Syed Munawwar Hasan

Syed Munawwar Hasan


Biography Of Syed Munawwar Hasan

Affiliation(s): Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan
Citizenship: Pakistani

Syed Munawar Hasan  born 5 August 1944 in Dehli is a politician and the former Ameer (President) of Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan.

Early life and education

Hasan was born in Dehli, British India in August 1944. At the time of the partition of India, he migrated with his family and settled in Karachi. He obtained a Master’s degree in sociology in 1963, and in Islamic Studies in 1966 from the University of Karachi.


Hasan joined the National Students Federation – a Communist student group – and was elected its president in 1959. The real change appeared in his life when he came closer to the activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan and studied the writings of Mawlana Syed Abul Ala Maududi and Maulana Naeem Siddiqui. As a result, he joined Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba in 1960 and was elected president of its University of Karachi unit, Karachi City Unit, and member of the Central Executive Council. He became its national president in 1964 and served in that capacity for three consecutive terms. During his tenure the Jamiat organised several campaigns mobilising public opinion regarding education issues.

He joined the Islamic Research Academy and later Islamic Jerusalem Studies, at Karachi as a research assistant in 1963. He became its secretary general in 1969. Under his supervision, the academy published 70 scholarly books. He also served as managing editor of The Criterion and The Universal Message, Karachi.

Hasan became a member of Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan in 1967. He served the Karachi unit as Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Deputy Ameer and Ameer of the city. He was elected to the Central Shura and the Executive Council of the Jama’at. He represented the group at several platforms, including United Democratic Front and the Pakistan National Alliance. He ran for National Assembly in 1977 and secured the highest vote tally in Pakistan. He was Assistant Secretary General of Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan in 1992–93 and became Secretary General in 1993.

Hasan speaks Urdu and English. Many of his speeches, mostly in Urdu, are available in cassette form. He heads a number of planning and research bodies within the Jamaat.

In late March 2014, Hasan became the first sitting emir in the history of JI to be voted out of office when Siraj-ul-Haq Khan was elected Ameer by the Jamaat Arakeen (JI members with voting rights). At least one analyst, Nasir Jamal, attributed the change in leadership to JI Arakeen’s desire for a relatively younger and more pragmatic Ameer.

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