Srinagar: Islami Jamiat Talba released a special edition of its in-house journal ‘Payaam’ here on Wednesday during which speakers recollected the history of the student organisation.
Speaking on the occasion general secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz while recalling the history of IJT said, “When the government clamped down on the leadership on IJT, I would accompany nuclear physicist Mohammad Ayoub Thakur. Once we were around Tral and stopped near a spring to perform ablution. Thakur took off his shoes, I saw that he has been bleeding all the way; I asked him how did you bleed. He replied I don’t know.”
“When I insisted him, Thakur said that after he visited the Masjid al Nabwi I promised myself to serve the Islam until my death,” Fayaz added.
Thakur served IJT from 1980-1982. However, he left the Valley and joined King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia. Later, he worked for Kashmir movement from London and died there as well.
“Many of our members were later martyred and some members charred to death. Our libraries, Maulana Maududi’s commentary on Quran were burnt when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged,” said Fayaz.
Recounting his association as a former president of the student’s organization, senior pro-freedom leader Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai writes in the journal that the party was formed in the backdrop of “National Conference hooliganism”.
“It was in the backdrop of NC hooliganism by its youth federation that IJT was formed. I was 32 or 33 that time and I was only penning down the minutes of the shura council,” writes Sehrai.
On July 1977, he said, the four day shura council of JI at Baramulla in North Kashmir saw emotional scenes when Syed Ali Geelani tore off his shirt. “Geelani’s name was proposed for Ameer-e-Jamaat. When he came across it, he stood up and tore off his shirt and shouted ‘how could you deem me fit for this holy position’,” he said.
“In reality our history resides in graveyards around the valley. What we have penned down is only reflection of that history,” said Umar Sultan, who heads IJT.
Dr Javid Iqbal released the journal at the central office of IJT.
Since its inception in 1977 IJT had fifteen state presidents they include, Ashraf Sehrai, Sheikh Tajammul ul islam, Dr Mohammad Ayoub Thakur, Ahmadullah Parray Makki, Mohammad Yosuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin, Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz, Faheem Mohammad Ramadan, Manzoor ul Islam War, Dr Shameem Iqbal, Abdul Majeed Falahi, Nisar ul Haq Nadvi, Faisal Iqbal, Mujahid Shabir Falahi, Wahid Bashir and Umar Sultan.