Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri

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Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri
Born Syed Shujaat Ali
January 1941
Uttar Pradesh, India

27 January 1993
Jakarta, Indonesia

Cause of death Sudden heart attack
Religion Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamā‘ah, Sunni Islam, Hanafi Madhab
Region Pakistan
School Sunni, Hanafi
Main interests
Fiqh, Islamic Philosophy, Hadith
Notable ideas
Efforts to unite the ulema of Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamā‘ah in Pakistan

Justice Dr Mufti Syed Shuja’at Ali Qadri (Urdu: حضرت علامہ مفتی سید شجاعت علی قادری ) (January 1941 – 27 January 1993) was judge of Federal Shariat Court,[1] a member of the Pakistani Council of Islamic Ideology and a renowned scholar of Islamic Sciences and modern science, and had a deep and authoritative understanding of traditional and modern Arabic language.[2] He was influenced by Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Aala Hazrat and worked for the Ahle Sunnat Barelvi movement throughout his life.[3]

He involved himself with the work of authoring and publication besides holding various offices and wrote a number of texts.[4] He authored a number of books on Islamic fiqh (Sharia legal commentary), economics and inheritance, and also translated some notable books from Arabic to Urdu.[5]

Birth and family[edit]

Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, in January 1941. He was the son of Syed Masood Ali Qadri, who served in the office of Afta (Islamic jurisprudence) at the Jamia Islamia Anwar-ul-Uloom, a madrasah in Multan, Punjab (Pakistan). Qadri was the second eldest child of his father; his brothers are:[6]

  • Muballighe Islam Allama Syed Saadat Ali Qadri
  • Syed Tariq Ali
  • Syed Khushnood Ali
  • Syed Shafaat Ali

Qadri was the father of three sons and a daughter.[6]

  • Dr Syed Farasat Ali Qadri
  • Syed Muhammad Ali
  • Allama Syed Nasir Ali
Visit of Iraqi Council General Jalal ud Din Noori at Darul ulum Naeemia, June 1981


Qadri got his initial education from Madersahe Arabia Hafiziya Saadiya, District Dadu, Aligarh. He learned Nazirah Quran Kareem from Hafiz Ghulam Rabbani, who was the brother of the teacher of Allama Ghulam Jilani Meerthi and Allama Hafiz Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqi. He then, at the age of 10, migrated with his parents in 1951 to Multan, Pakistan and began his education in Madersah Anwar-ul-Ulum and eventually completed his darse nizami from this institute. He also received Ijaza or authority in the Qadri tariqa of Sufism from Pir Kifayat Ali Shah.[6]

He had the opportunity to learn from the following notable scholars:

He graduated from the Jamia Islamia Anwar-ul-Uloom, Multan at the age of eighteen. Besides this he achieved the following qualifications:

  • M.A Islamiyat, University of Karachi, 1971
  • M.A Arabi, University of Karachi, 1974
  • Course on Arabic Literature, University of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1984[5]
  • PhD, University of Karachi, 1984[7]

Didactic services[edit]

Mufti Justice Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri along with prominent scholars of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Darul ulum Naeemia

Qadri ennobled, by his teachings and services, Karachi after graduating and worked as a teacher and mufti in different institutes or madaris of Ahle Sunnat. He served as the Head of Department and Mufti in Darul Uloom Amjadiya from 1960 to 1973.[5] Thereafter he established Darul Uloom Naeemia.[8] The foundation stone of Darul Uloom Naeemia, Dastager, Block 15 was laid by Ahmad Saeed Kazmi along with other prominent scholars and preachers of Ahle Sunnat. Thereafter, from 1973 to 1983, he held the offices of Sheikh ul Hadith and Mufti in Darul Uloom Naeemia, Karachi.[5]
During the late 1980s and early 1990s he presented several lectures on the Quran and tafsir to his viewers in religious television programs aired on Pakistan Television Corporation.[citation needed] He remained as the sheikh-ul-hadith, mufti and founding member trustee of Darul Ulum Naeemia till his death. Qadri also served as a Lecturer in Liaqat Government College, Karachi, for 12 years and as a member of University of Karachi Syndicate for two years.[4]

Mufti Justice Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri along with Shaykh Yousuf Hashim Al Rafa'aye from Kuwait among prominent scholars of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat at Darul ulum Naeemia, Karachi, 21 August 1982. From left: Mufti Ather Naeemi, Molana Iqbal Naeemi, Molana Jameel Ahmed Naeemi, Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman, Shaykh Yousuf Hashim Al Rafa'aye and Mufti Justice Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri


Following is a list of his students who have now become prominent scholars of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat:[9]

  • Shaykh-ul-Hadith Mufti Shah Hussain Gardezi
  • Professor Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman[9][10]
  • Maulana Syed Arshad Saeed Kazmi[11]
  • Shaykh-ul-Hadith Sayyid Muhammad Irfan Mashadi[12]
  • SAHIBZADA Allama Mufti Syed Nasir Ali Qadri
  • Dr Ashraf Jilani
  • Dr Noor Ahmed Shahtaz
  • Shaykh-ul-Hadith Mufti Ismail Ziai
  • Shaykh-ul-Hadith Mufti Ahmed Mian Barakati
  • Maulana Abdul Jabbar Niazi
  • Maulana Nasirullah Naqshbandi
  • Pir Habeeb ur Rehman Mehboobi
  • Mufti Abdul Aziz Hannafi
  • Allama Yaseen Naeemi
  • Allama Ahmed Ali Saeedi

and sahibzada allama syed nasir ali qadri

Ranks and offices held[edit]

Besides serving the offices of Sheikh-ul-Hadith and Afta at Darul Ulum Naeemia, for ten years,[13] from 1973 to 1983;[5] he remained as a judge of Federal Shariat Court, Pakistan for six years from 1983 till 1989.[1] He was appointed as Aalim Judge of the Federal Shariat Court on 2 July 1983 and performed his duties till 1 July 1989.[5] He also served as a member of Council of Islamic Ideology, Pakistan and as a member of Karachi University Syndicate.[4]

Prominent Sunni scholars, including Allama Syed Sa'adat Ali Qadri b/o Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri, waiting for the arrival of coffin of Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri, February 1993. From left: Molana Abrar Ahmed Rehmani and Allama Shah Turabul Haq Qadri, of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat, along with Molana Yousuf Ludhyanvi, of Deoband, with Allama Syed Sa'adat Ali Qadri at the Karachi International Airport.

Books, texts and translations[edit]

He authored and translated a significant body of work:[14]

  1. Translation of Tafseere Mazhari (fifteen sections)
  2. Translation of Mowahib-al-Luduniya
  3. Translation of Sharah-as-Sadur
  4. Translation of Al-Khairat-al-Hissan
  5. Translation of Al-Shifae Sheikh Al-Raees (some parts)
  6. Insha-al-Arabiya (four parts)
  7. Translation of Khatme Nabuwat Magazine from Arabic to Urdu
  8. Magazine on Khatme Nabuwat in Arabi
  9. Islam mein Murtid ki Saza (Punishment of an apostate in Islam)
  10. Islam ka Maashi Nizam (Islamic Economic System)
  11. Aqaid o Aamal (Beliefs and Actions)
  12. Teen Talaqain (Three divorces)
  13. Translation and Commentary of Surah Bani Israeel with a biography of the Blessed Prophet Sallalahu Alihay Wassalam
  14. Fiqahe Ahle Sunnat (Jurisprudence of Ahle Sunnat)
  15. Adalate Islamia (Islamic Court)
  16. Man huwa Ahmed Raza? (Who is Ahmed Raza?) – A biography of Aala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan, in Arabic Language
  17. Mujaddid-al-Mata – Some articles on Aala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan, in Arabic Language[15]
  18. Fatawae Rizwiya (Translation of Arabic terms)
  19. Rasail-e-Aala Hazrat (Collection of booklets written by Aala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan with explanatory footnotes, introductions and translation of Arabic and Persion texts)[16]
  20. Arbaeen
  21. Composition of the last part of Bahare Shariat (Fiqh Ahle Sunnat, Foreword, Madina Publishing, Karachi)
  22. Phd Thesis – An Academic Movement in Arabic Language-Valley of Sindh in Twelfth-Thirteenth A.D[17]
  23. Series of articles on the history of Islam, published in the monthly magazine Tarjumaan-e-AhleSunnat (Voice of Ahle Sunnat)[18]

Critical acclaim[edit]

Shujaat was an esteemed and visionary scholar of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat, Pakistan. He was regarded as a great Muhaddith and a Faqih of high calibre[19] and was respected by the scholars of major sects of Islam and people of Pakistan.[20] Shujaat's colleagues and students were often observed praising him. Muhammad Abdul Hakeem Sharaf Qadri, a prominent scholar of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat,[21] glowingly described his character:

Mufti Justice Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri speaking on the occasion of Mawlid-un-Nabi, 1983

Son of the ghazali of current century, philosopher of Islam, Professor Mazhar Saeed Kazimi also praised Qadri:

Bazme Naeemi welcoming Sahibzada Fazle Karim, 1977. Sahibzada Fazle Karim, Justice Dr Mufti Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri, Allama Jameel Ahmed Naeemi, Professor Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman, Molana Iqbal Hussain Naeemi, Molana Jabbar Niazi, Allama Syed Hussain Shah Gardezi and Maqbul Shah among others.


On 24 January 1993 Qadri went on an official tour of Indonesia with a delegation of the Ministry of Population Control. It was during this tour that on the fourth Shabaan 1413 Hijri, 27 January 1993 he expired of a sudden heart attack in Jakarta.[24] Qadri's funeral procession was led by Allama Hamid Saeed Kazmi s/o Allama Ahmad Saeed Kazmi, then MNA of JUP, in Jakarta. It was estimated that approximately fifty thousand people attended the procession along with the ambassadors and religious scholars from Islamic countries, Indonesian officials and Pakistan's foreign delegation in Indonesia.[2][25]
His body was brought back to Pakistan on 1 February 1993, by Singapore Airlines,[26] where he was buried in Darul Uloom Naeemia, Karachi. Qadri's funeral procession, in Karachi, was led by his brother, Allama Syed Saadat Ali Qadri, in the presence of a large number of people, journalists, politicians and scholars from all schools of thought. An estimated crowd of fifteen thousand attended his funeral procession.[27] It was a unique and emblematic funeral in the history of Karachi.[28] His tomb is located inside the Daru Uloom Naeemia.[29]

Namaze Janaza (funeral procession) of Justice Mufti Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri led by Allama Syed Sa'adat Ali Qadri s/o Mufti Syed Masud Ali Qadri.


Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri's death was termed as a national tragedy and a great loss of eminent religious scholar of Islam for the people of Pakistan.[30][31] Various national leaders, scholars, Ulemas, honourable Judges as well as Federal Ministers expressed their feelings of grief and condolences[32] by extending rich tributes to the deceased and highlighting his services for the nation.[19][33]

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, expressed his shock and grief over Qadri's death in the following manner:

He also eulogised the singular scholarly qualities and vast knowledge of Islamic Shariah of Qadri.[34] Former Prime Minister of Pakistan and the opposition leader in the National Assembly of Pakistan at that time, Benazir Bhutto, expressed her deep sorrow and grief over his demise:

Burial inside Darul Ulum Naeemia. Allama Syed Sa'adat Ali Qadri and Allama Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqi among other prominent scholars of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat

The then Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Maulana Abdul Sattar Khan Niazi expressed his condolences and said:

Hazrat Allama Shah Ahmed Noorani Siddiqui visited Qadri's home to offer his condolences to Qadri's family:

Besides these prominent figures, rich tributes were paid to Qadri by Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, Maulana Fazlur Rehman Manani from Medina, Maulana Shah Turab-ul-Haq Qadri, Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court Mr Justice Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology Mr Justice Mohammad Haleem, Vice Chancellors Karachi University Dr Manzooruddin Ahmed and Dr Seyed Irtifaq Ali besides other various public leaders, religious scholars and government representatives.[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Federal Shariat Court Annual Report 2003, p56
  2. ^ a b NAWA-I-WAQT, 1 February 1993
  3. ^ His praiseworthy comments and appreciation for Aala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelwi
  4. ^ a b c DAWN, 28 January 1993
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Information about Justice Mufti Syed Shujaat Ali Qadri, Federal Shariat Court, Pakistan" (PDF). Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Mujaddid-al-Mata, Preface
  7. ^ "An Academic Movement in Arabic Language-Valley of Sindh in Twelth-Thirteenth A.D. #124; Information on Muftī Justice Sayyid Shujaat 'Alī Qadri's PhD Thesis at the website of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan". Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Foundation Stone, He was the founder of DarulNaeemia
  9. ^ a b "AAJ TV Interview with Mufti Muneebur Rehman". Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Interview of Mufti Muneebur Rehman, Daleel-e-Rah, Monthly Magazine, Lahore, January 2011, p33, Ganj Shakar Printers
  11. ^ Biography of Syed Arshad Saeed Kazmi p33, Tanzeemul Madaris (AhleSunnat) Pakistan, by Syed Jhangir Shah Saeedi
  12. ^ "Website not yet configured | Biography of Sayyid Muhammad Irfan Mashadi". Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Daily JANG, Karachi, 28 January 1993
  14. ^ Muqalat-e-Saeedi p623, Rumi Publications & Printers, Lahore by Allama Ghulam Rasul Saeedi
  15. ^ "Imam Ahmed Raza Academy | The Mujaddid Imam Ahmed Raza | Comments by Supporters and Adversariers". Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  16. ^ Published and distributed by Madina Publishing Company, M.A Jinnah Rd, Karachi, January 1973
  17. ^ Bibliography of Phd Thesis, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
  18. ^ Production & Publishing Department, Main Head Office Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, Darul Ulum Amjadia, Aalamgir Road, Karachi
  19. ^ a b Daily JANG, 31 January 1993
  20. ^ Daily JANG, 7 Feb 1993 – Izhar-e-Khayal by Dost Muhammad Faizi
  21. ^ Hadrat `Abdul Hakim Sharaf Qadri (rahmatullah alayh), Tribute by ‘Allama ‘Abdu’l Mubeen Numani Qadri translated by Abu Hanzala, Monthly Kanzu'l Iman, Delhi, October 2007
  22. ^ Sharah al-Sadur translation, p30 of Subzwari publishers, Karachi
  23. ^ Sharah al-Sadur translation, p25, 26 of Subzwari publishers, Karachi
  24. ^ DAWN, Business Recorder and other newspapers reported on 28 January 1993
  25. ^ QAUMI AKHBAR, 29 January 1993
  26. ^ DAWN, 29 January 1993
  27. ^ JASARAT, 2 February 1993
  28. ^ JASARAT, 1 February 1993
  29. ^ Muqalat-e-Saeedi p625, Rumi Publications & Printers, Lahore by Allama Ghulam Rasul Saeedi
  30. ^ THE NEWS, 1 February 1993
  31. ^ SIND EXPRESS, 1 February 1993
  32. ^ SIND EXPRESS, 6 February 1993
  33. ^ a b DAWN, 3 February 1993
  34. ^ a b c SIND EXPRESS, 29 January 1993
  35. ^ NATION, Jan 31, 1993
  36. ^ Daily JANG, Jan 31, 1993

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