Jāvēd Ahmad Ghāmidī had already been introduced to Mawlānā Mawdūdī in his school days. This relationship later on progressed into Ghāmidī’s membership in Jamā‘at-e Islāmī. Although his membership lasted only for a few days, a revered relationship with Mawlānā Mawdūdī continued throughout the Mawlānā’s life, and that reverence is present even today. The story of this relationship is best read in his own words, he writes:
After clearing grade five, I had moved to Islāmiyyah High School. It was probably in grade six or seven that I met Nasīr al-Dīn Humāyūn who taught us history. It was a very important introduction for me in as much that, it was through him that I was introduced to Sayyid Abū al- A‘lá Mawdūdī ’s name and works. I read all the books written by Mawlānā Mawdūdī because of Nasīr al-Dīn Humāyūn’s influence. This was a new world of thought and praxis for me. At that time, the annual convention of the Islāmi Jamī‘at-e Talabā was held in Dā’wūd garden, Dārōghehwālā. I came from Islāmiyyah High school to Lahore to attend it with Mr. Humāyūn and a few friends. It was on that occasion that I had the opportunity to see Sayyid Abū al-A‘lá Mawdūdī for the first time. He was indeed a most heart warming personality; it seemed that in his persona came together all of nature’s beauty and refinement. Meeting him and then having the good fortune of closely spending quality time with him was indeed sobering. His knowledge and deeds, impeccable character, his wisdom and vision and, finally, his courage and determination are found in a select few. This was not only my personal observation. People who met him, interacted with him, and worked with him have, all held the same opinion.
It has already been stated above that these endeavors, first as Dā’irat al-Fikr and later as Dār al Ishrāq by Ghāmidī and his friends became victims of disruption owing to problems related to financial and human resources. While all this was going on, Mawlānā Mawdūdī became privy to this initiative and the difficulties surrounding it. He thought it to be a highly useful endeavor and accepted its mentorship. But even then that project did not succeed. This is what Ghāmidī says on how Mawlānā Mawdūdī agreed to patronize this movement and then how it came to an end:
In those days I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Sayyid Abū al- A‘lá Mawdūdī . One day when I went to meet him, I mentioned this work to him. He asked me for the details and also for some introduction to my colleagues. I related to him the many problems encountered by us and also the impediments that were delaying this work, and requested him for his guidance and patronage. He thankfully accepted my request and, in accordance with his suggestion, a joint account was opened in our names at the Habib Bank, Ichrah for this academy in which he began depositing one thousand rupees every month as a personal contribution. We now moved from Ahmad Block to a building (1-A Zēldār Park, Ichrah) also given to us by the Mawlānā close to his own house.
The Mawlānā thought that we should refer to this institute as a branch of Idārah Ma‘ārif-e Islāmī or organize it as a new set-up. In any case, in accordance with his wishes, I had already become a member of Jamā‘t-e Islāmī, but that decision of his was not appreciated by some party elders. Therefore, a drive against me began, and after six or seven months, I realized that it was impossible for me to stay and work in those circumstances. The wish of the party was conveyed to me by Aslam Salīmī, who said that the building that housed our academy needed to be used to set up an election office for the party. This attitude clearly indicated what was expected of me and my friends. Therefore, we discussed the matter with one another, took permission to leave from the Mawlānā and ,on Chawdhry Ilyās Ahmad’s invitation, decided to move to his village, Murīdkē, located on the outskirts of Lahore. We moved there by the end of 1976 and, on January 11, 1977, I received a letter from the Amīr, Jamā‘t- e Islāmī, Punjab, Mawlānā Fath Muhammad in which he had informed me that the party had cancelled my membership. This letter, comprising two lines and without assigning any reasons, informed me that I was no longer a member of the party. Miān Tufayl Muhammad was the president of the Jamā‘at-e Islāmī, Pakistan. I wrote him and inquired of him the reason for that decision but never ever received a reply.
That sequence of events for me proved to be a very important experience of my life. I had during these years been in close association with a great man of his time, stood with him in prayers, talked to him, learnt etiquette and manners of life from him, took lessons in patience and wisdom from him, and learnt to understand from him the delicate nuances of language and oration. I heard from him directly his opinion on what happened before and after “Māchī Gate”. Discussed the academic differences he had with Mawlānā Islāhī. Heard from him the high regard he had for Imām Farāhī. Heard about the love he had for Abū al-Kalām Āzād, Muhammad ‘ Alī Johar and ‘Allāmah Iqbal. These moments are the treasures of my life and, to this very day, I remember the Mawlānā as an alienated son remembers his father. I think of his party as my own fraternity, and even though I have a thousand differences of opinion with their policy and method of work, I still feel I have a special bond of relationship with them as one feels one has with one’s own family. The people who played a lead role in the movement against me probably did not even know me; so, I do not have any hard feelings against them. I try to believe that whatever they did, they did in the interest of the party. The last meeting that I had with Mawlānā Mawdūdī was before he left for the US. He said to me: my most special expectations are associated with you: always listen very carefully to people who criticize you; when you hear vain discourse, pass by gracefully; never get angry or infuriated; after that, Allah will be with you, and you will in shā Allāh overcome them in your own field. In the ups and downs of life, this advice of Mawlānā Mawdūdī always stayed with me. That’s the reason why:
In this lightless wilderness, day and night, do I create
The beauty of flowers from each and every thorn..