Jammu Kashmir Ittihadul Muslimeen (JKIM) was formed in Srinagar, J&K on March 27, 1962. The founder of JKIM & Islamic Unity leader Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari along with his companions and sympathizers of the nation founded Anjumani Safina (Safina Association) in May 1961. The association was confined to a limited orbit, therefore in view of the vast interests of the Nation its extent was necessary. It was very important to take revolutionary steps to expose its vast ideologies publicly. In his quest for forging unity among the people of the valley particularly Muslim, Maulana Abbas Ansari and the members of the Anjumani Safina made an all-embracing political party "Jammu & Kashmir Ittihadul-Muslimeen" (JKIM) (Unity of Muslims) on the 27th of March, 1962 at its historic Chattabal (Srinagar) General Session of the Organization.
Soon after his return from Iraq, Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari, the Founder and Chief Patron of JKIM succeeded in discovering the cause of prevailing mental lethargy of the Community and took positive steps to eliminate it. He felt the reform was necessary not only in academic field but also in political field. In his quest for forging unity among the people of the valley particularly Muslim, Maulana Abbas Ansari floated the influential political party called "Jammu & Kashmir Ittihadul-Muslimeen"(JKIM) in Srinagar, J&K on March 27, 1962. The main object and aim of JKIM was to keep the various sects of Muslims united and fight the divisive forces. JKIM also worked for the political, Social and economic welfare of the Muslims and demanded a UN supervised plebiscite in Kashmir. It organized various seminars and conventions which called for the union of the divided parts of Kashmir and holding of plebiscite in accordance with the UN resolutions of 1948 - 49.