Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JUD) is a Sunni Deobandi/Wahabi Organisationic organisation launched in Lahore, Pakistan in 1985. Previously called Markaz Daw'a wal Irshad, the organisation changed its name after the United States Department of State declared Lashkar-e-Taiba to be a terrorist organisation. It also publicly retracted itself from any association with the group.
JUD is popular in Pakistan for providing free medical care and education for the poor. It has done a lot of relief work in natural disasters of Pakistan such as famine of "Thar", flood of Sindh; after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake JUD was quick to donate tents, blankets and food and, according to many relief organizations, its camps were more professionally managed even than those run by the UN.During that earthquake the workers of JUD reached the affected areas even earlier than army and all other organizations.They remained fasting because it was the month of Ramadan and they very efficiently helped the affected people.JUD collected the funds from pakistani people and made artificial villages where the people were kept.Tkose villages also had mosques,schools, and computer classes etc.
The leader of JUD is Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who was an Islamic Studies professor at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore. He was accused of inciting riots in Pakistan earlier this year on the Foreign pressure. He was freed in Ramadan on the order of High Court.
JUD runs a weekly newspaper named "GHAZWA" , three monthly magzines among which two are "MAJALLA TUD DAWWA" and "ZARB E TAIBA" and a fortnightly magzine for children named "ROZA TUL ITFAL".JUD has an efficient network within the country.It works for spreading Islam and raising the true spirit of islam among muslims.IT is also provided help by the public and volunteers.
BBC News about the Relief work.
PBS report about Jamat-ud-Dawa's relief work in Kashmir.
— San Francisco Chronicle about the Ad-Dawa Relief work