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محمد طاہر القادری
|Founder Minhaj-ul-Quran International|
19 February 1951
|Alma mater||University of the Punjab|
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (Urdu: محمد طاہر القادری) (born 19 February 1951) is a Pakistani politician, former law professor and a Sufi Islamic scholar. He was a former professor of international constitutional law at the University of the Punjab. Qadri is also the founding chairman of Minhaj-ul-Quran International.
Personal life 
Qadri was born on 19 February 1951 in Jhang. His father Farid-ud-Din Qadri was an Islamic scholar and his ancestors belonged to the Punjabi Sial family. Qadri's primary education took place at the Sacred Heart School in Jhang, where he learned English and was exposed to Christianity. He formally started his Islamic education under Diya' al-Din al-Madani at the age of 12.
Qadri has also learnt from a number of other classical authorities in Islamic sciences, including Abu al-Barakat Ahmad al-Qadri al-Alwari, Tahir Allauddin al-Qadri al-Gilani and Ahmad Saeed Kazmi
Qadri studied law at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, where he graduated with an LLB in 1974, gaining a Gold Medal for his academic performances. Following a period of legal practice as an advocate, he taught law at the University of the Punjab from 1978 to 1983 and then gained his PhD  in Islamic Law (Punishments in Islam, their Classification and Philosophy) from the same university in 1986 where his supervisors were Bashir Ahmad Siddiqui (‘Ulum al-Islamiyya) and Javaid Iqbal. He was appointed as a professor of law at the University of Punjab, where he taught British, US and Islamic constitutional law.
Political career 
On 25 May 1989, Qadri founded a political party: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). This party aims to introduce the culture of democracy, economic stability, improve the state of human rights, justice and the women's role in Pakistan. The PAT also aims to remove corruption from Pakistani politics. Its official website contains its formal manifesto. In 1990, he participated in the national election. In 1991, PAT and TNFJ (Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqh-e-Jafria A shia political group ) now known as Tehreek-e-Jafria introduced the idea of political working relationship. From 1989 to 1993, Qadri continuously worked as an opposition leader.
He was also elected as a Member of the National Assembly for his constituency. On 29 November 2004, Qadri announced his resignation as a Member of the National Assembly. Qadri views an Islamic state as a Muslim-majority country which respects freedom, the rule of law, global human rights (including religious freedom), social welfare, women's rights and the rights of minorities. He also claims that the Constitution of Medina "declared the state of Madinah as a political unit". He also mentions that the Constitution declared the "indivisible composition of the Muslim nation (Ummah)". With respect to the Constitution of Medina, Qadri says: "This was the constitution, which provided the guarantee of fundamental human rights in our history." He believes that "a constitution is a man-made law and by no means it can be declared superior to a God-made law."
Long March 
In December 2012, after living for seven years in Toronto, Canada, Qadri returned to Pakistan and initiated a political campaign which called for a "democratic revolution"[this quote needs a citation] through electoral reforms. Qadri called for a "million-men" march in Islamabad to protest against the government's corruption. On 14 January 2013, crowds marched down the city's main avenue. Thousands of people pledged to sit-in until their demands were met. When he started the long march from Lahore 10,000 people were with him. He told the rally in front of parliament: "There is no Parliament; there is a group of looters, thieves and dacoits [bandits] ... Our lawmakers are the lawbreakers." After four days of sit-in, the Government and Qadri signed an agreement called the Islamabad Long March Declaration, which promises electoral reforms and increased political transparency.
Critics have charged that the protests were a ploy by the Pakistan Armed Forces to delay elections and weaken the influence of the civilian government, citing Qadri's close ties to the military, dual nationality and foreign sources of funding. Lawyers for the Supreme Court of Pakistan claimed that Qadri's demands are unfeasible because they conflict with the Constitution of Pakistan. The Tribune reported on 17 February 2013, that Qadri seemed to have capitulated on most of his demands in the Islamabad Long March Declaration.
Founding of Minhaj-ul-Quran 
Qadri founded a Sufism-based organisation, Minhaj-ul-Quran International, in October 1981 and has subsequently expanded it nationally and internationally. In 1987, the headquarters of Minhaj-ul-Quran, based in Lahore, Pakistan, was inaugurated by Sufi saint Tahir Allauddin, who is regarded as the organisation's spiritual founder. The organisation aims to promote religious moderation, effective and sound education, inter-faith dialogue and harmony, and a moderate interpretation of Islam employing methods of Sufism. Over the past thirty years, the organisation has reportedly expanded to over ninety countries. During its March 2011 session, the United Nations Economic and Social Council granted special consultative status to Minhaj-ul-Quran International. Qadri also founded the Minhaj University in Lahore, of which he heads the Board of Governors, as well as an international relief charity, Minhaj Welfare Foundation.
Noteworthy events 
In 2006, Qadri attended the Muslims of Europe Conference in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss identity, citizenship, challenges and opportunities for European Muslims. Also in 2006, he attended several gatherings around the world in which he delivered his lectures on the topic of "Islam on Peace, Integration and Human Rights".
On 2 March 2010, Qadri issued a 600-page Fatwa on Terrorism, which is an "absolute" scholarly refutation of all terrorism without "any excuses or pretexts." He said that "Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it"
The fatwa gained widespread media attention and he appeared on various international media outlets. On Frost Over The World he told David Frost that the "he wanted to take Islam back from the terrorists". The US State Department declared the fatwa to be a significant publication which takes back Islam from terrorists. Qadri told the American Foreign Policy magazine: "I am trying to bring [the terrorists] back towards humanism. This is a jihad against brutality, to bring them back towards normality. This is an intellectual jihad."
In August 2010 Qadri held an anti-terrorism camp for Muslim youth at the University of Warwick with the aim of tackling extremism in the UK. He organised the camp under the auspices of Minhaj-ul-Quran UK.
In July 2011, he gave a lecture on the issues of terrorism and integration at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where he was invited by the member of the NSW Legislative Council, Shaoquett Moselmane MLC. Qadri also made appearances on Australian media, where he discussed Islam, terrorism and possible troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. On 24 September 2011, Minhaj-ul-Quran convened the "Peace for Humanity Conference" at Wembley Arena in London where Tahir-ul-Qadri and the assembled speakers issued a declaration of peace on behalf of religious representatives of several faiths, scholars, politicians, and 12,000 participants present from various countries. This conference was endorsed by, or received supportive messages from, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, Ban Ki-Moon (Secretary General of the United Nations), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation), David Cameron (British Prime Minister), Nick Clegg (British Deputy Prime Minister), Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury) and others. On 30 November 2011, Qadri delivered a lecture at the "Peaceful Future of Afghanistan" conference in Istanbul, Turkey which was organised by the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution of George Mason University together with Marmara University and was attended by more than 120 Afghan leaders.
On 22 February 2012, Qadri visited Delhi for a four-week tour of India. Qadri delivered a message of peace and said: "Terrorism has no place in Islam", while addressing the fatwa book launch in Delhi. People gathered to listen to Qadri along with government officials in Gujarat. Qadri also urged the Pakistani and Indian governments to reduce their defence expenditures and instead spend money on the welfare of poor people. He also visited Ajmer, where he was given a large reception, at which he gave a lecture on Sufism.
- “Tafsir Sura al-Fatiha” (a seven-volume commentary on Sura al-Fatiha which is the largest available publication on this subject).
- “Tafsir Minhaj al-Quran” (al-Futuhat al-Madaniyya - 14 volumes).
- “Jami‘ al-Sunna fi ma Yahtaju ilayhi Akhir al-Umma” (A comprehensive compilation of 25,000 hadith totalling 20 volumes).
- “Minhaj al-Sawi min al-hadith al-nabawi’” ((A hadith collection of 2,200 hadith compiled on the pattern and style of Imam Nawawi’s Riyad al-salihin and al-Khatib al-Tabrizi’s Mishkat al-Masabih relevant to the modern age). al-Minhaj al-Sawi was published with compliments and tributes of Shaykh al-Azhar al-Sayyid Dr Muhammad ?antawi, a renowned Muhaddith of Egypt, al-Shaykh Dr Ahmad ‘Umar Hashim (Ex-Vice Chancellor of Jami‘a al-Azhar, Cairo), and Grand Mufti of Egypt al-Shaykh Dr ‘Ali Jumu‘a and others.).
- “Al-‘Ata fi Ma‘rifa al-Mustafa’” (a four-volume collection of 5,000 hadith on the subjects of the excellence, habits, morals, specialties and miracles of Muhammad on the pattern and style of al-Shifa’ of Qadi ‘Iyad).
- “Hidaya al-Umma ‘ala Minhaj al-Quran wa al-sunna” (a two-volume collection of 2,200 hadith).
- “Al-Najaba fi Manaqib al-Sahaba wa al-Qaraba” (virtues of the Companions and the Family of Muhammad).
- In English
- Righteous Character & Social Interactions: Minhaj us Sawi (2012)
- Prophetic Virtues and Miracles: Minhaj us Sawi (2012)
- The Glorious Qur'an English Translation (2011)
- Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings (2010)
- Irfan ul Quran (Modern and Scientific English translation of the Quran) renamed to The Glorious Qur'an
- Beseeching for Help
- Peace, Integration and Human Rights
- Ijtihad (meanings, application and scope)
See also 
- Minhaj-ul-Quran International
- Qadiriyya Sufi Order
- Minhaj us Sawi
- The Amman Message
- Contemporary Islamic philosophy
- London Declaration for Global Peace and Resistance against Extremism 2011
- Tahir Qadri lecture for international Sufi conference
- "Tahir-ul-Qadri is a Sufi Muslim"
- Qadri, Tahir. al-Jawahir al-Bahira fi al-Asanid al-Tahira. Minhaj Books. p. 24. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- Qadri, Tahir. al-Jawahir al-Bahira fi al-Asanid al-Tahira. Minhaj Books. p. 29. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- Indian News link
- Ph.D in Islamic Law Higher Education Commission
- Qadri, http://youtube.com/watch?v=EsUdM6GcJbY
- "Muhammad Tahir-Ul-Qadri". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- A Profile of Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
- Manifesto of Pakistan Awami Tehreek
- working plan for interest free banking
- Qadri sends 41-page resignation to speaker
- "Islam and Politics". Mediamonitors.net. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- The Constitution of Madina
- "Pakistani city prepares for cleric's march". 3 News NZ. 14 January 2013.
- "Long march: Walking in the name of ‘revolution’". 15 January 2013.
- "Pakistanis protest ‘corrupt’ government". 3 News NZ. 15 January 2013.
- Declan Walsh (15 January 2013). "Internal Forces Besiege Pakistan Ahead of Voting". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Anita Joshua. "Qadri’s picketing ends with ‘Long March Declaration’". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
- Arab News, "Pak crisis deepends: PM arrest ordered as rally shakes capital," front page, Vol. XXXVIII, #45. Wednesday, 16 January 2013.
- Rodriguez, Alex (14 January 2013). "Pakistan 'Long March' protest draws tens of thousands to capital". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "‘Long march’ show not in millions, but not a flop". The News International. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January2013.
- Abdul Manan. "Two steps back: Qadri capitulates on earlier demands". Express Tribue. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
- Minhaj-ul-Quran - a Sufi-based organisation
- Qadiriyya sufi saint Tahir Allauddin - spiritual founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran
- Mihaj-ul-Quran - a Sufi-based organisation
- Report of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations on its 2011 regular session
- Minhaj-ul-Quran - a Sufi organisation
- Minhaj Welfare Foundation
- About Shaykh-ul-Islam
- Islam on Peace Integration & Human Rights
- Top Islamic scholar issues 'absolute' fatwa against terror
- Muslim leader's edict decries terrorism: U.S. hails 'taking back Islam'
- Sheikh to Terrorists: Go to Hell
- Muslim summer camp preaches 'anti-terror' message
- Muslim group Minhaj ul-Quran runs 'anti-terrorism' camp
- Tahir-ul-Qadri to deliver speech at 2010 Global Peace and Unity event
- Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Struggle Against Radicalism in Islam
- Indian Express
- Participants of U.S.-Islamic World Forum
- Tahir-ul-Qadri at U.S.-Islamic World Forum
- Muslim Scholar to Present Solution to Counter Home-Grown Terrorism and Islamophobia at U.S. Islamic World Forum
- Qadri at 2011 World Economic Forum
- Full Day Hansard Transcript (Legislative Council, 5 August 2011, Corrected Copy)
- Tahir-ul-Qadri at NSW Parliament House in Sydney, Australia
- Interview With Jim Middleton News Line Australia
- SBS TV Interview with Tahir-ul-Qadri
- More than 120 Muslim leaders Commit to the Future of Afghanistan during International Conference in Turkey
- Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri speaks at an international conference on 'Peaceful Future in Afghanistan'
- Coming: Pak Islamic scholar who pulls no punches against terror
- Qadri given honour in India
- Pakistani scholar thanks Modi for security
- Terrorism has no place in Islam: Sufi scholar
- Islam a Religion of Human Rights: Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
- Pak scholar debunks Islamic stereotypes
- Stay away from communal clashes in future: Pak Islamic scholar
- Pak scholar to speak on Sufism in dargah
- Adequate security in place for Pak prof’s programme: State
- Books of Dr. Tahir ul Qadri to Read Online
- Online Store with Dr. Tahir ul Qadri's Urdu, English and Arabic Books
- Qadri, Tafsir Sura al-Fatiha
- Qadri, Tafsir Minhaj al-Quran
- Qadri, Jami al-sunna
- Qadri, al-Minhaj al-sawi min al-hadith al-nabawi, 28-31.
- Qadri, al-Minhaj al-sawi min al-hadith al-nabawi, 36-39.
- Qadri, al-Minhaj al-sawi min al-hadith al-nabawi, 32-35.
- Qadri, Hidaya al-Umma ‘ala Minhaj al-Quran wa al-sunna
- Qadri, al-Najaba fi Manaqib al-Sahaba wa al-Qaraba
- Righteous Character & Social Interactions: Al-Minhaj Al-Sawi Part 2
- Prophetic Virtues and Miracles: Al-Minhaj Al-Sawi Part 1
- The Glorious Qur'an (English Translation)
- Sacred Boundaries: A Historical Fatwa on Terrorism
- Beseeching for Help
- Peace, Integration and Human Rights
- (meanings, application and scope)
|Sufism and Tariqa|