Legacy of struggle against British Imperialism:
Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, though formally launched in 1919, was inheritor of a rich legacy dating back to early 18th century when Shah Waliullah of Delhi led a revolution to change the whole system by drawing attention of people to the depredations of European imperialism, degeneration and corruption among oriental rulers.
During 1808 to 1915 the Ulama (Islamic Scholars) of hid legacy fought organized battles against the mighty British for the freedom of the country. The edict issued by Shah Abdul Aziz Dehlawi “Our country has been enslaved. To struggle for independence and to put an end to slavery is our duty.” Provided the impetus for raising up arms against imperialist forces by prominent Ulamas like Haji Imdadullah Mohajir Makki and his close disciples Maulana Qasim Nanotavi, Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi and Hafiz Zamin Shaheed.