Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri

Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri

Dr Tahir ul Qadr was born on 19th February 1951 in Jhang, Pakistan. He is the son of the scholar Shaykh Dr Farida’d-Din al-Qadri. He was educated from the young age in both the Islamic and secular sciences simultaneously. The Shaykh is often titled, by his followers as Shaykh-ul-Islam.

By the time he had received a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Punjab in 1970, he had also completed his Classical Islamic Studies, having spent over ten years under the tutelage of his father and other eminent Shuyukh of his time.

He earned his MA in Islamic Studies in 1972 with the University of the Punjab Gold Medal, and achieved his LLB in 1974 and began to practise as a lawyer in the district courts of Jhang. He then moved to Lahore in 1978 and joined the University of the Punjab as a lecturer in law and then gained his PhD in Islamic Law. He was also a member of the Syndicate, Senate and Academic Council of the University of Punjab, which are the highest executive, administrative and academic bodies of the University.

Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri

Background: Pakistani
Resides: Canada
Current Occupation: Islamic Scholar and Political Activist
Education: LLB in Law and Phd in Islamic Law
Denomination: Sunni
Jurisprudence: Hanafi
Aqeedah: Maturudi
Preferred Subject: International relations, Sunni Aqeedah and contemporary issues
Notable Teachers: Tahir Allauddin Al-Qadri Al-Gillani, Shaykh Husayn ibn Ahmad al-‘Usayran, Shaykh as-Sayyid ‘Abd al-Ma‘bud al-Jilani al-Madani

Dr Tahir ul Qadri founded Minhaj-ul-Qur’an in 1981 and established its headquarters in Lahore. In less than 30 years, Minhaj-ul-Qur’an has expanded and spread over more than 90 countries around the world.

Dr Tahir ul Qadri is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Minhaj University Lahore which is chartered by Government and is imparting higher education to thousands of students in the faculties of basic, modern, social, management and religious sciences.

He is the founder of Minhaj Education Society which has established more than 570 schools and colleges in Pakistan.

Dr Tahir ul Qadri is also the founding Chairman of Minhaj Welfare Foundation, a humanitarian and social welfare organization working globally.

Dr Tahir ul Qadri is the founding leader of different forums of Minhaj-ul-Qur’an including Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Ulama Council, Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Women League, Minhaj Youth League, Mustafavi Students Movements and Muslim Christian Dialogue Forum.

He was appointed as a Jurist Consult (legal adviser) on Islamic law for the Supreme Court and the Federal Shari‘a Court of Pakistan and also worked as a specialist adviser on Islamic curricula for the Federal Ministry of Education of Pakistan at various times between 1983 and 1987.


He has authored around 1000 books out of which 400 books are already published.

Works on Qur’anic Tafsir include:

  • Irfan al-Qur’an (the Meanings of the Qur’an — Urdu and English versions)
  • Tafsir Minhaj al-Qur’an (al-Futuhat al-Madaniyya — 14 volumes U.P.)
  • Tafsir Sura al-Fatiha (partly published, totalling 7 volumes)
  • Kashf al-Ghita ʻan Maʻrifat al-Aqsam li-l-Mustafa
  • Tasmiyya al-Qur’an
  • Manahij al-‘Irfan fi Lafz al-Qur’an
  • Meaning of Ayat al-Kursi
  • Development of Human Personality in the Light of Sura al-Fatiha
  • Islamic Philosophy of Human Life
  • No Coercion in Religion
  • Islamic Concept of Human Nature
  • Qur’anic Philosophy of Da‘wa
  • And many others

Works on the Science of Hadith include:

  • Jami‘ as-Sunna fi ma Yahtaj Ilayhi Akhir al-Umma
  • al-Minhaj as-Sawiyy min al-Hadith an-Nabawiyy (4 volumes — collection of 5,000 ahadith compiled on the pattern and style of al-Imam an-Nawawi’s Riyad as-Salihin and al-Khatib at-Tabrizi’s Mishkat al-Masabih relevant to the modern age).
  • al-‘Ata fi Ma‘rifat al-Mustafa
  • Al-Mizat an-Nabawiyya fi’l-Khasa’is ad-Dunwiyya
  • Al-‘Azama an-Nabawiyya fi’l-Khasa’is al-Barzakhiyya
  • Al-‘Asal an-Naqi fi Asma’ an-Nabi
  • Rawdat as-Salikin fi Manaqib al-Awliya’ wa’s-Salihin (Virtues of the Friends of Allah and the Pious)
  • Ahsan ’s-Sana’a fi Ithbat ash-Shafa’a (Intercession)
  • Kashf al-Asrar fi Mahabbat al-Mawjudat li-Sayyid al-Abrar
  • Ahsana’s-Subul fi Manaqib al-Anbiya’ wa’r-Rusul (virtues of the Prophets and Messengers)
  • al-Kanz ath-Thamin fi Fadilat adh-Dhikr wa’dh-Dhakirin (Pearls of Remembrance)
  • al-Lubab fi’l-Huquq wa’l-Adab (Rights and Manners)
  • Righteous Character & Excellence of Social Interaction
  • Imam Abu Hanifa: Imam al-A’imma fi’l-Hadith (4 volumes)
  • And many others

Works on Islamic ‘Aqida include:

  • Majmu‘at al-‘Aqa’id (25 volumes)
  • Kitab at-Tawhid
  • Kitab ar-Risala
  • Kitab as-Sunna
  • Kitab al-Bid‘a
  • Kitab al-Iman (Basic Tenets of Faith)
  • Kitab al-Islam (Pillars of Islam)
  • Kitab al-Ihsan (Book on Spiritual Excellence)
  • Kitab at-Tawassul (Book on Intermediation)
  • al-Mawlid an-Nabawiyy
  • ‘Ilm al-Ghayb (Book on the Knowledge of the Unseen)
  • Ascension of the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him)
  • And many others

Works on the Sira include:

  • Sirat ar-Rasul
  • Muqaddima as-Sira
  • Khasa’is al-Mustafa (Holy Prophet’s Exclusive Virtues)
  • Shama’il al-Mustafa (Holy Prophet’s Personal Characteristics and Habits)
  • Aspects of the Prophet’s Sira
  • And many others

Works on Islamic Law and Jurisprudence include:

  • Islamic Penal System and Philosophy
  • Islamic Concept of Law
  • Salient Characteristics of Islamic Law
  • Islamic Concept of Crime
  • A Comparative Study of Islamic and Western Concepts of Law
  • Islamic Concept of State
  • Qur’anic Basis of Constitutional Theory
  • The Constitution of Madina (a detailed exposition of the first written constitution in human history)
  • Islamic Economic System, its Origin and Development
  • Islamic Economy and Interest-free Banking
  • And many others


  • Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri issued a historic fatwa, or Islamic decree, on the vital matter of suicide bombings and terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam. It is regarded as a significant and historic step, the first time that such an explicit and unequivocal decree against the perpetrators of terror has been broadcast so widely. The original fatwa has been written in Urdu, and amounts to 600 pages of research and references from the Qur’an, Hadith, opinions of the Companions (of the Prophet), and the widely accepted classical texts of Islamic scholarship.
  • Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s first Madrasa was at al-‘Ulum ash-Shar‘iyya, which was situated in the blessed house of Sayyiduna Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, the first residence of the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) after his migration.



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