Qadri in Islamabad. (AFP)
Islamabad, Jan. 15: Scholar and intellectual Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is the founding leader of Minhaj-ul-Qur’an International (MQI), an organisation with branches in more than 90 countries and that works for the promotion of peace and harmony between communities.
It also strives for the revival of spiritual endeavour based on the true teachings of Islam.
Qadri, who is also known as Shaykh-ul-Islam, is a scholar of extraordinary proportions and an intellectual leader for all seasons.
He is well known for his ardent endeavour to strengthen bonds among people, by bringing them together through tolerance, dialogue, integration and education. He successfully bridges the past with his image of the future and finds convincing solutions for contemporary problems.
Qadri has been teaching Hadith, Tafsir, Fiqh, theology, Sufism, Seerah, Islamic philosophy and many other rational and traditional sciences to thousands of people, including Ulema, scholars, Shuyukh, students, intellectuals and academics all over the world.
He was born on February 19, 1951, in the historical city of Jhang, Pakistan, and is the son of the great spiritualist and intellectual of his time, ash-Shaykh Dr Farida’d-Din al-Qadri. Tahir-ul-Qadri was educated from a young age in both the Islamic and secular sciences simultaneously.
Although he had already started his religious education under his father, Qadri’s formal classical education was initiated in Madina at the age of 12.
By the time he had received a First Class Honours degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, in 1970, Qadri had also completed his Classical Islamic Studies, having spent over ten years under the tutelage of his father and other eminent Shuyukh of his time.
Qadri achieved an unparalleled understanding of the classical Sharia sciences and Arabic language. He earned his Master of Arts in Islamic Studies in 1972 and was awarded the University of the Punjab Gold Medal. He achieved his LLB in 1974 and began to practice as a lawyer in the district courts of Jhang. Qadri moved to Lahore in 1978 and joined the University of Punjab as a lecturer in law and then gained his PhD in Islamic Law.
He was appointed as a Jurist Consult (legal adviser) on Islamic law for the Supreme Court and the Federal Sharia Court of Pakistan and also worked as a specialist adviser on Islamic curricula for the federal ministry of education of Pakistan at various times between 1983 and 1987.
Qadri is also a former professor of Islamic Law at the University of the Punjab and the youngest person ever to have been awarded a professorship in the history of the university. Qadri has also previously held the position of the head of department for LLM in Islamic Legislation.
He was elected to the National Assembly in 2002 elections but resigned after just one year saying that he did not want to be the part of a corrupt and inefficient system and shifted to Canada from where he came back early last month.