Muhammad Ilyas Qadri

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Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri
محمد الیاس قادری
Ilyas Qadri on Occasion of Milad un Nabi 2017 at Global Madani Markaz Faizan e Madina, Karachi.
Native name
ابو بلال محمد اِلیاس عطّارؔ قادِری رَضَوی

26 Ramadan 1369 AH (12 July 1948 CE)
Karachi, Pakistan
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 blessed Daughter
  • Haji Abdur Rahman Qadri (father)

Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri (Urdu: محمد الیاس قادری‎) 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 Qadiriyya Sufi order.[5][6]


His 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.[7]


Muhammad Ilyas Qadri was born on 26 Ramadan 1369 A.H. (12 July 1950 A.D) in the locality Bombay Bazaar in the city of Bab-Ul-Madinah (Karachi) in Pakistan.[8]


As a child, Muhammad Ilyas Qadri was simple and hardworking. He always remained tilted towards religion. At an age when children used to remain busy in bad and useless activities; remain aloof from religion and have no realization of being ignorant to Deen (religion); at such an early age Muhammad Ilyas Qadiri preferred to pass his time in Masajid (Mosque) by reciting Holy Qur'an, Listening Naats and Praying Five Times. His Father passed away during His Childhood, which caused Him severe financial crises but He did not lose courage and started sincere struggle to earn Halal (Legal/Allowed/Permissible in Islam) sustenance to meet the needs for His family. He burnt the midnight oil and struggled hard for the sustenance, but He never depended on anyone. Along the way, He carried His efforts to seek His education. Therefore, at an early age, He got good recognition all around the vicinity of His resistance.[9]

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 Holy Qur'an and listening to Na'ats. His inclination towards religious activities earned him great treasure of Islamic Knowledge. When He became rather mature, 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. [10]

Campaigns in Pakistan[edit]

In October 2002, a major Pakistani English-language newspaper reported about a 3-day public gathering in the city of Multan, Pakistan which was held by Dawat-e-Isalmi organization and was attended by thousands of people from all parts of Pakistan. Pakistan Railways had used special trains from Karachi, Hyderabad and Nawabshah to take passengers to Multan. Muhammad Ilyas Qadri, chief of Dawat-e-Islami, spoke at the first and last sessions of the gathering.[1]

Another 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. But the military spokesman admitted, "You can't stop individuals practicing their own religious beliefs, if they are not violating the military discipline."[2]

Works and books[edit]

  • Faizan e Sunnat[11]
  • Nayki ki Dawat
  • Faizan-e-Ramazan[4]
  • Dawat-e-Islami
  • Madani TV Channel[2]
  • Jamia-Tul-Madina
  • Dar-ul-Madina
  • Faizan-e-Madina (Islamic Centers)
  • The Month of My Prophet[11]
  • Zulm Ka Anjam
  • Anmol Heeray[4]


  1. ^ a b Da'awat moot concludes [article on Dawn (newspaper)] Published 21 October 2002, Retrieved 6 December 2018
  2. ^ a b c 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. ^ a b c Muhammad Ilyas Qadri: The Notable Islamic Cleric of Sindh (his profile) website, Published 7 February 2018, Retrieved 6 December 2018
  5. ^ "ilyasqadri".
  6. ^ "Establishment of DawateIslami". Anjuman Zia-E-Taiba website. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Ameer-e-AhleSunnat". Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  8. ^ "Ameer-e-AhleSunnat". Retrieved 2018-01-04.
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  11. ^ a b Books by Muhammad Ilyas Qadri on website Retrieved 6 December 2018