Qamaruzzaman Azmi

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Qamaruzzaman Azmi
Allama Maulana Qamaruzzaman Azmi.jpg
Residence Europe
Academic background
Academic work
Era Modern
School or tradition Sunni (Sufi), Hanafi
Main interests Islamic Philosophy
Notable ideas Opposition to terrorism

Qamaruzzaman Azmi (Urdu: قمرالزمان اعظمى), also known as Allama Azmi, is an Islamic scholar. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, he was recognised by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world due to his efforts to build organisations and institutions, mosques, colleges and universities for over five decades.[1][2]


Azmi was a graduate of the Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow in 1963[citation needed]. He was commissioned in 1966 at the 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.[3] He is also considered by some to be the spiritual heir of Mustafa Raza Khan, son of Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi.[2]

On 7 August 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron, along with Faiths Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, met Azmi.[4][5]

Azmi has helped to build organisations and institutions including mosques, colleges and universities in America, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Belgium and India.[6]


Prime Minister David Cameron meeting Azmi

Phillip Lewis quotes Azmi in his 1994 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".[7]

Azmi has opposed the practice of female genital mutilation.[8] Azmi also holds that Aisha, the wife of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, was an example of a strong and intelligent female role model.[9]

He has also opposed extremism and terrorism and argues that those who use the name of Islam for such acts are, in fact, Islam's enemies.[10] He endorsed a fatwa against Britons joining Islamic extremists.[11]

On the murder of British aid worker David Cawthorne 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".[12]

President of Mauritius Rajkeswur Purryag meeting Azmi

He condemns the persecution of Christians and other non-Muslims, arguing that the perpetrators "are not Muslims because Islam teaches the importance of ensuring a good place in society for all people".[13]

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  1. ^ The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, 2016 'The Muslim 500', The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan,
  2. ^ a b The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, pg. 116. Amman: Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought.
  3. ^ Khalid Razvi (2011) Tajalliyat-e-Qamar, page 32, Mumbai: Raza Academy
  4. ^ Murtaza Ali Shah, Friday, 9 August 2013, 'PM Cameron helps prepare big iftar, listens to Muslim concerns', The News International, London
  5. ^ Muslim Mirror, 26 August 2013,'UK PM meets Hazrat Allama Qamaruzzaman Azmi in Manchester', Muslim Mirror News, New Delhi,
  6. ^ Shahid Raza (2011) Tajalliyat-e-Qamar, page 19, Mumbai: Raza Academy
  7. ^ Phillip Lewis (1994) Islamic Britain: Religion, Politics and Identity among British Muslims (p.127. London: I.B. Tauris.
  8. ^ Haseena Lockhat, Female genital mutilation: treating the tears, pg. 29. Middlesex University Press, 2004. ISBN 9781898253907
  9. ^ Women must lead the way: Clerics. (30 October 2010). Retrieved on 12 September 2013.
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ Mark Duell, 31 August 2014, 'UK Muslim leaders issue fatwa condemning Britons who join jihadi extremists', London: The Daily Mail, The News International, London,
  12. ^ 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,
  13. ^ Le Mauricien, 16 August 2014 'La violence et la guerre n’ont rien à faire avec la pratique religieuse', Le Mauricien,

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