Shaikh Muhammad Ilyas Atar Qadri
Abul Bilāl, Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri Raḍavī (محمد الياس عطار قادرى) is the leader and founder of the Sunni revival movement Dawat-e-Islami, which was founded in 1981 in
Muhammed Ilyas Attar Qadri was born on the 26th of Ramaḍān, 1369 A.H. (1950 A.D.) in
His father Abdur Rehmān was a disciple [Murīd] in the esteemed Qādiriyyah Sufi Order. When Ilyas Qadri was only 14 months old infant, his father died due to a heat stroke, during the Holy Hajj pilgrimage on the 14th Zul Hijjah 1370 A.H (1951 A.D.) His mother died on the 17th of Safar 1398 AH(1978 AD).
The main sources of this knowledge were books and the company of religious scholars specifically Grand Muftī of Pakistan, Shaykh Muftī Waqār ud-Dīn Raḍavī of
Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri is the leader and founder of Dawat-e-Islami - a global, non-political movement for the propagation of Quranic knowledge and the Prophetic ways [Sunnah.] It is apolitical and peaceful Islamic movement. Presently Dawat-e-Islami is working in more than seventy two countries spread over six continents. It is organized into more than 41 different departments, such as - Madni channel (satellite channel), Madani Inamaat (Questionaire for self-reflection and rectification), missionary work in prisons, Department of Islamic Jurisprudence, Department of Masjid Services, Maktaba-tul-madinah, Department of Educational Institutions, Department of Amulets and Letters of condolences, Madani Qaafla & Ijtema [outreach travels & congregations], Weekly Ijtimā’s [congregations] for Sisters, congregational abiding in the Masjid [Atekaaf] in the holy month of Ramḍān, International & State-Level congregations, Department of Authentication of Books, Department for brothers with special needs, etc.
Ilyas Qadri wrote his very first booklet on the life of Ala Hazrat, Ahmed Raza Khan of
In addition to the above he has also authored the following books: Namāz Kay Aḥkām: On the rulings pertaining to Salāh [daily Prayers], Wuḍu [Ablution], Ghusl [Purificatory Bath], and Janāzah [Funeral]. [English translation is entitled, Laws of Salāh - Hanafi]; Rafīqqul Haramain: On an extensive discussion regarding the proper way of performing Hajj pilgrimage and Umrah and Ghiībet kī Tabāhkārīyān: On the perils of backbiting and slandering.
Ilyas Qadri is the disciple [murid] of Maulānā Ḍiāud Dīn Aḥmed Madanī Qādirī Raḍawi. He is the Khalīfah [Spiritual Successor] of Grand Muftī of Pakistan, Allamah Muftī Waqar-ud Dīn. The Commentator of Sahih Bukhari, Grand Master of Jurisprudence of India Muftī Sharīfful-Ḥaq Amjaddī has also granted Ilyas Qadri with his Khilāfah [successorship] of the four major Spiritual Sufi Orders [Silsilah]: Qādirīyyah, Chishtīyyah, Naqshbundīyyah, and Soharvardīyyah. He also granted him permission of transmission of the books of Ḥadiš [Prophetic narrations], and dissemination of Islamic knowledge [Ijāzah.] Furthermore, Maulānā Faḍlur Rahmān of Madina granted him Khilāfah [Spiritual Successorship] and authorized him with his Ijāzah [permission to transmit Prophetic narrations and Islamic knowledge.] He initiates his disciples in the Spiritual Sufi Order of Qādirīyyah, Raḍavīyyah, Aṭṭārīya, which is a branch of Qadri Sufi Order attributed to him.
Maulana Attar Qadri is credited for organizing three-day-long annual gatherings of about 1.5 million muslims "under Dawat-e-Islami" attending from all over the world. This is considered to be the second largest annual gatherings of Muslims after Hajj.
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