Recalls Farooq Maududi, son of Abul A’la Maududi
Tamanna Khan and Jamil Mahmud
the daily star: Brought up under the shadows of Syed Abul A’la Maududi, preacher of Sharia-based state in the subcontinent against secular democracy, Syed Haider Farooq Maududi managed to rise above his father’s fundamental ideology.
A strong critic of his father’s Jamaat-e-Islami, the Islamic revivalist party from which Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has evolved, Farooq is now in Dhaka on his first visit here after the Liberation War.
He talked to The Daily Star about his father’s philosophy, party and present politics in South Asia.
On the creation of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1941, Farooq said his father’s political ideology was a result of the era he was born in. “In the era he [Maududi] was born, there was communism, imperialism and he had made Islam also a system of ism, a system of life,” he noted.
On religion-based politics, Farooq said, “Religion is for the people and people are not for religion. Religion makes a human being a good human being.”
However, religious sentiment is so deeply rooted in this region that no one is ready to listen to the right thing, he observed.
About his upbringing, he said his father never let his children read his books or allowed them to involve in Jamaat or any other likeminded politics. “If he ever saw us in a rally or demonstration, he would later call us and ask what business we had standing there. He totally kept us away from all these.”
“This is a tragedy of all our religious politics that we use people’s children, but keep our own away from it as we all know about its negative impacts,” he added.
Asked why his father had kept his children in the dark about his political views, he said, “The person who is at the helm knows about its inside well.”
Farooq also stated that Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a senior political leader of the Indian independence movement, had warned his father about creating a religion-based party, saying that religious-minded people would gather under its umbrella, bringing about no good.
“That is exactly what happened. When my father founded the party, religious fundamentalists gathered around him. He (Abul A’la Maududi) used them for political purposes, knowing them how dangerous they could be,” he added.