Sayyid Abul Ala Maudoodi
His views bearing on the Ahmadiyya
Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maudoodi of Pakistan (d. 1979) was
one of the most famous Sunni Muslim religious and political leaders
of the 20th century. He was author of numerous books and articles
on various issues in Islam, as well as being head of the Jamaat-i
Islami, one of the major religious political parties in Pakistan.
As his followers have been in the forefront of anti-Ahmadiyya campaigns,
to brand Ahmadis as being outside the fold of Islam, it is interesting
to read Maulana Maudoodis own early views on this subject
and on the more general issue of declaring Muslims as kafir.
If those views are followed, it becomes almost impossible to declare
at least the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement as being outside Islam.
Some of Maulana Maudoodis writings have been collected under
the following links.
- Letter by Maudoodi written 1938 in his
own hand, saying that the Lahore Ahmadiyya group cannot be excluded
- Article on takfir (declaring
Muslims as kafir) by Maudoodi, denouncing this practice.