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|Born||23 March 1946|
|School or 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 Islamic scholar. In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 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.
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, which is now recognised as one of India's top Islamic universities. He is also considered to be the spiritual heir of Mustafa Raza Khan, son of Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi.
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.
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".
Azmi has been a vocal critic of the practice of female genital mutilation. Azmi also holds that Aisha, the wife of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, was an example of a strong and intelligent female role model. 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. In 2014 he endorsed the fatwa against Britons joining Islamic extremists. On the murder of British aid worker David Haines by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant he said "we condemn this act of evil by people who are pure evil. There is no legitimacy for such evilness in Islam".
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.
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, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Belgium and India. Al-Jame-atul-Islamia in Raunahi alone had four hundred Ulemas graduate in 2011. In 2011 The Raza Academy published a book on his life and contributions with articles written by scholars and key figures from around the world entitled Tajal-liyat-e-Qamar.
- The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, 2014 'The Muslim 500', The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan, http://themuslim500.com/profile/h-e-hazrat-allama-maulana-qamaruzzaman-azmi
- The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, pg. 116. Amman: Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought.
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- Murtaza Ali Shah, Friday, 9 August 2013, 'PM Cameron helps prepare big iftar, listens to Muslim concerns', The News International, London
- Phillip Lewis (1994) Islamic Britain: Religion, Politics and Identity among British Muslims (p.127. London: I.B. Tauris.
- Haseena Lockhat, Female genital mutilation: treating the tears, pg. 29. Middlesex University Press, 2004. ISBN 9781898253907
- Women must lead the way: Clerics. Epaper.timesofindia.com (30 October 2010). Retrieved on 12 September 2013.
- 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
- Mark Duell, 31 August 2014, 'UK Muslim leaders issue fatwa condemning Britons who join jihadi extremists', London: The Daily Mail, The News International, London, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2738934/UK-Muslim-leaders-issue-fatwa-condemning-Britons-join-jihadi-extremists.html#ixzz3Da6xl7qX
- Richard Wheatstone, 16 September 2014, 'Hammond: We can't send in the SAS to rescue Alan Henning because we don't know where he is', Manchester Evening News, Manchester, http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/hammond-cant-send-sas-rescue-7780139
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