Jamaat Ahle Sunnat

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Barelvi movement

Sunni Barelvis consider Dargah Ajmer Shareef as their prime center of Islam in South Asia
Central figures

Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi
Mustafa Raza Khan
Hamid Raza Khan


Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, Pakistan
Sunni Tehreek, Pakistan
Sunni Ittehad Council, Pakistan
Dawat-e-Islami, International
Sunni Dawat-e-Islami, International


Al Jamiatul Ashrafia · Manzar-e-Islam
Al-Jame-atul-Islamia · Jamiatur Raza

Notable Scholars

Ameen Mian Qaudri, India
Sarfraz Ahmed Naeemi, Pakistan
Muhammad Ilyas Qadri, Pakistan
Akhtar Raza, India
Qamaruzzaman Azmi, United Kingdom
Muhammad Muslehuddin Siddiqui, Pakistan
Arshadul Qaudri, India


Kanzul Iman, translation of the Qur'an

The Jamaat Ahle Sunnat (Urdu: جماعت اہل سنت‎) is a Muslim religious organization in Pakistan that represents the Barelvi movement. It was started by the Muhammad Shafee Okarvi.


In 2006, a bomb attack on a Jamaat Ahle Sunnat organised event to celebrate the mawlid (birthday of the Muslim prophet Muhammad) in Karachi killed at least 57 people and injured over 80.[1][2] Among the dead were several Barelvi religious figures, including the senior leadership of Jamaat Ahle Sunnat and Sunni Tehreek.[3] Three men said to belong to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were indicted for the crime.[4]

In January 2011, scholars from the organization advised Muslims not to attend the funeral of Salmaan Taseer, the Punjab governor who had recently been assassinated in response to his outspoken beliefs against blasphemy laws.[5]


  1. ^ Bomb carnage at Karachi prayers, BBC Online, 11 April 2006
  2. ^ JAS releases Nishtar Park bomb blast video, Daily Times (Pakistan), 21 March 2008
  3. ^ Special Coverage of Nishtar Park bombing, Jang Group Online
  4. ^ Three LJ activists indicted in Nishtar Park blast case, Dawn (newspaper), 2 September 2009
  5. ^ "Pakistanis bury Punjab governor". Al Jazeera. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 6 January 2011. "More than 500 scholars of the Jamaat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat have advised Muslims not to offer the funeral prayers of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer nor try to lead the prayers," the group, which is considered a mainstream organisation and has been a vocal critic of Taliban fighters operating in Pakistan, said in a statement. "Also, there should be no expression of grief or sympathy on the death of the governor, as those who support blasphemy of the Prophet are themselves indulging in blasphemy." 

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