Dawat-e-Islami

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Dawat-e-Islami
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Motto "I must strive to reform myself and people of the entire world."
Formation 1981
Type Sunni Muslim Organization
Headquarters Karachi, Pakistan
Location Faizan-e-Madina - Global Islamic Centre (Aalami Madani Markaz), Main University Road
Website www.dawateislami.net

Dawat-e-Islami is an Islam organization based in Pakistan. Founded in the early 1980s, the organization is ideologically aligned with Sunni Islam. In addition to local charity efforts, Dawat-e-Islami also offers online courses in Islamic studies and runs a television station.

History[edit]

Dawat-e-Islami was founded in 1981 at Babul Madina Karachi, Pakistan, by Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri.[1] The then Punjab president of the youth wing of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan is the founding chief of the organization.[2]

Dawat-e-Islami expanded to the United Kingdom in the early 2000s. The European headquarters is Faizan-e-Madina in Bradford, where they currently hold their own seminary.[3] Other centers of the same name are located in Accrington and Birmingham. Another Faizan-e-Madina masjid was opened in Southend on Sea in 2009. It is estimated that around 10,000 British Muslims are in some form or the other associated with Dawat-e-Islami in UK.[4][5][6]

Dawat-e-Islami operates five centres in Greece and three in Spain.[7] In 2009 a madrassa opened in Rotherham for the education of young children and adults.

Dawat-e-Islami USA has centers in Chicago, Texas and California.[8]

Reception[edit]

In 2007, retired Pakistani lieutenant general Khalid Maqbool praised the organization as a moderating force.[9]

Global Islamic Centre (Aalami Madani Markaz) at Karachi

Philosophy[edit]

The philosophy of Dawat e Islami revolves around purifying society from what it views as moral decay. According to the organization's official book on its founder, Dawat e Islami seeks to remove societal ills such as gambling and alcoholism via its missionary work.[2]

Activities[edit]

Members of Pakistani sports teams have met with Qadri's teachings.[2] Also in 2005, Dawat-e-Islami invited former President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to its two-day congregation in Lahore.[10][11] Dawat-e-Islami has opened a department with the name of ‘Madrasa-tul-Madina Online.’ This department aims to teach the Quran according to the principles of Arabic phonetics to all who live abroad, as well as to provide them with knowledge and understanding of Islamic teachings.[12]

It arranges "Haftawar Shab-e-Juma Ijtima" (weekly gatherings) in cities around the world.[13][14]

Dawat-e-Islami held its first-ever congregation for deaf, dumb and blind students at its central headquarters Faizan-e-Madinah. Hundreds of students between 16 and 18 years of age attended the programme.[15]

Dawat-e-Islami collects Zakat and Sadaqah during Ramadan for its Dawah and organizational activities.[16] It is also largely financed by donation of sacrificed animal skin during Eid al-Adha, which is then sold to the leather manufacturing industry.

Dawat-e-Islami broadcasts the Madani Channel of Islamic programming.[17]

Notable followers[edit]

Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal with Muballigh-e-Dawateislami

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Attar Qadri, Ilyas (1991). Dawat-e-Islami ka Maqsad. Maktaba Ahle Sunnah Karachi. 
  • Gugler, Thomas K. (2011). Mission Medina: Da'wat-e Islami und Tabligi Gama'at. Würzburg: Ergon. 

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