops and biz ideas. Thousands of students participate and love the creative activities around. These activities has given a great positive media attention all over Pakistan.
Not to forget, some popular heart touching nasheeds of Jamiat can be heard anywhere on Internet by surfing. Some popular vocalists, since 23rd December 1947, are Saleem Naaz Barelvi, Noman Shah, Fahad Farooqi, Salman Tariq and Muneeb Zeeshan. These people really release these with their bottom of the hearts.
At last, from 25 people on foundation, the organization is spread all over the country and its strength has been grown up to 50,000. Students are continuously are coming. Long live Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba and long live Pakistan.