Global Islamic Center in Karachi, Pakistan
|Muhammad Ilyas Qadri|
|Quran , Hadith , Faizan-e-Sunnat|
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.
Its mission statement, "I must strive to reform myself and people of the entire world".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dawat-e-Islami operates five centers in Greece and three in Spain. 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.
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.
Call to Dawah
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. It arranges "Haftawar Shab-e-Juma Ijtima" (weekly gatherings) in cities around the world.
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.
In September 2005, players of national hockey team along with the coach pledged allegiance to Maulana Ilyas Qadri to follow his teachings. Also in 2005, Dawat-e-Islami invited former President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to its two-day congregation in Lahore.
Annual Islamic gatherings (Ijtema)
It annually organizes peaceful congregation in Multan for South Asia and in Birmingham for Europe. 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.
Madarsa-tul Madina (Islamic educational centers)
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.
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