Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri – Life and Works

In my opinion now there will be very few households in Pakistan who would not be aware of the
name of Dr. Tahir ul Qadri. The fame of Dr. Tahir ul Qadri has seen many phases in past almost 3
decades. Now a days he is in the headlines again after passing a considerable time in Canada in seclusion.
 He is going to start a March towards Islamabad along with a great number of his supporters and
followers and in this march MQM has also announced to join them. According to him He is marching
to bring real democracy and save Pakistan. The elections according to him in current scenario and under
a biased government will be futile so first there should be a transparent and unbiased setup and
the real norms of democracy should be followed.

Something about his personal life. He was born on February 19, 1951 at Jhang in the house of
Farid-ud-Din Qadri.He actually belongs to the Sial tribe of Jhang City. He started getting
religious education along with getting regular education at Sacred Heart School of Jhang. His
early school of religious educaiton was Muhaddith Al-Hijaz. His teachers were Mohammed
Burhanuddin, Abd al-Rashid al-Rizvi, Burhan Ahmad al-Faruq, Husayn ibn Ahmad ‘Usayran, Ahmad
Saeed Kazmi, Farid al-Din Qadri,Ahmad al-Zubaydi and Abu al-Barakat Ahmad al-Qadri al-Alwari. He
studied law at Punjab University, Lahore and got the degree of LLB in 1974 and wherein he also got
a gold medal for his extraordinary performance. He got a degree of PHd in Islamic Law in 1986
from Punjab University where Mr. Bashir Ahmad Siddiqui and Justice Javaid Iqbal were there to
oversee his work. He got appointed as Professor in the university where he taught US, British
and Islamic law.

Dr. Tahir Qadri founded his religious organization called Minhaj ul Quran International in
October 1981 and worked hard for a decade to expand it and make it popular internationally. Sufi
Saint Tahir Allauddin who is the spiritual founder of the organization, inaugurated the
headquarters of Minhaj ul Quran in Lahore.

Dr. Tahir Qadri has been delivering lectures in Pakistan and abroad over many religious, social
and political issues and topics. He also delivered a lecture on Terrorism and Peace in Sydney
Australia on the invitation of an Islamic organization NSW Legislative Council. He said that
terrorism had no place in Islam and violence can not be supported by Islamic doctrines. He also
urged on the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. He issued a 600-page fatwa on the issue of
Terrorism and discouraged it strongly. According to him the constitution given by Holy Prophet
(Peace be Upon Him) was a universal document till the doomsday and it must be implemented to
safeguard the human rights everywhere.

His famous books are Tafsir Surah Fatiha which consists of 7 volumes and is the largest
publication so far on this topic, Tafsir Minhaj ul Quran, Jami Al-Sunna fi ma Yahtaju Ilayhi
Akhir Al-Umma and Mishkat al-Masabih. There is a great number of writings by him which can not be covered here.

Of course as a scholar he was respected but there were some controversies on religious and
political grounds which played their role in distorting his image but this issue should better be
left on learned and qualified Ulema and unbiased leaders to decide what is between the lines. As
a scholar his knowledge, expertise and services can not be denied.
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