Qamaruzzaman Azmi

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Qamaruzzaman Azmi
Allama Maulana Qamaruzzaman Azmi.jpg
Born (1946-03-23) 23 March 1946 (age 68)
Era Modern
Region Europe
School/tradition Sunni (Sufi), Hanafi
Main interests Islamic Philosophy
Notable ideas Equality of women in Islam, anti-Terrorism

Maulana Qamaruzzaman Azmi (Urdu: قمرالزمان اعظمى) is a prominent scholar in the Barelvi movement, and has been described by The Times of India reporter Mohammed Wajihuddin as "the most sought after scholar of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama'ah,"[1] a term with which the movement describes itself.[2][3] In 2011 and 2012, he was recognised as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world due to his efforts in building many organisations and institutions, mosques, colleges and universities all over the world for over five decades.[4]


He was commissioned in 1966 at the age of eighteen by Abdul Aziz Muradabadi to go to Faizabad (near Lucknow) to start his missionary work. There at the age of eighteen years he established the Islamic university, Al-Jame-atul-Islamia,[5] which is now recognised as one of India's top Islamic universities.[6] He is also considered to be the spiritual heir of Mustafa Raza Khan, son of the founder of the Barelvi movement, Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi.[4]

On 7 August 2013 Prime Minister David Cameron along with Faiths Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi met Hazrat Allama Qamaruzzaman Azmi. The Prime Minister discussed with Hazrat Allama Qamaruzzaman Azmi the current issues and challenges facing the world including, the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, Syrian crisis as well as the safety and security of Mosques and Muslim communities in the UK. The Prime Minister appreciated the community services of the renowned spiritual scholar Allama Azmi and said that his work was contributing greatly towards community integration and promotion of inter-faith dialogue.[7]


Prime Minister David Cameron meeting Azmi

Phillip Lewis (1994) quotes Allama Azmi in his book Islamic Britain: Religion, Politics and Identity among British Muslims, that Islam and secular society can co-exist and "the widely shared perception that secular necessarily implies irreligion is simply wrong. In India, he contends, a secular state can offer security to Muslims since it is compatible with acknowledging that religion is important and, that in a religiously plural environment the state does not allow believers in one religious tradition to enjoy a privileged status. All are citizens with equal rights. Indeed, in India, Muslims are allowed to conform to their own Muslim family law".[8]

Azmi has been a vocal critic of the practice of female genital mutilation.[9] Azmi also holds that Aisha, the wife of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, was an example of a strong and intelligent female role model.[10] He has been opposed to extremism and terrorism and argues that those who use the name of Islam for such acts are, in fact, the religion's enemies.[1]


Much of Azmi's work has been community based, such as his founding of numerous Muslim religious organisations and charities around the world. Both his efforts at community development as well as his public speaking have earned him millions of followers around the world.[4]


Allama Azmi's missionary life spans nearly fifty years. During this period, he has helped to build many organisations and institutions all over the world such mosques, colleges and universities in America,[11][dead link] Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Belgium and India. Al-Jame-atul-Islamia in Raunahi alone had four hundred Ulemas graduate in 2011. He has been presented by the Raza Academy with a collection of articles by scholars and key figures from the world on his life and contributions were published in a book entitled Tajal-liyat-e-Qamar.[12]

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  1. ^ a b Mohammed Wajihuddin in The Times of India, THE PEACEMAKER – ‘Muslims have failed to PROJECT TRUE ISLAM’ – UK-based preacher Allama Qamruzzaman Khan Azmi, who was in Mumbai this week, talks about terrorism, Islamophobia and his own peace mission
  2. ^ Understanding Islam: The First Ten Steps – C. T. R. Hewer – Google Books. 2006. ISBN 9780334040323. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Mohammed Wajihuddin, In God's Name. The Times of India, 23 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b c The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, pg. 116. Amman: Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Qamruzzaman Azmi. Retrieved on 12 September 2013.
  7. ^ Murtaza Ali Shah, Friday, 9 August 2013, 'PM Cameron helps prepare big iftar, listens to Muslim concerns', The News International, London
  8. ^ Phillip Lewis (1994) Islamic Britain: Religion, Politics and Identity among British Muslims (p.127. London: I.B. Tauris.
  9. ^ Haseena Lockhat, Female genital mutilation: treating the tears, pg. 29. Middlesex University Press, 2004. ISBN 9781898253907
  10. ^ Women must lead the way: Clerics. (30 October 2010). Retrieved on 12 September 2013.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ Times of India Publications. Retrieved on 12 September 2013.

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