Muhammad Ilyas Qadri

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Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri
محمد الیاس قادری
Native name
ابو بلال محمد اِلیاس عطّارؔ قادِری رَضَوی

26 Ramadan 1369 AH (12 July 1950 CE)
Karachi, Pakistan
Other namesHazrat Sahab, Ameer Ahle Sunnat
Known forFounding Dawat-e-Islami in Pakistan
TelevisionMadani Channel
  • Shaikh-e-Tariqat,
  • Ameer e AhleSunnat
  • Ameer e Dawat-e-Islami
  • Bani-e-Dawat-e-Islami,
  • Attar
SuccessorUbaid Raza Attari (elder son)
  • Al Haaj, Ubaid Raza Attari,
  • Haji Abu Hilal, Muhammad Bilal Raza Attari Al Madani,
  • one daughter
  • Maulana Haji Abdur Rahman Qadri (father)

Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri Razavi Ziaee (Urdu: محمد الیاس قادری رضوی ضیائی‎) known as Attar for short, is a Pakistani Islamic preacher, Pir (spiritual guider) who founded Dawat-e-Islami in 1981,[1][2][3][4] a non-political organisation aimed at preaching Quran and Sunnah, in Karachi, Pakistan. He is a follower of the Hanafi fiqh in Islamic jurisprudence, and a follower of the Sufi Barelvi Qadiriyya Sufi order, the largest in South Asia.[5]


Hazrat Allama Moulana Ilyas Qadri birth name is Muhammad, and is called Ilyas Qadri and being a Mureed of Ghause Azam, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, he is 'Qadri'. And due to the following and affection towards Ala Hazrat, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan, he is Razawi.His Sufi name is Attar and his Mureeds are called Attari.[6]


Moulana Muhammad Ilyas Qadri was born on 12 July 1950 in the locality in the city of Karachi in Pakistan.[7]


As a child, Muhammad Ilyas Qadri was simple and hardworking. He always tilted towards religion. He preferred to pass his time in Masajid (mosque) by reciting the Qur'an, listening to Naats and praying five times. His father passed away during his childhood, which caused him severe financial crises. He struggled to earn Halal sustenance to meet the needs for his family. He struggled for the sustenance, but never depended on anyone. Along the way, he carried his efforts to seek his education. At an early age, he got recognition of his resistance.[8]

Early life[edit]

The early life of Maulana Ilyas Qadiri was not so different. His birth, nurturing and childhood were simple. Since his early days, he was fond of going to Masajid for offering Salah and for reciting the Qur'an and listening to Na'ats. His inclination towards religious activities earned him great treasure of Islamic knowledge. When he matured, he acquired religious knowledge by keeping the company of the scholars of the Ahl-e-Sunnat and by studying religious books. After some, he became the Imam of a Masjid and struggled hard to promote 'the call to righteousness'.

Impressed by his good manners, humility, sociability and a passion for propagating Islam, a large number of people, especially the youth, became his sincere companion.[9]

Founder of Dawat-e-Islami[edit]

In September 1981, he started a Madani movement named as Dawat-e-Islami. The movement has been solely based on the agenda of spreading the message of the Quran and Sunnah. Its role is spreading the message of Islam. Maulana Ilyas Qadiri believed that prevailing religious conditions were not leading the Muslims to the right direction of Quran and Sunnah, so he established the foundation of Dawat-e-Islami.

Hurdles in Preaching of Islam[edit]

Initially Maulana Ilyas Qadiri bore the brunt of difficulties. He used to travel by bus and train to far-flung and remote areas and cities where he delivered speeches. When he visited any area of Bab-ul-Madinah (Karachi) for delivering a speech or for any other religious activity, he would often carry his meal including even salt and drinking water with him so that he might not ask anyone for such things. Sometimes, he was not allowed to deliver speeches in Masajid but he did not lose hope. In the earlier days, after delivering speeches he would often return home late at night by walking many kilometers because of non-availability of the public transport. Most of the times he would not have enough money with him to afford taxi or rickshaw fare. Moreover he was also criticized and even sometimes attacked but he did not lose courage and remained committed to his cause in spite of facing severe hardships and hurdles. Every hardship strengthened his faith and caused to increase his efforts towards preaching of Islam and Sunnah.


He has spread message of peace and love very successfully. He has a huge fan following. He is a humble and honest person. He has written several books to spread religious awareness. Dawat-e-Islami organizes well-attended events across Pakistan. His biggest achievement is spreading love and helping people become good human beings. His followers lovingly call him "bapa".


A major Pakistani English-language newspaper reported, in September 2011, that the Pakistani military agencies were monitoring the activities of Dawat-e-Islami organization. The military spokesman said that the organization claims to have non-violent religious views.[2]


  1. ^ Da'awat moot concludes [article on Dawn (newspaper)] Published 21 October 2002, Retrieved 6 December 2018
  2. ^ a b Kamran Yousaf (12 September 2011). "Dawat-e-Islami comes under military's radar". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  3. ^ N. K. Singh (2009). global encyclopedia of Islamic mystics and mysticism. India: Global Vision Publishing House, India. p. 270. ISBN 978-81-8220-673-1.
  4. ^ Muhammad Ilyas Qadri: The Notable Islamic Cleric of Sindh (his profile) website, Published 7 February 2018, Retrieved 6 December 2018
  5. ^ "ilyasqadri".
  6. ^ "Ameer-e-AhleSunnat". Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Ameer-e-AhleSunnat". Retrieved 4 January 2018.
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