Dawat-e-Islami

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Dawat-e-Islami
دعوت اسلامی
Madani Markaz.jpg
Global Islamic Center in Karachi, Pakistan
Founder
Muhammad Ilyas Qadri
Religions
Islam
Scriptures
Quran , Hadith , Faizan-e-Sunnat
Languages
Liturgical: Arabic
In Bangladesh: Bengali
In India & Pakistan:Urdu
In the diaspora: In UK: Respective regional languages

Dawat-e-Islami is an Islamic organization based in Pakistan. Founded in the early 1981s by Muhammad Ilyas Qadri, the organization is ideologically aligned with Sunni Islam. It has several Islamic educational institutions around the World. In addition to local charity efforts, Dawat-e-Islami also offers online courses in Islamic studies and runs a television station, Madani Channel.[1]

Mission[edit]

Its mission statement, "I must strive to reform myself and people of the entire world".

— Dawat-e-Islami[2]

It points to an emphasis on individual reform which can lead to a broader social reform. This reform is to be achieved through Tableegh, eschewing what are considered to be 'contemporary forms of politics' and calling for a revival of core Islamic traditions of Akhlaq (Good manners), Huqooq-ul-Ibaad (Rights of humans), and Ilm-e-deen (Islamic sciences). Muhammad Ilyas Qadri, head of DI, cites Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (1856-1921), an Islamic scholar considered by many to be the Mujaddid of his time, to be a singular source of guidance and inspiration in his mission.[1]

Philosophy[edit]

The philosophy of Dawat e Islami revolves around purifying society from what it views as moral decay. According to the organization's official book on its founder, Dawat e Islami seeks to remove societal ills such as gambling and alcoholism via its missionary work.[3]

History[edit]

Presence[edit]

Dawat-e-Islami has presence in almost 195 countries of the world and has established Jamia-tul-Madina (Islamic Centres) in Pakistan 160+, in India 11 and in Other countries 18 branches.[4]

Dawat-e-Islami has expanded to the United Kingdom around 1995 holding its first Ijtima (Weekly Congregation) in Halifax. As of December 2014, it now has at least 24 properties in the United Kingdom which are used as a network of Masajid, Madrassahs, Islamic Schools and/or Jamias in order to create future scholars. Some buildings have been completed and others are being worked upon. Around 10,000 British Muslims are in some form or the other associated with Dawat-e-Islami in UK.[5][6][7]

Dawat-e-Islami operates five centers in Greece and three in Spain.[8] In 2009 a madrassa opened in Rotherham England for the education of young children and adults. In Athens its has association with local Sufis and has established four centers.[9]

Dawat-e-Islami USA has centers in Chicago, Texas and California.[10]

In Bangladesh, Dawat-e-Islami led Jamia-tul- Madina has produced scholars who are serving in United Kingdom.[11]

Reception[edit]

In 2007, retired Pakistani lieutenant general Khalid Maqbool praised the organization as a moderating force.[12]

Activities[edit]

The two most significant activities of Dawat-e-Islami are Madani Qafila (missionary travel) and Madani Inamaat (self assessment questionnaires). It likes the followers to travel for specific days to spread the message of Islam to the people. Its leadership hardly interacts with the mainstream media though the organisation own its TV Channel. It also arranges an annual gathering of its followers in Multan.[13]

Call to Dawah[edit]

Employing peer pressure and rewarding conformity, DI impose a strict dress code on their adherents and are organised in small units of lay preachers, who invite for weekly and annual congregations. They stress the strict and literal imitation of the life of the Prophet in all aspects of the daily routine. As missionary, the lay preacher has to act like an ideal Muslim. The "Islamic Project" of DI is the "Sunnaization", that is the Re-shaping and Re-construction of the daily routine and the individual markers of identity based on the examples of the Prophet and the Salaf as portrayed in the Hadith-Literature.[14] It arranges "Haftawar Shab-e-Juma Ijtima" (weekly gatherings) in cities around the world.[15][16]

Dawat-e-Islami held its first-ever congregation for deaf, dumb and blind students at its central headquarters Faizan-e-Madinah. Hundreds of students between 16 and 18 years of age attended the programme.[17]

Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal with Volunteers of Dawat-e-Islami

In September 2005, players of national hockey team along with the coach pledged allegiance to Maulana Ilyas Qadri to follow his teachings.[3] Also in 2005, Dawat-e-Islami invited former President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to its two-day congregation in Lahore.[18][19]

Annual Islamic gatherings (Ijtema)[edit]

It annually organizes peaceful congregation in Multan for South Asia and in Birmingham for Europe.[20] In 2009, an estimated half-a-million people participated in its congregation at Multan, Pakistan. This gathering (Ijtima) of Da’awat-i-Islami is organised with a resolve to act according to the practices of Holy Prophet Muhammad.[21]

Madarsa-tul Madina (Islamic educational centers)[edit]

Dawat-e-Islami has opened a department with the name of ‘Madrasa-tul-Madina Online.’ This department aims to teach the Quran according to the principles of Arabic phonetics to all who live abroad, as well as to provide them with knowledge and understanding of Islamic teachings.[22]

Dawat-e-Islami collects Zakat and Sadaqah during Ramadan for its Dawah and organizational activities.[23]

Notable followers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.650816
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b Special Report, NOS, The News International
  4. ^ http://websites.dawateislami.net/islam/careers/
  5. ^ Global Encyclopaedia of Education (4 Vols. Set) - Rama Sankar Yadav & B.N. Mandal - Google Books
  6. ^ Dawat-E-Islami UK in West Yorkshire, Company House Webcheck
  7. ^ Al Amin Mosque (Barkerend, Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire) - Comprehensive Complete Directory Search Listings of Muslim Mosques in the United Kingdom
  8. ^ Thomas K. Gugler: Jihad, Da´wa and Hijra: Islamic Missionary Movements in Europe
  9. ^ Ruy Blanes; José Mapril (11 July 2013). Sites and Politics of Religious Diversity in Southern Europe: The Best of All Gods. BRILL. pp. 169–. ISBN 978-90-04-25524-1. 
  10. ^ USA Ijtima Jadwals
  11. ^ John L. Esposito; John Voll; Osman Bakar (12 November 2007). Asian Islam in the 21st Century. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 59–. ISBN 978-0-19-804421-5. 
  12. ^ Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan
  13. ^ http://jang.com.pk/thenews/aug2011-weekly/nos-07-08-2011/spr.htm#4
  14. ^ http://crossasia-repository.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/142/
  15. ^ Culture photos, National Geographic Society
  16. ^ Multan Ijtima, Dawn (newspaper)
  17. ^ Spreading the word, Daily Times, December 10, 2007
  18. ^ Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan
  19. ^ Pakistan cricketers approach DI chief to find wins this season | World news
  20. ^ http://crossasia-repository.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/142/1/Gugler_Politics_of_Difference.pdf
  21. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/62787/da
  22. ^ Introduction (English) | Madrasa-Tul-Madina Online
  23. ^ Dawat-e-Islami beats KKF in zakat collection, Daily Times, October 30, 2006
  24. ^ Cricketers seek divine intervention Daily Times Retrieved June 16, 2011

Notes[edit]

  • Attar Qadri, Ilyas (1991). Dawat-e-Islami ka Maqsad. Maktaba Ahle Sunnah Karachi. 
  • Gugler, Thomas K. (2011). Mission Medina: Da'wat-e Islami und Tabligi Gama'at. Würzburg: Ergon. 

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