It is very interesting to note that Maudoodi shielded his own children from Jihad, Jamaat, and his books. Why?
Maudoodi’s own son provides us with the answer. Here is an excerpt from Haider Farooq Maudoodi’s interview to The Times of India dated 25th January 1999.
Q: How come you grew up in this atmosphere of religious extremism and yet maintain balanced view of religion?
A: I think my father was aware of the dangers of the drug he was distributing for free. Indeed his attitude was that of heroin peddler. He would never allow his wife or any of his nine children to have anything to do with the Jamaat-e-Islami. He would not let us read any of his books (he wrote about 80 books all of which have a growing sale even today in several languages around the world). We used to be scolded if any of us was found anywhere near a Jamaat meeting.
Yet we got to see his minions, who are now running his organization, from very close quarters. Their character could have put us off Islam altogether. We used to ask him how he could think of bringing about an Islamic revolution with the help of such frauds and lunatics. He thought he could only use the people who came to him. But in his old age, he did get a taste of his own medicine. When he was on his death bed, these maulanas treated him as dirt.