Markaz-e-Jamiat Ahlehadith in Pakistan traces its roots to those Muslims who, following the death of the 3rd Sunni Caliph Uthman b. Affan, called themselves Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat. According to the Ahlehadith, this sect split into two groups, one being the Ahlehadith (people of the tradition of the Prophet; see glossary: Ahl al-Hadith).
Their presence in the subcontinent grew during the Indian resistance to British rule. The Ahlehadith movement was first made into an organization on October 5th 1906 in Amritsar India under the guidance of Moulana Thanuallah who began a weekly journal inviting several Ahlehadith scholars to contribute in its publication. Many scholars of the Ahlehadithorganization took part in this movement which included the Ahlehadith scholar Shah Abdul Aziz, who issued the fatwa proclaiming India as the Darul Harb (land of war) therefore inciting Muslims to join the revolution against the BritishEmpire.
Today, Ahle Hadith, (People of Hadith) is an Islamic reformist school of thought centered in Pakistan and following a Salafi trend of interpretation characterized by strict adherence to interpretations derived from textual sources dating to the early Islamic era. Ahlehadith e Pakistan in Lahore remain engaged in dawah (proselytizing), spreading their theology and legal orientation, building mosques and religious schools, and publishing religious literature.