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Sayyed Qutb Shah ibn Ya‘lā, al-Gilani, al Qadiri, was a medieval Persian Sufi, Muslim Preacher, religious scholar. He was a Sayyid and a relative of Hazrat Shaykh Abdul-Qadir Gilani.
He preached Islam to many people in the areas of modern Afghanistan and Northern and North-Western Pakistan circa 1090 AD and 1099 AD, and many tribes accepted Islam at this time. He is supposed to have returned to Herat (then Khorasan), after his preachings and died there. He was supposed to be the primary ancestor of the Awans [[Qutab shahi Awwan|Qutab shahi Alvis in present-day Pakistan. 
- Dr AH Dani Early Islamic Preachers in Central Asia and Northern Pakistan Monograph, Islamabad, 1976, pp 11–12
- H A Deighton 'An account of the Ruwalpindee and Attock Districts of Punjaub' Lahore, 1852, np
- Dani, as above pp 11–12