Muhtaram Rafi Bhai,
I know that Dr. Israr Ahmed (Marhoom) had a lot of N2I in him and he was a non-certified Mullah. I still respect him for his eye-witness accounts of the Pakistan Movement. He was president of the Muslim Students' Federation of HISAR Distt in 1946-47.
I also learned a bit from him about the pygmy antagonists of Quaid-e-Azam including Mullah Abul Kalam Azad (Abus-Sukoot Paaband by Kh Hasan Nizami).
The details of Dr. Marhoom's visit to New York and his Mahdi conjecture were right then written in my booklet, "When is the Messiah Coming" (Urdu-English).
An excerpt from my booklet. Please see below:
The weekly "Urdu Times," New York, dated Oct 6th, 1999 has published a detailed interview of Dr. Israr Ahmed. The respected doctor is a sincere and renowned scholar of Islam. Wisely enough, he does not prefix his name with "Maulana". He knows that, according to the Qur'an, "Maulana" (Our Master) is none but Allah (9/51).
More than three decades ago, the Daily Jang, Karachi prominently published that Dr. Israr Ahmed was planning to quit Jamaat-e-Islami. The chief of Jamaat-e-Islami then was no other than the most influential Mullah of the 20th century, Maulana Syed Abul A'Ala Maududi. Dr. Israr Ahmed and other like-minded people maintained that Al-A'ALA is the attributive Name of God, meaning the Most Glorious, the Most High. Abu means father. Therefore, Abul A'Ala would mean, "Father of the Most Glorious, Most High, and hence, FATHER OF GOD.” The complete name with the title, Maulana Syed Abul A'Ala Maududi translates "Our Master, Owner, Father of God, Maududi". (Syed means Owner.)
Instead of acknowledging the truth, Mr. Maududi became furious and preemptively fired Dr. Israr from the Jamaat. In turn, Maududi came under fire that he had been a dire opponent of the Pakistan Movement. Another issue became a subject of hot debate in the journalism circles of Pakistan. Allama Iqbal, the ideological founder of Pakistan, was a great benefactor of Maududi since he brought the jobless Maududi from Deccan to Pathankot for doing some Qur'anic research. But, the Daily Jang exclaimed that, for some ulterior reasons, Maududi carefully avoided citing Iqbal’s poetry in his writings.
No doubt, Allama Iqbal enjoys such a high stature in Urdu and Persian literature that any scholar writing in these two languages without referring to the Allama will reflect his own ignorance and incompetence.
In an interview with Urdu Times, answering a question, Dr. Israr said, "Tableeghi Jama’at accomplished nothing in 70 years and Jama’ate-Islami did nothing significant in 60 years. Why wonder that I and my Tanzeem-e-Islami have created no dent in 40 years?” Dr. Israr Ahmed’s logic can, at best, be called an apology.
Dr. Israr does have his fair share of fans. Shabbir Ahmed is one of them. But the answer to the Urdu Times' journalist is something else though hidden from the truth-seeking eyes of the Doctor Saheb. When a vehicle gets stuck in the sand so that its wheels keep spinning but the vehicle stays put, the situation is called Taghreez in Arabic. The truth of the matter is that whether it is Tableeghi Jama’at or Jama’at-e-Islami or any other Islamic movement in the world, their engines are screaming while the vehicles remain stuck in the sand of conjecture-based tradition. "Movements" that do not move! Allama Iqbal very aptly identifies the situation for us:
The Truth is lost in non-sense
This Ummah is lost in legend
Look at the magic of these legends and traditions. A Mullah of the caliber of Dr. Israr Ahmed states in his interview that "Imam Mahdi" has been born in Arabia in 1962. The authority he has referred to about his startling revelation is the late Jane Dixon of the U.S. Jane Dixon, the self-proclaimed diviner who gained fame for "foreseeing" the assassination of J.F.K. (but could not predict her own demise!)
How numerous a vessel have drowned
When the thoughts of the jurist, the
Mystic and the poet have downed!
Many of my respected readers have been calling me regarding this interview partly because they do not have Dr. Israr Ahmed's phone number. Several of them have asked me to write on the Advent of the Messiah & Mahdi and comment on Dr. Israr's mysterious statements. (The correct spelling of Doctor Saheb's name is Asrar which in itself means "mysteries").