Muhammad Ilyas Qadri

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Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri
محمد الياس عطار قادرى
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Born (1950-07-12) July 12, 1950 (age 63)
Hijri date: 26 Ramadan 1369
Region Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
School/tradition Sunni
Main interests Dawah

Muhammad Ilyas Qadri (Urdu: محمد الياس عطار قادرى) is a Pakistan born religious leader and founder in 1980 of Dawat-e-Islami.[1]

His father, Amir-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, died while on Haj Pilgrimage in 1951.[2] His sister claims to have had a vision of their father after his death.[3]

In 2011 a man believed to be a member of Dawat-e-Islami assassinated Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer due to the latter's opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy law. The assassin had actually adopted Qadri's surname as a sign of devotion, causing Pakistan's security agencies to begin investigating the group.[1][4]

Prior to his assignation as first amir of Dawat-e-Islami by Shah Ahmad Nurani, Qadri served as the president of the Punjab branch of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan's (JUP) youth wing, Anjuman Tulaba-e-Islam (ATI).[5]


  1. ^ a b Amir, Mir (Amir Mir Friday, January 07, 2011). "Agencies explore Qadri’s links". The International News (Pakistan). Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Passed Away during Haj Pilgrimage
  3. ^ Dream of glad tidings
  4. ^ "Pak to curb religious groups’ say in military". The Hindu. September 12, 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Soufisme et politique au Pakistan. Le mouvement barelwi à l'heure de la "guerre contre le terrorisme". KARTHALA Editions. 23 June 2011. pp. 105–. ISBN 978-2-8111-3364-1. Retrieved 4 July 2013.  - Muhammad Ilyas Qadri était président du Penjab pour la branche jeunesse du JUP, le Anjuman Tulaba-e Islam, avant de devenir amir du DI. Bien que fondé par Nurani, le DI n'a plus de lien avec cette faction du parti politique barelwi.