| GEO Pakistan|
| Former JI Amir Mian Tufail passes away|
| Updated at: 2009 PST, Thursday, June 25, 2009|
KARACHI: Mian Tufail Mohammad, the former Amir of Jama’at Islami passed away at the age of 95, Geo News reported Thursday.
Mian Tufail Mohammad was born in Kapurthala, Punjab State, India in an Arain family. He received his B.A. (Hons) in Physics and Mathematics from Government College, Lahore, with distinction in 1935 and completed his LL.B. (specializing in witness and land laws) in 1937 from the University Law College, Lahore, securing Second position.
For his religious orientation, he owes much to Sayyid Abul A'ala Maududi and Maulana Amin Ahsan Islahi for taking his lessons in Qur'an and Hadith.
He started his career as a Lawyer, working as junior to Justice Mohammad Sharif in 1938 in Jalandhar, but moved to his Kapurthala State after one year. He was the first Muslim lawyer of the princely State. In 1942 Mian sahab got married. He has 8 daughters and 4 sons, who are all happily married and settled in Pakistan.
When the Jamaat political party was founded in August 1941, Mian Tufail Muhammad was one of its 75 founding members. He left law practice on 23 January 1942 and joined a relative in business in Lahore. His vehemence and intense zeal for the Islamic movement were noticed.
In the All India Conference of the Jama'at in March, 1944, he was appointed the first permanent Secretary General (Qayyam) of the party. He immediately abandoned his business in Lahore and moved to Pathankot. From that moment on, he was always in company of Sayyed Mawdudi—attached to him physically and emotionally.
Except for the periods when he was put in jail, he worked as Secretary General of the Jama'at till 1965. From January 1966 to 1972 he was Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami in West Pakistan. In between, he also assumed the position of Ameer-e-Jama'at of Pakistan when occasion so demanded, particularly when Sayyed Mawdudi was ill and on leave.
When Sayyed Mawdudi resigned as Ameer-e-Jama'at of Pakistan in October 1972, for health reasons, Mian Tufail Mohammad was elected as Ameer for five years. He was also elected for two more terms. In 1987 he declined further service in the post because of a long ailment, and Qazi Hussain Ahmad was elected to the top position. Mian Sahib confined himself to research work of the Idara-e-Ma'arif-e-Islamia in Mansoorah, Lahore.
He has been several times invited by world leaders such as Gamal Abdul Nasser (President of Egypt) for advising on political conflicts as he is widely respected and known for being just. He has also led the first delegation from Karachi, Pakistan of Muslim World Leaders to Tehran after the formation of the Islamic government over there. At that time, Pakistan was the first country to recognize the new Iranian regime after the fall of Shah of Iran.
Like Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Mian Sahib also did not have much time for literary activities. Yet some of his works are widely hailed. The Urdu rendition of 'Kashaf-al-Mahjub' and Dawat-e-Islami and Its Demands' (Urdu) co-authored with Sayyed Mawdudi and Amin Ahsan Islahi, are the prominent pieces. His articles and interviews to press are numerous and cover most scholarly and political topics.
Invited by different world Islamic Movements, he has visited UK (1974), U.S. and Canada (1974), Iraq, Saudi Arabia (1975) and many more countries. He also has the honor of being one of the few early members of the Muslim World League. He has been specially associated with 'Rabita-al-Aalam-e-Islami' and the 'Aalami Masajid Conference'; of the latter he has been one of 26 members. In 1976 he participated in the Islamic Fiqh Conference.
He passed his later years at home reading books and writing articles. Mian Sahab visited Karachi in 2007 to attend a Jamaat Conference and delivered a speech regarding his experience of working under the inspirational leadership of Sayyed Mawdudi.
Despite falling health and serious vision impairment in recent times, Mian sahab retained an excellent memory and being a devout muslim, prayed five times in the Jaamia masjid in Mansoorah, Lahore.
On June 7 2009, he suffered a brain haemorrhage. He was hospitalized at Shaykh Zaid Hospital in Lahore. He was in a state of coma at the time of his death.